Gainesville, Florida, home of the Gators, is also the home of what was an absolutely wondrous public radio station, WUFT-FM. Wikipedia writes that the station "is known for its eclectic mix of music programming, from Classical and Jazz to Folk, World Music and Blues." For those of who know and love what it was, this only begins to explain its charm.
Sadly, though, this unique resource has been swept away. What we had is too good to lose. We want it back!
During pledge drives, people speaking in the name of the station often repeat that it is the voice of the membership which determines the programming the station carries. It is our radio station, they claim. It turn out that this is a lie! The management of the station has taken upon itself to change the station's format without considering the views of the listeners.
Though our campaign has not made an impression on the obstinate station's management, most especially Dean Wright of the College of Journalism and Communications, we see that these managers continue to thwart the will of the people. They brought in Randy Wright to be the director of the new Division of Multimedia properties. He seems to make it his project to have the public stations WUFT-FM and WUFT-TV sound like commercial stations. His voice on the radio, in the many announcements he makes, sounds like it belongs on a Top-40 station.
This same Randy Wright had the ill grace to direct a personal attack against Cathy DeWitt, a volunteer whom he fired from the station. She has given the station and the community many years of service; when she was absent from her program, she was making music in the community. It is the connection with the heart of the community that that these two Wrights fail so signally to understand.
Now we read that they want to change the format of the commercial station WRUF-FM, eliciting yet another outcry from alienated listeners. The management of these "multimedia properties" seems bent on not heeding the opinions of the people the stations serve. We, the people, should in turn turn our backs on these mismanagers and not support the stations they have taken away from us.
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