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Support Grateful Dead and Phriends!

Your contribution keeps Grateful Dead & Phriends ( on the air every single Saturday! Memberships include access to our weekly Member email with ticket giveaways, Member event opportunities, free music, and more plus you can choose from our exclusive Grateful Dead & Phriends thank you gifts.

Make Your Contribution By Clicking Below:

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2023-06-02T18:29:25-04:00March 25th, 2023|

Donate Stock

Donate Stock

Many of our donors choose to make stock gifts to WNRN each year. Giving stock held more than 12 months offers a two-fold tax savings:

  • Avoid paying capital-gains tax on the increase in value of your stock, and
  • Receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift

Subtracting the tax savings from what you originally paid for the stock can result in a gift that costs just pennies on the dollar. This is an excellent giving option for stock that has appreciated substantially in value. A gift of stock also brings with it WNRN membership, with benefit levels corresponding to the amount of the gift.


How to give stock to WNRN

Stockbrokers require delivery instructions in writing. To make a gift to WNRN, please contact us at to begin the process. WNRN’s Federal Tax ID number is 54-1681363, and WNRN’s full legal name is Stu-Comm Inc.

For questions, please contact Lauren Velardi at or 434-971-4096.

2022-11-22T10:41:25-05:00November 14th, 2022|

Donor Advised Funds

Directing a grant from your donor advised fund to support WNRN will ensure WNRN’s music mix is freely accessible to all. It’s easy to give to WNRN through your donor advised fund – simply click on the tool below:

WNRN’s Federal Tax ID number is 58-1681363 and full legal name is Stu-Comm Inc.

Please notify WNRN when you have completed your request via DAF Direct to ensure timely processing of your gift.

For more information, contact or reach us by phone at 434-971-4096.

2022-11-18T11:37:22-05:00November 14th, 2022|

Announcing In Studio at WNRN – 25th Anniversary Collection

Announcing our special edition of In Studio at WNRN, our 25th Anniversary Collection, featuring 16 tracks recorded just for WNRN. Along with favorites from out In Studio volumes 1-9, we’ve also included previously unreleased tracks. Check out the track listing below, and become a member now to grab your copy!

Track Listing:

  1. Jonathan Russell and Friends “Let’s Be Still”

  2. Phoebe Bridgers “Motion Sickness”

  3. Japanese Breakfast “Slide Tackle”

  4. Black Pumas “Colors”

  5. Neko Case “Night Still Comes”

  6. Strand of Oaks “Ruby”

  7. Greensky Bluegrass “Merely Avoiding”

  8. Lord Huron “Time to Run”

  9. Brandi Carlile “Dreams”

  10. The Marcus King Band “Homesick”

  11. Keller Williams “Doobie in my Pocket”

  12. Manchester Orchestra “Bed Head”

  13. Alabama Shakes “Boys and Girls”

  14. Illiterate Light and Devon Gilfillian “Freedom”

  15. Caamp “Books”

  16. Shovels and Rope “Devil is All Around”

2022-09-22T14:22:05-04:00September 22nd, 2022|

Announcing In Studio at WNRN Volume 10

Announcing our latest edition of In Studio at WNRN Volume 10, featuring 19 tracks recorded just for WNRN. Check out the track listing below, and become a member now to grab your copy!

Track Listing:

  1. Shakey Graves “Ready Or Not”

  2. Deau Eyes “When”

  3. The Record Company ‘How High”

  4. Good Morning “Country”

  5. Old Crow Medicine Show “Gloryland”

  6. Neal Francis “Can’t Stop The Rain”

  7. Japanese Breakfast “Be Sweet”

  8. Matthew E. White “Genuine Hesitation”

  9. Sean Rowe “Squid Tattoo”

  10. Soccer Mommy “Shotgun”

  11. Birdtalker “Old Sob Story”

  12. Leftover Salmon “Brand New Good Ole Days”

  13. Sammy Rae & The Friends “Follow Me Like the Moon”

  14. Superchunk “This Night”

  15. Lord Nelson “Tooth & Nail”

  16. Beabadoobee “Care”

  17. Jon Russell (The Head & The Heart) “Virginia (Wind in the Night)”

  18. Bonny Light Horseman “California”

  19. Lo Moon “Expectations”

2022-09-09T12:41:30-04:00September 9th, 2022|

WNRN Recognized At 85th Annual VAB Awards

We’re excited to announce that WNRN has been recognized for excellence in broadcasting at the 85th Annual Virginia Association of Broadcasters Awards. We placed first in the Best Station Promotion/Contest Radio category, and we placed second in the Best Human Interest Series Radio category.

WNRN’s Alan Williams also won The J.J. Freeman Engineering Achievement Award, which honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to broadcasting and who have shown technical knowledge, dedication, dependability and leadership in broadcast engineering affairs.

With Community Connections and Hear Togethers, we are committed to providing a voice for our community and identifying ways to get involved and make a difference. A special thank you to our listeners and to our non-profit neighbors who have willingly shared their stories with us.

Click below to hear WNRN’s winning entries:

Best Station Promotion/Contest, Member Profile: Carrie

Best Human Interest Series, Hear Together: Real Life, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Birth in Color RVA

Hear Together: Real Life

Hear Together: Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Hear Together: Birth in Color RVA



Congratulations to all!

2022-07-12T12:43:25-04:00July 1st, 2022|