For those of you not in AFM local 257, I wish to forward a communication from Craig Krampf and Dave Pomeroy about the possiblity of Jazz Station WMOT (Middle Tennessee State University's station) having to go off of the air due to funding cuts. I beg Craig and Dave's pardon for copying and pasting their correspondence, but I feel this is VERY important. As an artist who has his material played on MOT and a bassist who has contributed to many projects played there, I really feel the community would lose something if it went dark. I know many of my fellow Country and CCM sessioneers have their Jazz projects played on WMOT as well. Without it, I'm not sure that we'd have a Nashville Jazz Institute and have attracted players like Jeff Coffin, Victor Wooten and the Wooten Brothers, and all of the other world-class jazz musicians we have here in town. I don't want it to return to the Dark Ages when I first moved to town (in 1980) from Miami and asked the question:
"Where's the Latin Jazz scene here?"
The real answer:
"Well, Carlos (Nostro, the Argentinian saxophonist who lived here) is on a cruise ship, so I guess it's not here until he gets back....."
Here's Craig's communication in toto:
Dear Local 257 members,
WMOT-FM, Nashville's flagship jazz station, is in serious danger of losing its funding due to impending budget cuts at Middle Tennessee State. One of our members with longtime longtime MTSU involvement has suggested that an e-mail and letter writing campaign to the President of MTSU, Dr. Sidney McFee, could help turn the tide. The following is a template for any of you to use if you like, also attached as a document, but PLEASE feel free to write your own. WMOT has been a huge part of our music scene for many years, and has always promoted Nashville jazz artists alongside national names. Our community would lose a very important voice if WMOT is silenced. This is a unique opportunity for us to make a difference in our community. I will be sending an e-mail and a snail mail letter, and urge you to do the same. PLEASE take a moment and let MTSU know how you feel.
Thanks, Dave Pomeroy
President, Nashville Association of Musicians
AFM Local 257
Dr. McFee's E mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
For letters, his address is Dr. Sidney McFee, President, Middle Tennessee State University,
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Letter/Email Example >>>>
To: Dr. Sidney McFee
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Re: WMOT funding
Dear Dr. McFee,
As a member of the Nashville Association of Musicians, AFM Local 257, and the greater Nashville community, I am very concerned about the news that MTSU is considering cutting future funding of WMOT, one of the finest radio stations to be heard anywhere. WMOT's jazz and community programming is an indispensable part of our music scene here and is an important source of information, art, and culture for an audience that ranges far beyond the student body of MTSU and the confines of Murfreesboro. The Nashville I urge you to carefully consider all of the negative consequences of taking WMOT-FM off the air before making any decision of this magnitude.