Commonwealth Of Notions

Shannon Cleary | 1:00-3:00a.m. Saturday

The Commonwealth of Notions is a reaction to the idea that good music is dead in the city of Richmond. While being a careful observer and participant in the music scene, I find myself constantly amazed by the creative energies put on display. Whether they are the songs played within the walls of living rooms, basements or bars, they should all be heard.

Along with my initial motives of showcasing the local Richmond scene, the playlists act as a showcase of my love for music. If I spend the following week with a song stuck in my head, why wouldn’t I play it on the air? Perhaps that is what makes the show stand out in many regards. It isn’t limited to just being a show about Richmond local music. The Commonwealth of Notions acts as a showcase of myself and hopefully the songs I play will help establish and create conversations that wouldn’t happen otherwise.

At it’s core, the Commonwealth of Notions is my love letter to the great musical entities that have come and gone in Richmond and a way for me to never lose sight of it’s pulse.

Recent Blog Entries

4/11/14 April 12th, 2014

Oh hello,

So we are going to do The Commonwealth of Notions like you have come to expect it. Sarcastic and full of wit. Also, tons of local tracks that should make your late night soundtrack splendid. Let's get weird and party!

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

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3/29/14 March 29th, 2014

Good Evening,

Welcome! Tonight's episode will be showcasing a few new selections by Sports Bar, The Milkstains and Lightfields while celebrating a few old local favorites. It's The Commonwealth of Notions!

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

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3/21/14 March 22nd, 2014

Good Evening,

We are in the midst of our Spring Fund Drive and if you have yet to donate, make a donation to your favorite local independent radio station. Tonight's episode will be running the gamut of the local scene and expressing to you how vital it is for a station like WRIR to showcase the music that is created in our city limits.

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As Always, Thanks for supporting WRIR and tuning in!

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3/14/14 Sometimes a Great Notion

And sometimes someone else fills in for Shannon.  I'm going to try to keep the notions flowing with old rock, new rock, local rock and international rock.

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3/8/14 March 8, 2014


Tonight's episode is going to be ridiculous. Let's do that everything something.

It's The Commonwealth of Notions!

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2/22/14 Love is Really Jazz Fusion w/ Johnny Trouble

Playing an extended set for you tonight. I am covering for The Modern Beat w/Christian and the Commonwealth of Notions w/Shannon

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