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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 65th anniversary on August 24, 2018! Our original license was granted on that day in 1953. More than 60 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
  • This week's live game is Giles at Alleghany on Friday October 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM, our pregame will start about 6:45. Bath County at Narrows will be recorded. Here's the 2018 football broadcast schedule.
  • WNRV is adding FM! We have an FM translator license on 97.3, we'll start broadcasting on FM in October.
  • Our Speaking of Sports Show was broadcast live on-site at the Pearisburg Scarecrow Festival on Saturday October13.
  • The September 27 Music at the Market for the Pearisburg Community Market has been canceled due to the weather.
  • Cora Gnegy was in the studio September 24 to discuss the upcoming Muddy ACCE Race in Glen Lyn. Note that the race has been moved to September 29.
  • It's finally time for football! Check out our 2018 football broadcast schedule to see which games will be live each week. We started the season Friday August 24 with a live broadcast of Narrows at Auburn (Giles at Blackburg recorded) and added a bonus Narrows-Giles JV game.
  • The Speaking of Sports Show was broadcast live on-site at the Pearisburg Community Market the second Saturday each month July-September 9-10 AM: July 14, August 11, and September 8.
  • We were on-site at the Pearisburg Community Market on the fourth Thursday each month May-September for Music at the Market 5:30-8:00 PM. They'll be great live music 6-8 PM: May 24 (Chickenwings & Gravy), June 28 (Derailed), July 26 (PanJammers Steel Drum Orchestra), and August 23 (Ratatouille), The September 27 date (Sauerkraut Band) was cnaceled due to the weather.
  • We were on-site again this year for the entire 2018 Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention on June 8-9 in Newport. We recorded all the great music and are replaying much of it over the next few months on the Mountain Music Show and the New River Valley Jamboree.
  • The Speaking of Sports Show was broadcast live on-site Saturday June 2 at the Newport Community Park 9-10 AM, it was opening day for the t-ball and coach pitch leagues.
  • A special guest was in the studio on Tuesday May 15. We had an interview with Josef Koefer from Mountain Lake Lodge to talk about the 11th Annual BrewRidge Music Festival.
  • We took our Speaking of Sports Show on the road Saturday May 12 for Kid's Fishing Day at the Narrows Town Park. That makes 11 years in a row we've broadcast the show live on-site there!
  • We hosted Cub Scout Pack 68 at WNRV on April 10. They came by for a tour again this year and to record some interviews as part of earning a merit badge.
  • We finished the basketball season with a live doubleheader on Saturday March 17: both the girls and boys games from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes New River Valley All Star games at Pulaski County High School. We brought you 28 live games this season, here is the complete 2017 broadcast schedule.
  • We had live broadcasts of the Giles Seniors vs Faculty basketball game on March 2 and the Narrows Faculty vs Giles Faculty basketball game on March 9.
  • We had 2 live basketball playoff doubleheaders: Narrows 1st round District Doubleheader at home on February 12: Narrows-Highland girls and Narrows-Eastern Montgomery boys. Giles 1st round Region Doubleheader at home on February 16: Giles-Dan River girls and Giles-Nelson County boys.
  • The WNRV 2017 Football Disc is now available! This includes all varsity games for both Narrows and Giles (including playoffs), plus special bonus coverage of the 3 Narrows girls volleyball State tournament matches. This classic keepsake is only $8, get your copy while they last.
  • We finished out the regular season with 2 live basketball playoff games: Alleghany at Giles girls on February 5 (Senior Night) and Covington at Narrows girls on February 10 (Senior Night). We also did the Giles-Alleghany boys 1st round District playoff game on February 9.
  • On January 20 the Narrows girls volleyball team was our special guest on the Speaking of Sports Show. We discussed their historic run to the State Championship match, here is the complete interview.
  • We started off the new year with live broadcasts of the Montcalm at Narrows boys basketball game on January 3, Eastern Montgomery at Narrows girls on January 9, Alleghany at Giles boys on January 15, Radford at Giles girls on January 24, and Glenvar at Giles boys January 31.
  • We had a live broadcast of the final basketball County Clash: Narrows at Giles boys on December 19.
  • It's time for basketball! We started the 2017 season with 3 County Clashes: Narrows at Giles girls on December 1, Giles at Narrows boys on December 8, Giles at Narrows girls on December 12, and Narrows at Giles boys on December 19. We also had complete coverage of all 8 games of the Narrows Athletic Fund Christmas Tournament December 14-16.
  • We had a live broadcast of the Galax at Narrows Region 1C football final Saturday November 25. Here is the 2017 football schedule.
  • We had live broadcasts of all 3 Narrows girls volleyball State matches: Narrows-Rye Cove quarterfinal on November 13, Narrows-Chilhowie semifinal on November 15, and Narrows-Mathews State final on November 18.
  • 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.
  • 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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