Burr Beard, WTJU’s general manager, resigned effective Monday, Oct 4th. "This was his decision, and it was based on personal and family concerns," said Carol Wood, associate vice president for public affairs. WTJU-FM (91.1) is part of the U.Va. Office of Development and Public Affairs.
Marian Anderfuren, Director of Media Relations, who oversees the station, said she and Wood had asked Beard to remain. "We are all disappointed," she said. "We wish him our best."
During Beard's tenure, WTJU began a process of building its revenue base, engaging more listeners and expanding student involvement. A committee structure aimed at including volunteer staff in the accomplishment of those goals was instituted. The station's website was updated. Staff members hosted a welcome-back barbecue for students in the Lambeth housing area, where WTJU is based, and student volunteers were recruited at the Student Council's fall activities fair. The station has of late hosted many more public events, including a jazz concert by the Lew Woodall Quartet in Brooks Hall and the live-music stage at the recent Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival. "We are glad to see this new excitement," Wood said. "We want it to continue."
She added that everyone at the station is very enthusiastic about moving ahead to present an exciting Jazz fund drive Oct 11th-17th. After that she and Anderfuren will be meeting with the three remaining staff members, volunteer music directors, and board members to map out the next steps forward.