Believe it…Bakery Records, home of Todd Parker & The Witches, Tadpoles, Wigdoor and most recently the long-awaited co-conduit for Tony Mentzer‘s vast catalog, is stepping up to the plate for WRIR, home of Sunrise Ocean Bender, during our fund drive. If you don’t know, the show took its name, and in many ways part of its spirit, from said Tadpoles song. A song, and band, that has had big impact on what goes on around here. And now, Bakery Records is making its own impact on WRIR and asking you to do the same.
Make a difference for independent radio, for independent media, for independent voices…not just in our outpost here in Richmond, but across the globe…and if Bakery Records and I have anything to say about it, across the universe.
All of them.
Here is your flight plan:
During WRIR’s ’13 Spring Fund Drive, if you donate $50 or more you not only get the sweet new WRIR t-shirt, but you’ll get 7 CD’s from one of America’s finest,
PLUS, the opportunity to take a whiff of Tony Mentzer‘s seminal Smell My Finger
Ethel Had A Raincoat, from Smell My Finger:
All you have to do is donate $50 or more online at WRIR,say you dig Sunrise Ocean Bender (so we know who you are…don’t forget) and we’ll ensure the baked goods get to you. With an overwhelming whiff of gratitude and the knowledge that you waved your freak flag high–very high–for a worthy cause.
I’m lucky enough to have a show that’s not only heard around this globe (and others), but puts me in touch with some of the most creative people I’ve ever known. I can do this partly because I have some time on my dirty hands to throw into the pot that’s called WRIR lp 97.3 FM. Now, for better or worse, time is money on this rock. If you find yourself with no time on your hands, that little bit o’green you might have can go a long way in securing some time for WRIR: time to play artists that deserve to heard, time to provide you with a staggering range of shows, time to add your voice to independent media everywhere, and time to keep doing so.
WRIR’s fund drive is in flight, and the time isn’t nigh…the time is now.
Please support WRIR. It’s support not only for WRIR—YOUR station—but support for the legions that value a different and autonomous voice in the deafening static.
Support YOUR independent radio…WRIR is yours, whether you call RVA home or not.
If you value independent media and voices, anywhere, then this is your chance to not only be counted, but to make your voice count by adding it the many that already rightfully see WRIR as a Richmond institution and leader in community radio. Musicheads, if you’ve tuned into one show and been turned on by one song, then you know full well the value of that that…and where it can lead. We don’t let you go down the rabbit hole alone; we’re right there with you. But we can’t do it alone…and we certainly don’t want to.
There are various levels to choose from when making your donation—your statement—but ‘pay what you want’ works just as well. It works for many of the insanely talented artists that I’ve had the pleasure to spin, get to know and call friends, and the pay-off as well as the return is just as gratifying.
Please, make a donation and make a statement. If you don’t, who will? You are who matters most, you are who makes the difference.
FREEFORM OR DEATH follows Ken Freedman, the manager and leader of the world’s oldest freeform radio station, WFMU, and his fight to keep the station afloat through an economic collapse, in a dying industry, with an increasingly Internet-addicted audience. At 51 years old, Ken’s whole life is strapped to a station that faces crumbling infrastructure, encroaching institutional forces, and internal generational conflicts. Will his 25-year effort to keep WFMU alive be enough?
Join WRIR at 7pm February 3rd at the Glorious Renaissance Ballroom!
There will be 3 room of entertainment, djs, comedy, spoken word at more. A $10 Donation at the door benefits WRIR and inclues access to all entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and birthday cake! Come to Broad Street for First Fridays and help us celebrate 7 years of Richmond Independent Radio.
Get a jump on the action at the party…because the WRIR Spring Fund Drive kicks off Friday, March 2, bringing all the goods you expect, and of course deserve. WRIR is all volunteer run and your support is what keeps the mighty ship afloat. Donations are taken year ’round, but if you need a date, then this is the time. If you’ve dug the show, even been spun on it and by it, online or via podcast, please consider a donation of any amount to WRIR, Radio for the Rest of Us.
DJ Whiskey joins the fold at WRIR with his new show, Fog Machine…
“FOG MACHINE: Behind the fog of 3a.m. Film land monsters, rubber bats, the forgotten prisoner of Castlemare, forged steel, crimson flame, magic lanterns throwing shadows on the wall, the somewhat blurred lines between hard rock and heavy metal. Forgotten gems and underground classics, current and past. All this racing through the night straight through till dawn via the magic of vinyl recordings.”
DJ Whiskey is going to dig deep. You can catch Fog Machine Mondays 3-6 a.m. only at WRIR 97.3 and screaming online.
"This show is 110% … one of the most consistently awesome programs we have come across."
The Sunrise Ocean Bender sets sail every Monday morning, 1 – 3 a.m. on WRIR lp 97.3 FM, to find something for your ears, and something for your head … From psych to prog to pop and whatever tributary we can find on the way … and right back around again. There might be a map, but the destination is up for grabs. If it all goes right, we may just get lost. Meet me at the muster station … it might be a long week.