Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: February 26, 2009

This is a note sent today by my colleague Cleve Callison, Station Manager at WMUB. The station is a victim of Miami University budget cuts:

Tomorrow, Friday 2/27/09 will be WMUB Public Radio’s last day of live local origination after 59 years on the air. Saturday will be all-automated with local breaks, and at midnight Saturday WMUB will flip the switch to become a repeater station for Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU.

We are planning a special day Friday with the umbrella title of “Memories of WMUB”. Our 9 am ET talk show will be devoted to the topic, and from 10 am to 4 pm we’ll follow our normal fund-drive clock to do inserts with employees, Miami University students and listeners from the past. Some will be pre-recorded, and some will be live during an all day Open House for the public.

If you’d like to listen to any of this live on Friday, just go to wmub.org. Hours are 9am-4pm ET.

I’ve been privileged to work with a terrific group of WMUB employees. Despite the shock of all of us losing our jobs on June 30th, they have all pulled together like the professionals they are. Our determination since the day we found out about this five weeks ago has been that we would go out with our heads held high. I’m enormously touched, and proud, to work with them. I hope that many of us will be able to stay in the public radio system — these people are too good to lose.

I spoke at a public meeting Miami held about this change. I can’t summarize my feelings any better than to repeat a Robert Frost poem I read that night:

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.