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WRIR-LP 97.3 FM is an independent, all volunteer, nonprofit community public radio station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, serving Metro Richmond. It is the largest low power FM station of its kind in the United States[1]. WRIR-LP is owned and operated by Virginia Center For Public Press.[2] The station's studios are located on West Broad Street and its transmitter is located northeast of downtown Richmond.[3] WRIR-LP started broadcasting on January 1, 2005.

Broadcast areaMetro Richmond
BrandingRichmond Independent Radio
FormatPublic Radio
Adult Album Alternative
Power42 Watts
ERP42 Watts
HAAT45.5741 Meters
Facility ID126872
Callsign meaningW Richmond Independent Radio
OwnerVirginia Center For Public Press
WebcastWRIR-LP stream
WebsiteWRIR-LP online


WRIR airs underrepresented music, news and views in order to provide a platform for cultural diversity in Richmond. In other words, we play what other stations won’t. We are also a true community radio station. This means we are locally owned and, by charter, can never be bought out by any non-local entity. WRIR also represents the community by its many volunteers. WRIR’s FCC license to operate is held by the nonprofit group, Virginia Center for Public Press (VCPP). VCPP is a 501(c)3 organization that’s funded through contributions from listeners, underwriting sponsorships and grants.[4]

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  1. ^, Katherine Houstoun. "WRIR: The Little FM that Could". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  2. ^ "WRIR Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
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  4. ^ "Station". WRIR 97.3 fm - Richmond Independent Radio. Retrieved 2019-03-27.

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