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Vote For Your Top 10 Albums of 2021!

It’s time to make your list and check it twice! Fill out the form below to vote on your Top 10 albums of 2021 to enter to win a new Rega turntable and a $250 gift card to Plan 9 Music in Richmond and Charlottesville! 5 runner ups will also receive a $25 gift card to Plan 9 and a new LP courtesy of WNRN. Voting is open until Friday December 17th at midnight. Then on New Year’s Eve listen in as we compile the results and share our listeners’ Top 100 albums of 2021!

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Pick Your Top 10 Albums Here!

Select your Top 10 albums from the list below. If your album isn't listed, there will be a write in option in the next step.
Choose up to 10 albums. You will rank them in the next step!(Required)

Choose next to rank your albums

Contest Rules

  • One entry per person.
  • WNRN contest rules apply to the Top 100 of 2021 and can be found here.
  • The guidelines for eligible releases for entry in the Top 100 of 2021 are:
    1. Albums must have been released for sale between 1/1/21 and 11/24/21
    2. Albums must contain a majority of new material. Greatest hits compilations, live discs from a live series, or collections of previously released material are not eligible for inclusion.
    3. Albums must consist of at least 5 tracks for consideration. Singles and EPs are not eligible.
    4. The deadline to submit entries is 11:59pm on Friday, December 17, 2021.

A few other things to keep in mind… We want to know what you think are the best albums of the year, so give us your list – don’t try to predict the outcome or guess what we like the most. We care about what you think, so tell us!

We need you to fill out the required fields in the entry because we are giving away prizes. If we pull your entry as a winner and we cannot determine who the winner is, we will pull another entry. We NEVER sell our database.

The  list consists of about 400 discs released in 2021 that we played as part of WNRN programming. The options are not intended to be comprehensive, so there is also an option to “write-in” an entry. Please search for an album before writing it in to ensure each vote gets counted properly, and please make sure it adheres to the rules outlined above.

Still have questions? Send us an email at info@wnrn.org. Good luck — and thanks for helping create the Top 100 of 2021!

2021-11-30T12:38:26-05:00November 29th, 2021|

Free Weekly Download: The Lumineers “Brightside”

Each week go to WNRN.org for the Free Weekly Download. This week is Lumineers’ “Brightside“.  “Brightside” is the title track of  the band’s upcoming fourth studio album  releasing January 14th.

Fill out the form to receive our Free Weekly Download!

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2021-11-30T17:09:01-05:00November 29th, 2021|

Win Passes to our Commonwealth Holiday Showcase in Cville & RVA!

WNRN is excited to announce that one of our favorite holiday traditions will resume this year with our annual Commonwealth Holiday Showcase! This year we’ll bring the party to Charlottesville on Dec. 8th w/Good Dog Nigel and Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno for a live broadcast special airing on WNRN, and on December 15th we will livestream our showcase at In Your Ear studios in Richmond on Dec. 15th with Deau Eyes and Saw Black. Tickets can’t be purchases, but you can enter to win a pair of passes by filling out the form below to join us for a great evening of food, drink, and great live music (Doors at 7pm / Show at 8pm for both nights)! Our Holiday Showcase is made possible with support from Rockingham Insurance and LiveNation, presenting Trans Siberian Orchestra at the John Paul Jones arena on Thursday Dec. 16th.

Enter To Win Tickets to our Cville or Richmond Showcase!

Please select Charlottesville (Dec. 8th) and Richmond (Dec. 15th) for your choice. Enter by Wednesday Dec. 1st at midnight. One entry per person, contest subject to WNRN's terms and conditions.

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: WNRN, 2250 Old Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22903, http://www.wnrn.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

2021-11-22T10:31:27-05:00November 22nd, 2021|

Dead Air III Lineup Announced!

WNRN’s 25th anniversary celebration continues with the final edition of our ‘Dead Air’ Grateful Dead tribute trilogy. After two wild nights at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville and the Academy Theatre in Lynchburg, the biggest baddest edition yet will hit The National on Friday January 21st with 25 of our favorite Central Virginia artists covering the Grateful Dead to help to support another 25 years of great independent radio in Central Virginia on WNRN! Mark your calendars because tickets go on sale Friday October 29th at 10am! Get yours online or at The National box office (Thursday & Friday 10am-5pm). VIP tickets (w/a pre-show performance from Illiterate Light) are SOLD OUT (General Admission tickets remain).

Thanks to our Dead Air III Sponsors:

Watch Previous Dead Air Performances:

2021-11-22T14:11:23-05:00November 21st, 2021|

Vincent Neil Emerson In Studio Session

Texas singer/songwriter Vincent Neil Emerson talks about his influences, the recording of his new self-titled album, and performs live including “High on Getting By” and an updated version of the Roy Acuff classic “Wabash Cannonball”. Stream the full session in the player above.

2021-11-17T09:15:39-05:00November 17th, 2021|

Watch Shakey Graves debuts new songs for WNRN

In an intimate in studio session from In Your Ear studios in Richmond, Shakey Graves debuted two new songs in a stripped down trio format with Alejandro Rose Garcia joined by bandmates Taylor Craft and Cameron Neal on keyboards and guitar respectively.


Early in the session he announced his desire to try out new material before kicking off with the dreamy new number “Evergreen”. Moments later he followed up with another new song entitled “Ready or Not”, before closing with a delicate acoustic rendition of 2018 song “Kids These Days”.

Watch the full session including a Q&A with WNRN’s Desiré Moses below. Audio and video production Paul Bruski and Andrea Bucheit for In Your Ear studios.

2021-11-16T14:57:34-05:00November 16th, 2021|

Listen Now: Dori Freeman Live In Studio

Galax, Virginia native Dori Freeman stopped by the WNRN studios to play songs from her new album Ten Thousand Roses and talk about how they were written and more in this in studio session with WNRN’s Bob Mosolgo hosting.

2021-11-16T09:18:57-05:00November 15th, 2021|

Visit the Taps & Tunes Trail to score WNRN prizes!

Just Announced: Starr Hill Richmond Dec. 10th!

We’ve added one more Taps & Tunes showcase to the schedule! Join us for our Dead Air III pre-party at Starr Hill Richmond and we’ll share some of our favorite performances from Dead Air and give you a chance to win VIP passes to this year’s show at The National on January 21st, plus live music from Woody Woodworth & the Piners and the release of Dank Air – a beer collab inspired by our Saturday morning Grateful Dead & Phriends show. This series is presented with support from Rockingham Insurance.

WNRN Taps & Tunes Trail

Did you miss any Taps & Tunes shows? It’s not too late to join in the fun. Stop by any of the breweries below and tag us on social media w/hashtag #cheersWNRN and we’ll send you a prize like our new 25th anniversary pint glass, tickets to Dead Air III.  Thanks for spreading the love when you travel the WNRN Taps & Tunes trail this holiday season! 

Castle Hill Cider Nov. 11th

Thursday November 11th, WNRN brings Taps & Tunes to Castle Hill Cider in Keswick from 6-9pm. Live music from Erin Lunsford and your first chance to sample our Listener Supported Cider collaboration with Castle Hill, plus you could win prizes like our new pint glass or tickets to Dead Air III!

Three Notch’d Richmond Nov. 3rd

Wednesday November 3rd, WNRN brings Taps & Tunes to Richmond and Three Notch’d Brewery’s Collab House from 6-9pm. Live music from Paulo Franco & The Freighliners duo plus your chance to sample our Richmond signal namesake Eighty Eight Five IPA and win prizes like our new pint glasses or tickets to Dead Air III!

Pale Fire Brewing Oct. 28th

Thursday October 28th, WNRN brings Taps & Tunes to Harrisonburg’s Pale Fire Brewing from 6-9pm. Sample our new Over-Nite SMaSH beer brewed in collaboration with Pale Fire and JMU’s Madison Academic Brewery. The beer nods to Frank Zappa’s classic album Over-Nite Sensation and features Zappa hops. Named for the man himself, these hops will bring a pretty wild mixture of tropical fruit, mint, & spice to the party. Dogwood Tales will bring the tunes!

Rockfish Brewing Co. Oct. 21st

Thursday October 21st, WNRN brings Taps & Tunes to Charlottesville’s Rockfish Brewing Company from 5-8pm. Longtime WNRN afternoon host Tad Abbey will be on hand to hang out with members and sample his namesake Tad Abbey Ale plus music from Boxed Lunch!

Blue Toad Cider Oct. 16th

Saturday October 16th, WNRN’s Taps & Tunes series comes to Blue Toad Cider in Roseland. Hear Reverend Bill and Molly Murphy of The Judy Chops perform and sample our new 96er cider (named after the year the station signed on in 1996) from 1-4pm.

Stable Craft Brewing Oct. 8th

Friday October 8th, WNRN kicks off the Taps & Tunes series at Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro. Join us starting at 6pm to sample our collaborative beer release for  I.M.P.A. (Independent Music Pale Ale naturally) and hear live music from Kai Crowe-Getty of Central Virginia band Lord Nelson.

2021-11-16T09:40:04-05:00November 12th, 2021|