Hoping wisdom will triumph for public radio

February 7, 2013

The following letter was sent to President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Salisbury University, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

Following my recent move from northern New Jersey to Delaware, one of my first concerns was to identify the local NPR public radio station.  As a loyal supporting member of WNYC’s public radio for over 30 years, I wanted to immediately transfer my allegiance, and my support dollars, to the NPR station serving the Rehoboth Beach area.  My radio dial has not moved from 90.7 FM since I arrived, as I listen throughout the day to well balanced news and discussions on both local and national issues.  I have not found a better source of information on the wide range of topics of importance to me as a citizen of the United States and the world, as well as a resident of the Delmarva area.  Without any reservation I can state that my life would be significantly impoverished without access to Delmarva public radio.

Much to my amazement, I recently learned during a presentation by the Friends of Delmarva Public Radio that the existence of this station is in serious jeopardy.  I further learned that under your administration and influence over the Salisbury University Foundation, the public radio staff located on your campus has been decimated.  I have learned that despite the FCC’s mandate that well publicized public meetings be held annually to discuss issues of concerns regarding WSDL (90.7 FM) and WSCL (89.5 FM), both publicly funded radio stations, this has not been done.  Furthermore, it is clear that the Aug. 30, 2012 report by Public Radio Capital was a complete sham.

As the president of a major public learning institution, responsible for educating all the public, your actions, or lack thereof, are beyond comprehension.  If for no other reason than to avert a devastating blow to your administrative record, I strongly suggest that you immediately fulfill your responsibilities and respond to the repeated inquires from the Friends of Delmarva Public Radio as to the plans for providing a new site for this radio station.  I can only hope that wisdom will ultimately triumph in this issue, and that Delmarva Public Radio will be relocated and supported in the place of its birth, the Salisbury University campus.

Sue Claire Harper
Rehoboth Beach

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