Matt Bingay

Executive Director and General Manager

Matt Bingay is the Executive Director and General Manager for 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.

Ways to Connect

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.

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.  

WMRA has added some new programs to our evening lineup, plus we've given you a second chance to hear Fresh Air and On Point. Sunday also has some new programs in the mix.

To see the new WMRA schedule, click here.

WMRA is partnering with the Forbes Center to bring Mountain Stage live to the Valley.

WMRA is sponsoring the 8th Annual Shenandoah Valley Blues & Brews Festival, and the day's festivities will have a very special emcee, our own Greg Versen a.k.a "The Professah", host of Blues Valley.

This is Greg's final year as the host of Blues Valley on WMRA and his final broadcast will be Saturday, December 31st. As part of our farewell festivities, we are partnering with the 2016 Blues & Brews festival, this Saturday, August 6th, in downtown Staunton, to give him a proper send off.

Back for another summer of riveting stories and hidden truths, Invisibilia debuts on WMRA Sunday, June  19th at 10pm and repeats Thursday, June 23rd at 3pm. This is a 7 episode season and will run each Sunday night at 10pm and Thursday afternoon at 3pm.

Our May 2016 Books & Brews featured journalist and visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, Stephen Nash. Nash is also the author of Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform our Cities, Shorelines and Forests, a very readable book that brings the timely subject of global warming home to our own Virginia backyards. He explored both the science and the economics of climate change in our state, as well as introducing us to the people actively involved in formulating the discussion about it. 

NPS Photo: A.William

The Rocky Mount Fire began burning in the Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, and in the past 5 days, it has grown larger each day. On Wednesday, the fire was officially classified as a type 1 disaster and multiple local, state and federal agencies are now coordinating their efforts to fight the blaze.

UPDATE 4/22/16 12:12pm - As of Friday morning, officials are reporting 7,935 acres consumed by the fire.

Please bear with us as we replace the WEMC transmitter. 

WEMC 91.7 FM is off the air at the moment as our engineers are installing a new transmitter and will hopefully be broadcasting again soon. If all goes well, we will be back on the airwaves before the day is over.

In the meantime, please listen online to our stream.

WEMC Stream

Our April 5th Books and Brews featured Music journalist Preston Lauterbach, author of Beale Street Dynasty and The Chitlin' Circuit. About 75 people came out to hear Preston speak at Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg. Many also stayed to hear blues musician Austin Shifflett.

$240,869.72... the most ambitious on-air fundraising goal ever attempted on WMRA, and you made it happen!

With more than 80% of our spring goal raised with our More News, Less Noise approach, we then finished with 3 days and 8 hours of traditional fundraising. Your generosity also eliminates the June drive and we will now spend the next six months fundraiser-free on WMRA.

It's the final giveaway of the WMRA Spring Fundraiser and when we reach our $240,869.72 goal, we're giving away a $1,000 gift certificate to Shenandoah Bicycle Company in Harrisonburg.

Staunton Stories

Mar 14, 2016
Wikipedia Commons

Saturday, March 19, the Staunton Downtown Development Authority is kicking off their 20th anniversary by hosting Staunton Stories, a one day event to celebrate and document life in Staunton. 

Stephen Voss for NPR

Join WMRA for an afternoon with NPR All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro.  

News Director Bob Leweke will be interviewing Ari Shapiro, live on stage, Saturday, April 9th at UVa's Ruth Caplin Theater. The conversation begins at 1pm and is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, March 1st, roughly 100 people attended our Books and Brews discussion with Beth Macy, author of Factory Man

The evening was hosted by WMRA's Martha Woodroof.

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