WHUR-WORLD 96.3 HD 2 is merely a reflection of WHUR –FM 96.3, the oldest black owned and operated radio station in Washington, D. C. Launched December 10, 1971, WHUR is the first commercial broadcast facility owned by a historically black university. Howard University is the proud proprietor of this heritage radio property.

The original plan for the WHUR-WORLD music format was to return its musical format to its glory days, reflecting the original music played on WHUR. The blending of Contemporary Jazz, R&B, World Jazz, Afro Cuban Jazz, Poetry and Blues would be the standard for music, and with the addition of Hip-Hop on WHUR-WORLD, it would also make a bold statement to this new station’s integrity. A few of the artists that are the staple of our playlist are “The Crusaders, Al Jarreau, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Sarah Vaughan, Gil Scott-Heron, Elton John, Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Miriam Makeba , Keiko Matsui, Hugh Maskela, Common and T.I.

We actually set up our musical rotation based on the genre. This would allow us the possibility of exhausting our entire WHUR library system. So much music had been added to the WHUR library over the years and many songs were no longer in rotation. It was was necessary to locate those ‘ole’ songs to make the WHUR-WORLD format operable. So, this is what we did. We merged the original WHUR music format with part of then present WHUR format which reflects more of this era’s musical influences.

As you listen to WHURWORLD.COM remember the music format is not based on a format. This allows us to program the best of what we consider to be good music. It provides a wide variety of music for the listener while also reflecting our different musical genres. We hope to continue to provide this type of programming as long as there remains ‘outside the box’ thinking in radio.

Please take time to listen to WHURWORLD.COM. It is a product you’re sure to enjoy.

– Joe Gorham, Music Director. WHUR-WORLD