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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:47 PM
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NEW PROGRESSIVE RADIO STATION COMING TO RICHMOND, VA!!
Edited on Tue Dec-14-04 12:50 PM by SCRUBDASHRUB
This is unbelievable, but true!!

http://wrir.org/x/modules/sections/index.php?op=viewart...

From the website:

Notice that folks like Mayor Timothy Kain made it a regular habit to lead bike tours of Richmond with children. Now that Mr. Kain has moved to the General Assembly of Virginia, he has made a commitment to opening up the General Assembly to public view such as C-Span does for the US Congress. Mayor Kain also created the only City resolution in favor of Low Power FM that came from America's South East states!

As another measure we can look at voting records as an indicator of people's values by precinct. Richmond overall voted 64% for Al Gore and (again, JUST as a MEASURE, a stand-in for a cultural survey we don't have)

I could point out that the nation voted only 1% for Ralph Nader. But Richmond has two neighborhoods within a mile of our studio that voted for Ralph Nader 22.4% and 11%!! That is nearly a NATIONAL RECORD!! This shows a strong independent streak in Richmond to compliment a 64% vote for Gore.

WRVA1140 has shown they are unlikely to ever serve this demonstrably huge and unserved population!

Note: WRVA is a conservative radio station (Rush Limbaugh is on here, etc.).
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Bleacher Creature Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:49 PM
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Ok -- I'll be the first one to say it.
Richmond, VA???
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:49 PM
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1. I don't believe it!
Not in red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red red Virginia? Say it aint so.
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:51 PM
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2. Check out the website!! I'm flipping out!!!
Edited on Tue Dec-14-04 12:52 PM by SCRUBDASHRUB
97.3 FM starting on Jan. 1, apparently.

http://richmondtimesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?page...

Also in our local 'rag' of a daily newspaper.

snip:

"A community radio station makes an explicit outreach effort to bring the community into actually creating the shows. Public radio may or may not, but that's not its primary goal."

"We call ourselves radio for the rest of us," says Liz Skrobiszewski, WRIR's director of development and communications. "We feel like there are huge gaps on local radio. There's music that's not heard on other stations, talk shows that aren't heard on other stations."

Maxwell has been interested in launching a radio station since the 1990s. His window of opportunity came in 2000 when the FCC created a low-power FM service.

The service is designed for nonprofit organizations that can't afford to launch a full-power FM station. Instead of the expense of broadcasting at thousands of watts, the level of power is limited to a 10-watt or 100-watt transmitter.

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dean_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 05:10 PM
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14. That's cool. Liz Skrobiszewski used to write a lot of good articles....
...for Punchline Magazine, if that's any indication of the talent that might be working at WRIR. Should be interesting to see.
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Richmond27 Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:06 PM
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8. We're pretty much purple...
In fact Zogby thought we'd be a swing state in the last election. Even though he was wrong.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:51 PM
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3. That is awesome news!
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 12:54 PM
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4. I know, man! I'm loving it!!!
Edited on Tue Dec-14-04 12:56 PM by SCRUBDASHRUB
Work in Shockoe, live in Southside.

Underpants will be shitting in his well, underpants?! LOL!
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:02 PM
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6. heading back to south-side tomorrow, in fact
the standard come-home-for-xmas trip

Thanks for this news, I feel a little bit better about visiting the homestead now :hi:
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 09:22 PM
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18. Welcome home. I hope the station will last. I'll have to make a donation.
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:01 PM
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5. SWEET!!!!!!
:bounce:

:toast:

:yourock:
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Richmond27 Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:05 PM
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7. Well it's about time...
Living in the fan makes you understand how liberal and progressive Richmond City really is. I think this is great news!
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:10 PM
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9. indeed...
living in the Fan is damned near the only thing I miss about living in Richmond
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Richmond27 Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:18 PM
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10. I know.
Disregarding the fact that your house and car will probably be broken into at one time or another or that you'll be accosted on a daily basis by derranged wackos, it still is the best place to live in Richmond. Home sweet home!
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:21 PM
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11. exactly
born in the fan, then sadly we moved into Chesterfield when I was 8/9.... it's just not the same :(

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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 04:53 PM
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13. The City went for Kerry, as was reported by me and probably others
here. C'field is Bush country, though there is a cool store called Picasso Moon located in Chesterfield/Midlothian (near Moorefield Park Drive). They sell cool clothing, incense, etc. I went there a couple of months before the election, and they had a huge K/E poster in their window and were giving away K/E stickers and others including my favorite, "Bush Lies." I took a boatload.
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 07:27 PM
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15. I remember that place!!
flashbacks! :silly:
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 04:50 PM
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12. Welcome to DU, Richmond27. You live in the Fan? Cool place!
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 07:41 PM
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16. SCRUB - AAR coming to Charleston, SC! Yes, SC. This Week!!!
Edited on Tue Dec-14-04 07:44 PM by Skip Intro
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 09:25 PM
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20. That is crazy insane, Skip!? Could Richmond be next?! :)
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jbane Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 07:45 PM
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17. Lots of us in Ginter Park that are part of their audience.
It helped ease the pain of election night when I could tell my friends and family around the state that Bush lost in the city and we elected D. Wilder as our mayor.
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 09:24 PM
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19. Welcome to DU, jbane. Man, lots of us Richmonders here!
When I drive around the city (to work, etc.), I keep looking for DU stickers. As I posted the other day, some asshole literally ripped mine from my car somewhere in Stafford on Friday (I had to drive up there to drop off a proposal at Rapp. Regional Jail and then went to the CVS pharmacy to pick up some aspirin. It either happened in the parking lot of the jail or the pharmacy).
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