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City Charlottesville, Virginia
Broadcast area Central Virginia
Branding "91-9 WNRN"
Slogan "Listener-Supported Independent Music Radio"
Frequency 91.9 MHz
First air date September 1996[1]
Format Public Radio
Power 320 Watts
HAAT 325 Meters
Class A
Facility ID 8710
Transmitter coordinates 37°58′55.0″N 78°29′3.0″W / 37.981944°N 78.484167°W / 37.981944; -78.484167
Callsign meaning W New Rock Now
Former callsigns WANJ (1995-1996)
WNRN (1996-Present)[2]
Owner Stu-Comm, Inc.
Webcast WNRN Webstream
Website WNRN Online

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.[3]


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.


Through the partnership with WVTF/Radio IQ, WNRN's signal is carried on HD Radio sub-channels of WVTU and WRIQ to feed additional translators.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info Notes
W266BQ 101.1 Crozet 195 D FCC Repeats WVTU-HD3
WNRS-FM 89.9 Sweet Briar 1100 A FCC
W234BA 94.7 Lovingston 10 D FCC
W236BG 95.1 Harrisonburg 25 D FCC
W237DF 95.3 Lexington 10 D FCC Repeats WRIQ-HD3

WNRN's programming is also heard on full-powered AM station WFTH (1590 kHz) in Richmond, Virginia. WFTH is relayed by the following translators:

Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
Class FCC info
W276BZ 103.1 Richmond 158513 250 D FCC
W203CB 88.5 Richmond 54972 7.5 D FCC

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