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 Update on WNRN in Richmond 8.29.14

Richmond, we are working on improving our signal in your area. In the meantime, we would love to give you access to our high quality streams for free. Please email to get yours.

Lockn’ Festival returns to Arrington, Virginia September 4th through 7th. Acts already announced include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh and Friends, The String Cheese Incident, and more. Get free parking when you buy your tickets by entering promo code “WNRN” when you get your tickets here.


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WNRN Culture Connection for September 2 – 7

September 2 2014, 11:30am
Categories: Culture Connection

Summer decided to make a serious hot, humid statement just when most swimming pools closed and we should all be thinking about fall. But what the heck, I found some fun ways to get the heat off your brain this week with a play called  H2O, a Mountain Music and Dance Festival and an informative walking tour (because only crazy people run in this sort of weather- though we love them too) of one of my favorite parts of Richmond.

To learn more about this week’s featured events, click on the links provided below.  To hear a podcast of the actual Culture Connection, click on the podcast triangle at the bottom of this page.

Walking tour of Byrd Park:

5th Wall Theatre’s production of  H2O:

Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival:


Stay cool.


The Culture Maven

Update on Richmond Signal – 8.29.14

August 29 2014, 6:12pm
Categories: Uncategorized

Update on WNRN in Richmond

As we head into the long Labor Day weekend, I want to give you an update on the progress of resuming broadcasting on the WNRN translator in Richmond/Midlothian.  We continue to seek permanent solutions to having the signal as strong and clear as is allowed, and to that end we have purchased a strong receive antenna to give ourselves the best chance of receiving a clean and consistent signal from our main broadcast tower on Carter Mountain in Albemarle county. Our next step is to install the new antenna with a tower crew scheduled for the second week of September.  While we believe that this will work, we won’t know for certain until it has been installed and tested, so we continue to seek out other options to solve this issue permanently.  We’ll keep you posted each step of the way.

We have heard from many of you, our members, and are inspired by your passion about what you hear on WNRN and the fact that you’re not able to hear it in your cars and on your home receivers.

Thank you for your patience and understanding of the situation – please continue to check back here for updates.

I hope you have a safe and restful Labor Day weekend,

Mark Keefe

General Manager/Program Director

Bryan Elijah Smith – Live @ WNRN

August 28 2014, 1:45pm
Categories: In-Studios

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Cowbell Live at WNRN

August 27 2014, 12:34pm
Categories: In-Studios + Video

8-22_Melissa and Cowbell-1 The British duo Cowbell stopped in to the WNRN studios and played three songs live and you can see them at our YouTube page.

WNRN VIP Member Gives for August 25

August 26 2014, 11:34am
Categories: Uncategorized

You can receive a list of offers for tickets to shows, gift certificates for food, movies, and more by supporting WNRN and becoming a member here.

1. A pair of 4 Day passes to LOCKN’ Music Festival September 4-7 in Arrington, Virgina.
2. Two VIP tickets to First Colony Winery’s Harvest Festival, on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit

3. Tickets for you and a friend to Bryan Elijah Smith and The Wild Heart Revival‘s CD release party at the State Theater in Culpeper on Saturday, August 30.

4. A pair of passes to the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello on Saturday, September 13. More information about the festival can be found here:

5. Tickets for you and a friend to the Turn Down for What Dance Party featuring DJ XSV at the Jefferson Theater on Saturday, August 30.

6. Two tickets to An Evening with Yonder Mountain String Band at The Jefferson on Sunday, August 31.

7. A pair of tickets to see Jon Pardi at The Jefferon on Thursday, September 4.

8. Two tickets to Ragged Mountain String Band at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, August 29.

9. Tickets for you and a friend to the Six Pack Songwriter Series at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall onFriday, August 29.

10. A pair of tickets to see Big Daddy Love at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Friday, August 29.

11. Two tickets to see Cheap Whiskey at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, August 30.

12. A pair of tickets to Philosophunk at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Saturday, August 30.

13. Two tickets to People’s Blues of Richmond at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, August 30.

14. Tickets for you and a friend to see Saint Rich at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Wednesday, September 3.

15. Two tickets to Diane Cluck at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Thursday, September 4.

16. Two tickets to see The Loft at any Regal Cinemas.

17. A $10 gift certificate to Maharaja off Route 29 in Charlottesville.

18. A $10 gift card to Quiznos Sub in Pantops.

19. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

20. A $10 gift certificate to Pasture in Charlottesville.

Pass the Peace

August 25 2014, 11:09am
Categories: Community Connection


Pass the Peace, a benefit meal for Fairfield Center, will be held this Thursday, August 28 from 5 to 8 pm at A Bowl of Good, 1047 Port Republic Road, Harrisonburg. The price of $10 includes our Harvest Chili buffet meal, lemonade or tea and apple-nut dessert bar. Proceeds go to support peaceable resolution of conflict in our community through mediated settlements. Please find us at or 540.434.0059 or


The Harvest Chili Menu: Our delicious meal will include gluten-free, dairy-free, meat and vegan options. Here is the rundown:

• Compromise Veggie Casserole

• Mentorship Meat option (beef or lamb)

• People’s Pintos

• Restorative Rice

• Talk-it-out Tortillas (Corn)

• Supreme Court-certified Salads (slaw, cuke-tomato, lettuce)

• Dialogue Dessert Bars

• Lemonade/Iced Tea/Hot Tea

Proceeds from Pass the Peace will support Fairfield Center services, including

1. Mediation: 95% of Fairfield-mediated cases came to an agreement in 2013. 30% of our clients live on less than $11,000 annually, 70% live on less than $30,000 annually. While we receive a stipend for court-referred cases, it covers only half of our expenses. All other cases are billed on a sliding-scale basis.

2. Restorative Justice: we address crime-related issues that the courts cannot address, giving victims and/or offenders a chance to resolve personal challenges associated with the crime. We charge for these services on a sliding-scale basis; clients often have little or no income. We also offer Victim Impact courses to offenders

3. Civic Engagement: we advance dialogue and understanding in a community setting through facilitated forums and the Harrisonburg International Festival. The Festival is at a turning point, where it has reached a size and complexity that requires a paid director in order to continue this stand-out locally-sourced event.


Generous support for Pass the Peace comes from our August meal partners:

A Bowl of Good

Season’s Bounty

Portwood Farms

Friendly City Food Co-op

Thanks so much to these friends – we couldn’t do it without you!


Pass the Peace is a series of meals that takes place on a monthly basis, alternating between Augusta and Rockingham Counties.


Lynchburg Literacy Council Benefit Concert

August 25 2014, 10:35am
Categories: Community Connection

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WNRN Culture Connection for August 25 – 30

August 25 2014, 10:00am
Categories: Culture Connection

Vacations are over and the calendar is beginning to fill up but this is a great week to get cultured in Central Virginia with a little Symphony, Cyrano and a grape harvest festival.

To learn more about these events, click on the links provided.  To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast “start” triangle below.

Harvest Festival:


Richmond Symphony Evening Concert:


Cyrano de Bergerac:


John Harrell as Cyrano in ASC's Cyrano de Bergerac

John Harrell as Cyrano in ASC’s Cyrano de Bergerac

Read my Culturenuts blog post about Cyrano by clicking here.

Have a wonderful week and get out there and get cultured.



The Culture Maven

Wake Up Call: Lee Channing, Intuitive Analyst

August 24 2014, 12:41pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

On the August 24th Wake Up Call, Rick is joined by intuitive analyst Lee Channing. During the hour they talk about major life decisions, loss, and finding ways to move forward with positive energy and color awareness.

Fall 2014 T-Shirt from Furturtle Show Prints

August 19 2014, 11:53am
Categories: Uncategorized

Our Fall Fund Drive is approaching and we have a new t-shirt! Check out this design from Travis Bone of Furturtle Show Prints who’s made some very awesome prints for Ray LaMontagneWye OakThe Hold SteadyHAIM, and many more. The Fall 2014 Fund Drive starts Oct. 3 and ends Oct 10 with early pledging starting in September. Stay tuned for more details!#supportWNRN





Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour

August 19 2014, 10:50am
Categories: Community Connection


On September 1st, 12 City Market Growers open up their farms to the general public offering special programs, lectures and demonstrations. Come see real, working farms and meet the real, hardworking farmers who are the foundation of our local food system. Get connected to the land and to the people who bring fresh food, plants and flowers to the City Markets. Hear first-hand stories of the farmers and their families, and the personal challenges about being a farmer. learn about sustainable techniques that produce great food whole protecting water quality and pollinators. Learn about the superior nutritional value of locally produced foods. Pick up tips for your home garden or chicken coop. And by all means, stop and smell the flowers!


For more information and to purchase a car pass, please go to:

WNRN Member Gives for August 18

August 19 2014, 10:20am
Categories: Membership

WNRN Members get access to exclusive offers each week! Here’s the prize list for this week. Find out more and become a member here:

Concerts and Events:
1. A pair of 4 Day passes to LOCKN’ Music Festival September 4-7 in Arrington, Virgina. LOCKN’ will feature Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic, Wilco and more!

2. Two VIP tickets to Epicurience Virginia, a food and wine festival, on Saturday, August 30 at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. This package includes a one night stay at the Embassy Suites Dulles North in Ashburn for the night of August 30. For more information, visit

3. Tickets for you and a friend to see Big Star’s Third: An Orchestrated Live Performance of the Legendary Album – featuring Jody Stephens, Mike Mills (of REM), Pat Sansone (of Wilco), Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Starney (The dB’s), Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and more at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on Saturday, August 23.

4. A pair of passes to the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello on Saturday, September 13. More information about the festival can be found here:

5. Tickets for you and a friend to see Brian Elijah Smith at the State Theater in Culpeper on Saturday, August 30.

6. Tickets for you and a friend to the Nasty. Presents: Back That Thing Up Dance Party at the Jefferson Theater on Friday, August 22.

Club Shows:
7. Two tickets to Dr. Millionaire at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, August 22.

8. Tickets for you and a friend to see Modern Medication at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, August 22.

9. A pair of tickets to see Long Arms at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, August 23.

10. Two tickets to see Skyward at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, August 23.

11. A pair of tickets to An Evening with The Howlin’ Brothers at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Sunday, August 24.

12. Two tickets to see If I Stay at any Regal Cinemas.

13. A $10 gift certificate to Maharaja off Route 29 in Charlottesville.

14. A $10 gift card to Quiznos Sub in Pantops.

15. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

16. A $10 gift certificate to Pasture in Charlottesville.

WriterHouse Member Showcase 2014

August 19 2014, 10:01am
Categories: Community Connection


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WriterHouse Member Showcase 2014

Sunday, August 24th at 2pm

Join us for a showcase of eight WriterHouse members who have published books in the past year. The authors will read from their work, ranging from environmental thriller to historical romance to young adult fiction and poetry. This year’s showcase features: Bruce Bertelsen, C. E. Cameron, Christopher Fisher, Mary Buford Hitz, Linda Levokove, Sue London, Deborah Prum, and Sara Robinson.

Free and open to the public. WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA (behind the Preston Avenue Bodo’s),, 434-296-1922,

Natural Communitas: WNRN Culture Connection for August 18 – 24

August 18 2014, 2:37pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Back to nature for the week before back to school for many area students is what I am saying in this WNRN Culture Connection.  There is a natural plant dye workshop, a book discussion of Natural Virginia: Panoramic Photographs and a dance performance uniting a creative team from San Diego, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.

For information on these events click on the links provided below. To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast “start” triangle below.

Communitas – dance:

Natural dye workshop:

Book discussion:




It was great to see so many WNRN fans last night at the Old Crow Medicine Show Concert at Maymont in Richmond.  Thank you for your support.

Have a great week and remember to get out there and get cultured.


The Culture Maven

Wake Up Call: Cats and Dogs

August 17 2014, 12:43pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

On the August 17th Wake Up Call, Rick is joined by veterinarian Dr. Mike Fietz. During the hour they talk about cats and dogs, taking calls from the community about their own pets. Topics covered include dogs who drink excessive amounts of water, cats with allergies, and quality of life for elderly pets.

Road Holland Cycling Apparel – RVA

August 15 2014, 1:09pm
Categories: Uncategorized

You can find some great cycling apparel from our friends and supporters

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Last CLAW of 2014!

August 13 2014, 10:08am
Categories: Community Connection



August 23, 8pm, Blue Moon Diner: Join up with CLAW and LVCA (Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville and Albemarle) for CLAWliterate! Our final regular bout of the season, come see 8 spectacular women wrestle for the champion’s belt, and bet your CLAWbucks for crowd favorite!

Local AIDS activists Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer join lifetime celebrity judge Jim Waive in our Judges’ Corner, and DJ Cadybug will play us wonderful tunes to shake out tail feathers! VIP seats are $50, and available through LVCA. Hope to see you ALL there!

We are still looking for a few volunteers for this event, so reply to this email if you are interested in being a CLAWbucks seller, a VIP cocktail waitress, setting up, or perhaps even a security volunteer!

If you have not yet seen or purchased any of the awesome silhouettes that Rich Tarbell, aka Olon Pills has taken of the last 2 CLAW events, this is the LAST WEEK! The prints are $20 each, and ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CLAW! They will be up at Blue Moon Diner until Saturday August 2. Come see! Come buy!

On August 15, our favorite CLAW band We Are Start Children is playing Fridays After Five! They have invited us to join them on stage for The CLAW Anthem, and possibly for some other wonderful ridiculous activity. Please let us know if you’d like to be in the loop!

LASTLY, but not leastly, the Midtown Business Association is hosting their 3rd ‘annual’ Street Fair on Sunday September 21, from 1-6pm, and CLAW is going to have a thumb-wrestling booth! Mark your calendars and don’t pack your costumes away for winter just yet! There’s community fun to be had!


Rockbridge Community Festival

August 12 2014, 4:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

The 38th annual Rockbridge Community Festival will be held in Historic Downtown Lexington, Virginia on Saturday, August 23rd from 9am-3pm. The picturesque streets will be closed to feature arts & crafts booths, community organizations, live music, and some wonderful food vendors. Held each year, the Rockbridge Community Festival highlights the best of American communities; the City of Lexington assisting along with Washington & Lee University, while volunteer leaders from the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, Lexington Kiwanis, and Lexington, VA Rotary Clubs all meet, plan, and execute the Festival. Admission is free, attendance is encouraged, and fun is to be had by all.

Culture Connection for August 11 – 17

August 12 2014, 2:03pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Oh my, what a week!  There is improv, a foodie tour of Shockoe Slip and a performance of the children’s classic introduction to classical music, Peter and the Wolf. To listen to this week’s Culture Connection via podcast click on the podcast triangle below.  To learn more about the featured events, click on the links provided under each.

Peter and the Wolf:
Bent Hunger Games Improv:


Capital of Cuisine food tour of Shockoe Slip:


I will be going to ASC this weekend to see Cyrano on Saturday then heading to Richmond on Sunday for Old Crow Medicine Show at Maymont. Let me know what you did this week to get Cultured.


The Culture Maven


Sexual Assault Resource Agency Presents “The Monument Quilt” – 20 Sep

August 12 2014, 12:33pm
Categories: Community Connection

SARASARA, Sexual Assault Resource Agency, is proud to announce our participation in The Monument Quilt, a nationwide, crowd-sourced art activism project that invites survivors of sexual violence to create quilt squares that represent their stories of trauma and healing. When stitched together, the thousands of squares collected from across the country will cover over a mile of the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Monument Quilt seeks to send a clear message that survivors of sexual violence should be publicly supported, and never shamed.  SARA will hold a quilt making event on Saturday, September 20 from 1-5PM at our office in downtown Charlottesville.  For more information on how to participate,  you can email us or visit our website.