Metal Box presents:

214 August 25th, 2017

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214 August 18th, 2017

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Breakfast Blend w/ Galaxy Girl & Friends presents:

Hi Everybody! I’m gonna put the FUN in the FUNdrive this week! I’ve got The B-52s, Ruda Rosa and His Custom X66 Hammond Organ, XTC, Tweens, Astrud Gilberto, and assorted wonders of the internet to share with you. I hope you enjoy the show, and I hope you can take a few moments to donate to WRIR’s Spring 2017 Fund Drive at As always, THANK YOU for listening, and for keeping us on the air for 12 years. We couldn’t do it without you!

19 April 27th, 2017

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Live Music Center of 2013 Fund Drive presents:

Live Music Center of 2013 Fund Drive

Hoax Hunters Live

WRIR kicks off its March fund raising campaign in the community with an early evening show Friday, March 8 at Strange Matter (929 West Grace Street in Richmond’s Fan District). The three bands — Hoax Hunters, Sacred Teachers, and Brandi Price & Kyle Harris — each featuring members of Richmond group The Diamond Center — will take the stage at Strange Matter beginning at 5 PM.

On air, WRIR’s first fund drive show Friday evening features a live in studio performance on the WRIR show “Global A Go-Go“ by Quatro na Bossa, a bossa nova quartet featuring vocalist Laura Ann Singh. On Saturday afternoon March 9, League of Space Pirates (featuring Richmond graphic artist Noah Scalin) will perform on “River City Limits,” and, the following Sunday morning, the Jason Jenkins Quartet plays for WRIR’s “Bebop and Beyond.” 

Nick Coward and The Last Battle will perform Wednesday March 13 at 7 PM in WRIR’s “Activate with Mike Rutz.” Organ Donor appears on “What the Fontaine” Friday, March 15. Marionette and Olde Shame play Saturday (in “The New Breakfast Snob” and “River City Limits,” respectively), and the Larri Branch Trio visits “Bebop & Beyond” on Sunday March 17.

We'll be updating the list of bands throughout the fund drive so come back to for the latest information and stayed tuned in to 97.3FM.

Friday March 8
5:00 pm Quatro Na Bossa on Global A Go-Go

Saturday March 9
5:00 pm League of Space Pirates on River City Limits

Sunday March 10
11:00 am The Jason Jenkins Quartet on BeBop and Beyond

Tuesday March 12
5:00 pm Haint and the Holler on Wide Ear Folk
7:00 pm River City Band on Edge of Americana

Wednesday March 13
7:00 pm Nick Coward on Activate!

Friday March 15
9pm Organ Donor on What The Fontaine!

Saturday March 16
6am Spirit Winds on Intertribal
9am Paul Ivey on British Breakfast
3pm The Blue & The Grey on New Breakfast Snob
5pm Olde Shame on River City Limits

Sunday March 17
11:00 am Larri Branch Jazz Trio on Bebop and Beyond

Jack McHale

March 3rd, 2013

Posted In: Fund Drive

T-Shirt Design Contest for the 2013 Fund Drive presents:

T-Shirt Design Contest for the 2013 Fund Drive


WRIR 97.3 LP FM announces its 2013 T-shirt design contest to complement the independent radio station’s upcoming 2013 Fund Drive. Now until February 10th 2013, WRIR will solicit designs from local as well as national artists. If chosen, the winner’s artwork will appear on the hundreds of T-shirts worn by WRIR supporters. The contest winner will receive WRIR’s top fundraiser package, and will be credited on-air and online throughout the Fund Drive.   

There is only T-shirt design contest each year! If you want the chance to have your art on the front of the nicest people in Richmond, be sure to send us your design by February 10th.


• The following 4 items MUST be included in your design to be considered: 

  1. “WRIR” 
  2. “97.3 FM”
  3. "Richmond Independent Radio” 
  4. "Spring 2013"

 The WRIR logo does not have to be on the design, but if you'd like to include it, the files you need can be found at the bottom of this post.

  • Your design can have a maximum of two colors.
  • You will be designing for the front of the t-shirt.
  • Entrants may submit up to 3 designs.
  • The design cannot violate any copyright laws or existing trademarks.
  • By submitting your artwork, you give us non-exclusive rights to use the image in the design of a WRIR T-Shirt as well as for other WRIR promotional materials.

 Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Originality of the design
  2. Composition
  3. Overall Impression

Note:  The design should not focus on one aspect of WRIR’s diverse programming. We offer music, news and talk programming. A design with just an album on a turntable, or musical instruments, for example would be music exclusive, and will not be considered. 

All entries will be evaluated by a panel of WRIR judges whose decisions are final and binding on all matters. All prizes may not be awarded in the event an insufficient number of qualified entries are received that meet the minimum standards. The winner will be announced on air and on at the start of the 2013 Fund Drive. 


Each entry must be accompanied with your first and last name, phone number, and valid email address. Your information will NOT be shared or sold to solicitors. Names will only be used to announce the winner or to acknowledge the contest participants. 

There are 3 ways to enter:

1: Email your design to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Acceptable file formats: EPS, PDF, TIF, AI
  • Vector art is preferred 
  • Please embed all fonts used in the design or convert them to outlines

2: Bring your designs to 1621-B West Broad Street. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to set up a drop-off time. Please write “WRIR T-Shirt Challenge” on the envelope.

3: Mail your submission to

WRIR Richmond Independent Radio
Attn: T-Shirt Challenge
P.O. Box 4787
Richmond, VA 23220

All entries must arrive on or before February 10th, 2013 11:59pm

The winning design will be printed on the upcoming 2013 Fund Drive T-shirt! The winner will receive WRIR's top Fund Drive pledge package, PLUS an extra T-shirt. You will also be mentioned on air during the Fund Drive!



If you want to use our logo on your artwork, choose from the list below

Jack McHale

January 6th, 2013

Posted In: Fund Drive

Your support makes WRIR Possible. presents:

Your support makes WRIR Possible.

Warren Hixson Live at WRIR

Thank you to everyone who donated during our 2012 Fund Drive. Over 500 people donated during this fund drive –  over a thousand donations this year alone. Your support makes independent community radio in Richmond possible.

If you missed the fund drive, the giving is not over. You can still support Radio for the Rest of Us online   You still receive the t-shirt and premiums with the minimum $50 donation.

If you need to pick up your thank you gifts, you can come by the station this week between 10am-2pm. If you requested that they be mailed, we will be packaging them up and shipping them in the next couple of weeks.

WRIR is located at 1621 West Broad St

Thanks again Richmond for your support!

Thank you!

Jack McHale

September 26th, 2012

Posted In: Fund Drive

WRIR’s Sept Fund Drive brings live music and special guests presents:

WRIR’s Sept Fund Drive brings live music and special guests

WRIR is the only radio station in Richmond with this many live performances. To kick things off, ten bands are playing in WRIR’s live room, including a rare performance by Richmond legends, Kepone! When you donate to WRIR, come to the station to donate in person. You can stay to watch the band. It is intimate and exciting. You can pick up your premiums, too. The studio is at 1621 W. Broad Street.  And stay tuned because even more bands may be added during the fund drive.

(image of My Son The Doctor courtesy of One-Way Richmond)

My Son The Doctor
Eastern European, Balkan and Mediterranean music
14 Sept/5-7p
: Global A Go-Go

Pike Possom
The end of the begining, punk metal stoner rock doom original music
15 Sept/5-7p
: River City Limit

Capoeira Angola Liberation Front  CANCELLED
16 Sept/5-7p
: Motherland Influence

Andy Vaughan and the Driveline
pure country music and heartfelt honky tonk, delivered with soul, grit, energy and passion.
17 Sept/5-7p:
Lost Music Saloon

The Milkstains
take a surf-rock sock hop and add a dash of Dinosaur Jr.
17 Sept/7-9p: 12 Fl. Oz Show

Herschel Stratego
18 Sept/1-3a: Mother's Milk

Jonathan Vassar and the Speckled Bird
potent brew of visionary lyricism, mellifluous harmonies, raw instrumentation and a darkness that balances on the edge of etiquette
18 Sept/5-7p
: Wide Ear Folk

Broad Street Ramblers
The Ramblers are three veteran Richmond musicians–Charles Arthur, Ron Curry, and Gregg Kimball–devoted to the roots and branches of America's traditional music, performing everything from Blues to Old Time to Hawaiian tunes.
18 Sept/7-9p
: Edge of Americana

Richmond indie-punk band with a new album out on Asian Man Records.
19 Sept/7-9p
: Activate!

Warren Hixson
Cabin-fi acid surf and outsider pop psychedelia from this newly formed Richmond group.
20 Sept/9-11p
: Paul's Boutique

Steve Wyse
Native American Flute
22 Sept/6-9a
: Intertribal

Featuring members of GWAR, Holy Rollers & Burma Jam, Kepone is a heavy-three piece who recorded from 1994-1997. In the last year they have played several shows in RVA, DC, & Spain after not performing for 12 years.
22 Sept/5-7p
: River City Limits


Special guests for WRIR’s talk shows.

WRIR produces 16 public affairs programs. Be sure to listen to these notable guests during our locally produced programs.  Call with your donation to support WRIR-produced local programs:

Greg Kimball of the State Library of Va.
14 Sept/12:00p: Wordy Birds

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!
21 Sept/12:00p: Wordy Birds

Tim Kaine (Senate candidate, former Va. Governor)
21 Sept/12:30p: A Grain of Sand

Jack McHale

September 9th, 2012

Posted In: Fund Drive

Live Music This Weekend on WRIR presents:

Live Music This Weekend on WRIR

The fund drive may be ending but it's far from winding down.  Tune in for great live music this weekend starting with the Black Lillies on New Breakfast Snob at 1pm Saturday.  Then stay tuned for Fire Bison during River CIty Limits and Elegba Folklore Society on Sunday during Motherland Influence.

The Black Lillies

Saturday March 10th – 1-3pm New Breakfast Snob – The Black Lillies
Earthy and gritty, the songs of Knoxville's The Black Lillies speak of pain, love, revenge, and revelry with the spirit of an old-fashioned, Southern tent revival.

Saturday March 10th – 5-7pm River City Limits – Fire Bison
Fire Bison walks the razor's edge of post-punk angst and pure rock and roll, like a savage urban cowboy with a chip on his shoulder and a knife in his boot.  Tune in for a live performance of this dynamic new Richmond band.

Sunday March 11th – 5-7pm Motherland Influence – The Elegba Folklore Society
For 21 years the Elegba Folklore Society has promoted African and African-American culture through the Visual and Performing Arts.  They'll be giving a unique performance during Motherland Influence.  Tune in.

Jack McHale

March 10th, 2012

Posted In: Fund Drive

Live Performances for Our 2012 March Fund Drive presents:

Live Performances for Our 2012 March Fund Drive

We're kicking off the Fund Drive with the traditional Japanese drumming of River City Taiko at 5pm on Friday. 

March 2nd – 5-7pm Global Agogo  – River City Taiko
Taiko is a Japanese ensemble drumming style; it's both folkloric and thoroughly contemporary, with performances that are exhilaratingly athletic and (as you might suspect from a drum band) loud as heck. Since 2010, River City Taiko has been providing the Richmond community with the opportunity to watch and listen to the excitement that is taiko!  Under the direction of Paul Yoon, they started as a student ensemble at the University of Richmond and have expanded to include community members. 

March 2nd – 9-11pm  What The Fontaine –  Occultist 
Join Fontaine for the intense metal of Occultist.  Turn up the volume on your radio and be prepared to be blown away.

Friday Night, March 2nd (Saturday Morning) – 1am – 3am Frenetic Friday – Taking Flame
Stay up for a psychedelic funk extravaganza with Taking Flame.  Your booty will thank you in the morning.

Saturday, March 3rd – 6-9am Intertribal  – Spirit Winds
Wake up to the ancient sounds of Native American flutes with Spirit Winds.  This Virginia Beach ensemble expresses their connection to the Creator with this timeless music.

Saturday March 3rd – 3pm-5pm Songs From the Big Hair – Ambassadors
They may not be from the 80s, but Brooklyn, NY's Ambassadors still play eclectic, keyboard-based indie pop with dramatic flair and buckets of beats.

Saturday March 3rd – 5pm – 7pm River City Limits – League of Space Pirates
Armed with an arsenal of dance beats and precision programming, the League of Space Pirates will be boarding River City Limits and making everyone boogie down the plank.

Tuesday March 6th – 6pm – 7pm Wide Ear Folk – Jonathan Vassar, Jess and Corey Wells
Veteran Richmond Songwriter Jonathan Vassar will be sitting in on Wide Ear Folk with Jesse and Corey Wells for a powerful live performance.  Don't miss this one.

Jonathan Vassar and the Speckled Bird – "Match Made in Heaven" from Richmond Magazine on Vimeo.


Tuesday March 6th – 11pm – 1am Pop Goes The World – Paul Ivey and the Rubes
Enzo has moved to late night and is celebrating with the Paul Ivey's driven guitar rock.

Wednesday March 7th  – 7-9pm Activate! – Janet Martin Band
Veteran Richmond musician Janet Martin will perform during Activate!.  Martin has toured across the US and Europe, wowing audiences with her singing and guitar virtuosity.

Saturday March 10th – 6-9am Intertribal – Sun Shadows
The Sun Shadows Ensemble is an eclectic mix of contemporary Native American and Slovakian flute music along with New Age and Jazz influence. By combining the individual talents of each musician in the ensemble, they blend together musical form, style, and color which creates what can best be described as Sun Shadows.

Saturday March 10th – 9am – 11am  The British Breakfast – Dead Fame
Channeling the new wave of the late 70s and 80s, Dead Fame's live shows have been igniting stages across the city.  Get up early to catch them on the British Breakfast for an exciting in-studio performance in support of their brand new EP.


Saturday March 10th – 1-3pm New Breakfast Snob – The Black Lillies
Earthy and gritty, the songs of Knoxville's The Black Lillies speak of pain, love, revenge, and revelry with the spirit of an old-fashioned, Southern tent revival.

Saturday March 10th – 5-7pm River City Limits – Fire Bison
Fire Bison walks the razor's edge of post-punk angst and pure rock and roll, like a savage urban cowboy with a chip on his shoulder and a knife in his boot.  Tune in for a live performance of this dynamic new Richmond band.

Jack McHale

March 1st, 2012

Posted In: Fund Drive

WRIR’s Fund Drive Starts, Friday March 2nd presents:

WRIR’s Fund Drive Starts, Friday March 2nd

Mark your calendars and program your cell phones – WRIR's Fund Drive starts Friday, March 2nd and ends Sunday, March 11th.

To kick things off, we'll have River City Taiko, the University of Richmond's Japanese drumming ensemble in the studios.  Then you can join us at Strange Matter for our Kick-off Party with Japanther.

You can even kick-start things now by donating early!

In addition to 10 days of live music and great community radio, we have –

  • Our winning t-shirt design for the 2012 Design Contest.
  • Two new premiums including a WRIR Hoodie Sweatshirt (our first in over 5 years)
Jack McHale

February 19th, 2012

Posted In: Fund Drive

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