02 July 2010

A Change Is Gonna Come

It is said that "all politics are local". Certainly, in these past few weeks it has clearly been so.
The administration that controls WTJU at the University of Virginia, as part of its fiscal concerns, has sought to redefine the nature of this so-called "freeform" radio station, and implement changes to see more "Return On Investment".
True, our attempts at self-funding through our marathon pledge drives has gotten tighter as the financial wreckage continues in the US. The "bottomline" rules everything.

But, instead of dissolving the station as was considered, we have until August to take our best shot at keeping our mission of providing msuic and information that can't be found elsewhere on the radio dial--not only in Charlottesville, VA, but nationwide as well. Our first real attempts at promotion have to bear fruit, or the writing is on the wall: DJ-powered, non-commercial radio is in the balance.

You can travel from shore-to-shore listening to the radio, and hear nothing but uniformity... no identity to inform you where you might be. That's something we have always risen above at WTJU. But it may not be enough.

Support and contribute to sounds and information that you can't hear, anywhere else... either with us, or that "special" radio station in your own area that not only entertains, but educates.

And might, just possibly, be one song away from presenting you with your newest, favorite, never-heard-before music.

"Better Must Come" - Delroy Wilson - Tougher Than Tough [Mango]
"JD3" - Bill Laswell - Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell [ROIR]

"You Don't Love Me" - Dawn Penn - Heartbeat Reggae Now! [Heartbeat]
"Screaming Target" - Big Youth - Ride Like Lightning 1972-76 [Trojan]
"A Change Is Gonna Come" - Ken Parker - MP3
"You Never Miss Your Water" - Derrick Morgan - I Am The Ruler [Trojan]
(with Patsy)
"Want Some Freedom" - African Brothers - Want Some Freedom [Easy Star]
"Promised Land" - Alborosie - Escape From Babylon
"Road To Axum" - Bill Laswell - Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell

"Rebel With A Cause" - Gov't Mule - MIghty High [ATO]
(Willi Williams, vocals)
"Rat In Me Kitchen" - UB40 - Rat In The Kitchen [A&M]
"What We Gonna Do?" - John Brown's Body - Pressure Points [Easy Star]
"Healing Of The Nation" - Bill Laswell - Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell

"Betch By Golly Wow" - Cool Riddims & Sistah Teedy - Pledge To My People [NYNO]
(produced by Allen Toussaint)
"I Do Love You" - Heptones - MP3
"The Love Of Jah" - Annette Brissette - MP3
"Jerusalem" - Devon Irons - Life Goes In Circles [Pressure Sounds]
"We Got Love" - Freddie McGregor - Zion Chant [Heartbeat]
"Hold Me Baby Pt 2" - Basil Daley - Version Dread

"Garden Of Love" - Don Drummond - Greatest Hits [Jet Set]
"Feelin' Fine" - Don Drummond - Greatest Hits [Jet Set]

"Africa" - Dub All Sense - MP3
(produced by DUBMATIX)
"Curly Locks" - Lee Perry - Anthology [Island]
"Swing And Dine/Swinging Feast" - the Melodians - Musical Feast [Heartbeat]

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