Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia is traveling across the state this week...

Al Bartholet

Robin and Linda Williams recently appeared on WMRA's Acoustic Cafe and had an opportunity to talk with Tina Owens about 40 years in the music business, life on the road with A Prairie Home Companion, and of their love of music.

How New Authors Got Big Bucks

Dec 13, 2013

NPR has been tapping WMRA's Martha Woodroof to provide advice for aspiring novelists.  Martha tells about some cases of big money going to newly/never published writers. 

This December, as you remember and think back over the year, remember WMRA. Your support is needed to help us bring you another year of stories, conversations and deep analysis.

NPR's Here & Now is now on at 1pm weekdays, allowing us to present the full 2-hour program from 1pm - 3pm, Monday through Thursday, and a single hour at 1pm Friday.

Vote Tracker: Virginia 2013 Election

Nov 27, 2013

UPDATED.  Va.  General Election of 2013, state and local. 

After eight years and about 2,000 stories broadcast, The Story is off the air.

Early Tuesday morning, Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds was involved in an altercation with his son Austin, and the Senator was stabbed at his house in Bath County.  Senator Deeds was seriously wounded, but is reported to be alert and in fair condition at UVA Medical Center.

First responders to the house found Austin, whose nickname was Gus, suffering from life-threatening injuries associated with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

A Giant Dies in Bridgewater

Nov 12, 2013

In the fall of 2013, veterans were in the news a lot. First, vets were in the headlines when denied access to the National World War II Memorial during the Government Shutdown of 2013. Shortly afterward, during Veterans Day activities, televised tributes to vets poured in. Between these peaks of veteran-awareness, a giant of military history (and also of sheer human willpower) quietly passed away in Bridgewater, Virginia: General James "Robbie" Risner, age 88.

McAuliffe & Clinton Stumping in Virginia

Oct 29, 2013
Terry Ward

Early Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, along with President Bill Clinton, made a campaign stop at James Madison University in Harrisonburg as part of their “Putting Jobs First” tour.

Future Campaign Stops:

Wednesday, October 30 at 10:45am
The Paramount Theater
Tickets link: here

WMRA Listener Survey Results

Oct 21, 2013

More than 400 individuals participated in WMRA’s electronic survey, which was completed in September. Thank you!

The WMRA Fall Fundraiser raised over $200,000!

Martha's NPR "First Book" Series Appears

Oct 11, 2013

NPR wanted our Martha Woodroof to moderate chats with emerging authors.

DC Legalización Rally and Virginia Organizing

Oct 8, 2013

The 2013 Govt. Shutdown at times kept the National Mall's grass closed, but First Amendment activity is being allowed on a case-by-case basis. Some members of Virginia Organizing attended a rally in DC  seeking citizenship for foreign-born undocumented people.

WMRA-Area Caller Enlivens "On Point"

Oct 3, 2013

Footsoldier turned Pentagon counterinsurgency advisor David Kilcullen was a fascinating guest on NPR's "On Point" and a caller from Harrisonburg had an intriguing question.

Lexington's Michael Smitka on NPR

Sep 27, 2013

In an article quoting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, NPR's "All Things Considered" also included the voice of a Washington & Lee University professor of economics. 

We are back on the air in Lexington at 89.9, with a new transmitter in place.

Thank you for you patience while we switched out the old one.

Since 1987, Skyline Literacy, based in Harrisonburg, has been working with adults who need help with reading and writing skills, applying for their GEDs, and even helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

WMRA is brings The Takeaway to Virginia.

Tom DuVal Retires

Jun 25, 2013

Tom Duval, retires after a 17 year career with WMRA.

Tom has carried the station forward through a turbulent time in the media world.  Some of his accomplishments include:

$30,000 Dash

May 13, 2013

The WMRA $30,000 Dash is a success!  At 6pm Wednesday 5/22, we reached the goal.

Jack Marmorstein on Boston Marathon Bombing

Apr 16, 2013

A WMRA-area runner was in the 2013 Boston Marathon, and much to friends' relief, he promptly said on Facebook: "I'm fine."   He's familiar with the finish line area and his modestly self-described "little sliver of insight" about the attack has gone national.  

NPR.org Hacked

Apr 16, 2013

On Monday night, public radio station websites from New England to the deep South briefly showed odd web "news" articles saying only, "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here" (see examples in our slideshow).  Apparently NPR.org was hacked, and many local affiliates who show the official NPR newsfeed on their own websites thus showed SEA's cybergraffiti. 

Spring Fundraiser

Apr 10, 2013

The WMRA Spring Fundraiser ended at noon Saturday, April 6.  Thanks to your generosity, together we raised over $90,000.

Pete Souza

Tuesday night at 9pm, WMRA presents live coverage of President Obama's State of the Union Address. Join Melissa Block for in-depth analysis... and reaction from members of Congress. You'll also hear the Republicans' response to the President's speech.

Inauguration Coverage

Jan 20, 2013
Pete Souza

WMRA will carry special coverage of the Inauguration beginning at 11am. Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish will host live from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, where the Inaugural ceremony will take place. They will be joined there by White House Correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley. This special coverage will include President Obama's Inaugural Address, which is expected to occur at some point after 11:30am.

In addition to our live coverage in the morning, Neal Conan will host a special Talk of the Nation, focused on listener reactions to the day's events.

The protests in New York City that came to be known as Occupy Wall Street began one year ago today, and spread to cities nationwide, including, last October, Harrisonburg.