Monday, April 29, 2013

Open Source RVA: All The Pretty Podcasts

Have you missed recent episodes of Open Source RVA, Richmond's weekly audio news digest?

By all means, CATCH UP! That's why the Good Lord made podcasting.

The April 26 episode features a frank interview with Richmond City Councilman Chris Hilbert. Among other things, the 3rd district rep will talk about why he has announced his 2016 mayoral candidacy so early. We also introduce you to a new Virginia hip-hop archive at William & Mary College that charts the early days of in-state beatmasters like Timbaland and Pharrell Williams (shown). W&M PhD candidate Kevin Kosanovich, who helped to start the project, joins us.

Our April 19 installment introduces you to OSRVA's newest co-host, Style Weekly news editor Scott Bass. We talk about the politics of minor league baseball with Charles Robideau of the Peace Education Center of Richmond and Brian J. Callaghan, a minority owner of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Also: Kim Gray and Kristen Larson, Richmond school board members, join us for a discussion about the possible uses of school-owned real estate, and also chime in on the recent surprise retirement announcement of RPS Superintendent Yvonne Brandon

The April 12 broadcast showcases a peanut gallery of ace political pundits (Jamie Radtke, Charles Diradour and Paul Goldman) discussing truth, lies and Virginia politics -- including recent scandals involving Richmond School Board member "Doctor" Shonda Harris-Muhammad and Governor Bob McDonnell. Also: Music Nerd Alert! We talk all about Record Store Day with Jim Bland of Plan 9 Records, Marty Key of Steady Sounds and Deep Groove's Chris Pittman. Also sitting in: Jon Berger of Broadtime, a local company that maintains the national Record Store Day website

You do know that you can listen to these in real time, right? Tune in every Friday at 4PM to Open Source RVA on WRIR 97.3 FM and on the vast series of tubes at And bookmark our informative OSRVA website at You'll thank yourself later.  

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