Pictures from WRIR’s 7th Birthday Party presents:

Pictures from WRIR’s 7th Birthday Party


Thanks you to everyone who attended our 7th Birthday Party on February 3rd.  The great performers and the record breaking crowd made this a night to remember.  On behalf of all of the volunteers at WRIR, thank you for keeping the Community in Community Radio!

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Jack McHale

    February 16th, 2012

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WRIR’s 7th Birthday Party Is February 3rd presents:

WRIR’s 7th Birthday Party Is February 3rd

Join WRIR at 7pm this Friday, February 3rd at the glorious Renaissance Ballroom!  

WRIR's 7th Birthday Party is February 3 at 7pm

There will be 3 rooms of entertainment, DJs, comedy, spoken word and more.  A $10 Donation at the door benefits WRIR and includes access to all entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and birthday cake!  Come to Broad Street for First Fridays and help us celebrate 7 years of Richmond Independent Radio.

Click here for the Facebook page and invite your friends!

(Poster Design by Team Eight)

We'll have live performance in three rooms featuring –

Plus, performances from:

The party will be from 7pm to Midnight at The Richmond Renaissance Ballroom, 107 West Broad Street.

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Jack McHale

    January 15th, 2012

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September 17th - Live at WRIR CD Release Party presents:

September 17th – Live at WRIR CD Release Party

To celebrate the release of WRIR's first "Live At WRIR CD", we're hosting a CD Release Party at Bogarts on Saturday, September 17th at 8pm

Live show poster

Show your support for WRIR and help kick off the Fund Drive with 5 live bands!

"Live At WRIR Volume 1" is a limited edition CD available exclusively during WRIR's 2011 Summer Fund Drive.  Join us for 5 live bands at Bogarts-

Splork! (Reunion show)
Ms. Proper
Pedals On Our Pirate Ships (solo)
Peace Beast

Cover is a $5 donation to WRIR.  You can also make your pledge and pick up a copy of Live at WRIR Volume 1 at the show.

Bogarts In The Fan

1903 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23220


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Jack McHale

    September 11th, 2011

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Spring Fund Drive, Thursday, May 5 presents:

Spring Fund Drive, Thursday, May 5

Food, live music, friends and neighbors visting.  It may seem like we're just throwing a big party for our fund drive.  However, our fund drives are serious fun.

Listener donations provide the vast majority of funding for the station.  They give us the money to provide great programming as well as funding day to day expenses like rent and utilities.  Listener support is essential for WRIR in the most literal sense.  So please either call 804-822-9747, visit us at 1621 West Broad Street or donate online.

Special Guests and Performances

  • Cause and Effect will feature Alex DiMattesa of Grave Mistake records (as well as Government Warning, Wasted Time) and his playlist of influences and favorites.
  • Paul's Boutique will have a live performance by Ben Shepherd.
  • This Modern Beat will have a live performance by rapper Islam.

Great Food

Thursday will feature Mexican food from Cafe Ole and upscale comfort food from  Lu Lu's.

Special Thank You Gifts

  • 6-8am – Breakfast Blend, CD Stash including Dum Dum Girls, 1st $100 donation
  • 11am-Noon – Tell Me More, Groovin’ In The Garden, Raphael Saadiq, May 19, 1st $100 donation
  • 1-1:30pm Mental Health Matters, Groovin’ In The Garden, Umphrey’s McGee, May 6, 1st $100 donation
  • 5-7pm – New Music Machine, CD Super Stash including Cloud Nothings, highest donation during show
  • 7-9pm – Cause & Effect, CD Stash including Papercuts, 1st $100 donation
Jack McHale

    May 4th, 2011

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Spring Fund Drive, Wednesday, May 3 presents:

Spring Fund Drive, Wednesday, May 3

For the past few fund drives, WRIR has worked alongside local non-profits to help promote their work.  This year, we're pleased to support Art 180.  A portion of donations of $200 or more will go to support this great Richmond organization.

ART 180 gives young people in challenging circumstances the chance to express themselves through art, and to share their stories with others. Through after-school programs in schools and community centers, young people discover ways they can positively engage in and influence their surroundings.Now in it's 13th year, the Richmond-based, grassroots organization believes in the potential of our children and the power of art to create personal and community change. Visit to learn more.

Art 180 Live on Lotus Land

Michael Miracle will be hosting young artists from Art 180 during The Lotus Land Show today from 5-7pm.

More Highlights

  • Join Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio at 12:30pm for a special program on "The Legacy of John Adams: Defending the Unpopular from the Boston Massacre to Guantanamo Terror Suspects".  The first $100 donor during Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio will get a free portrait of John Adams.
  • Between 7 and 9pm, Activate will have a live performance by The Atkinsons.

For more details on today's happenings, click on "read more"


Volunteers and visitors will be enjoying delicious food from Christopher's Runaway Gourmay and Avenue 805.  (and yesterday's fare from Buzz and Ned's and 8 1/2 was pretty awesome as well).

BTW, this was the second day 8 1/2 provided dinner to the station.

Special Thank You Gifts

  • 2-4pm The first $100 dollar donation during Talk of the Nation will get a pair of tickets to Groovin’ In The Garden with Nanci Griffith, May 26
  • 5-7pm The highest donor during Lotus Land will get a CD Super Stash including a CD by pavement.
  • 9-11pm The first $100 dollar donation during Mercury Falls will get a CD Stash of 3 CDs including Perfume Genius

For our complete list of thank you gifts, follow this link.

Jack McHale

    May 4th, 2011

Posted In: Events

Spring Fund Drive, Monday, May 2 presents:

Spring Fund Drive, Monday, May 2

Not everyone gets this excited about donating to the station, but our t-shirts and other premiums do get peopled fired up.  We also have special giveaways during selected shows as well as live music.  Click Read More for today's details.


Two shows today will be giving away tickets to Groovin in the Garden

2-4pm Talk of the Nation, Groovin’ In The Garden Nanci Griffith, May 26, 1st $100 donation
7-9pm Louisana Dance Hall, Talk of the Nation, Groovin’ In The Garden Donna The Buffallo,
    May 12, 1st $100 donation

CD Stash

The first donation above $100 for the shows below will get a special bundle of 3 CD along with their regular premiums.  Donors must either pay by credit card over the phone or in person before the end of the show to be eligible for the CD Stash.  For detailed terms and conditions, click here.

6-8am Breakfast Blend, CD Stash including Clinic, 1st $100 donation
5-7pm Lost Music Saloon, CD Super Stash including Jayhawks, highest donation during show
9-11pm12 Fluid Oz Show, CD stash of Best of 12 Fluid Oz Show, 1st $100 donation


Volunteers and visitors to the station will enjoy food from A Moveable Feast and Avalon.

Jack McHale

    May 2nd, 2011

Posted In: Events

Live music in a firehouse presents:

Live music in a firehouse

For the conclusion of our Spring Fund Drive, WRIR and Commonwealth of Notions’ Shannon Cleary present two nights of local music in historic Richmond venues.  The weekend of May 7 and 8 features performances at The Firehouse Theatre and Gallery 5 with four bands each night. Shows are priced at $5 each, or both for $8. (Details at door Saturday night.)

Orioles Live

Saturday, May 7 at Firehouse, WRIR presents a night of acoustic music with Nick Coward and the Last Battle, Ophelia, Josh Small, and Orioles take the stage beginning at 8PM (doors open at 7). Saturday's show may be the final show for Orioles so be prepared for some special guests to join the band. 

Sunday, May 8 at Gallery 5 brings a more electric show with The Veins, Sports Bar, The Trillions, and Amazing Ghost (with special guests) headlining.  This will be an early starting at 6PM (doors open at 5). .


The Firehouse Theatre Project
1609 W Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220 (map)

200 W Marshall St
Richmond, VA (map)

WRIR would like to thank The Firehouse Theatre and Gallery 5 for their support in hosting these programs.  Founded in 1993, The Firehouse Theatre Project produces contemporary theater of the United States in an authentic urban space – the 101-year-old former Station House #10 of the Richmond Fire Department.  Gallery5 is a community oriented, socially motivated art gallery and performing art center in Richmond’s Historic Jackson Ward. The gallery opened its doors on April 15, 2005 in an effort to save the life of a National Historic Landmark known as Steamer Company No. 5. Built in 1849, Steamer Company No. 5, is Virginia’s oldest firehouse and Richmond’s oldest police station and jailhouse. 

WRIR would also like to thank Matt Klimas and Triple Stamp Press for their exciting work on the poster and promotional materials for these concerts.

Jack McHale

    April 27th, 2011

Posted In: Events

Photos from our 6th Anniversary Party presents:

Photos from our 6th Anniversary Party

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy some great music and show their support for Richmond Independent Radio.  Here are photos of the musicians and performers that helped make it a great night for everyone.

Jack McHale

    February 27th, 2011

Posted In: Events

7pm, February 4th -It’s WRIR’s Sixth Birthday Party! presents:

7pm, February 4th -It’s WRIR’s Sixth Birthday Party!

Live music, spoken word, and DJ's will highlight 97.3 FM WRIR's annual birthday celebration on Friday, February 4th, 2011. WRIR's "Party for the Rest of Us" begins at 7PM and continues until midnight in the Roosevelt Ballroom of the Renaissance Conference Center, 107 West Broad Street in Richmond.  Last February, WRIR hosted a party even Snowmageddon couldn't stop, building the station's reputation for delivering Richmond's best winter throwdown.  All ages admitted.

This year, the evening begins with an opening ceremony featuring Native American drum and dance ensemble Youghtanund. Featured bands on the main stage include The Diamond Center, Marionette, Ultra Dolphins, and Pennyshaker.  A hip hop showcase curated by Black Liquid and featuring local artists Artik Phreeze, Doethepaperboy, Ms Proper, Official Freeze, Skurban Barz Ent
will anchor a second stage, also the site for Spirit Winds (Native American flute players), Richmond Youth Jazz Guild, Turnstyle Soundsystem, WRIR DJs, and stand-up comedy performances from Dave Garland, Joe Hafkey, and John Reaves.  

7:15-7:45 Opening ceremony by YoughTaNund Native American drum ensemble
8:05-8:50 Marionette
9:10-9:55 Pennyshaker
10:10-10:55 The Diamond Center
11:15-12:00 Ultra Dolphins

Variety Room:
7:00-7:30 Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
7:40-8:10 Spirit Winds flute ensemble
8:15-9:00 Slam Poetry
9:15-10:00 Stand-up Comedy w/ David Garland, Joe Hafkey, John Reaves
10:00-11:00 Hip Hop showcase w/ Black Liquid, Ms. Proper, Artik Phreeze, Dothepaperboy
11:00-12:00 Turnstyle Sounsystem w/ Jesse Split & JoAnna O
A $10 donation at the door benefits WRIR and includes access to all entertainment, hors d'oeuvre, and birthday cake. Beverages will be available at Roosevelt Ballroom cash bars.  All ages will be admitted but proof of age required to purchase alcohol.

Artists performing WRIR's "Party for the Rest of Us" Fri 04 Feb 2011

The Diamond Center
Ultra Dolphins
Artik Freeze
Ms. Proper
Official Freeze
Skurban Barz Ent
Spirit Wind
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
Turnstyle Soundsystem
Dave Garland
Joe Hafkey
John Reaves

Jack McHale

    January 21st, 2011

Posted In: Events

Interview with Liberian Association of Virginia presents:

Interview with Liberian Association of Virginia

As part of our ongoing series of interviews with representatives from the African Community Network, DefendersLIVE will focus today on Liberia, a west African nation with Virginia roots. Our guests are Levi Johnson, President of the Liberian Association of Virginia (LAVA) and fellow member Davidson Nagbe. On Sunday, November 7, 2010, LAVA hosted a worship service at Virginia Union University for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia.

This event followed her appearance on the Richmond Forum the night before, the first time a standing head-of-state had been a speaker at the Forum.

Elected in 2005 to a post-war nation with a devasted infrastructure, 85% unemployment and an exhausted, but determined population, President Sirleaf has pushed through debt relief, early childhood education programs, reforms in the judicial system regarding women's rights and the prosecution of abusers and rapists, added many women to government positions, and plans to run for office again. Alternately called "The Iron Lady" and "Ma Ellen", Prsident SIrleaf has been named one of Newsweek Magazine's Top Ten World Leaders and Glamour Magazine's Top Ten Women of the Year. The interview with LAVA will cover culture, education, economic and development realities of the country as well as the shared 19th century history of Virginia and Liberia that led to the 14-year 20th century civil war.


    November 7th, 2010

Posted In: Blogging, Events

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