89.7 FM – Your New All Day NPR News Station!

| January 5, 2011 | 42 Comments

We had one historic occasion on December 15th with the sign-on of Classical 101 and now we have another tomorrow, January 6th, as we provide the first all day NPR/Local News station on FM in Columbus history. 89.7 FM will provide our all news service with simulcast, for the time being, on WOSU AM 820.

Unprecedented in the country, WOSU is also providing, as of tomorrow, a new network of five FM stations with an all-classical music service.

Classical 101 in Columbus will begin feeding 24/7 classical programming to our stations in Marion/Delaware, Mansfield, Coshocton and Portsmouth, providing the sole classical music service for those communities. Classical music radio has proven to enhance the success of local performing arts organizations and improve the quality of life or as some call it, the “cultural economy” of a region.

If you have a question or issue related to our new station programming or technical issues contact WOSU Audience Services. You might first look at our website for information at http://www.wosu.org/radiofaqs/ or you can email classical101@wosu.org or call us at 292-9678.

For more information, read the press release (PDF) about the programming changes.

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  • nosferatu

    Wait . . . so Mansfield is going to be completely without NPR programming now?? This is a terrible and upsetting decision, especially after being previously led to believe that we’d finally have FULL NPR programming out here. Now nothing??

  • http://wosu.org tomrieland

    Due to technical and programming issues, WOSU had to make a choice with all four of its regional stations to provide either all-classical or all-news programming. We can no longer provide a split news/classical service. This is a decision we must make and WOSU has decided to provide an all-classical service to all its regional stations. However, all the regional stations including 91.7 FM in Mansfield broadcast digitally on HD Radio, which means with an HD Radio your can receive the all-classical service on 91.7 HD1 and all-NPR news on the 91.7 HD2 channel. Both services are also streamed on the web at http://www.wosu.org

    WOSV 91.7 was originally created with the assistance of OSU Mansfield to bring classical music to the community, but we are also very committed to bringing NPR news to any community we serve. We were torn by this decision in Mansfield, so we spent several days surveying a representative 25 percent of our membership from Mansfield (about 100 members) and found a clear 3 to 1 ratio of membership favoring all-classical versus all-news.

    We know portions of the community receive service from WKSU at Kent State (89.7 FM or 89.3 FM), which provides a split NPR news/classical format. You might also try 820 AM WOSU in your car to receive all-NPR programming. You might consider accessing our programming through HD Radio or online as mentioned. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Tom Rieland
    WOSU General Manager

  • Jim Harlow

    My wife & I have been looking forward to this day to finally get the all day NPR news station here in Mansfield. And then this morning we were so sad to not be able to pick up 89.7 FM on our house radios. And then we immediately switched back to 91.7 FM where there wasn’t even the morning news before the classical music started! Wow, so what do we do now? Can you give us any suggestions, please.

  • KDudley

    I was also concerned about the switchover (I knew it was inevitable when the second FM station was purchased) and prefer the format as it was, but am very grateful for not losing the music here in Mansfield. I understand decisions sometimes have to be made. I’m just happy WOSU is blessing our community with a station – the other FM (and AM) offerings in the area are horrible.

    Thanks again for servicing our community and for taking the time to poll the members.

  • http://www.wosu.org Tom Rieland

    Please see the posting above about Mansfield coverage. Tuning into WKSU on FM at 89.7 FM might be possible depending where you live in the area and also try 820 AM WOSU. We have staff at OSU Mansfield who listen to WOSU AM 820 in their offices.
    You may have to move your antenna slightly at home to get WKSU.

  • C Holloway

    I was so disappointed this morning when NPR had disappeared from WOSU-Mansfield. I cannot receive WKSU or 820 AM at my house. My only news source is gone. I can get about 15 minutes of WKSU on my commute to Ashland, but I normally have two hours as I get ready and drive in. Can one grieve for missing radio? I promise I’ll support the station if you please bring it back!!!

  • nosferatu

    Thanks for the response.

    The efforts you made for polling portions of the membership are commendable, and I’m happy to know that the decision was thought out in this manner. Of course I’m no less disappointed in the decision; as stated above, it’s pretty much impossible to get the other NPR stations (WKSU just on the far eastern reaches of town, with static).

    To me, the error in the reasoning in this switch is in that it’s much easier for classical music listeners to replace their music with CDs and music on iPods or other listening devices. There is no real replacement for those wanting to hear the news on NPR. Neither situation is ideal, of course, but in a place like Mansfield, where greater NPR programming would have been like striking gold in what is otherwise a wasteland of culture and open-mindedness, this is a real loss.

  • Marirae Frankenfield

    Dear WOSU:
    I cannot tell you how disappointed I am at losing NPR news in Mansfield. I do not have an HD radio and I can only stream news when I am in the basement with my computer. I felt that NPR news was a wonder balance, and a relief to the nine, yes nine hours of conservative talk shows on the local AM station. I felt NPR was a wonderful antidote to the brainwashing going on by the conservative right who seem to control all of the popular media. I have been a contributor to WOSU because I believed in public control of something so influential as mass media, but I will probably not contribute anymore since neither I nor my neighbors will receive any of the benefit of NPR’s thoughtful and informative reporting.

  • http://www.wosu.org Tom Rieland

    We are sorry to disappoint any of our members and fully recognize the benefit of NPR news in any community. If WKSU and WOSU AM 820 don’t come in…the right antidote for home listening would be to purchase an HD Radio and receive all NPR News on 91.7 FM HD Channel 2. You tune to the station and click over to Channel 2. Everything will sound amazing. HD Radios are not very expensive and easy to use. You can buy one online at amazon.com and other online retailers — here are some links to specific radios:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sangean-WR-2-Digital-Tabletop-Black/dp/B0009ZAA42/ref=pd_cp_e_3

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Misc/HD-Radio/pcmcat156500050009.c?id=pcmcat156500050009&searchterm=hd%20radio&searchresults=1

    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-BzyKxVju3RD/g_305150/HD-Radio-Components-Table-Radios.html?c=4&tp=207

  • Patricia Thomas

    I just wanted to add my voice to the conversation. First, let me say how much I have enjoyed both the classical and news programming on WOSU. When I moved to Mansfield 17 months ago, I was overjoyed to find such a wonderful NPR station that comes in so clearly.

    After enjoying WOSU all these months — and getting NPR news for years in other parts of the state where I have lived — I must say that it is going to be an adjustment doing without NPR. I guess I have been spoiled and might have to get one of those HD radios…but what about in my car??

    Mr. Rieland, I appreciate your thoughtful responses to the above comments. I am posting, not so much to complain, as to let you know that this member really appreciated the news/music mix. I am going to miss it.

  • http://97.1 Vikki Sue

    Well, it was nice to provide links to HD radios – but my stars, have you seen the prices! It’s the cost of an annual NPR donation! I am pained….

  • C. Callahan

    Mr. Rieland,

    Please add me to the list of people who are very upset about the loss of any NPR news programming in Mansfield. It is made worse by the expectation built for the last two weeks that I would now have access to an “all news” format, and now I find no news at all. While I can tune Cleveland WCPN in my car very clearly, none of the stations, including the AM one, can be tuned in my home (which is on the south side of the city and, theoretically, should be “closer” to Columbus). This decision is especially dismaying since I am an Ohio State-Mansfield employee, a regular listener, and a regular contributor, yet I’m prevented from taking part in what I think is an important part of the cultural community created by Ohio State, and so are my fellow citizens. I appreciate the efforts to survey members, and your desire to prioritize contributing members, but surveying 100 people in a community of 50,000 does not offer a very reliable sample of the needs of the community. And while the HD radio may be a solution for some people, I don’t know that I would characterize a $100 radio as “not very expensive.” That said, had I known how this change would affect me, I would have used the $100 I donated to WOSU in the last fund drive to buy a new radio so I could actually listen to WOSU. It saddens me to know that in the next fund drive, I will be donating to WCPN instead of my “home” station.

  • Diane Ottolenghi

    So, we are left to choose between Christian or Limbaugh/Beck stations to get our news? Ugh. This is truly a shame, as I also often assign various NPR programing to my students and many of them began listening to it on a regular basis, which led to many interesting class discussions. This is just not good…..not good at all.

  • Dan Lehman

    Dear Tom Rieland,

    Thank you for your helpful suggestions about products we can buy, but they are sidestepping the real issue. Your decision has deprived the Mansfield area of effective over-the-air NPR in any location: car, portable radios, radios around the home. You are telling loyal listeners who have donated thousands of dollars to your radio station to buy five or six new pieces of equipment or give up local radio altogether.

    Much more importantly, you are surrendering the local public frquencies to a welter of narrow-minded radio souces without the antidote of quality NPR programming.

    Please tell us why it is impossible to switch the WOSV transponder to WOSU’s NPR feed at 6-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. and to classical WOSU the remainder of the day.

    Unfortunately, for almost everyone locally, WKSU and WCPN do not come in and are not an option. And we love supporting WOSU if you allow us to do so! You have making that hard to do.

  • A. Wittmer

    Mr. Rieland,

    I am extremely saddened and shocked by WOSU’s decision to end NPR’s news broadcasts in the Mansfield area. I’m not sure you have considered how this decision will impact your listenership, and the subsequent contributions you may receive from it.

    People such as myself and my family, love NPR because it is available as an alternative from the inane babblings of the other stations on the air, and it soothes the sting of many hours spent commuting and driving around.

    It smacks slightly of elitism to say, “adapt or be left behind” – yet that is exactly what has happened. I agree with C. Callahan that classifying HD radios as “inexpensive” is a bit of a stretch, particularly when some people, such as myself, find NPR as the only suitable radio option at all. To pay a hundred dollars just to hear one station that was previously available for free signifies an alarming trend in news broadcasting.

    The radio and print industries are already being hit hard by the Internet, so it seems wholly counterproductive to try and gouge the few steady hangers-on. While I fully agree that Classical music enhances a community, nothing polarizes a community more than being deprived of diversity, which is exactly what’s happened for Mansfield’s radio listeners.

    This move contradicts everything I’ve felt NPR to stand for – free public access to intelligent, well-reasoned news. If this is what WOSU has intended, bravo.

  • http://www.mansfield.ohio-state.edu/faculty/ocosta/ Ozeas Costa

    It was with dismay that I learn Mansfield will no longer have NPR on radio. For some reason I was under the impression that the changes that have been advertised recently were to have an all NPR station here (and that seemed a very good idea to me) and not to loose it completely. I am sure many other members of the Mansfield community will feel the same way. There was a big failure to communicate the real extension of the changes and losing NPR is a tremendous loss to our community!!!

  • Lynn Johnson

    Dear Mr. Rieland,
    I’m disheartened to learn that Mansfield listeners will no longer receive the trusted NPR news we have counted on for years. Many of us squeeze our NPR time into the corners of our day–the few times when other demands subside and we can fully listen–and being unable to hear the news at home or in our cars creates a barrier to access for us.

    My wife and I support WOSU and are OSU-Mansfield faculty members, and we feel shortchanged as contributors and as OSU employees by this loss. No more All Things Considered? No more Morning Edition, Fresh Air, or Talk of the Nation? We enjoy classical music, too, but NPR is one of the few sources of fair and balanced news programming still available to us (or anyone).

    We hope you can find some way to at least continue to provide the selected hours per day of NPR programming that has so enriched the lives of listeners in the Mansfield community. We would love to continue supporting our own university’s station; the loss of these programs, however, is consequential and will have isolating effects for the entire Mansfield community. I see this as an equity issue; it doesn’t seem to follow Ohio State’s “Five Campuses. One University” philosophy.

  • John O. Riedl

    As a long-time contributor to WOSU, I plead to get NPR news back. The alternatives here are very bleak.

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  • John Thrasher

    Dear Mr. Rieland,
    As an OSU faculty member in the Mansfield area, I feel invested in WOSU in a variety of ways. I’ve enjoyed great classical music and have stayed informed of world and local news. The attractive and compelling nature of programming made me “not touch that dial” for any reason. And yes, I support WOSU with my wallet. One constant in my life over the past 15+ years has been the presence of NPR news through WOSV-Mansfield. NPR is a great resource for those of us charged with instructing students and engaging in research activities. To my dismay and surprise, we (the Mansfield listening area) are no longer able to hear NPR news now that the Classical 101 program change has taken place. This is unacceptable. I echo the sentiments of my colleagues who have contacted you indicating their disapproval. If this is not ameliorated I will no longer be inclined to support WOSU with financial contributions.

  • Jessica Harlow

    Well, we went to Best Buy and bought an HD Radio Receiver (plus the necessary speakers) for $288.–and, it does not pick up the OSU, Kent State, or Cleveland NPR stations from the south side of Mansfield. We now live in a radio wasteland–no access to thoughtful news and discussion (e.g. Diane Rehm). We have never lived anywhere that did not have access to an NPR station. What will it take to bring NPR news programming to Mansfield? This area’s radio offerings are dreadful. We are returning the overpriced equipment and hoping that there will be a change in your programming to accommodate NPR news. Thank you.

  • Dan Lehman

    Jessica Harlow’s experience is very disturbing in that it undercuts the best advice that Mr. Rieland gave us (even though it was expensive advice). So we are back to square one and still waiting for an explanation as to why (at the very least) a switch cannot be thrown to broadcast the HD Channel 2 (all-news) on standard WOSV during “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” and the HD Channel 1 (classical) programming the remainder of the day.

    Mr. Rieland, we want to support your station and continue its success in Mansfield. We are an important part of the OSU community. We are not the enemy. But we need reliable information and timely responses. Believe me, this issue will not go away.

    Many thanks for your efforts on behalf of all NPR fans. Please don’t let us down.

  • http://www.wosu.org Tom Rieland

    Jessica,

    To be clear, 91.7 FM in Mansfield is digital, which means you would tune to your local station with an HD Radio and be able to pick up on 91.7 HD1 — All Classical and HD2 — all NPR News and any other HD radio stations in the area.

  • Barbara Lehman

    I live in Mansfield and teach at the Mansfield Campus of OSU. I have relied
    on NPR broadcasts on WOSU 91.7 for many years now, and I contribute to the
    station through OSU Campus Campaign. The other morning I was dismayed to realize that the WOSU change in programming included removing my ONLY source of NPR! You need to understand what an enormous impact this will have on listeners in our area, since we can’t receive any other NPR station. The NPR broadcasts in the morning and evening have been an essential part of my day, and for listeners like my, this is absolutely unacceptable.

    Regarding your responses so far: I remain deeply disappointed with this change. I cannot get a clear signal for WKSU, and I don’t have HD Radio. Web broadcasts are not practical for someone like myself who likes to listen while in my car, getting ready in the morning, or preparing dinner in the evening. I do not listen to
    classical music on a regular basis. I wonder if you had specifically surveyed the faculty and staff at the OSU Mansfield Campus whether you would have gotten the same response. I have been a long-time supporter of WOSU, but unfortunately, this decision will cause me to drop my membership, since I can no longer benefit from it. Please register my strong objection to this change in programming.

  • Terri Fisher

    Mr. Rieland, it would be very helpful to all of us if we had a better understanding of the “technical and programming issues” involved. If these “issues” could be solved with increased contributions to WOSU, you might be able to mount a special fund-raising campaign in our area, now that the community is aware of the implications of your new station programming. Your outreach to Mansfield has long been appreciated, and I think that there are many who would be willing to provide greater financial assistance in order to keep NPR in the area. I have the feeling that the alternative is going to be far fewer contributions to WOSU from the Mansfield community.

  • Philip Crane

    Dear Mr. Rieland,

    NPR has been my source for straightforward and intellectual news for the past couple years since I discovered the station Jr. High. Going to a very conservative school and being surrounded by Glen Beck worshipers I found NPR to be my no. 1 place to quench my political and cultural thirsts. Listening to “Morning Edition” on my way to school and then “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace” in the evenings added to my arsenal of arguments that could wipe the smirk off any Beck-listener’s face. I never really knew how much I relied on NPR to both keep me informed and keep me sane. 91.7′s NPR coverage was truly a key part of my day. I am saddened and frustrated that the decision has been made to further cut NPR from the Mansfield area and making Mansfield more of a cultural and intellectual wasteland. I am unable to pick up any other NPR stations and really don’t know what to do without my weekly treat of “Wait, Wait… Dont Tell me!”! I beseech you to PLEASE bring back the old format! I cannot express how much I will miss NPR and all it’s given me.

  • Jim Harlow

    Dear Mr. Rieland,

    Sorry to keep this sad saga going, but after you so nicely responded to my wife yesterday we decided to unpack the HD radio Best Buy suggested and simply switch from HD1 to HD2 as you mentioned. We both felt like fools who couldn’t figure how to do this. We then called Yamaha and they told us we do not have the correct equipment – their 500 series doesn’t have this technology, but their 700 series does, of course will even cost more.
    We are back to square one – no NPR for us. Sure wish this problem didn’t exist as the many other people who are writing in to WOSU Public Media.

  • Linda Vining

    An Encouraging Word

    Dear All at WOSU/NPR Radio,

    Just wanted to thank you for the clearly difficult market service decision to serve up NPR on 89.7 FM. Here in Knox County, we were within your AM broadcast area from sunrise to sunset, but able to receive NPR from any source during morning or evening drive times, except in high summer. It is *delightful* to have NPR’s informed companionship morning and evening, and while preparing dinner or cleaning the kitchen the last thing at night. My listening time is limited. You have hit the target for those of us who were formerly at the perimeter of your AM broadcast area. Thank you, and welcome to Knox County 24/7!

    Linda Vining

  • Scott Fybush

    Hello from a fellow public broadcaster in upstate New York (WXXI Rochester).

    In the several years that we’ve been offering HD Radio, we’ve found that retail stores don’t always steer customers in the right direction when it comes to available radios.

    It sounds to me like Best Buy gave the Harlows some very bad advice. If they bought the Yamaha “YMC-500 neoHD,” that’s not an HD Radio receiver, which would explain why it wouldn’t tune to 91.7-HD2. The “700 series” doesn’t appear to have HD Radio reception, either…and in any case there’s no need to spend anywhere near $300 (or even more) to get HD Radio reception.

    The best HD Radio receiver we’ve found is the Sony XDR-F1HD. It’s not commonly available in retail stores, and it requires external speakers (you can use inexpensive powered computer speakers), but if you can find it online, it’s a phenomenally good value at $100 or so. There’s another model, the XDR-S10HD, that does include speakers and an iPod dock. It costs a little more.

    If you don’t want to go the on-line route, there are some inexpensive portable receivers available at retail. Best Buy’s house brand, Insignia, includes two models of portable (Walkman-style) radios, one that costs about $40, as well as a component tuner. Radio Shack’s Auvio house brand also makes a component tuner that costs just $50.

    Most retail locations don’t know enough about HD Radio to know how to steer customers correctly, so you need to know model numbers: the Auvio is Radio Shack catalog number 31-134, and the Insignia portables are NS-HD01 and NS-HD02, while the standalone tuner is NS-HDTUNE.

    If it doesn’t have the orange “HD Radio” logo prominently displayed on the case, it’s not an HD Radio.

  • http://wosu.com Donna Westfall

    I read many comments of regret from Mansfield area. This is one from the Coshocton County area. We, too, are now devoid of thought provoking news coverage of NPR. I am in the eastern part of the county that cannot receive WKSU on a regular basis nor KSU from Zanesville at all. I was so excited when I could get NPR on WOSU a few years ago and now it is gone. I suspect my only option is to get HD radio to receive programming. However, I would want to know that for sure before making the investment and I am not in my car on a regular basis–how stupid to even suggest. I am a member and have been for a number of years because I wanted to support NPR programming–it is the only part of WOSU I care to listen to.

  • S. Ballinger

    I too share the disappointment expressed by many above of the decision to take NPR access away from us here in Mansfield. I used to awaken to the station each day and get the major headlines, and always listen after work on my way home or to the gym. Local options are certainly limited and I don’t wish to purchase HD radio for this purpose only. I would hope that you will reconsider your programing decisions to remove NPR from our access.

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  • http://www.mansfieldtickets.com B. Byrd

    I am thrilled to have the all classical station in Mansfield. Working closely with a symphony orchestra, I love being able to listen while I work, to learn more about classical music and to hear music that I am unfamiliar with. Puts me in a better humor than sad and upsetting news.

  • Paul

    We are STILL awaiting the “technical details regarding this decision.
    I think most of us would be happy the way things were- use the over the air station just as it was before- NPR news, and classical all other times.

    I REALLY don’t want to have to lug around another -iPod like device just so I can listen to NPR when I’m outside or at the YMCA,which is when I like to listen!

    There is also the access equity issue- not all can spare the $100 for an HD radio, although they are coming down in price.
    What about the 12 year old whose parents only listen to Rush and Glenn?! I was fortuneate enough to have grown up in and “All Things Considered” family, so NPR is as much a part of my day as my cup of coffee and the New York Times!

  • http://www.wosu.org Tom Rieland

    Paul,

    We would have liked to have each of the regional stations stay status quo, but found that option impossible after looking at the issues this presented since we have recently established two separate news and classical services in Columbus. With seven radio stations and a very limited staff, there are so many issues — from traffic, playlists, programming, promotion, corporate underwriting, membership development — that it is simply not possible. If there was a way, we would do it

    Tom

  • S. Crane

    Just got back from 2 weeks out of town anticipating and looking forward to WOSU’s new format in Mansfield, turned on the radio- NOT HAPPY!! Let me add my disappointment and displeasure with what has happened to Mansfield programming. The decision making process is flawed. I appreciate the large classical audience but I fail to appreciate why you would alienate the large NPR news audience, and right now I feel very alienated. Along with other unhappy listeners I consider the HD radio a poor alternative. Please reconsider this poor decision.

  • Gary Kennedy

    Permit me to partially dissent from many of my OSU-Mansfield colleagues. Given a choice between all-classical and all-news & commentary — which is how you frame it — I would emphatically choose the latter, as would my wife. Often NPR seems like pretty trivial chatter when I’d rather be listening to a glorious symphony or sonata.

    But why is the choice framed this way? Why would it be so hard to continue a mixed format at the regional stations? You cite “traffic, playlists, programming, promotion, corporate underwriting, membership development,” but it seems that you could just flip a switch at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., if that’s what your audience wants. You’d certainly mollify a lot of unhappy people in the Mansfield area.

  • Gary Kennedy

    Oops, I meant “emphatically choose the _former_, as would my wife.”

  • Dan and Barbara Lehman

    Dear Tom Rieland,

    Thank you for your efforts to explain the programming change on WOSV and (we hope) your renewed efforts to restore NPR programming for the Mansfield area.

    However, nearly two weeks into the format change, we have yet to find a reasonable solution to the dilemma.

    And we continue to think that the so-far forced choice between NPR and classical music on WOSV drives an unnecessary wedge between the very people who have MOST supported your station as well as the Ohio State educational mission in the greater Mansfield area.

    An update on our efforts to listen to your station:

    This past Friday evening, we tried unsuccessfully to find a simple, portable HD radio at Best Buy and then Radio Shack that would permit us to switch between the two 91.7 WOSV formats. Radio Shack told us they have been bombarded with inquiries about effective HD radios since WOSV dropped its NPR programming last week.

    However, neither store sells nor plans to sell such a device. Radio Shack told us that HD Radio “was the new hot thing” about two years ago, but failed to take off, thus not justifying a range of product choices. The closest thing that Best Buy had to offer would be something to wear on an armband with ear buds–not exactly the manner by which we have enjoyed NPR together as we drive about the area or move about the house engaged in a variety of chores and activities.

    Though we may be able to find an effective portable HD radio online, we would not be able to try it out before purchasing nor could we return it easily if it did not work. Meanwhile local church-related stations effectively jam the remote NPR broadcasting from WKSU 89.3 or 89.7 and WCPN 90.3. WOSU 820 AM does not come into the city without constant static and drifting.

    Again, no easy solutions—and the whole burden seems to be on the unfortunate listener to attempt to sustain and support your news service!

    Mansfield, Ohio, has a population of about 50,000 and a standard metropolitan statistical area of about 125,000. It is one of the largest free-standing metropolitan communities in Ohio that is not closely associated geographically (with attendant on-air radio service) to one of the exurban areas surrounding Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, or Dayton, etc.

    It is unimaginable that this metropolitan community now has no real over-the-air access to National Public Radio, especially when Mansfield also is home to an important and respected regional campus of The Ohio State University. Simply put, NPR is a crucial part of OSU’s public educational mission, as is classical programming.

    Think of it this way: the home town of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown now has no on-air National Public Radio station!

    The university’s radio stations seem to offer BOTH of its over-the-air formats to EVERY other regional constituency but that of Greater Mansfield. The Ohio Media Watch posts suggest several possibly workable solutions. Have they really been considered or has the effort mainly been to justify a hasty decision?

    Repeating that some 80 WOSU members chose classical music over NPR by a 3-to-1 margin in a hurried “forced choice” survey simply does not respond effectively to the above concerns and drives a wedge between two groups of your friends. Your records will show that Barbara (and our household) is a long-time member of WOSU with effective email and telephone availability and was never contacted for this survey. How many others were missed?

    Please join us in seeking “win-win” solutions that will make it possible for many WOSU members to continue to support your station. More importantly, recognize that the Mansfield metropolitan area needs National Public Radio and offers Ohio State an opportunity to maintain and build its educational mission in this region.

    We are not the enemy, but we will not give up easily. We want to work WITH you toward a solution. Many thanks! — Dan and Barbara Lehman

  • http://www.ohiomediawatch.com Ohio Media Watch

    Greetings. I am the founder and “Primary Editorial Voice” of Ohio Media Watch.

    Our posts on the topic of WOSV have been automatically added to this post as “linkbacks” (since we’ve linked this post to our blog twice now). This is the first post I’ve added manually.

    I have no idea if Mr. Rieland has taken the time to read our posts, and have no idea if our suggestions are even on the radar at WOSU. I do appreciate his accounting of the limited staff and resources involved in trying to serve “both masters” in Mansfield.

    As far as Dan and Barbara’s inability to find HD Radio equipment suggested by my good friend and colleague Scott Fybush:

    I just checked Best Buy’s website, and it says the NS-HD01 portable tuner is available for pickup at the Mansfield store. The Radio Shack Auvio tuner is only available in Wooster, but you can use the Radio Shack website’s “Ship to Store” option to ship it to either Mansfield store.

    As Scott noted in his post here, HD Radio is a strange new world, and you could very well have walked past the NS-HD01 or HD02 in the Mansfield Best Buy, and staff there could have given you inaccurate information about its availability.

    I’d look at the area where wherever they have what is left of portable radios, and if you can’t find it, print out the page from the Best Buy website and hand it to someone to look for it in back in the computer.

    I don’t know when I’m in the Mansfield area next, but if I am, I’ll go find it for you and tell you where it is.

    Since it appears there’s no solution right now from the WOSU end, I hope this is helpful to you.

  • http://www.ohiomediawatch.com Ohio Media Watch

    Another note:

    Re-reading the Lehman’s note, the “armband” unit is likely the portable NS-HD01 or HD02.

    The NS-HDTUNE, a component tuner, also shows on the Best Buy website as being in stock at the Mansfield Best Buy on Walker Lake Road as of the close of business Friday. As Scott noted, the NS-HDTUNE would hook into your existing stereo as a component tuner.

    Again, I hope this information helps.

  • Jjerome

    Just moved from SE Ohio and NPR’s and WOUB’s Dianne Rehm….how disappointed to be subjected to not only one but 2 episodes a day of ALL SIDES. Come on WOSU….you can do better!