Q: What is “the Heights” on WJCU?
A: The Heights is our approach to providing our listeners with a unified body of programming from 6AM to 6 PM Monday thru Friday. The music selection is a unique blend of new and old tunes drawn across a variety of genres, an approach referred to by industry–types as “triple A” (Adult Album Alternative). But unlike commercial radio format implementations, the Heights draws from a very deep playlist that is constantly expanding. The Heights also represents a programming philosophy that aims to build an ongoing sense of connection and involvement within our primary service communities… and that’s why we’ve chosen to call it “the Heights.”
Q: Who picks out the music heard on the Heights?
A: Our music director is Laurie Jenkins, an alum and former show host who works exclusively with WJCU in managing a music selection that is unique to our station. Laurie has the challenging job of deciding what to add after auditioning hours of new tunes weekly. Of course, our DJs regularly take requests from you, our treasured listeners as well, so you could say it’s a joint effort.
Q: Who are the DJs we hear on the Heights?
A: The voices you hear are our dedicated all-volunteer student air staff.
Q: There seem to be times when there are no live DJs. Why is this?
A: Staffing 12 hours each day, every weekday is a real challenge for our students, most of whom carry a class load of 5-6 classes per semester, in addition to athletics, service, and work commitments. Our goal is eventually have the studio fully staffed during our entire operating schedule, but this will probably take some time.
Q: Does the Heights offer playlists?
A: Yes! Click here to view the playlists from The Heights
Q: I live on the west side and sometimes have trouble picking up your signal… is there an equipment problem at the Heights end?
A: No. The real problem isn’t our signal, but the signal from an extremely powerful commercial radio station in Windsor, Ontario with whom we share 88.7. Unfortunately, during certain times of the year that signal interferes badly with some portions of our west side and downtown coverage, and there is no legal remedy in sight. Of course, you can always listen to our interference-free signal anywhere in the world on the web right here at wjcu.org
Q: What else does the Heights offer besides music?
A: Plenty. Regular listeners are probably familar with Heights Now, a short form local community news segment produced in parnership with The Carroll News, the student newspaper at John Carroll University. In addition we also carry FSN, 5 minute world newscasts at 8 AM, Noon, and 5 PM. FSN is a globally oriented news organization headed by journalist Simon Marks.
Q: What’s that show that airs between 12:30 and 1 PM on Friday?
A: Fridays at 12:30 are the province of Fred Taub and Elisheva Creve, who host Jewish Community Radio, covering a broad spectrum of music and news tailored to Greater Cleveland’s Jewish community.