WXVU is a student-run college radio station at Villanova University in Villanova, PA. WXVU went on the air in 1991 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted an educational license to Villanova University. Our on-air slogan is ‘V 89-1, The Roar’!
During the day, weekdays, The Roar features music through the decades from the 1970s to today with an emphasis on classic rock and alternative. Evenings and weekends, The Roar features Smooth Jazz.
Previously, the station operated on carrier current, and could only be heard in selected buildings on campus. In 1992 the University constructed new studios in Dougherty Hall which allowed us to convert to FM stereo.
From 1991 onward, WXVU shared the 89.1 under a timeshare agreement with fellow Main Line school Cabrini College. On August 24, 2022, Villanova University purchased Cabrini’s license, and WXVU began full-time FM operations for the first time in its history. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, WXVU now broadcasts on the 89.1 FM frequency!