"There is a school of thought that considers it bad form to kick someone when they’re down. However, I prefer a quick shot to the ribs as a way to rouse the fallen back to life. Consider this my metaphorical kick to CHRW. With the exception of live sports coverage, I don’t know anyone who listens to 94.9 on the London FM dial. The product 94.9 FM CHRW provides reaches no one despite having the potential to reach anyone with a radio or a computer, anywhere in London.
Because there is a fee of about $13 attached to every student’s University Students’ Council fees, I’ve spent $65 over my university career on something I’ve gotten absolutely nothing out of. Yes, I could have listened had I chosen to, but the only thing worse than wasting money is wasting money and time."
I've seen this student fees argument before and it always irritates me because I think of college media (newspaper, radio, TV, etc.) as being a given, something that should be supported, whether or not I'm a particular fan of the output or not. Just because radio is less popular than, say, football, doesn't mean that it shouldn't receive student support and funding.
By the way, every time I post about the student fee issue at another Canadian station I get comments from station detractors who keep reiterating a point about that particular station's failings and that's why they don't support funding it. I still have real issues with this. I think that if a particular station has problems that the administration and students should work with them to improve rather than eliminating funding as a punishment. At least in the U.S., I fear that once a station loses funding it may lose its license, its on-air signal, etc. and it's very difficult to get all that back in such a crowded/expensive radio market.
Additionally, the author simply calls the station irrelevant and says that he doesn't know anyone who listens to it. However, he doesn't offer any specific critiques of the station or make suggestions for its improvement. Perhaps the station could improve, but from this editorial I have no sense of where it's faltering.
One interesting thing to consider is that most college stations struggle with gaining listeners and often are unknown and not listened to much on campus. They may receive some university or student funding, but often have to conduct fundraisers with actual listeners in order to come up with the cash needed to survive.
What do you think, as a student would you support fees for campus media even if you aren't a fan? And, what's the best way to get a sub-standard station to change?