Thank You, Lynchburg!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Flip The Switch Party this week and helped us celebrate our expanded reach on 89.9 in Lynchburg!

The mission of WNRN is to strengthen communities through music, art and education. Through your support, we continue to bring you original local and national music not found anywhere else on the dial, and provide a voice for non-profit organizations and the people who staff and volunteer for them by broadcasting their stories every hour.

Thank you for being a part of our community!

April 28th, 2017|Featured, Membership|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Friday, April 28, 2017

On her ninth studio album, Be Myself, Sheryl Crow revisits the sounds that made her an icon of ‘90s pop.

Listen to World Cafe on WNRN, weekdays from 6-8 p.m.

April 27th, 2017|Featured, World Cafe|

Take 2@2 Thursday, April 27, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, April 27th, 2017 is a listener requested Take 2! David R wrote us that he heard Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on WNRN one morning with the song “Learning to Fly.” David said it would be great to hear that song with one particular cover.

The cover is from The Weepies. They recorded “Learning to Fly” on the 2015 album Sirens.

For this fantastic request, David is going to receive a car wash from Brown Automotive Group. If you have a request to share you can email me via .

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


April 27th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Legendary country singer Jessi Colter has had an interesting life as a successful recording artist and wife to Waylon Jennings, all of which she recounts in her book, An Outlaw and a Lady. Also, a special Latin Roots segment featuring Rahsaan.

Listen to World Cafe on WNRN, weekdays from 6-8 p.m.

April 26th, 2017|World Cafe|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 we put an ear to a new band. In March of 1973, Faces released their final album Ooh La La. Rod Stewart was gaining increasing success as a solo artist and Faces looked more and more like his backup band. Stewart missed some of the rehearsals and even recording sessions. When it came time to record “Glad and Sorry” Faces used Ronnie Wood on lead vocals.

Magpie Salute is a new band led by former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson.magpie salute band Fellow Crowes guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien are also in the group with some other musicians as well. Last fall Magpie Salute performed a few shows and last Saturday released a 7” single for Record Store Day. The Magpie Salute single “Comin’ Home” is paired with the B-Side cover of “Glad and Sorry.”

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

magpie salute single

April 26th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Aimee Mann knows that she has a reputation for writing depressing songs. For her new album, Mental Illness, she used this as permission to craft a set of down-tempo, acoustic ballads.

Listen to World Cafe on WNRN, weekdays from 6-8 p.m.

April 25th, 2017|World Cafe|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 we welcome Jason Isbell back to Charlottesville with open arms. jasonisbell-slideTonight, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit are taking the stage with opening act Turnpike Troubadours at The Sprint Pavilion. Today we listen to Isbell’s new cover of a Stones’ tune.

In 1971, The Rolling Stones released Sticky Fingers. One of the tunes is almost a live jam put to tape. Clocking in at over 7 minutes long, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” has become a live staple for the Stones thanks to the broad range for instrumentation in the middle and end of the tune.

On Saturday, Record Store Day was held across the country to celebrate independent music retailers. Jason Isbell got involved with RSD and released Welcome to 1979. The album is named for the Nashville studio where Isbell recorded the record straight to vinyl.


Side A: 1. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (Jagger/Richards) 2. Storm Windows (Prine) 3. Heart on a String (Jackson/Buckins)
Side B: 1. Atlantic City (Springsteen) 2. Sway (Jagger/Richards) 3. Never Gonna Change (Isbell)

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

Isbell RSD

April 25th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

WNRN Free Weekly Download: Jay Som “The Bus Song”

Jay Som writes, plays, and produces all the music on her first full length album,  Everybody Works.  The DIY Oakland artist, also known as 22 year old Melina Duterte, recorded all the music in her bedroom studio. Enjoy the shoegazey swirl of Jay Som for WNRN’s Weekly Download of “The Bus Song”.  Get your free download by clicking the link below.

April 25th, 2017|Featured|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

British multi-disciplinarian Kate Tempest has tried her hand at everything from rap to poetry to playwriting. Let Them Eat Chaos, a hip hop concept album, is her latest project.

Listen to World Cafe on WNRN, weekdays from 6-8 p.m.

April 24th, 2017|World Cafe|

The Grateful Dead & Phriends Show Playlist 4/22/17

First Hour.

GD – Mighty Quinn – 7/2/89 Foxboro MA
GD – Playin>Playin Jam>Terrepin>Playin – 12/31/81 Oakland CA
LOM – Wicked Messenger – 4/19/75 Milwaukee WI


Second Hour.

GD – Bertha>good Lovin – 2/5/78 Cedar Falls IA
GD – Scarlet Begonias – 2/5/78 Cedar falls IA
GD – Jack A Roe – 5/17/77 Tuscaloosa AL


Phriendlier Hour.

ABB – you Dont Love Me – 3/13/71 NYC
Phish – Mikes>Hydrogen>Weekapaug – 10/31/90 Colorado Springs CO
ABB – whipping Post – 6/27/71 NYC
ABB – Midnight Rider – 6/27/71 NYC
Parliaments – Come In Out Of The Rain

April 24th, 2017|Grateful Dead and Phriends|