Global A Go-Go presents:

This week on Global A Go-Go (Sunday April 24, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site), it’s WRIR’s Spring 2022 Fund Drive, where we’re looking to raise $45,000 or more to keep Richmond Independent Radio in the pink for another six months.

Most non-commercial radio fund drives are as much fun as root canal. So we’ll take the opposite tack this week — it will be my most amusing show of the year, where I play nothing but some of my favorite novelties, errors in judgment, inexplicable covers and other one-offs. Plus Bill Murray will instruct us in how not to do a fund drive. Not in person, sorry to say, but Midtown Swing’s DJ Ginger will be with me in Studio A to share in the levity.

For something more serious and for some donation inspiration, here’s my semi-annual fund drive letter:


Just a foreigner

WRIR’s Spring 2022 Fund Drive is now underway — we’re working to raise $45,000 by Wednesday April 27 to power “the tower of low power” in Richmond for another six months. Thank you for your previous donations to Richmond Independent Radio; I’m writing to encourage you to make a donation once again this spring, if you can. You can make that donation in two minutes by clicking this link:

Every week I step up to the microphone (sometimes in my home studio, sometimes in WRIR’s Studio A) and say, “You’re listening to Global A Go-Go, decolonizing your ears since 2005.” That’s not just a catchphrase — it’s a point of view about the world that I’m trying to express through talk and music. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to express that point of view as well as the postcard that’s reproduced at the top of this message does. But I try every week!

Each of the volunteers who host, produce and contribute to Richmond Independent Radio’s 133 weekly hours of original, locally-produced music, news and public affairs programming has their own points of view that they’re trying to express, too. What makes WRIR special is that it gives the opportunity of self-expression to everyone in the Richmond community: anyone who wants to can be an on-air volunteer here.

Almost all media in the USA is a monologue — the people who control the airwaves do the talking, you (the citizens, the people who actually own the airwaves, by the way) do the listening. I hate to say it, but social media has only made this problem worse. Richmond Independent Radio is our attempt to turn media into a dialogue, by inviting everyone to be part of the conversation. It’s the most radical way of reimagining media that I know of.

Your support has made this now 17-year-old experiment a success. And we need your ongoing support to keep the dialogue going. We ask for that support only twice a year, for a week at a time, and now is that time. I’ll step up to the mike once again on Sunday at 1 PM (and my show is going to be extra fun this week), I’ll ask for your donations at that time and I’ll be honored if you make one. But why not do it right now instead?

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 Spring 2022. Long live Richmond Independent Radio!


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    Global A Go-Go    April 24th, 2022

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