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WRWK and that boring old normal that we all miss

WRWK is like so many good ideas that are passed over for the more exciting but passing fads and thrills.
WRWK is not a fad. It is about life as the only unique thing that separates us from the dumb animals, plants, bacteria, rocks and planets that we share our existence with. I mean Dumb in the sense that other animals do not speak. Humans can be very dumb in that they don’t seem to listen or speak rationally. Humans in spite of their larger brains often stay in the emotional section of their brain and only use the reasoning ability to conjure up “reasons” for what they have already done, or want to do, or want to get someone else to do for them.
At WRWK, the work fm we want you to remember what life is about: life; and help find ways to enjoy it, each other and skip the noisy thrill seekers digging holes we will all have to dig our way out of.
Life is a miracle, It should not exist as far as our scientist can figure. So while you’re here, enjoy the miracle, yourself, each other and how clever we can be, but above all, try to be useful.
Stay tuned to WRWK, we will help as we can.

On April 24th WRWK joins Farid Alan Schinscius’ in celebrating his Birthday.

Join us on the 24th 4 to 7 PM

He has dedicated it to WRWK- Progressive Community Radio so this will be a combined event. Alan has been waging Peace since he first encountered unfairness and he has not taken many breaks.

WRWK is humbled by Alan’s example and has pledged to persist just as he has in finding, understanding and sharing solutions in stories of people who have dealt with similar problems in their areas.\

The future will come from learning how to deal with the present. We can’t pretend that things have not changed when change is the only constant in human civilization, Today’s solutions become tomorrows problems after moving us ahead but changing entire game. That’s how progress works.

This video and web-page attempt to explain the present situation we find ourselves in driven by the engines of progress that have grown too big to manage.

Happy Birthday Alan! We can do this!


The WRWK Fundraiser was a success

(Stay tuned for the online auction)

We had a wonderful afternoon.

We brought in 80 to 100 people, signed up 40 to get our newsletter and collected $450.

We had music from Bluegrass to punk and 2 great vocal acts that conveyed powerfull stories in their own songs and a few covers.

We had red, white and blue hot buttered popcorn, a petting zoo, lots of progressive conversations and no divisive politics.

Our theme here at wrwk is to make ourselves useful in our time here, and not get drawn into the schemes that people create to distract and divide us.

The planet was working fine when we got here .

We broke it! We have to fix it!

Really it can be fun, besides, what’s the alternative?

Join us, or Donate via Square to our NonProfit, Synergy Project!




The WRWK Spring fun-fund raiser has begun.

Folks are coming to it, sending donations if they cannot;
donating money, equipment, or just coming to enjoy the company.
Most sentient beings work to change their world, shape it to their needs, make it better and safer for their family and friends.
This is called being human.
Most folks take care of things around them and even extend their care to others. That is where community comes from.
We have nice things and we work to create nice things for our communities, we plant trees we may never sit under, for the next generations.
It’s not always easy and we aren’t always rewarded for helping out but others before us made our way easier and so we pass it on.

Life is a gift, we only get 80 to 100 years here, let’s all try to be useful.

The volunteers at WRWK AKA TheWorkFM spend hours looking for content that helps citizens improve the world they live in.
We do this by bringing out the issues that we need to deal with, in a context so that we can see our role in them;
by telling the stories of folks that are going beyond problems and solutions to create self correcting communities;
By helping to celebrate lots of cool things that humans when they get life right. It’s not about things; It’s about people.
Things people do because they are meaningful.
From good music by musicians that feel their music and aim to tell stories of lives lived by humans doing what humans do, with feeling.
Popcorn, petting zoo, history of WRWK, speaking to volunteers and community members all tell the same story:
We intend to make the world a little better or at least make a good effort, and if you can help us we’ll all get more done.

Thanks for caring,

Join us at WRWK’s Spring Fund Raiser!

Musical Family Friendly Afternoon
Saturday March 4th from 1-5 pm
Bryan Park Bar and Grill
5516 Lakeside Ave. Richmond

Four Musicians, mini-petting Zoo
Beverages and Food available

Meet hosts and producers and volunteers from WRWK and support our Community Radio Station where you might hear yourself, your friends and other folks you’d like to know.

At WRWK, AKA the Work FM we are your media source for Reality Based Facts and News you can Use.

If you are not impressed by learning how to like or dislike things and people you already like or dislike join us to hear about the people who are still asking life’s question, “How can I be Useful” in this moment of noisy decisive politics, dark money and political mischief.

Where we prize being Useful over being Right!

Suggested donation $10 per person but there’s no limit

WRWK January ’23 NewsLetter

TheWorkFM has a new Radio Intern!
Join us in giving a hearty welcome to Larry Witt of Cartersville High School as he learns his way around the studio, mix-boards and various broadcasting procedures and tasks at WRWK.

He is preparing a series on the obesidy epidemic, you’ll hear it soon in weekly installments.

Express Yourself!

Take a brief moment to complete our listener survey –

Note that you can also leave direct feedback in the text box at the bottom of the survey page.

What we’re up to, what’s next

In 2023 WRWK has its work cut out for it. Problems dominate the media when solutions could be the story. The media is a mirror on society. Ideally it educates citizens so they can help their leaders find new answers to ever evolving situations that happen when a species gains mastery over its environment. There is the ever-present dilemma of how to inform listeners without boring them or killing the buying-enjoyment mood so they don’t just change the station.

So how do you get folks to listen to stuff they need to hear like the truth?

As George Bernard Shaw said:

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

We have no comedy team to present the news a la SNL so we use other devices:

intelligent conversations that inspire intelligent conversations, notes on all the shows in our 6 hour loop so listeners can follow up on anything they heard, shared insights on the human dilemma of being animal and spiritual, tugged at by both. We have a solutions orientation that goes past issues to understand how we created most of them. This is an open invitation to join us to add your voice to the choices.

At WRWK we take our role as a media outlet to mean that we should educate listeners generally and tell the stories of people who, like 90% of our neighbors, want the world to work. Our work at the work FM is to help find the path ahead in a constantly changing world. So, stay with us and we promise you we will do our best to tell you about people and groups and even some countries that are helping the world work and pass it on to their kids.

As our motto says: Let me be useful.

To people whose lives are centered on fear of change, WRWK will make no sense.

If you know people like that, do what you can to embrace them. They need to learn to feel safe with unfamiliar things, the same things their kids will need to understand to find a way forward in a changing world.

People living in fear desperately need you to reject them to keep their fear alive. Connect anyway.

We are all in this together, like it or not.

Politics, the social system that is supposed to find solutions, has been hijacked. Not that politicians or lobbyists are evil, but that in a system where money is unregulated, it will always dominate and citizens will get a back seat – if that.

Still, 2023 is our best year this decade because it is becoming obvious that the idea of abandoning the USA as was suggested by certain parties, is losing steam as the crimes of that collection of people grow and its connections to the Russian regime become more explicit. Like the dog that caught the car, the burn-it-down set doesn’t know how to inspire participation. It will either learn that fire is not enough or their voters will learn that oppositional leaders are not actually leaders. WRWK is non-partisan, but really bad ideas do call for a comment. As citizens of the USA we are party to keeping the USA together. We don’t get lost in words like “socialist” or “capitalist” or “communist” or “woke.”

We know that western civilization is based on civility, that society is based on a trust, that life is based on a supportive environment, breathable air, etc., and that if other living things are dying off, we may be next. Those ideas are the context for our programming choices.

And Donations! you were expecting that, Right? $ Love

Stay tuned for our Spring fundraiser. More info in next week’s edition.

We will have an online auction of donated goods and services, a Work-Athon, our version of a beg-a-thon, and several events. Stay tuned.

If the things we do are important to you, please support us to the degree that you can.

We’ve received donations from $1 to $1,000, RVs, to junk cars, microphones to mix-boards. Our volunteers have ranged from 6-year olds doing voice-overs, to opera singers, from the poor to the well off. They are all people who wanted to make a difference and saw that we could help them tell their stories. To give their ideas voice. Join us to add your voice.

Re: General Assembly is running until

Here’s a tool to find your rep:

Here’s a tool to research bills and their progress.

Here is a tool to up to 5 bills:

This link will help you Testify on a bill at the G.A.: To Testify

Handy links:


WRWK stream:


Donate to WRWK/Synergy Project, Inc.

Check out the auction items

Sneak-Peak at online auction items.

November Voting Guide and Commentary

This election season has all the trappings of a spy novel.
Villains who might be good guys or actors or who might just be crazy.
It almost doesn’t matter.
If you are with the red or blue tribe and you had power and influence over the past 50 years as the middle class shrank you either were knee-capping the government, trying to knee-cap the other guy or watching helplessly as it all went down around you.
Actually no matter what your allegiance was you were probably nearly helpless in the face of big dollars, twisted leadership and mis-information.
This election is between people who want to revive the flawed USA and those who are want to sell it off like the USSR was, ironically, to Russia, multinational companies or to anyone else who thinks shoppers or citizens with captured minds assure an easy future. 
Here at wrwk we know that our future comes from minds busy creating a future, not locked up in the past.
As a member of the media on the planet where all this is taking place we just want to keep it real.
We can fix things in the USA or take an off ramp though to fix things we may have to suspend our egos and unplug from our tribes to some degree.
What are the alternatives to really doing the work?
An apocalypse promoted by folks who just want to grab a little on the way out, since its going to burn up anyway
Nihilism peddled by monied interest who don’t want to change anything
Magical leaders who will lead us out of the challenge into their monetized world of human desires.
Not real choices.
Now that everyone but us can see inside out heads, it is time for us to take a look, meet and tame our inner hate and fear before it is used against us.
It’s a bootstrap operation. We all have to muster our inner superman superwoman and find the meaningful life that balances challenge, work and outcomes.
Spoiler alert you may not get to enjoy the finished thing but end up passing it on to your kids.Be doing what you do because it is worth doing.
In the meantime, WRWK will continue to bring listeners more stories of people and groups who help make the world work. 
Life is about life, and all the parts that make it possible.
Humans have gained the power to alter the planet and life on it.
The question is – will we rise to the moment, own our power and be a useful part of life or indulge our way to oblivion.
Then there’s the election where we get to choose between the 242 year old attempt at human self management and a developer who speaks to our inner two-year old, our fear of the unfamiliar and our longing for a magic way out.
May we think beyond ourselves and be a part of the 2022 turn-around.


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Closing and notes:None of these ideas are mine, I just cobble them together into a mosaic that describes for me an understanding of our situation, it’s depth and breadth, and some ideas for a way through this moment.If you’d like more background on any of these ideas I have prepared a list of resources that range from a dip into despair to a potential moral revival.

Political outcome study update middle class:

FCC’s role in society: EXCERPT FROM Near v. Minnesota, 283 U.S. 697 (1931), the Supreme Court determined that it is unconstitutional to exercise prior restraint with regard to print publications: “It is plain, then, that the language of this amendment imports no more than that every man shall have a right to speak, write, and print his opinions upon any subject whatsoever, without any prior restraint, so always that he does not injure any other person in his rights, person, property, or reputation, and so always that he does not thereby disturb the public peace or attempt to subvert the government. 

What happened to the economy?

Apocalypse, a revelation:

apocalypticism: a handy rationale for those who are tired by the though of having to be good for extended periods.

the next chapter, after we conquer our selves:

living with intentional goodness

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WRWK Newsletter – SEPTEMBER 2022 – Birthday Edition             

     Progressive Radio in Midlothian, Virginia at 93.9 FM
streaming right Here                                                             
 Equinox Ruminations…                                                                                  
by Lee Carleton 
It seems only yesterday that we announced our August 5th Birthday celebration and now we’re on our way to the beginning of Fall with the Autumnal Equinox on September 22. Yes, time flies but it is good to mark the seasons with you.
Equinox is that time of year when the day and night are the same length, a time of balance and preparation for harvest. May yours be bountiful! 
I may be naturally biased since I’m the programming curator, but even if I weren’t I would listen to WRWK. If you listen regularly, you’ll discover that you will hear certain news stories and facts a week or two before the corporate media features them as “breaking news.” You’ll hear progressive content and notice that neither party escapes a fair critique in our programming.
You’ll also notice that we’re not as “polished” as the big stations, preferring our “flawed” grassroots production and honesty to slick, homogeneous corporate media production.
You may also notice that we at TheWorkFM take our work seriously – but not too seriously. Nobody wants a revolution if you can’t play for fun along the way. 
If you haven’t done so lately, check out our programming notes to see if there isn’t a show or two that grabs your interest and make time to listen. Don’t forget that our 6-hour loop repeats (noon to noon) so if you miss a show or can’t listen at a set time, you can catch one of the show repeats.
And if you find yourself appreciating our unique, rich programming please consider sending us some support whether as a one-time gift or an affordable monthly sustainer amount as low as $5/month.
Don’t forget, just like the big guys, we also take donations of vehicles. We here at TheWorkFM hope you will listen regularly, spread the word and please Donate.   

My Testimonial                                                                                  by Ian Mouer 
I think the best assignment I had was the time that I went to DC the day after the Saint John’s incident where they tear gassed the food vendors and the families congregating outside the gates…
I had Press credentials which allowed me to go to a lot of places that I wouldn’t otherwise allowed and it gave me a perspective that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. It gave me a purpose to be there to bear witness to history to know that I had seen the truth and what the actual environment was like for myself. To say that they were peaceful protesters is almost not enough. It was benign. It was literally families and ice cream trucks that got teargas, not to mention members of the clergy.
I talked to them personally and got their first hand accounts, so when I heard what other media outlets were saying on the national stage I know which ones to put my faith in.
This experience helped me decide who is telling the truth in corporate media, who I can believe in. It reinforced my beliefs but it made them very real and you don’t get that kind of experience sitting on the couch. You gotta get off the sidelines…That’s what I would tell a prospective volunteer looking for an experience at an independent media station like WRWK. That’s my testimonial. 
(our Founder Chris Maxwell was on that same assignment )
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What is news?                                                                                               
by Ron Skinner
 What is news? To an extreme sports fan it’s extreme skydiving, to a parent it’s how schools are doing, to a business owner it’s how the market is doing, to a minister it’s how many souls were saved. What is news, worthy news, depends on what you value, how close it is to you, if you have a role in it or if it will cost you something.
As a small station we’re not out to replace any part of the RVA media.  We just want to raise the bar and provide tools for critical thinking or what I prefer: affirmative inquiry.
When our past president spoke of the “fake media” maybe he meant that he could fake most media out by feeding their love of outrage when they should have been focusing on facts.
At WRWK, TheWorkFM, we look for the stories that are not covered at all, that should be covered and the stories that are covered incorrectly, essentially as political footballs, created to define political positions and drive people to the polls or keep them away but not to solve problems or find solutions.  Most importantly we bring you the Good things that go on every day that lead to social progress and stories of how this great living experiment on human governance, the USA is going.
Profit driven media delivers our attention to advertisers and opinion shapers who will pay well to understand how each ad viewing, product buying, election supporter or denier reaches their decisions. It’s all about money, and managing the narrative. Of course, money can “buy” votes, influence and power but given the growing cynicism and sense of betrayal among voters many have traded their critical thinking skills for scripted emotions for or against people, issues, stereotypes.
In this media noise, conversation, essential to democracy, is often drowned out by chants and taunts led by the well-paid and strident voices of the sensational media and its followers.
This is not cynicism, it is the business model followed by a sensationalist and inflammatory media.
Anyone who thinks that MSNBC or CNN or Fox News make their profits according to how well the USA is working is not paying attention. 
If you want progressive media you have to find it and of course support it. 
So, let’s rescue our attention from the profit seeking corporate media and refocus it on the more informative, rational and inspiring voices of independent media like TheWorkFM. Together we can change the conversation.   You can help by volunteering your services, audio gear, anything of value, or money.
Subscribe to our success as we subscribe to yours.
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