WNCW has suffered some major funding set-backs this year, and has now made a move to cut staff and try to stop the bleeding. The worry, though, is the impact these moves will have on those who are left and on the station’s product – its programming.
I’d like to know what you think. Is WNCW losing what has made it great? Can it survive? Will it?
Here’s the explanatory release:
(From Mike Gavin, 8/31/09):
As many of you know, WNCW 88.7 lost significant funding in this year’s state budget. Those losses have been compounded by decreases in revenues from other sources.
Earlier this summer, college administration asked WNCW management to devise a reorganization plan that would effectively address the budget concerns and would preserve the programming that members and supporters of the station expect.
After a great deal of deliberation, a plan was developed and announced to the station staff last Thursday afternoon. Three positions were eliminated, one was reclassified. The positions that were eliminated include: Development Director, Corporate Services/Traffic Coordinator and World Cafe local host. The position of Business Manager was reclassified. These changes are effective on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Three of the four people affected by this reorganization were offered other positions at the college, including the reclassified WNCW position. One of those individuals resigned and, as a result, the Business Manager position will be advertised. Kate Barkschat will assume the role of director of the Polk Center, which will be vacated this week due to the unrelated resignation of Cindy Ramsey. Crystal Scruggs will take a position in the Financial Aid office.
This decision was made in the best interest of the station. It was deeply considered and did not come easily. The plan went to great lengths in providing alternatives for the affected employees. It will also achieve the purpose of sustaining continued quality programming for listeners and a great value for underwriting supporters.