What Types of Music Does WHUR 96.3 in Washington, DC, Play?


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The WHUR-FM 96.3 radio station in Washington D.C. primarily plays music from the urban and adult contemporary genres. The station's musical programming includes a mix of old school, new music, R&B and classic hip-hop.

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WHUR-FM 96.3 is a 24-hour HD radio station which broadcasts to nearly half a million listeners in five states every day and is one of the only university-owned commercial stations in the United States. Howard University has owned the station since its inception in 1971. WHUR has received various radio awards since it began broadcasting, including the NAB Marconi for Best Urban Station and the NAB Crystal Radio Award for Excellence in Community Service.

The musical programming of its main daughter-station, WHUR World, focuses primarily on jazz, also featuring blues, soul, hip hop, African-American folk and world music, among other genres. As well as music, it also features periodic short- and long-form elements such as the '"Black History Moments," social and cultural specials, and fitness tips, as well as weekly talk shows that tackle issues affecting the community ranging from money matters to domestic abuse. In 2008, WHUR World received the prestigious NAB HD Radio Multicast award for its innovative work within the WHUR multicast channel.

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