Global A Go-Go

Global A Go-Go: Wednesday October 19, 3:00-5:00 PM

Bill Lupoletti

It’s always a little bit odd when a WRIR fund drive happens in the middle of a presidential election campaign — it seems to suck up everybody’s bandwidth.  In 2016, it’s even worse.  This year’s campaign reminds me of those videos of 12-foot trucks trying to drive under an 11′-8″ bridge: you know in advance what’s going to happen, collateral damage will be involved, you’re powerless to stop it from occurring.  And as uncomfortable as it makes you feel, it’s hard to take your eyes off of it.

(copyright Jurgen Henn,

So I’m writing to remind you that, as addictive as inevitable crackups can be, there are some important things you can control.  And one of them is making sure that, come November 9 and the months and years beyond, you and the rest of the people in your community have a radio station reflecting your interests and values, not ones imposed on you by the powerful interests that control most all of America’s media outlets.

That radio station makes its time and facilities available to anyone in the community who wants to get their message, viewpoint and taste out to the public.  It invites and welcomes all comers, it provides opportunities for growth and learning, it opens the listeners’ ears and minds to new ideas and expressions that might change their life.  It operates without need for financial profit — its motive is the greater good, not personal or private benefit.  In short, it amplifies the best features of your community.

And you don’t even have to will it into existence.  All you need to do is donate whatever you can afford.  That will help keep WRIR on the air so it can keep doing what it’s been doing for your community for the last 12 years.  There are three easy ways you can contribute:

  1. By visiting our secure online sites at (for a one-time donation) or (for a monthly recurring contribution)
  2. By calling 804-622-9747
  3. Or by visiting us in person at 1621-B W. Broad Street (2nd floor)

Thank you for your support, and long live Richmond Independent Radio!


All the podcasts:

Artist Song Album Record Label Year/Comments
Oliver Lake (USA) Separation Matador Of 1st & 1st Passin' Thru 1997
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (England UK) Global A Go-Go Global A Go-Go Hellcat 2001
Roger Damawuzan (Togo) Wait For Me African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s Analog Africa 1972
Vaudou Game (France-Togo) Elle Decide Kidayu Hot Casa 2016
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana) This Hustling World Simigwa Academy LPs 1975
The KutiMangoes (Denmark-Burkina Faso) This Ship Will Sink Made In Africa Tramp 2016
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria) Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.) Struggle Sounds Sony Masterworks 2016
Zgomot, live in WRIR's Studio C:
Manea Cu Voca (Tango)
Nunta Extremala
The Rain Song
Orkesta Mendoza (USA-Mexico) Cumbia Volcadora Vamos A Guarachar! Glitterbeat 2016
Chico Trujillo (Chile) La Cura Del Espanto Reina De Todas Las Fiestas Barbes 2015
La Mojarra Electrica (Colombia) El Hueco Raza Nuevos Medios 2006
Rachid Taha (Algeria-France) Rock El Casbah Tekitoi Wrasse 2004

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