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LPFM Watch: Nashville Station Beats Fundraising Goal; CHIRP Hits the Airwaves in October

No new low-power FM construction permits this week, due primarily to the FCC taking its database systems offline for maintenance over the Labor Day holiday. However, we do have two bits of good news to report from the LPFM world. WXNA in Nashville, TN is a new station spearheaded by some former DJs and supporters […]

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records and CDs at KUSF in Exile

College Radio Watch: LPFM for WRVU supporters, Mountaineer Radio to go FM, and WRAS Battle Continues

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the shutdown of college radio station KUSF 90.3 FM at University of San Francisco. As I prepared for my visit to see KUSF-in-Exile (aka San Francisco Community Radio) on Sunday, I spent some time looking through our coverage of the whole KUSF saga. It’s been […]

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WRVU of Nashville reborn as WXNA-LP

The organization that fought Vanderbilt University’s sale of WRVU-FM has good news. WRVU Friends and Family says it is moving as fast as the non-profit can to get its newly won 100 watt Low Power FM radio station running: WXNA-LP of Nashville, Tennessee. The plan is to place a transmitter around Germantown, a bit to […]

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The Latest FCC Call Sign Changes Herald the Return of WRVU (LP) and the End of WIP

As I perused the list of the most recent call sign changes issued by the FCC, I found some interesting tidbits. The call sign for the former Vanderbilt University FM radio station, WRVU, is making a terrestrial radio comeback of sorts ( is still used by an online station at Vanderbilt, but the now sold […]

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College Radio Watch: Protesting College Radio Takeovers + A Few New LPFM College Stations

As the end of the year approaches, I’m already starting to think about what the overarching themes of 2014 were for college radio. Like many recent years, it’s been a mix of good and bad news this year. The situation at Georgia State University’s WRAS-FM is a high profile example of public radio’s ongoing interest […]

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FCC Approves Assignment of Former WRVU License to Nashville Public Radio

In a letter dated today (PDF), the FCC approved the renewal application and assigned the license for WFCL to Nashville Public Radio. The non-commercial FM station was formerly Vanderbilt University’s college radio station WRVU-FM (see my profile of the station from 2010). Back in 2011, students were taken off the air at WRVU and the […]

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2012: A Mixed Bag for College Radio

As we reflect back on 2012, there’s no clear answer about the state of college radio. In a way, college radio may be getting back to normal following a particularly dramatic 2011. Although some stations left the air this year, others continued to thrive and new stations were born. Fall-out from 2011 continued this year, […]

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Paperwork Filed with FCC Regarding WRVU License Transfer

Paperwork Filed with FCC to Assign Former WRVU License to Nashville Public Radio

On August 9, Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC) filed paperwork with the FCC indicating their desire to assign the license for former college radio station WRVU 91.1 FM (now known as WFCL) to Nashville Public Radio. Ever since June, 2011, Nashville Public Radio has been operating the station after VSC entered into an agreement with the […]

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WRVU Supporters File Petition to Deny College Radio Station’s License Renewal

This week, WRVU Friends and Family filed a Petition to Deny the license renewal for the Vanderbilt University radio station WFCL. Known as WRVU until  June 1, 2011, WFCL is the non-commercial educational radio station licensed to Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC) in Nashville. In June, 2011, WRVU DJs and volunteers were told that the station […]

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