WVTF - FM 89.7 - Roanoke, VA

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NOTICE: BLACKSBURG, Va., June 23, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Foundation Executive Committee will consider the annual budget for WVTF Public Radio at its meeting Thursday, July 21 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Bent Mountain Conference Room. The portion of the meeting dealing with WVTF will begin promptly ... See more at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public because a portion of the WVTF budget comes from public funds. Only the WVTF portion of the meeting is open. The board asks that anyone wishing to provide information or make comments do so in writing by July 14. Address comments to the Chairman of the Executive Committee, 902 Prices Fork Road, Suite 4000, Blacksburg, VA 24061, Mail Code – 0142. NOTICE: The WVTF-RADIO IQ “Friends Council’ will have a meeting at the WVTF –RADIO IQ satellite studio, 216 W. Water Street, Charlottesville, July 11, 2011 at 12 noon. “Friends Council” meetings are open to the public. A Brief History 1973 WVWR (Virginia Western Radio) is created at Virginia Western Community College to serve as a laboratory for broadcast students and as a forum for on-air college courses. The 4,100 watt station broadcast a variety of shows, including All Things Considered from National Public Radio, classical, jazz and big band music. 1975 WVWR's transmitter is moved from Fishburn Hall on the Virginia Western campus, to Poor Mountain and the power is increased to 100,000 watts. 1979 The Radio Reading Service begins operating on the radio's subcarrier frequency. The service broadcasts readings from current newspapers and magazines to the print-impaired 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The special radio required to receive the signal is provided free of charge. Additional monetary support for the Radio Reading Service is provided by the Voice of the Blue Ridge, a non-profit organization formed by reading service volunteers in 1981. 1980 The call letters are changed to WVTF in 1980, when the Virginia Tech Foundation assumes ownership of the station. WVTF's coverage area on 89.1 FM includes central and southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia and northern North Carolina. 1990 WVTF adds a transmitter in Charlottesville on Bear Den Mountain, WVTU (89.3 FM). 1991 A transmitter is added in Marion, WVTR (91.9 FM), which allows the signal to reach as far west as Bristol. 1997 Another transmitter is added in Charlottesville on Carter Mountain, WVTW (88.5 FM). 1999 WVTF boasts nearly 140,000 weekly listeners and is the most listened-to public radio station licensed in Virginia. 2000 WVTF adds a translator on Candler's Mountain in Lynchburg. Residents of the Hill City can listen to WVTF on 89.5 FM. This translator is later switched to Radio IQ, WVTF's sister station which broadcasts BBC news and NPR talk programs. April 2001 WVTF announces its licensee, the Virginia Tech Foundation, has purchased land in the City of Roanoke to build its new offices and studios, including a multi-purpose studio. June 2001 WVTF announces purchase of land to build a new studio/office facility. November 2001 Construction begins on the state-of-the-art office/studio complex located on Kingsbury Lane in Roanoke. January 2003 WVTF announces the launch of Radio IQ, a partnership between Virginia Tech and Ferrum College, offering BBC news and NPR talk programs on its translators in Charlottesville and Roanoke at 89.7 FM, in Ferrum at 89.9 FM and in the New River Valley at 1260AM. Get more information about Radio IQ. May 2003 WVTF moves to its new home at 3520 Kingsbury Lane in the City of Roanoke. December 2009 WVTF and Radio IQ opens a satellite studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. New state-of-the-art broadcast facility at 216 West Water Street. See Pictures. Present day WVTF promises to continually offer the best in news, information, public affairs programs, and classical and jazz music. WVTF's mission statement: To produce and acquire programming and services of value reflecting the culture, events, issues and ideas of our region and the world, and to combine them into an evolving communications service of the highest quality for the people of Virginia and its bordering communities.

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Classical Jazz News FM 89.7 160Kbps English
Contact: General information: WVTF@vt.edu Programming comments and questions: (Rick Mattioni) - mattioni@vt.edu Local News and Story Suggestions: (Connie Stevens) - csh@vt.edu Music: (Seth Williamson) - sethwill@vt.edu Public Service Announcements: (Steve Brow




You have saturated your news with Senator Creed Deeds and his son that committed suicide. I have been hearing this almost every time you are on the air, for months. Please, PLEASE,... enough. Demetri Telionis telionis@vt.edu

April 9, 2014, 9:09 p.m. GMT


Charlottesville Homes

what is this depressing music you are playing on a Sat night?

Jan. 5, 2014, 3:38 a.m. GMT



Richmond is knocked off the air by lightning, so glad I could find you to listen to All Things Considered!

June 28, 2013, 8:43 p.m. GMT



I just heard this cute Christmas story (about 11:15) about a monk named Heinrick and his donkey named Stegmund. Will it played agin and if so when? Is there any way I can find it and play it for my kids? Thank, Downing Smith

Dec. 18, 2012, 6:27 p.m. GMT



Public radio announcer Mel Royer is an awesome host on the Saturday afternoon classical music program with the greatest voice of anybody on the air! Thank you!

Dec. 1, 2012, 7:25 p.m. GMT



is the date correct on the june 23 meeting?

April 29, 2012, 5:32 p.m. GMT



Thanks! It was just announced that you are broadcasting the concert! Wonderful music to eat our dinner too!

March 5, 2012, 10:22 p.m. GMT



Are you broadcasting the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Concert w/ Southern Va. University tonight? Our sons are singing and we are in CA. Would love to hear it. Just heard you might be broadcasting it

March 5, 2012, 10:20 p.m. GMT


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Sit back and enjoy WVTF - a News station from Roanoke, VA, United States.

April 19, 2010, 8:06 a.m. GMT

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