A Special Thanks to All of our Hosts!
WTJU is supported by 5 staff members and over 200 volunteers; many of those volunteers host weekly shows on the station. Below is a list of all active or recently-active show hosts.
WTJU is supported by 5 staff members and over 200 volunteers; many of those volunteers host weekly shows on the station. Below is a list of all active or recently-active show hosts.
Eric got his start in community radio as a student at the University of Kansas in 1990. When he's not spinning records, CDs, and digital files on the airwaves, he stays busy as a copywriter and astoundingly cool dad.
Annette has been airing Bluegrass and Old Time radio shows in Central Virginia for over 30 years, and is a founding member of the Piedmont Virginia Fiddle & Banjo Association. She is pleased to be co-hosting Back Up and Push with Ryan Marley Grant at WTJU.
Annie likes to share memories of growing up in England in a time when Top of the Pops was the high point of the week. Wedged into an armchair with a sibling or two, watching the bands perform on the telly, from the Beatles and David Bowie to punk and beyond, waiting for her father to crash in at the first sign of Blondie, those were the days! She now calls her music tastes Menopausal Rock because it harks back to the good old days, yet willing to try something new, is sometimes beautiful, often wise and knowing and always, always triumphant!
Eileen has been a lifelong music enthusiast due to the influence of her guitarist father, who filled her childhood home with an endless variety of music from Bach to Bonnie Raitt. She can usually be found humming some sassy song, or having a dance party in her car while she waits for the light to turn green.
Joined WTJU as an announcer January 2016 after long time listening, which I still do. Subs for blues and jazz shows, hosts the Classical Department's Early Music Show on Monday evenings 7 to 9 pm. I love the early instruments and the history. I also love collecting antiques, playing with dogs, and kids and dogs. I was influenced early on by piano and clarinet lessons. But the major influence was inheriting at age 13 my uncle's state of the art stereo system and pristine collection of classical LPs. These shared the turntable with Stan Getz and John Coltrane, Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa, Judy Collins and Phil Ochs, and Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon, among others. Thank you Uncle Wilfred for the gift of music.
Eric Brandt is the Editor in Chief at the University of Virginia Press. Despite being ridiculed throughout his childhood for carrying a French Horn case wherever he went, he continues to love classical music. In fact, he arrived at college with little more than a change of clothes, a typewriter, and a complete set of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's recordings of Beethoven. After college, he moved to New York City where he was introduced to the world of opera. Today, he couldn't make it to work without listening to WTJU's "Classical Sunrise."
Born July 4, 1899, Jimmy (Christian name, Aloysius Ishmael James De La Accidenti) is "the sorriest excuse for human life on this planet," according to his mother, a heroin-addicted prostitute who claims to be a direct descendant of William Faa II, King of the Gypsies. A hero to Scumbags, Low Life's and No Counts everywhere, he will play whatever music he feels like and take no consideration to your listening enjoyment or music requests unless you offer him weird sex, drugs or whiskey. About Jimmy, GG Allin once penned, "This scumf**k rock n roll sh!t bag knows good music." During the mid-1960s, a series of episodes as an alien abductee brought Jimmy to Charlottesville, VA- a region he refers to as "this dump of a town that has nothing going for it. He lives in a cabin without electricity or running water with an androgynous cat he calls Walter and views all journalists, politicians and law enforcement as mortal enemies. He is a rabid supporter of the English football team West Ham United F.C., which he insists to be the greatest football team to ever set foot on the pitch. He is at times entertaining. Please listen to his show...or don't (he really doesn't care.) -Submitted by Albert Hofman XVI, Sandoz Laboratories
Sumner is originally from Concord, North Carolina. She's a graduate of the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism in Broadcast Journalism and did radio news before going on to get her Masters in Health Education from the University of Virginia. Sumner has lived in Charlottesville since 1985. Since 1989, she has worked for Occupational Health Strategies, Inc., a health consulting firm. Her primary job is to run the Wellness Program at the Federal Executive Institute. Sumner has always had an interest in folk music and has been a host of Atlantic Weekly I since about 1992.
David Buie-Moltz is co-host of jazz program Point of Departure, heard Monday evening from 9 to 11 p.m. He began volunteering for WTJU as an undergraduate at UVA, where he hosted a series of late-night and afternoon rock shows. After graduating in 2008 and spending a few years living and working in Washington, D.C., David returned to work at UVA and volunteer at WTJU in 2015.
Having joined WTJU around the turn of the century, Terry started out as a substitute DJ for Folk, Blues, & Jazz shows such as Leftover Biscuits, Just 'nuther, Folk & Beyond, Foreign Keys, Induced To Judder, Jazzmania, Living Time, Nothing but the Blues, Walking Blues, Professor Bebop, and the Eclectic Woman. He was the fourth Saturday host of Atlantic Weekly Part II for two years. He also was a host for Sunset Road for eight years. Currently he has been hosting In the Spirit since 2004 and Atlantic Weekly Part I since 2012.
Kyle is the host of A New Sound on WTJU, as well as one of the hosts for Classical Sunrise and First Light. He is a PhD at the University of Virginia working on research that explores the sonic dimension of protest in contemporary America. When he's not in Charlottesville, you usually can find him at a march in D.C., wandering the streets of New York, or enjoying In-N-Out in his home state of California.
Sam is a student at UVA. He likes music.
Rock Department - Hosted "Can't Say I've Heard It" from 2004 to 2009 Born in Washington, DC, relocated to Charlottesville in 1975 Drummer for the rock band "Poor Becky"
Alex Davis has been hosting Atlantic Weekly Part 2 since 2015. He has an interest in traditional Irish music, Canadian-Celtic and the Celtic diaspora. In addition to radio, Alex is an instructor with the Blue Ridge Irish Music School, plays fiddle in various music groups and teaches reading to middle school students.
Lonesome George has been the host of the Cosmic American Jamboree since May, 2002. He likes most forms of traditional American music, including honky tonk, western swing, county boogie, rockabilly, hillbilly bop and blues, old and new stringband music and more. You are likely to hear any of these forms, old and new, when you tune in to CAJ.
DJ Baconfat loves bacon and radio. After 15 years on the airwaves at WTJU, he can still be found overtaking other people's shows occasionally, combining willful obscurantism, gleeful ineptitude, and righteous self-loathing.
Andy is a local performer, recording artist, and passionate collector/researcher of folk, international, and experimental music and outsider art. A self taught fingerstyle guitarist, banjo and fiddle player from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Andy graduated from West Chester University in 2013, and moved to Staunton in 2019, where he currently resides.
From an island in the Mediterranean to a rural town in Pennsylvania, Zostress spent much of her childhood listening to her family’s LPs on a credenza style stereo console. Spinning the Archies or Abba, the Beatles or Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin or Van Morrison, she would lie on the living room rug with sonic dreams unfolding. Her tastes have expanded across genres, and she is always seeking new tunes, but those childhood listening hours tied her to a lifelong love of music.
Started 30 years ago in college radio, then top 40, country, AC, and AOR - last time at a board was over 20 years ago. The math on that is humbling. I've come full circle again to let the music do the talking. Great to be back.
jud-der: to shake or vibrate rhythmically. And that's exactly what David Eisenman entices his listeners to do Thursday nights on his show Induced To Judder. For more than 15 years, the Juddermeister has celebrated the best of classic and modern jazz and blues with special emphasis on the sounds and artists of New Orleans. In addition to filling the airwaves with tunes "to move and groove you", David also serves as WTJU's Jazz and Blues director. During his tenure as director. David has overseen a plethora of standard and special programming but he considers the annual week-long New Orleans Tribute that started in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to be his crown jewel. "Having the ability to celebrate the significance of music to the history and resurgence of the Crescent City is just one of the facets that makes WTJU a treasure to the community and why I believe in what we do." So says the Juddermeister.
Rebecca went to Charlottesville public schools: Venable, Buford and Lane. After that she lived in many places, doing many things, including listening to a lot of different community radio stations. When she came back to Charlottesville in 1998, it seemed like a good time to pursue a long-held dream of sharing her love of music on the radio. WTJU turned out to be the perfect place. Nothing But the Blues, Leftover Biscuits, In the Spirit, Blues & the Abstract Root, Walk Right In and the Eclectic Woman have been her main venues for exploring a wide range of musical styles, with a focus on vintage recordings and contemporary takes on roots music. She approaches radio the way she approaches her other favorite activities-- gardening, knitting, cooking and talking to people-- with some strong opinions, plus a willingness to learn something new. She loves to get calls from listeners and will try to play requests.
Married to Giovanni Malatesta, but had decade-long affair with Paolo, his younger brother. Currently residing in second circle of Hell.
I was born and raised in the heart of the Adirondack mountains in Saranac Lake. Moved to Charlottesville in the 70's and discovered WTJU and got hooked. I began volunteering around the turn of the century and have been here ever since. My dad was in radio in the 40's, 50's and 60's, so I feel like I have always been around radio stations forever. The station that he worked at only played big band, contemporary vocalists of the time(Frank Sinatra and others) and classical music. I remember going to the station with my dad on the weekends and he always let me look through the rock music promotion records. If I found something I liked, which was everything, he let me have it to take home. The station played no Rock music at the time. I was the envy of my Rock music friends, and always had albums that hadn't been released to the public yet! It was a very cool time!! I have been alternating Sunday mornings with Jazzmania for several years and will continue until who knows when. Life's too short for ordinary music!!
I've enjoyed volunteering at WTJU since 1992, hosting Living Time for many years on Saturday nights, and now on alternating Wednesdays, playing modern jazz and dabbling in the Avant Garde.
Vaccinated with a phonograph needle. And 60s AM radio. After having been tutored by two of the most excellent reggae radio shows (on WPFW/Washington) and the DIY ethos, I thought... "why not?" "Reggae Vibrations" had already been going strong for thirteen years before I got the break. WTJU made sure I couldn't just keep it to myself.
Ralph Graves, host of "Classical Sunrise" on Wednesday mornings, has been involved with classical music in one form or another for most of his life. He majored in keyboard percussion performance as an undergrad, playing in classical and jazz ensembles, and studied composition. He furthered his composition studies at UVa, earning a MA from the School of Music. Ralph has been a product manager for an independent classical music label, had compositions performed and recorded, produced recording sessions, was a music copyist, written record reviews for publication, and has volunteered for WTJU since 1991 (and hosted a classical music program on a commercial station for 6 years previous to that). Ralph continues to write professionally, and enjoys contributing articles and reviews to WTJU.
Don Harrison, a.k.a. Uncle Beatdown, has co-hosted Radio Wowsville since its debut on WTJU in 1995 (or 1996 - no one can really be sure). A writer and editor when he's not twiddling the knobs, Harrison's feature writing has been found in a wide variety of publications, including Parade Magazine, the Washington Post and the late 64 Magazine. The former Style Weekly arts editor and C-Ville Weekly columnist is currently a contributing editor at Virginia Living Magazine, where he pens a regular column on the music of Virginia. In 2009, he served as one of the chief researchers for "Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth," a two-CD set and museum exhibit on early Virginia rock 'n' roll. A member of the Richmond Folk Festival's Program Committee and the former publisher of two regional music publications, Catharsis and Grip, Don likes film noir, ping pong and fried oysters. And WTJU.
Allen Hench is originally from rural central Pennsylvania where he still maintains professional ties, but as a semi-retiree now lives most of the time in Charlottesville. Allen has been Adjunct Faculty at the University of Virginia Law School, and Director of the Non-Profit Law Clinic. He's a board member of Ash Lawn Opera Festival and the Charlottesville Chapter of the United Nations Association. He travels extensively, runs every day, and, of course, loves classical music.
Steve got involved with radio by volunteering for WTJU about 10 years ago and only then discovered that he had a great face for radio. He grew up listening to rock on the free form stations of the 70's and was drawn to jazz and instrumental musics by the fusion bands of the 70's. A flirtation with the ECM label and artists completed his conversion. He's been on medical school faculty since arriving in Charlottesville in 1995.
Rumor has it that Jay hails from a small Scots-Irish town west of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is frequently mispronounced. His Scottish heritage is perhaps the origin of his interest in pipe instruments. Not having access to sheepskin, bagpipes were not an option. But a box of pipes controlled by a keyboard proved to be just fine. During his formative years, he was also irreversibly influenced by four gentlemen from a town in the north of England. That was when he began also playing the six-strings that became ubiquitous during the era. Young Jay eventually left the small town and travelled north through the valley, arriving at a small college that neither James nor Dolly would have recognized. There, he had access to many boxes of pipes and other instruments, as well as vast resources of music throughout the ages. (He also never went far without his six-stringed friend.) He particularly became interested in French music of the early 20th century and learned that the French were more artful in their interpretation of J.S. Bach than their Teutonic counterparts (and he’ll debate the point with anyone who thinks otherwise). After college, Jay spent over two decades teaching adolescents to use their vocal pipes to produce somewhat musical sounds and others how to play the six strings, producing notes that decay quickly but never leave player or listener unchanged. A love of great music combined with an appreciation of ephemera brought Jay to WTJU, where he offers selections that he hopes will either remind listeners of something they love or give them something new to cherish.
From Changshu to Charlottesville, it's 7460 miles in distance but less than 15 mins to lock up a favorite radio channel. Freddie's most frequent spinnings include outrageous jazz, black rebel motorcycle clubs and Japanese music. His very first 'TJU appearance was aired Apr 2017 - a memorial program for Misha Mengelberg.
Peter Jones is the WTJU Folk and World Director. He hosts Folk & Beyond (Thursday afternoon from 4-7), and Tell Us A Tale (Sunday, 12-2 pm). Peter also oversees live music at the station, including as producer of Offbeat Roadhouse, our all-genre live concert series (Friday, 8-9 pm).
Paul loves a good story, true or not so true, and music that you can feel first. He started listening to bluegrass and obscure country music on WAMU (out of Washington, D.C) in high school and having a long list of favorite radio personalities, joined WMUC as a bluegrass/country/alt-country disc jockey in college. At WMUC he was also the folk music director and station record librarian (filing and reorganizing over 40,000 records). Amassing a collection of early country, jazz and blues recordings along the way, he joined WTJU in 2010 and is the current host of Leftover Biscuits.
A WTJU volunteer since January 2007, Jersey-born Brian enjoys quiet walks on the beach, candlelit dinners and puppies, as well as listening to and sometimes performing modern jazz.
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza is a terrifyingly live mix-and-match roving sound collage call-in loopfest of music/words/samples, with euphonic cacophony to soothe and stimulate. Airing simultaneously on WTJU and WFMU, with an additional episode every Wednesday 2-4pm on WFMU. 20 years of audio archives live at http://lastever.org In Ken's "free time," he's spent the last 13 years creating software that runs radio station websites: http://kenzodb.com
Michael Kidd, a Charlottesville native and UVA alumnus, enjoys a strong cup of coffee and the world of modern jazz. Joining WTJU as a volunteer DJ in 2018, he spins everything from hard bop to avant-garde.
I grew up in southern California, and moved to C'ville in 1983 to attend grad school. That didn't work out, but I found a good job and a great radio station 'TJU. After several years as a listener I got involved in the folk department and have been part of the Atlantic Weekly team for over 25 years, and am co-host of Beyond Borders.
Louise began co-hosting Sandy Snyder's Wild Women and Friends in the spring of 2015, after many years of being an avid listener and enthusiastic supporter of WTJU. Other loves include Jay, road trips, eating, reading, the Oxford comma, and the Sound side of the Outer Banks in September.
Michael Latsko began hosting The King of Instruments in June 1993 at the urging of former classical director D.V. Schnack. In summer 1995, he debuted Evensong to add sacred choral music to WTJU's programming mix. A double HOO, Michael works in HR at UVA and has been a church organist for over 30 years. Currently he is director of music at Grace Episcopal Church, Keswick/Cismont.
1/2 of YE OLDE TUESDAY AFTERNOON ROCKE SHOW dave is entering his (can it really be?) 12th year as a volunteer for wtju, after progressively sliding from listener to donor to dj, as one does. when he is not putting together next week's radio show, he can be found making paintings, because one archaic medium deserves another in this wily millennium.
I've hosted Classical Sunrise on Sunday mornings since 1999. While I am not by nature an "early" riser, I particularly enjoy sharing the kind of music that to me seems so appropriate for an early Sunday morning -- choral, baroque and early music, works for piano and harpsichord, and always the music of J.S. Bach.
A proud Mountaineer, Ken graduated from West Virginia University with a Masters in Performance, then taught band in central Virginia for 10 years. A fan of classical music and film scores, he's excited to share some of his favorite tracks on the air, when he's not hiking, running, or riding his bicycle.
Paper Planes grew up in New Orleans, a town that leaves an indelible mark on anyone who comes in contact with it. He got into music listening to his dad's Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind, & Fire albums and his uncle's Bruce Springsteen and Cream LPs before going through his middle school pop-punk phase and discovering rap in high school and indie rock in college. When he's not playing music on the radio, he's an amateur guitarist and an amateur-er podcaster.
Childhood spent on the Jersey shore. BFA from Philadelphia College Of Art. Lived in the Bahamas, Rock Cave WV, Hawaii, Bryn Mawr PA and since 1979, Charlottesville. Illustrator. Original member of Ten Flavors Studios. Married to Virginia Peale. Two children, grown & almost grown. Hosting a weekly radio program since June of 1990. Wants to move to the Florida Keys.
Thom Pease has been a host in the classical department, having started "The Listening Room" in February 2011 and going on to host "On With The Show." He comes back to fill in occasionally and keep his airboard skills sharp. By day, he is a cataloger of audio recordings at the Library of Congress in the Recorded Sound Processing Unit at the Packard Campus for Audiovisual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. He has spent over 10 years working in radio libraries and sound archives, including WETA, WFIU, National Public Radio, and the Archives of Traditional Music, and has been with the LoC since 2005.
A member of the WTJU community for over 40 years, Rus has been a passionate listener to many genres, currently jazz. He credits generations of WTJU announcers with his introduction to the music that has enriched his life. Rus hosted the weekly jazz history exploration, "Jazz at 100" covering the first 100 years of jazz recordings and has recently transitioned to “Jazz at 100 Today!,” a weekly celebration of recent jazz recordings by living artists, Friday mornings at 9:00.
Forever grateful for the opportunity to curate amazing music for listeners without oversight or interference, Pete has hosted shows on WTJU for over twenty years (mostly on friday afternoons), sharing his passion for what can loosely be described as 'folk' music. He hopes for many more to come.
Michael, a Virginia native and UVa alumnus, is ecstatic to return to WTJU, where he served as a rock then folk DJ in the late 1970s. Yesteryear. He has always loved music, and sang in church choirs and school chorus. Michael’s eclectic tastes range from bluegrass, gospel and folk to rock and of course classical. He looks forward to expanding his music knowledge and range with this great community.
I am particularly fascinated by the way a piece of recorded music can provide a window into that time period's history, stirring up images and emotions in the mind of the listener in a method unlike that of any film, novel or painting. To me, no music is ever just "background music." I crave any sound with creative integrity and recognize that instrumental proficiency does not always trump the efforts of an amateur's honesty.
As I close in on seventy and over thirty years @ Wtju, my week is shaped by a Thursday morning jazz show, All That Jazz.
Like Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Camel Lights, and Hanes underwear, Poubelle hails from Winston-Salem. He moved there from Nashville when he was seven. In Nashville, he would sit on his babysitter Rachel's bed with a portable record player and play her Monkees singles over and over and over. When he moved, Rachel gave him a going-away present: Monkees Greatest Hits. Poubelle's other name is Nick Rubin. He teaches at UVa, and he still has the album. Rachel lives in Ireland.
Ron's long time passions include community radio, and sharing diverse music with a minimum of commentary. In his spare time, he is a husband, father, grandfather, fiddler, gardener, clinical social worker, and an itinerant interspiritual seeker.
BA & MEd from UVA; extended personal concentration on the many styles of music ranging from hip to cornball, ethnic to commercial, historical to current, and popular to obscure; began teaching (later administration) in public schools in 1969 and on WTJU in 1973 and still love both!
Radio Stu became involved with WTJU in 1980 as an undergraduate student. He programmed and hosted WTJU's first 24 hour rock marathon show in 1980 and did another 24 hour show for graduation weekend in 1983. He continued on the air in graduate school with his show "Dig It to the End" featuring rock-and-roll from 1954-1959. He holds both a BSME and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from UVa and remained active as an alumnus. In 2018 he hosts the show "Peace, Love and Radio" featuring music from 1962-1972 late nights during the summer.
What is Reaux? Is it just a voice? A mouth? If a DJ speaks into a microphone and nobody's there to see it, does it exist corporeally? Perhaps some questions are best left to philosophers.
Lewis Reining is the Director of Public Affairs, co-host of Friday's Soundboard, board operator for Monday's Soundboard, and producer for Wednesday's Soundboard. He really likes public affairs (or just can't say no to people). Outside of radio he is an avid pc gamer and k-pop enthusiast. His dream is to one day be a producer of audio dramas.
I began DJing on at the station in 2002. Off air I am a husband and father of two boys who will grow up to be taller than me. I can also tell you what time it is ( /- 15 minutes) at any point during the day without wearing a watch. WTJU is the best radio you can find on the dial anywhere in the world.
I've never been bored in my life. When I'm not teaching 4th grade at Cale Elementary, or manning the board here at WTJU for Part II of Atlantic Weekly, I enjoy playing banjo and wooden flute, gardening, photography, cooking, and ecology. I'm a lifelong student, and I believe in the Oxford comma.
The Rum Cove is the long time host of the vintage R&B show, The Soulful Situation. Incorporating his large collection of rare 45s, LPs and a huge CD archive he'll play the deep or rarely heard cuts of often obscure recording artists from the great Soul explosion of the 1960's to the mid 70's. Also, he will oftentimes include an interview with someone closely associated with Soul music, be it a fine singer, a producer or, perhaps an author who's new published work sheds more light on this incredible era of creativity. Keep it tuned to The Soulful Situation, lunch time R&B to blow up your lil' old mind!
Brad has been involved in folk dance and song all his life. More recently, he has expanded his musical interests to include jazz, especially the standards from the Great American Songbook.
UVA alum that fell in love with Charlottesville and never left. WTJU volunteer since 1993. Biochemical engineer during the day. Married a local girl and proud father of two boys. Passions include music from all genres, cycling, cooking, hiking in the mountains and local food and craft beer.
Seth Swingle, a.k.a "Little Lion," plays and enjoys traditional music from West Africa and the American rural South. He currently divides his time between America and Mali, where he assiduously searches for the rarest and best African music to bring back to his discerning WTJU listeners.
Ann Shaffer grew up in Morgantown, WV, and is a graduate of West Virginia University. She joined WTJU in 1983 as co-host of the weekly opera broadcast, and later became the host of A Time for Singing. She is the mother of two and grandmother of three, and lives in Albemarle County with her husband, Hu, and a small orange cat named Peaches.
A former contributor to Soundboard (RIP), I enjoy playing soul, funk, jazz, reggae, and hip-hop tunes from around the world. Hailing from the DMV, I like to sprinkle a little Chuck Brown in the mix too.
Alex likes to play records. At night. Late.
Tim is a lawyer by profession, but an opera lover by avocation. He has co-hosted the Sunday Opera Matinee for 20 years and has attended operas at many of the world's great opera houses.
My 40 word Bio: Classical, Folk, and Jazz/Blues DJ since 2001, Chocolate, Dogs (especially Hollywood, R.I.P.), Zephyrus, Camp Unleashed, Christmas cookie parties, Bicycles, Retirement, Grandkids, Joyce, Rugby, Rice University, Racquetball, Early Music, Pie, Sunrises, Building stone walls, Gardening, and Family.
David Soyka grew up in a strange exotic land called New Jersey listening to Jean Shepherd on WOR-AM, Cousins Brucie and Dan Ingram at WA"Beatle"C and Vin Scelsa and Allison Steele on WNEW-FM, which explains (or excuses) his taste in music. The first album he bought was The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan for $3.49 at the Two Guys from Harrison department store (no kidding, that's what it was called). His mother-in-law lived three blocks from the Stone Pony and complained some scruffy guy named Bruce Springsteen played too loud.
Lusophile co-host of Deepest South, very occasional jazz sub, and WTJU volunteer since 2009.
I started subbing for Don and Colin on "Radio Wowsville" in April 2015. Long ago, when I was a kid, I got a toy radio transmitter for Christmas. I excitedly broadcast my collection of 45 rpm records to our city block in northeast Philadelphia. Probably nobody except my younger sister was listening back then, but I secretly hoped to be a REAL radio DJ someday. Now, thanks to the most eclectic radio station I know, my childhood dream has finally come true!
Xavier Taylor is an opera singer who resides here in Charlottesville, spending most of the day on a farm (when not singing). He looks forward to taking time to share his love of opera and classical music with you.
James Brown performed at halftime of a University of Georgia football game in 1977 in front of an audience that included Prince Charles and a cast member of the Beverly Hillbillies, and my dream setlist would capture the spirit of all those things thrown into a blender and mixed with bourbon, ice cream, and BC headache powder. Likes: Soul, funk, country, rap, cumbia, reggae, jazz, afrobeat, rock and roll, and djaying at your special occasion.
Tyler Broadcasting System has been a DJ at various college stations since 1988, and at WTJU since 1995 or 1996. He lives with his wife, a child, and his cats: Todd Trainer, Robert Weston, Fluss II, and Excellent Italian Greyhound.
Penelope, host of Just A Few Friends, has been involved with music from a young age. Since seeing her brother be a WTJU deejay back in the days of Peabody Hall, Penelope has wanted to be one herself and got the opportunity in 2003. Penelope works at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and has played violin in the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra since 2006.
I've been with WTJU and regular host of "Nothin' But the Blues" since 1994. I've also worked at the UVa library since 1994. I moved to Charlottesville as a teenager in 1981 and immediately discovered WTJU, listening and learning from Professor BeBop, The Bartender's Bop, Reggae Vibes and so many other great shows. I've had a strong interest in blues, jazz, R&B, soul, and early rock & roll since I was a kid, but WTJU has been my college of musical knowledge ever since, and quite honestly is still the coolest radio station on the planet. When I got the opportunity to host "Nothin' But the Blues" 19 years ago I jumped at the chance and I've loved doing the show ever since. I hope I've been able to share some of what I've learned and continue to learn with our listeners over the years.
I've been immersed in classical music for decades now, both as listener and performer. Hosting the Early Music Show is just such a treat for me! I'm a transplanted Brit who loves life in Charlottesville and enjoys nothing more than teaching British visitors about BBQ - one of the great food groups!
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