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The following interviews were conducted in Charlottesville during the spring of 2000: WTJU's first Chief Announcer, Rey Barry (also known as Barry Plotnik, UVA '61) shares stories of the early days of the student-led station; current WTJU Station Manager Chuck Taylor describes how the station has changed since it has joined the University of Virginia's Department of Student Affairs; and UVA Vice-President for Student Affairs Bill Harmon discusses the future of WTJU in its much improved location, Lambeth Commons.

Rey Barry Rey Barry, UVA '61 In fall of 1957, during his third year as an undergraduate student at UVA, Barry Plotnik (later WTJU deejay Rey Barry) was approached by Rod Collins to help found an educational radio station under the auspices of the Department of Speech and Drama. Barry worked regularly as a WTJU anouncer for one year, but remained close to the station and Rod Collins through the the 1960's and 1970's.
  • Ray Barry 1
    Although WTJU was founded by the Department of Speech and Drama, very little faculty control or intervention occured during much of the station's history. In this clip, Rey describes how UVA grad student Rod Collins' leadership kept WTJU running smoothly during the first few years of broadcasting.
  • Ray Barry 2
    Today WTJU has a broadcast range of as far as sixty miles, but the station's frequency wasn't always this far-reaching. Rey talks about the audience of WTJU in the early 1960's.
  • Ray Barry 3
    WTJU and WUVA both claim to be the University of Virginia's campus radio station. Which really is? WUVA opened first, but both have remained popular over the years for different reasons. Here, Rey talks about the lack of competition between WTJU and WUVA during the 1960's.
  • Ray Barry 4
    Although both WTJU and WUVA have remained organizations of University of Virginia students since their early days, WTJU has swung back to the University in recent years. In this clip, Rey describes how this connection is not surprising.

Chuck Taylor Chuck Taylor, WTJU Station Manager 1993 - present Chuck joined as a WTJU volunteer in 1979, and was hired by the University of Virginia to become the full-time Station Manager in 1993. Through his almost twenty years at WTJU, Chuck has watched it evolve from a fairly disorganized but student-managed effort into an efficient and far-reaching community radio station.
  • Chuck Taylor 1
    Although the WTJU student managerial board had considered the positive ramifications of hiring a full-time paid staff member as early as the 1970's, the needed funding was never available. But in 1992 the station's FCC license was threatened by the filing of an improper document, and the University reconsidered hiring a manager. In this clip, Chuck talks about the decision of WTJU and the University to support two paid, full-time management positions for the station.
  • Chuck Taylor 2
    During the 1980's, the ever-popular Exam Marathons became and have remained lucrative fundraising efforts for WTJU. Here, Chuck describes how funding to WTJU has changed over the years.

William Harmon William Harmon, UVA Vice President for Student Affairs (1994-2001) When Vice-President Harmon arrived at UVA in 1994, the Office of Student Affairs gained jurisdiction of WTJU, as part of the department's committment to expand all educational opportunities. In 1996, Vice-President Harmon helped negotiate critical funds for the station, and remains an ex-officio member of the Committee for WTJU.
  • Bill Harmon 1
    Although the University has forced WTJU to relocate its studios, it is not entirely responsible for the cost of the move. Vice-President Harmon explains the financial implications of WTJU's move to Lambeth Commons.
  • Bill Harmon 2
    When the University took offical managerial control of WTJU in 1993, the Dean of Students Office and Office of Student Affairs have given much time to the greater success of the station. Here, Vice President Harmon describes the importance of community radio at the University of Virginia.
  • Bill Harmon 3
    When funds can be made available, the Office for Student Affairs allows WTJU student volunteers the opportunity to attend professional broadcasting conferences. In this clip Vice-President Harmon explains why he supports these trips.

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