Proposed WUMD sale hits sour note with volunteers and listeners

Unhappy DJs, station volunteers and listeners are speaking out on social media after word of the proposed $1.5 million sale of WUMD 89.3 FM to Rhode Island Public Radio.

A move to save the station, which marks its 45th anniversary Friday, has also sparked the creation of a SAVEWUMD Facebook page.

 “This (WUMD) is what keeps me going,” said Toni Pennacchia, a radio volunteer since 1996 and a former UMass Dartmouth student, who produces a weekly program called “Spoiler Alert.”

Read more from South Coast Today.

Battle Emerges Over RI Public Radio Acquiring UMass Dartmouth Radio Station

WUMD staff and supporters, however, have organized to try to stop the acquisition, citing the diminishment of local radio in the south coast of Massachusetts.

“They’re hurting southeast Massachusetts, where WUMD’s programs have been heard,” said Toni Marie Pennacchia, who disc jockeys for WUMD. “We’ve been around 45 years this Friday, I’ve been a volunteer since 1996.”

Read more from GoLocalProv.com.

Plus, more on the sale from Radio Survivor and Providence Journal.

Helena, MT Noncommercial FM Construction Permit Donated To Montana State University

Last Chance Public Radio Association is donating the construction permit for a new noncommercial FM in Helena, Mont. to Montana State University – Billings (Yellowstone Public Radio) in a deal conditioned on YPR concurrently swapping KYPH/East Helena, Mont. to the Board of Regents of Montana University System in exchange for K251AC/Helena.

Read more from AllAccess.com.

Student Broadcasters Mingle in the City of Brotherly Love

Podcasting, social media, ’zines, LPFM, the FCC and journalism were among the topics tackled at College Broadcasters Inc.’s fifth annual National Student Electronic Media Convention. Held in Philadelphia in October, the event drew a crowd of some 420 paid attendees in addition to guest speakers and sponsors.

Read more from Radio World.

 

Plus, hear how Clemson’s game-winning touchdown sounded on the radio and the latest College Radio Watch column.