With our June 19 deadline looming, submissions are beginning to roll in steadily for our annual Summer Fiction issue, coming your way Wednesday, July 22.

Well, they were steady except for a period of time from Tuesday. May 19, to Monday, June 1. In that period of time we didn’t receive a single submission, and that got us looking closely at our E-mail system. Sure enough, there was a glitch and mail sent to fiction@princetoninfo.com was being diverted to cyber-pergatory. So how can you tell if your E-mail submission was received? Easy: If we heard from you we responded with a simply reply: “Got it,” we wrote. “Thanks.”

So if you did not get the “got it,” then please re-transmit your submission. We will be looking for it.

Another thought about the Summer Fiction issue: we have created this issue for the people who live and work in central New Jersey and the greater Princeton business community. Submissions from grade school students are discouraged; so are stories and poems that reach us from Internet readers who otherwise have no connection to our little corner of the earth. For all others, your submissions are encouraged.

That Uncommon Station. Our June 3 story about WWFM’s struggles as a classical radio station drew some immediate comment. The first was from a prospective listener who couldn’t find it on his FM dial. For the record, it’s at 89.1, though most of us around here listen to it on the Internet, at www.wwfm.org.

The next comment, from an Internet reader, was more vociferous:

“I take strong issue with this article’s observation that ‘WWFM could be considered the last truly independent local station in the area.’ WPRB, a 14 kilowatt FM stereo station operated by students of Princeton University and members of the local community, has been an independent source of eclectic, completely local programming for over 50 years, including thoughtfully programmed recorded music, live performances from its studios, live sports coverage, sports analysis and interviews with local luminaries among its offerings.

“And, as a commercially licensed station, WPRB is able to provide an advertising outlet for local businesses.”

That comment was echoed by another reader — and another fan of WPRB — who wondered if U.S. 1’s editors “landed in Mercer County from another planet. WPRB-FM 103.3 in Princeton not only has been on the air much longer than WWFM, but is even more independent than its neighbor — measured by a number of criteria. At WPRB-FM, an independent not-for-profit corporation not affiliated with Princeton University holds the FCC license (a commercial license like the big boys, NOT an educational one, such as that held by Mercer County College for its radio station).

“WPRB has far fewer fixed costs to operate and can tap into local advertising revenues in addition to fund drives. In short, WPRB, a station that offers a broader range of professionally produced programming and whose signal actually reaches Philadelphia without translators, is the leading independent station in the area. U.S. 1 should know that it reduces your credibility to ignore the elephants in the room.”

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