Submit Your Essential Listening Picks Here!

Picture this: you’re packing for a vacation of a lifetime, but there’s a catch— there’s no radio, TV, or Internet!

You’re allowed to bring your five favorite albums of all time. We want to know what they are.

Think of them as your “essential listening”. The albums that stand the test of time and that you come back to again and again.

Let us know which albums you’ll bring here. We’re counting down your favorites on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26!  Voting closes on Friday, March 17.

February 22nd, 2017|Featured|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

After years of searching, singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk has finally found himself with his album, Twin Solitude.

Catch the World Cafe on WNRN, weekdays from 6 – 8 p.m.

February 21st, 2017|Featured, World Cafe|

Free Weekly Download: Bell X1

Irish band Bell X1 went into a garage studio to bother the neighbors with their punk rock practice sessions. Their 7th album, ARMS, takes the energy of the genre, but sounds a bit more polished than punk as they headed to various Dublin studios to add production and synthesizers. Bell X1 share their latest for WNRN’s Weekly Download of “Bring Me a Fire King”.  Get your free download by clicking the link below!

February 21st, 2017|Featured|

New Morning Picks, February 21, 2017

Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members, Old Crow Medicine Show, release two new songs along with their most beloved songs on the new Best Of. WNRN plays a new toe-tapper, “Heart Up In The Sky.”

Winnipeg resident, Scott Nolan, was planning on a tour in the US when the opportunity arose to record a whole album in one day with Willie Sugarcaps as his backing band. He made his way to Admiral Bean Studio outside of Silverhill, Alabama while on tour with Mary Gauthier. Out of this effort came this new collection, Silverhill, featuring collaborations with Hayes Carll and Mary Gauthier. “Forever Is a Long Time” shows Nolan’s songwriting skill as well as what Kimbrough, Capps, Crawford, Lee, and Hughes brought to the recording.

February 21st, 2017|Anne Williams, 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.

Click here to become a WNRN VIP member.

February 7th, 2017|Featured, Membership|

Acoustic CD of the Month, February 2017

Tift Merritt‘s newest, Stitch of the World, is the February 2017 Acoustic CD of the Month.

Written between a divorce and the birth of her daughter, Tift Merritt, recorded this new CD with Sam Beam of Iron and Wine. Before releasing it, she took the time to move back to Raleigh, NC, settle into a new life as a mom near her parents and long-time friends, then Merritt planned the released Stitch of the World for the end of January 2017. It was worth the wait.

“What strikes me most when I am writing these days is the changing nature of things,” Merritt states in her bio for the new album. She sees the doubled nature of being alone as refuge and lonely, hometowns as constricting and balm for the soul, and intimacy with lovers as well as what comes with family. These feelings and images are wrapped into the narratives of the songs. The sounds range on the new effort from the jangly “Dusty Old Man”  to the more contemplative, “Icarus.” She was inspired to set parts of Raymond Carver’s poem, “My Boat”, to music after hearing news reports about Syrian refugees making sea crossings to Europe.

Throughout Stitch of the World, you can hear the influence of producer, Sam Beam. He is heard directly on some background vocals as well as in the general sweetness and openness of the project. This all lends itself to Tift Merritt’s fine songwriting. There are some great players including Marc Ribot on guitar as well as Eric Heywood on pedal-steel.


February 6th, 2017|Anne Williams, CD of the Month, Featured, Miscellaneous|

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|

Hear Together: North Branch School

In the  foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a non-profit school called North Branch. The school is dedicated to cultivating future generations by encouraging respect, non-violence, environmental responsibility, through the involvement of students, teachers and families in the community. Children ages 3 – 14 gather on the 11 acre campus to grow through hands-on learning in an atmosphere that blends the teachings of the staff and nature. There are 15 classrooms, a large outdoor playground, a Nature Trail and many gardens maintained by teachers and students and fields and woods beyond to explore.
Listen to hear more about our afternoon at North Branch:
December 13th, 2016|Featured, Hear Together|

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|