Listeners' Group Makes Pitch To Operate Delmarva Public Radio
December 5, 2012 at 4:39 AM (PT)
A group of DELMARVA PUBLIC RADIO listeners opposing the sale of the stations by SALISBURY UNIVERSITY has proposed that the college allow them to operate the stations, noncommercial News-Talk WSDL and Classical WSCL/SALISBURY-OCEAN CITY, MD, while providing studio and office space for the operation to replace the present location that is soon to be demolished to make way for a new library, reports the SALISBURY DAILY TIMES.
The FRIENDS OF DELMARVA PUBLIC RADIO made their proposal in response to the school's turning to consultant PUBLIC RADIO CAPITAL's recommendation that WSDL be flipped to Triple A and that WSCL use satellite-delivered programming, and that the stations be handed over to another operator. The FRIENDS proposal asks the school and its fundraising arm to set aside $250,000 to $500,000 for studio relocation and equipment, with the FRIENDS repaying the money with grant money or donations. TOM HEHMAN, head of the listener group and former WICOMICO PUBLIC LIBRARY director, told the paper that he plans to discuss the proposal TODAY (12/5) with the school's leaders, but the SALISBURY UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION's JASON CURTAIN told the paper that the FRIENDS group had "submitted a proposal that is being considered, along with other options. We thank the group for its interest.”