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WNRN Brings Dead Air III to The National January 21st

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.

Watch Previous Dead Air Performances:

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2021-10-23T07:11:33-04:00October 23rd, 2021|

Watch Now: Sean Rowe In Studio Session

Alternative folk troubadour Sean Rowe plays live for a group of WNRN members at In Your Ear studios in Richmond. In addition to playing songs from new album The Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights he tells stories about his strangest house concert experience, taking part in an Air BnB Ayahausca ceremony, and he pulls out a haunting cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” to close out the session. Watch the full session below thanks to our friends at In Your Ear.

2021-10-25T08:52:39-04:00October 22nd, 2021|

Taps & Tunes this Thursday at Pale Fire Brewing!

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!

2021-10-23T10:42:22-04:00October 22nd, 2021|

Member Concert with Matthew E. White at Spacebomb Nov. 5th!

Members! Richmond producer/songwriter/artist Matthew E. White and WNRN have a chance for you to attend an intimate live concert and session at White’s Spacebomb studios in Richmond on Friday November 5th! If you’re a Member check the VIP list coming Monday October 25th for your chance to win a pair of tickets to hear White and his band perform songs from new album K Bay and more. Become a Member this week and you’ll automatically be entered to win. We’ll select 30 lucky listeners to join us for this special live taping and performance on Friday November 5th at 3pm!

Become a Member and you could join us at Spacebomb

Not a Member yet? Click a button below to become to a Member or a sustaining Evergreen Member. Join before Sunday October 24th at midnight and you’ll be automatically entered to win seats to our Member concert November 5th with Matthew E. White or you can also fill out the form below to be entered.

Sign up below to enter. One entry per person. WNRN Terms & Conditions apply. Enter by 11:59pm on Monday November 1st.


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2021-10-21T09:54:53-04:00October 20th, 2021|

Tell Us What to Play this Rocktober and You Could Win a Ramones Box Set!

We’re not above jumping on board the crazy train this month. Join us as we shamelessly milk this classic rock staple for all it’s worth with special ROCKTOBER editions of Decade of Difference (8 & 9am), Take 2 @ 2pm, and Live at 5 all month long! Tune in hear Bob Mosolgo wax poetic about Metallica or Tad Abbey share some live cuts from your favorite leather jacket wearing ne’er do wells. Speaking of which, fill out the form below and suggest a classic rock staple or a long forgotten classic to add to our playlist and you could win a limited edition LP/CD box set from the Ramones!

Enter to win a copy of the Ramones Road to Ruin or It's Alive 40th anniversary box set. One entry per person. Contest subject to WNRN terms and conditions.


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2021-10-19T09:27:43-04:00October 19th, 2021|

Listen Now: Home Studio Session w/Aaron Dessner

On Big Red Machine’s second album, How Long is It Going to Last?, the National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon return with the great big collective voice of indie artists they’ve amalgamated over the years. No one singer dominates the tracklist, with the credits clocking in at 13 vocalists and 29 musicians collaborating on the project, building upon the sound of the National’s 2019 release I Am Easy to Find.

“We kinda say it’s like a band with no windows or doors, and it’s just wide open,” Dessner said. “It’s been like a fun way for us to collaborate and to experiment.”

The sound stays cohesive with so many different voices contributing to How Long, giving the record a refined jam session sound rich with camaraderie. To Dessner, it captures that nostalgic feeling of simply making music with your friends for the first time.

“A lot of people come here to this studio I have called Long Pond or we experiment remotely with a lot of other friends, so it’s just like inviting people to bounce off these ideas, and then collecting these contributions and editing them into something that feels intentional,” Dessner said. 

With a distinctly and timely autumnal feel that gets a little help from collaborators Taylor Swift and the Fleet Foxes, the record revels in bracing against the emotional weight of the cold, but without shying away. And while posing so many questions, Dessner said that the titular one drives the theme home.

“It can refer to so many things, so many themes that are in the album, whether it’s a relationship or a marriage or a friendship or a creative streak, like the one Taylor and I have been on. You don’t know how long this magic will last. There’s a lot of questions asked along the course of the whole record but I think that’s the main one, I think it’s special.”

– Logan Roddy

2021-10-25T12:08:12-04:00October 15th, 2021|

Raise A Glass with WNRN this Fall at Taps & Tunes!

As we continue our 25th anniversary celebration this fall WNRN invites you to raise a glass at our Taps & Tunes series! We’ll tour local brewers and feature a new collaborative beer or cider at each stop plus feature music from some of our Central Virginia favorites. Join us for a chance to snag a new WNRN 25th anniversary pint glass or other prizes! This series is presented with support from Rockingham Insurance.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

2021-10-23T11:03:01-04:00October 13th, 2021|

WNRN Curates New NPR Music Live Sessions Page

In celebration of WNRN’s 25th anniversary the station announces it will curate a new Charlottesville/Richmond page on the NPR Live Sessions website to provide a national spotlight for WNRN’s unique, local, and engaging video content.

WNRN joins 19 of the most influential public media outlets as a member of VuHaus Group, a growing network of public radio and television stations and national radio shows that share a common mission to support emerging and local artists.

25 Videos to Celebrate 25 Years of WNRN

Celebrating its 25th year, WNRN is a non-profit independent radio station providing 24-hour music content and community messaging in Charlottesville, Richmond, Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. As a music discovery station, WNRN features emerging and local artists alongside indie favorites. Through its award-winning Hear Together series, WNRN also provides a platform for its fellow non-profit neighbors to share their causes and events, identifying ways that listeners can get involved and make a difference.

Since flipping the switch in 1996, WNRN has expanded its breadth with specialty shows like Grateful Dead & Phriends, Fresh Roots New Blues, Bluegrass Sunday Morning and New Rock Now. WNRN’s live concert series, Dead Air, combines the dedicated listenership of Grateful Dead & Phriends with WNRN’s mission of championing local acts, tapping a selection of Virginia artists to each perform a rendition of their favorite Grateful Dead tune. Dead Air I and Dead Air II were recorded and pressed onto vinyl, and offered in CD or digital download format.

With in-depth interviews, intimate performances, and playlists curated by music lovers for music lovers, WNRN is proud to be the leading champion of the unique sounds and styles of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

2021-10-05T11:17:54-04:00September 28th, 2021|

Join Our T-Shirt Club When You Become An Evergreen Member!

We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary by revisiting some of our favorite past t-shirt designs. Become an evergreen member now for an exclusive link where you can purchase a new t-shirt design each month for just $25 each!

2021-10-05T11:36:33-04:00September 10th, 2021|

Watch Now: Japanese Breakfast In Studio Session

For Member Appreciation Week a group of lucky members joined us Thursday July 22nd to watch Japanese Breakfast perform a live in studio session ahead of the first concert of 2021 at The National in Richmond for WNRN Presents Japanese Breakfast! Not among the lucky few? Stream the full video session below courtesy of our friends and hosts at In Your Ear in Richmond to hear the band perform three songs from new album Jubilee and Michelle Zauner talk with WNRN’s Desiré Moses about the making of the album.

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2021-08-30T14:22:32-04:00July 27th, 2021|