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Broadcasting from the bank of the scenic New River, WNRV The Ridge plays the best in traditional and current bluegrass and old-time music. Our 5 KW AM station is located along the New River in Giles County between Narrows and Pearisburg, VA. We now also broadcast on FM 97.3.

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.

Recent News
  • We'll be on-site at the Pearisburg Community Market for Music at the Market the second Thursday each month May-October: May 9 (Crystal River Band), June 14 (band TBD), July 11 (Ratatouille), August 15 (band TBD), September 12 (band TBD), and October 10 (Sauerkraut Band). We'll also do our Saturday Speaking of Sports show live on-site at the Pearisburg Community Market the first Saturdau June-September.
  • We'll take our Speaking of Sports Show on the road Saturday May 11 for Kid's Fishing Day at the Narrows Town Park. This will be the 12th year in a row we've broadcast the show live on-site there!
  • The 2019 Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention is June 14-15 in Newport. We'll be on-site again this year for the entire festival. We'll record all the great music and replay much of it during the next few months on the Mountain Music Show and the New River Valley Jamboree.
  • We finished the basketball season with a live broadcast of the Narrows Faculty vs Giles Faculty benefit game on Friday March 22. We did a total of 30 games this year, check the entire 2018 basketball broadcast schedule to see which games we covered.
  • The WNRV 2018 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 JV game. This classic keepsake is only $8, get your copy while they last.
  • WNRV is now officially launched on FM 97.3! We simulcast our great music and local sports 24x7 on FM. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.
  • We started off this basketball season with live broadcasts of all 3 County Clash games in the 1st month: Giles at Narrows girls November 30, Narrows at Giles boys December 7, and Narrows at Giles boys December 28. We also carried the entire Narrows Christmas Athletic Fund Christmas Tournament December 13-15. Check the entire 2018 basketball broadcast schedule to see which games will be live each week.
  • We covered the entire 2018 varsity football season for both Narrows and Giles, including the 4 playoff games. Here's the 2018 football broadcast schedule.
  • We took our Speaking of Sports Show on the road again Saturday November 10. We broadcast the show live on-site at the 7th Annual Cancer Kids and Christmas Event and Benefit Auction in Pearisburg 9-10 AM.
  • Our Speaking of Sports Show was broadcast live on-site at the Pearisburg Scarecrow Festival on Saturday October13.
  • 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 9-10 AM at the Pearisburg Community Market the second Saturday each month July-September in 2018: July 14, August 11, and September 8.
  • We were on-site at the Pearisburg Community Market on the fourth Thursday each month May-September in 2018 for Music at the Market 5:30-8:00 PM. There was 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 canceled 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 2017 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 took our Speaking of Sports show on the road several Saturdays this spring and summer in 2017: 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.
  • 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 did our Speaking of Sports show live on-site at the Kids Cancer and Christmas Benefit Auction on Saturday November 19 2016 at the Pearisburg Community Center.
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