An update on WTJU

June 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · By

Observing this whole thing from afar in Brooklyn, I’d like to just chime in for a second and offer up some of the latest links and developments about the crisis at WTJU. It appears that the voices of those opposing the quick and drastic changes that were planned for the station as early as this week have been heard. Here’s the beginning of an open letter from Burr Beard, Carol Wood and Marian Anderfurer that Tyler Magill recently posted to his clearinghouse blog on the matter:

Yesterday, we wrote to you acknowledging that, in our drive to bring change to WTJU, we sent the train too quickly down the track. Today, in response to your concerns, we write to clarify how we want to move forward.

We’re re-setting the process to bring you and your ideas to the table while still not losing sight of those three key goals of increasing listenership, student involvement and revenue…

Continue reading the rest of that letter here.

Tyler also talked with Coy Barefoot today on “Charlottesville—Right Now.” You can listen to that over on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

Also, C-VILLE Weekly’s Andrew Cedermark tweeted today about having exchanged e-mails with Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich about WTJU, so I imagine we’ll be able to see what he had to say soon. [UPDATE: Andrew’s post is up now]

Also, there is apparently a letter from former WTJU GM Chuck Taylor that Tyler will be posting to his blog tonight, I think. So look for that. [UPDATE: Chuck’s letter is up now.]

If you’ve got any other info or anything else you’d like to say, why not leave a comment?

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Jun 23, 2010 at 12:43 am

    thanks for that, John.
    I had every intention of doing an in-depth write-up on the WTJU situation this evening. Then I realized I had been stressing so hard about it, losing sleep and pulling my hair out, more or less nonstop for the past 5 days. So I elected to drink half a case of beer on a porch instead. Didn’t want to leave our readers in the dark, but it’s literally been a non-stop freakout since last Thu/Fri, and I needed a break. Glad you could step up.

    For what it’s worth, I may be incredibly pessimistic about the situation, but I’m heartened by the stance taken by the Office of Public Affairs. We’ve all been operating under the assumption that they want to dismantle the whole thing outright, but it’s become increasingly clear to me that they simply have no idea what the heck goes on at WTJU, and this whole situation (UVa is not fond of widespread press-leaks that take place weeks before official announcements are scheduled) has, hopefully, served as something of a wake-up call. If nothing else, I hope they understand that the situation is more complicated than what they first may have assumed.

    Anyhow, there’s a lot more to be written about this soon.

  • 2 John // Jun 23, 2010 at 2:41 am

    No problem, I was happy to get to post some positive news!

  • 3 Andrew Cedermark // Jun 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Big update quotes Nastanovich and puts WTJU listenership in perspective vis a vis U Delaware’s radio station & local commercial stations, etc.