Atlanta’s only progressive, community radio station will mark its 45 years of broadcasting with a Garden Party on Saturday, June 23 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
To be held at the famed Hammond House Museum in the historic West End, the event will salute the hundreds of volunteers who, over the years, have produced ground-breaking programs spotlighting community voices and handpicked quality music rarely heard on commercial radio or television
WRFG is known for its cutting-edge original programming including the award-winning Living Atlanta series which featured interviews with city residents who lived through the 1906 Race Riot and other momentous events.
Each week, the station airs more than a dozen locally produced public affairs programs. Each show has a specific focus ranging from poverty and racism to progressive politics, to issues impacting Atlanta’s LGBTQ communities and the environmental movement.
The station is well known for its eclectic mix of music programs and for its support for local singers and musicians. Many successful artists including the Indigo Girls, India Irie, and Janelle Monae received some of their earliest exposure on WRFG’s airwaves.
WRFG was the first Atlanta radio station to play reggae. The station is home to multiple shows celebrating the unique contribution African music has made to our culture along with programs focusing on the music of India, Latin America and that of the Celtic tradition.
The station’s blues department has produced the annual WRFG Labor Day Blues BBQ for more than 30 years and its Americana department has recently launched WRFG’s annual Americana in the Park celebration which is growing in popularity.
WRFG is the home of Atlanta’s longest running radio program with a single host. Harlon Joye, one of the station’s founders, has produced Fox’s Minstrel Show since shortly after the station signed on in 1973.
WRFG is truly listener sponsored and supported, meaning its budget is derived mainly from the donations of its varied audiences who appreciate the lack of commercials and remarkable diversity of music and public affairs programs.
In addition to a catered dinner by Louisiana Chef Chelsia and live music by the Bright Moments jazz trio, the 45th birthday celebration will give listeners a chance to meet and socialize with WRFG program hosts and volunteers both past and present.
Tickets are available on line at wrfg.org for the special birthday price of $45 until June 1 when the cost will be $50. No tickets will be sold at the door.
All proceeds will benefit WRFG 89.3 FM.