Global A Go-Go presents:

WRIR’s Fall 2021 Fund Drive is now underway — we’re working to raise $45,000 by Wednesday October 27 to power “the tower of low power” in Richmond for another six months. Thank you if you have previously donated to Richmond Independent Radio; I’m here to encourage you to make a donation once again this fall, if you can. You can make that donation in two minutes by clicking this link:

This time around, WRIR’s Social Media folks asked all of our DJs to submit a photograph of ourselves and a response to the question “Why do you volunteer at WRIR?” My photograph is above, and my answer is the same today as it was when I started volunteering back in 2004, a year before we went on the FM airwaves: “Because the public airwaves belong to the public.”

Back in 2004, Richmond radio was a vast wasteland. Almost everything you heard on the radio was pre-recorded and taste-tested somewhere other than here. Half the commercial radio stations were owned by one company. We had a single National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate (most cities of Richmond’s size had two or more) and most of its programming, good as it may have been, came from elsewhere too. The only broadcast college radio station was University of Richmond’s WDCE, with a signal that was hard to pick up in many parts of the city. There was no community radio station at all. Good times!

Radio was essentially the moneyed classes and the chattering classes talking at you (mostly talking down to you) and, crucially, trying to sell you stuff (goods, services, ideas). There had to be a better way: What if Richmonders from all walks of life had the ability to use the broadcast media in order to educate, enlighten and entertain their fellow citizens? Radio could then be the megaphone of the people, instead of just another way of keeping you in your place.

That’s the idea behind Richmond Independent Radio, and that’s still what we do. A few things have changed since then; for example, social media was invented. But most of social media is either the chattering classes talking down to you (pretty good definition of Twitter) or your insane brother-in-law yelling at you (even better definition of Facebook). And radio is pretty much the same as it was in 2004, except Rush Limbaugh is dead (replaced by an army of dittohead talking heads) and a couple of NPR affiliates have been added to the mix. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Now, let me turn the question around: “Why do you listen to WRIR?” If WRIR is an important part of your life and your community, then please join me in donating to people-powered Richmond Independent Radio. I’ll be on the air this Sunday at 1 PM with a special fund drive edition of Global A Go-Go, focusing (as I did during the spring fund drive) on all the great live music I’ve had the opportunity to see and hear over the years, as the world of live music slowly rouses itself from a pandemic slumber. But you don’t have to wait until Sunday to donate — you can do it now!

Again, the place to visit to make your donation is, or simply go to our website at and start filling out the form on the home page. Thank you so much for your support in the past, and I hope WRIR can count on you once again in Fall 2021. Long live Richmond Independent Radio!

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    Time: October 24 - 9:00:00 am
  • Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Oliver Lake, “Separation”

    from Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Passin Thru - 1996


  • Time: October 24 - 9:01:00 am
  • Global a Go-Go

    Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, “Global a Go-Go”

    from Global a Go-Go

    BMG Rights Management (US) LLC - 2001

    England UK

  • Time: October 24 - 9:11:00 am
  • Moussolou

    Oumou Sangare, “Moussolou”

    from Moussolou

    World Circuit - 1991

    Mali, 1989

  • Time: October 24 - 9:16:00 am
  • The Source

    Ali Farka Toure, “Goye Kur”

    from The Source

    World Circuit - 1992


  • Time: October 24 - 9:32:00 am
  • Sketches of Ethiopia (Bonus Track Version)

    Mulatu Astatke, “Gambella”

    from Sketches of Ethiopia (Bonus Track Version)

    Jazz Village - 2013


  • Time: October 24 - 9:38:56 am
  • Thank You Very Quickly

    Extra Golden, “Thank You Very Quickly”

    from Thank You Very Quickly

    Thrill Jockey Records - 2009


  • Time: October 24 - 9:56:14 am
  • Best, Live & Unplugged at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town

    Johnny Clegg, “Circle of Light”

    from Best, Live & Unplugged at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town

    Appleseed - 2014

    South Africa

  • Time: October 24 - 10:00:00 am
  • Reina De Todas las Fiestas

    Chico Trujillo, “Los Nervios Que Te di (feat. Kevin Johansen)”

    from Reina De Todas las Fiestas

    Barbès Records - 2015


  • Time: October 24 - 10:04:27 am
  • Sonido Amazonico

    Chicha Libre, “Primavera en la Selva”

    from Sonido Amazonico

    Barbès Records - 2008


  • Time: October 24 - 10:08:26 am
  • Venus on Earth (Deluxe Edition)

    Dengue Fever, “Mr. Orange”

    from Venus on Earth (Deluxe Edition)

    MRI - 2013

    Cambodia-USA, 2008

  • Time: October 24 - 10:19:00 am
  • The Zydepunks, “Por La Orilla Del Mar”

    from Live at WRIR August 8, 2008



  • Time: October 24 - 10:23:43 am
  • Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike

    Gogol Bordello, “Start Wearing Purple”

    from Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike

    SideOneDummy Records - 2005

    USA-Ukraine-Russia-China-Scotland UK-Ethiopia-Ecuador-Belarus

  • Time: October 24 - 10:27:21 am
  • Gipsy Manifesto

    Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra, “Caje Sukarije (Beautiful Girl)”

    from Gipsy Manifesto

    Piranha - 2013


  • Time: October 24 - 10:38:35 am
  • The Lion

    Youssou N'Dour, “The Lion / Gaiende”

    from The Lion

    Virgin Records - 1989


  • Time: October 24 - 10:43:49 am
  • Wango

    Baaba Maal & Daandé Lénol, “Sehil”

    from Wango

    Syllart Records - 1989

    Senegal, 1987

  • Time: October 24 - 10:56:54 am
  • The Skeletal Essences of Afro Funk

    Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, “Ecoutes Ma Melodie”

    from The Skeletal Essences of Afro Funk

    Analog Africa - 2013

    Benin, 1980

    Global A Go-Go    October 24th, 2021

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