Dan Easley

IT Manager

Dan Easley was born just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio–and into radio. Dan grew up actively engaged in his father’s livelihood–public broadcasting–which meant traveling distances ranging from Ohio to Virginia, Pennsylvania to Alaska. His firsthand radio experience came at age 17 in the Last Frontier. He volunteered
at his father’s weekly music show for KRBD, Southern Alaska’s community radio station. A few years and states into the future, Dan began working for WVPT, the Harrisonburg-based PBS station. With a firm desire to explore all that public media had to offer, Dan worked as an engineer, camera operator, producer, and director. Along the way, he learned where his skills, passions and curiosities aligned.

Dan’s ability to recognize opportunity, coupled with an appreciation for community culture, led him to WMRA in 2005. His skill with broadcast equipment established him as a successful operations manager and computer technician for his first three years with WMRA. However, as Dan grew into his position, he recognized other ways he wanted to grow. Although he continued to volunteer at WMRA, Dan left his position at the station and embarked on a five-year sabbatical.

Over the course of those five years, he learned to play the banjo; built a 250 square foot home with his own two hands, where he currently lives; discovered a passion for gardening; freelanced as an audio engineer for Rosetta Stone and local historians; and produced fifteen records.

Dan officially rejoined WMRA in 2013 as the Assistant Producer of Virginia Insight and quickly took on the role of Operations Coordinator. Dan’s new perspective on his place in the station–and on life–is one he calls “people-focused, more aware of interpersonal relations.” He relates his new perspective to a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s son and author, Mark Vonnegut, “We’re here to get each other through this thing, whatever it is.” He strives to highlight the local culture of the community. Dan hopes to collaborate with more journalists, both professional and amateur. He wants to use listener contributions in local news and, most importantly, to forge WMRA into a technologically available, useful resource.

Reminiscing on his childhood, Dan explains radio’s ever-changing landscape. “I watched the news as a kid, and the news was different then. Broadcasters were required to cover and present contrasting views on controversial matters. It’s not legally required anymore, but NPR still does it out of a moral responsibility.” Dan believes it is the broadcaster’s job to present the facts, not opinions; to uncover analyses from experts for the sake of journalism, not shock value. He adds, “Growing up with public broadcasting gave me a healthy dose of cynicism, a fearless approach to public figures, and an old-school appreciation for the facts.” It is radio’s ability to be honest, fearless and fair that he loves.

Dan is motivated to match the work ethic of his colleagues, and loves community involvement. He enjoys working at WMRA, an experience he calls inspiring. Always seizing opportunity, Dan is ready for his next chance to inspire others and continue to grow.

Easley's musical works are at Shake A Leg Records.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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To recap this final week of Virginia’s Legislative session, we turn to Virginia Public Radio’s Michael Pope and Luke Church.

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With one week left in Virginia’s Legislative session, it’s time to check in on this past week’s events in Virginia’s State Capital.  From our partner station WCVE in Richmond, Craig Carper speaks with Richmond Times-Dispatch Political Columnist Jeff Shapiro.

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Our weekly roundup of events in Virginia’s State Capital.  From our partner station WCVE in Richmond, Craig Carper speaks with Richmond Times Dispatch Political Columnist Jeff Shapiro.

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

NPR is live blogging today’s Inauguration events, including reports from across Washington D.C. and elsewhere.

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am Eastern Time on Wednesday. We will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm Eastern Time. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

Catch-up on the latest election news and analysis regarding Donald Trump's 2016 presidential win.

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The John C. Wells Planetarium at JMU is holding a week-long series of events designed to raise awareness of light pollution and of the steps we can take to end it.  WMRA's Dan Easley spoke with one of the event's founders, Dr. Paul Bogard, who has also written a book on the subject.

Spring 2016 Fundraiser

Feb 26, 2016

This Spring, our goal is to reach $240,869.72 and to eliminate the need for a June drive! Thanks to your generosity and responsibility, we managed to raise over 80% of this goal without interrupting a single program! 

For those aged 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.

On December 18 the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities such as WMRA and WEMC free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

To make such gifts, it is important to not withdraw funds prior to a gift, but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.  Check with us, your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, VA on October 7, 2015.  The group provided names of potential council members and gave their reaction to our "More News, Less Noise" fundraising approach.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at Grafton Library, in the Reigner Room, on the campus of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA on September 23, 2015.  The group provided names of potential council members and gave their reaction to our "More News, Less Noise" fundraising approach.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the WMRA Studios in Harrisonburg, VA on September 17, 2015.  The group provided names of potential council members and gave their reaction to our "More News, Less Noise" fundraising approach.

Thank You Gifts

Mar 13, 2015

Support WMRA today!

Imagine waking up to Morning Edition and a cup of coffee (or tea, if that's your thing) in a great reminder that you helped make it happen! The WMRA coffee mug: it's a way for us to say "thank you" for a contribution of $10/month.

With a contribution of at least $15/month, you can get a pair of coffee mugs - so you can share with your sweetie, or just put off washing one of the mugs.

Thanks to all who attended our recent benefit concert, and helped make it a rousing success.  Special thanks to Robin and Linda Williams, Daniel Heifetz, the Heifetz Institute, and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.