Matt Bingay

Assistant General Manager, Programming / All Things Considered Host

Matt Bingay is Assistant General Manager for Programming on WMRA and WEMC and the local host for All Things Considered.

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

Ways to Connect

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

** Due to the overwhelming success of our Books and Brews series, we have issued free tickets to ensure space at the event. At this point, all tickets have been claimed. These tickets will be honored at Pale Fire Brewing Company beginning at 5:30pm, and up to 6:15pm on the night of the event. If you arrive before 6:15 and present your ticket, you will get in.  Please note that after 6:15pm, we will open the event to anyone and tickets will no longer guarantee you a spot.

The evening is co-sponsored by The Myrias Group.

The Mashita Food Truck will also be present that night, and offers Korean inspired dishes that accommodate all; including those with gluten-free & vegetarian preferences. 

Jessica Wilson

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
Greg Versen

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

Small Business Saturday

Nov 25, 2016

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

On December 6th, we ended the 2016 Books & Brews  series with former poet laureate Rita Dove.

WMRA and the Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU, co-sponsored the evening with author, playwright and poet Rita Dove, reading from her works and answering audience questions.

Alan Grossman

Join us as we celebrate Professah' Blues (Greg Versen) and his 32 years of dedication to WMRA and to playing the Blues!

On November 1st, the Tuesday before the election, we welcomed author Chuck McCutcheon to Pale Fire Brewing Company for our Books & Brews series.

Author and political reporter Chuck McCutcheon shared stories and insights into the jargon, slang and bluster of our American politics. 

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

The Mountain Stage broadcast of the Forbes Center performance with the Steel Wheels aired on WMRA Sunday October 16th... listen now.

Fully annotated transcript of the second Presidential debate, created by NPR's politics team.

Fully annotated transcript of the Vice Presidential debate, created by NPR's politics team.

Fully annotated transcript of the first Presidential debate, created by NPR's politics team.

Our October 2016 Books & Brews featured Rebecca Kauffman discussing her debut novel, "Another Place You've Never Been."

Season two of Books & Brews, the collaboration between WMRA Public Radio and Pale Fire Brewing Company kicked off on Tuesday, September 6th, with Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, talking with us about his new book, "American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804."

Bob's Record Shelf is now on WEMC.

Long time classical host Bob Satterwhite can now be heard on the Valley's Home for Classical Music, WEMC 91.7fm, every Monday night from 7pm - 10pm.  Bob's Record Shelf showcases a wide range of composers for the classical music lover.

The Chicago Symphony broadcasts, which were featured on Monday nights on WEMC, have been moved to Friday evenings from 8pm-10pm.  

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