Metal Box presents:
Yancy Lambert 214 October 13th, 2017
The Church of the Ecstatic presents:
Upsetting the intended order of the tarot series, we skip ahead to the Tower card- and highlight artists from the neighborhood of London surrounding the Grenfell Tower, which tragically caught fire the day before this show aired. Unfortunately, the tenants’ voices weren’t heard until there was a catastrophe. Here’s hoping it becomes a wake up call to landlords and lawmakers, in London and elsewhere, that we cannot remain imprisoned by false values and practices. Hopefully, we can create a new way of life.
Sister Euphonia 123 June 15th, 2017
WRIR Presents presents:
On March 5th, Side by Side–a Richmond-based non-profit that is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish–partnered with the ACLU of Virginia, Equality Virginia, and Nationz Foundation for a town hall discussion on supporting transgender youth.
Many in our community had questions regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind guidelines regarding protections for transgender youth in public schools. The town hall was an opportunity to learn information on what the law says and how members of our community can support transgender youth in our schools today!
Recording provided by WRIR volunteers Jay Westermann and Jacobi Harris. Music provided by Fuselab
JR Tympanum 89 March 17th, 2017
Tympanum Effect presents:
JR Tympanum 89 February 4th, 2017
Open Source RVA presents:
HO-HUM! NOTHING MUCH HAPPENING TODAY You should listen to Open Source RVA on WRIR at 2PM and hear from members of the PLUMAS organization at VCU — Jessica Moreno-Caycho, Diego Orbegoso and Ana Diaz Casos. The Latin-American campus group (pictured) is meeting tomorrow — Inauguration Day — with Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao about the possibility of VCU becoming a Sanctuary Campus and resisting future student deportation efforts by the Trump administration. Also on the Source, we welcome the Bijou Film Center’s Terry Rea and James Parrish as they promote their “Facing Facism: Time Capsules” event happening this weekend and next. The mini-festival of film about the effects of totalitarian regimes includes classics from directors as diverse as Louis Malle, Federico Fellini, Costa-Gavras and Charlie Chaplin. We also feature another dramatic episode of Curtain Call, produced by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle. This week, Sifter’s Jerry Williams and Style Weekly’s Rich Griset and Claire Boswell review 5th Wall’s production of “Luna Gale” and Quill Theatre’s “The Top of Bravery.” Hey, who needs Lee Greenwood, Tony Orlando and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir when you’ve got Richmond’s audio news digest? Get local on Friday and solemnly swear to listen to Open Source RVA at 2PM on WRIR 97.3 FM and http://wrir.org.
OSRVA 148 January 20th, 2017
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Open Source RVA presents:
On Friday’s edition of Open Source RVA, on WRIR 97.3 FM, we speak with Diversity Richmond president and executive director Bill Harrison and program coordinator Rodney Lofton about Diversity’s new initiative to combat AIDS in the African-American community. We also talk about the Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond, the challenges of LGBTQ citizens in the current political climate, and how DR’s Sherwood Avenue event hall has turned into a community gathering place for times good and bad. And ho ho ho! The Source revisits Christmas past with Jameson Price, the man behind the Silent / Music Revival, which joins together vintage cinema with local, modern sounds. Jameson tells us about Sunday’s 10th anniversary Revival screening at Gallery5 of “The Night Before Christmas,” from 1913, with a live soundtrack from RVA’s own Rattlemouth. Multi-media mistletoe! Dial up Richmond’s audio news digest at 2PM on Friday on WRIR 97.3 fm Richmond Independent Radio / http://wrir.org. (And did you miss something? Hear it back at https://soundcloud.com/user-314182877/tracks)
OSRVA 148 December 16th, 2016
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WRIR’s newest show host presents:
Fatima 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.
[email protected] 14 December 7th, 2016
Today we talk Richmond's art plan, the Third Man showing at the Byrd, and a concert bennifiting Beds for Kids and Stop Child Abuse Now. 2pm!
On the Sept. 4th edition of Richmond's audio news digest, we talk to Richmond's new public art coordinator, Ellyn Parker, about the state of the city's art. We also speak with Terry Rea and James Parrish of the proposed Bijou Film Center about the benefit screening of the classic film, the Third Man, happening at the Byrd. We'll also be joined by Eric Postow of Students Live Benefit Concerts. He'll tell us all about the multi-band RVA Rock'N Art Festival planned for the National that will benefit Beds for Kids and Stop Child Abuse Now. Join hosts Chris Dovi and Don Harrison at 2pm for this installment of Richmond's omnibus news and talk program on WRIR 97.3 FM.
September 4th, 2015
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