Charlottesville’s WTJU to begin broadcasting in Richmond area this Sunday

by | Jan 30, 2015 | POLITICS

WTJU, the long-running UVA radio station that broadcasts at 91.1 FM in Charlottesville, will expand to Richmond’s airwaves this Sunday. Taking over Ashland station WHAN, WTJU’s broadcast will be rebroadcast via webstream over local airwaves at 102.9 FM and 1430 AM starting at midnight on February 1.


WTJU, the long-running UVA radio station that broadcasts at 91.1 FM in Charlottesville, will expand to Richmond’s airwaves this Sunday. Taking over Ashland station WHAN, WTJU’s broadcast will be rebroadcast via webstream over local airwaves at 102.9 FM and 1430 AM starting at midnight on February 1.

WTJU has entered into a three-year lease with WHAN, with an option to buy if they find the arrangement agreeable. While the Ashland station’s broadcast area does not cover the entire Richmond metropolitan area, WTJU general manager Nathan Moore says the signal should reach the majority of listeners north of the James River.

Moore hopes the station will not merely operate as a Charlottesville station being rebroadcast in Richmond, but can carry content relevant to RVA listeners as well. “I really want to serve the Richmond public,” Moore told Style Weekly, “and we’re doing our best to incorporate bands and the sounds of Richmond as well.”

WTJU has been on the air in Charlottesville since 1957, and has always featured an eclectic mix of musical programming. Before the internet brought every variety of music to anyone with a broadband connection, WTJU was the major source in the Charlottesville area for music that lay off the beaten path in genres from classical and blues to punk rock and experimental electronic music. Its eclectic vibe survives today, with programming varying from classical and jazz in the morning to jazz in the evenings and alternative rock at night.

Tune in to 102.9 FM starting this Sunday to listen to WTJU locally. For a full schedule of the station’s programming, click here.

Marilyn Drew Necci

Marilyn Drew Necci

Former GayRVA editor-in-chief, RVA Magazine editor for print and web. Anxiety expert, proud trans woman, happily married.




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