In case of an emergency, WRIR is the official source for communications from the City of Richmond.

Tune in on 97.3 FM or via our website by clicking the listen button. You can reach the city by calling (804) 646-HELP.

If you need immediate assistance, call 9-1-1.

COVID-19 (Corona)

WRIR statement

March 31, 2020: We are operating normally, under the “essential service” designation.

We have taken steps to ensure our communal space is kept clean and disinfected and have eliminated guests and meetings at the station. Our volunteers are dedicated to being a resource for information on the ongoing situation and an outlet for those practicing social distancing or who are quarantined. We have also implemented partial remote management to ensure content keeps flowing even without anyone physically present at the station.

CDC recommendation

Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

Via CDC Corona Situation Summary

Statements from officials

School information

Media coverage

Latest information on number and location of cases in the United States:

Many media organizations are dropping paywalls for COVID-19 coverage. Notably:

The Atlantic, WSJ, Talking Points Memo, Globe and Mail, Seattle Times, Miami Herald (and other McClatchy-owned properties), Toronto Star, Stat, Dallas Morning News, Medium, NY Times, and several medical/science journals. Notably, The Guardian relies on online subscription revenue but doesn’t put anything behind a paywall, including their coronavirus coverage.

In addition, a group of archivists have created an online directory of scientific papers related to coronaviruses, available for free download.


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