Delmarva Public Radio a community service

November 13, 2012

On a visit to friends in Brooklyn in the early 1980s, we woke to good music coming from the kitchen where breakfast was being prepared. This was from radio station WQXR, a commercial-free classical music station with commentary.

It played all day long, softer when we were talking. In 1989, we were elated to discover WSCL in Sussex County, and became contributing members. We were a fan of Scotty Wilson, who was a volunteer on Thursday evening with music and commentary. And, there were many other competent volunteer hosts.

So, needless to say, we were concerned when we heard that WSCL/WSDL may become a canned, sterile music station. That is music for doctors' offices and commercial business. Six years ago, my wife had a severe stroke rendering her right side useless, permanently confining her to a wheel chair.

When I am away from home, she is comfortable and not lonely because someone at WSCL talks to her and plays good music for her.

We understand that a consultant was hired to recommend ways to cut growing costs of maintaining the station and staffing. Did the consultant consider the value of the station to the community, the money contributed by station members and time given by volunteers or ways to raise funds to meet the station needs. To this writer, it seems that maybe the consultant was a first step to phase the station out of existence.

Delmarva has a rapidly growing population. Unlike many other growing populations, ours is primarily made up of retirees. This should be a challenge to Salisbury University to find ways to maintain WSCL/WSDL as a community service to all Delmarva, as well a our rapidly growing retiring population.

James Bazzoli

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