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WNRN adds 88.5 FM in Midlothian

After years of planning and months of difficult and at times frustrating work, WNRN is pleased to announce the addition of 88.5FM to our Richmond coverage area. The antenna is located in Midlothian behind the studios of WCVE (locals refer to the two towers as “the knife and the fork”) and its broadcast on 88.5FM replaces most of the coverage of where 103.1 used to be. We are still on 103.1 in Richmond, but that signal now broadcasts from North Hopkins Road, just south of downtown. We are not finished with the project yet. Read on for the full story.

In order to get a clearer and larger signal to Richmond, we arranged to buy an AM station, WFTH 1590, that would allow us to send our signal via satellite to 103.1FM after we moved it closer to the coverage area of WFTH. We did so over the summer and have just completed the purchase. We also purchased another translator and made some other technical and administrative changes. Today, you can hear WNRN on 88.5FM (Midlothian and the West End), 103.1FM (downtown Richmond and points south and east) and 1590 AM (all over the Richmond metropolitan area, but only during daylight hours). We also purchased a satellite system that now delivers our originating signal from Charlottesville clearer than ever before. All of this has tripled our coverage in the last six months on the two FM signals. Further adjustments will be made and we hope to have more good news for you in the coming months.

We are sorry that some of you have been frustrated by losing the signal you once had. Conditions have changed throughout this process almost on a daily basis making it difficult to communicate a definitive message to all of you. Now, most of you should be able to hear us in places you never could, and that should improve even more. Please contact us and let us know if you have the signal back or are still having problems. Please make sure to include your address.

Thanks for reading this rather long explanation. Before I conclude, we are also happy to tell you that you will in the very near future be hearing Hear Together features specific to Richmond and you can expect to see us around town, having live sessions and generally becoming a platform to showcase the good music and good people of your, I mean, OUR, neighborhoods in RVA.

Thanks for your patience, your support and your great ears. We will keep working hard to earn them every day.

Stay tuned,

Mark Keefe

P.S. We have been good financial stewards throughout this process, but as you can imagine, expenses have been large. As we approach the end of the year in this season of giving, please consider an additional contribution.


December 1st, 2016|Featured, Miscellaneous|

Music Member Monday

Today only, when you make your donation, we will give you a ticket voucher good for any show at The Jefferson Theater or The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.

Call us now at 434-979-0919 or give online.

With any donation of $60 or more, you will get your own personalized laminate that will get you into any show at The Jefferson or The Southern that is not sold out. Call now!

October 6th, 2014|Membership|

An Update on 103.1 FM Richmond

A message from General Manager, Mark Keefe:

Richmond, we can’t thank you enough for your patience with our signal in your neighborhood. We have been working hard to do all we can to be ready to make the technical adjustments that we are hopeful will get us back on the air. We’ve purchased new equipment, completed all the paperwork and are just waiting for the final notice from the company that owns the tower our antenna is housed on. We have a tower crew on standby, so the moment we get the green light we’re ready to move. We’ll send all of our members a notice once we’re back up, so cross your fingers. We’re hoping it’s very soon.

If you haven’t become a member yet, please take a moment and make a contribution. You’re helping to fund everything you enjoy about WNRN and enabling us to make improvements in all areas of our operation.
Thanks again, and stay tuned.

October 5th, 2014|Miscellaneous|

Charlie Mars – Live @ WNRN

charlie mars 091514 Charlie MarsCharlie Joined us this morning for stories and songs.

September 15th, 2014|In-Studios|

August Board of Directors’ Meeting

The August Board of Directors’ meeting will be held on August 14, 2014 at 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite 2 at 7:30PM.

August 1st, 2014|Board of Directors|

KI: Theory

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KI: Theory played live at WNRN, check it out! They’ll be at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Wednesday June 18 and playing Strange Matter in Richmond on June 28th.

June 18th, 2014|In-Studios|

Sleeper Agent

6-13 Sleeper Agent Sleeper Agent recorded some songs for WNRN at Virginia Arts Recording Studio in Charlottesville. Take a listen!

June 17th, 2014|In-Studios|

$1 for Local Produce from Relay Foods

WNRN and Relay Foods are offering a Local County Box to WNRN listeners for just a dollar. Relay Foods’ Bounty Box is a $40 value. Simply click here to get this deal.

June 2nd, 2014|Miscellaneous|

Annual Board of Directors Meeting

The next meeting of WNRN’s Board of Directors will take place on Thursday, June 12th, at 7 P.M., at 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite #2 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

June 2nd, 2014|Board of Directors|

May Community Advisory Council Meeting

The next meeting of WNRN’s Community Advisory Council will take place on Wednesday, May 21st, at 7 P.M., at 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite #2 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

May 13th, 2014|Community Advisory Council|