WMRA News

Learning Civics: On the Road to Citizenship

Oct 8, 2014
Andrew Jenner

So, you’ve made the journey to the United States, you’ve settled here, and you want to become a citizen.

Thank  you very much for supporting WMRA during this Fall Fundraiser!

Keep in mind that while we officially ended Saturday night, it's not too late to contribute.

Total Raised: $146,709

The overall goal was $150,000 and we welcomed 402 new sustaining members.

**Online ticket sales are now closed, but the box office opens for in person sales at 6:30pm and the show starts at 8pm tonight. There are still a few good seats available in the side boxes and in the Choral Balcony. **

This Thursday morning, we have one last iPad Air to giveaway during Morning Edition! Everyone who contributes between 6am and 9am this morning will be entered into the drawing.

Please give now!

You count on WMRA to help you stay connected to our community, our nation, and the world.

In turn, we count on you to provide the funding that makes it all possible.

When you give monthly, your $5, $10, or $20 per month helps keep this vital service to our community alive and strong.

Make the switch. Give monthly. Become a Sustainer today!

2014 Fall Fundraiser Total So Far: $73,619

And we have welcomed 250 new sustaining members since Monday.

From Burma to the Valley: A Refugee's Story

Oct 1, 2014
Andrew Jenner

When we talk about immigration, we often focus on the opportunities that attract people to the United States.

Win an iPad Air

Oct 1, 2014

This morning, we are giving away another iPad Air at the end of Morning Edition! Everyone who contributes between 6am and 9am this morning will be entered into the drawing.

Please give now!

You count on WMRA to help you stay connected to our community, our nation, and the world.

In turn, we count on you to provide the funding that makes it all possible.

When you give monthly, your $5, $10, or $20 per month helps keep this vital service to our community alive and strong.

Make the switch. Give monthly. Become a Sustainer today!

2014 Fall Fundraiser Total So Far: $49,148

And we have welcomed 175 new sustaining members since Monday.

2014 Fall Fundraiser

Sep 29, 2014

WMRA's 2014 Fall Fundraiser is underway!

Please Give Now and support the news, music and information you rely on.

On Saturday (Sept. 27), more than 40 cultures and countries and at least 53 languages will come together at a park in Harrisonburg.

First Step to Citizenship? Often, Learning English

Sep 24, 2014
Andrew Jenner

Under the best of circumstances, the path to U.S. citizenship for immigrants can take years.

Imagine waking up to Morning Edition and a cup of coffee (or tea, if that's your thing) with this 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.

Join WMRA as a Sustainer right now!

WMRA Sustainer Tote Bag

Sep 23, 2014

Our Fall Fundraiser starts this Monday, and we've got a special "thank you" gift for new sustainers!  Become a sustaining member with a contribution of at least $5 per month, and we'll send you this snazzy WMRA tote bag, featuring the names of all your favorite programs, arranged in the shape of Virginia. 

Walk down the street knowing your groceries, books, et cetera are securely contained in an Earth-friendly accessory that proudly proclaims you're a sustaining member of WMRA!

The Furious Flower Poetry Conference is a much-anticipated gathering of poets and scholars.

Soul-Searching in the Valley Over a Crowded Jail

Sep 11, 2014
Andrew Jenner

Like other communities across Virginia, residents of Rockingham County are wrestling with a big problem...

Daniel Beaty plays more than 40 characters as a slave ship rises in front of the statue of Liberty in present-day New York City. 

"Food Freedom" Comes Together in Staunton

Sep 8, 2014
Andrew Jenner

What do you find at your local farmer’s market?

Plenty of people toy with the idea of writing a book, but few will actually get published, and by the time we reach our mid-60’s, those dreams may fade.

Saturday September 20th, WMRA is celebrating A Prairie Home Companion's 40th anniversary season with a live videocast at Blue Sprocket Sound, 44 Miller circle in Harrisonburg. The event is SOLD OUT.

The pilot of the military jet that crashed Wednesday morning in Augusta County died in the crash, officials say. No one on the ground was injured, and the investigation continues into the cause of the crash.

The pilot’s name is being withheld until family members can be notified.*

Governor Touts New Farm Environmental Program

Aug 25, 2014
Andrew Jenner

How do you bring farmers, environmentalists, Republicans and Democrats in Virginia together? 

Due to a power failure at our main transmitter site (WMRA 90.7) we were off the air from 11:45am to 12:05pm in the valley at 90.7fm, and in Winchester at 94.5fm.  Power crews needed to replace components in a power substation.

Classical music is now a more prominent part of the daily broadcasts on WEMC including showcases of some of the nation’s premiere symphony orchestras.

We’re now featuring live performances from the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, as well as performances by the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center and highlights from Germany’s Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts. We’re also giving you a second opportunity to hear Mostly Mennonite, Mostly Accapella and Air Play.

Our Lexington transmitter, WMLU 89.9fm, is on the air and broadcasting.  We were off the air earlier today due to a generator failure on the campus of VMI, where our transmitter is located.

Most of us can remember a week spent as teenagers a little ways from home canoeing, hiking, swimming, playing softball, getting sunburned, and maybe getting homesick.

It’s been nearly two months since a train derailed in Lynchburg, sending a fireball into the sky above that city’s downtown and spilling oil into the James River.  Experts said the accident could have been far worse, and many communities along the state’s 32-hundred miles of railroad face similar dangers.

Sandy Hausman has this series on rail safety and why the risks have risen dramatically.

On Monday, June 30, two Virginia Democrats teamed up with two Virginia Republicans in a hearing into combatting sea level rise along the eastern shore.

With the release of a new report today, Republicans in the House of Delegates drew a firm constitutional line against Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Ed Gillespie is a Republican political strategist, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and was also an advisor to President George W. Bush.

Our Charlottesville transmitter (WMRY) was off the air from Thursday night to Friday morning, but we're now back up to full power.

Virginia Public Radio is reporting that the three-month budget impasse has ended. 

The WMRA June Fundraiser ended Friday, June 6, with over $70,000 raised.

Thank you very much to all who contributed to help us get closer to ending our budget year in the black.

Also, thank you to all who contributed to the Member Matching Fund, and to the many businesses and individuals who issued challenges and contributed giveaways.

If you couldn't find the time to support WMRA during our Bridge The Gap June drive, please give now.

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