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WTJU’s Mission

WTJU enriches the culture of Virginia and extends the educational mission of UVA by bringing together diverse individuals and communities through exceptional music and conversation.

Vision

As the first FM college radio station in Virginia, WTJU was built to provide a unique music service to UVA and the Charlottesville community. Since its founding, WTJU has been permeated by a free-spirited ethos of innovation and experimentation, sustained by generations of WTJU hosts.

As WTJU looks toward its future, we would do well to maintain that ethos of innovation and experimentation – not just in our content, but also in our technology, organization, education & engagement, and off-air programming. Building on WTJU’s achievements over the last decade and recognizing ongoing changes in the media landscape, we must continue to reimagine what “radio” will mean in the years to come.

Borrowing from the University’s strategic plan, WTJU should strive not simply to be great, but also to be good. Excellence in music curation, radio broadcasting, podcasts, concerts, and educational programs are all necessary, but they are not sufficient. We must strive for equity in our operations and nurture a culture of inclusivity that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes. We must nurture relationships and expand involvement, such that WTJU consistently creates programming that is of, by, and for the communities we serve.

In pursuing these aims, WTJU will serve as a model of what a public media organization can be – a convener and nourisher of a music-loving community in which everyone feels a sense of belonging, connection, and meaning.

As a premiere source of music, WTJU will enrich the lives of people of all backgrounds, deepen aesthetic enjoyment, and increase the pleasure of living in a culturally diverse and thriving community.

As a hub of media creation, WTJU will contribute to human flourishing and community building, helping people connect with and understand one another and providing the means to actively participate in the cultural life of our community.

Station History

Founded in 1955 and on-air since 1957, WTJU began as an educational radio station centered around classical music. Today, WTJU continues its mission of education and community engagement encompassing four main genres of music (classical, jazz, folk, and rock), as well as community stories.

For a more in-depth look into the story of WTJU, check out “The Remarkable History of WTJU,” published by UVA Today in December 2017.

Read more about WTJU’s March 2019 move into our new studio home: “WTJU to Celebrate New Home With a Guinness World Record Attempt,” published by UVA Today.

UVA Today has also written pieces about how WTJU served our community during the pandemic, the station’s summer youth radio camps, our podcast training programs, our longest-serving DJ, the launch of our all student-run sister station WXTJ, and our memorial celebration of the life of WTJU alum David Berman.

Community Advisory Board

WTJU is owned by the Rector and Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia: this group serves as the legal Board of WTJU according to the FCC. You can see a list of current Board members here.

The WTJU Community Advisory Board is an advisory group consisting of University students, staff & faculty, community members, WTJU department leaders, and WTJU’s General Manager. The CAB advises the General Manager on WTJU’s mission, vision, and operations; engages in strategic planning; and builds and sustains relationships diverse sectors of the University, surrounding communities, and WTJU alumni.

CAB meetings, held approximately 4-5 times per year, are open to the public. During the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are generally held in hybrid format — simultaneously in-person at The Stage at WTJU and virtually via Zoom. Parking is open to the public in WTJU’s parking area at 2244 Ivy Road, though it can be difficult to find a space. Please keep that in consideration if you plan to attend as a guest.

If you have questions about this group contact the WTJU office at 434-924-0885 or wtju@virginia.edu.

View the current list of CAB members.

To view minutes from Community Advisory Board meetings, please email wtju@virginia.edu.

Upcoming meetings:

Advisory Board retreat: Saturday, Oct 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mountain Light Retreat, 6656 Mountain Light Pl, Crozet, VA.

WTJU’s Objectives

WTJU carries out its mission by:

  • Presenting original, rich, and diverse programming in non-commercial radio broadcasting and digital media
  • Being a premiere venue for exceptional music of diverse styles and supporting musical performances in our region
  • Providing opportunities to students and others for participation in the creation of media and the experience of broadcasting
  • Engaging students, the University, and surrounding communities through live music concerts, cultural events, and educational programs
  • Serving as a communications link between the University of Virginia and the communities we serve

WTJU is licensed to the University of Virginia. Views and opinions expressed by announcers or guests on WTJU 91.1 FM, WXTJ 100.1 FM, or WTJU podcasts are not necessarily the opinions of WTJU or the University.

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