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Salisbury University Proposes to Take Over DPR's Operations

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach sent a Valentine to Delmarva Public Radio on Thursday. The university proposed to relocate DPR to a space near the East Campus complex.

This comes after there was some uncertainty of what it future would be once its current home is torn down this year.

In the last couple of years funding issues and the fact that Caruthers Hall, which is home to DPR, is going to be torn down presented a problem for the future of the radio station.

"I would love to think that with appropriate financial support from the community with some good management and integration into the academic programs, it can go on as long as the university goes on," said Diane Allen, SU's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Many long time listeners told WBOC that they are happy to know DPR may get to stay for a while.

"I think people get to listen in on a lot of good things that a public radio has," said Cliff Shahan, "Other than some of the radio stations it does have a good public opinion about what is happening in the area."

"Because it's good music and it does a good job of presenting a variety of music of a certain class, it's certainly more of an improvement over contemporary artistry," said George Gering.

Gisela Johnson said that even though she is not an avid listener, she still supports the fact that the station does a public service.

"They have a lot of good programs that I think are important from the point of view of people who are not in touch with a lot of things," Johnson said.

The radio station has an operating budget of $1 million and a fourth of that comes from the university.

The school is now asking the group Friends of Delmarva Public Radio to contribute or fund raise that same amount of money each year to support DPR.

Members of the Public Radio Committee and the University Foundation are planning to meet in two weeks to take a final vote on the proposal.
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