WTJU 91.1 FM celebrates 65 years of community radio on April 1

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On April 1, 1957, a handful of students gathered in a first-floor studio in UVA’s Old Cabell Hall for the first broadcast of WTJU. Within minutes, classical music filled the airwaves, beaming to a small audience in Charlottesville who would grow into a devoted following.

Since its inception, WTJU has been a radio station with a difference: dedicated to sharing unique and eclectic music, committed to serving the University and our wider community, made up of UVA student volunteers and community volunteers.

Today, WTJU 91.1 FM turns 65.

“When I think of the generations of hosts and listeners who have built this station, nurtured it, supported it, brought their passion, their skills and their hearts to it… It’s overwhelming,” said said Nathan Moore, general manager of WTJU since 2011. “It’s amazing for a radio station to take this step. My title is general manager, but I consider myself more of a steward.

On Friday, April 1, WTJU will celebrate its 65th anniversary with a three-hour special from 6-9 p.m. The first hour includes an audio documentary on WTJU, followed by a two-hour live show featuring four live performances.

“These artists cover the very diverse musical genres of WTJU,” Moore said. “In fact, everyone is also a volunteer host of WTJU. There is so much musical talent and passion that WTJU brings together.

Performers for the April 1 show include Chelsea Holt & Matt Fritts (classic); Bill Adams (blues); Pete Marshall, Ryan Marley Grant and Andy McLeod (folk); and New Boss (rock).

WTJU is also inviting listeners to share a recorded birthday message to air on April 1. Call 434-924-0885 and record birthday wishes for WTJU as voicemail. Listeners can also record a message on their own device and email the audio file to: [email protected]

More details on the April 1 celebration and June WTJU meetings are online at wtju.net/wtju65

About WTJU 91.1 FM

Founded at the University of Virginia in 1957, WTJU 91.1 FM offers non-commercial radio broadcasts, digital media, live music concerts and educational programs. WTJU is also home to WXTJ 100.1 FM, a freeform student radio; VirginiaAudio.org, a local podcast collective; and CharlottesvilleClassical.org.

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