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Podcast #28 – A Deep Dive into the Public Radio Bid for KUNV

We follow up on Nevada Public Radio’s proposal to take over programming on KUNV, the community radio station owned by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, that we first reported on last week. We hear from a volunteer programmer, Ken Lange, who opposes the deal, and from Flo Rogers, CEO of Nevada Public Radio, who explains the story behind the proposal and why she thinks it’s good for the station. We also talk with Kylie O’Rourke, the station manager of KUNV’s student-run sister station, The Rebel, heard on the HD2 signal.

This is rare look at this kind of potential deal, before it is decided upon by the university administration. It’s a must-listen for anyone in college or community radio.

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3 Responses to Podcast #28 – A Deep Dive into the Public Radio Bid for KUNV

  1. Donna DiBianco December 15, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Just as in mainstream media, non-commercial, college and independent community radio stations are being absorbed by corporate take-over. We experienced a very similar situation back in the 90s at KSFR. Fortunately, we rallied the Board of Trustees and reversed the unilateral decision made by the President, who had been on the job just a few weeks.

    We know college stations can be a huge resource drain, because of the old, worn out business model that is used. It is up to us to re-define these models, to make them more of an asset to any organization that holds the license and hoses the studios.

    Until we cast off the hobby image of these stations, they will be viewed as a luxury that can be line-item cut whenever a college or organization needs extra $$, we must instill the idea that these stations are a vital asset to not only the college, but to the community it serves.

  2. Paul Riismandel December 16, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Donna. I really like your point about casting off the hobby image to refocus on stations as an asset. My experience is that students are usually eager to get on board with this kind of shift, while some community DJs often need more convincing since a change to the usual state of affairs can seem threatening to their individual shows. They need to understand that reflexive resistance to change is more likely to hurt the station’s future rather than secure it.

    So it really helps for student station staff to have the help and guidance of an engaged advisor or other leaders at the college/university to manage these changes and entice community DJs to get on board as mentors and engaged participants.

  3. FloRogers December 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Hi guys, thanks for the even handed exploration of the NVPR proposal to bring KUNV into sustainability.

    Our “explainer” is here and I welcome feedback

    I can assure any UNLV students who listen to this podcast (if our proposal moves to completion) that the opportunities for them will flourish across all our media outlets KNPR 88.9, KCNV and the city regional magazine Desert Companion. They will be developed around substantial real time professional level experiences in creating contemporary broadcast and digital media content… from audio and video for 91.5 to web design, graphic design, marketing and news production on the only NPR station in Southern Nevada. We can’t wait to bring our entire staff of journalists into the mix with our growing group of broadcast professionals to mentor and interact with UNLV students.

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