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University of Michigan Radio Station To Resume Transmissions

March 18, 1987

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ University of Michigan officials agreed Tuesday to allow a student-run radio station to go back on the air nearly a month after it was shut down for airing racist jokes.

Henry Johnson, the school’s vice president for student services, said students who run WJJX have taken steps to eliminate racist program content and to prevent similar incidents.

WJJX was ordered shut down Feb. 19 after it was revealed that a sophomore disc jockey, Ted Sevransky, allowed racist jokes to be aired on a Feb. 4 call- in program. Sevransky was fired.

WJJX broadcasts on campus, to university dormitories and the student union building.

Since the broadcast, student Program Director James Lamb and other station staff members have worked with the school’s Office of Minority Student Services. Johnson said the station plans to produce programming promoting tolerance and awareness.

Lamb told The Michigan Daily, the school’s newspaper, that the station would be back on the air Monday.

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