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WTJU Radio kicks off 60th anniversary celebrations with special broadcast event

For 60 years, WTJU has been a sonic life raft for the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville community, and beyond. That longevity is an achievement in itself. Even more amazing is the tremendous achievement of our community – listeners and station volunteers who have helped WTJU thrive for six decades.

“Fifteen years before NPR’s first broadcast, WTJU signed on with volunteer curated music to enrich our community, and we have maintained a non-commercial format of eclectic music ever since,” said Nathan Moore, WTJU General Manager.

“Generations of hosts and listeners who built this station, nurtured it, sustained it, contributed their passion and skills and hearts to it. People throughout our community have made it great – and continue to make it great.”

This Saturday afternoon, April 1st, WTJU kicks off its season of anniversary celebrations with a special live broadcast event!

From 12:00-4:00pm, join WTJU for a live broadcast and party from the quad just outside the WTJU studios. During Reggae Vibrations and Garage Sale, stop by the FREE celebration for some vinyl spinning, free pizza and birthday cake, lawn games, and celebration of this amazing radio station. WTJU is also planning to unveil a very special surprise at the celebration!

The party doesn’t stop there! Later that evening, from 8:00-9:00, there will also be a FREE concert with Handsome Hound on WTJU. You are invited to be part of the studio audience.

Directions to the station are online at

Other 60th Anniversary events coming up this spring:

FIRST FRIDAYS GALLERY OPENING, FRIDAY, APRIL 7th, 5:30-7:30pm. WTJU shows off years of t-shirt art! Throughout the month of April, as part of our 60th anniversary celebration, WTJU is displaying 50 WTJU t-shirts in the CitySpace gallery, 100 5th Street NE — 2nd floor of the Market Street Parking Garage building looking out over the Downtown Mall. Join us for a First Fridays reception on April 7th to celebrate this anniversary milestone! FREE!

WTJU 60TH ANNIVERARY FILM & PANEL DISCUSSION at the 2017 Tom Tom Festival, Tuesday, APRIL 11th, 7:00-8:00pm. Join WTJU at The Paramount Theater for a screening of a short film about WTJU’s 60th anniversary, followed by a panel discussion with Nathan Moore (WTJU General Manager), Nick Rubin (WTJU Rock Director), Kyle Chattleton (WTJU Classical Director), Chase Browning (WXTJ Co-Director), and Rus Perry (Host of WTJU’s Jazz at 100). FREE!

WTJU ROCK MARATHON, MONDAY, APRIL 10th – SUNDAY, APRIL 16th. WTJU’s Rock Marathon is back, and it’s celebrating 60 years of this amazing radio station! For this year’s Rock Marathon, WTJU’s cracked squad of volunteer DJs has conspired to inspire with another bounty of killer shows. WTJU will cover the waterfront of all that rocks. Check out the full schedule and donate at the Rock Marathon page:

WTJU Alumni Weekends. Over the weekends of June 2-4 and June 9-11, we’re opening our doors to WTJU alumni who’d like to host an hour of radio! Email if you’re a WTJU alum who would like to host a show! (WTJU can provide someone to help with studio tech help, if need be.)

WTJU 60th Anniversary On-Air Extravaganza, June 2-11, 2017. Prepare for nine days of WTJU program specials celebrating the station’s history and its tremendous role in the community today! Full schedule available in May.

WTJU broadcasts from Charlottesville at 91.1 FM and from Ashland, VA at 102.9 FM. The station also streams live at With all volunteer on-air hosts, the station airs a mix of folk & roots, jazz, blues, rock, classical, and more.

Since 1957, WTJU has served to enrich the culture of Virginia, extend UVA’s educational mission, and bring people together through music and conversation. In addition to its radio signals, WTJU also hosts dozens of free live concerts each year, runs youth radio camps each summer, operates the local podcast network, and operates WXTJ 100.1 FM, our student-run Low Power FM sister station.