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November 2011 newsletter

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From the GM's desk...

A Classical education

So I'm overdue for a haircut. A few days ago, I joked with our Classical Department that I'm growing my hair out like Franz Liszt to show my commitment to the upcoming 2011 Classical Marathon.

Hair length aside, this year's Classical Marathon looks pretty incredible. Yes, there are four shows featuring the music of Liszt, but there is truly a cornucopia of classical music in store. Indeed, like previous Classical Marathons, this year's promises to provide an education in classical music, at once enlightening and entertaining. Check out the entire Marathon program schedule.

There are four ways you can contribute to the Classical Marathon:
   1. Donate. All amounts are warmly encouraged.
   2. Call us. We have a testimonial hotline at 434-207-2120. Call and tell us what WTJU's classical music means to you and we might air it.
   3. Answer phones. We have lots of shifts for volunteer phone answerers. Apply here.
   4. Tell your friends. Have a friend who listens to WTJU but doesn't donate? Tell them that now's the time.

No matter what, be sure to tune in Dec 5-11; it will be quite a treat.

Nathan Moore
General Manager

WTJU-FM, University of Virginia

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Upcoming Shows & Specials

Here are a few of the WTJU events and program specials coming down the pike:

Fri, Dec 2, 2pm: Celebrating their new EP Day By Day, The Downbeat Project will perform on Reggae Vibrations.

Fri, Dec 2, 5pm: Andy Falco and Chris Pandolfi, members of The Infamous Stringdusters, will stop by for a live performance on Sunset Road.

Dec 5-11:
WTJU's Classical Marathon presents seven days of glorious music. Donate early, donate often!

Fri,  Jan 6, 8-9pm: WTJU will air a live broadcast of the Robin & Linda Williams concert at The Jefferson Theater.

Rock Dept. Top Five:
For the week of Nov 23-29

Crazy Clown Time

2. THEE OH SEES - Carrion Crawler/The Dream [EP]

3. FUTURE ISLANDS - On The Water

4. CROOKED FINGERS - Breaks In The Armor

5. TY SEGALL - Singles 2007-2010

WTJU bids farewell to Aer Stephen
Aer Stephen
Longtime "Folk & Beyond" host Aer Stephen is leaving us for the greener pastures of Los Angeles. He'll be busy working in the music industry, but will still join us on WTJU from time to time. Best of luck, Aer!

Support WTJU

No other station airs the broad selection of folk, rock, jazz, and classical music we do, and no other station adds the sort of intelligence and insight we add.

Show us how much WTJU really means to you. Make a donation today.

Seven days in celebration of classical music
By Ralph Graves, classical host

In 1959, WTJU began airing 24/7 classical music in early December each year to help students study for semester exams. By the mid-1970s, these classical music marathons had turned into fundraisers for WTJU.

The tradition continues once again this year.

During the week of December 5-11, tune in to WTJU 91.1 FM to hear glorious classical music around-the-clock, presented by some of your favorite hosts. Programs will run the gamut of classical genres: from medieval music to 21st Century composers; from baroque to romantic; from solo piano to opera.

Each weekday during the marathon, WTJU will feature "The Piano Hour" from 11am-12pm, delving into the works of a different artist each day. Each night, WTJU will air a symphonic work of Antonin Dvorák starting at 11pm.

The marathon will conclude Sunday, December 11 with a specially-chosen performance of Handel’s “Messiah” (another tradition of WTJU Classical Marathons).

Throughout the week we’ll be asking for your generous contributions to keep WTJU financially healthy. Donate online or call 434-924-3959 with your pledge. Recent classical marathons have been fundraising record-breakers - and that’s another tradition we’d like to continue!

Live from the WTJU Studios

Steve Michael Smith (27:55)
Video from his live performance on "Folk and Beyond" hosted by Aer Stephen. Recorded on August 11.

Volunteer Profile: Ramona

Who: Emily Sloan, aka "Ramona"

Joined WTJU:
I joined in January 2005 after moving here to begin medical school. I was a college DJ at KTRU Houston and wanted to stay involved in university radio. Currently I co-host Black Circle Revolution (11 pm on Thursdays), a super awesome mostly-punk show. I'm also on the WTJU Programming Committee.

Day Job: Currently finishing a PhD in Microbiology. My research focuses on the molecular genetics and evolution of the HIV virus during individual infections. I will begin my 3rd year of medical school in the spring.

You're on a desert island, what are your top 5 albums you'd bring with you? This is impossible. Definitely something by the Smiths, maybe some Townes Van Zandt, the Wipers, some snotty anarchist punk (Conflict), and then a good bedtime album (Bless You by the Court and Spark comes to mind).

Something most 'TJU-ers don't know about you: I used to follow a jam band around before I discovered punk.

Favorite radio show besides your own: In the Spirit, Sundays 9-10am

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Live WTJU remote broadcast

Live from Occupy C'ville (57:39)
On Friday, November 11th, WTJU aired a live broadcast from the Occupy Charlottesville encampment at Lee Park. The audio starts off a little rough, but we corrected the problem after the first couple minutes

WTJU marks World AIDS Day December 1
By Bruce Penner, Radio Tropicale host, and Nathan Moore, General Manager

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

WTJU has been airing two dozen short audio stories this week from several Charlottesville and UVa people who lead the fight against HIV/AIDS and the attendant problem of violence against women.

As part of this week of special programming, Bruce Penner of Radio Tropicale hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday, November 30 that included Claire Kaplan of UVa's Women's Center and Peter deMartino of Charlottesville's AIDS Support Group. The archive of the show will be available until Dec 14 at WTJU's Tape Vault.

On Thursday, December 1st, WTJU aired a special World AIDS Day program, featuring testimony on the fight against AIDS in rural South Africa as witnessed by a team from the UVa Nursing School. The WTJU special also included a discussion with UVa Law Professor Deena Hurwitz about her published reports on the crisis of violence against women and American law.

For more information and audio of our Dec 1 special, or for links to HIV/AIDS resources, visit WTJU's AIDS Day page.

WTJU-FM is a noncommercial educational radio station licensed by the FCC to the Rector and Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. WTJU presents original, rich, and diverse programming of music and other forms of expression free from the direct constraints of commercial interests, reflecting the broadest educational goals of the University.

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Newsletter Editor: Ian Aitken

Contributors: Ralph Graves, Bruce Penner, Emily Sloan

General Manager: Nathan Moore


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