New Morning Picks, March 21, 2017

Greg Graffin, founder of Bad Religion, shows us his roots again. In 2006 Graffin released Cold as the Clay where he took us through some of the songs that he learned around the campfire. It is a excellent folk album. This March, Graffin released a new solo album, Millport, that draws from the alt country world. Since the release of Cold as the Clay, Graffin has been busy getting his PhD, putting out albums with Bad Religion, writing books, lecturing at UCLA, Cornell, and receiving an Humanitarian award from Harvard. “Shotgun” is backed by members of Social Distortion.

Tim O’Brien releases his newest, Where the River Meets the Road, March 31st. O’Brien matches his talents on bouzouki, fiddle, guitar and banjo against some of the best bluegrass/country pickers, like Stuart Duncan, Mike Bub, Viktor Krauss, Noam Pikelny and Bryan Sutton, along with help from Kathy Mattea  and Chris Stapleton on vocals. The result: magnificent music! WNRN plays O’Brien’s version of the Billy Edd Wheeler tune, “High Flying Bird.” Tim O’Brien will be at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival this July in Mt. Solon, VA.

Johnny Flynn has been straddling the worlds of film and music for a decade. Known for his films, Lotus Eaters and Song One, Flynn has also been putting out critically acclaimed albums since 2008. The newest one is Sillion. He continues the 1970s and Brit-Folk-Rock sound complementing his well-written lyrics. “In Your Pocket” features his band, Sussex Wit, along with Flynn on a variety of instruments.

Peter Mulvey  has joined the Righteous Babe family with this new album, Are You Listening. Ani DiFranco produces the album (and did the radio edit, so WNRN could play “Sebastian”). It showcases Mulvey’s songwriting, spoken word stories, along with his fine singing and playing. When you listen to the album, you will find that Mulvey’s language is a bit “spicy” but it fits the over all vibe. Are You Listening will be out April 7th. He will be at Jammin Java, in Vienna, VA, March 26th.


March 21st, 2017|Anne Williams, Featured, Membership|

WNRN Free Weekly Download: Father John Misty “Ballad of a Dying Man”

Continuing his journey as Father John Misty, Joshua Tillman expands on his charismatic performance and delves into deeper subject matter. The last album, I Love You, Honeybear, was about his love, life, and new wife.  Pure Comedy, out on April 7th, is a vision of the ego that is driving the world today. Father John Misty shares WNRN’s Weekly Download of “Ballad of the Dying Man”  Get your download by clicking the link below.
March 21st, 2017|Featured|

Desert Island Albums: WNRN Staff Picks

We’ve asked you, our listeners, to tell us your top 5 albums of all time — that is, the ones you come back to again and again — that you’d bring if you were on a desert island. We’re joining in on the fun, too! Find our WNRN staff picks below and tune in on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, when we’ll be counting down your favorites!


Ed Mond, co-host of The Dead & Phriends: 

  1. Paul Simon, Graceland
  2. Phish, Hampton Comes Alive
  3. Grateful Dead, Europe ’72
  4. Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy
  5. Little Feat, Waiting For Columbus


Mike Nichols, co-host of Les Temps Perdue:

  1. A Tribe Called Quest, Low End Theory
  2. Prince, Purple Rain
  3. Jon Spencer Bllues Explosion, Orange
  4. The Clash, The Clash
  5. Michael Jackson, Off The Wall


Ian Solla-Yates:

  1. R.E.M., Reckoning
  2. The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America
  3. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
  4. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Cold Roses
  5. Jason Isbell, Southeastern


Jaclyn Piermarini:

  1. Nick Drake, Bryter Layter
  2. Darrell Scott, Aloha From Nashville
  3. Son Volt, Trace
  4. Guru, Jazzmatazz
  5. Television, Marquee Moon


 Lauren Velardi:
  1. Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense
  2. Interpol, Antics
  3. The Beatles, Abbey Road
  4. Jay Z, MTV Unplugged
  5. The Shins, Wincing the Night Away


Desiré Moses:

  1. Ryan Adams, I Do Not Feel Like Being Good EP
  2. Radiohead, In Rainbows
  3. Shakey Graves, And The War Came
  4. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Live at Radio City
  5. Bob Dylan, No Direction Home Bootleg Vol 7


Sidney Sharp:

  1. Paul Weller, Paul Weller
  2. Buckingham Nicks, Buckingham Nicks
  3. John Martyn, No Little Boy
  4. Carl Anderson, Risk of Loss
  5. Marcus King Band, Soul Insight
March 20th, 2017|Featured, Membership|

Submit Your Cover Of Joe Esposito’s Sports Anthem, “You’re the Best”

As the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is underway, Tad Abbey is looking for any musician to record their own version of Joe Eposito’s 1984 classic “You’re the Best.”

The song was perfectly synched to the best movie sports tournament montages ever in The Karate Kid. It is impossible to hear the song without thinking of Daniel LaRusso taking on the Cobra Kai Karate Team all by himself.

All musicians are invited to participate in this project. You have until Friday, March 31st to submit your recorded cover to If your cover is indeed the best around, we will play it on Monday, April 3rd before the National Championship game.

March 16th, 2017|Featured, Take 2@2|

Acoustic CD of the Month, March 2017

Ryan Adams new release, Prisoner, is WNRN’s March 2017 Acoustic CD of the Month.

Ryan Adams’ Prisoner is a break up record. It is his first album since his divorce from actress/singer, Mandy Moore. Adams described the separation as “humiliating and just a f*$%ing horrible thing to go through.” Adams channels his loss and crafts a complete work with snapshots and many moods. Prisoner’s sound is reminiscent of his classics, Gold and Cold Roses. This universally praised release is his 16th album since Whiskeytown disbanded.

Prisoner opens with  “Do You Still Love Me?” With its full sound and crashing guitars, this song is the set up for our journey through the breakup. The song titles read like chapters of a ‘how I got through my divorce’ book, not like Eat Pray Love but ones from Adams’ point of view through the rising action: “Prisoner,” “Doomsday,” “Haunted House,” and “Shiver and Shake.” These lead us up to the climax with “Outbound Train” then on to the denouement  with “Broke Anyway” and “Tightrope.” All this packed into 43 minutes!

March 1st, 2017|Anne Williams, CD of the Month, Featured, Miscellaneous|

Become a WNRN VIP Member Here!

When you sign up to become a WNRN VIP member you gain access to the WNRN VIP member list! VIP members receive opportunities to win tickets to shows in Central Virginia and elsewhere, as well as gift cards to local businesses. Click here to view this weeks VIP member list.

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February 7th, 2017|Featured, Membership|

The Year in Numbers

This Year WNRN made huge strides toward providing independent music radio to the greater central Virginia area. Check out our infographic of 2016 in numbers.

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January 11th, 2017|Featured, Membership|

WNRN Top 100 of 2016

Your votes have been tallied and here you have it! The top 100 albums of 2016!




  1. David Bowie – Blackstar
  2. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
  3. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
  4. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  5. The Avett Brothers – True Sadness
  6. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  7. Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
  8. Lake Street Dive – Side Pony
  9. The Lumineers – Cleopatra
  10. The Head and the Heart – Signs Of Light
  1. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
  2. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  3. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  4. Wilco – Schmilco
  5. Lucy Dacus – No Burden
  6. Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep
  7. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee
  8. Andrew Bird – Are You Serious
  9. Beyonce – Lemonade
  10. Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger
  11. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Miss Sharon Jones! (soundtrack)
  12. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  13. Ray LaMontagne – Ouroboros
  14. Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die
  15. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise
  16. Band Of Horses – Why Are You Ok
  17. Amos Lee – Spirit
  18. Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds
  19. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  20. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
  21. Charles Bradley – Changes
  22. Dog – The Psychedelic Swamp
  23. The Record Company – Give It Back To You
  24. The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
  25. case/lang/viers – case/lang/viers
  26. Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel
  27. Joseph – I’m Alone, No You’re Not
  28. The Marcus King Band – The Marcus King Band
  29. Norah Jones – Day Breaks
  30. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
  31. Phish – Big Boat
  32. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
  33. Aoife O’Donovan – In the Magic Hour
  34. Jim James – Eternally Even
  35. Mavis Staples – Livin’ on a High Note
  36. Dylan LeBlanc – Cautionary Tale
  37. Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack
  38. Kings Of Leon – Walls
  39. Greensky Bluegrass – Shouted, Written Down & Quoted
  40. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  41. John Prine – For Better, Or Worse
  42. Avers – Omega/Whatever
  43. Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
  44. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  45. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  46. Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle – Colvin & Earle
  47. Bastille – Wild World
  48. Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
  49. Alejandro Escovedo – Burn Something Beautiful
  50. River Whyless – We All the Light
  51. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  52. Hackensaw Boys – Charismo
  53. Rob Cheatham – Colors
  54. Various Artists – Day Of The Dead
  55. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is
  56. Pete Yorn – Arranging Time
  57. Phantogram – Three
  58. Carl Broemel – 4th of July
  59. Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
  60. The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust
  61. Bear’s Den – Red Earth & Pouring Rain
  62. Fruition – Labor of Love
  63. Brett Dennen – Por Favor
  64. Bob Mould – Patch the Sky
  65. Darrell Scott – Couchville Sessions
  66. Mudcrutch – 2
  67. Southern Culture On The Skids – The Electric Pinecones
  68. Allen Toussaint – American Tunes
  69. Del McCoury Band – Del & Woody
  70. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Person A
  71. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  72. Anders Osborne – Flower Box
  73. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  74. Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony
  75. The Wild Feathers – Lonely Is a Lifetime
  76. Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent
  77. Various Artists – Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia
  78. Amanda Shires – My Piece of Land
  79. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
  80. Lydia Loveless – Real
  81. Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing
  82. Kishi Bashi – Sonderlust
  83. Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines
  84. Dwight Yoakam – Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars
  85. The Pretenders – Alone
  86. Pixies – Head Carrier
  87. School of Seven Bells – SVIIB
  88. Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
  89. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears
  90. Todd Snider – Eastside Bulldog
December 30th, 2016|Featured|

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|