WRIR 97.3 FM Announces It’s Spring 2015 Fund Drive: Live Music and Great Local Talk

wrirpicWRIR Announces Live Music for April ’15 Fund Drive

Who: 97.3 FM WRIR
Where: 1621-B W. Broad St., Richmond, VA (above The Camel)
When: Friday, Apr 10 through Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (air times below)
What: 15 live music performances, including rock, folk, R&B, pop and more
Why: Richmond Independent Radio 97.3 FM WRIR’s $35,000 Spring Fund Drive

RICHMOND, VA. / Non-commercial WRIR broadcasts more live music than any other Richmond radio station, and this April is no exception. This spring, most of WRIR’s live broadcasts will emanate from the station’s brand new Studio C, a live broadcast facility made possible by donations and grants and scheduled for completion this week. Local favorite Goldrush is scheduled to kick off WRIR’s spring fund drive from Studio C between 3 and 5 p.m. April 10. The station’s goal is to raise at least $35,000 to meet operating expenses.

Band April ’15 Time* WRIR Program Genre
Goldrush 10 Fri 3 p.m. Pop Goes the World Pop
Fat Spirit 10 Fri 7 p.m. Time Is Tight Lo-fi Post-punk
Spirit Winds 11 Sat 6 a.m. InterTribal Native American
Kings 12 Sun 3 p.m. The Other Black Music Old School R&B
sb&c 12 Sun 11 p.m. Cosmic Slop Electronic
Lobo Marino 14 Tue 3 p.m. Wide Ear Folk Folk
Whiskey Shivers 14 Tue 7 p.m. Edge of Americana Breakneck Bluegrass
Transitones 15 Wed 7 a.m. Breakfast Blend Classic Pop
Afro-Zen Allstars 15 Wed 3 p.m. Global A Go-Go Ethiopian Jazz
Queer Rocket 16 Thu 5 p.m. Activate Punk
The Green Hearts 17 Fri 3 p.m. Pop Goes the World Power Pop
Paper Fleet 17 Fri 7 p.m. Time Is Tight Brooklyn Rock
Shadow Age 17 Fri 9 p.m. What the Fontaine?! Dark Wave
Mighty Joshua 19 Sun 5 p.m. The Motherland Influence Reggae
Ben Shirley 21 Tue 3 p.m. Wide Ear Folk Singer Songwriter
Time* program starts. Band starts gen. + ∽ 30-50 min.
Virginia Center for Public Press President (and WRIR DJ) Jesse Oremland noted, “WRIR fund drives are about much more than just raising money for the station. Hundreds of members of the community walk through the studio doors, and some hang out for a while to hear live music and mingle. The introduction of Studio C is going to make the spring 2015 fund drive extra special. It’s really gratifying when people get what we’re doing and want to help us continue.”

WRIR broadcasts underrepresented music, news, and views to provide a platform for cultural diversity in Richmond. The station conducts two on-air fund drives each year, and listener contributions are the station’s main source of income. Contributions pay for studio equipment for local news and music programs, national programming license fees, rent, and utilities. To support WRIR 97.3 FM, listeners may donate online at wrir.org, call the station at 804-622-9747, or visit the studios at 1621-B West Broad Street (on the south side of Broad, just west of Lombardy Street).

97.3 FM WRIR began broadcasting on January 1, 2005. In 2009, WRIR received a Richmond Community Service Award for outstanding commitment and service to the community from Richmond City Council. In 2010, Paste Magazine named WRIR “one of the 40 best little radio stations in the U.S,” and, for four years running, Style Weekly readers have selected WRIR as Richmond’s “best local radio station for music.” The station’s broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week from studios in Richmond’s Fan District and is heard in and near the City of Richmond, Virginia and worldwide at wrir.org. For more information about WRIR and the station’s programming, visit wrir.org or contact Matt Zoller at matt.zoller@wrir.org.

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Seeking Bloggers to Join the Conversation to Prevent Sexual Violence #drivepeacehome @VActionAlliance

Carol Olson:

Our statewide coalition that both Jennifer and I are a part of is seeking bloggers or just reblog. Help spread the conversation on preventing sexual violence.

Originally posted on Carol recruits...:

Wonderful followers and readers,

I am asking people to join an online conversation with me on a new campaign called: Drive Peace Home #drivepeachhome. Even if you don’t blog a lot or if you do, I hope you will join me in flooding the internet talking with me and talking with your readers about how prevention of sexual and domestic violence. I am hoping people will join me in blogging about Building Healthy Futures with the Drive Peace Home Campaign and the Peace Begins at Home License plate.

For all of you in prevention, you know what to say. And here is a great new campaign to highlight the conversation this month. April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. While you may hear from centers and cause organizations a lot this month, they do prevention all year long. National stats tell us that 1 in 4…

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John Sutter,

The V Word: An interview with John Sutter on #Rape in #Alaska @jdsutter @wrir

Today Carol interviews John Sutter, journalist from CNN on his report on the prevalence of rape in Alaska. He talks about his journey to see why Alaska has the highest incidence of rape in the nation.

You can listen to the show here

John Sutter receiving his media and journalism award from Joanne Archembault and Herman Milhollend at the EVAWI conference 2015.

John Sutter receiving his media and journalism award from Joanne Archembault and Herman Milholland at the EVAWI conference 2015.


John Sutter at CNN 

WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio

Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Shekeyah Hayes, VUU student and WRIR volunteer

The V Word: Shekeyah Hayes, student at VUU, talks about Domestic Violence on Campus

Shekeyah Hayes, student from Virginia Union University, talks about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence on campus.

You can listen to the show here

Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-838-8238

Know Your Limits, credited to Cambridge Rape Crisis Center

The V Word broadcast: Instructions on Not to Rape

Today Carol talks about vimeo made and distributed by Cambridge Rape Crisis Center: Know Your Limits. Help change the conversation from telling women how to avoid being raped to instead telling potential rapists how to avoid raping others.

Listen to the episode here


WRIR 97.3 FM

Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-838-8238

The V Word Broadcast: New legislation to support sexual assault survivors on college campuses.

Carol talks about new legislation passed in Virginia designed to provide enhanced protections and access to services for survivors of sexual assault on campus.

Listen to the show here


WRIR 97.3 FM 

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance 

Title IX information 

Jenn reading at Local Voices Live event 2015

Community Accountability from a Survivor’s Perspective

For this episode of the V WORD we recorded live at WRIR’s first Local Voices Live event.  During this event the public got to see live some of their favorite shows/modules. The V Word was honored to be part of this event. Jenn read a piece on community accountability from a community activist who is also a black, queer, immigrant, woman.

Please listen to today’s episode here

Transcript here:

Hi my name is Shantae Taylor and I work with JusticeRVA (for racial justice against state sanctioned police violence and mass incarceration), NOACP/Richmond Resistance (for environmental justice) and with RRFP (for reproductive justice). As a queer person of color and immigrant I stand at the intersections of many issues but today I would like to talk about the intersection between state violence, violence against women and how we can create safer communities from the inside out. I want to start first here and talk a little bit about Richmond and then talk about how these issues apply more broadly. I want to be super clear that these issues may be triggering and would like us all to remember that part of accessibility is also keeping each ourselves and each other safe, I will give folks a moment to leave as needed.

-Rape Culture in RVA : I moved to Richmond five years ago and I have so much praise for such an amazing, dynamic and politically active city. However like most places, there is a very strong undercurrent of rape culture. For example, many known restaurants and bars in this city that have well known sexual assaulters and rapists in their midst and there has not as of yet been an city-wide effective campaign to hold those perpetrators accountable – just very brave people doing their best to speak out.

Another example would be our amazing and vibrant punk and hardcore scenes that we love so much. But unfortunately they also suffer from rape culture with it almost being a too common secret. Let us take the example of Dan Cleaves. (I use the example of a white man here to combat the stereotypes thrown against men of color. I also want to be clear that I am in no way using this example to stigmatize against HIV but I do think it is helpful to remember safe sexual practices and to remember that white people get HIV too! It is not just a black or brown problem).Dan Cleaves is a white male who frequented venues in Richmond and was just charged with sexually assaulting and knowingly infecting women with HIV with a particular targeting of transwomen. Many brave Richmonders, survivors included said enough was enough and were eventually able to drive him out of Richmond, but why did it take so long for people to listen to survivors and their wishes? Who is to blame? Are these individual failures or collective failures?

I would argue that these are collective failures. No individual can be solely be responsible for rape culture nor can they be solely responsible for ending it. That does not mean however that people do not need to be accountable for their own actions and take necessary steps to remedy the harm they have caused specific people and the community at large.

I will offer a personal story to help this stick. I am a survivor, however as a black woman I have serious concerns about approaching the police about what happened to me. What if they treat me differently because of my immigration status. How does my black appearance make me dehumanized, thus devalued and more rape-able and not worthy of being saved? How will my community view me? How will I be treated if I present to receive medical care? How does this relate to the long history of sexual violence against black women in this country? How does it relate to the systemic neglect of some black neighborhoods, environmental racism, economic deprivation, the war on drugs and “tough on crime” policing mentality – are these polices making our communities safer for women or more dangerous? How would this change if I were differently-abled? And why would I want to report my assaulter if I know that he would most likely not get proper treatment in jail/prison and more likely get worse after that process?

I think the INCITE! model of violence against women is especially helpful.” INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans people of Color* Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.” INCITE! identifies “violence against women of color” as a combination of “violence directed at communities,” such as police violence, war, and colonialism, and “violence within communities,” such as rape and domestic violence.

They basically argue that if we want safer communities from the inside out we are going to have to be careful how we intermesh with the state in terms of mass incarceration instead of rehabilitative and restorative justice. They especially focus on the effects of violence on marginalized groups like women of color, queer folks, immigrants, incarcerated women and how we can lift their voices in this process. (this includes queer women, transwomen, differently abled and gender non conforming women too, because all women matter). It keeps in mind that violence against women of color often takes many forms from environmental racism to state sanctioned police violence and other structural forms of violence and that they need to be examined in a systemic way and addressed in order to really make solid gains in this process.

-I would argue that if we really want to see changes in rape culture in RVA we need to consider this model. Please connect with organizations such as Safe Harbor, VAVP and others that are working on this. You can read more about INCITE at incite-national.org. Thank you for your time.