The Feb. 15 edition of WRIR's Friday news broadcast takes a look at the state of the city under the leadership of Mayor Dwight Jones. We convene a distinguished panel of Richmond politicos -- Bruce Tyler, Paul Goldman and Charlie Diradour -- to talk about recent City Hall controversies and grade the performance of the mayor as he enters a second term.
We also take you inside the nightmarish pages of "Richmond Macabre 2," a new sequel to the popular horror anthology published in 2011. Editors Beth Brown and Phil Ford join us for a spine-tingling talk about how Richmond lends itself so well to bloody tales of ghosts, zombies and goo-spewing maniacs.
On the Feb. 8 installment, we talk with Carol Piersol, the cofounder and former artistic director of the Firehouse Theater Project, about her controversial firing by the company's board of directors. Fellow Firehouse cofounder and Richmond Magazine writer Harry Kollatz Jr. and former board member and reporter Don Baker join the conversation. And for more on the Firehouse controversy, which has fractured the tight Richmond theater community, check out our man Chris Dovi's thorough coverage at the Open Source RVA website.
We'll also take you inside the world of Pop Yeh Yeh, and introduce you to DJ and archivist Carl Hamm -- best known as DJ Carlito. Hamm spent seven years studying and researching the sounds of Malaysian rock 'n' roll from the 1960s, and he has helped compile and research a new CD compilation of the music available on the Sublime Frequencies label.
And don't forget to listen each and every Friday at 4PM to Richmond's weekly audio news digest. Source it at 97.3 FM and http://wrir.org.