Wednesday, February 22, 2006

the dark lord lament

According to the Baltimore Sun today, WYPR is going to "push aside" WMUC-- as in, off the air. Public radio, in theory, is a benevolent force of good. In practice, WYPR has been terrorizing MUC for years to get off their frequency. "WMUC is the oldest college radio station in the United States", according to our Wiki. There are no other college stations in the area that broadcast on the air. Thanks, WYPR, for your victories efforts in the ongoing battle to remove choices from the airwaves. Once again, we must turn to the internet for cultural salvation. I find this both horrifying and prescient:

Growing pains - says
"WYPR, with headquarters on Baltimore's North Charles Street, also is planning to transmit to the Washington suburbs. The station has gotten permission from the Federal Communications Commission to push aside a low-wattage student station at the University of Maryland, College Park that already occupies WYPR's signal on 88.1 FM. (Brandon and Bienstock both said they would help the college station move its signal to the Internet.)

Still, becoming Maryland's pre-eminent public-radio voice may be difficult. 'It's a lofty and noble goal,' said Sue Kopen Katcef, an instructor at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, 'but I don't know how you're going to grow that younger 18-plus audience, the audience you need, when it isn't listening to radio, whether it's commercial or public.'"

"lofty and noble" my ass.

UpdateI remember WYPR trying to do this a few years ago. No word on whether the Baltimore Sun has properly fact-checked.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

before wypr, MUC could be heard as far north as beltsville/laurel. i remember when it came online and cursing at the godawful npr that cut in the second i drove past the 495 interchange. if this is indeed true it is beyond sad. our humble 10 watts has meant a lot to a lot of kids over the years.

2/24/2006 7:25 PM  

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