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From the GM's desk...
Just folks

Louis Armstrong once quipped, "All music is folk music; I ain't never heard no horse sing a song." I've heard a couple horse whinnies that approached melodic, but indeed, music is fundamentally an activity that only humans do.

In fact, playing music may be the one behavior that most distinguishes humans from other animals. People have been playing bone flutes for more than 40,000 years. Percussion instruments for who-knows-how-long.

Just folks playing music.

In the next couple weeks, WTJU is putting on a pair of folk music events. On February 2nd, Robin & Linda Williams and their Fine Group play a benefit concert for WTJU at the Jefferson Theater. Tickets are still available.

Then from February 4-10th, we air the 2013 Folk Marathon. It'll be a tremendous week that explores the depth and breadth of folk, roots, and world music.

So much great music by folks and for folks. I hope you'll join us.

Nathan Moore
General Manager

WTJU-FM, University of Virginia

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Upcoming Shows & Specials

Here are a few of the WTJU events and program specials coming down the pike:

Mon, Jan 28, 12-2pm: Along with all the soulful cuts you love, The Rum Cove airs an interview with Memphis Soul singing legend Spencer Wiggins, a vocalist of the highest order.

Tues, Jan 29, 12-2pm: Singer- songwriter Diane Cluck will stop by the Eclectic Woman Show.

Fri, Feb 1, 12-2pm: DJ Waraba airs a special program of all Malian music in support of their ongoing struggles. One set will feature songs recorded on cell phones in the desert town of Kidal, compiled by Sahel Sounds, which is sending the proceeds back to the musicians involved.

Fri, Feb 1, 4-6pm: 4tet will stop by Sunset Road. Creating new traditional music, 4tet comprises four of traditional music's most compelling young talents. WTJU will air the first hour of their Random Row concert that evening starting at 8pm.

Sat, Feb 2: Robin & Linda Williams and their Fine Group play a benefit show for WTJU at the Jefferson Theater. Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Click for info and to buy tickets.

Feb 4-10: FOLK MARATHON. Stay in tune with WTJU for the 2013 round-the-clock Folk Marathon. Click for more info.

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WTJU is "Staying in Tune" during the February 4-10 Folk Marathon
By Peter Jones, Folk Director

Folk 2013WTJU’s Folk Marathon airs a week of terrific folk and roots specials from February 4-10. We need your support to keep WTJU strong in 2013!

Our theme this year is “Staying In Tune.” Each weekday morning from 9 until noon, we’ll focus on a different stringed instrument: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, and Dobro. Some of our favorite local musicians will discuss playing styles, air some of their favorite recordings, and demonstrate some fine playing live on-air.

We have live musical guests tuning up to perform from 7-8 each weeknight. Special guests include the Ragged Mountain String Band, the Terri Allard Trio, Buzzard Hollow Boys, Gallatin Canyon, and Jim Waive & the Young Divorcees. Longtime friends of the station Alligator will perform Saturday from 2-4 p.m.


Live from the WTJU Studios

Tim O'Brien (25:33)
The legendary Tim O'Brien stopped by WTJU for a visit to Jumpin' on the Bed on November 3.

WTJU receives two new grants
By Nathan Moore, General Manager

Bama Works and Parents Committee logosWe found out in late 2012 that WTJU has received two grants to help fund station projects.

The U.Va. Parents Committee awarded $5,000 to WTJU for the construction of a second radio station that will be run by students. The station will webstream and broadcast on a low power AM signal to U.Va. grounds and surrounding neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, Bama Works gave WTJU $6,500 to plan and carry out a "Battle of the Bands" event aimed at student engagement and creative musical expression. The event will take place the first weekend in April at the downtown Pavilion.

Many folks helped craft our project ideas, but I wanted to single out Rich Cifaldi for thanks. He wrote both of these successful grant applications. And of course, many thanks to both the U.Va. Parents Committee and Bama Works!

Two U.Va. students join the ranks of Classical announcers on WTJU
By John Delehanty, Classical Co-Director

During 2012, Andrew O’Shanick and Campbell Shiflett became volunteer classical announcers on WTJU.

O’Shanick, a 3rd year music major from Midlothian, VA, shares regular programming duties with Steve Myers on Vivace on Friday from 6:00-9:00am. Love of music came early to Andrew, who began the violin at age three and now sings with two U.Va. ensembles: the Hullabahoos and the University Singers. He claims Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto as his favorite piece and Joshua Bell as his favorite violinist. Wise beyond his years, Andrew remains open to all composers.

First year student Campbell Shiflett from Virginia Beach, VA lists Linguistics as his major academic interest. Having studied piano for 14 years, Campbell is also no stranger to good music. Together with Paula O’Buckley, he will co-host Classical Cafe on Thursday from 6:00-9:00am and has regularly substituted on other classical programs.  Campbell most enjoys modern classical music, strolling through museums, and cursive writing with fine instruments.

WTJU is fortunate to have these musically gifted gentlemen contributing to its classical programming.

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Live from the WTJU Studios

The Steel Wheels (21:19)
As part of their Magnetic Revival Tour, the Steel Wheels (Trent Wagler, Jay Lapp, Brian Dickel, Eric Brubaker) stopped by Sunset Road for a visit with host Pete Marshall on November 30.

Iamus and the problem of soul
By Ralph Graves, Classical announcer 

IamusWhat does it take to write music? A soul, or just a good algorithm? The line’s becoming increasingly blurred as computing power becomes more sophisticated. Iamus is the latest computer to try its virtual hand at the creative process, and may be the most successful attempt to date. Iamus doesn’t try to mimic a particular composer’s style. Instead, it develops its material in a natural and organic fashion. Is Iamus successful? Listen to its music and judge for yourself!

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Live from the WTJU Studios

John Doyle (27:52)
John Doyle of Solas stopped by WTJU Wednesday, December 15, for a visit before a concert sponsored by the Blue Ridge Irish Music School.

WTJU Folk looks forward to another year of great live music
By Peter Jones, Folk Director

Before we look forward to what 2013 has to bring, let us glimpse back at 2012.  We started the year with a live broadcast of Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group's concert from Jefferson Theater, where several lucky WTJU listeners got the chance to spend time during a special "Meet & Greet."

We followed that up with visits from Railroad Earth and the Claire Lynch Band. We even broadcast the latter group's concert from the Mockingbird in Staunton as a surprise for our listeners.  To close out the month, we had Grammy winners the Carolina Chocolate Drops in for a visit.


WTJU-FM is a noncommercial educational radio station licensed by the FCC to the Rector and Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. WTJU presents original, rich, and diverse programming of music and other forms of expression free from the direct constraints of commercial interests, reflecting the broadest educational goals of the University.

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Newsletter Editor: Nathan Moore

Contributors: Nathan Moore, Peter Jones, Ralph Graves, John Delehanty

General Manager: Nathan Moore


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