Metal Box presents:

214 October 13th, 2017

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214 September 22nd, 2017

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WRIR’s newest show host presents:

CommonThreadFatima M. Smith is a community advocate with ties to various organizations.  You’ll get to know her as the host of WRIR’s newest program, Common Thread, airing third and fourth Thursdays at Noon. Common Thread joins WRIR-produced programs such as The V Word, Inspire Indeed and Diversity Speaks! that are hosted by community advocates and produced by our volunteers. Their programs are part of WRIR’s mission to air underrepresented news, views and music to build cultural diversity in the city of Richmond. Fatima answered questions submitted to her via email about her show and taking on her new role as “WRIR Talk Show Host.”

How does your show fulfill the mission of WRIR? Often time we speak about issues as if they are one dimensional or one size fits all. Audre Lorde said it best, “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” It is important to gather folks that represent various socioeconomic status, education levels, ethnicities, sexual orientation, genders, political views, among other identities and get them in a space where they are having a dialogue with one another rather than a monologue. Once dialogue is started, that is where the seed of change is planted. The show’s focus is having discussions that reflect community issues with voices of the community utilizing an intersectional lens.

What do you hope the listener will gain from hearing your show? My hope is that listeners take away something that was either new or adds to what they already know in order to be change agents in the community. Change and progress can be on an individual level, community level, or societal level. Just make it happen!

How did you hear about WRIR? Carol Olson invited me on her show to speak about the work I was doing through my former place of employment, YWCA of Richmond. I really enjoyed radio as a means of advocacy and activist work.

Why did you decide to volunteer with WRIR? I enjoyed my experiences with Carol and saw it as an opportunity to learn and grow and be a part of a great Richmond community tradition.

What advice would you give someone who is interested in volunteering at WRIR? It is possible. The team is supportive and you do not have to have experience, although it may be helpful.

Common Threads airs the third and fourth Thursdays of every month at noon. The show is produced with the help of WRIR volunteer Cameron Robinson and members of the station’s production team. If you are interested in learning more about hosting a show on WRIR or being a show producer, email [email protected]

Common Thread reflects the views and opinions of Fatima Smith and is not affiliated with any professional or academic organizations.

14 December 7th, 2016

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This is it, folks. My last show. Click over there to donate, ok?!

100 October 22nd, 2016


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Breakfast Blend w/ Galaxy Girl & Friends presents:

No playlists available.

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


19 October 20th, 2016


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98 October 15th, 2016


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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.

Give one time or every month

Give At Once    Repeater Level

$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.
$25 Student Level: Show a student i.d., and you pick a t-shirt from our Vintage T-Boutique.

Online: Give One Time ~~ Give Every Month
Call (9 a.m.-9 p.m.):
 (804) 622-9747
Visit (9 a.m.-9 p.m.): 1621 W. Broad Street, 2nd Floor, 23220
Mail: P.O. Box 4787, RVA 23220

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.

14 October 13th, 2016

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WRIR’s Production Team presents:


If you’ve always wanted to volunteer at WRIR, but don’t know where to start, why not hang out with our volunteers who are part of our Production Committee? What they do is exciting and beneficial to the quality of shows produced at the station! The goal of the team is to train WRIR volunteers on audio production and editing using Audacity and Audition. You get hands-on experience creating station IDs, promos and possibly run sound for a band or show host. People who are interested in hosting a talk show learn how to create a pilot and then ultimately a show. Current volunteers hone their skills to make their shows sound as pristine as RadioLab or This American Life.

They meet every Saturday, 2-4 p.m., at the station, 1621 W. Broad Street, 2nd floor, above The Camel. Best to email the team to let them know you are interested: [email protected] Thanks to Baylen for starting the team and Cameron and Krysti for leading the weekly hangouts.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to Avery, one of our volunteers:

Meet A WRIR Volunteer – Avery from WRIR Radio on Vimeo.

14 August 27th, 2016

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Open Source RVA presents:

Hey, that's Tim Kaine

In April, Senator Tim Kaine visited WRIR’s studios for an exclusive interview with the hosts of Open Source RVA. Senator Kaine talked about the resolution that he wrote when he was mayor of Richmond that helped to put WRIR and low power radio on the map. And yes, they did ask about his potential nomination as vice president. You can hear the two-part interview at the show’s on soundcloud. Open Source RVA is WRIR’s weekly news show. Don hosts the show with a variety of others who talk about the city’s theater scene, restaurants and happenings.

Open Source RVA airs every Friday, 2-3 p.m. and repeats on Sunday, 7 a.m. on WRIR, 97.3FM, or listen online at and search “Open Source RVA”
Facebook: @OpenSourceRVA

14 August 27th, 2016

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WRIR Talk Show Talks Music presents:

Show about RVA music

I can’t tell you how many times someone suggests that WRIR should do a talk show about Richmond’s thriving music scene. It only makes sense. We’re the only radio station who regularly plays Richmond bands. Our live studio hosts a who’s who of Richmond rockers. Our volunteers and listeners are part of the city’s talent pool. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Tympanum Effect: a show that highlights the creative people who enrich our city’s music scenes and delves into lesser-known territories of song and sound. Hosted by JR and guest producers, it airs alternating Saturdays at 5 p.m. JR shares how this show can help Richmond’s music scene and offers insights to anyone interested in hosting a program on WRIR. Keep reading –> (more…)

14 August 27th, 2016

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