Reaction to Shutdown of WLFM's FM Broadcast sign now

We, the undersigned, wish to express our disappointment regarding the decision to shut down WLFMs FM signal and convert the station to an internet-only broadcast. College radio is critically important in todays climate, in which radio has become increasingly homogenized as large corporations like Clear Channel now control thousands of stations. Without college radio, non-mainstream programming is completely locked out of the airwaves.

WLFM provided one of the only ways for Lawrence to reach out into the community in a positive way. In a time when Lawrence should be working to improve its relationship with the community, shutting down the stations FM broadcast sends the message that interaction with the community is expendable. This is especially important for the Fox Valleys minority Hmong and Hispanic communities, for whom WLFM has hosted cultural-themed radio shows for many years. With the shutdown of the FM signal, these groups will lose their only local media representation. The internet broadcast will be of little help to many of these families who do not have access to computers and internet connections for financial reasons.

The decision to broadcast exclusively over the internet will also greatly limit the support that WLFM receives from record labels and could cause major technical difficulties in running the annual Midwest Trivia Contest, a long-standing tradition that brings Lawrence national recognition. Attracting listeners will also be difficult given the level of competition from the thousands of other broadcasters.

As an alternative to shutting down the FM broadcast altogether, Lawrence should have considered operating the FM broadcast apart from Wisconsin Public Radio, as was done before 1990. This would require a very reasonable level of financial support, as most college stations in the U.S. exist on a budget less than the tuition of a single Lawrence student. Many receive less than $10,000 yearly. Lawrence spends much more on other campus activities and could easily afford this level of support to keep one of its greatest traditions alive. We are disappointed that no attempt was made to organize fund raisers that could have helped pay for equipment upgrades. WLFM could have dealt with any future equipment failure by purchasing low-cost used equipment on web sites like eBay and craigslist, as most college stations with limited budgets do.

We also feel strongly that Lawrence students and local community members should have been consulted regarding the decision, and we hope this does not set a precedent for how the Lawrence administration deals with student and community issues in the future.

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  • 18 December 201550. Nathan N
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Former DJ В
  • 16 August 201549. Corey H
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Listener Was the football team cut as well? Many more people regularly listened to WLFM than have ever attended a Lawrence football game.
  • 01 August 201548. Jim D
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Lawrence '00, Former DJ and Station Mgr. В
  • 13 July 201547. Rm W
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  • 13 June 201546. Kim D
    I support this petition
  • 07 June 201545. Derrick H
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Founder's Descendent Please don't let this valuable program disappear!
  • 25 May 201544. Yarran H
    I support this petition
  • 18 February 201543. Cene K
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  • 07 January 201542. Teresa Kh
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 201441. Robin S
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Lawrence '02 WLFM always provided a way for LU students to connect with each other and the community, it is unfortunate that current and future students will not have access
  • 17 August 201440. Peter Myern
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) former DJ, student Perhaps the time is comming when internet radio will replace FM radio for even low-income families - but not for at least five years, and maybe as many as
  • 31 July 201439. Winston B
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Alumnus, listener, Trivia champion Having solely internet radio is pointless. It will cut off almost all listeners and destroy one of LU's greatest tradition--TRIVIA!
  • 17 July 201438. Patricia Js
    I support this petition
  • 03 July 201437. Christopher B
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Current Student В
  • 02 July 201436. Dimitrije Kostic
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) former DJ (1998-2001), former station manager (late 2001) I had initially supported this shift, but this petition makes some good points. Switching to internet-only broadcast
  • 12 February 201435. Brad O
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 201334. Matt P
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Past Trivia Master (Grand Master 2001) I don't mean to be combative, but Mr. Daley makes some outstanding points. Please consider his ideas and arguments; he has everyone's b
  • 15 December 201333. Steve M
    I support this petition
  • 27 October 201332. Allison A
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Alumni, former trivia master I would suggest taking money from the ill-founded SOUP organization and put it into college radio.
  • 06 August 201331. Jessica I
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Alumni 2003 Granted that the decision has already been made, there seems little we can do to get our station back. But WLFM was a vibrant part of the LU community and making
  • 19 July 201330. Steve S
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) former DJ, alumnus Student activities are about fun and valuable experiences that build skills for the future. What's fun about broadcasting on an internet station that the g
  • 25 April 201329. Melanie Lynneh
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) former assistant DJ, listener, trivia fan Please look at the alternatives. Turning the station into internet-only would be a grave mistake.
  • 17 January 201328. Katherine T
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) Class of 2003 В
  • 28 November 201227. Robert N
    I support this petition
  • 10 November 201226. Benjamin Jmansavagek
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) former DJ, station manager, and alumni This was a wonderful oppertunity for Lawrence to keep in contact with its community
  • 16 August 201225. Mara S
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) student of Lawrence В
  • 31 March 201224. Chris M
    Relationship to WLFM or Lawrence University (former DJ, alumni, listener, etc.) college radio supporter save college radio and independant music

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Adeline BarkerBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
Petition target:
President Jill Beck, Dean of Campus Activities Paul Shrode, and the Lawrence University Administration

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