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WUOT Collection

Identifier: AR-0799

  • Staff Only

By 1986, WUOT was on the air every day of the week, 24 hours a day. The programs from this collection, which include most program publications dated between April 1986 and December 2001, all feature the monthly lineup for WUOT programming, advertisements for UT sponsored events and local music, and illustrations that pertain to featured radio programs. The bulk of the collection dates 1990-2001, with one issue from 1986. The collection lacks scattered issues. The standard size of the WUOT programs from the months between April 1986 and June 1997 is 8.5 in by 11 inches. In July of 1997, WUOT reformatted their programs as 8.5 by 5.5 inch folded posters titled "Airnotes." The posters unfold to 22.5 inches by 17 inches, and consist of a smaller-scale representation of all information that was included in preceding program publications.


  • 1986 April-2001 December
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 2001

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1 Linear Feet


WUOT, the University of Tennessee's public radio station, first broadcasted in 1949 from the basement of Ayres Hall. This collection includes WUOT's monthly radio program information and lineups from months between April 1986 and December 2001. In total, 125 issues of WUOT's monthly programs have been preserved in this collection. Within each program all slotted WUOT broadcasts are listed on a monthly basis, as well as advertisements for musical events in Knoxville and program related information and images.

Biographical/Historical Note

WUOT was the first noncommercial radio station in the state of Tennessee. The station was created in the interest of spreading University of Tennessee performances from the music department, broadcasting eclectic educational programming, and establishing the university as one of good taste. The first broadcast of WUOT took place on October 27th, 1949 from Ayres Hall's basement. Initially the station's weekday broadcasts consisted of five hours of classical music and several more hours of educational programming. Initiatives of the founders of WUOT were supported by the influx of university enrollment at the end of the second World War, and many student employees of the radio station were veterans.

WUOT continues to air classical music, jazz, news, and NPR programming. The radio station is currently in the communications building on UT campus. The mission statement of WUOT is "As a public service component of the University of Tennessee, the mission of WUOT is to inform, educate, entertain and enhance the lives of listeners and others we serve. WUOT provides programming and other services that respond to the diverse interests in our listening area." Programs are currently only produced electronically and are sent out via email.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA