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Charles Graves retires after 44 years at WSVA

After 44 years of service, well known Valley radio announcer Charles Graves has decided to retire from WSVA Radio in Harrisonburg.


Podcast: The 2015 debut of Play Ball!

Hosts Chris Graham and Mike Bocock talk baseball on the 2015 debut of Play Ball! The show, which airs on Thursdays on WSVA-550 in Harrisonburg, focuses this week on local high school baseball, and sets the schedule for the 2015 Rockingham County Baseball League season.

Defense comes up big for JMU in 61-50 CAA win at Charleston

Junior guard Ron Curry (Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI) scored a game-high 19 points and James Madison used stifling zone defense to pick up a 61-50 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball victory Monday night at TD Arena.

Inside the Numbers: The top-rated radio stations in the Harrisonburg market

Two country stations sit atop the ratings in the Harrisonburg radio market in the most recent Nielsen Audio Quarterly Report.

JMU men’s basketball falls to High Point, 80-71

Sophomore guard Jackson Kent (High Point, N.C./High Point Christian) tied a career high with 18 points but High Point used a second-half surge to get past James Madison, 80-71, in men’s basketball on Saturdayevening at the JMU Convocation Center.

JMU drops 70-58 men’s basketball decision at East Carolina

JMU led by as much as 11 in the first half but could not hang on to the advantage, as East Carolina surged to a 70-58 victory in men’s basketball on Saturday evening at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

JMU football on the nTelos Wireless Broadcast Network

Fans of James Madison Athletics, wherever they may be, have numerous ways to keep up with Saturday’s football action with James Madison at Villanova, including those via the internet without the need of any apps.

JMU football continues road swing at Lehigh on Saturday

The JMU football team will be on the road for the second straight game to open the 2014 season, traveling to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to take on Lehigh. Both teams are receiving votes in the The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Polls.


Play Ball! season finale airs tonight on WSVA

Play Ball! with Mike Bocock, hosted by Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham, airs its season finale tonight at 6 p.m. live on WSVA-550AM in Harrisonburg, Va.

JMU nTelos Wireless Broadcast Network kicks off coverage with Saturday’s football game at Maryland

JMU fans will have ways, both locally and worldwide, to follow the JMU football and men’s and women’s basketball teams this season on the JMU/nTelos Wireless Broadcast Network.

AFP’s Crystal Graham takes the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

Augusta Free Press LLC Vice President Crystal Graham took the ALS #IceBucketChallenge today. Augusta Free Press will donate $100 to ALS on her behalf and challenges other local businesses and individuals to match our donation! Clients, you are up!

Interview: Waynesboro Generals general manager Tyler Hoffman

Waynesboro Generals general manager Tyler Hoffman was a guest on Play Ball! with Mike Bocock and host Chris Graham, the editor of Augusta Free Press. Hoffman talked with Mike and Chris about the Generals’ run to the 2014 Valley League championship, the team’s second championship in two years.

JMU Athletics retains VerStandig Broadcasting as radio flagship

James Madison University Athletics has announced its continued partnership with VerStandig Broadcasting (WSVA-AM550 and WHBG-AM1360 Radio) in Harrisonburg as the flagship stations for its football as well as men’s and women’s basketball broadcasts.

River City Radio Hour ends seventh season

One of the Valley’s longest running productions completes its seventh season on June 20 when the River City Radio Hour takes it final bow at WTA’s Gateway.


Advertise on Play Ball! baseball radio program for $75

Augusta Free Press is handling advertising placements for the Play Ball! radio program. Placements start at $75 for inclusion in the program. Your ad will be featured in both broadcasts – the original run on WSVA and the repeat on ESPN radio. More details are below.

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Listen to Play Ball! on WSVA

Play Ball! with Mike Bocock and Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham is back on WSVA-550AM in Harrisonburg, Va., today at 6:25 p.m.


Mike Bocock, Chris Graham cover Shenandoah Valley baseball scene on Play Ball!

Legendary baseball coach Mike Bocock returns to the airwaves this month on WSVA-550AM in Harrisonburg with “Play Ball!” Bocock, whose teams have won eight Valley Baseball League championships in his 25 years in coaching, will be joined on “Play Ball!” by co-host Chris Graham, the editor of The Augusta Free Press and the long-time voice of the Waynesboro Generals.

Ukulele/bass duo featured at April River City Radio Hour

The Friday, April 18th River City Radio Hour will mark the first appearance of Frets & Fingers on the Radio Hour and another chapter of Basic City Boys.

SaraJane McDonald on bill for River City Radio Hour

The 90 minute performance starting at 7:30pm. The performance will feature the River City Radio Hour regulars, the Boogie Kings: Richard Adams, J. T. Fauber, and the keyboard genius William Hayes and comedian Marsha Howard.

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Gateway changes schedule for River City Radio Hour

After seven years, the River City Radio Hour performance beginning with the Friday, Jan. 17 edition of the Radio Hour.

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Boogie Kings take center stage at River City Radio Hour in Waynesboro

“At the close of the October Radio Hour, one of our long-time fans said she loved the show, but wish we had more time with Boogie Kings,” says Clair Myers producer of the River City Radio Hour. “We promise you, she will get her wish in November.”

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Wealth of talent on October River City Radio Hour

Clair Myers, producer of the River City Radio Hour, says, “We have a wealth of talent on the October Radio Hour.” To prove his point, he announced that Dr. Stephen Levine and the Dreaded Blues Lady, Lorie Strother, and the dynamic duo of Chet and Jill will join the Boogie Kings for a jam-packed musical hour on Friday, October 18.

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River City Radio Hour debuts on WSVA on Sept. 29

It seems like a given. The River City Radio Hour has always been on the radio. Right?

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Show Featured United Way HR & Goodwill Industries

The Issues in Aging Radio show on WSVA 550 AM featured United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County (UWHR) and Goodwill Industries of the Valley’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) on August 26.

Young ballplayer wins WSVA First Pitch Contest

Evan Sites isn’t worried that he might throw one out of the strike zone. The crowd will be bigger than he’s used to playing in front of in his Little League games, but still, Sites, 9, is a pitcher. “Not really at all,” Sites told WSVA-550AM “Late Afternoons” host Mike Schikman on Thursday. On Sunday, before the WSVA Waynesboro Generals Game of the Week, Sites will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Chris Graham, Kris Neal to broadcast Waynesboro Generals baseball

The broadcast team of Chris Graham and Kris Neal will bring the play-by-play action of Waynesboro Generals baseball to fans this summer.

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WSVA to feature Waynesboro Generals Game of the Week

The Waynesboro Generals and WSVA-550AM are teaming up to bring fans an exciting Generals Game of the Week package this summer. WSVA will broadcast nine Generals home games, beginning opening weekend, Sunday, June 2, when Waynesboro hosts the New Market Rebels at Kate Collins Field.

Ken Plum: To tell the truth

Column by Ken Plum www.kenplum.com   We did not have a television in our home until I was 16 years old. When Dad finally made some extra money raising broiler chickens in addition to his full-time job doing maintenance work on the Norfolk and Western Railroad, he took the extra hundred dollars and bought us […]

WSVA marks 75 years with with local cookbook

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    The first radio station to ever broadcast from the Shenandoah Valley will observe its 75th anniversary on June 9, 2010. WSVA-550AM, owned by VerStandig Broadcasting, will mark the occasion by publishing a cookbook highlighting recipes submitted by local listeners. “We are excited about making this new cookbook available,” WSVA […]

Magenhofer: Moving on from 11-year run at WSVA

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   It hit him driving to work early, early, early Friday morning. “I was thinking, Gosh, is this the last time I’m here, the clock turning 4 o’clock in the morning, and I’m driving into the parking lot? This route that I’ve taken to the station for so many years, […]

Schmookler: ‘Don’t trust the people who have been lying to you’

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   If you’re a rock-ribbed conservative, you would probably already think that WSVA needs to rein in that liberal kook Andy Schmookler. Well, that liberal kook Andy Schmookler that you know and have come to loathe was Andy Schmookler playing nice.

The AFP Show: Monday, March 15

Hosted by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   A new format for The AFP Show – now featuring audio and video. This week’s show includes: – Video interviews with Staunton Mayor Lacy King and Staunton City Councilman Bruce Elder. Both King and Elder are running for re-election in May. – Audio interviews with WSVA-550AM talk-show regular guest […]

Marrow, Landes stake out positions in WSVA debate

The second and apparently final media debate between 25th District candidates Steve Landes and Greg Marrow came and went today without the histrionics of the Sept. 24 meeting between the two.

Religion plays central role in Bell-Curren radio debate

A question about 20th District Democrat Erik Curren’s religious beliefs was a highlight of the debate between Curren and Republican Dickie Bell on WSVA-550 Monday morning. The question came from a caller to the live 11 a.m. interview who said he wanted to know what Curren’s “religious persuasion” is. A similar issue was raised earlier […]

Two debates this morning on WSVA

26th District candidates Matt Lohr and Gene Hart will make a joint appearance on WSVA-550AM this morning at 10 a.m. for a candidates debate. The Lohr-Hart debate will be followed by a debate between 20th District candidates Dickie Bell and Erik Curren at 11 a.m. Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham will blog live during […]

In the News

– Capitol Hill: Warner introduces bipartisan legislation aimed at increasing TARP transparency, posted Tuesday, 4 p.m. – Capitol Hill: Webb backs Senate measure aimed at strengthening government oversight in mortgage, corporate fraud cases, posted Tuesday, 4 p.m. – State News: Kaine signs agreement with Germany on climate change, posted Tuesday, 4 p.m. – State News: […]

Harrisonburg: Candidates in Sixth talk issues

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The economy, Iraq, health care and interestingly, term limits. Voters in the Sixth District were able to get a glimpse into the differing approaches of Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte, Democrat Sam Rasoul and independent Janice Lee Allen on those issues and others in a candidates forum sponsored by WSVA-550AM in […]