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2023-07-24T15:16:54-04:00March 31st, 2020|

Thanks For Making ‘Dead Air’ A Success!

Thanks to everyone who celebrated 22 years of WNRN with us at The Paramount Theater!

A special shout-out to the bands, nonprofits, crew, sponsors, staff and volunteers who made this event possible. And a huge thank-you goes out to Shenandoah Valley Organic, Blue Mountain Brewery, Blue Ridge Graphics, Vitae Spirits, The Paramount Theater, The College Inn, Steve Haske, The Catering Outfit, Chris Jackson and Blue Sprocket Sound and Southard Audio in Harrisonburg.

And thank you to all of our members, whose support has kept independent music radio on the airwaves for more than 20 years.

Below you will find the winners for each of the raffle items, along with the evening’s setlist and list of nonprofits that we partnered with throughout the evening.

Here are the results of our raffle! If you’re a winner, email to claim your prize before February 14th!

  1. Fall 1989: The Long Island SoundCollector’s edition: An all new 6-CD box set featuring two complete, previously unreleased performances from the Jerry Garcia Band and Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman  recorded September 5th, 1989 in Hartford, CT and September 6th, 1989 in Uniondale, NY.  This collection features cover art by Stanley Mouse, liner notes by author Blair Jackson and over 5-1/2 hours of previously unreleased music.  The Collectors Edition includes the 6-CD set, a signed & numbered (edition of 750) limited edition Stanley Mouse screen print, large format booklet and exclusive t-shirt presented in a handcrafted, California-made solid wood frame. WINNER: 307486
  1. Jerry Garcia Studio Album Vinyl Collection:The complete Garcia solo studio catalog pressed to 180gram vinyl.  The collection includes: Garcia, Compliments, Reflections, Cats Under The Stars, and Run for the Roses WINNER: 148131
  1. GarciaLive Series: Volumes 1 -> 10  Every installment of the in the GarciaLive series thus far (23 CDs in total) which includes seven Jerry Garcia Band shows (December 31, 1975, November 8, 1976, March 22, 1978, March 1, 1980, May 20, 1990, August 5, 1990, and November 23, 1991), two December 1974 Legion of Mary performances, as well as two Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders shows from July 5, 1973 and August 11, 1974. WINNER: 147844

Volume 1: March 1, 1980 Capitol Theatre
Volume 2: August 5, 1990 Greek Theatre
Volume 3: December 14-15, 1974 Northwest Tour 
Volume 4: March 22nd, 1978 Veteran’s Hall
Volume 5: December 31st, 1975 Keystone Berkeley
Volume 6: July 5th, 1973 Lions Share
Volume 7: November 8th, 1976 Sophies Palo Alto
Volume 8: November 23rd, 1991 Bradley Center 
Volume 9: August 11th, 1974 Keystone Berkeley
Volume 10: May 20th, 1990 Hilo Civic Center

  1. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers –Rehab Reunion Signed Vinyl: Bruce Hornsby’s most recent studio album, autographed by Hornsby. WINNER: 307747
  1. Grateful Dead – Pacific Northwest 73-74: The Complete Recordings Boxed Set: 6 complete shows on 19 discs, individually numbered limited edition of 15,000 WINNER: 307432
  1. Grateful Dead – Playing In The Band, Seattle, Washington 5/21/74. 180 gram vinyl limited edition of 7400 (The Dead’s legendary and longest uninterrupted song ever recorded), PLUS a Blu-ray copy of Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead (the four hour documentary and a bonus disc of two extra hours of live footage) WINNER: 147728
  1. Grateful Dead – Cornell 5/8/77, 5-LP Set with custom etched 10th side WINNER: 307467
  1. Grateful Dead – Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland OR 5/19/74, 6-LP Set of 180 gram vinyl (limited edition of 7500) WINNER: 922525
  1. Grateful Dead – Fillmore West, 2/27/69, 4-LP set (limited edition of 9000), PLUS a Blu-ray copy of Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead (the four hour documentary and a bonus disc of two extra hours of live footage) WINNER: 922466
  1. Grateful Dead – Long Strange Trip motion picture soundtrack 6-LP set (limited edition of 3000) WINNER: 307264
  1. Keller Williams’ KWahtro –Sync Signed Vinyl: A collaborative studio album by Keller Williams’ KWahtro four piece band, featuring Danton Boller, Rodney Holmes, Gibb Droll, and autographed by Williams himself. WINNER: 922693
  1. Trampled By Turtles –Wild Animals Signed Vinyl: Trampled By Turtles’ seventh studio album, autographed by all band members. WINNER: 147184
  1. Yonder Mountain String Band – Aint Love Signed Vinyl: Yonder Mountain String Band’s most recent studio album, autographed by all five band members. WINNER: 307423
  1. The Man –Woodstock Signed Vinyl: Portugal. The Man’s eighth and most recent studio album, autographed by the band and featuring the Grammy award-winning track “Feel It Still.” WINNER: 922048
  1. Ziggy Marley –Ziggy Marley Signed Vinyl: Ziggy Marley’s sixth solo studio album, signed by the artist himself and featuring his brother Stephen Marley. WINNER: 147546
  1. Old Crow Medicine Show –Volunteer Signed Vinyl: Old Crow Medicine Show’s most recent studio album, autographed by all six band members. WINNER: 307174
  1. Greensky Bluegrass –Shouted, Written Down & Quoted Signed Vinyl: Greensky Bluegrass’ most recent studio album, autographed by the five-piece band. WINNER: 922054
  1. Galactic –Into the Deep Signed Vinyl: Galactic’s most recent studio album, autographed by all six current members and featuring JJ Grey, Mavis Staples, and more. WINNER: 147220
  1. Dark Star Orchestra – Signed Poster: Dark Star Orchestra 11” x 17” psychedelic poster signed by all current members. WINNER: 307429
  1. My Morning Jacket – Signed Poster: Signed My Morning Jacket 18” x 24” The Waterfall WINNER: 307439
  1. Widespread Panic – Signed Poster: Signed Widespread Panic 17” x 25” Street Dogs poster designed by Chris Bilheimer. WINNER: 307419
  1. Sturgill Simpson – Signed Poster: Signed Sturgill Simpson 22” x 28” Metamodern Sounds in Country Music poster by Thinking Out Loud Design. WINNER: 922086

Dead Air at The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA, USA
January 11, 2019 Setlist

Travis Elliott – Cryptical Envelopment > Wharf Rat
Gallatin Canyon – I Know You Rider
Sammi Lanzetta – Brokedown Palace
Lord Nelson – Brown Eyed Women
The Front Porch – Monkey and the Engineer
Eli Cook – Deep Elem Blues
Scott Miller – Black Peter
Charlottesville Day School Chorus – Bird Song
The Steel Wheels – Friend of the Devil
Andy Jenkins – Box of Rain
The Judy Chops – Shakedown Street
The Gladstones – Cold Rain and Snow
Gold Connections – Cumberland Blues
Early Music Access Project – China Doll
David Wax Museum – If I Had the World to Give
Rob Cheatham Music – Eyes of the World
Kenneka Cook – Easy Wind
Chamomile and Whiskey – Touch of Grey
Minor Poet – Here Comes Sunshine
Free Union Music – Casey Jones
Charlottesville Ballet – Rosemary > Dark Star
Strong Water – New Speedway Boogie
Bryan Elijah Smith – Truckin’
Lowland Hum – Attics of My Life
J Roddy Walston and The Business – Fire on the Mountain


Our nonprofit neighbors who joined us for the evening:

BRIMS: Blue Ridge Irish Music School

LEAP: Local Energy Alliance Program

BGF: Building Goodness Foundation

Wild Virginia

Common Ground

Embrace Richmond

Project GROWS

SARA: Sexual Assault Resource Agency


EFN: Emergency Food Network

Literacy Volunteers

Charlottesville Ballet

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

The Listening

Early Music Access Project

The Front Porch

Cville Day School

Camp Kum-ba-yah at Cosby Woods

City Schoolyard Garden

Lime Kiln Theater

Charlottesville Free Clinic


Check out our photos from the night, taken by G. Milo Farineau, below!

Dead Air is sponsored by:

2019-10-08T15:39:18-04:00January 14th, 2019|

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|

Support Our Improved Lynchburg Signal!

Support our next phase of expansion efforts on 89.9. by adopting a watt (or several!) to fund the purchase of a generator for our Lynchburg signal. Through your support we will continue to bring you local and national music not found anywhere else on the dial.

With your adoption, you’ll get a framed watt certificate with your name on it!

  • One Watt -$89.90
  • Two Watts -$179.80
  • Four Watts -$359.60
  • Twelve Watts -$1,000 (also includes every edition of In-Studio at WNRN!)

Any watt adoption automatically makes you a WNRN VIP Member.

You’ll keep WNRN strong in Lynchburg and help us play more of the music you love as well as tell Lynchburg’s story through our award-winning public service feature Hear Together.

2021-07-06T15:22:08-04:00June 21st, 2018|

Adopt A Watt!

After years of hard work, we’ve increased our reach in both Richmond and Lynchburg! As we expand our service throughout the Commonwealth, we’re asking for you to show your support by adopting a watt.

With your adoption, you’ll join the Wall of Watts in WNRN’s studios and we’ll send you a framed, hand-numbered watt certificate, giving you a piece of WNRN’s history!



2018-03-13T15:42:50-04:00March 1st, 2018|

Support Our Boosted Richmond Signal!

After years of hard work, we’re excited to announce WNRN will give you the one thing you have been asking for: a better, stronger signal in more of Richmond!

Now, we need you to help offset the costs by adopting a watt (or several).

With your adoption, you’ll get a framed watt certificate with your name on it!

  • One Watt -$89.90
  • Two Watts -$179.80
  • Four Watts -$359.60
  • Twelve Watts -$1,000 (also includes every edition of In-Studio at WNRN!)



Adopt A Watt Button

Any watt adoption automatically makes you a WNRN VIP Member.

You’ll keep WNRN strong in Richmond and help us to play more of the music you love as well as tell Richmond’s story through our award-winning public service feature Hear Together.

2021-07-02T15:02:29-04:00February 9th, 2018|

Yonder Mountain String Band Soundcheck, Meet & Greet

Yonder Mountain String Band played a few songs exclusively for WNRN members ahead of their show at The National in Richmond over the weekend! Join us at our next VIP member event by becoming a member of WNRN here.

Photo credit: Ashley Travis Photography










2019-10-08T15:39:59-04:00November 20th, 2017|