|Broadcast area||Central Virginia|
|Slogan||"Listener-Supported Independent Music Radio"|
|First air date||September 1996|
|Callsign meaning||W New Rock Now|
|Former callsigns||WANJ (1995-1996)
WNRN (91.9 FM) is a Public Radio, Adult album alternative, and formatted radio station licensed to Charlottesville, Virginia, serving Central and Western Virginia. WNRN is owned and operated by Stu-Comm, Inc.
The station first took its callsign WANJ on July 10, 1995 and then changed to its current WNRN on March 29, 1996. It officially launched the following September. Principally, WNRN broadcasts Adult album alternative (triple-A) with an acoustic music morning show, and specialty shows at night and on the weekends such as Bluegrass Sunday Morning, and The Grateful Dead and Phriends. WNRN is a triple-A reporter, submitting charts to Billboard, Mediabase, and FMQB. It reports its rock and RPM charts to CMJ.
WNRN's primary coverage area on 91.9 FM has an unusually long range for a class A station, covering over 60 miles from the transmitter to the south and east. The station only reaches about 20 miles to the west. Staunton and Waynesboro, Virginia are serviced on translator 101.1 FM (W266BQ Crozet). Serving Lynchburg, Virginia, WNRN owns a frequency at Sweet Briar College on 89.9 FM (WNRS-FM Sweetbriar). WNRN also broadcasts on translator 103.1 in Midlothian, Virginia, which places a signal into Richmond, Virginia. On April 13, 2006, WNRN added a translator on 95.3 FM serving Lexington, Virginia. On August 17, 2006, religious broadcaster Positive Alternative Radio, Inc. was granted a license to rebroadcast WNRN on a translator in Harrisonburg, Virginia on 95.1 FM. On August 20, 2007, the sale of W236BG from PAR to Stu-Comm was consummated. WNRN also broadcasts through translator W234BA at 94.7 FM near Lovingston, Virginia to serve Nelson County, Virginia and the nearby mountainous region between Lynchburg and Charlottesville. WNRN's in-studio recordings are available for download as podcasts through WNRN.org and iTunes. In-studio guests have included The Head and the Heart, The Alabama Shakes, Drive-By Truckers, Ryan Bingham, Ra Ra Riot and The Hold Steady.
In August 2010 WNRN joined forces with WVTU radio (WVTF-Roanoke) and started broadcasting WNRN in HD-radio on WVTU's signal. WNRN can be heard on WVTU HD-3 at 89.3 in western Albemarle and eastern Augusta counties.
WNRN's General Manager is Mark Keefe.
|City of license||ERP
|City of license||Facility
Newspaper and magazine articles
- Article: Anne Williams feature
- Article: Station Break 2 released
- Article: WNRN's Mike Friend gets a makeover
- Article: Mike Friend feature
- Article: WNRN battles the word of God
- Article: Richmond's burning: for WNRN music
- Article: Tunes for the Road from the Washington Post
- Article: Gaining Frequency from The Daily Progress