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WHUR-FM is an Urban Adult Contemporary radio station that serves the Washington D.C.marker area. WHUR is licensed to Washington, D.C.marker and is owned by Howard Universitymarker. Also, the staff of the station mentors the students of the university's school of communications. WHUR is also the home of the original "Quiet Storm", which loyal D.C. listeners have rated number one in the evening since 1976. Jeff Brown hosts the The Quiet Storm program weeknights beginning at 7:30 PM. In 2005, it also began broadcasting in IBOC digital radio, using the HD Radio system from iBiquity.

History

96.3 FM began back in the 1940s as Rockville Md. based WINX, as an FM simulcast of WINX 1600AM. It had the slogan, "Sounds like Washington", to reflect the station's local ownership. WINX was originally owned by the Washington Post during the 1940s and early 1950s. United Broadcasting Corporation bought the station in the 1950s and moved the station from Washington to Rockvillemarker. During the 1950s the station played a wide variety of music and was known as the "Rockville Music Library". In the early 1960s, with the popularity of the FM band still fifteen years in the future, the AM station switched to top 40 format and took the FM along in the simulcast was one of Washington's most popular stations. Station owners The Washington Post Company later moved WINX-FM to Washington DC and paired it with their established WTOP-AM and the calls were changed to WTOP-FM. For a while the station broadcast CBS Radio's early seventies "Young Sound" programming.

The Washington Post Company later donated radio station WTOP-FM to Howard University "to stimulate the intellectual and cultural life of the whole community and to train more people for the communications industry." On December 6, 1971, with the new call letters WHUR-FM, the station became the first under black management to broadcast in the Washington metropolitan area. WHUR became a jazz-formatted radio station which it remained until the 1990s when it switched to an Urban Adult Contemporary format.

By 1995, WHUR became the one of the highest rated radio stations in the market, right behind WPGC-FM. Also that year, WHUR became the Washington radio and flagship affiliate of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS). However, in 1999,ABC Radio networks did not renew its contract with WHUR and moved the show to WMMJ, thus ending it's four year relationship with the station. WHUR was forced to produce its own locally-based morning drive show. This initially somewhat affected the station's dominance over rival WMMJ. WHUR in 2002 acquired The Micheal Baisden Show and later in 2005, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. The station regained its top two spots in the market to date pacing #2 in the 12+ demographic and #1 in the 25-54 age group demographic and clearly the number one urban formatted station in D.C.The Quiet Storm format of mellow, rhythm and blues/soul music, smooth jazz and love songs often played at night on many radio stations started at WHUR. The format originated when then intern Melvin Lindsey played a soothing string of songs during a particularly bad storm in the mid-1970s, even as power was cut to most of the other radio stations in the Washington, DCmarker area. Today, the station owns the rights to the name "Quiet Storm," and any radio station wishing to use the term must pay WHUR a royalty.

Current Line-up

Local talent Herman Washington does news and Tony Richards does around the town segment.
[Replaced local show Real DC Morning Show with TC(Sharon Pitt),Tony Richards, George Willborn, & Herman Washington that was cancelled in February 2006.]
  • Cafe' 96 with Triscina Grey 10AM-3PM tgrey@whur.com
  • Love, Lust, & Lies with Michael Baisden 3-7PM
[Replaced local show Live With Doug&Lorna in March 2005.]
  • The Quiet Storm with Jeff Brown 7PM-Midnight jbrown@whur.com
  • “Spoken Word @ Joe’s Place” with Joe Gorham 12-1AM.[One hour show featuring local and nationally acclaimed poets.]
  • “The Adult-Mix Concert Series” 1-6AM
  • The Nightlife with Phil Nelson Midnight-6AM pnelson@whur.com


Saturdays
  • Prerecorded Public Affairs Segment 6-8AM
  • Audrey Chapman (relationship talk) 8-10AM
  • The Time Tunnel with Mr.C (Carroll Hynson Jr). Classic R&B oldies. 10-2PM
  • Tony Richards 2-6PM
  • The Quiet Storm with Jeff Brown 7PM-Midnight


Sundays
  • The Caribbean Experience with John Blake (Reggae, Calypso, Soca) Midnight-6AM
  • Sunday Gospel with Patrick Ellis 6AM-11AM www.gospelcity.com
  • Rankin Chapel Church Service from Howard Universitymarker 11AM-12PM
  • Sunday Afternoon Gospel with Jacquie Gales-Webb 12PM-3PM www.gospelpicks.com
  • D.C. Inspirations with Lorna Newton Michaels 3-7PM
  • The Weekend The Quiet Storm with Kevin James 7PM-Midnight


Station Management

  • General Manager Millard (Jim)Watkins III jwatkins@whur.com
  • Gen. Sales Manager Jeanette Tyce
  • Program Director Dave Dickinson
  • Music Director Traci LaTrelle


Contact Info

Millard "Jim" Watkins III

General Manager WHUR-FM

2400 Sixth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20059

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