WRVU's History

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From pirate radio to 14,500 watts of FM power, Vanderbilt University students quite literally built WRVU 91.1 FM from the ground up and made it the cultural treasure to the Vanderbilt student body and the greater Nashville community it is today. Motivated only by a love of radio and a desire to connect with the greater Nashville community, Vanderbilt students of all schools, backgrounds, and disciplines have come together as volunteer DJs, engineers, and staff members at WRVU Nashville. Since its beginning nearly 60 years ago, students have worked around the clock to keep "The Student Voice of Vanderbilt University" On The Air. And until now, they have done so with very little interference from the Administration or the board of the Vanderbilt Student Communications.

WRVU 91.1 FM is a completely student-run organization dedicated to providing the best radio listening experience to all Vanderbilt students. WRVU DJs have some of the best music knowledge in the world, and they often spin artists on their shows months or even years before they are discovered by mainstream media.

WRVU is designed to offer programming that reflects the diverse and creative population of Vanderbilt University and the Nashville community. First and foremost, WRVU is dedicated to providing a learning lab environment for any Vanderbilt student interested in gaining experience in the radio business, from becoming a DJ to executive staff opportunities in management, programming, training, advertising, and promotions.

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The WRVU Friends & Family organization has received nonprofit designation from the State of Tennessee. The organization is a 501(c)3 organization under the U.S. IRS code. Donations are fully tax-deductible.

100% of the funds collected by WRVU Friends & Family will be used in the campaign to revive WRVU 91.1 FM.

WRVU Friends & Family at: wrvu@nolo.tv