You may already be aware of this -- Save Our WDUQ has decided to organize a boycott, asking everyone who is a member of either WDUQ or WYEP to cancel their membership immediately and not pledge again unless and until Essential Public Media compromises and agrees to keep a substantial amount of jazz on the air at 90.5 FM.
We see no reason why a one-hour daily call-in show and investigative reporting can't co-exist with jazz. Rather than syndicated NPR programming taking up the majority of DUQ's airtime, we think locally-hosted jazz better serves the identity, diversity and unique cultural heritage of Pittsburgh. We are willing to meet YEP, EPM and the foundations halfway, but we will fight the needless dismantling of Pittsburgh's most listened-to public station -- WDUQ.
Members have already been spontaneously canceling their memberships to both stations. We are frustrated because we have tried to communicate our concerns and needs to Essential Public Media and they haven't been listening. Withdrawing our financial support appears to be the only means we have left to influence the future of Pittsburgh's premier public radio station.