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Charlottesville Area Public Radio and TV Information

Across the Mountains: Public Radio and TV in the Charlottesville Area

Information and Links to Public Radio and TV in Albemarle County, Charlottesville, Fluvanna and Greene Counties, and more.

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I often describe the Charlottesville area as "quietly sophisticated".  It doesn't scream about it's wonderful-ness, it just has it! This is because you can find educational and wonderfully informative programs along with music in our choices of Public Radio and TV. And the best thing is that you can download the apps for listening and watching on all of your devices!

Listen to RADIO

To begin with, we are incredibly fortunate in Central Virginia to have access to great public radio. Virginia's Public Radio comes from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, which is 3.5 hours west of Charlottesville. (In 2003, Virginia Tech expanded the programming of that region's flagship NPR station, Radio IQ/WVTF.)  Radio IQ broadcasts all news and talk programming from both NPR and the BBC World Service. In addition, there are music programs, weather reports and a Radio Reading Program for the visually impaired.

Please visit here for: Frequencies and Coverage Areas for Radio IQ 

Of course, there are public radio stations all over the state, and Charlottesville has had its own for years, WMRA (103.5 FM) offering "more news and less noise". Included are programs with information pertaining to Virginia today. WMRA also has WEMC, offering local and classical music programming. You can also visit Radio IQ free internet listening on WVTW (88.5) for public radio news and conversation.

What I personally love about NPR news is its humanism; I feel that I can relate to the news, it's warmer, not sensational, and the reporters place the news within the framework of our lives.... You can reach out and touch it.  I know that I will learn something every time I turn on Radio IQ.  Whether I am treated to the telling of a short story or an interview with a musician or family in Iraq, I am transported to a unique place. Of course, the news provided by the BBC is one of the great added benefits of Radio IQ programming.  I seriously feel blessed to have such readily available access to this European service; the benefit of the different perspective is beyond measure, in my opinion.

Watch, Listen and Learn on PBS

Our local PBS Stations are Virginia Public Media (VPM) in Richmond with WVPT in Harrisonburg. These stations offer the best national PBS programs available. Also, members can add the additional benefit of VPM/Passport, which provides access to streaming on line and in the PBS video app.

In addition, tune in to the program called Charlottesville Inside Out. Native Terri Allard converses with area people who are involved in all aspects of community life. They include artisans, business owners, and community event planners. You will see why the Charlottesville area is a unique and wonderful place to live. 

Find More About What Charlottesville Has to Offer: Discover Charlottesville

If you are considering purchasing or selling a home in the Charlottesville area, rely on me to help you put the pieces together.  Virginia Gardner, Roy Wheeler Realty Co., (434) 981-0871 Email Virginia

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