TO THE EDITOR:
I, like many others, have enjoyed cracking jokes about the esoteric nature of much of the music that gets played on WXYC, UNC’s student-run radio station.
Recently, however, I’ve heard rumors through the grapevine that UNC’s student congress is considering exerting control over the music played by WXYC’s DJs, or otherwise cutting funding to the station because, supposedly, the music played by WXYC isn’t close enough to what the average UNC student enjoys listening to. This would be a total travesty.
Being a WXYC DJ was among the most mind-expanding and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. The station has actively cultivated one of the most valuable and creative cultures on campus, and it’d be a real tragedy if it was neglected or limited.
Although I like to make jokes about the sometimes difficult music played on the station, the university and the wider community are better for it. Much of the modern tech economy is built around narrowly catering to people’s pre-existing tastes rather than expanding their sense of what else exists. WXYC’s adventurous explorations of all kinds of sounds is a perfect antidote to this tendency.