"This is a very modest budget for an important communication resource for our university community. In addition, it is a hands-on training ground and laboratory for students," Cave said.
U92 Program Director Matt Fouty said he doesn't think WVU would ever sell the radio station because of Morgantown's small market, the thought of "what if?" has crossed his mind.
"I've been hearing about a lot of college stations selling for some time now. If it ever happened here, it would impact a lot of people -- we have over 200 volunteers," he said. "It's not just a hotbed for music that doesn't exist otherwise in our region, it's a great opportunity.
"When students work here, they leave feeling confident talking to a lot of different people about a lot of different things."
This past school year, Marshall's WMUL-FM won 107 awards, including being named Outstanding News Operation and Best Sports Play-By-Play by the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
The station operates on a $126,800 budget with most of the funding going toward equipment, according to WMUL's faculty manager, Charles Bailey. The station employs only one paid worker.
Bailey said most college stations that decide to sell are located in larger cities than Huntington, but if it ever came to that, students wouldn't be the only ones to suffer.
"I think Huntington would be a poor place if WMUL went away. We provide music that's not available commercially, and we cover all of Marshall sports in addition to hosting newscasts. It's not merely campus news - it's a great asset to the community," he said. "I think our students have proved their value, and they've been rewarded for that."
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