The City of Knoxville and Knox County will proclaim Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, “WUOT Public Radio Day” in celebration of the station’s 60th anniversary of broadcasting from the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
UT Knoxville Chancellor Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek; Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale; Mickey Mallonee, representing the City of Knoxville; and other guests will celebrate this milestone with the station’s staff at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at WUOT Studios, 209 Communications Building on the UT Knoxville campus.
WUOT staff celebrated the station’s 60th anniversary by painting the Rock on the UT Knoxville campus Monday, Oct. 26.
Since its inception, WUOT has been dedicated to informing, educating, entertaining and enhancing the lives of listeners and others it serves, and provides programming and other services to respond to the diverse interests of its listeners.
WUOT was the first noncommercial, educational station in the state and was one of the first FM stations in the Southeast. It became the first public radio station in the state in 1970, when it was one of 73 stations to be qualified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The station was a charter member of National Public Radio and was one of the first stations in the country to broadcast NPR’s first program, “All Things Considered,” in 1971.
Listener-supported WUOT 91.9 FM is licensed to the University of Tennessee. WUOT is a member of National Public Radio and a Public Radio International affiliate. The station’s primary format is classical and jazz music, news and public affairs. WUOT serves listeners throughout East Tennessee and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and streams on the Web at http://www.wuot.org. WUOT also offers a second audio channel, WUOT-2, on HD Radio™ and on the Web.