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Broadcasting from the bank of the scenic New River, WNRV AM 990 The Ridge plays the best in traditional and current bluegrass and old-time music. Our 5 KW station is located along the New River in Giles County between Narrows and Pearisburg, VA.

We hit our 64th anniversary on August 24, 2017! Our original license was granted on that day in 1953. 64 years later we're still broadcasting out of the same building along the New River. We had a 60th party in 2013 to celebrate our 60 year mark. Here is the history of WNRV.

WNRV's mission is to preserve the traditions of bluegrass and old-time music for future generations. The New River Valley region has played an important role in the history and development of music, and WNRV has a deep and rich history in the local community. We are an active partner in the community, and continue to promote both the music and local events. Our team is locally based and has strong ties to the community, find out more information about the station and team.

We have a WNRV YouTube channel where we're posting videos of live shows and other events (e.g., our New River Valley Jamboree shows and the Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Conventions). WNRV is also now on Twitter! Follow @WNRVam990 to get timely updates on the latest happenings for the station.

Recent News
  • 3rd round football playoffs: We'll have a live broadcast of the Galax at Narrows Region 1C final on Saturday November 25. Kickoff is 2 PM, our pregame will start at 1:45. Here is the 2017 football schedule.
  • We had a live broadcast of the Narrows-Mathews girls volleyball State championship from Richmond on Saturday November 18. This match will be rebroadcast on Saturday November 25 at 10 AM.
  • For the 2nd round football playoffs we had a live broadcast of Covington at Narrows Region semifinal on Friday November 17. Giles at Appomattox was recorded.
  • We had live broadcasts of Narrows-Rye Cove girls volleyball State quarterfinal match on Monday November 13 and the Narrows-Chilhowie State semifinal on Wednesday November 15.
  • Playoff time! We started off the playoffs with a live broadcast of Fort Chiswell at Giles on Friday November 10. Rural Retreat at Narrows was recorded.
  • For the final week of the regular season we had a live broadcast of Parry McCluer at Narrows on Friday November 3, Giles was open.
  • We took our Speaking of Sports show on the road several Saturdays this spring and summer: May 20 at Kid's Fishing Day (Narrows Park), June 3 at Pearisburg Community Market, June 17 at Pearisburg Festival at the Park, July 1 at Pearisburg Community Market, August 5 at Pearisburg Community Market, September 2 at Pearisburg Community Market, September 16 at Giles County Muddy ACCE Race (Glen Lyn), October 14 at Pearisburg Community Market, and October 28 at Narrows Fall Festival.
  • We were on-site at the Pearisburg Community Market for Music at the Market the third Thursday each month May-October: May 18 Farm Use Only, June 15 Chickenwings and Gravy, July 20 PanJammers Steel Drum Orchestra, August 17 Chickenwings and Gravy (rain date from June), September 21 Ratatouille, and October 19 Sauerkraut Band. We also did our Saturday Speaking of Sports show live on-site at the Pearisburg Community Market May-October.
  • It's finally time for football! One game will be live each Friday night with the other school's game recorded. We'll then air both games starting at 10 AM on Saturday following our Speaking of Sports show (recorded game will be first). Here is the 2017 football schedule.
  • We were on-site again this year for the entire 2017 Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention on June 9-10 in Newport. We recorded all the great music and replayed much of it over the next few months on the Mountain Music Show and the New River Valley Jamboree.
  • We took our Speaking of Sports Show on the road Saturday May 20 for Kid's Fishing Day at the Narrows Park (note that this was moved from May 13).
  • Thursday May 18 was the opening day of the Pearisburg Community Market . We were on-site for Music at the Market to enjoy great live old-time music from Farm Use Only. Music at the Market will be held the third Thursday of the month May-October. For Saturdays, the Market will be open 8:30 AM -noon the first Saturday of the month June-October.
  • We followed our local teams into the basketball playoffs. February 13 we had a live broadcast of the Giles-Floyd County boys game and recorded the Narrows-Bath County girls. We then had live broadcasts of the Narrows-Parry McCluer girls Conference 45 final on February 17 and the Narrows-George Wythe girls Region 1A West Quarterfinal game on February 21.
  • Our 2016 Football Disc is now available - this includes all varsity games for both Narrows and Giles (including playoffs), plus special bonus coverage of the Narrows-Giles 8th/9th grade game. The disc is only $8, get your copy while they last!
  • Basketball season is here! We'll cover both girls and boys games for Narrows and Giles, here is the 2016 basketball broadcast schedule.
  • We did our Speaking of Sports show live on-site at the Kids Cancer and Christmas Benefit Auction on Saturday November 19 at the Pearisburg Community Center.
  • We had live broadcasts of all 3 playoff football games: Marion at Giles Friday November 11, Narrows at J.I. Burton Saturday November 12, and Giles at Appomattox Friday November 18. Here is our 2016 football broadcast schedule.
  • We're bringing you local football each week. We'll cover all Giles and Narrows varsity games - one game will be live each Friday night and both school's games will be aired on Saturday starting at 10 AM following our Speaking of Sports show. Here is our 2016 football broadcast schedule.
  • We added a special bonus game, we had a live broadcast of the Narrows @ Giles 8th/9th Grade game on Tuesday September 20. This game will be replayed on Saturday October 1.
  • We had a live broadcast of the Giles County All-Stars 7-6 loss to Madison Heights in the state Dixie League tournament on Tuesday July 19. Congratulations to the All-Stars on their great season, they went 3-2 in state tournament to finish in the top 4.
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