(R) is an alternative music stream created by John Heimerl in 2005. John programmed progressive radio in the 70's and 80's, and built the programming concepts for a number of AM/FM stations, including K-94 and the RocK of the 80's in Hampton Roads, VA; Jet94 in Chattanooga; and WHYW Y-97 in Pittsburgh.

AltRadio is produced by John along with music director James Duvall (WODU); new music guru and alternative programmer Paul Shugrue (WHRV, WRXL, WNRN, WNOB); king of acoustic and eclectic Sunday Sessions Hunter Hughes (WPYA/The Coast); and Dave Voightritter, the Defenestration man, who rocks out on the Hampton Roads local music scene. Plus we are grateful for the talented Donald Blake, Jr. and Justin Wilson who bring us "Your Music Show" Thursdays at 9 ("YourMusicShow" on Facebook), and re-located local music gurus such as Steve Gimbert with "The Edge of the Universe". AltRadio is an NPR-affiliated independent alternative music stream distributed by public broadcaster WHRO/WHRV in Norfolk, Virginia, USA with World Cafe' daily at 4 pm Eastern and Sunday Specials after 11 am. AltRadio is also heard live on many of the well-known internet access points such as NPR Music, iTunes, TuneIn Radio, IceCast and Shoutcast.

For the best user streaming experience, we recommend, look for their apps on your mobile devices and your desktop computer. AltRadio also features direct iPhone/iPad/Android app access (search WHRO on the App Store), and there's our own Media Player at

You can also log in at , where Hunter Hughes features audio and video clips from his Sunday morning show interviews on AltRadio, as well as featured audio and video from artists on Hunter's show. And Saturdays, check out the Edge of the Universe with Steve Gimbert at 10 PM Eastern.

AltRadio features one of the widest playlists available anywhere with resources exceeding 40,000 cuts. In addition to NPR national and regional favorite programs, there are locally-produced programs daily with a bent toward new and eclectic music, as well as live radio interviews and studio performances by local and national talent. Tune in, turn it up- you'll find great diversity here!

Our Mission:

AltRadio exists to educate listeners about alternative music and artists. To accomplish that, AltRadio offers both on-line and on-air special feature programs and resources found in very few places, where people of all ages and interests can explore diversity in local, national, and world music. 

In Eastern Virginia, USA, AltRadio is also available on HD Radio, the 89.5-2 HD digital channel on WHRV 89.5, WHRG 88.5, WHRE 91.9 and WHRX 90.1.

Here's the AltRadio special program grid (all times Eastern US):

1 am-5am Rockin’ All Nite
6-9 am Morning Alternative
9-4 pm Deep Cuts
4-6 pm World Cafe (WXPN)
6-7 pm Afternoon Sampler

7-9 pm

Out of the Box with Paul Shugrue (M-Th) (WHRV)


Day’s End (M-Wed), YourMusicShow (Th)

8-10 pm

Shot of the Blues with Paul Shugrue (F)(WHRV)

9-10 pm Eddie’s Attic Presents (Th)
8-9 pm Mountain Stage (F)(WVaPubRadio)
11-12 pm

Hardcore Norfolk Podcast (F)

12-1 am

Defenestration on AltRadio  
12-2 am Midnight Special
2-7 am AltOvernight
7-11 am Hunter at Sunrise (WHRV)
11 am-12 pm Sunday Special
12-4 pm

Afternoon Sampler

6-7 pm New Orleans Calling (WWOZ)
8-9 pm Woodsongs
9-10 pm Art of the Song
4-5 pm Sound Opinions w/Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot (WBEZ)
Midnight-5 am AltOvernight
5-9 am Morning Alternative
9-1 pm Deep Cuts
1-5 pm

Out of the Box with Paul Shugrue (WHRV)

5-8 pm Afternoon Sampler
8-10 pm

Mountain Stage

10-12 pm

Edge of the Universe- Steve Gimbert on the G-Man Radio Network offers iTunes tagging on digital radios, iPads, iPhones- you hear it, you want it, you tag it with a push of a button and next time you connect your iDevice to your desktop, you've got it.

Plus AltRadio offers both iTunes and Amazon instant purchase access through on-line tagging. Press the "buy now" button, and you are virtually lifted to their web sites and right to the cut you want.

When you purchase through Apple or, a portion of the proceeds help to support both AltRadio and the artists who play here.

AltRadio broadcasts and streams using the latest in technology from Apple, Dell, Cisco, MegaSeg, BE, Axia, Omnia and Nautel. Please support our partners in technology and our partner in Media,

AltRadio is supported by this proud team of people who believe in Music as Art: John Heimerl, Heather Mazzoni, Paul Shugrue, Hunter Hughes, James Duvall, Al Sykes, and Dina Richards, Jason Sneed, Jeff Smith.

AltRadio is also a member of the WHRO family of products, including:

  • WHRO-TV15, HDTV15.1-3,WHROWorld, WHROKids,WHROCreate
  • WHRV-FM 89.5-HD1 NPR
  • WHRV-HD2 AltRadio
  • WHRO-FM 90.3-HD1 Classical
  • WHRO-HD2 The 1920's Radio Network
  • Defenestration


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