This week's LTAR
A. Joseph Ross
Tue Nov 25 00:47:50 EST 2003
Bob speculated this week that WMUA at UMass in Amherst might soon change its call
letters to WUMA, to fit the pattern of the other campuses.
Actually, I doubt it. WMUA as a station was student-initiated and has been student-run and
student-financed, and a call-letter change would not happen unless it came from the
students. And, the WMUA call already reflects the school's current name, unlike WJUL,
which was based on it being University of Lowell.
WMUA's studios are located in a student activities building, not an academic building, and
its transmitter is atop a residence hall. At UMass, the ownership and financing of residence
halls and student activities buildings are different from academic buildings. As a result,
political and religious activities are allowed in those buildings, which is not always allowed in
While WMUA's license is held by the Board of Trustees, if the University were to try to take
over the station from the students, there would be widespread student and alumni protests.
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