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|

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|

April 2017 Electric CD of the Month

Hot Thoughts  from Spoon is WNRN’s April Electric CD of the Month. Beginning with the charged up “Hot Thoughts” the new Spoon album brings a sexy, sci-fi meets dance vibe that immediately draws you in. “WhisperI’llHearIt” stays low until it is ready to explode into tambourines and guitar solos. The instruments slowly layering atop each other in as a psychedelic storm of synthesizers evolve on “Do I Have to Talk You Into It”.

The focused disco jam of “First Caress” and “Can I Sit Next To You” are some of the tightest songs that Spoon has ever written.  Some lovely piano work throughout Hot Thoughts, but I like the emotional and tonal shift found from “I Ain’t The One” to “Tear It Down”.

Hot Thoughts reminds me why I like Spoon so much, they create a world within an album that I want to exist in.

Spoon will be at Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville on Wednesday, July 19 with The New Pornographers opening.

April 20th, 2017|CD of the Month, Featured|

New Morning Picks, April 18, 2017

The outlaw country classic album, Pancho & Lefty, was released by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in 1983. They got together for more albums, including the most recent in 2015, Django and Jimmie. Haggard passed away last year. Willie Nelson continues on with another solo album to be released at the end of this month. “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” not only captures exactly what we all loved about the working-man’s poet, Merle Haggard, but embodies the best of Willie Nelson’s songwriting and singing.

Kasey Chambers has been on stage since she was 10 years old. At 40, she has released her 11th album. WNRN plays the title track of this double disc set, Dragonfly. Chambers came to prominence in 2000 with her album, The Captain.   Fifteen years ago, she brought her passion for well written country songs together with her concerns of being in her 20s with songs like “Not Pretty Enough.” Now she is reflecting on being a mother, separated and middle aged.

For ten years the sister’s duo of The Pierces released several critically acclaimed albums. Allison Pierce will put out a solo album, Year of the Rabbit, with the help of producer, Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCarney), on May 5th. WNRN debuts “Evidence.”

April 19th, 2017|Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|

Thank You From All Of Us At WNRN!

To all of our listeners, thank you for tuning in.

To all of our active members, we wouldn’t be here without your support and commitment to quality music and community information.

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April 18th, 2017|Featured|

April 2017 Acoustic CD of the Month

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbor’s newest, Souvenir, is WNRN’s April 2017 Acoustic CD of the Month.

After returning from University of St. Andrew in Scotland with a Masters in Divinity, with a thesis titled “Bruce Springsteen and the American Redemptive Imagination,” Drew Holcomb settled in Nashville, recruited folks from his zip code to form the Neighbors, and started releasing music along with providing tour support to folks like Ryan Adams and the Avett Brothers.  Since 2005, they have released a series of full length CDs.

WNRN has championed Holcomb’s music including the recent Medicine, welcomed him to the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, hosted him in the WNRN studio, and placed a version of “Here We Go” on In Studio at WNRN Volume 4.

Souvenir shows Holcomb’s knack for melody, including the sweet “Mama’s Sunshine, Daddy’s Rain” as well as the stompers, “California,” and “Fight for Love.” This recording’s theme is live your life with love and depth through intimate ballads, stadium size anthems, or more conversational songs asking you to love your neighbors. The urgency and exhilaration of the whole album are worth treasuring and will probably end up on many critics “Best of 2017.”

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

Listener’s Choice: Desert Island Top 100

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Position Album Artist Song Played
1 Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd Money
2 Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones Loving Cup
3 Abbey Road The Beatles Come Together
4 American Beauty The Grateful Dead Friend of the Devil
5 The Beatles (The White Album) The Beatles Blackbird
6 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
7 London Calling The Clash Train in Vain (Stand by Me)
8 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco Heavy Metal Drummer
9 Ok Computer Radiohead No Surprises
10 In Rainbows Radiohead Jigsaw Falling into Place
11 Waiting for Columbus Little Feat Fat Man in the Bathtub (Live)
12 Southeastern Jason Isbell Stockholm
13 Blood On The Tracks Bob Dylan Tangled up in Blue
14 Europe ’72 Grateful Dead One More Saturday Night
15 Automatic for the People R.E.M. Man on the Moon
16 Uprising Bob Marley & the Wailers Could You Be Loved
17 Layla and Other Assorted Love Song Derek & The Dominos Layla
18 Achtung Baby U2 Mysterious Ways
19 Little Earthquakes Tori Amos Crucify
20 Revolver The Beatles Eleanor Rigby
21 Animals Pink Floyd Sheep
22 Kind of Blue Miles Davis So What
23 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
24 Close to the Edge Yes Close To the Edge (I. The Solid Time of Cha
25 Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar
26 A Ghost Is Born Wilco Theologians
27 Tapestry Carole King I Feel the Earth Move
28 Let it Bleed The Rolling Stones Gimmie Shelter
29 Disintegration The Cure Love Song
30 Remain In Light Talking Heads Once in a Lifetime
31 Cold Roses Ryan Adams & the Cardinals Let It Ride
32 Kid A Radiohead Everything in Its Right Place
33 After The Goldrush Neil Young When You Dance I Can Really Love
34 It Still Moves My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday
35 Car Wheels On A Gravel Road Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
36 Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin Rock and Roll
37 Rumours Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way
38 EAT A PEACH The Allman Brothers Band Midnight Rider
39 The Joshua Tree U2 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
40 Moondance Van Morrison Moondance
41 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes Blister in the Sun
42 WHO’S NEXT The Who Baba O’Riley
43 Astral Weeks Van Morrison Sweet Thing
44 Lost In The Dream The War on Drugs Under the Pressure
45 Quadrophenia The Who Love, Reign O’er Me
46 Tim The Replacements Kiss Me on the Bus
47 The Head And The Heart The Head and the Heart Lost In My Mind
48 Without a Net The Grateful Dead Walkin’ Blues
49 Emotionalism Avett Brothers Paranoia in B Flat Major
50 Life’s Rich Pageant R.E.M. Fall on Me
51 The Bends Radiohead High and Dry
52 Hampton Comes Alive Phish Rift
53 Graceland Paul Simon Graceland
54 Harvest Neil Young Heart of Gold
55 Grace Jeff Buckley Last Goodbye
56 Hamilton (Original Broadway Lin-Manuel Miranda My Shot
57 Dire Straits Dire Straits Sultans Of Swing
58 Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone
59 Recovering The Satellites Counting Crows Angels Of The Silences
60 Nick Of Time Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time
61 Blonde On Blonde Bob Dylan Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
62 Stone Roses The Stone Roses I Wanna Be Adored
63 Wincing The Night Away The Shins Phantom Limb
64 Workingman’s Dead The Grateful Dead Uncle John’s Band
65 L.A. Woman The Doors Love Her Madly
66 The King Is Dead The Decemberists Down By The Water
67 Boylan Heights The Connells Scotty’s Lament
68 Rubber Soul The Beatles Drive My Car
69 The Band The Band Up on Cripple Creek
70 I and Love and You Avett Brothers Kick Drum Heart
71 Sublime Sublime What I Got
72 Trace Son Volt Drown
73 Love Is Hell Pt. 1 Ryan Adams Wonderwall
74 Avalon Roxy Music More Than This
75 Gold Ryan Adams New York New York
76 So Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
77 Reckoning R.E.M. (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville
78 Ten Pearl Jam Alive
79 A Live One Phish Bouncing Around the Room
80 Eponymous R.E.M. The One I Love
81 Purple Rain Prince Let’s Go Crazy
82 Out Of Time R.E.M. Losing My Religion
83 Yield Pearl Jam Given To Fly
84 Harvest Moon Neil Young Unknown Legend
85 Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin Trampled Under foot
86 Good Gid, M.A.A D City Kendrick Lamar Swimming Pools (Drank)
87 Ram Paul McCartney Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey
88 Too Far To Care Old 97’s Streets of Where I’m From
89 Tokyo NRBQ RC Cola and a Moon Pie
90 Murmur R.E.M. Radio Free Europe
91 Shack Man Medeski, Martin, & Wood Bubblehouse
92 Blue Joni Mitchell California
93 My Aim Is True Elvis Costello Alison
94 Slow Turning John Hiatt Slow Turning
95 Show Some Emotion Joan Armatrading Show Some Emotion
96 Electric Ladyland Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower
97 Dookie Green Day When I Come Around
98 Into The Wild Sdtk Eddie Vedder Hard Sun
99 Paul’s Boutique Beastie Boys Hey Ladies
100 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys God Only Knows
March 27th, 2017|Featured, Membership, Miscellaneous|

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|

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|