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5 Things

Mark Twain once said that all good things come in fives. He also said, “Suck it, Mason!” OK, he didn’t say that last part. But Twain knew a good thing when he saw it and so do we. Here’s this week’s installment of 5 Things to get you excited about the weekend (as if you weren’t already).

5 Things

Just because people are clamoring about the Super Bowl, it doesn’t mean that the entire weekend is a wash. There’s some great basketball, a film festival, and two awesome benefits for two great alty Richmond staples. Oh, and who’s up for watching the big game on a 15×20-foot screen? Anybody???

WRIR’s Party for the Rest of Us

Live music, spoken word, and DJ’s will highlight 97.3 FM WRIR’s annual birthday celebration on Friday, February 4th, 2011. WRIR’s “Party for the Rest of Us” begins at 7PM and continues until midnight in the Roosevelt Ballr…

WRIR kicks off its fund drive

WRIR’s Fall Fund Drive begins today, and there’s quite a bit in store. As Richmond’s only community-based volunteer-driven radio station, Richmond Independent Radio (“radio for the rest of us”) is truly one of a kind. It boasts the most eclectic programming that spans every genre imaginable as well as features great syndicated shows during the day. It’s completely operated by volunteers. And it depends on donations from its listeners to survive year after year.

I’ve been a volunteer at WRIR for almost two years, assisting Mike “Mr. Jazz” Gourrier of WWOZ (New Orleans) fame and Bill Thomson on Sunday mornings and occasionally hosting their shows as a substitute. I’ve been a part of a small community that is loved by the bigger community surrounding it. I hear music I’ve never heard before in my life. When I visit other cities, I wonder what they have that’s like WRIR, and often times it’s nothing.

I’ll be answering phones and greeting visitors at the studio (1621 W. Broad St.) this evening while Rattlemouth performs live on Global A Go-Go from 5-7. Sunday morning makes another great time to listen and pledge your support: Jason Jenkins Trio with guitarist Alan Parker and drummer Keith Willingham will be performing from 10am to noon.

Please take a moment this week to support a great station, whether it’s by giving to it monetarily or checking it out for the first time.

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WRIR needs your help, so here’s incentive…

There are very few radio stations in Richmond that provide regular jazz programming, and none that are as eclectic as WRIR Richmond Independent Radio. Now at the end of their spring fund drive, they need your help, and we have the goods to entice you.

WRIR Awarded and Featured

WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is being awarded an Official Recognition Award from the Richmond City Council on Monday, July 27, for all of the community oriented activities and focus of the station. RVA Magazine launched its series of articles about WRIR today, beginning with the conception and evolution of the station (Radio For the Rest […]

Jazz Director opening at WRIR

The following notice comes from Mary Claire, Music Director at WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio: For those of you who haven’t heard, Giz Bowe has stepped down as Jazz Director after a good long run. He did an awesome job, and we really appreciate the time, effort, and love he put into it. But now there […]