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Petition to Bradley University

Keep Peoria's Public Radio Station Alive!

The future of WCBU, Peoria's public radio station, is uncertain. Currently, the radio station is housed at Bradley University. Over the past three years, Bradley has not hired a full-time director, reduced the station’s staff, and staged the building in which the station is located for demolition without announcing a new home. Show Bradley University you want them to maintain and grow WCBU into the future by taking action below! Take action now! The letter below will be delivered to the Bradley University Administration and Board on July 30th, 2018. BUY SWAG: Show everyone that you support public radio in Peoria by purchasing a vintage WCBU t-shirt here. All proceeds collected from the sale of apparel will be donated directly to WCBU. Buy a shirt! This apparel will only be available for the duration of this campaign. DONATE: Already have a million t-shirts? Put your money where your mouth is and invest directly in public radio in Peoria by donating to WCBU. Donate now! SIGN THE LETTER: Dear President Roberts, Provost Walter Zakahi, and Bradley University Board of Trustees, Public radio connects our community with one another, our state, our nation and the world. Public radio invites us to stop and listen to one another. To listen to the stories of people we relate to, and more importantly, those we don’t understand, from across the globe or across town. With the future of WCBU uncertain, we thank you for your historic support of Peoria’s public radio station and ask that you do all that is in your power to maintain and grow WCBU into the future. This letter is a response to recent news that cast doubt on Bradley University’s willingness to maintain WCBU into the future. Over the past three years, Bradley has not hired a full-time director, reduced the station’s staff, and staged the building in which the station is located for demolition without announcing a new home. These actions have us seriously concerned about Bradley University’s commitment to WCBU. Continued disinvestment in WCBU would be an unimaginable loss for Peoria. Lost would be one of the few remaining public and free local news sources in the Peoria area, one that has been nationally recognized for its investigative journalism with Edward R Murrow, Associated Press, and Society of Professional Journalists awards. Lost would be the heart-warming and sobering stories of our neighbors that invite us to hold a rich understanding of our community. Lost would be another source of accountability for the most powerful institutions in our area. Lost would be the two-way street that not only keeps us informed of current events from outside our area, but allows our local stories to be heard by the world on National Public Radio or international networks. We who write you this letter are your students who aspire to enter the field of journalism, your neighbors who pass by the radio tower every day, and community members who count on WCBU for unbiased news and a sense of connection. Bradley should be truly proud of WCBU’s legacy. It, with proper investment, can continue to be shining proof of Bradley’s commitment to nurturing empathy, integrity, and the differences and similarities that make our community whole. Signed,Moss Bradley Residential Association BoardRenaissance Park Community AssociationOrchard District Neighborhood AssociationArmstrong Ellis Neighborhood AssociationBike PeoriaSoulside Healing Arts+ Your organization! (E-mail ilovewcbu@gmail.com to add your organization to this letter)

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