Global A Go-Go presents:

WRIR’s Spring 2023 Fund Drive is currently underway — we’re working to raise $42,000 by Saturday April 29 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 contribution once again this spring, if you can. You can make that donation in two minutes by clicking this link:

Maybe it’s my imagination, but it seems like most of the American news stories I’m following these days are, in one way or another, about freedom of expression. The recently settled Dominion v. Fox News lawsuit, the expulsion of three Tennessee legislators, the debate over history and social science curriculum standards here in Virginia — all of them center on who is allowed to make what kinds of public statements.

At Fund Drive time, I’m reminded of this truth: In the USA in 2023, free speech isn’t free. It costs money, and the more money you have, the more speech you get. Fortunately the relationship isn’t linear: Elon Musk (a dude who already seemed to have plenty of speech) buying Twitter (and simultaneously incinerating its value) is walking proof that $44 billion buys a lot less than $44 billion of speech.

On the other end of the spectrum is WRIR. I’d assert there’s no place in the world of American media where your money buys more speech than at Richmond Independent Radio. For roughly $100,000 a year, you get a radio station tuned to the frequencies of your own community, amplifying underrepresented messages and sounds that are shouted down or silenced by traditional, for-profit, conforming media.

When you volunteer at WRIR, all the station’s resources are brought to bear to amplify your personal message. When you donate to Richmond Independent Radio, your contribution amplifies the messages of over 150 journalists, DJs, producers and other content creators, all of whom are pretty much locked out of the legacy media infrastructure. It’s power to the people in its most basic form: A soapbox and a megaphone in a public park, with just a little bit more technology.

Global A Go-Go will be on the air as usual this Sunday April 23 between 1 and 3 PM, with Free Speech Isn’t Free as its theme and a playlist of some of my free speech heroes in international music. You’ll also have the opportunity to double your contribution toward making underrepresented voices heard, because I will personally match the first $500 of donations during Global A Go-Go.

But there’s no need to wait on investing in free speech in your own community. You can do it right now by visiting, 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 2023. Long live Richmond Independent Radio!

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    Time: April 23 - 9:00:00 am
  • Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Oliver Lake, “Separation”

    from Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Passin Thru - 1996


  • Time: April 23 - 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: April 23 - 9:10:00 am
  • Manifiesto

    Victor Jara, “Manifiesto”

    from Manifiesto

    Sucesión Victor Jara - 2016

    Chile, 1975

  • Time: April 23 - 9:15:21 am
  • Carried To Dust

    Calexico, “Victor Jara's Hands”

    from Carried To Dust

    City Slang - 2008


  • Time: April 23 - 9:18:28 am
  • El Aaiun Egdat

    Mariem Hassan, “Arrabi al Arabe”

    from El Aaiun Egdat

    Nubenegra - 2012

    Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

  • Time: April 23 - 9:32:41 am
  • Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited, “Corruption”

    from Corruption

    Mango - 1989


  • Time: April 23 - 9:40:52 am
  • The Best of Johnny Clegg - Juluka & Savuka (Deluxe International Version)

    Juluka, “Scatterlings of Africa”

    from The Best of Johnny Clegg - Juluka & Savuka (Deluxe International Version)

    Scatterlings - 2013

    South Africa, 1982

  • Time: April 23 - 9:56:32 am
  • Best of the Black President

    Fela Kuti, “Coffin For Head of State, Pt. 2”

    from Best of the Black President

    Knitting Factory - 2009

    Nigeria, 1981

  • Time: April 23 - 10:17:55 am
  • Lua Ki Di Nos

    José Carlos Schwarz & Le Cobiana Djazz, “Na Kolonia”

    from Lua Ki Di Nos

    Hot Mule Records - 2021

    Guiné-Bissau, 1973

  • Time: April 23 - 10:23:00 am
  • Caetano Veloso (Remixed Original Album)

    Caetano Veloso, “Tropicália”

    from Caetano Veloso (Remixed Original Album)

    Universal Music Ltda. - 2013

    Brazil, 1968

  • Time: April 23 - 10:27:01 am
  • Gilberto Gil (1968)

    Gilberto Gil, “Domingo no Parque”

    from Gilberto Gil (1968)

    Gege - 1968


  • Time: April 23 - 10:40:00 am
  • Lounes Matoub, “Assagui Liy”

    from Assagui Liy

    Azwaw - 1981


  • Time: April 23 - 10:45:42 am
  • Middle East's Revolutionary Artists, “Zombie”

    from Zombie - Single

    Freemuse - 2015


  • Time: April 23 - 10:51:17 am
  • Tékitoi

    Rachid Taha, “Rock el Casbah”

    from Tékitoi

    Universal Music Division Barclay - 2004


    Global A Go-Go    April 23rd, 2023

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