Matt Bingay

Executive Director and General Manager

Matt Bingay is the Executive Director and General Manager for WMRA and WEMC.

Matt began working for WMRA as a student at James Madison University in 1992.  Except for a brief year at New Hampshire Public Radio in the mid 90's in Concord, Matt has spent the majority of his public radio career at WMRA.

Over his 20+ years with the station, Matt has hosted every shift, produced numerous programs, assisted with national productions, hired and trained many producers and announcers, and works closely with every department at WMRA.

Matt is also an amateur violist and guitarist, has played soccer since grade school (and still plays today), is always reading something (fiction and non-fiction), has a few marathons under his belt and loves living in the Shenandoah Valley.

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We're pleased to welcome Chris Boros as WMRA’s new Program Director.

“Public Radio is in my blood.  I have a passion for great sound and audio and I’m excited to be working with pros like Bob Leweke and Kimberlea Daggy.  WMRA is a station that serves a beautiful community.  I’m happy to be here.”

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WMLU, our partner station serving Farmville at 91.3fm, will be off the air for the next few weeks.

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It has 480 solar panels, could reduce carbon emissions by 191 tons annually, and represents the first of its kind in Virginia. It’s a solar superstructure, a shell above an existing building, and is expected to provide 93 percent of the power needed to operate the Colonial Nissan Dealership in Charlottesville.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate. Facebook is under scrutiny after revelations that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The company is accused of using that data to target American voters in the 2016 election.

WMRA’s April Books & Brews features photographer Robert Llewellyn discussing his work on the book, The Living Forest: A Visual Journey Into the Heart of the Woods. The book is a collaboration with biology and environmental studies professor, Joan Maloof, and explores our forests as a place of wonder and new discovery. 

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 7pm, at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery in Crozet

WMRA's Books & Brews series is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust.

With both Books & Brews locations, when you present your WMRA MemberCard, you'll receive a certificate for a complimentary beer.

WMRA and the Arts Council of the Valley presented Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia in concert, Saturday March 10, at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg.

Come out, enjoy a beer and explore the monstrous...

WMRA’s February Books & Brews features author Sofia Samatar discussing her book, Monster Portraits, a series of fictional diary entries which explore concepts of... and reactions to... the monstrous.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 7pm, at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery in Crozet. (This is a new partnership and new location for Books & Brews!)

With both Books & Brews locations, when you present your WMRA MemberCard, you'll receive a certificate for a complimentary beer.

Learn About the Secret Life of Ernest Hemingway at our January Books & Brews

 WMRA’s January Books & Brews features author Nicholas Reynolds, discussing his book, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961.

WMRA and WEMC Holiday Specials for 2017

WMRA's December Books & Brews features author Brendan Wolfe, discussing his book, Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend. Bix Beiderbecke was one of the first great legends of jazz. Among the most innovative cornet soloists of the 1920s and the first important white player, he invented the jazz ballad and pointed the way to “cool” jazz. But his recording career lasted just six years; he drank himself to death in 1931—at the age of twenty-eight.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, 

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 7pm, at Kardinal Hall on Preston Avenue, Charlottesville.

WMRA's Books & Brews series is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust.

No tickets are required for either event.

Two days after the election, a few house races remain contested, and the outcomes of those races could make all the difference in a possible shift in the power balance in Richmond. But while we wait for the recount, Governor-elect Ralph Northam is wasting no time in setting the tone for the next term...

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On this episode of Our Island Universe: Taking steps to protect alien life as we explore the galaxy.

Weekly broadcast production of The Best of Car Talk has come to an end... and what a ride it has been!

Al Bartholet, Executive Director and General Manager for WMRA and WEMC, is retiring after working in radio for nearly 40 years. Bartholet came to WMRA in 2013 after a 32 year career with WKSU in Kent, Ohio. Bartholet leaves WMRA with a legacy of increased local news, new fundraising strategies and expanded community engagement. 

WMRA's November Books & Brews features author Tim Davis, discussing his book, National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape. Have you ever wondered when, why, or how national park roads were built? Many park roads have unique qualities, various factors influencing their design and development, and often shape the national park experience. Hear how these roads affect National parks across the country, from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive to Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road, Yellowstone's Grand Loop, Yosemite's Tioga Road, and scores of other scenic drives.. 

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, 

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 5pm, at Kardinal Hall on Preston Avenue, Charlottesville.

WMRA's Books & Brews series is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust.

No tickets are required for either event.

 

At the end of the Fall 2017 Fundraiser for WMRA, we're giving away a pair of front row center tickets to see comedian and Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! panel member Paula Poundstone at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, October 6 at 8pm.

Everyone who contributes during the Fall Fundraiser is automatically entered, as are all of our current sustaining members. Give Now and get in on the drawing.

On September 12th, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, our Books & Brews series features author Charles Marsh, discussing his book, ​Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This biography explores the life and writings of German Pastor and Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who opposed the rise of Nazism and was executed for conspiring to assassinate Hitler. 

The evening is sponsored by Union Bank.

No tickets are required for this event.

On August 29th, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, our Books & Brews series featured author David Ehrenpreis, discussing his book, Picturing Harrisonburg, which examines Harrisonburg's history through images and aspirations. 

The evening is sponsored by Union Bank.

No tickets are required for this event.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies about the Russia Investigation, Annotation and Archived Video

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Primary voting in Virginia is this Tuesday, June 13th and our series of conversations with candidates for Virginia’s next Governor concludes with State Senator Frank Wagner.

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Primary voting in Virginia is this Tuesday, June 13th and our series of conversations with candidates for Virginia’s next Governor continues today with Republican candidate Corey Stewart. Stewart is the Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, the second largest county in Virginia.

Former FBI Director James Comey, testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. NPR journalists covering national security and politics have annotated Comey's previous public remarks and we have archived video of the testimony.

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Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with  Tom Perriello, former Virginia Congressman and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor. 

Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with Ralph Northam, Virginia’s current Lieutenant Governor and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor. 

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Comedian and Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! panel member Paula Poundstone will be at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, October 6 at 8pm. Get your tickets now.

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