The new WMRA …

Story by Chris Graham
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Some changes are in store at WMRA.
WMRA-90.7FM will become the home of a host of NPR-produced news and culture shows that are currently airing on sister station WEMC-91.7FM.
“Many listeners have been asking us for NPR’s ‘Fresh Air,’ ‘Talk of the Nation’ and other information programs,” said Tom DuVal, the general manager of WMRA and WEMC, which are both based in Harrisonburg.

“As events and problems touch us more closely, the need to understand the world better has become more pressing in many people’s lives. We believe the time has come for WMRA to participate more actively in fulfilling that need,” Duval said.

WMRA will broadcast an hour of “BBC News” at 9 a.m. after “Morning Edition.” That will be followed by NPR’s “On Point,” “Fresh Air” and “Talk of the Nation,” along with American Public Media’s “The Story.”
NPR’s “All Things Considered” airs from 4-6:30 p.m.

WMRA’s local call-in program, “Virginia Insight,” will air Mondays at 3 p.m. “Virginia Insight” host Tom Graham will also team up with reporter Martha Woodroof to increase Virginia news coverage during “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

Program schedules for both WMRA and WEMC are available online at www.wmra.org or can be requested by calling the stations at 800.677.9672.

Two public meetings are scheduled for Friday to give listeners a chance to meet with station management and learn more about the new programs – at 7:30-9 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center next to Charlottesville High School and 5-6:30 p.m. at the WMRA-WEMC studios at 983 Reservoir St. in Harrisonburg.

Listeners may drop in any time during these hours.

Chris Graham is the executive editor of The Augusta Free Press.

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