Al Bartholet, Executive Director and General Manager for WMRA and WEMC, is retiring after working in radio for nearly 40 years. Bartholet came to WMRA in 2013 after a 32 year career with WKSU in Kent, Ohio. Bartholet leaves WMRA with a legacy of increased local news, new fundraising strategies and expanded community engagement. 

Marguerite Gallorini

Frank Dukes, a fellow at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at UVa, is one of two presenters at an event today at JMU called "Why Confederate Monuments Matter: Charlottesville and Beyond."  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini has this report.

Peggy Brubaker

This Saturday [Sept. 30], the 20th International Festival in Harrisonburg will again include Aztec dancing as part of the celebration of the city’s cultural and language diversity. The dancers are led by a Harrisonburg couple who are working to keep alive the Aztec traditions in their Mexican roots, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

On this week's Second Look, we profile Charlottesville's Eboni Bugg, as the next installment of our Women of Interest series, and we hear from other African Americans in Charlottesville who find conversations of race and inequality more urgent than ever.

Tomtoberfest is here! Today and tomorrow, the Tom Tom Fall festival is celebrating creative community and local innovation with, among other things, two free days of concert at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked with founder Tom Beyer about how the fall’s events differ from the big festival in the Spring.

Jordy Yager

For the latest installment of our Women of Interest series, WMRA’s Jordy Yager met a woman who is dedicated to breaking down not just barriers to mental wellness, but also barriers for African Americans in Charlottesville.

The Cassini Sacrifice

Sep 21, 2017

On this episode of Our Island Universe: Why did we crash Cassini into Saturn at the end of it's mission?

Marguerite Gallorini

One month ago three people died in Charlottesville in a violent day of white supremacist hatred and violent clashes with counter-protesters.  But how does the community heal after such a trauma? Several groups are providing free counseling and wellness services to the residents of Charlottesville who have been affected in one way or another by the violence of that weekend. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

Faith E. Pinho

The church where Confederate General Robert E. Lee attended during his time in Lexington will no longer bear his name, as of a vote Monday night by the vestry of R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church -- or, Grace Episcopal Church, as it is now called. WMRA's Faith Pinho has the story.

Jordy Yager

It’s been one month since a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville left three people dead and dozens more injured. The city has since attempted to piece itself back together, realizing that deeper issues are also at play. For a look towards the future, WMRA’s Jordy Yager spoke with educators and teens about their reality.


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