Chris Boros

Program Director

Chris Boros is WMRA’s Program Director and local host from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

He’s been working in public radio for more than 20 years.  Originally from NE Ohio, Chris has worked at five public radio stations and had a short stint in commercial rock radio.  He’s been a production and operations director, music host and programmer, reporter, behind the scenes producer, technical director, and he studied radio/tv production at Kent State University.  In his free time, Chris hangs out with his wife, Genesis, and their two dogs and cats.  Chris digs b-movies and likes pondering mysteries.

Ways to Connect

WMRA Daily - 10/11/21

Oct 11, 2021

The American Shakespeare Center is closing for the Fall.

Local governments are petitioning to hold virtual meetings permanently.

The race for VA Govenor is tightening even more.

The future of the VA rediscricting commision is in serious doubt.

NASA

When you think of the Apollo moon missions, Apollo 11 probably comes to mind immediately - when Neil Armstrong was the first person to step foot on the moon.  But the later missions, where astronauts drove on the surface, made more discoveries than the previous landings, yet they’re often overlooked. 

WMRA Daily 8/23/21

Aug 23, 2021

The University of Virginia dis-enrolled 240 students for not folliwing their vaccination rules.

Student athletes in Virginia have new protections from the General Assembly to secure their ability to sell their name, image, and likeness.

The race for govenor of Virginia is heating up as new polling data show the race is as tight as ever.

And the Wildlife Center of Virginia has released a bald eagle into the wild.

Valley Conservation Council

As part of WMRA’s partnership with StoryCorps in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, we’re sharing a conversation today between John Hutchinson from The Valley Conservation Council and Kate Wofford from Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley, two conservationists who talk about their careers, the environmental milestones they've achieved, and projects they’re currently undertaking.

As part of WMRA’s partnership with StoryCorps in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, we’re sharing a conversation today between René White from the Lumbee Nation and Chris White, who traces his ancestry back to Cherokee, co-founders of the Native American Church of Virginia.

As part of WMRA’s partnership with StoryCorps in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia, we’re sharing a conversation between Lisa Custalow and Bill Henry about the formation of the Children of Shenandoah.

Tristan Spinski

With spring bird migration in full force in the Shenandoah Valley, WMRA’s Chris Boros spoke with Dana Moseley, a JMU professor who studies birds that make the valley their home and the human noise pollution that affects their feathered lives.

David McCandless and Stefanie Posavec via Flickr / Creative Commons

Over the past forty years, society has gotten increasingly more polarized in regards to differing political and personal ideas.  David R. Brubaker, professor at Eastern Mennonite University, offers advice for navigating in our polarized environment.  He’s our speaker for WMRA's virtual Books & Brews on May 11, 2021.  David recently spoke with WMRA’s Chris Boros who asked him to describe what causes polarization.

WMRA Daily 4/19/21

Apr 19, 2021

Several JMU physicists lent a hand to a groundbreaking particle physics discovery that jolted the global science community.  Liberty University has filed a civil lawsuit against its former leader Jerry Falwell Jr.  Democrat Terry McAuliffe hold a lead in fundraising in this year’s governor race.  And as the Spring convention and primary season heats up,. Candidates are feeling the heat.

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School in Charlottesville has been celebrating Irish culture for 21 years.  Teaching Irish dancing during a mask wearing pandemic hasn't been easy with multiple concert cancellations and switching to an online teaching platform. 

Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation

Charlottesville author Mary E. Lyons chronicles the history of the Blue Ridge Tunnel and the slave labor that built it in her new book. 

A new podcast is available on our website called We Made You A Song – it’s a collaboration between WMRA and Harrisonburg’s The Steel Wheels - detailing the band writing and recording songs that were commissioned by fans of the band during the pandemic.  WMRA’s Tina Owens recently spoke with the group’s lead singer and host of the podcast Trent Wagler.  She asked him to describe how this idea was created.

Studying the history of Southern migration is a great way to understand the history of the nation – that’s according to author and historian Ed Ayers.  His new book is filled with hundreds of detailed maps that demonstrate just how diverse the South is by tracking the comings and goings of people since before the birth of the country.  Ed Ayres is our speaker for WMRA's virtu

WMRA Daily 10/20/20

Oct 20, 2020

Harrisonburg fire officials have determined that the explosion Saturday morning was the result of a gas leak.  Virginia lawmakers wrapped up work on the state budget.  A judge in Richmond heard arguments regarding the fate of the Robert E. lee statue on Monument Avenue.  And Govenor Ralph Northam is now considering several dozen bills lawmakers sent during the special session.

WMRA DAILY 8/24/2020

Aug 24, 2020

Rockingham County Fair Carries On

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow some prisoners to be released early if they can demonstrate good behavior. 

The former Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington will get a name change next month.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Friday that a federal court has approved a consent decree that promotes safe absentee voting in November’s general election.

State regulators may be on their way to inspect detention centers holding people accused of violating immigration laws. 

With uncertainty about schools opening in the Fall, many parents are considering homeschooling as an option.  Teela James is an instructor for CHEC – the Community Homeschool Enrichment Center in Charlottesville.  WMRA’s Chris Boros recently spoke with Teela and he asked her to describe what CHEC is all about.

In 2017, after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, a special fund was established by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.  They released a report detailing how the Heal Charlottesville Fund was able to help the community.  WMRA’s Chris Boros spoke with the foundation’s CEO Brennan Gould and Chris asked her to describe how the fund got started.

WMRA will be adding some new programs to our schedule starting Saturday, August 15.

ASC

Many organizations have had to get creative during these times to continue to serve the community, including American Shakespeare Center in Staunton. 

Free Clinic

As hospitals and doctor’s offices work on managing COVID-19, the Harrisonburg - Rockingham Free Clinic has also had to make some changes to adapt to the pandemic. 

Pat Jarrett / VA Folklife

During the COVID-19 pandemic, artists and performers have been losing work and many have taken their craft online.  The VA Folklife Program recognized this and started the TRAIN program, which pairs master artists with students online. 

Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group

The flu pandemic of 1918 lasted from January of that year till about December of 1920, and it infected roughly 500 million people.  But what was life like during that time?  And how did the federal government respond? 

With closed doors and cancellations, many organizations are taking creative steps to continue to serve the community. 

Jayberries via Wiki / Creative Commons

Anxiety and depression are running high these days over concerns of COVID-19.  Charlottesville resident and author Lisa Jakub has written about her own struggles with anxiety and panic attacks.  She recently spoke with WMRA's Chris Boros about some techniques that can calm a racing heart.

ZeWrestler via Wiki / Creative Commons

Augusta County has declared a state of emergency in response to the threat to public health and safety from the Coronavirus.  The declaration allows the County to make decisions quickly concerning emergency actions.  Tim Fitzgerald is the Augusta County Administrator.

The Johnson Collection / Public Domain

When indigenous people living in the valley and Central Virginia first encountered Europeans they had already established communities with social and political standards with rich cultural traditions. Award-winning historian and professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, Gregory Smithers, will discuss the history of Native Southerners at WMRA's Books & Brews March 10 and 11, 2020.

WMRA Daily 2/20/20

Feb 20, 2020

New School Grants have been announced at promoting computer science education.  Faith leaders from across Virginia are pressing Senate Democrats to abandon their approach to raising the minimum wage.  More incentives could be coming for Virginia developers looking to build apartment complexes that include low and very low-income tenants in their plans.

Lally Laksbergs via Flickr / Creative Commons

Paul Bugas is an expert on Virginia fresh water fishes.  He covers how to collect, handle, observe, conserve, and protect these unique animals in a new Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia.  He’s our speaker for WMRA’s Books & Brews January 14-15.  Paul recently sat down with WMRA’s Chris Boros who asked him how he started his career researching fish.

Every April, downtown Harrisonburg is home to a DIY music festival called MacRock which supports independent artists and musicians.  It began over twenty years ago as an extension of JMU’s college radio station WXJM.  It’s now independently run by a small group of dedicated music lovers like Grant Penrod who’s been involved with the festival for years.  The application deadline to apply

The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is timeless with over two dozen film adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic. George C. Scott and Henry Winkler have both starred in the title role.  But for many, the 1970 musical version called Scrooge with Albert Finney stands out from the rest. 

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