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 email@example.com.