On a sad note, my campus radio station KTXT 88.1-FM was terminated on December 10th, the last day of the fall semester at the behest of Student Media directors claiming that FM radio is becoming antiquated and that the station itself is not financially viable.
Granted, it’s hard to argue that terrestrial radio (and all old forms of media including television and print) are on the decline, it is, however, difficult to make the leapt from taking this information and completely dismantling organizations that have consistently given opportunities and occupations to so many students. As for the financial excuse, that is incredibly easy to refute: when have academic institutions been concerned about short-term commercial gains? Universities invest in the students – a long-term commitment – by providing them with skills and intellectual advancements so that when they go out into the real world they can give back to the school that has given them so much. Shutting down KTXT has just the opposite desired effect, eliminating opportunities as a way to shave a couple thousand dollars off of next year’s budget.