UPDATE: LCC Board of Trustees to vote on budget, possibly defunding campus radio station
Lansing Community College Board of Trustees will be voting on a final budget before the end of the fiscal year, which could result in defunding the campus radio station WLNZ 89.7 FM.
Earlier this week, Daedalian Lowry, manager for WLNZ 89.7-FM, told News 10 the station has been defunded by LCC officials due to budget challenges, however, the college said that is not the case.
"The potential defunding of the radio station, if approved, is not an immediate process and the station is not expected to cease operations immediately on June 30," the college said in a press release. "The world of higher education has changed drastically over the last few months and Lansing Community College is facing difficult decisions as are other institutions of higher learning."
The station broadcasts inside the Abel B. Sykes, Jr. Technology and Learning Center on LCC's downtown Lansing campus.
On March 18, LCC officially closed all campus buildings due to the COVD-19 pandemic.
As a result, the station suspended all normal programming.
"At this time, we are not sure when normal operations will resume, but rest assured, when the college has decided to return to normal operations, your favorite LCC Radio programs will return as well," according to a messaged posted on the station's website.
"The college is making every effort to ensure students learn and we are striving to protect our employees as we look for some certainty in uncertain times," the college said.