October 17, 2016

Program October 19, 2016

Richmond Independent Radio's Fall 2016 Fund Drive is currently underway; it continues through Tuesday October 25.  We're aiming to raise $40,000 in this fall's drive, which will keep WRIR bringing to your community its programs of underrepresented music, news and views, most of them produced in our very own studios by our 150 volunteers, for the next six months.

We need the support of about 500 folks just like you in order to keep community radio strong in Richmond.  We have three easy ways for you to donate:
  1. By visiting our secure online sites at https://wrir.wufoo.com/forms/zt8de5l0zy2s68 (for a one-time contribution) or https://wrir.wufoo.com/forms/rv9ju9k11dt0c0 (for a monthly recurring donation)
  2. By calling 804-622-9747
  3. Or by visiting us in person at 1621-B W. Broad Street (2nd floor)
As always, I have something special lined up for Global A Go-Go listeners during the fund drive: the outstanding new band Zgomot will be playing live in the studio during my show Wednesday October 19 between 3 and 5 PM.  Zgomot features two legendary Richmond musicians: drummer Pippin Barnett (known for his work with the Ululating Mummies, the Orthotonics and Happy Lucky Combo) and bassist Tim Harding (founder of the bands Hotel X, Always August and New Loft).   The quartet is completed by guitarists Gary Kalar and Vlad Cuiujuclu, who also play together in Yeni Nostalji; Vlad does the band's singing in English, Romanian and Russian.

There will also be a special matching donation during the show.  Tune in Wednesday at 3 PM at 97.3 FM or http://wrir.org/listen to find out how to double your contribution to WRIR.  If you can't listen at that time, there's no need to wait -- you can make your contribution right now, or any time until October 25!

Thank you for your support in the past, and thank you for considering making a donation during WRIR's Fall 2016 Fund Drive!

Follow me below the fold, if you'd like, for a little more inspiration ...

It's always a little bit odd when a WRIR fund drive happens in the middle of a presidential election campaign -- it seems to suck up everybody's bandwidth.  In 2016, it's even worse.  This year's campaign reminds me of those videos of 12-foot trucks trying to drive under an 11'-8" bridge: you know in advance what's going to happen, collateral damage will be involved, you're powerless to stop it from occurring.  And as uncomfortable as it makes you feel, it's hard to take your eyes off of it.

(copyright Jurgen Henn, 11foot8.com)

So I'm writing to remind you that, as addictive as inevitable crackups can be, there are some important things you can control.  And one of them is making sure that, come November 9 and the months and years beyond, you and the rest of the people in your community have a radio station reflecting your interests and values, not ones imposed on you by the powerful interests that control most all of America's media outlets.

That radio station makes its time and facilities available to anyone in the community who wants to get their message, viewpoint and taste out to the public.  It invites and welcomes all comers, it provides opportunities for growth and learning, it opens the listeners' ears and minds to new ideas and expressions that might change their life.  It operates without need for financial profit -- its motive is the greater good, not personal or private benefit.  In short, it amplifies the best features of your community.

And you don't even have to will it into existence.  All you need to do is donate whatever you can afford.  That will help keep WRIR on the air so it can keep doing what it's been doing for your community for the last 12 years.  There are three easy ways you can contribute:
  1. By visiting our secure online sites at https://wrir.wufoo.com/forms/zt8de5l0zy2s68 (for a one-time donation) or https://wrir.wufoo.com/forms/rv9ju9k11dt0c0 (for a monthly recurring contribution)
  2. By calling 804-622-9747
  3. Or by visiting us in person at 1621-B W. Broad Street (2nd floor)
Thank you for your support, and long live Richmond Independent Radio!

Podcast: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/88903
All the podcasts: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/series/Global+A+Go-Go

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

Oliver Lake (USA) | Separation | Matador Of 1st & 1st | Passin' Thru | 1997
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (England UK) | Global A Go-Go | Global A Go-Go | Hellcat | 2001

Roger Damawuzan (Togo) | Wait For Me | African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s | Analog Africa | 1972
Vaudou Game (France-Togo) | Elle Decide | Kidayu | Hot Casa | 2016
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana) | This Hustling World | Simigwa | Academy LPs | 1975

The KutiMangoes (Denmark-Burkina Faso) | This Ship Will Sink | Made In Africa | Tramp | 2016
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria) | Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.) | Struggle Sounds | Sony Masterworks | 2016

Zgomot, live in WRIR's Studio C:
Manea Cu Voca (Tango)
Nunta Extremala
The Rain Song

Orkesta Mendoza (USA-Mexico) | Cumbia Volcadora | Vamos A Guarachar! | Glitterbeat | 2016
Chico Trujillo (Chile) | La Cura Del Espanto | Reina De Todas Las Fiestas | Barbes | 2015
La Mojarra Electrica (Colombia) | El Hueco | Raza | Nuevos Medios | 2006

Rachid Taha (Algeria-France) | Rock El Casbah | Tekitoi | Wrasse | 2004

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