No Community Voices Wanted

"The campaign for the 'professionalization' of radio is surreptitiously removing community voices from the dial," reports Tracy Jake Siska. "National Public Radio affiliates nationwide have been devouring locally produced community and university stations as educational institutions seek to end financial support for their stations." As examples, she points to the abolition of locally-produced jazz and ethnic programming at stations WYMS in Milwaukee and WLUW in Chicago, which previously offered broadcasts serving Bulgarian, German, Guatemalan, Haitian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Latino, Native American, Polish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese audiences.