Matt Bingay

Interim General Manager

Matt Bingay is the Interim General Manager WMRA and WEMC.

Matt began working for WMRA as a student at James Madison University in 1992.  Except for a brief year at New Hampshire Public Radio in the mid 90's in Concord, Matt has spent the majority of his public radio career at WMRA.

Over his 20+ years with the station, Matt has hosted every shift, produced numerous programs, assisted with national productions, hired and trained many producers and announcers, and works closely with every department at WMRA.

Matt is also an amateur violist and guitarist, has played soccer since grade school (and still plays today), is always reading something (fiction and non-fiction), has a few marathons under his belt and loves living in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Two days after the election, a few house races remain contested, and the outcomes of those races could make all the difference in a possible shift in the power balance in Richmond. But while we wait for the recount, Governor-elect Ralph Northam is wasting no time in setting the tone for the next term...

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On this episode of Our Island Universe: Taking steps to protect alien life as we explore the galaxy.

Weekly broadcast production of The Best of Car Talk has come to an end... and what a ride it has been!

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. 

WMRA's November Books & Brews features author Tim Davis, discussing his book, National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape. Have you ever wondered when, why, or how national park roads were built? Many park roads have unique qualities, various factors influencing their design and development, and often shape the national park experience. Hear how these roads affect National parks across the country, from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive to Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road, Yellowstone's Grand Loop, Yosemite's Tioga Road, and scores of other scenic drives.. 

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, 

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 5pm, at Kardinal Hall on Preston Avenue, Charlottesville.

WMRA's Books & Brews series is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust.

No tickets are required for either event.

 

At the end of the Fall 2017 Fundraiser for WMRA, we're giving away a pair of front row center tickets to see comedian and Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! panel member Paula Poundstone at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, October 6 at 8pm.

Everyone who contributes during the Fall Fundraiser is automatically entered, as are all of our current sustaining members. Give Now and get in on the drawing.

On September 12th, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, our Books & Brews series features author Charles Marsh, discussing his book, ​Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This biography explores the life and writings of German Pastor and Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who opposed the rise of Nazism and was executed for conspiring to assassinate Hitler. 

The evening is sponsored by Union Bank.

No tickets are required for this event.

On August 29th, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, our Books & Brews series featured author David Ehrenpreis, discussing his book, Picturing Harrisonburg, which examines Harrisonburg's history through images and aspirations. 

The evening is sponsored by Union Bank.

No tickets are required for this event.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies about the Russia Investigation, Annotation and Archived Video

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Primary voting in Virginia is this Tuesday, June 13th and our series of conversations with candidates for Virginia’s next Governor concludes with State Senator Frank Wagner.

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Primary voting in Virginia is this Tuesday, June 13th and our series of conversations with candidates for Virginia’s next Governor continues today with Republican candidate Corey Stewart. Stewart is the Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, the second largest county in Virginia.

Former FBI Director James Comey, testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. NPR journalists covering national security and politics have annotated Comey's previous public remarks and we have archived video of the testimony.

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Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with  Tom Perriello, former Virginia Congressman and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor. 

Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with Ralph Northam, Virginia’s current Lieutenant Governor and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor. 

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Comedian and Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! panel member Paula Poundstone will be at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, October 6 at 8pm. Get your tickets now.

The third season of Invisibilia is here. This is a 4 episode season and will run each Wednesday night at 8pm and Sunday night at 10pm.

On May 9th, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, our Books & Brews series featured author Beth Macy, discussing her book, "Truevine," which tells the true story of George and Willie Muse, two African American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother embarked on an epic, decades-long struggle to get them back — and to get justice for her family. 

The evening was sponsored by E-N Computers, with offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.

On April 11, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, our Books & Brews series featured author, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Glenn Frankel discussing the House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings in the early 1950's, the Hollywood Blacklist, and the making of the film High Noon. 

The evening was co-sponsored by the Massanutten Regional Library.

On March  14, 2017 at 7pm, at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, our Books & Brews series featured author Ben Montgomery discussing the inspiring story of Emma Gatewood, and her thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. 

The evening was co-sponsored by The Myrias Group.

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When was the last time you looked up at night and were awed by the stars? Or how about going for a walk and really feeling the ground beneath your feet? Paul Bogard has been thinking about these very universal experiences and how we’ve eliminated them from our day to day existence.

On February 14, 2017 at Pale Fire Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, our Valentine Books & Brews featured author Paul Bogard. He discussed our love of a starry night and its potential for guiding and inspiring us. Mr. Bogard also discussed his latest research about the ground beneath our feet and what we lose when we disconnect from the natural world.

On January 10th, 2017, we welcomed author and philosopher Marietta McCarty  to Pale Fire Brewing Company to kick off our 2017 Books & Brews series.

Marietta McCarty discussed, "Clear Thinking for the New Year," and highlighted key aspects of philosophy that can help you order your priorities and stay focused on your goals.

On this final episode of The Spark:  Martha Woodroof agreed to sit down and discuss her life and career... in essence, to be the final guest on The Spark.

This December, our goal is to reach $40,000 in the shortest amount of time possible. As soon as we reach the goal, the drive is over.

To help us get started, we have $12,500 in matching money in effect right now. Once it's matched, we'll be over halfway to our goal.  Please Give Now.

Recently, The Staunton Downtown Development Association and the Staunton Creative Community Fund received grants to pursue the creation of a single location designed to help foster entrepreneurial ideas and the creation of new businesses in downtown Staunton.

WMRA and WEMC Holiday Specials for 2016

Blues Valley Art Show

Nov 28, 2016
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Wednesday, December 7, you are invited to an all "Blues" art show featuring the photography of our own Professah' Blues.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, WMRA would like to thank the following businesses for their ongoing support.

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