WHRO Public Media

Long known for its public service mission, WHRO is the only public broadcasting station in the United States that is owned by a collaboration of 19 local public school districts. Through WHRO TV, WHRO FM, WHRV FM, its digital platforms and educational content delivered online to more than 286,000 students and 25,000 teachers, WHRO enriches the lives of the people of Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina every day.  WHRO has been committed to excellence in public media. Today, WHRO's consumer base resides throughout Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

WHRV and StarFire Festival present the first annual Lyrical Singer/Songwriter Contest. There are so many talented songwriters in Virginia, and we want to hear your original music! A panel of trusted local songwriters and musicians will judge the top 10 entries at O'Connor Brewing on February 9, 2019. Entries will be judged based on lyrics and performance. 

Date: February 9, 2019

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: O'Connor Brewing Company, 211 W 24th St, Norfolk, VA 23517

Submissions are open November 6, 2018 through January 28, 2019. 

Criteria for submission: 

  • Contestant must be 18 years or older
  • Contestant must live in Virginia
  • Must be original music, have lyrics and be less than 5 minutes long
  • No full band performances - just you and the song!
  • Record a video of you playing your song and upload it to YouTube
  • Video must have the description "Lyrical Singer/Songwriter Contest (and your name)"
  • Include the link to your video in your application 
  • Must pay $15 entry fee (administrative with balance going to Hampton Roads charitable causes)

Winner Receives: 

  • An appearance on WHRV's Lyrical 
  • A main stage performance at StarFire Festival 3
  • Recording time at Flagship Studios
  • A free consultation with Rock Star Booking
  • A handmade guitar by local luthier Sam Haga
  • A $50 gift card to Russell's Music World


  • Jonah Grinkewitz, host of WHRV's Lyrical
  • Skye Zentz, songwriter/educator at The Muse Writing Center 
  • Logan Vath, songwriter/recording artist
  • Nate Sacks, songwriter/winner of 2012 Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Contest
  • Michael Magherefteh, musician/creator of StarFire Festival

Thank you for your interest in collaborating with WHRO. 

 WHRO is proud to showcase many hours of independently produced content across our multiple platforms, including WHRO TV, WHRO World, WHRO Create, WHRV 89.5 FM and WHRO 90.3 FM, AltRadio, The 1920s Network and WHRO.org. We are excited to work with innovative independent producers and filmmakers from our region and across Virginia.

Below you will find our online application, including a place to post your work sample and our submission release form. The information you provide will help us review your program or proposal. 

WHRO receives many more submissions and proposals than we could possibly use across our platforms. However best efforts will be made to respond to all inquiries within six weeks of the submission date.

Please note that WHRO does not currently have dedicated funding for the production of independent projects, or the staff capacity to help you raise funds. Resources WHRO can offer include:

·         in-kind production and post-production services

·         distribution

·         consulting

·         letters of support

·         broadcast or streaming on our platforms

We are most interested in content that is directly related to our mission of educating, enlightening, and inspiring our members, listeners and viewers across the state. Topics and areas of interest include:

·         arts/culture

·         documentary

·         local and state history

·         public affairs

·         sea level rise

·         diversity and race

Topics or types of programming we are not interested in include:

·         advocacy programs

·         commercial or promotional programs

·         religious programs

Independent productions may be presented as series, stand- alone programs, or folded into some of our current productions, like Curate, Another View, or HearSay with Cathy Lewis. WHRO is also seeking digital content for whro.org and our other digital platforms.

We look forward to reviewing your materials.

Writer’s Block is a WHRV initiative that showcases local authors, story tellers, poets, musicians and spoken word artists presenting live for future broadcast and podcast. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration.  All work must include performer name, performance time, be free of profanity, and limited to 9 minutes in presentation.  Hyperlinks to other works and blogs will not be accepted.

Help explore and expose the literary talent that thrives in Hampton Roads.  Present at Writer’s Block. 

Please note that the April 21st event is on the Eastern Shore at the Barrier Islands Center, 7295 Young St, Machipongo, VA 23405

WHRO is looking for videos featuring art and artists in southeastern Virginia! Please submit your video with a description including artist name and medium. We will select a video to feature each month. Good luck and thank you!