Have you tuned into WRVU lately and noticed something strange? You keep hearing the same songs and a whole lot of “Hi, I’m <insert burned-out musician> and you’re listening to WRVU” promos, but missing are actual live voices? That’s because you’re hearing computerized-automation. Because of the recent community-dj-cap, there are quite a few holes in WRVU’s schedule. 10am-2pm Tuesdays? Automation. 10am-1pm Wednesdays? Automation. 12am till your hangover ends Friday and Saturday nights? You guessed it — automation.
Surely this is an opportunity for WRVU to admit their mistake, beg forgiveness, and welcome more community-member dj’s back into the lineup. Surely that’s what they did. Let’s see how Programming Director Mike Fagan handled the schedule gaps in a letter to the staff:
Staffers, I would like to open you all to request a second show, or an extension to a show if you would like in one of the open slots. To view the open slots, please see the online schedule on the website. If your show borders an empty hour and you want to extend into unoccupied time, you may do that. You can also have a second show in one of the empty spots if you would like(1-2 hours). If you want to do either of these things, please email me the following: Current Show Name DJ Name Extension? New Show Name Requested Time Slot(s) Requests will be handled first come first serve. Please only request one additional show or extension for now. You may give multiple possible slots, in case the one you want gets taken before the online schedule is updated, but you will only get one. Thanks, Mike Fagan — Regards, Program Director WRVU 91.1 Nashville 615-322-FM91 (Tel.) 615-343-2582 (Fax) firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s right, instead of allowing more of the community-member dj’s back on the air, he’s asking the current dj’s if they want another show. WTF?
I’ve stopped thinking this is simply inept management at WRVU. These guys actually get some type of sadistic pleasure out of torturing their former dj’s.
One more reason to support WRFN Radio Free Nashville . . . and, of course, the shows now doing podcasts.
Addendum 2-04-10 5:13pm: I should point out this probably isn’t the fault of Programming Director Mike Fagan, and we shouldn’t blame him. Likely, this decision came from the General Manager and/or the board of directors.