STOP THE SALE OF SHAW UNIVERSITY RADIO STATION WSHA 88.9 FM RALEIGH, NC
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For nearly 50 years, WSHA 88.9FM has served the community like no other with innovative programming and the best in R & B, Gospel, news and public affairs, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Reggae, Latin and African music. WSHA provides a platform for underserved communities to be heard. Now it’s heard around the world making it an excellent recruiting tool.
Although most notably is the impact the radio station has made in the lives of its student interns professionally. WSHA alumni are all over the world making huge strides in the media industry. Among various other careers, WSHA alumni have made history as professional broadcasters, record executives, TV and radio newscasters, and managers of radio and TV stations. WSHA has played a pivotal role in keeping the public & African American community in particular informed about political and educational information which helped to transform the lives of the citizens of Raleigh-Durham. A sale would put Shaw University on the wrong side of history and would contradict the principals on which the University was founded.
We petition the Shaw University Board of Trustees to reconsider their vote to sell such a valuable staple in the community and producer of highly skilled and trained media professionals.
WSHA has invested much in the lives of its listeners and former students. AND much investment has been made to the station by its listeners and former students.
This radio station is close to being self-sufficient unlike what the Board would like to think. Therefore, the case made, that initiated the vote to sale the station is invalid. Please take a look at the station’s Annual Financial Statements from 2015 and 2016 here: http://www.shawu.edu/uploadedFiles/WSHA/CPBTransparencyCompliance.pdf
Also, the Shaw University Board of Trustees should know that a significant funding source for the radio station will require payback of grants and a percentage of the sale of the station if they deem to sell. These are all critical factors that should change the hearts and minds of those who want to sell WSHA 88.9 FM.
Please support this petition and share with as many people as possible to inform the Shaw University Board of Trustees of the major supporters against the vote to sell the global VOICE of Shaw University, WSHA 88.9 FM.
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