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WJCU 88.7 FM
City of license University Heights, Ohio
Broadcast area Greater Cleveland
Frequency 88.7 MHz
First air date June 7, 1969
Format College radio
ERP 2500 watts
Callsign meaning John Carroll University
Owner John Carroll University

WJCU is a non-commercial FM radio station at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, United States, broadcasting at 88.7 MHz. WJCU broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in the Cleveland area and online. WJCU receives some funding from the university but relies mainly on listener donations made during their annual "radiothon" along with benefit concerts put together by some members of the on-air staff.



The radio station was founded June 7, 1969 as WABU broadcasting a 10 watt signal at 88.9 FM, later switching the call letters to WUJC and moving to 88.7 MHz. The call sign WJCU was used beginning in January 1998. In the spring of 2006 the power was increased to 1,000 watts and by summer was up to its current output of 2,500 watts.


WJCU features eclectic and diversified block programming. The genres of music featured on the station are mixed with community broadcasts and ethnic varieties of music (typically featured on weekends).

While the majority of the shows are run by student DJs there are a number of community broadcasters who have their own weekly shows, most of which have been long-running and have a considerable audience, despite the fact each DJ has only one show per week. Among these is Bill Peters whose show Metal on Metal has supported the Cleveland heavy metal scene along with WJCU and Cleveland college radio with regular benefits since its first weekly broadcast in 1982. Mitch Kapka hosts Kick Out the Jams, often playing rare recordings.

Noted programs have included Retro Radio,[1] a tribute to Cleveland's legendary Top 40 station "WIXY-1260" and Music To Break Things By, focusing on punk and garage rock from the early days of The Sonics and The Dave Clark Five to the The Mummies and New Bomb Turks. Both shows have online listeners from many parts of the US and beyond. Other programs are Left of Center, -/syntax radio transmission and Lo-Fi.

External links


  1. ^ Retro Radio


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