WXTJ HEADING OVER THE AIR
Student over-the-air radio is going back to its roots at the University of Virginia. Late this year or in early 2016, WXTJ, an entirely student-run radio station will expand its reach from an exclusively internet-only broadcast outlet to its new home at 100.1 FM. Launched in 2013 as a student-only complement to WTJU- FM, which has transitioned over the years into a community/college hybrid station, WXTJ will feature free-form programming provided by more than 100 volunteer student disc jockeys. The station’s mission, according to Sara Ho (College, ’17), one of its student directors, is to bring more diverse and interesting music to the University. The station will pursue that mission both through its on-air programming and by producing live music events on Grounds and in the surrounding community. Last year, WXTJ sponsored a concert at The Southern Music Hall on the Downtown Mall that featured indie rock favorites Parquet Courts.
Meanwhile, this fall, WTJU station partnered with the IX Art Park to present the Levitt AMP Charlottesville Music Series. The free concert series, held each weekend from September 5 through November 6, featured a wide array of favorite acts from throughout the region, including McIntire Department of Music Lecturer and Director of Jazz Performance, John D’earth, and his acclaimed Free Bridge Quintet, as well as recent UVa alum Erin Lunsford and her band, Erin and the Wildfire.