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Moving away from home and into a college dorm means leaving behind the familiar life of high school, friends and, of course, your favorite radio stations. If you've missed waking up to the sound of your local DJ, curb your longing by plugging into the treasure trove of listening options available through the Charlottesville FM radiowaves. tableau waded through 40-plus stations to bring you our favorites.

The Corner 106.1\nTaking its name after the famous U.Va. student hangout spot, 106.1 The Corner plays a diverse blend of local music, indie artists and national favorites. Since entering Charlottesville airwaves in 2006, the station has committed to a low-key hometown vibe, taking the time to promote local artists and shows, host cool charity events and plan giveaways for its ardent base of listeners. We especially love listening to DJ Brad Savage, who rocks the daytime slot: one of our favorite segments is "Brad's Bin," in which Savage brings in eclectic music from his personal collection.

WUVA KISS FM 92.7\nKISS FM broadcasts R&B, hip hop and soul music as well as daily news and sports segments. What many listeners don't know, however, is that the station is managed, produced and hosted entirely by students, keeping with the tradition of student leadership at the University. Now celebrating more than 60 years of on-air existence, KISS FM continues to bring Charlottesville daily quality programming. We like tuning in, not just to chill out to the soulful tunes featured during the evening KISS QUIETSTORM segment, but because it's fun to hear familiar voices coming out of our radios.

WNRN 91.9\nPublic radio station WNRN was founded in 1995 and quickly became one of Central Virginia's most popular places to hear modern rock. Operating out of Charlottesville, the non-commercial station now has frequencies in five other locations, including Lynchburg and Richmond. NRN prides itself on providing listeners with quality modern rock programming - they play everything from staples like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to up-and-coming alternative bands like Reptar - as well as specialty shows like The Boombox (hip-hop and rap) and Acoustic Sunrise (acoustic, folk and bluegrass). The station relies heavily on listener donations to stay on the air, but watch out for occasionally lengthy snippets of "underwriting"--advertising for local businesses read by the disc jockey.

Hot 101.9, 104.9\nAccording to its website and countless self-promotion sound bytes, Hot 101.9 is Charlottesville's No. 1 hit music station - granted, it is Charlottesville's only hit music station. Hot 101.9 has all the prerequesites of a typical top-40 station: syndicated morning show with an over-the-top personality (Elvis Duran), predictable but current rotation and commericials seemingly every other song. The popular station lacks the personalized, local feel of stations like The Corner and WNRN, but its unabashed embracement of the mainstream market is exactly the niche it's meant to fill. Like any Billboard station, the rotation becomes repetitve, but as long as there are college students in Charlottesville and pregames to be thrown, Hot 101.9 will have a place on the dials of local radios.


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