Anyone who can sit there and say they get NO funding from the state is naive. If they fall a little short one quarter and need something, they know where to go.
Yet, until that happens, you're just arguing a hypothetical. If that did actually happen (that they fell short), then something clearly wouldn't be working, and then I would agree that changes need to occur. Since there isn't anything wrong with the station's business logic, I fail to see the relevance at this time.
I agree, teaching them a commercial atmosphere is beneficial, but it's possible to teach them well enough to go out in the world without doing it directly hands on.
I'm not sure how beneficial that is. If we were talking about Santa Fe Community College, I'd be inclined to agree with you. Make no mistake about it- it's a very small minority of the students in the college of communication that are placing into entry level radio DJ jobs. I'd be surprised if people are going to a top ranking 4 year university to work at a job paying minimum wage! Since the primary purpose of the college of communication is not to train radio DJ's, I'm not quite as offended that students looking for experience on a radio station operated by the university have to turn to one of the other many opportunities.
Plain and simple, while I personally don't find L&T overly offensive, I can see where the things they do would come across that way and an Educational Institution should not be the vehicle for their content.
So then where do you draw the line? Why should the school operate a football team?
Amazing how UF admin can say they don't believe it's appropriate and against UF's policies and yet still keep it on.
Considering the large gaping holes left in the school's shrinking budget from the state, it's my opinion that they have bigger priorities than cutting off another source of revenues at the service of a few classical buffs.