Nashville community radio station WXNA-FM will mark two years on the air with a public celebration on Sunday, June 3, from 3-6 p.m. at The Basement, 1604 8th Ave. S. Free and open to the public, the event will feature a rotating lineup of WXNA DJs spinning records, and listeners are invited to come out and meet the hosts of their favorite programs. Crankees Pizzeria will be on site offering Neapolitan-inspired, wood-fired pizzas for sale from its food truck.
The celebration will mark the culmination of WXNA’s spring pledge drive, which runs May 27-June 2. With a goal of $25,000, the spring pledge drive is one of two annual on-air events that fund the nonprofit radio station’s operating budget. Broadcasting at 101.5 FM and at wxnafm.org online, WXNA is operated entirely by unpaid volunteers and is funded entirely by public donations, making it the true embodiment of its slogan: “People-powered radio.”
WXNA’s on-air hosts represent a cross-section of the Nashville community, donating their time away from careers as teachers, artists, musicians, journalists, entrepreneurs, nonprofit administrators and more.
During an era when media outlets have become increasingly consolidated, often owned and managed by corporations based in markets outside the areas they serve, WXNA has established a distinctive place in the Nashville community by providing a freeform format that represents the diverse concerns, priorities and tastes of the city’s populace.
Programs explore a wide range of genres, including jazz, funk, R&B, classical, country, punk, metal, zydeco, vintage pop, electronica and more. WXNA’s talk shows provide opportunities for members of the community to discuss timely issues affecting the residents of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, along with programs dedicated to health and wellness, the local culinary scene, the arts, activism and local music.
“Our programming is a genuine reflection of the listeners we serve,” says WXNA board president Randy Fox. “The radio station is a meeting place for all the voices in our city, dedicated to free expression, community-building and preservation of all genres of music.”
“We are enormously grateful for the public’s support, which has provided a strong foundation for our success thus far. As Nashville continues to grow and transform, sometimes in ways that can feel overwhelming, we are committed to providing an outlet to ensure that the community’s passions and concerns are being shared and heard.”
For more information, visit WXNAFM.org.