In a letter released by station General Manager Neenah Ellis today:
WYSO will soon become an independent, community-owned radio station!
Antioch College owns our license, as you know, and they will soon give WYSO its independence so that both organizations can pursue their unique missions.
Working together with Antioch College, WYSO has raised almost $3.5 million in the community to reimburse the College for its investment in our license and operations. When we hit that number–soon, we hope–and once the FCC approves the transaction, the transfer of management will take place.
WYSO will be owned and operated by a new non-profit organization.
Antioch College has stewarded WYSO with care for 61 years. We are so proud of that history, and happily, Antioch College students will continue to learn media skills here once we’re independent.
Antioch College President Tom Manley calls this a “win for the community, for the College and for WYSO.” I agree completely.
Thanks to your support, WYSO is able to stand on its own financially. Once we’re independent, we’ll be more nimble, focused, and responsive to the needs of our listeners all over the region.
The WYSO founders always intended that one day the station would belong to the community. That day is almost here!
Thank you for everything you have done to keep WYSO strong.
You have helped to create a strong, responsive radio station for future generations.
Onward and upward,
WYSO General Manager