September 22, 2011

Program September 23, 2011

I want to thank everyone who has donated so generously thus far in WRIR's Summer 2011 Fund Drive, which continues through Sunday.  As I write this note on Thursday night, we've already raised $22,000, which is more than we've ever made in the first seven days of a fund drive.

But we're not done yet -- WRIR has set a goal to raise $35,000 in the current drive.  This is the money we use to pay our rent and utilities; to buy and repair broadcast equipment; to acquire nationally-syndicated programs from NPR, Pacifica and others; and to pay the dozens of expenses that come along with running a not-so-small small business -- one that's on the air 24/7/365 with a volunteer staff of 150 people serving thousands of listeners.

We'll meet this ambitious and necessary goal with a strong close to the drive.  So if you haven't donated yet, please consider making a contribution some time in the next three days.  And thank you for listening to and supporting WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, radio for the rest of us, a project dedicated to the radical proposition that the public airwaves belong to the public -- not to the government or Clear Channel or Rush Limbaugh, but to you.

To make your donation, please call 804-622-9747, visit the station in person at 1621-B West Broad Street in Richmond, or click here to donate online:

For my second Summer 2011 Fund Drive edition of Global A Go-Go (this Friday from 5 to 7 PM), I have a very special treat for you -- Bio Ritmo, Richmond's salsa machine, will be performing live in the studio.  Bio Ritmo has a lot to celebrate right now -- it's their 20th anniversary this month, they've just returned from France where they played at a major festival, and their new album La Verdad was released this week.  Before they head over to Gallery 5 for their record release party (, Bio Ritmo will be groovin' in WRIR's Live Room and encouraging you to do as they do and support community radio in Richmond.

I hope you tune in this week, and thank you (in arrears or advance) for supporting WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio.

All the podcasts:

Song | Artist (Country) | Recording | Label | Year

Separation | Oliver Lake (USA) | Matador Of 1st & 1st | Passin' Thru | 1996
Global A Go-Go | Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (UK) | Global A Go-Go | Hellcat | 2001

Let My People Boogaloo | Spanglish Fly (USA) | 101 Things To Do In Bongolia | Electric Cowbell | 2011
Taking Over | Ralph Robles (USA) | Taking Over | Fania | 1968
El Bantu | Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers (USA) | Mi Watusi | Freestyle | 2011

The Good Leaf | Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria) | From Africa With Fury: Rise | Knitting Factory | 2011
Let Them Talk | Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats (Sierra Leone) | Heavy Heavy Heavy | RetroAfric | 196x

The Passenger | The Jolly Boys (Jamaica) | Great Expectation | eOne Music | 2011

Bio Ritmo, live in the studio:
La Verdad
La Muralla

Zombie | Fela Anikulapo-Kuti & The Africa 70 (Nigeria) | Zombie | Coconut | 1976

Live sound engineering for Bio Ritmo's set was done by Allan Coberly & Tim Falen; great job, gentlemen

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