November 24, 2020
by Racheal Hebert
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Baton Rouge Community Radio to Host Annual Pledge Drive

Baton Rouge Community Radio WHYR 96.9 FM is hosting its annual pledge drive from December 1, 2020 to December 3, 2020 to raise funds for station operations in 2021. 

Baton Rouge Community Radio’s mission is to be an open voice to inform, connect, amplify, and entertain the diverse communities of Baton Rouge. Our station continues to broadcast unique and relevant programming on the airwaves throughout our city and beyond. As a volunteer-led, community-supported organization, Baton Rouge Community Radio is asking for the community’s support this year during our annual pledge drive.

Baton Rouge Community Radio features diverse, locally produced programming. Our talk programming informs listeners on important community issues including Metro Council votes, candidates for local office, and special events. Our music shows feature local musicians and a variety of genres including jazz, blues, Cajun, zydeco, and hip hop. 
Baton Rouge Community Radio amplifies what is best about Baton Rouge. We highlight the regional arts scene and hand the mic to the singer-songwriter community. Every week you hear the latest on high school, Southern, and LSU sports. We feature local music from Baton Rouge blues and Southern soul to New Orleans brass band and Louisiana Hayride Western swing. 

Baton Rouge Community Radio brings fresh perspectives to the local airwaves. We continue to be the only local radio outlet for programming such as Democracy Now!, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, and State of Belief

Support community radio this holiday season by pledging your support during our on-air pledge drive beginning December 1st, or make a secure, online donation at now.

September 29, 2020
by Racheal Hebert
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Voter’s Guide for the November 2020 Elections

The League of Women Voters Greater Baton Rouge State Unit (LWVGBR) has released its Voter’s Guide for the November 2020 Elections.

The League asked every candidate for positions in Baton Rouge for their biographical information, campaign links, and answers to questions related to the position that they are seeking. Ninety percent (90%) of the candidates responded.

The Voter’s Guide includes the candidates for the local positions of District Judge, Mayor, Metro Councilman, Family Court Judge, Justice of the Peace, and Constable. It also includes the responses given to the League of Women Voters of Louisiana by the candidates for Appeals Court Judge, U.S. Representative for Districts 2 and 6, and U.S. Senator, which also appear on East Baton Rouge Parish residents’ ballots.

“The voter’s guide is helpful for comparing candidates’ qualifications and their positions on issues. Reading the voter’s guide makes it easy to make informed decisions at the voting booth instead of guessing or leaving some positions blank, ” said Melissa Yarborough, president and voter education organizer for LWVGBR. Yarborough recommends that voters first check which positions are on their ballot at, then open the LWVGBR’s Voter’s Guide found at to learn about the candidates on their ballot.

About LWVGBR : Formed in 2018, the LWV Greater Baton Rouge State Unit (LWVGBR) is a nonpartisan organization with the dual goals of encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. LWVBR publishes a voter’s guide for each local election, holds voter registration drives, and engages in other activities promoting participation in democracy.

September 4, 2020
by Natalie Caruso
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Meet WHYR DJ Marc Cohn in “All About Jazz” Feature

Our own Marc Cohn, aka Dr. Jazz, was recently featured in an article on All About Jazz. He explored everything from his first memories of radio to his thoughts on new jazz artists. He also shares how long it takes to prepare each show. (Hint: It’s long!) Click the link below to read the full feature for a quick, fun and insightful ride with the doc himself! And catch his jazz show, Gifts and Messages every Saturday from 3-5pm Central on WHYR.