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'll hit our 63nd anniversary on August 24, 2016! Our original license was granted on that day in 1953. 63 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
- Our 2016 football broadcast schedule is now available. 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.
- The August Music at the Market will be Thursday August 18 at the Pearisburg Community Market. We'll be on-site enjoying some great blues from Chickenwings and Gravy 6-8 PM. This month's festivities will also include the River Sculpture Walking Trail Ribbon Cutting (5:30 PM) and the Giles County Chamber of Commerce Mixer. Music at the Market will be held the third Thursday of the month June-October.
- We'll take our Speaking of Sports show on the road again Saturday August 20 9-10 AM at the Pearisburg Community Market.
- 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.
- Our Speaking of Sports show was back out at the Pearisburg Community Market Saturday July 23. The show was broadcast live from the Market 9-10 AM.
- Music at the Market for July was Thursday July 21 at the Pearisburg Community Market. The PanJammers Steel Drum Orchestra played 6-8 PM, we were on-site enjoying the music. Music at the Market will be held the third Thursday of the month June-October.
- Our Speaking of Sports show was on the road Saturday June 18 at the Pearisburg Community Market . We broadcast the show live from the Market 9-10 AM. The Market coincided with Pearisburg's Festival in the Park celebration that weekend.
- The June Music at the Market was Thursday June 16 at the Pearisburg Community Market. We were on-site enjoying some live old-time/bluegrass music from Sugar Run 6-8 PM.
- The 14th Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention was June 10-11 at the Newport Recreation Center, it was a weekend of great music and fun in Newport. We were on-site the entire time recording all the music and brought several hours of it to you live both days. The New River Valley Jamboree had a special extended show on Saturday June 11 live from the festival. We'll be replaying featured bands and competitions over the following couple of weeks on the Jamboree and the Mountain Music Show.
- We were at the Glen Alton Spring Jamboree & Come Out and Play Day on Saturday June 4. There were a bunch of fun kids activities and Dean Reed & Friends played some good tunes.
- The New River Valley Jamboree had the East Montgomery Ginsengers live in the WNRV studio Saturday May 21. Check the Event Calendar to see the other upcoming live performances (as well as community events). Tune in for great music at 990 AM, our live stream, and PemTel channel 2.
- Thursday May 12 was the first Music at the Market of the 2016 season for the Pearisburg Community Market . We were on-site and then enjoyed great live old-time music from the Wild Turkeys 6-8 PM. Music at the Market will be held the third Thursday of the month June-October.
- Our DollarSaver program brings you weekly deals from local businesses with a 50% discount. This week's Half-Price Deal of the Week is the Cellar Restaurant in Blacksburg: a $20 certificate for only $10 (good for anything in the restaurant except alcohol)! This deal will go on sale 10 AM Thursday morning, for more details check back often at the WNRV DollarSaver site. All certificates are good for up to 1 year and make great gifts.
- It's time to take our Speaking of Sports show on the road! We did the show live on-site at Kid's Fishing Day in Narrows on Saturday April 30 and at opening day of the Pearisburg Community Market on Saturday May 7.
- Old Man Kelly was live in the WNRV studio Saturday April 30 on the New River Valley Jamboree.
- Indian Run String Band was live in the WNRV studio Saturday April 16 on the New River Valley Jamboree.
- We interviewed Missy Weddle from the Peterstown Preservation Group in the studio on 4/7/16 to discuss their efforts to save the E.I. Terry buildings in Peterstown. Here is the full full interview.
- The New River Valley Jamboree had the Little Stony Nighthawks live in the WNRV studio Saturday April 2 3-4 PM.
- Sugar Run was live in the studio Saturday March 19 3-4 PM on the New River Valley Jamboree.
- The New River Valley Jamboree had Blue Connection live in the studio on Saturday March 12.
- Tim Pak was live in the WNRV studio on Saturday March 5 for the New River Valley Jamboree.
- For the 2015-2016 season, we covered 26 varsity basketball games for Narrows and Giles (boys and girls), including 3 playoff games, the complete 2015 Narrows Athletic Fund Christmas Basketball Tournament, the Giles Senior-Faculty game, and the Narrows-Giles Faculty game. Here is the complete 2015 basketball season schedule. Catch all the exciting local sports action at 990 AM, our live stream, and PemTel channel 2.
- Our 2015 Football Disc is now available. This special disc contains all varsity games for both Giles and Narrows, including playoff games, plus a bonus interview with former Giles Coach Steve Ragsdale. It makes a great gift for sports fans of all ages, contact us to get your copy in time for Christmas!.
- We covered every regular season varsity Narrows and Giles football game for the 2015 season, plus the Narrows-Galax, Giles-Ridgeview, and Giles-Glenvar playoff games. Here is the complete 2015 schedule.
- We took the Speaking of Sports show on the road last Spring through Fall! We were out at the Pearisburg Community Market with the show one Saturday each month May through October: May 2, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 26, and October 17. We broadcast the show live from the Narrows Park for Kid's Fishing Day on May 16 and the Narrows Homecoming Festival on July 4.
- We were also out at the Pearisburg Community Market for their Music at the Market on the third Thursday May-October. We did some kids interviews 4:30-5:30 PM and then recorded the live music 6-8 PM. For October, Dean Reed's Feed & Seed provided some great classic country and old-time fiddle tunes on the 15th.
- We were on-site at the Smith's Super-Aid Pharmacy 10 Year Celebration on July 31. We played some tunes for the crowd and did a live interview.
- The 13th Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention was June 12-13 at the Newport Recreation Center in Newport. We were on-site the entire time recording all the music and brought most of it to you live. It was a weekend of great music and fun in Newport!
- Each Saturday in May we selected an Athlete of the Week from both Narrows and Giles high schools. This was sponsored by Nagel's Downtown Grille in Pearisburg, we announced the winner at 9:45 AM each Saturday during the Speaking of Sports show. They received a $25 gift certificate from Nagel's and an award certificate from WNRV. All the winners are listed (with photo) on the Athlete of the Week page. Here are the program rules.
- Previous WNRV DollarSaver Deals of the Week (some still have a few certificates left): Wedgee's Printing and Embroidery in Peterstown, Moda Designs in Pembroke, Trent's Service Station in Narrows, Hometown Restaurant in Peterstown, Hair Doctors in Peterstown, Auto Specialty Care in Narrows, Nagel's Downtown Grille in Pearisburg, New Kimono Japanese Seafood and Steakhouse in Princeton, A Taste of Memphis BBQ in Princeton, Papa's Pizzeria and Subs in Pearisburg, Danny's Pawn Shop in Christiansburg, the Cellar Restaurant in Blacksburg, Pearl's Petals Flower and Gift in Pembroke, Queen's Pizza and Subs in Pearisburg, and CastleRock Golf Course in Pembroke.