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1. Superchunk- Me & You & Jackie Mittoo

2. Deer Tick- The Dream’s In the Ditch

3. Phosphorescent- Song For Zula

4. The Wood Brothers- Sing About It

5. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- 40 Day Dream

6. Man Man- Head On

7. Vance Joy- Riptide

8. Punch Brothers- Alex

9. Dr. Dog- The Truth

10. Lake Street Dive- Bad Self Portraits

11. Frightened Rabbit- Late March, Death March

12. Hey Marseilles- Bright Stars Burning

13. Tedeschi Trucks Band- Back Where I Started

14. Cults- High Road

15. Portugal the Man- Got it All

16. Neko Case- Night Still Comes

17. Jason Isbell- Traveling Alone



We’re back in Richmond/Midlothian!

After almost three months, we’re happy to report that WNRN is back on the air at 103.1FM in Richmond!  We’ve been working hard to find a solution to return us to the airwaves, and thanks to multiple equipment trials and a considerable investment in finding solutions, you can tune us in again.

Our work continues to make the signal in Richmond the best it can be, so by no means are we finished trying to improve the signal. Please keep in mind that 103.1 is a translator signal of our main signal almost 70 miles away in Charlottesville which causes the technical difficulties that have affected our broadcast in Richmond over the years. We’re grateful for your support and have been humbled by the emails and calls of support we’ve received in the past few months.  Most of all, we’re ever mindful that your financial contributions have given us the ability to broadcast at all, so we will continue to strive to make improvements in every aspect of our operation. Consider becoming a member and supporting WNRN by making a pledge here.

Thank you for your patience – we might need to call on it again but will do everything to avoid having to.  In the meantime, tune in, turn it up, and tell a friend or two!

Mark Keefe

General Manager/Program Director


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Lynchburg Daily Bread

November 20 2014, 10:22am
Categories: Community Connection

We need your help in feeding the homeless and hungry of Central Virginia.  We serve a free hot meal every day of the year and are in need of cleaning supplies, paper goods like foam cups and napkins, canned food, and financial support.  Donations may be dropped off seven days a week  between 7:30am and 1:30 pm.  We’re located at 721 Clay Street, in downtown Lynchburg.  You can find more information online or find us on Facebook. Thank you for helping us ensure there will always be plenty of food at our table for anyone in need.

Rockbridge Christmas Basket Program

November 19 2014, 12:05pm
Categories: Community Connection

Since 1949, our nonprofit organization has delivered Christmas cheer and goodwill to needy families in Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista. Every year we serve over a thousand families with food and toys to ensure everyone has a happy holiday season. We are looking for volunteers to assist us to pack boxes of food and bags of toys, and to help clean up afterwards. Packing Day is scheduled for Saturday, December 20th from 8am until noon at the Howard P. Anderson Arena at the Virginia Horse Center. Everyone is invited to participate We are also looking for financial donations to fund our project.  For more information you can write to us,

WNRN VIP Member Offers – November 17, 2014

November 18 2014, 8:15am
Categories: Uncategorized


Here’s the list of offers our WNRN VIP’s can choose from this week.

You can get on the email list by joining our members in their support of WNRN today! 

1. Two tickets to see The Black Keys at the Richmond Coliseum on Saturday, December 6.

2. A pair of vouchers to see Mame, at the Virginia Reperatory Theater in Richmond, to be redeemed between November 21and January 11.

3. A pair of passes to the Shake it Off Dance Party at The Jefferson Theater on Friday, November 21.

4. Two tickets to The Revivalists at the Jefferson Theater on Saturday, November 22.

5. Two passes to The Hackensaw Boys the Jefferson Theater on Wednesday, November 26.

6. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Kings of Belmont at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, November 21.

7. Two tickets to JP Harris and the Tough Choices at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Friday, November 21.

8. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Flavor Project at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, November 22.

9. Two tickets to Augustana at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, November 22.

10. Tickets for you and a friend to see Big Leg Emma at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Saturday, Novmeber 22.

11. A pair of tickets to The Black Lillies and Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Sunday, November 23.

12. Tickets for you and a friend to see Dr. How and the Reasons to Live at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Wednesday, November 26.

13. A pair of tickets to see Rosewater at any Regal Cinemas.

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.

17. A $10 gift certificate to McGrady’s Irish Pub in Charlottesville.

18. A $10 gift card for lunch at Threepenny Cafe in Charlottesville.

19. A $10 Gift Certificate for Telegraph Gallery on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

Culture Connection for November 17th – 23rd

November 17 2014, 2:18pm
Categories: Culture Connection

This week I have picked an exhibit of treasures from the Forbidden City, A film festival and the theatrical version of one of my favorite stories, Little Women - just the thing to get you cultured up for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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

If you know of a cool event coming up in the next month, shoot me a text at culturemaven at WNRN dot org and help me to help you make a WNRN Culture Connection.


Forbidden City Exhibition at the VMFA:

Little Women:

Super Gr8 Film Festival:




Have an awesome culture filled week!


The Culture Maven

Twelfth Night

November 17 2014, 11:04am
Categories: Community Connection

William Shakespeare’s comedy of mixed-up lovers and crossed garters, Twelfth Night, opens November 12 at Unity of Charlottesville, kicking off “the good-WILL-cville project.” As project founder and director John Holdren explains, “The WILL in good-WILL-cville refers to Will Shakespeare, and the idea is to put on a good show for a good cause.”

For every ticket sold, half of the proceeds will be donated to local charities and nonprofit organizations, including the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Building Goodness Foundation, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, ReadyKids, and SARA (the Sexual Assault Resource Agency).

“When John approached us with the idea of financially supporting local nonprofits with an original production of Twelfth Night, we were totally on board,” said Rev. Patricia Gulino Lansky, Unity’s co-minister, who herself was once a professional actress in a Shakespeare repertory company. “I’m not in the play,” said Rev. Lansky,” but the idea of a good show for good causes is a great way to raise funds for well-deserving nonprofits, while at the same time having a fun night out.”

“It’s wonderful to be able to partner with Unity for this show,” says Holdren. “They have friendly people, and a lovely stage that has hosted many musical and cultural performances.”

Some of Holdren’s previous local Shakespearean productions include The Winter’s Tale (PVCC, 2013), Much Ado About Nothing (Hamner Theater, 2009), and As You Like It (Four County Players, 2008).

Twelfth Night features local actors, both veterans and newcomers, many of whom will be familiar to patrons of Live Arts, Four County Players, or the Hamner Theater. The cast includes Christian Anderson (Viola), Daniel Angell (Orsino), Mackie Boblette (Malvolio), Allison Bowers (Curio and Officer), Johnny Butcher (Antonio), Liam Ginty (Feste), Clinton Johnston (Sir Toby Belch), Kiara McCadden (Priest), Sean McCord (Valentine), Stewart Moneymaker (Fabian), Chris Perkins (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Barbara Roberts (Maria), Julie Stavitski (Olivia), and Taylor Thomas (Sebastian). Kerry Moran is assistant director, and Tricia Emlet the costume designer.

All tickets are $10, and will be on sale at the door. Children under 12 may attend free. Audience members will be asked to mark their ticket stubs to identify the nonprofit group or charity they wish to support.

The show will run for 12 performances from November 12 through November 30 at Unity. Weeknight and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Unity is located at 2825 Hydraulic Road, just past Albemarle High School (just look for the big green “Unity” sign).

“The Gift of Great Radio”

November 17 2014, 8:20am
Categories: Uncategorized

One of our WNRN VIP’s shared his thoughts on the benefits of becoming an evergreen member. Supporting WNRN is easy and packed full of rewards. Become one today!


wnrnradio has been a mainstay in Charlottesville since 1996. I recall discovering the station on a Saturday morning back then during their Grateful Dead show – two hours of live dead. It was love at first listen.

Years later I moved to Charlottesville and listened on a regular basis. I found out that NRN plays much more than the Dead. They play about everything you can imagine from acoustic to alternative to hip hop to 80s to bluegrass – music you won’t hear on commercial radio.

And that’s the other great thing about NRN – they don’t play commercials. They are listener-supported. Twice a year they do on-air fund drives. I started donating a few years ago, but this summer I signed up for their evergreen program. I donate 5 dollars a month for as long as I want. It’s a simple way to give. It’s also a simple way to get cool things too.

NRN has a VIP program for evergreen and other regular members. Every Monday we receive an email with an opportunity to win prizes or be included in special private events. Through the VIP program since Labor Day, I’ve seen Delta Spirit play a catered private show, had lunch with The Head and The Heart, and take my family for a catered dinner at First Colony Winery with a performance for kids by a local duo, Tom and Mary. I also won tickets to see Kings of a Belmont play at The Southern. I repeat – all since Labor Day and all for 5 bucks a month.

NRN is the best radio station that I’ve ever regularly listened to. That alone deserved my donation. Now they’ve raised the bar. Their staff and volunteers have done a wonderful job with these VIP events and giveaways. I plan to increase my donation and if you listen to NRN you should become a VIP member. If you haven’t listened to NRN before now is a good time. The Grateful Dead and Phriends show kicks off at 9 this morning.

- Todd Wickersty via Tumblr

Electric CD of the Month – November 2014

November 17 2014, 8:09am
Categories: CD of the Month

Our Electric CD of the Month is the latest release from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye.


Support WNRN by becoming a member and joining the Electric CD of the Month club and receive a CD each month and our weekly VIP email!

Acoustic CD of the Month – November 2014

November 17 2014, 8:05am
Categories: CD of the Month

In short, Shakey Graves is a gentleman from Texas. Shakey Graves recent release, And The War Came, is also our Acoustic CD of the Month for November!


You can join the CD of the Month Club by becoming a WNRN VIP Member and you’ll receive a handpicked CD in the mail each month!

Wake-Up Call: Synthetic Biology with students from Renaissance School

November 16 2014, 12:34pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

A conversation on synthetic biology with students from Renaissance School. Anna Minutella from the Science Department joins Rick Moore with students Alli Ambrosini, Anders Beaurline, and Konstantina Damvakaris. Modifying e. coli to solve different problems like cheap anti-malarial drugs. Competing internationally with other High School age groups. Have teamed up with UVA for research and Synbio night. Discussing the ethics of modifying genes. GMOs and mass producing food.

Virginia Repertory Theatre – Mame

November 13 2014, 4:26pm
Categories: Community Connection

Virginia Repertory Theatre here to invite you to our production of Mame, starring Tony Nominee Emily Skinner. Skinner is a Broadway veteran with original cast credits in six shows including Billy Elliott, Side Show, and The Full Monty.  With a cast of 31 and a live band, Mame is one of the largest productions in the Signature Season at Virginia Rep. This classic Jerry Herman musical will run through January 11 at the Historic November Theatre in downtown Richmond. Set in New York during the Great Depression, this musical tells the story of Mame Dennis, a bon vivant whose life is turned upside down when the son of her late brother comes to live with her. Mame tries her best to keep up her usual flair while responsibly raising her new son. More about us and our shows.


The Nutcracker – Albemarle Ballet Theater & Studio for The Performing Arts

November 13 2014, 4:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Gary Hart from Albemarle Ballet Theatre and Studio for The Performing Arts. You are invited to our annual presentation of Nutcracker Suite performed in Albemarle Ballet’s intimate theater in Downtown Crozet December 6, 7, 13 and 14. Proceeds from this show, co-produced by Studio for the Performing Arts, supporting local need-based scholarship program Dancing Off the Streets. Following each performance you can meet and take photos with the dancers under the theatre lights. Performers include dance students training at ABT, local actress Anastastasia Bratkovska and Ashley Geisler. Veronica Hart, Director of concorDance contemporary performs as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Nutcracker Suite is suited for the entire family. Seating is limited to forty people per show. Click for more information and tickets.


The Haven Art Auction

November 13 2014, 4:21pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Eleis from The Haven, a multi-resource day shelter for the homeless in downtown Charlottesville. On Friday, December 5th, you are invited to join us for the 5th annual art auction to benefit The Haven at Old Metropolitan Hall, on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. There will be art for auction, a raffle with donations from local businesses, music, food, and libations. Doors open at 6 PM. Bidding and festivities will continue until 9 PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or ahead of time, online on The Haven’s website. New City Arts is a proud partner of The Haven’s Fifth Annual Art Auction. More Information.


Goodnight Songs Pajama Party at First Colony Winery

November 12 2014, 12:03pm
Categories: Uncategorized



We will host a Goodnight Songs Pajama Party at First Colony Winery this Friday! Goodnight Songs is a book of never before published poems by author, Margaret Wise Brown. The poems were set to music by local singer/songwriter duo, Tom and Emily, who will be performing. Kids are encouraged to wear PJ’s and bring sleeping bags to the concert. Alakazam Toys and Gifts will have copies of Goodnight Songs for sale and Mona Lisa Pasta will provide dinner.

RSVP for this family friendly event by emailing

Bedford Area YMCA – 35th Peaks of Otter Christmas Run

November 11 2014, 8:55am
Categories: Community Connection

I’m Joshua Ranes from the Bedford Area YMCA. This year marks the 35th edition of the Peaks of Otter Christmas Run. This event is one the Bedford YMCA’s few fund raisers of the year. All of the proceeds are used to fund our health and wellness programs which include financial aid to lower income families, fitness classes, youth development activities, enrichment classes and other like programs that we offer here at the Y. The Dec. 6th event begins at 8:30am at the Bedford Middle School. It offers a 5k run and walk race for all ages, a Peaks Junior 1 mile race and a kids fun run. Awards ceremony and  refreshments, including cinnamon rolls, will follow the race. You can learn more and register online.


WNRN VIP Member Offers – November 10, 2014

November 11 2014, 8:33am
Categories: Uncategorized

When you support WNRN by becoming a member we reach out to you by email each week with a list of offers for tickets to shows, music, food, art, and more.  Below is the list our VIP’s received this week.

Get on the list by becoming a member now!

1. Two tickets to The Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary Show at RFK Stadium in Washington DC on Saturday, July 4, featuring The Foo Fighters, LL Cool J, Joan Jet, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark, Heart, Trouble Funk, and Trombone Shorty.

2. A pair of tickets to see Glen Hansard, of The Swell Season, at The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC on Tuesday, February 10.

3. A pair of passes to DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist at The Jefferson Theater on Saturday, November 15.

4. Two tickets to Satisfaction at the Jefferson Theater on Thursday, November 20.

5. Tickets for you and a friend to see Bio Ritmo at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, November 14.

6. Tickets for you and a friend to Erin and The Wildfire and The Currys at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, November 14.

7. Two tickets to Chris Knight at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Saturday, November 15.

8. Tickets for you and a friend to see Perpetual Grass with Justin James and Co. and Brock Butler at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, November 15.

9. Two tickets to Jukebox the Ghost at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, November 15.

10. A pair of tickets to Jessica Lea Mayfield at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Monday, November 17.

11. Tickets for you and a friend to see Bobby Bare Jr. and Dead Professional at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Monday, November 17.

12. Tickets for you and a friend to the LYAO Comedy Showcase featuring Jared Logan at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Thursday, November 20.

13. A pair of tickets to see Dumb and Dumber To at any Regal Cinemas.

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.

17. A $10 gift certificate to McGrady’s Irish Pub in Charlottesville.

18. A $10 gift card for lunch at Threepenny Cafe in Charlottesville.

19. A $10 Gift Certificate for Telegraph Gallery on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

A Sweet WNRN Culture Connection for Nov 10 – 16

November 10 2014, 9:04am
Categories: Culture Connection

Ahhhh November.  The month that ushers in  the sugarfest that is commonly referred to as “The Holidays”.  This week I have sweets on the brain and have curated three plays that have some sweet related thing about them.  The first is Edward II at the Blackfriars in Staunton. King Ed has an obsession similar to a sugar addiction which ruins his reign.  Then aptly titled, The Sugar at Live Arts in Charlottesville, is all about a woman trying to kick the glucose habit just when her world seems to be falling to pieces. Lastly but definitely not least, Clay Chapman brings his Pumpkin Pie Show to Richmond.

For information on the featured events, click the links below.  To listen to this week’s Culture Connection, click on the “play” triangle at the bottom of this post.


Edward II:


The Sugar:


The Pumpkin Pie Show:


So get your sweets fix without the calories this week and have a cultured good time.

All the best,


The Culture Maven

PS: Caught Fed Up at the Virginia Film Festival this past weekend and am working on a blog post about it on


Commonwealth of Music w/ Astronomers & Gunchux @ Fardowners

November 10 2014, 8:59am
Categories: Uncategorized

Our next FREE local show to be recorded for WNRN’s Commonwealth of Music is tomorrow night with Astronomers & Gunchux at Fardowners Restaurant!

Guarantee your spot by emailing
Fardowner’s Menu 


Wake-Up Call: Post Election with Bob Gibson

November 9 2014, 12:42pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

This week Rick Moore is joined by Bob Gibson, the executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Post Election conversation to discuss what Tuesday’s vote means for Virginia and throughout the country.

Blue Ridge Medical Center

November 8 2014, 8:10am
Categories: Community Connection

The Blue Ridge Medical Center is partnering with Johnson Health Center to host a health insurance information, enrollment, and re-enrollment event. This session will occur on Saturday, November 15th at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on North Main Street in Amherst, from 9AM-5PM.  Free in-person assistance will be available. You can find out if you will qualify for savings and we will teach you how to apply. Open Enrollment begins November 15th, and if you enroll or re-enroll by December 15th, coverage will begin January 1st. For more information about the event or if you have health insurance questions,  434-263-4000.


Foothills Child Advocacy Center

November 8 2014, 8:08am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Rachel Thielmann from Foothills Child Advocacy Center. We invite adults to flex their hero muscles on behalf of children and attend Stewards of Children, a free public training. You can attend on our session on Thursday, December 11th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building. The Stewards of Children program is designed for every adult that is concerned about the safety and well-being of children and educates them to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program believes and teaches that child safety is the responsibility of adults and gives adults the tools necessary to protect children. To learn more , or to register you can email JT Foothills at gmail dot com. You can also discover more about this training and other resources that help adults online.