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City of license Charlottesville, Virginia
Broadcast area Charlottesville, Virginia
Albemarle County, Virginia
Branding "91.1 WTJU"
Slogan "The Sound Choice in Central Virginia"
Frequency 91.1 MHz
First air date 1957
Format Variety
Power 1500 Watts
HAAT 325 Meters
Class B1
Facility ID 69145
Transmitter coordinates 37°58′55.0″N 78°29′3.0″W / 37.981944°N 78.484167°W / 37.981944; -78.484167
Callsign meaning W Thomas Jefferson U
Owner University of Virginia
Webcast WTJU Webstream
Website WTJU Online

WTJU (91.1 FM) is a Variety formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Charlottesville, Virginia, serving Charlottesville, Virginia and Albemarle County, Virginia, with a broadcast range of about 50 miles, as well as webcasting over the internet. WTJU is owned and operated by the University of Virginia (U.Va.)[1]

WTJU is unusual in a number of ways. It is a public radio station, yet it is not part of the NPR system. The station allows its volunteer DJs to play anything they choose, as long as it does not violate Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules for decency. Most of the shows feature music, with the bulk of the music being in the categories of classical, folk, jazz and rock.[2] The rock music tends to be highly eclectic, with a heavy emphasis on music that is rarely, if ever, heard on commercial radio stations. This eclecticism can be found in classical and folk programming, as well.

The DJs represent a cross-section of the community. Most of the rock DJs are students at U.Va.; most of the other DJs live in Charlottesville or the surrounding area, and range in age from their twenties to their sixties (or older).

In late 2013, as a response to a significant decline in the number of student DJs running the station, several University of Virginia students launched an entirely student-run station entitled "WTJX." The station operates within WTJU's studio and primarily consists of rock, hip hop, and electronic music.[3]


Founded at the University of Virginia in 1957, is one of Charlottesville's two volunteer-run radio stations.

Among the big names who have graced the WJTU airwaves as deejays are Pavement's Stephen Malkmus, Dave Matthews Band's Boyd Tinsley, Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield, Yo La Tengo's James McNew, and blues musician Corey Harris.

Fifty years after launch, the station is still based at UVA and broadcasts from the Lambeth Commons in the Lambeth residence halls. General Manager Chuck Taylor retired in early 2010, and Nathan Moore began as General Manager in April 2011.

Was used in the background of the television show King & Maxwell in the episode Stealing Secrets.

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  1. ^ "WTJU Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ See the station's schedule for descriptions of the shows [1].
  3. ^ Check out the recently launched WTJX site here (Playlists and show times are also available as well)[2]

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