WTJU has been the subject of many histories and articles since its
christening in 1957. Here are several essays written at various points
in the life of WTJU, written by UVA alums and other volunteers.
1977 "For the Last Twenty
By Karen Sacks, UVA '77
This is the first of several essays about the founding
and first twenty years of WTJU. In her introduction, Sacks writes she was
able to locate and contact many WTJU alums for a twentieth anniversary
party; unfortunately none of the letters she mentions could be found for
this website. Sacks' interesting narrative discusses WTJU's eventual move
away from strictly classical music programming, the outstanding leadership
of several student Boards, and the inclusion of women at the station.
1990 "WTJU: Alternative Radio
By Julie Innes
Innes wrote this essay as a senior at a Charlottesville
high school -- she later attended UVA and decided to join WTJU. Innes'
descriptions of WTJU in the late 1980's/early 1990's includes several interviews
and portions of the station's Operations Manual.
1997 "Station of the
By Patrick O'Rourke, Chuck Taylor, Community
Radio News, June1997
This article gives an idea of the more technical
issues modern radio stations face. Taylor and O'Rourke describe how the
ever-popular Exam Marathon turned into a fundraiser, and also include the
improvements the station has seen during the late 1990's.
1997 "Imagine a Car Radio
With Only One Button"
By Patrick O'Rourke, UVA Alumni News, Summer
This article was published around the time of WTJU's
40th anniversary celebration, so many station alums were located and interviewed.