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WJHU-FM records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-10-090

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

This collection consists entirely of magnetic tape copies of programs broadcast by WJHU-FM in the 1980s and 1990s. These tapes are in many formats and sizes.


  • Creation: 1980s-1990s


Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical/Historical note

Radio station WJHU first appeared in 1946 when it broadcast over loudspeakers during lunch hour.

Proposals were made for the creation of an FM station during the late 1960s, but these focused more on equipment than on programming and met with little success. In 1975, the Chief Engineer resigned and the club drafted a new constitution. During the late 1970s, physical and organizational improvements were added and, in 1979, WJHU-FM went on the air. In addition to news reports and progressive rock, the station broadcast regular shows of comedy, jazz and classical music. In 1985, the University decided to boost the station from 10 watts to 25,000 watts and at the same time take the station away from student control.

In the early 1990s, students founded the alternative on-campus carrier current AM radio station called WHAT radio and later renamed WHSR (standing for Hopkins Student Radio). Like the earlier WJHU-AM, this station transmitted within the dorms, but it also added Levering Hall and the Charles apartments. This effort ended in 2000.

WJHU-FM became the area National Public Radio affiliate, and in the fall of 1998, it added overnight coverage of World Radio Network (WRN). The station and frequency were sold by the university in early 2002 to Your Public Radio Corp., a locally based group of station talk hosts and listeners, and became WYPR.

During the summer of 2002, a group of Hopkins students began a new radio effort, and with the assistance of the Dean of Student Life, established a new internet radio station under the name WJHU. It began broadcasting on 22 April 2003.


15 Cubic Feet (12 record center cartons)

Language of Materials



WJHU-FM began as student-run radio station WJHU. WJHU-FM went on the air in 1979, and later became a National Public Radio affiliate in the 1990s. This collection consists entirely of magnetic tape copies of programs broadcast by WJHU-FM in the 1980s and 1990s. These tapes are in many formats and sizes.


These tapes were not arranged in any order when they were transferred from their source, and no subsequent arrangement was attempted.

Custodial History

The tapes were transferred to the Archives from McCoy Hall in summer 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

There is no known acquisition information for this collection.

Related Materials

Records of WJHU make up record group RG.14.140.


Some historical information adapted from, accessed 2015 November 12.

Processing Information note

Tapes that originated outside WJHU-FM were discarded, although this judgment was based entirely on the labels on the boxes/reels.

WJHU-FM records
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA