From our first broadcast in 2005 to this very moment, you give WRIR the power to produce the programs you love. 76% of our funding comes from our listeners. 100% of our programming happens because of our volunteers.

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$50 ($10/month) Member Level: WRIR T-shirt designed in collaboration with Studio Two Three and artist Daniel Torraca
$150 ($25/month) Community Level: Free admission for two to Poe Museum Admission + WRIR T-Shirt
$365 ($65/month) Dollar A Day: Pay It Forward Sponsorship + Poe Museum + WRIR T-Shirt
Do you have a favorite local nonprofit that would benefit from announcements made on air at WRIR? We will arrange for 30 on-air announcements scheduled throughout WRIR’s programs.
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WRIR T-shirt designed in collaboration with Studio Two Three and artist Daniel Torraca

WRIR t-shirt design.

WRIR and Poe Museum Collaboration

Admission to Poe Museum.

WRIR and Pay It Forward Sponsorship

Pay it Forward Sponsorship.


We are halfway through The WRIR 2016 Fall Fund Drive! To celebrate, The Commonwealth of Notions is going to have a very special guest on the show. The legendary Hallelujah will be performing live and have helped to curate the playlist! The playlist ranges from The Melvins to Jesus and Mary Chain. The Birthday Party to Nirvana. Among The Rocks and Roots to Suppression. It’s going to be all over the place and a splendid episode of The Commonwealth of Notions.

Also, be sure to make a donation to your favorite Richmond Independent Radio station and celebrate Richmond by celebrating WRIR!

Look below for the curated playlist!

As Always, Thanks for Tuning In and Supporting All Things Local!

Dustin Party Of OneExactly 12 years ago this week, Dustin Richardson started volunteering at WRIR 97.3 FM. At that time, the station was in its infancy. Christopher Maxwell was walking around Richmond with a sign board talking to anyone who’d listen about having a truly independent radio station in Richmond. The FCC had granted WRIR its license as the first low power FM radio station in a city the size of Richmond. They were under tremendous pressure to get on the airwaves. James Hickman called Dustin and asked him to be a project leader. With three months left to put WRIR on air, Dustin’s instructions were simple: “Get something done.”

Dustin did — and has not stopped since.

Dustin helped put the transmitter online. He jerry-rigged the antenna on the roof of the studio where it still stands today. Using a ADC map, a dollar-store protractor and a compass, he and the other volunteers aligned the transmitter dish in the back of The Camel with the Galaxy 5 satellite floating in space. As of Jan. 1, 2005, WRIR was on the air.

Dustin served as the station’s first news talk director. He planned the original schedule of news programming. Democracy Now, LeShow and This Way Out are some of the founding programs that he scheduled and are still heard on WRIR. When he was the producer of WRIR’s Richmond Independent News, he even interviewed a young senator named Barack Obama.

But it was on July 4, 2005 when the world of WRIR listeners heard Dustin as we know and love him. At 1 a.m., he cranked up the volume of Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner and yelled the station I.D.

Party Of One was born! Dustin says, “I always wanted to be a DJ. I loved the overnight. My show was from one in the morning until six. For five hours I played hip hop, the blues, so many genres. I got calls from restaurant staff, the third-shift workers at Dupont, taxi drivers and guys working at the airport.” After a while, Dustin turned over the overnight to other DJs and, after a stint on Tuesday nights, started hosting his show on Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., where it remains for one more week. Paul’s Boutique will move from Thursday nights to Dustin’s time slot.

He’s ready to let another DJ take over his slot, but not his show. Party Of One will always belong to Dustin. The legacy he leaves is an excited energy, a wealth of illuminating and (always) spirited playlists, and memories of his rocking theme song: “Party Of One! You’re the only one! For me!” We’ll all shed a tear when we hear the Muppet Show song for the last time.

Not every DJ yells like Dustin into the mic, but the station’s voices are, as he describes it, “no longer talking like whispers in the library.” Throughout the years, he has mentored other DJs so they could improve the quality of their programs, offering sound advice like keeping an eye on the volume levels and wearing headphones, plus the finer points of playing vinyl in a largely digital age.

We’ll also remember his fund drive stunts, which included running through the Fan’s streets while asking listeners to donate, and introducing live stream video to the WRIR website. Behind the scenes, Dustin has climbed onto the roof numerous times to make repairs to the station’s antenna, and also helped us broadcast remotely. Two weeks ago, he even helped patch a leak in the studio’s roof.

Although he’ll now have his Saturdays free, Dustin promises: “I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still work to keep the bar raised for the quality of WRIR’s programs. I hope to host an episode of Cause and Effect, too.”

On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dustin hosts his last episode of Party Of One. You can honor him by making a donation to WRIR’s 2016 Fall Fund Drive. We are raising $40,000 by Oct. 25. That is the money necessary to keep the station on air for the next six months. Show Dustin that you appreciated all the years he dedicated to WRIR. You can call (804) 622-9747, or stop by to say goodbye while he’s in the studio at 1621 W. Broad Street, 2nd Floor. Give online at

It started when I heard “The Lotus Land Show” on WRIR. I had finally found a radio station that appealed to my diverse musical interests. A station with DJs bold enough to play Peruvian exotica from Yma Sumac, followed by pop from local band Hot Lava, and then throwing in a little Black Sabbath for good measure. It was magical. And I knew I had to be part of it. From “The All-Nighter” to “Galaxy Girl” to “The Thursday Breakfast Blend”, since 2008 I’ve volunteered with WRIR to help bring you musical variety that’s different from what you can find everywhere else on the dial. Please show your support for WRIR during this fund drive. The office phone lines open a little later, but you can give online anytime at Thanks, and enjoy the show!

Call (9a-9p): (804) 622-9747
Visit (9a-9p): 1621 W. Broad Street, 2nd Floor, 23220
Mail: PO Box 4787, RVA 23220

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Tonight is the night of one of my favorite shows of the year! Video games have influenced my taste tremendously, across all mediums. Music is no exception.

It’s our Fall Fund Drive. Please donate what you can to help keep WRIR bringing you great programming!

Grace Jones

Welcome aboard and thanks for keeping us above water since 2005!
Enjoy the live music courtesy of Rumput, and give is a call at 804-622-9747!

FUNdrive time! It’s time to cough it up. We wanna raise $1234 during the Loutus Land Show tonight. LET’s DO THIS!

check out the playlist VVV

  • The Ramones – Rock Away Beach – Rocket to Russia
  • Depeche Mode – Everything Counts – The Singles 89>98
  • Pylon – M-Train – Single
  • The Faint – Skylab 1979 – Capsule: 1999-2016
  • The System – Their Corrupting Ways – Dogs of War EP
  • >>>
  • Fugazi – Repeater – Repeater
  • Trans Am – Randy Groove – You Can Always get What Want
  • Enoch Light – Besame Mucho – Big Band Bossa Nova
  • >>>
  • The Milkstains – Heart of Mine – Broken Bones
  • Phil Gray & the Go Boys – Pepper Hot Baby – Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth
  • Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds – Ricky Ticky Tocky – La Arena es la Vida
  • Omni – Wednesday Wedding – Deluxe
  • >>HOUR 2<<<
  • (BrownCo Pick of the Week) Woven Hand – Dirty Blue – Mosaic
  • Heartless Bastards – The Mountain – The Mountain
  • Los Alhama – Gitana – Discover Flamenco
  • The Woggles – El Toro – Rock & Roll Backlash
  • >>>
  • Page ONE – Thank Goodness for A Good Woman – The Story of Lenis Guess
  • Goat – Goatfuzz – Requiem
  • Cate Le Bon – We Might Resolve – Crab Day
  • >>>
  • Savages – The Answer – Adore Life
  • Zack Mexico – Apocalypse – Run Out of Money and Die
  • Suburban Lawns – My Boyfriend – Baby and Singles
  • Ex-Cult – Mister Investigator – Negative Growth
  • >>>
  • Edgar Broughton Band _ Call Me A Liar

Richmond Independent Radio’s Fall 2016 Fund Drive is currently underway; it continues through Tuesday October 25.  We’re aiming to raise $40,000 in this fall’s drive, which will keep WRIR bringing to your community its programs of underrepresented music, news and views, most of them produced in our very own studios by our 150 volunteers, for the next six months.

We need the support of about 500 folks just like you in order to keep community radio strong in Richmond.  We have three easy ways for you to donate:

  1. By visiting our secure online sites at (for a one-time contribution) or (for a monthly recurring donation)
  2. By calling 804-622-9747
  3. Or by visiting us in person at 1621-B W. Broad Street (2nd floor)

As always, I have something special lined up for Global A Go-Go listeners during the fund drive: the outstanding new band Zgomot will be playing live in the studio during my show Wednesday October 19 between 3 and 5 PM.  Zgomot features two legendary Richmond musicians: drummer Pippin Barnett (known for his work with the Ululating Mummies, the Orthotonics and Happy Lucky Combo) and bassist Tim Harding (founder of the bands Hotel X, Always August and New Loft).   The quartet is completed by guitarists Gary Kalar and Vlad Cuiujuclu, who also play together in Yeni Nostalji; Vlad does the band’s singing in English, Romanian and Russian.

There will also be a special matching donation during the show.  Tune in Wednesday at 3 PM at 97.3 FM or to find out how to double your contribution to WRIR.  If you can’t listen at that time, there’s no need to wait — you can make your contribution right now, or any time until October 25!

Thank you for your support in the past, and thank you for considering making a donation during WRIR’s Fall 2016 Fund Drive!

Follow me over to the playlist, if you’d like, for a little more inspiration:

Response songs, sequels, parts 1 and 2, and more hot pants than you can handle! It’s my special Fall Fund Drive show, so please show support by donating. Thanks!

Also, tune in Friday at 5 p.m., when I’ll be hosting Friday Clock Out w/ Phil D.



I’m sure by now you’ve heard we’re doing our bi-annual fund drive.

Every dollar counts. If you’re into what I do or what any other DJ, talkhost or volunteer does here at WRIR, consider making a donation.

I’m proud to have the opportunity to represent underrepresented artists. Aren’t you proud to represent Richmond?

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