Program changes start August 29

WTJU will roll out changes to its program schedule starting on August 29.

There’s a lot to love about WTJU’s programming, but from time to time, we need to adjust to better serve our community. WTJU’s strategic framework prioritizes better representation of the diverse demographics of our community – both in our on-air talent and audience. This program change is a step in that direction. The new schedule also fills a deficit in local classical programming on Sundays while improving on the flow of WTJU’s Sunday lineup.

This is the first significant change to WTJU’s program schedule in more than six years. The main changes include:

  • Monday-Thursday evening classical shows will mostly move to Sundays, which will air classical music almost the entire day.
  • Monday-Thursday evening jazz shows will move up two hours, from 9 – 11 p.m. to 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday evenings 9 – 11 p.m. will air four new shows featuring hip-hop, soul, R&B, funk, and more.

All current WTJU hosts will remain on-air. Jazzmania will move from Sunday mornings to Wednesday mornings. Sneak Previews will move from Sunday afternoons to Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Piano Forte and A Time for Singing will no longer be standalone shows, but the hosts of these programs will integrate into the classical schedule. Tell Us A Tale will no longer be aired, but we will maintain an on-demand streaming archive of its story performances.

New weekday evening shows will include The Black Beat (hosted by Leslie M. Scott-Jones), Late Night with Ike (hosted by Ike Anderson), and Fresh Start (hosted by E.Jonez). All have a radio background but are new voices on WTJU’s airwaves.

This program change also deepens WTJU’s connection to Charlottesville’s rich classical music scene. We’re launching a new show – Offstage, On-Air – on Sundays 12 – 1 p.m. Each week’s show will feature a guest artist or classical organization leader sharing their favorite musical works, describing their craft, and talking about upcoming performances. Multiple hosts from WTJU’s classical department will conduct these interviews.

Check out all the changes in the new Weekly Schedule PDF.

If you’d like to share feedback on these changes, please email wtju@virginia.edu.

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