My contribution to this site for the week comes from the trip I made with my girlfriend Stacy to Evansville, IN this past weekend. I’m a 1999 grad of the University of Evansville, and I hadn’t been back on campus in more than a decade before this past Saturday. It was remarkably disorienting in some ways, and in other ways it felt decidedly familiar.
There is far too much to write about from the trip to fit on here, and most of it would be off-topic for this site anyway. But I’ll link to my forthcoming write-up on it when I add more IDs on here next week for those who might be interested in reading it.
Included in the new Evansville IDs today is the Toppy debut of 95.3 WKVN, the station that EMF ended up buying after supposedly trying to buy 91.5 WUEV (where I made my on-air radio debut some 16 years ago) from UE in 2006. It was a case of dirty pool with how a certain administrator (no longer at the university, thankfully) tried to sneak word of the potential sale of WUEV through as inconspicuously as possible, tucking it away in an intentionally out-of-the-way section of an alumni update email.
Fortunately the sneaky maneuver didn’t go unnoticed, and ultimately my alma mater opted not to piss away its very valuable FM radio license for pennies on the dollar. It came close to happening before alumni (myself included) protested and pressured the school into not making a terrible mistake. Sometimes things work out the way they should, and there’s something to be said for that.