WLUR 91.5 FM

WLUR 91.5 FM serves as an outlet for creative expression for members of the Washington and Lee community and as a reliable source of entertainment, information, and culture for the extended University community and residents of the Lexington area. At WLUR, we strive to bridge the gap between the Washington and Lee campus and the local community through the use of educational and creative programs that showcase the best that both the university and community have to offer. WLUR's involvement in the campus community may extend to live programs and events that showcase local music and the arts.

Contact: Austin Frank '17

Constitution

Mission Statement

Briefly stated, the mission of WLUR is:

1. To serve as an outlet for creative expression for members of the Washington and Lee community.

2. To be a reliable source of entertainment, information, and culture for the extended University community and Lexington area residents.

Organization of Station Staff and Leadership

WLUR is provided with a full-time General Manager and Program Director through the university's Office of Communications and Public Affairs. All other staff positions will be filled by members of the Washington and Lee student body, except under circumstances to be determined by the General Manager.

Primary student staff positions will include:

Assistant Program Director. The Assistant Program Director will be appointed by the Program Director. As the highest-ranking student within the WLUR organization, this individual must be a senior or an exceptional junior with an interest in many different aspects of radio programming. He or she must have a minimum of two years' experience working in college radio and at least one year of experience at WLUR. The Assistant Program Director will be expected to assist the Program Director in a variety of managerial duties including: programming, FCC compliance, staff recruitment, training, and supervision.

Music Director. The music director must be a senior, junior, or exceptional sophomore with a genuine appreciation of many different styles of music. He or she must have a minimum of one year of experience working in college radio, preferably at WLUR. The Music Director will be expected to supervise the flow of music through the station, manage the current playlist, report to music sources and promoters, oversee the WLUR music review blog, and communicate with disc jockeys to ensure that all music department guidelines are followed.

Sports Director. The Sports Director will be appointed by the Program Director. This individual must be a senior, junior, or exceptional sophomore with a genuine interest in sports and broadcasting. He or she must have a minimum of one year of experience working in sports broadcasting. The Sports Director will be responsible for all sports programming on WLUR, including Washington and Lee athletic broadcasts and sports talk shows.

Public Relations Committee. The Public Relations Committee members will be appointed by the General Manager. These individuals must be seniors, juniors, or exceptional sophomores. They each must have a minimum of one year's experience working in college radio, and at least one semester of experience at WLUR. The Public Relations Committee will be responsible for live WLUR events and promotions for the station.

Traffic Director. The Traffic Director will be appointed by the General Manager. This individual must be a senior or exceptional junior. He or she must have a minimum of one year's experience working in radio and at least one semester of experience at WLUR. The Traffic Director oversees the technical side of WLUR's operations, from station computing to audio production.

Web and Social Media Coordinator. The Web and Social Media Coordinator will be appointed by the General Manager. This individual must be a senior, junior, or exceptional sophomore with a minimum of one year's experience working in radio and at least one semester of experience at WLUR. The Web and Social Media Coordinator oversees the station's web site and social media outlets. The Web and Social Media Coordinator should also be a member of the Public Relations Committee.

Assistant Music Director. The Assistant Music Director should be a junior, sophomore, or exceptional freshman. The Assistant Music Director will assist the Music Director in the execution of all duties listed above. Assistant Music Directors will be the primary candidates for the position of Music Director when the current Music Director graduates.

Assistant Sports Director. The Assistant Sports Director should be a junior, sophomore, or exceptional freshman. The Assistant Sports Director will assist the Sports Director in the execution of all duties listed above. Assistant Sports Directors will be the primary candidates for the position of Sports Director when the current Sports Director graduates.

Disc Jockeys and Talk Show Hosts. These positions will be available to all Washington and Lee undergraduate and law students, faculty/staff, and community volunteers. Disc jockeys and hosts will receive shows through the application process outlined below.

Joining the Staff of WLUR 91.5 FM

There are two main ways for individuals to join the staff of WLUR 91.5 FM.

1. For students of the university: An application must be submitted to the General Manager of the station during application periods at the beginning of each academic term. The applications will be reviewed by at least two members of the station staff. Upon review, shows will be assessed and, if they are accepted, the applicant will receive a time slot on the WLUR programming schedule.

2. For members of the staff of the university and the local community: A request must be sent to the General Manager of the station that provides a short outline of the proposed show. The show will be reviewed by the General Manager and, if accepted, the applicant will receive a time slot on the WLUR schedule.

All staff members must abide by all university, station, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policies, which are outlined in the WLUR DJ Handbook.

WLUR 91.5 FM's Involvement in the W&L Community

At WLUR, we strive to bridge the gap between the Washington and Lee campus and the local community through the use of educational and creative programs that showcase the best that both the university and community have to offer. Through our cultural and public affairs programming, local residents can benefit from the creativity of W&L students and faculty, and the students can learn more about Lexington's unique culture.

Additionally, WLUR's involvement in the campus community may extend to live programs and events that showcase local music and the arts.

A History of WLUR 91.5 FM

1966-67
Journalism Professor Tom Riegel founds WLUR as a laboratory for teaching news writing and reporting. Some classical music is played as well. WLUR's studios, offices, and transmitter are built on the third floor of Reid Hall.

1970s
Throughout the 1970s, WLUR's programming expands to include jazz, rock, and other styles of music. By the mid-'70s, WLUR's effective radiated power (ERP) has also increased from 10 watts to approximately 175 watts. Journalism professor Bob de Maria becomes station manager in 1977, serving in this position until WLUR moves out of the department in 2001.

1980s
Throughout the decade, the station's music collection and the size of its staff continues to grow. By the mid-'80s, it has evolved into one of the largest extracurricular activities on campus. In the meantime, the broadcast journalism curriculum becomes more television-centered. As is the trend at many college radio stations during this time, the overall emphasis of WLUR shifts towards music.

1990s
By 1992, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications has discontinued the last remaining radio class. Although WLUR remains under the umbrella of the department, it becomes a strictly extracurricular activity.

2001
In July 2001, direction of WLUR is transferred from the journalism department to the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. The WLUR studios are relocated from Reid Hall to the Early-Fielding Center, while a new transmitter site is erected at the Student Activities Pavilion. The station remains silent while construction takes place.

2002
The station resumes regularly scheduled broadcasting in October. For the first time in its history, WLUR is provided with a full-time general manager. Under Ben Losi '02, WLUR is completely restructured in regards to facilities, organization, and programming.

2006-07
WLUR moves to a new facility in the John W. Elrod University Commons in October 2006. In January 2007, the station begins a 24-hour format with the addition of BBC news and NPR talk programming from Radio IQ, a service of WVTF public radio in Roanoke.

Present Day
WLUR remains a vibrant presence over the air waves and on the Washington and Lee campus. During the academic year, the station features upwards of 100 volunteers hosting weekly music, sports, and talk programs. Jeremy Franklin '04, who also oversees the university's sports broadcasting operations, is now the second-longest tenured station manager in WLUR history, having served in that post since June 2004.