Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Ending the era...

This is a belated note of farewell to a show I loved making and ended on December 29, 2013.
- Ana Edwards, June 5, 2018

9 Years! More than 400 shows! 

Short of raising children, the Sacred Ground Project and my current marriage, there's nothing I've done longer with such consistency.

Producing DefendersLIVE for the WRIR audience at home and abroad was an exhilarating, grueling, immersive experience. At first it was about how well I might do radio, but as I began to hear from listeners and get calls from people who wanted to be guests I learned that reaching people with a message via the airwaves is a potent tool. I'm grateful to its existence and far more respectful of its process and its impact. If you're going to do it, do it well, do it with purpose.

A hearty thank-you to those who tuned in. An enormous thank-you to all my engineers and board-ops over the years, especially those who were able to stick with me for more than a few months. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who kept the equipment running and the facilities in a state of ongoing improvement. You were the stabilizing forces of and escorting voices to an important vehicle for social justice commentary, if led by a slow-maturing novice. I did not attend enough of the parties, but I did enjoy being part of the WRIR team. I loved doing the show and believe good things came of it.

For the curious or nostalgic there is a tab (above) that says "Listen." Click it to get to the archive of mostly live links to DefendersLIVE shows that aired between February 2005 and December 2013.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Today's Show

Technical difficulties, schmechnical difficulties, when you have a great Board Op, you get great air!

Thanks Harvey Soul Hall for thinking quick and popping in a great past show - an interview with Dr. Ann Creighton-Zollar from August 26th of this year. Her work researching and promoting the understanding of Problem of Being Without Sufficient levels of Vitamin D is worthy of repeating.  I hope you enjoy it and come away healthier. CLICK HERE to see the original blog post on DefendersLIVEradio.

And here's the show that should have aired.


  1. What happened to the people who USED to live in Dove Court? How has Mixed Income housing worked for them?
  2. If Shockoe Bottom is wonderful, creative, inspirational, and growing (and it is), why do they want to do this??? Click here to play relevant video.


Next Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6pm: City Council Meeting may hear and vote on "continued" ordinances on transfer of land under The Diamond from RMA back to the City and  the resolution for council to approve the concept of the plan the Mayor Dwight Jones and H. Louis Salomonsky and the Lovings and the Squirrels have preordained for our fair city. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013



Keep the voices and issues of DefendersLIVE and the Music of the World as presented through WRIR on the air!!!

and because the No BS Brass Band (which was just playing) might remind you as it does me just how amazing horn bands are!!! Tower of Power was my NBSBB way back in my sleepy secret teen-aged L.A. days ...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Food Justice = Food and Economic Empowerment in Our Communities

Richmond's First Annual Green Harvest Festival

Duron Chavis, community advocate for RVA Farms, founder/coordinator of Happily Natural Day, partner in Renew Richmond
John Lewis, director community engagement Renew Richmond 501c3
Velma Hairston, educator, volunteer with Renew Richmond and advocate for community gardens in the Richmond area
Mike Kemetic, creative director for We R Natives, on the Patrick Henry School for Science and Art Board of Directors for their Charter Art Programs, host WRIR

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sep. 23rd on DefendersLIVE

About the Black Left Unity Network and its Black Activists Journal

blackleftunity.org, blackactivistszine.org

Download and listen to Today's show

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mike Kemetic on DefendersLIVE

The Intersection of Art and Social Justic in Richmond - a 54-minute chat with Richmond Man About Town.
More about his likes and inspirations at www.trs-804.tumblr.com