About Tad

I grew up in New York State. My family is from the Chautauqua/ Jamestown area which is where my story began. We then relocated to the Hudson River/ Newburgh region. In the mid-80's we moved to the western edge of the Adirondacks where we lived and ran a ski lodge of the foot of the Tug Hill Plateau. Following high school I attend and graduated from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. My first professional radio gig was at 96.9 WOUR in Utica/ Rome, New York. After that I became the Assistant Program Director at 99.1 The Sound, WVOD on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There I also programmed a Top 40 station along with my duties at WVOD. In 2006, I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. First, I help build WCNR. Then in 2009, I started my job with WNRN. Over the years I have transformed my role at the station where I have been the Assistant Program Director since 2013.

New Rock Now Playlist 10.09.22

Air Date: 10.09.22, Sunday 8-10pm


  • Dear Boy- On My Mind
  • Titus Andronicus- Baby Crazy
  • Bomba Estereo & Manu Chao- Me Duele
  • RIPE- Noise In The Forest
  • Miss Grit- Like You
  • LCD Soundsystem- New Body Rhumba
  • Beau- Life Twice
  • Charlie Burg- Dancing Through The Mental Breakdown
  • St. Lucia- Take Me Away
  • Sammy Rae & the Friends-If It All Goes South
  • Wunderhorse- Leader Of The Pack
  • Cautious Clay- Burning Up Slow
  • Dan Mangan- All Roads
  • Nilufer Yanya- Rid Of Me
  • Chemical Club- Pale Blue


  • Muna- What I Want
  • Sorry- Closer
  • Windser- Friends I Barely Know
  • Caitlin Rose- Nobody’s Sweetheart
  • EKKSTACY- I Walk This Earth All By Myself
  • Spacey Jane- Lunchtime
  • Gungor- A Million I’s
  • Magdalena Bay- Unconditional
  • All Fires- Make An Entrance
  • Bibio- BIB10
  • Joy Oladokun f/ Chris Stapleton- Sweet Symphony
  • Mightmare- Cruel Liars
  • Preoccupations- Slowly
  • Fake Palms- Visions
  • Rubblebucket- Earth Worship



2022-10-13T14:02:21-04:00October 11th, 2022|

Bluegrass Sunday Morning Playlist 10/9/22


  • David Parmley- All Dressed Up
  • Ben James- Teardrops In Tennessee
  • Highland Travelers- The Little Tennessee
  • Flatt & Scruggs- Jimmy Brown The Newsboy
  • Echo Valley- My Prayer
  • Amanda Cook- Back To My Home
  • Seth Mulder & Midnight Run- My My My
  • Ralph Stanley II- Bluefield
  • Ashby Frank- Midnight Highway
  • Wildfire- How Could I Love Her So Much
  • Earls Of Leicester- I’ll Go Stepping Too
  • Deer Creek Boys- When The Highway Does
  • The Goodwin Brothers- I Feel The Blues Movin’ In


  • Greg Blake & Hometown- A Hundred Miles To Go
  • Shannon Slaughter- Common Ground
  • Larry Cordle- Cherokee Fiddle
  • Lindley Creek- Sunshine Song
  • Morgan Brake- Georgia Backroads
  • Authentic Unlimited- Hannah
  • The Travelin’ McCourys- Lonesome On’ry And Mean
  • Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway- Side Saddle
  • Jesse Smathers- Under The Weather
  • Sister Sadie- Raleighs Ride
  • Del McCoury Band- Almost Proud
  • Breaking Glass- Pauline
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- I’ll Take The Lonesome Everytime
  • Dolly Parton (W/Cordle, Jackson, Salley & Walker)- In The Sweet By & By


  • Lonesome River Band- Heyday
  • Kristy Cox- Appalachian Blue
  • Kim Robins- My Baby Thinks He’s A Train
  • Larry Sparks- Just Lovin’ You
  • Benson- What Kind Of Fool Are You
  • Rick Faris- Moonshine Song
  • Billy Strings- Red Daisy
  • Dale Ann Bradley- In The End
  • Junior Sisk- The Lonely Side Of Goodbye
  • Gena Britt- A Little Bit Of You
  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder- Sis Draper
  • Sideline- Long Way From The Wildwood Flower
  • Wildfire- She’s Crazy For Leaving
  • Justin Moses- Fall Like Rain
  • Dave Adkins- Bluegrass State Of Mind
  • Carley Arrowood- Goin’ Home Comin’ On


  • Volume Five- Losing My Religion
  • Fast Track- Plain Old Country Boy
  • Flatt Lonesome- Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart
  • Jeremy Garrett- What’s That You’re Doin’
  • The Kody Norris Show- Mountain Rosalie
  • Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers- Big City
  • Lost & Found- Mountain Folks
  • Daniel Crabtree- Sally Sunday
  • Amanda Cook- Ohio
  • Blue Highway- On The Roof Of The World
  • Sierra Hull- Hullarious
  • Starlett & Big John- Straight 58
  • Jackson Hollow- Put Yourself In My Place
  • Dewey & Leslie Brown- Ain’t Nobody Gonna Take My Woman Away
  • Jaelee Roberts- Sad Songs
  • Valerie Smith- I’m Fine Bein’ Me
  • Tim Raybon Band- Ilene Baker
  • Wildfire- Oh Lonesome Me
  • Loretta Lynn- Rated X
2022-10-11T14:13:40-04:00October 11th, 2022|

WNRN Class of 2019!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their Senior Year Mixtapes and yearbook photos!

Over the weekend, we counted down the songs that received the most Mixtape votes. If you missed the countdown on air, or want to continue basking in the glory days, you can find the full list on the Spotify playlist below.


And we’re happy to present the WNRN VIP Member Class of 2019:

WNRN Yearbook 2

PICTURED: (Top-down from Left to Right) Mike Long, Aaron Fabio, Miles Goosens, Liz Dooley, Melissa Creighton, Sharon Miller, Nancy and Bob Busick, Mark Ritter, Joseph Bruce, Steve Flora, Rodney Self, Brian Taylor, Bob Hess, Phillip Neil, Joe Sokohl


Untitled design (8)


PICTURED: (Top-down from Left to Right) Ellen Flaherty, Cindy Hicks, Dan Ray, Chris Bruce, Doyle Yarbrough, Chris Masill, Bill Bodine, Tom Kenney, Sarah Getzler

Untitled design (9)



PICTURED: (Top-down from Left to Right) Bob Mosolgo, Rosemary Minasian, Rebecca Kenney, Rebecca St. Clair, Rebecca Blanks, Paul Sweet, Patricia Marshall, Mariana Hess, Lola Yarbrough

Untitled design (11)

PICTURED: (Top-down from Left to Right) Erin Israel (left), Kathy Rehak, Ivey Glendon, Jes Cifizzari, Kim Grover, Keith Garbett

Untitled design (1)

PICTURED: (Top-down from Left to Right) Wendy Turley, Charles Ware, Mike Nichols, Clint Lees, Sharon Jo Miller, Jim Stewart, Caroline Mankins, Rebecca Frye

“Student Council” (a.k.a WNRN’s Staff)


Untitled design (5)

Untitled design (6)

PICTURED: (Top- Down from Left to Right) Betsy Gardner, Ian Solla- Yates, Tad Abbey, Melissa Goode, Anne Williams, Virginia Kenney

Listen to our “Student Council”‘s playlist here:


2019-10-08T15:39:27-04:00August 16th, 2018|

Blitzen Trapper Live at WNRN

Blitzen Pick

Blitzen Trapper will headline Know Good Beer Festival at Brown’s Island on Saturday, 9/19. They stopped by WNRN to play songs from their upcoming album All Across This Land out 10/2.

2019-10-08T15:40:27-04:00September 18th, 2015|