Global A Go-Go


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Global A Go-Go is a weekly two-hour world music radio program that I’ve been hosting since 2004. It’s produced live in the studio and can be heard on both the FM radio band and as a webstream simulcast. It is rebroadcast on other radio stations, and it’s available as a podcast as well.

Global A Go-Go originates in the studios of WRIR Richmond Independent Radio 97.3 FM in Richmond, Virginia, USA, from which it is broadcast live every Sunday from 1 to 3 PM Eastern time USA. A live broadcast has a certain energy and realness that’s hard to duplicate in any other format — that’s what I’m aiming for each week.

In addition to broadcasting at 97.3 FM in Richmond, WRIR simulcasts its programming on a webstream. So if you have a broadband connection and a media player, you can listen live to Global A Go-Go from anywhere in the world.

Global A Go-Go is rebroadcast on seven radio stations: CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; KBOG 97.9 FM in Bandon, Oregon, USA; KRFP Radio Free Moscow 92.5 FM in Moscow, Idaho, USA; WMNB 107.1 FM in North Adams, Massachusetts USA; WXDR 98.9 FM in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; and the internet radio station Caribriddims International at  The program is available to be aired by any non-profit radio station free of charge via the A-Infos Radio Project, also known as

There’s a comprehensive online archive of Global A Go-Go programs (I’m not kidding about it being comprehensive — the recordings go all the way back to August 25, 2004) here:

These recordings can be downloaded for your listening pleasure, and you can receive Global A Go-Go every week as a podcast.

In addition, WRIR’s website has a listening portal that allows you to stream any program for two weeks after it’s been aired. You can find the listening portal here:

Desert Island Disc (Global A Go-Go Remix) by Bill Lupoletti & Alyssa Salomon, photographed by Alyssa Salomon

I describe Global A Go-Go as “music from around the world in the universal language of groove.” In short, you could call it a world music program that emphasizes the danceable over the folkloric.

Global A Go-Go is all about decolonizing your ears. My goal with this program is to expand your listening horizon: I want more people to listen to more music from outside their own country, language, culture and comfort zone.

You’ll hear plenty of newly released music on Global A Go-Go, but I also feature classic and historic recordings on virtually every program. I play music from all continents (OK, not Antarctica) — if I tallied everything Africa would certainly come in #1 and South America would probably be #2. And I do play music from the USA when it fits the context.

“World music” is one of those terms that everybody uses but nobody claims to like; I guess I’m that group too. My favorite definition of world music is that it’s “local music from somewhere else.” That’s a pretty good description of my show as well — most of the artists I play aren’t the least bit obscure, they’re just popular somewhere other than Richmond, Virginia.

In addition to local music from somewhere else, I play quite a bit of what you might call “culturally hybrid” music — music that draws on multiple, independent cultural traditions. Hybridity is a hot topic in academia, but my interest in it is anything but academic. I’m simply a lifelong fan of music, and to my ears the most interesting, exciting music in the world right now reflects the ever-decreasing distance between cultures in today’s world.

I hope you enjoy listening to the program, and I’d certainly be happy to hear from you. You can leave me a comment on the site, or drop me a line via email at globalagogoradio [at] gmail [dot] com.

Globally yours,
Bill Lupoletti

P.S. If you’d like me to hear your music for potential airplay (I’ll share it with other WRIR DJs as well), you can send recordings to me at this address:

Bill Lupoletti
Assistant Music Director for World Music
WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio
P.O. Box 4787
Richmond, VA 23220


Map by Chris (DJ CJ) Dalbom


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  • Dennis Rider says:

    When clicking “Play Show”, the Rockin Modern Neon Sounds show plays. This is also true at the Music4All site. The playlists are correct but not the actual show. FRUSTRATING not being able to here past shows

  • Danny Martin says:

    Hello Mr. Lupoletti,

    You may have noticed an email in your inbox from Insitu Recordings last week. I’m a longstanding member of Richmond’s Gamelan Raga Kusuma, which you have featured before on your show, and I am now involved with a new label in Bali, Indonesia, Insitu Recordings. I’m in charge of US Distribution, and will soon be moving back to Central Java, where I will also be more directly involved with projects.

    If you have a minute, please check out some of the things we are doing! We’ve put out several new releases this past month. Here’s a link to our site, one of our albums, and a little promo video:

    About Insitu:

    “Insitu Recordings is a record label and arts collective established on the island of Bali in September 2016. Our releases cover long-standing gamelan traditions as well as new and innovative works. These are distributed across two imprints. Our Insitu Recordings imprint operates much like a conventional label, while Explorasi is reserved for material associated with our regular Insitu Sessions. Our aims include making recording more accessible in Indonesia, helping artists get their music heard by a wider circle of listeners, providing artists with high quality documentation of their work, encouraging collaboration and experimentation across musics, and creating a space where those involved can develop the technical skills needed to bring a piece of music to release.

    Although gamelan is the thread that ties all of this music together, we have no intention of restricting releases solely to gamelan. In fact, we aim to encourage interactions between gamelan and other musics across Indonesia and the globe and are willing to follow such collaborations wherever they may lead. Releases covering collaborations between gamelan, rock, electronics, and noise are already in the pipeline.”

    Please feel free to send any questions or comments! We’re very eager for feedback!

    Danny Martin

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