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Take 2@2 Thursday, September 29, 2016


Take 2@2 for Thursday, September 29th, 2016  turn back the clocks 32 years ago today. On this date in 1984 Prince & The Revolution began a two week stint with the Number 1 song in the country. The Purple One had just released Purple Rain. With the album and movie out plus the song “Let’s Go Crazy” on the top of their respective charts, Prince became the first act since The Beatles to rule all the charts.

The cover is from easily forgotten about emo band Incubus. The Brandon Boyd led group included the revved up cover on the greatest hits and rarities album Moments and Melodies.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 we preview a new release from Melissa Etheridge. Memphis Rock and Soul is an album dedicated to Staxx Records.

Staxx is part of the fabric of not only Memphis, Tennessee but also American music. The recording studio produced a long list of incredible performers like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, and Sam & Dave. In 1966, Sam Moore and Dave Prater released their debut album Hold On, I’m Coming. The record was recorded by Staxx and distributed through Atlantic Records. The title track was written by Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter. According to Staxx lore, Hayes was getting impatient on waiting for Porter return to their writing session from the restroom. Porter yelled to Hayes, “Hold On, I’m Coming.”

Etheridge’s new version harkens back to the Staxx Memphis Horns with a fresh energy. She is at work in Memphis on a new album and is releasing Memphis Rock and Soul to prepare us for what’s coming.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 we turn back the clocks 30 years ago today when a cover re-entered the Pop charts.ferris

In the summer of 1986, the country was captivated with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The John Hughes movie, starring Matthew Broderick, perfectly portrayed the 80’s high school stud zeitgeist. During the many adventures Ferris has on his Hooky day he invades a parade rolling through the downtown streets of Chicago. Ferris takes over a German themed float filled with scantily clad Fräuleins where he decides to entertain the crowd in song.

After his dedication to Wayne Newton, Ferris then lip syncs The Beatles’ cover of this song:

Yes, “Twist and Shout” is a cover. The Top Notes originally recorded the single of the song in 1961. The Beatles then recorded it 1963 for Please Please Please Me. Then in 1986, the song re-entered the charts getting to #23 thanks to the use in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Monday, September 26, 2016


Take 2@2 for Monday, September 26th, 2016 we continue to celebrate The Ramones at 40. A few months ago we marked the 40th anniversary of The Ramones first live gig. Now more folks are marking the occasion.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles is commemorating four decades of The Ramones with a new exhibit. Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk looks not only into the music that The Ramones created, but also how the band changed the culture. The Ramones brought Punk to the forefront and helped define fashion for the 1970’s. The exhibit showcases The Ramones fashion trendsetting ways with black leather jackets, torn jeans, and Chuck Taylor high tops.

By the 80’s The Ramones were Rock and Roll household names. In 1981, the album Pleasant Dreams was released. “We Want the Airwaves” show how The Ramones were fighting to be the biggest band on the planet.

In the party spirit, Blondfire recorded this dreamy version of “We Want the Airwaves.” Erica Driscoll leads Blondfire into a sublime trip to subdue us into playing this song.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Fall Fund Drive – Support WNRN!

Without our listeners the last 20 years WNRN has been on air would not be possible. Keep your favorite radio station going for another 20 by becoming a VIP today! 

You can pick up the new WNRN t-shirt designed by Josh Gibson of Giant Step Design, the first ever double disc In Studio at WNRN release, a hoodie, festival blanket, high quality membership, exclusive access to WNRN events, and much more. Become a member here or give us a call at 434.979.0919!


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By |September 26th, 2016|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Les Temps Perdu – WNRN Fall Fund Drive!

When you donate during Bob Mosolgo you can pick up specialty CDs of your choice!


1 CD – $5/month = $60

2 CDs – $10/month = $120

3 CDs – $15/month = $180

5 CD’s – $20/month = $240

CDs Available include:

  • Squeeze – Cradle to the Grave
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi
  • Chris Isaak – First Comes the Night
  • Blur – Magic Whip
  • Dinosaur Jr. – Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not 
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Country Feedback – WNRN Fall Fund Drive!

When you donate during Bob Mosolgo you can pick up specialty CDs of your choice!



1 CD – $5/month = $60

2 CDs – $10/month = $120

3 CDs – $15/month = $180

5 CD’s – $20/month = $240

CDs Available include:

  • Loretta Lynn – Full Circle
  • James McMurtry – Complicated Game (signed copies!)
  • The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming
  • Cody Jinks – I’m Not The Devil
  • Colvin & Earle – Colvin & Earle


By |September 24th, 2016|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Take 2@2 Friday, September 23, 2016


Take 2@2 for Friday, September 23rd, 2016 tomorrow marks 25 years of Nevermind. Nirvana’s sophomore album changed the face of Rock and Roll. The landmark disc knocked Michael Jackson off the top of the album chart in January 1992 and spawned a bunch of weak imitators who are still around today. Here’s a few Nevermind facts to ponder:

  • An estimated 30 million copies have been sold worldwide.
  • Some early copies of the album do not have the hidden track “Endless, Nameless.”
  • Nirvana were supposed to start recording the album with producer Butch Vig in March 1991. But the sessions were delayed a month because Vig was finishing up another album — The Smashing Pumpkins’ debut, Gish.
  • The baby on the cover is Spencer Elden. He was three months old when the picture was taken.
  • Kurt Cobain came up with the song title “Smells Like Teen Spirit” when his friend Kathleen Hanna, at the time the lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill, spray painted “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his wall.

Here’s Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl on Nevermind’s initial success:

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” turned me on to radio. It was like all of a sudden I could relate to popular music in a way that wasn’t present the day before. We went from 80’s Glam Rock like Warrant, Guns n’ Roses, and Poison to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and Alice in Chains. Rock had fundamentally changed with one song.

A year after Nevermind’s release Tori Amos covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for her EP Crucify. Her down tempo version brings a darkness to the rock anthem.


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

– Tad Abbey


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Will Overman Band “AHQ” video

Charlottesville’s very own Will Overman Band visited WNRN for an In Studio session. Click here to see their tour schedule, and catch this local favorite in a town near you! Watch the video for their song, “AHQ” here:

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Take 2@2 Thursday, September 22, 2016


Take 2@2 for Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 it is now Fall. Autumn officially began at 10:21am Eastern Time today. Ah yes the season for Octoberfest, baseball playoffs, Halloween, voting, football, apple picking, and mother freaking gourd decorating is upon us.


My birthday is in late November when Fall becomes less desirable. The world begins to decay and I get older. Boo hoo. For those reasons The White Stripes song “Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground” will always be one of my favorite Autumn songs. You can find it on the WS album White Blood Cells.

The cover is from Chris Thile’s album How to Grow a Woman from the Ground. Thile, as you may know, got his first mandolin at the age of 2. He’s be a member of Nickle Creek and Punch Brothers, plus he also received the MacArthur Genius Award. Next month, Thile will take over hosting duties for NPR’s Prairie Home Companion.

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

– Tad Abbey


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