Center for Public Broadcasting/WMRA-WEMC

Contact Information

Mr. Al E. Bartholet Jr., Director

Contact Details


The Center for Public Broadcasting’s mission is to inform, connect and engage communities through journalism, broadcasting and outreach. It serves over 50,000 listeners in the Shenandoah Valley, Charlottesville and Farmville areas. The center comprises a network of non-commercial public radio stations, serving Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Lexington and Winchester, and one standalone station, WEMC, serving Harrisonburg . The WMRA network stations are licensed to the JMU Board of Visitors. WEMC is licensed to Eastern Mennonite University, but is operated entirely by the center. WMRA and WEMC are members of National Public Radio, and are affiliated with Public Radio International and American Public Media. The stations broadcast 24 hours per day year-round, offering extensive in-depth news coverage and classical, folk, blues and jazz music. The center also operates Valley Voice Radio Reading Service for the print-impaired. Listeners and local businesses contribute nearly three-quarters of the center’s annual budget.

Web Presence


Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Students, Involves Participants External to JMU


Ongoing Center


Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Benefits for Faculty, Students, Community, and Institution

They serve over 50,000 listeners in the Shenandoah Valley, Charlottesville and Farmville areas

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning


Department or Center

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