An Update On WYSO's Path Toward Independence
Hello WYSO listeners,
You may have heard by now that WYSO is on a path toward independence. Antioch College has agreed to transfer control of WYSO to a new, community-owned 501c3 called Miami Valley Public Media, Inc. (MVPM)
That transfer of ownership needs to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and that will take some months, but we’re on our way.
When the transfer is complete, the WYSO license will be owned by Miami Valley Public Media,Inc. and managed by a board of directors from the community. The same WYSO staff will be in place, employed by MVPM instead of Antioch College.
As of April 1, 2019, MVPM took fiscal responsibility for the station and WYSO staff began managing the day to day finances, so even though we don’t own our license yet, we’re operating without the College as a financial backstop.
It was an amicable split with Antioch College and we’re happy about this change. It will give WYSO the autonomy and flexibility we need to change and adapt quickly, to stay small and be nimble. We can focus all our energy on the needs of the community, on being a greatest public radio station in the country. And the College can focus on being a new kind of American college, building on their tradition of innovation and blazing a new path to the future.
This is a win-win-win: for WYSO, for Antioch College and for the community we serve.
We planned long and hard for this we’re as ready as we can be.
Membership growth has been steady in recent years, but if YOU have never given and you’ve been listening often, please consider stepping up and making a gift to KEEP WYSO STRONG !
Thanks for being there for us.
Neenah Ellis and the WYSO team