WVSU: Samford's Smooth Jazz
Let’s Preserve the Music
Nearly 100 years after the birth of Birmingham’s historic Tuxedo Junction, Samford’s WVSU-FM 91.1 preserves the music of Magic City artists, from Erskine Hawkins to Eric Essix, while playing the best of today’s contemporary jazz.
We need your help to keep jazz alive for a new generation.
On April 4–8, please help WVSU reach our Annual Fund Drive goal of raising $20,000 on air and online. Your support helps ensure our viability and enables us to continue to be the community’s primary source for smooth jazz.
WVSU-FM 91.1 is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a Non-Commercial Educational radio station. We are owned by Samford University and operated by Samford's Office of Marketing and Communication. Our format is primarily contemporary jazz, and we serve as the play-by-play home for Samford's NCAA Division One baseball, men's and women's basketball and football. Our mission is to promote Samford University, to serve the greater Birmingham community with unique programming and useful information, and to provide a professional environment in which students can improve communication skills. We are proud to serve and unite a diverse audience throughout the Birmingham area.
Birmingham's Smooth Jazz
While "smooth jazz" has many connotations, here it means an eclectic blend of contemporary instrumentals, smart and soulful vocals, coming from the best traditions of jazz, R&B, rock and international music, all guided by input from our listeners. We feature the top musicians from around the world, plus homegrown local and regional artists. WVSU has been a proud supporter of Birmingham's rich jazz legacy since the 1980s.
Join host Bart Grooms, a member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, for a musical journey through the history of jazz - America's native art form. From ragtime to big band, bebop to swing, Bart plays the latest and greatest traditional jazz, and will tell you something interesting about it in the process. Join us for Tuxedo Junction each weekday from 12-1 p.m., with a replay Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.
New Urban Jazz Lounge
Keyboardist Bob Baldwin is the host of this two hour, weekly program, which blends contemporary jazz, with touches of urban and Brazilian flavors. The New Urban Jazz Lounge airs Fridays from 7-9 p.m., with a replay Sundays from 6-8 p.m.
Kim Scott's Block Party
By day, Kim is the chair of the music department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where she teaches flute. Other times, she is touring internationally, recording albums and producing this one-hour show that features urban, smooth, Latin jazz and jazz standards. Join the Block Party each Thursday from 5-6 p.m. and Sunday from 3-4 p.m.
In the Mood
Join Scott Michaels as he shares "the world's greatest record library" for two hours of the best of the big band era. Scott will transport you to the days when jazz was America's popular music, each Saturday from 8-10 a.m. and Sunday from 8-10 p.m.
Information and Community Service
Healthy Dose® with Dr. Anthony Bolus
A 2013 graduate of Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Dr. Bolus is the host and producer of Healthy Dose. Dr. Bolus will spend about ten minutes with a healthcare professional, discussing a health topic - including symptoms, treatment, prevention, behaviors and medications. Join Dr. Bolus for a new episode each Tuesday at 5 p.m., and visit www.HealthyDose.org for more information and a program archive.
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church
WVSU provides a live broadcast of the 10 a.m. Sunday service from Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, led by Dr. Gary Furr. To learn more, visit the church at 2600 Vestavia Drive off Shades Crest Road, or visit www.vhbc.com.
WVSU is proud to be the home of the Samford Bulldogs in 2015-16. Tune in for play-by-play coverage of Samford football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball. For archived games, highlights and special coverage, visit www.wvsusports.blogspot.com. And for a schedule of Samford games and more information about the teams, visit the Bulldogs' official website at www.samfordsports.com.