WEVL is a Memphis institution. A source of great pride for music lovers and musicians in Memphis and beyond. But with the changing landscape of the way people listen to music and the growing collaborative music and arts scene in Memphis, we feel WEVL can do better (can’t we all, really?). At the base level, we’re trying to make WEVL financially, operationally and culturally stronger — celebrating its incredible heritage, but also working toward solidifying its future.
In March 2018, three WEVL fans who are driven to securing a healthy financial, operational and cultural future for the station (the same ones powering this site) and three WEVL board members formed the Development Exploratory Committee (DEC). The board approved this committee at their March meeting. The WEVL board later voted to dissolve the committee during their July 30 board meeting. This is a continuation of what we tried to accomplish with the Development Exploratory Committee. If you’re so inclined, check out details of this committee’s activity below.
Here’s what we hope to accomplish. At first glance this may seem like a daunting read, but these are important details that are pivotal to a healthy, vibrant and long-lasting WEVL. If you agree, be sure to sign up to be a Friend of WEVL. You can also chat us up on Facebook. Side note: our goals are driven by research, outreach and ongoing analysis and efforts to help the station.
Compare the programming, content and community engagement featured in these two program guides — from 1993 and 2018.
|Hours of original music programming *||134||90|
|Hours of non-original music programming **||0||32|
|Total hours of music programming||134||122|
|Hours of spoken word programming||10||0|
|Hours of open slots ***||0||32|
|Hours that WEVL is off the air||20||42|
* “Original music programming” are shows that are created by local volunteer host programmers and aired one time.
** “Non-original music programming” are nationally syndicated shows, and repeats of shows that have previously aired on WEVL.
*** “Open slots” are time slots that have no theme or title.
|Number of volunteers hosting music shows||67||42|
|Number of volunteers hosting spoken word shows||15||0|
|Total number of volunteer programmers||82||42|
|How many people are on the board of directors?||12 directors in office No empty board seats||6 directors in office
6 empty board seats
|Who determines the board of directors?||All 12 are elected by the WEVL members (2 classes of members)|| 2 elected by members
10 appointed by board
|How often does the board of directors meet?||Monthly - Open to the public||Every other month
|Who are the paid WEVL staff?||Judy Dorsey, Station Manager
Brian Craig, Program Director
|Judy Dorsey, Station Manager
Brian Craig, Program Director
|Who makes programming decisions? e.g. approves new programmer applications, provides guidance for programmers, etc.||Programming Committee made up of experienced WEVL programmers who are appointed by board of directors||Programming Committee was eliminated; WEVL staff now makes all programming decisions|
|What committees are open to volunteers who want to help WEVL?||Development Committee
Friends of WEVL is not associated with WEVL or Southern Communication Volunteers, Inc.
If you’d like to join in these efforts, please sign-up and provide your name, email address and suggestions.
Heck yes, you can! And we’re all about that. Here’s a list of the staff and board at WEVL.
A somewhat frequently updated list of the Friends of WEVL
*NOTICE TO CURRENT WEVL PROGRAMMERS
On August 20 the management of WEVL informed the programmers that allowing their name to be listed on this website will subject them to disciplinary action, which could include loss of their radio program. We are immediately removing the names of all programmers from the Friends list, and replacing them with an entry titled Anonymous WEVL Programmer. We would encourage programmers to continue to sign up as a Friend of WEVL. This list is manually updated and so it won't automatically appear on the site. You have our word that we will keep your support confidential.