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Best Local Radio Station for Talk 

88.9-FM WCVE

Readers' Pick

Second Place: 1140-AM WRVA

Third Place: Richmond Independent Radio 97.3-FM WRIR

In Rep. Eric Cantor's own backyard, you might expect survey-takers to mark their ballots for WRVA, the AM news station that plays Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and other like-minded righties. But edging out WRVA for first place here is WCVE, the so-called liberal PBS station that broadcasts "Morning Edition" and "Fresh Air," as well as "This American Life," "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" and the full phalanx of NPR programming. Still, AM talk is alive and well, and the venerable WRVA adds to its lineup with locally based programming, including the popular morning man Jimmy Barrett and afternoon newcomer Leland Conway. Taking third is the independent WRIR. Its left-centered programming features national shows such as "Democracy Now," "Talk of the Nation" and Harry Shearer's "Le Show" alongside a healthy number of locally oriented programs, such as "Open Source," "Defenders Live" and "Wordy Birds."

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