Saturday, April 25, 2009

WFUM Broadcasts No More

While UM-Flint explores the possibility of athletic teams, it's closing WFUM, the campus television station.

Laura Lessnau at Energy Publisher reports:
“We have been grateful for the support of our viewers and donors, and the dedication of our staff, but unfortunately WFUM has not been able to sustain itself financially, like many other businesses in this tough economy,” says David Lampe, vice president for communications. “And over the last several years, the university has been under growing pressure to reduce costs wherever it can in order to maintain its core commitment to the quality and accessibility of a U-M education. Under these circumstances, we decided it was best to withdraw from the public television business.”


  1. Würstside WarlørdApril 25, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    Reduce costs? UM-F athletic teams will not pay for themselves. The pro-sports boosters at UM-F are a day late and a dollar short. UM-F would recruit third tier athletes at best. The basketball team would probably be worse than many area HS teams. College is not about sports. I just wish UM-F would spend more time and money on developing top notch departments. Seriously, what program at UM-F is nationally ranked?

  2. You would think a college could combine the TV station with a major in media or communication or film studies or something... sports are so overrated.


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