Since December 10th 1971, 96.3 WHUR has been an integral part of the fabric of the Washington, D.C. community we now call the DMV. With a humble beginning that started as a $1 gift from the Washington Post to Howard University, WHUR has remained steadfast to our original mission “Delivering Excellence In Broadcasting and Community Service.” As we embark on our 50th Anniversary, we do it with an immense sense of joy, pride, and humility. This Golden Year gives us an opportunity to fondly look back while forging ahead to new frontiers. The journey could not be possible without our loyal listeners, an amazing team of professional staff members both past and present, local and national leaders from every genre, our advertisers, and of course the management team of Howard University. We invite you to join us “On the Road to 50.” Take a look at what we’ve done together!!!

50 years of memories


The history of WHUR

  • December 10, 1970

    HU President, Dr. James Cheek Acquires WTOP

    From Katherine Graham, owner of The Washington Post to share...
  • 1971
  • 1971
  • December 6, 1971

    WHUR debuts with “Shaft” theme

    December 10, 1971 at 6pm the station officially went live...
  • 1971
  • 1971
  • 1975
  • 1981

    Millard J. Watkins, III becomes the sixth General Manager

    Who's 35-year tenure led WHUR into the 21st century
  • 1991
  • 1995-2000
  • 1999
  • January 24, 2004

    WHUR –FM officially converted to digital broadcasting

    WHUR becomes first commercial radio station in Washington metropolitan area...
  • November 16, 2006

    WHUR-WORLD launches on 96.3 HD-2

    Offering new programming options of a progressive mix of music...
  • December 1, 2011
  • November 14, 2013

    Howard University Radio Network Launches New Radio Channel

    The Howard University Radio Network launches the HBCU Channel on...
  • December 14, 2020

    WHUR launches new “Quiet Storm Station”

    Formerly WHUR-World, The Quiet Storm Station gives listeners the ability...

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