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It’s time for you to tell us your ten favorite albums of 2014! Voting ends on 12/24 at midnight. Click here to begin.

After completing the survey you’ll be qualified for the following prizes:
- 1 Grand Prize – Top 20 Albums
- 5 Runner-Ups – Top 5 Albums
TuneIn to WNRN on New Year’s Eve to hear the Top 100 of 2014 as chosen by our listeners!


Celebrate the season with Charlottesville’s Christmas Songbook! This festive compilation was recorded at ThreePenny Cafe by a group of Virginia musicians to benefit WNRN and the Charlottesville Free Clinic.

Purchase now by making a pledge of support.

Preview tracks from Charlottesville’s Christmas Songbook

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Join us at the Know Good Beer winter beer festival on Saturday, January 24 at the Ix Art Park in Charlottesville. There will be live music, art, local food and beers and the event benefits WNRN! Get your tickets now– prices go up on 12/31. You can find more and buy a ticket here.




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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Click here to preview tracks from In Studio at WNRN Volume 2!


 This compilation is available exclusively for WNRN members only.

Support WNRN now by becoming a member!

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

Wake-Up Call with Rick Moore and Santa

December 21 2014, 3:54pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

This week Rick has Santa as his guest. Along with calls from area children Rick will read The Grinch Who Stole Chirstmas.

Culture Connection For December 15 – 21

December 15 2014, 10:16am
Categories: Culture Connection

Ahhh the Holiday splendor abounds and this week’s Culture Connection reflects the season with a little naughty and a little nice theatre at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, a tour of Victorian Christmas splendor at Maymont Mansion in Richmond and a concert by the Oratorio Society of Virginia at the Paramount in Charlottesville.

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

Virginia Oratorio Society Christmas at the Paramount:


Maymont Mansion tours:


12 Dates of Christmas and A Christmas Carol at ASC:


Victorian style Christmas decor at Maymont

Victorian style Christmas decor at Maymont

Have a wonderful week!


The Culture Maven




Wake-Up Call: Space – Still the Final Frontier?

December 14 2014, 12:20pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

Host Rick Moore is joined by UVa Professor of Astronomy Ed Murphy. Honored with the UVa Alumni Association Distinguished Professor award, Ed Murphy has worked on the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) and runs the public night program at the McCormick Observatory. Topics discussed include the Rosetta and Kepler Missions, the cosmic calendar, and the future of NASA launches.

Wake-Up Call: Current Events with Graelyn Brashear

December 14 2014, 12:18pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

On the November 30th Wake-Up Call, Rick Moore talks current events with C-Ville Weekly news editor Graelyn Brashear. During they hour, they discuss the Rolling Stone article reporting sexual assault on the UVa campus.

WNRN VIP Member Offers – December 15, 2014

December 14 2014, 9:01am
Categories: Uncategorized

Another week means another round of offers for our WNRN VIP’s!

Become a VIP today by making a pledge of support to WNRN.


1. Two tickets to Kenny Rogers at The Altria Theater in Richmond on Wednesday, December 17. We will notify these winners on Tuesday, 12/15.

2. A pair of passes to see Groove Train at the State Theatre of Culpeper on Saturday, December 20.

3. Two passes to Justin Townes Earle at the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond onWednesday, February 25.

4. Two tickets to Cracker and Camper van Beethoven at The 9:30 Club in DC on Wednesday, January 14.

5. Tickets for you and a friend to see Cowboy Mouth at The 9:30 Club in DC on Friday, January 16.

6. Two tickets to Joshua Radin at The 9:30 Club in DC on Thursday, March 19.

7. Tickets for you and a friend to see Aquanett at The Jefferson Theater on Saturday, December 20.

8. A pair of passes to the Sons of Bill and Friends Christmas Party at The Jefferson Theater on Tuesday, December 23.

9. Two tickets to see Skip Castro and the Nighthawks at The Jefferson Theater on Saturday, December 27.

10. A pair of passes to Commonwealth and The Jauntee at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, December 19.

11. Two tickets to The Larry Keel Experience and Perpetual Grass at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Friday, December 19.

12. Two tickets to Vaden Cox and Friends at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, December 20.

13. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Hackens Boys at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Saturday, December 20.

14. Tickets for you and a friend to see Murphy’s Kids at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, December 20.

15. Two tickets to Sarah White and Sian Richards Present the Country Christmas Show at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Sunday, December 21.

16. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Kings of Belmont at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, December 27.

17. A pair of tickers to see Butcher Brown and Avers at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, December 27.

18. A pair of tickets to see The Gambler at any Regal Cinemas.

19. A $25 gift card to Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market in Richmond.

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

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

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

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

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

Richmond Montessori School

December 11 2014, 4:47pm
Categories: Community Connection

Richmond Montessori School, accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Since 1965 our diverse community has offered a learning environment grounded in Montessori principles, promoting self-motivation, confidence, and academic excellence.  We are currently enrolling students from the age of two through eighth grade for the 2015-16 school year. You can discover a world of difference at Richmond Montessori School’s Open House on Sunday, January 11th at 2:00pm. You can register online or learn more on our website.


Cville TimeBank

December 11 2014, 4:45pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, this is Bizz Glover with the Cville TimeBank, inviting you to join us at the downtown library on Saturday, January 24 at 10 am;  where you can join the timebank.  Timebank is a community of giving and receiving that builds on the idea of pay it forward.   With timebank you donate your time to receive help from someone else. For example, one hour helping another member earns one TimeBank Hour, which you can withdraw to use with any other timebank member to get something you need. Our orientation sessions are designed to have you up and running with your own timebank account. You can learn more on our website.


Hiromi T’ai Chi

December 11 2014, 4:42pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hiromi T’ai Chi is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and promoting the health benefits and art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in the Charlottesville community. We offer training in the Cheng-Ming System as taught by Wang Shu-Jin. Our Enrichment programs offer classes for At-Risk youth, After School program for city and public school students, and Seniors in the community. You are invited to our three day T’ai Chi lead by Wang Fu-Lai from Taiwan, who is leading a three-day workshop on Friday, January 16th to Sunday the 18th. There will also be an Internal Martial Arts demonstration that will be held on Saturday, January 17th from 5:45pm at Hiromi (he-row-me) T’ai Chi dojo followed by a pot luck dinner. For more information you can visit us online or 1-877-880-2479.


Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville, Albemarle

December 11 2014, 4:37pm
Categories: Community Connection

If you are looking to become a United States citizen our Central Virginia Citizenship Services can help. We offer classes to help you prepare for the interview and test beginning January 27th in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.  Registration begins January 5th. Our low-cost immigration services offered by our partner, the International Rescue Committee, are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals and include initial consultation, completion and submission of forms, plus follow-up with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as needed. This program is available through a 2-year grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle. You can find more information on all Central Virginia Citizenship Services online or 434-977-3838.


Holidays at Frontier Culture Museum

December 9 2014, 8:58am
Categories: Community Connection

You are invited to enjoy a traditional holiday with us. Activities include a Children’s Workshop, an evening of Christmas Traditions, and of course the annual Lantern Tours. You can join us for a tour around the museum by lantern light beginning December 18th from 6-8 PM. Visitors will enjoy vignettes at England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America, and 1850s America including a Mummer’s play near the Irish Forge and a horse-drawn wagon ride from the Old World to the New World. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Find more information on this event and other happenings at the museum online.


Jefferson Madison Regional Library – Film Series

December 9 2014, 8:55am
Categories: Community Connection

JMRL offers the Created Equal series to spark community discussion on the history of and continued struggle of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on our community at the Central Library in downtown Charlottesville. This series will be held on Thursdays at 6pm on January 15, January 29, February 12, and February 26. The NEH supported documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. For more information you can visit us online.


Culture Connection December 8 – 14

December 8 2014, 3:28pm
Categories: Culture Connection + Uncategorized

Tiz the season of a hundred parties but if you can squeeze some other fun in I suggest :An interactive game of clue, Monticello after dark and We Three Lizas (an Oh, So FABULOUS spin on A Christmas Carol where the three ghosts are three versions of Liza Minnelli) – my picks for things to do in the WNRN listening area this week.

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

Interactive Clue Game:

Monticello after dark tour:

We Three Lizas:


A scene from We Three Lizas at Richmond Triangle Players

A scene from We Three Lizas at Richmond Triangle Players

Have a fantastic week!


The Culture Maven

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation – Future Fund

December 8 2014, 8:50am
Categories: Community Connection

CACF is a permanent endowment dedicated to building strong communities and creating positive change across central Virginia. There is a way for you to address intractable community issues like homelessness, access to education, and environmental preservation. The Future Fund is a community philanthropy program for young professionals in our 20s, 30s, and 40s. Members pool our dues each year, then make collective grants to nonprofit organizations that make an impact locally. You can join us in 2015 to connect with other Future Fund members and give where you live. You can learn more on our website.

Wake-Up Call: David Toscano, VA House of Delegates Democratic Leader

December 7 2014, 12:19pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

Rick is joined by David Toscano, VA House of Delegates Democratic Leader, from the 57th District. He’s in his fifth term and a member of the committees of Courts of Justice, Transportation and Rules. Focusing on new rules on ethics in the aftermath of former Governor McDonnell’s conviction on corruption charges. Recent sexual assault issues in Virginia and the Hannah Graham case, Delegate Toscano is putting together a bill to expand the DNA database in the state.

Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dancers

December 7 2014, 8:46am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Bob from Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dancers. Every Tuesday we present our Scottish Country Dancing class at St. Paul’s Ivy Parish Hall in Ivy at 6:30pm. No experience is necessary. You are also invited to out dance on January, 18th. This event will begin at 2 in the afternoon also at St. Paul’s Ivy Parish Hall. You can enjoy live music featuring Mike Dunn on the fiddle and Janet Muse on piano. There will be a potluck dinner, haggis, bagpipes, ceilidh dancing, Scottish country dancing, and whiskey tasting. For more information on Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dancers you can visit us online.



Zephyrus Christmas

December 4 2014, 9:54am
Categories: Community Connection

Zephyrus is Central Virginia’s early music vocal ensemble. On Friday, December 12th at 8pm at St Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville; and Saturday, December 13th at 3:30pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood, we present concerts of German Baroque Christmas music. “In dulci jubilo: A German Baroque Christmas” features choral music of 16th and 17th century Germany, from familiar carol tunes to rarely performed sacred music for the holiday season. Eighteen singers are joined by violins, viola da gamba and organ on an anonymous Magnificat. Complete concert information available on our website, on Facebook or (434)227-4685.



December 3 2014, 9:51am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Beryl Solla from Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Whether you’re unemployed or looking for a career change, Piedmont Virginia Community College offers more than forty programs developing professional skills for a new career. There are programs in which you can earn your degree in just a few semesters. Spring Classes begin Monday, January 12th. You can register online.


Culture Connection December 1 – 7

December 1 2014, 6:04am
Categories: Culture Connection

More holiday stuff this week (the Grand Illumination party at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond and a Holiday Parade in Harrisonburg) plus the opening of Live Arts production of Les Miserables to get your cultural juices flowing.

To learn more about this week’s featured events, click on the links below.  To hear a podcast, click on the “play” triangle button at the bottom of the page.

Grand Illumination at the Jefferson Hotel:

Le Miserables:

Harrisonburg Holiday Parade:



Remember to bundle up for those parades, y’all and get out there and get cultured.


The Culture Maven

WNRN VIP Member Offers – November 24, 2014

November 25 2014, 12:26pm
Categories: Uncategorized

Our weekly email has been sent to our members. Check out the list of offers available this week!

Not a WNRN VIP Member? Become one today!

1. Two tickets to see The Lone Bellow at Modlin Center for the Arts in Richmond on Saturday, December 6.

2. Two tickets to Bold as Love: A Birthday Tribute to Jimi Hendrix at the Jefferson Theater on Friday, November 28.

3. Two passes to Groove Train the Jefferson Theater on Saturday, November 29.

4. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Former Champions at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, November 28.

5. Two tickets to New Boss at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, November 28.

6. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Floorboards at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, November 29.

7. Two tickets to The Kings of Belmont at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, November 29.

8. Tickets for you and a friend to see Goat’s Head Soup, a Rolling Stones cover band, at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Thursday, December 4.

9. A pair of tickets to see Horrible Bosses 2 at any Regal Cinemas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Holiday of Yesteryear – Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

November 25 2014, 12:04pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Christopher Swanson, Conductor of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. You are invited to A Holiday of Yesteryear, a seasonal concert event designed to stir memories of nostalgic holidays. The concert program will include performances by musicians of the LSO, Cantate Children’s and Youth Choir of Central Virginia, and the Lynchburg College Handbell Choir. During intermission, you can join us for complimentary refreshments and a holiday fundraiser featuring boxwood wreaths and baked goods. A Holiday of Yesteryear will be held on Saturday, December 6th. More information.