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The Hook - faster than Twitter
Daily Progress - local daily
NBC29 - local televsion
CBS19, ABC16, FOX27 - local television
• Charlottesville Tomorrow - growth

Cavalier Daily - student paper
WINA - news radio
UVAToday - school organ

WEATHER! - NWS station digest


Staunton - The News Leader
Waynesboro - The News-Virginian
Fredericksburg - Free Lance-Star
Louisa Co.
- the Central Virginian
Greene Co. - Greene Co. Record
Culpeper - The Star-Exponent
Fluvanna Co. - Fluvanna Review
Nelson Co. - Nelson County Times
Nelson County Life - monthly

Lexington - The News-Gazette
Lynchburg -The News & Advance
Roanoke -The Roanoke Times
Newport News -The Daily Press
Norfolk -The Virginian-Pilot
Washington Post
Washington Times
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Style Weekly - Richmond

Bristol Herald-Courier
Winchester Star
Martinsville Bulletin
Potomac News
Danville Register & Bee
Virginian Review

Fluvanna Co. - The Fluvanna Review
Madison Co. - Madison Eagle
Harrisonburg - The Daily News-Record
Culpeper - The Culpeper Times (weekly)
Buckingham - Beacon (monthly)

Hanover Herald-Progress
Leesburg Today
Loudoun Times-Mirror
Washington Business Journal
Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg
Fauquier Times-Democrat
Farmville Herald
Falls Church News-Press
Rappahannock Record
Wytheville Enterprise
Coalfield Progress
Hopewell News


What's up with
local media?
A woman is flirting with out-of-towners in downtown's venerable C&O restaurant, and male visitor asks, "What do you do for fun around here?" "I read," replies the would-be party girl.

What do you expect in a town that has a book festival?

She didn't get a date, but this cautionary tale illustrates why, despite a downward trend in daily newspaper readers, Charlottesville claims the highest number per capita in the country, and the New York Times, Washington Post and Richmond Times-Dispatch can all be delivered to your door.

Lifestyle magazines are big in this area: the upscale Central Virginian lifestyle, the upscale fisherman's lifestyle, and now three food mags.

News racks multiply in public spaces for the dailies and the dozen or so free papers, and regulation on the Downtown Mall often appears imminent.

Fortunately, the bright red Hook boxes stand out in the crowd.

Local blogs:

• cvillenews.com - aka 'Waldo's site'
• Rob Schilling - bold conservative
The Hook Music - local music
• Bill Emory - with amazing pix
• Loper.org - local politics
• Fluvanna Online - Fluco stuff
• Fluco blog - More Fluvanna
• Rick Sincere - libertarianism
• School Matters - from a Boardie
• topix.net - aggregator
• Augusta Free Press - Valley news

• Charlottesville Tomorrow - growth
• Real Central VA
• WorthMoreOrLess
• TheBubbleBlog

• The Book of Joe - fun new products
• Andrew Hersey - me & my pix
• BKMarcus - lowercase liberty
• Outskirts - some 40ish guy
• Dave McNair - a Hook dude
---all the blogs in Charlottesville

Waldo Jaquith
Bacon's Rebellion

Blue Virginia
Calling All Wingnuts
Virginia News Source - "reality"
---all the political blogs in Virginia

Local newspapers
The Hook
Charlotteville's most award-winning weekly, operator of cvillemovies.com, and founder of Charlottesville Restaurant Week. Published Thursdays. 295-8700

C-ville Weekly
Long-running arts-centric weekly with extensive LiveArts coverage and home to "The Rant." Published Tuesdays. 817-2749

The Daily Progress
Charlottesville's only daily has pared down as its parent company struggles, but it still leads in spot news, sports, and obituaries. 978-7200

Cavalier Daily
The University of Virginia's student-published newspaper claims to be the oldest daily in town-- at least when school is in session-- and picked up a First Amendment award from the Virginia Press Association for its fight to advertise alcohol. 924-1083


Blue Ridge Outdoors
This all-outdoors, all-the-time monthly celebrates hiking, biking, running, climbing, and paddling in Virginia and nearby states. 817-2755

Charlottesville-Albemarle Tribune
Charlottesville's oldest black newspaper dates from 1950. Published every Thursday. Once only available by subscription, it's now at selected newsstands. 979-0373

Charlottesville Guide
A tourist guide. 817-2000

Charlottesville Arts & Entertainment
A monthly tourist guide with excellent maps. 295-9004

The Crozet Gazette - Serving Western Albemarle once a month but hoping to go bi-weekly. 466-8939

Charlottesville's oldest new-age monthly has the scoop on essential oils and what's hot in the holistic. 295-3407

The three food mags:
In the Kitchen
- 973-5501
Flavor - 540-987-9299
Edible Blue Ridge - 296-2120

Keswick Life
Monthly tabloid that documents the horsey side of town. 296-8032

Nelson County Life
"Your source for everything Nelson," this monthly eschews hard news. 361-0104

Real Estate Weekly
It's slimmed down as the housing market has cooled, but still packed with dwellings that can be yours. 817-9330

Scottsville Monthly
Tales of the River City. 591-1000

Local news, meta-news, and commentary hosted by Virginia Tech alum/ wunderkind Waldo Jaquith. Links to other media.

Host of the city's oldest blog, Dem George Loper indulges his interests in politics, bird watching, and go-karts. Discourse is civil, perhaps because people sign their names to their remarks-- and the archives are deep.

This mag adorns the tonier coffee tables in Charlottesville and features lifestyles of the local rich, if not famous. Published bimonthly. Available at newsstands or by subscription for $20. 817-2000

AlbemarleFamily Living
AlbemarleFamily has grown during its 10 years to a slick, award-winning monthly. In fact, we had to move it from niche publications to our magazine section, it's so glossy. And its website has always been the place to go to figure out what to do with those darn kids. 984-4713

Forward Adelante Magazine
Virginia's first bilingual business journal comes out tri-monthly. 960-4037

Virginia Sportsman
These folks like to fish and hunt, and they're well educated and well-heeled, according to its website. Subscriptions for this 80-page glossy are $25 for six issues, and it's available in Barnes and Noble. 971-1199

Virginia Living This bimonthly statewide publication knocks readers' socks off with its bold splashes of color on each glossy cover and stories celebrating the vibrant lives in the Commonwealth-- many in our neck of the woods. 804-343-0778




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C'ville Podcasting Network
UVA Podcasting

TheSabre - locally based
• Cavs Corner - part of rivals.com

WWWV-FM 97.5, ("3WV") rock
WCYK-FM 99.7, ("
Your Country")
WINA-AM 1070,
local news/sports/talk
WQMZ-FM 95.1, ("
Z-95") light rock
WUVA-FM 92.7, ("Kiss") UVA student-run
WHTE-FM 101.9, ("
Hot 101.9") contemporary hits
WZGN-FM 102.3, 94.1, ("
Generations") oldies, classic rock
WWTJ-FM 107.5, ("Tom @ 107.5"), adult hits
WCNR-FM 106.1 ("The Corner"), alt-rock
WKAV-AM 1400,
(home to Mac McDonald & Adam Gottschalk) sports
WCHV-AM 1260,
WVAX AM 1450, Progressive Talk Radio

Charlottesville lost its last homegrown commercial radio empire in the fall of '04 when Eure Communications sold its three radio stations-- 3WV, Z-95, WINA, and the frequency that would become WCNR-- to Michigan-based Saga Communications. Monticello Media has owned the other six since buying them from Clear Channel in 2007. WUVA Kiss is independently owned. Listeners, of course, just want their tunes.

Non-Commercial radio
WNRN-FM 91.9, Acoustic Sunrise and more at "New Rock Now"
WTJU-FM 91.1, Eclectic deejays bring in their CDs and vinyl
WMRA-FM 103.5, NPR from Harrisonburg
WVTF-FM 89.3 & 88.5, NPR from Roanoke
Radio IQ 89.7 & 91.5, BBC news and NPR talk

Commercial television
Depending on where you live, you can get everything-- or nothing. Comcast has the local cable franchise, and there are still plenty of swaths of the county with no cable access.

Long a one-horse television town dominated by NBC29, Charlottesville now boasts stations for each major network. Gray Television moved into town in a big way and began broadcasting on WCAV Channel 19 (CBS) and WVAW Channel 16 (ABC) late in 2004. A FOX station, WAHU Channel 27, hit the airwaves in June 2005, and in late 2006, Grey added classics channel My C'ville TV. Last time we checked, Charlottesville was number 183 in the 210 Nielsen designated market areas in the United States, sandwiched between Bowling Green, KY, and Grand Junction/Montrose, CO-- with approximately 76,000 television households.

Commercial stations:
NBC29 (WVIR broadcast 29.1, cable 4)

CW29 (broadcast 29.3, cable 12)

Weather Plus (broadcast 29.2, cable 208)
Fox27 (WAHU broadcast 27.1, cable 9)
CBS19 (WCAV broadcast 19.1, cable 6)
ABC16 (WVAW broadcast 16.1, cable 3)

My C'ville TV (broadcast 27.2, cable 2)

Weather Now (broadcast 19.2, cable 209)

Non-Commercial television
Yeah, an artsy town like Charlottesville has two public television stations, each claiming to be Charlottesville's own-- but neither is based here.

WHTJ PBS (broadcast 41.1, 41.2, 41.3, cable 7, 200, 265) Richmond-based PBS.
WVPT PBS (broadcast WVPT HD 11, WVPT Create 11.1, WVPT V-ME 11.3, cable 11,
219, 268, 269) Harrisonburg-based PBS station. WHTJ used to have an office on the Downtown Mall, but closed it earlier this summer.

Public access television
Comcast Cable channels 13 and 14 provide, respectively, public and education access. Watch government in action on Charlottesville TV 10, which broadcasts City Council meetings.

Outlying news television stations
Richmond - WWBT-12 (NBC)
Richmond - WRIC-8 (ABC)
Richmond - WTVR-6 (CBS)
Lynchburg - WSET-13 (ABC)
Harrisonburg - WHSV-3 (ABC)






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