The Library of Virginia

WRVA Tower

Radio in Virginia
December 1, 2003 - July 17, 2004

WRVA Tower

The Development of Radio

WRVA - The Voice of Virginia

Network Radio

Radio Programming

The Programs and Announcers

Radio in Virginia uses the WRVA collection to explore the rise of radio in the Commonwealth. Established in 1925, WRVA was one of the earliest radio stations in Virginia. Among its most memorable shows were the Corn Cob Pipe Club and the Old Dominion Barn Dance, both of which featured local talent. One component of this exhibition on radio will be a listening station that will offer speeches and music from the sound recordings in the WRVA collection. Selected recordings are being reformatted with funds provided by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Related Resources:

A Guide to the WRVA Radio Collection, 1925-2000
Collection, Accession 38210
(available through the Virginia Heritage Database

Virginia Roots Music Exhibition

WRVA Radio LabelSound Recording Clips from the WRVA Radio Collection (including The Corn Cob Pipe Club, The Old Dominion Barn Dance, The Sunshine Hour, Calling All Cooks, Bishop's Cracker Barrel, speeches of Governors Stanley and Almond, and more).