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 » Richmond
This page list ALL of the home stations in the Richmond area. Note that some stations considered out-of-market and/or fringe (rimshot) are also included. This type of station will put in a listenable signal to certain parts of the area and sometimes will garner enough listener-/viewership to register in ratings "books"...

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The Spot Factory

Studio Center

FM Radio [87.7MHz~107.9MHz]

WRIH
88.1
200B1
WRIH Format: Adult Contemporary Christian
On-Air Positioning: AFR, The Love Station
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: American Family Association
Website: afr.net/radio
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 351' 12 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B1
Transmitter Site: 37° 43' 0" N 77° 38' 2" W | Service Contours (courtesy Rec Networks)
FCC Facility ID: 87808
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WCVE-FM
88.9
205B
WCVE-FM Format: Classical/Jazz/Public Affairs
On-Air Positioning: 88.9 WCVE
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
HD Radio™: HD1 - Format: News/Music
          On-Air Positioning:
88.9 WCVE
HD2 - Format: News/Talk
          On-Air Positioning:
RDS: PS (Program Service) WCVE NPR
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): CLASSICAL
Website: ideastations.org
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 840' 17.5kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 34' 0" N 77° 28' 36" W
FCC Facility ID: 10016
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A National Public Radio (NPR) station serving the Richmond area with classical, jazz and public affairs programming. Increased its power from 8.3kW to 17.5kW in June 2004. When Union Theological Seminary announced in the mid-80s that it planned to sell or close WRFK 106.5, a public outcry arose and a group of concerned citizens lobbied CVET to take over WRFK or start a new station at a different frequency. CVET could not buy WRFK (I don't recall way) and opted to apply for a new frequency. I believe UTS agreed to keep operating WRFK until WCVE could get on the air, a process that took over a year (because of the reasons to state). WCVE started operations in 1988 after a long battle with Channel 6. Channel 6's audio frequency is just below the low end of the FM band. After technical studies showed that having an FM station in Richmond on 88.9 would not interfere with Channel 6, the go-ahead was given for WCVE. Richmond's non-commercial classical station used to be WRFK at 106.5, but that switched to being a commercial station when WCVE was born. WCVE is owned along with WCVE (channel 23) and WCVW (channel 57). Its studios on Sesame Street in Richmond.


WAUQ
89.7
209B1
WAUQ Format: Christian Programming
On-Air Positioning: American Family Radio
Community Of License: Charles City VA
Owner: American Family Association
Website: wauq.net
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 351' 10 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B1
Transmitter Site: 37° 25' 58" N 77° 11' 38" W
FCC Facility ID: 82970
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Early 2002, WAUQ moved their studios to the original WRNL-AM facilities using the original WRNL tower as their STL tower to the Charles City County transmitter. AFA has over 100 full-power, translator and affiliate stations around the country, four in Virginia, with most relaying "American Family Radio" WAFR/88.3 Tupelo MS.

A little background info on AFR... In 1987, American Family Association President Don Wildmon wanted to use satellite and the latest technology at the time to build hundreds of American Family Radio stations across America. Wildmon wanted to use these radio stations to inform Christians about what is happening. Reading 'Broadcasting' magazine in 1987, Wildmon ran across an article stating that the Federal Communications Commission would allow non-commercial FM stations to deliver their signal to local communities via satellite. He realized the vast potential and relative economic costs of such a system, AFA filed for a station in their hometown of Tupelo MS. It took four years to get a CP (construction permit) the FCC to construct the station. It was necessary this station before a signal could be transmitted to satellite. The Mississippi Authority for Educational Television, the group which is responsible for state funded radio stations, tried to block AFA from getting the station. MATA didn't want to build a station themselves, they simply didn't want AFA to be able to build the station for which AFA had applied. Four years later in February 1991, AFA received permission to build their station - WAFR. The station went on the air in August of that year. In February 1993, the first translator station went on the air in Jackson TN. Gradually the number of stations began to grow. AFR has built more stations in a shorter time than any other broadcaster in the history of broadcasting. In 1995, AFA begin their news department. AFR's schedule contains about 70% music and 30% talk. Musically, AFR is light contemporary with a mixture of older songs.


WDCE
90.1
211A
WDCE" Format: College Variety
On-Air Positioning: WDCE 90.1 FM
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: University of Richmond
Website: wdcefm.org
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 85' .1 kW
Service Designation: FM — Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 34' 48" N 77° 32' 35" W
FCC Facility ID: 69312
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WDCE is a 100 watt student run radio station located at the University of Richmond in Tyler Commons. They did stream their audio over the Internet at 56k (near FM quality) until 3/25/2002 because of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Best heard in the western parts of Richmond.


WHCE
91.1
216A
WHCE Format: CHR/Variety
On-Air Positioning: Mix 91
Community Of License: Highland Springs VA
Owner: Henrico County Schools
Website: mix91.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 105' 3 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 32' 18" N 77° 19' 27" W
FCC Facility ID: 26916
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A 3000 watt FM station run by the students of Radio Broadcasting & Journalism at Highland Springs Technical Center, part of Henrico County Public Schools. Radio Broadcasting & Journalism is a two year program open to rising Juniors & Seniors in Henrico County Public Schools. Best heard in the Richmond area. Studios at 100 Tech Dr in Highland Springs. License was cancelled and call sign deleted on December 3, 2003. The FCC gave the station 30 days to submit a renewal application which it did and in turn it was granted. A low-powered, 3000-watt station owned by Henrico County Schools. Started broadcasting in 1980.


WVST-FM
91.3
217A
WVST Format: Smooth Jazz, with a little R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, Reggae, Oldies, the Blues
On-Air Positioning: The Source 91.3 WVST
Community Of License: Petersburg VA
Owner: Virginia State University
Website: vsu.edu
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 167' 2.2 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 14' 15" N 77° 24' 55" W
FCC Facility ID: 70337
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Provides excellent coverage around the Petersburg area. Started broadcasting in 1987. WVST offers an Internet audio stream at a whopping 353Kbps...


W219CX
91.7
219D
W219CX
Format: 80% Insp Speaking // KAWZ/89.9 Twin Falls ID
20% Christian Contemporary
On-Air Positioning: KAWZ
Community Of License: Lakeside/Richmond VA
Owner: CSN International
HD Radio™: Not Licensed
RDS: No
Website: csnradio.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: .010 kW
Service Designation: FX – Translator Station (retransmits signal, different channel than main station) / Class D
Transmitter Site: 37° 36' 52" N 77° 30' 56" W
FCC Facility ID: 94033
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A full-time translator of KAWZ-FM in Twin Falls ID. Best heard in the northern areas of the immediate Richmond metro area. CSN International, founded in 1993, is a non-profit organization, an outreach of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa CA and Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls ID. CSN broadcasts biblical teaching and praise and worship music 24 hours a day to cities throughout the United States and the world.


WCDX
92.1
221A
WCDX Format: Urban Contemporary
On-Air Positioning: Power 92-1
HD Radio™: HD1 - Format: Urban Comtemporary
          On-Air Positioning:
Power 92-1 Jamz
HD2 - Format:
          On-Air Positioning:
RDS: PS (Program Service) PWR 92-1
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): R & B
Community Of License: Mechanicsville VA
Owner: Radio One
Website: ipower921.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 771' 4.5 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B1
Transmitter Site: 37° 36' 52" N 77° 30' 56" W
FCC Facility ID: 60473
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WCDX/92.1 relaunched as "iPower 92-1" at 5 p.m. on Friday 1/17/2008. The station yanked the entire air staff off the air in late October 2007. In November, WCDX got a new PD, Jeff Anderson, who also served as Radio One Richmond's Operations Manager.

The first station in the Radio One cluster (WCDX/92.1, WKJM/99.3, WPZZ/104.7, WKJS/105.7, WROU/1260) to go digital, early October 2006. WCDX has been dethroned as the most listened to station by 'Lite 98' WTVR recently due to stiff urban competition especially from newly flipped urban '106.5 The Beat' WBTJ. 'Power 92 Jamz' carries the Russ Parr Morning Show. It was purchased by Radio One in early 1999. Studios on Emerywood Parkway in Richmond. Had calls of WPUF starting August 20, 1984 then 'Lazer 93' WZZR on May 21, 1985. WCDX was born in February 1987 playing Top 40 but quickly segued to their current format in October of 1987 but on the 92.7 frequency (They went by 'Power 93'). Sometime in early 1996 they moved to their current frequency. Dates back to 1985.


W223AZ
92.5
223D
Radio IQ, WVTW Format: BBC News/ NPR Talk // WVTW/88.5 Charlottesville VA
On-Air Positioning: Radio IQ
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Virginia Tech Foundation
Website: radioiq.org
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE!
LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: .010 kW
Service Designation: FX – Translator Station (retransmits signal, different channel than main station) / Class D
Transmitter Site: 37° 36' 52" N 77° 30' 56" W | Service Contours (courtesy Rec Networks)
FCC Facility ID: 157136
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Orginally owned by Radio Training Network. Sold to Virginia Tech Foundation in 6/2009 for $55,000. Returned to the air in summer of 2010 with Radio IQ.


WLFV
93.1
226A
WLFV Format: Country
On-Air Positioning: 93.1 The Wolf
Community Of License: Ettrick VA
Owner: Main Line Broadcasting
Website: 931thewolf.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 348' 5.2 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 16' 21" N 77° 33' 59" W
FCC Facility ID: 76313
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Changed call letters to WLFV from WJZV on 4/13/2006. Main Line Broadcasting announced on 8/29/05 that it has agreed to purchase the assets of MainQuad Communications (WARV/100.3 Petersburg, WBBT/107.3 Powhatan, WCUL/98.9 Midlothian) and Richmond Broadcasting (WJZV/93.1 Ettrick) for $25M. Dumped the Smooth Jazz format ("SmoothJazz 93.1" WJZV) at 4PM Sunday, October 4 for construction noises and statements like "We're building a new station, come back Monday morning." "93.1 The Wolf, Country That Rocks" debuted at 9:31AM the following day playing 93 hours of commercial-free music. The frequency originally signed on in 9/21/2000 to fill the smooth jazz format hole that had been left by the WDYL/WSMJ frequency flip and format change (WSMJ became WJRV playing country). Formerly owned by Richmond Broadcasting, Inc.


WBBC
93.5
228C3
WBBC Format: New Country
On-Air Positioning: Bobcat Country
RDS: PS (Program Service) 93-5WBBC
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): COUNTRY
Community Of License: Blackstone VA
Owner: Denbar Communications
Website: bobcatcountryradio.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 394' 17.5 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class C3
Transmitter Site: 37° 3' 14" N 78° 1' 15" W
FCC Facility ID: 16583
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Carries the "Young & Verna Morning Show" and Virginia Tech Hokies sports. WBBC reaches Chesterfield, Powhatan and Midlothain parts of Chester County, Emporia and up & down I-95 and I-85. It's one of the best signals in the Southside reaching South Hill, Chase City, Farmville, Brunswick County and Prince Edward.


WCFC-LP
93.7
229L1
Crusade For Christ Family Worship Church Format: Religious
On-Air Positioning:
Community Of License: Richmond
Owner: Crusade For Christ Temple Church Of God In Christ
Website: cfcfamily.org
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 116' .072 kW / LPFM stations are considered nondirectional
Service Designation: FL – FM Low Power Application or Authorization / Class L1
Transmitter Site: 37° 33' 29" N 77° 27' 15" W
FCC Facility ID: 126464
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Went on the air in March 2008. Took the call letters WCFC-LP on 2/16/2006. Original CP granted on March 18, 2005. Crusade For Christ Family Worship Church (CFC) and Glen Allen Community Church (GACC) will operate on 93.7 where "each station will operate from separate facilities specified in each application. Each station will pay it's own construction and operating expenses." CFC operating hours will be from 5AM to 5PM and GACC's hours will be from 5PM to 5AM. This was a compromise of three competing LPFM applications for 93.7. The third party withdrew its application.


WXEZ
94.1
231B
WXEZ Format: Contemporary Inspirational
On-Air Positioning: Continuous Gospel Favorites - Star 94.1
RDS: PS (Program Service) STAR94-1
TA (Traffic Announcement): Yes
PTY (Program Type): RELIGIOUS
Community Of License: Yorktown VA
Owner: Barnstable Broadcasting
Website: wxez941.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 531' 40 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 12' 33" N 76° 32' 35" W
FCC Facility ID: 19836
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Even though this station targets the Hampton Roads market, they usually garner a 1.0 to 1.5 rating in the 12+ Arbitrons in Richmond. 'Star 94.1' since July 2000. Started using 'Star' for a broader audience appeal. Went by 'Gospel Praise 94.1' for about 18 months. Used to be 'EZ-94' with an easy listening format then, until mid-2000, had an adult contemporary format. Used to be country formatted WYVA. The station was WKEZ, using the "Keys To Your Country" slogan, from 1986 until October 14, 1991, when it became WKOD, as relay of rocker WKOC, 93.7. Later they were WXEZ, EZ-94.


WRVQ
94.5
233B
Hot SpotWRVQ Format: Contemporary Hit Radio
On-Air Positioning: Q94
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Clear Channel
HD Radio™: HD1 - Format: Mainstream CHR
          On-Air Positioning:
Q94
HD2 - Format: New CHR
          On-Air Positioning:
Hot Spot
RDS: PS (Program Service - Dynamic) Q94 + TITLE/ARTIST
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): TOP 40
Website: wrvq94.com
Internet Audio Stream: Analog/HD1: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!   HD2: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Audio Clips: Problems listening? Right click on link - select "Save Target As..."
5/1/2004 - WRVQ-FM: CHR "Q94" - "Q94 is dead..." 1:55 * (Windows Media)
Facilities: 351' 200 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 24' 13" N 77° 18' 59" W
FCC Facility ID: 11963
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W235AI
94.9
235D
Format: Christian Variety // WBKU 91.7 Ahsokie NC
On-Air Positioning: American Family Radio
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Liberty University
Website: None
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: .010 kW
Service Designation: FX – Translator Station (retransmits signal, different channel than main station) / Class D
Transmitter Site: 37° 34' 26" N 77° 31' 10" W | Service Contours (courtesy Rec Networks)
FCC Facility ID: 150414
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WKHK
95.3
237B
WKHK Format: Country
On-Air Positioning: K95
Community Of License: Colonial Heights VA
Owner: Cox Media Group
Website: k95country.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 512' 47 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 19' 59" N 77° 8' 33" W
FCC Facility ID: 319
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On 12/10/2007, WKHK increased its power. The station is now considered a full Class B station doing 47kW at 512 feet. They were doing 17kW at 394 feet. WKHK transmits from the same tower near the Chippenham Pkwy and I-95 interchange.

Owner Cox Radio was granted a CP to reclassify as a full Class B license from its B1 status on 7/25/05. This will increase WKHK's power to 50kW from 17.5kW plus the antenna is 30 meters (98 feet) higher up (than its old one) on a new tower just west of Charles City (they ended up not moving the antenna but instead used the same tower location). To do this, Cox Radio compensated JLC Properties, headed up by John L Cole, to move the transmitter site of WHLF/95.3 South Boston approximately five miles to the NW and power down to 4kW (from 6kW) and lower it's antenna to 50 meters/164 feet (from 75m/246ft) at the new site. WKHK's studios are on Moorefield Park Drive in Richmond. It is owned by Cox. Used to be WPVA and use WPVA-AM 1290 AM to simulcast its country signal.


WFLO
95.7
239B
WFLO Format: Soft Adult Contemporary
On-Air Positioning: Flo-FM
Community Of License: Farmville VA
Owner: Colonial Broadcasting
Website: wflo.net
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 492' 50 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 19' 35" N 78° 23' 9" W
FCC Facility ID: 12320
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Uses Jones Soft AC satellite service. Other company holdings include classic country WSVS-AM (800) Crewe and country WFLO-AM (870) Farmville. Dates back to 1961.


WKLR
96.5
243B
WKLR Format: Rock
On-Air Positioning: Rock 96.5
RDS: PS (Program Service) 96-5KLR
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): ROCK
Community Of License: Fort Lee VA
Owner: Cox Media Group
Website: 965klr.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 453' 50 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 26' 21" N 77° 25' 57" W
FCC Facility ID: 71330
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Added more 90's Rock tunes to it playlist and reimaged as "Rock 96.5" from "96-5 KLR" at 6 a.m. on 9/16/2012. Moved away from "96-5 The Planet" to "96-5 KLR" June 2008. Studios on Moorefield Park Dr in Richmond. Offers the popular John Boy & Billy Big Show Monday thru Friday from 6AM-10AM. The calls were switched to WKLR and logo to "The Planet" in 1997. In 1995 Benchmark Communications, who at the time owned Alternative station WBZU/The Buzz 106.5 (now WBTJ) and oldies WDCK/The Duck (now WKLR) decided to shift WDCK to a 70's format that eventually evolved into the current classic rock sound heard on the station. Benchmark worked out an LMA for WLEE-AM with Max Pierson who owned it at the time. This gave Benchmark the opportunity to put the WLEE calls letters on 96.5. The frequency had been thru several formats since the early 80's. In addition to the "Duck" WDCK oldies format, it had been "Soft Rock 96" WQSF (doing Lite A/C around 1985; refocusing itself to the Richmond market, which at the time had a strong AC station -- EZ Communications' "EZ104" WEZS/103.7) and Soft 96 (doing a Beautiful Music format) and before that urban "Kiss 96" WQKS. Before that, it was operated as a local Williamsburg A/C station (WBCI then WMBG) from it's original sign-on in 1970.


WWUZ
96.9
245A
WWUZ Format: Classic Rock
On-Air Positioning: 96.9 The Rock
Community Of License: Bowling Green VA
Owner: Free Lance-Star Publishing
Website: 969therock.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 472' 2.95 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 57' 56" N 77° 22' 19" W
FCC Facility ID: 55174
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Reimaged as "96.9 The Rock" (including a new logo and website) from "Classic Rock 96.9" on March 15, 2012. Segued back to classic rock in February 2002. WWUZ is dead smack in between two markets - Richmond and Fredericksburg and has a very hard time finding an audience in either market. First signed on in October 1998 broadcasting classic rock. In April 2000, they shifted more towards a classic hits format. Their studios are located at in The Free Lance–Star building at 616 Amelia St in Fredericksburg. Co-owned with WFLS-FM and WYSK-FM/AM.


WRIR-LP
97.3
247L1
Radio Indie Richmond Format: Independent
On-Air Positioning: Richmond Indie Radio
Community Of License: Richmond
Owner: The Virginia Center for Public Press (Radio Free Richmond)
Website: wrir.org
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 109' .083 kW / LPFM stations are considered nondirectional
Service Designation: FL – FM Low Power Application or Authorization / Class L1
Transmitter Site: 37° 33' 13" N 77° 26' 8" W | Service Contours (courtesy Rec Networks)
FCC Facility ID: 126872
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WHDH
97.7
249
Pirate Station Format: SHUT DOWN by FCC (Classic Country)
On-Air Positioning: WHDH
Community Of License:
Owner:
Website: None
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: ???' .048 kW
Service Designation: Unlicensed
Transmitter Site: 37.553611° N 77.460556° W
FCC Facility ID:
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Pirate radio station that was operating from the Morningside retirement facilty at 3000 Skipwith Rd in Richmond. Was shut down by the FCC in mid-December 2005.


WTVR-FM
98.1
251B
WTVR Format: Adult Contemporary
On-Air Positioning: Lite 98
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Clear Channel
HD Radio™: HD1 - Format: Adult Contemporary
          On-Air Positioning:
Lite 98
HD2 - Format: Smooth AC
          On-Air Positioning:
Smooth Jazz
RDS: PS (Program Service - Dynamic) LITE98 + TITLE/ARTIST
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): SOFT
Website: lite98.com
Internet Audio Stream: Analog/HD1: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!   HD2: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 840' 50 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 34' 0" N 77° 28' 36" W
FCC Facility ID: 54387
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Dropped The JAZZ Club on 6/25/08 for Broadcast Architecture's Smooth Jazz Network. Format descriptor changed on the HD2 The JAZZ Club per Arbitron from "New Age Contemporary/Smooth Jazz" to "Smooth AC" at the end of 5/2008. Started broadcasting digitally with iBiquity's HD Radio™ Sping 2005 and started its HD2 channel beginning of 11/2006 as Smooth Jazz. Studios on Basie Rd in Richmond. Started broadcasting in 1946; it was the first FM station in Richmond. WTVR used to have an easy listening format in the 1970s are early 1980s. Then became "Stereo Country FM 98." It was country for almost 10 years before going back into the Easy Listening format in the early 90's. The late Scott Stevens, most recently of Richmond traffic reporting fame, was a DJ at WTVR during the Country format era. Its original calls were WCOD. WTVR used to be owned by Park Broadcasting with Channel 6; it is now owned by Clear Channel.


WWLB
98.9
255B1
WWLB Format: Adult/Variety Hits
On-Air Positioning: 98-9 Liberty, Playing What We Want (The Freedom To Choose)
Community Of License: Midlothian VA
RDS: PS (Program Service - Dynamic)
LIBERTY
TA (Traffic Announcement):No
PTY (Program Type): ADULT HITS
Owner: Main Line Broadcasting
Website: Website: 989liberty.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 746' 4.8 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B1
Transmitter Site: 37° 36' 52" N 77° 30' 56" W
FCC Facility ID: 54872
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Station received a logo makeover in February 2013. Signed-on Adult/Variety Hits "98-9 Liberty, The Freedom To Choose" on 9/6/05 after being silient from moving to Midlothain from Orange VA. Main Line Broadcasting announced on 8/29/05 that it has agreed to purchase the assets of MainQuad Communications (WARV/100.3 Petersburg, WBBT/107.3 Powhatan, WCUL/98.9 Midlothian) and Richmond Broadcasting (WJZV/93.1 Ettrick) for $25M. Changed call letters from WCUL to WWLB the same day. Licensed for Midlothian on April 19, 2005. Starting testing March 1, 2005 from the Richmond site. Swapped the WJMA-FM (103.1) calls for WCUL on 3/22/2004. The station is using a directional antenna to protect WXGM/99.1 Gloucester, WNOR/98.7 Norfolk, 99.3/Petersburg and WMZQ/98.7 Washington. WCUL was moved into the Richmond market and sold to MainQuad for $6.25 million. Formerly owned by Joyner Broadcasting (for two months) then to Piedmont Communications. When WJMA-FM Orange VA, they went on the air November 22, 1971 at 96.7 as a simulcast of WJMA-AM which had been on the air since 1949. WJMA is named for the James Madison Association the original licensee of WJMA-AM. The station was purchased from the James Madison Association by Arch Harrison and WJMA Incorporated in 1961. WJMA began using the slogan "Radio Orange" in the mid 1970s. Many consider the 1975-1982 period the "golden years" for WJMA which considered itself a local version of WMAL, Washington. WJMA had a strong local news commitment. In 1978 it won 7 of 8 Associated Press news awards for non-metro radio stations. The music was Middle of the Road which evolved into Adult Contemporary by the late 70s. In addition to lots of local high school sports, WJMA carried the Redskins, Orioles, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech schedules. Digby Soloman and Soloman & Lowe purchased WJMA AM/FM in 1984. In December of 1984, WJMA FM became WVJZ, "Z96.7", playing Adult Contemporary music while continuing to simulcast with WJMA AM. Soloman & Lowe sold to Carl Hurlebaus and Capitol Radio Holdings in 1988. The news and sports coverage was reduced and the music took on a more Top 40 flavor with the slogan "Jammin' 96". After a period of decline, the stations were purchased by a group of local business owners under the name Piedmont Communications. The format was changed to Country with the slogan "Country Mix 96" and the FM call was changed back to WJMA in February of 1990. In June, 2001 a three station shuffle to allow WSIG-FM in Mount Jackson VA and WREL-FM in Lexington VA to increase power, WJMA moved to its present dial position at 98.9 with a new slogan of "Your Place In The Country". WJMA-AM is now WVCV-AM. In the fall of 2002, Piedmont Communications traded 98.9 to North Carolina station owner Tom Joyner for Joyner's two Culpeper VA: WCVA-AM and WCUL-FM (now WJMA-FM).


WKJM
99.3
257A
WKJS/WKJM Format: Urban Adult Contemporary // WKJS
On-Air Positioning: 105.7/99.3 Kiss FM
Community Of License: Petersburg VA
Owner: Radio One
Website: yestokiss.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 328' 6 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 14' 1" N 77° 22' 36" W
FCC Facility ID: 60477
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Changed call letters from WPZZ to WKJM on 11/25/2004. In a major station shake-up at midnight on Thursday, November 18, 2004, Radio One moved Gospel "Praise 99.3" to it strongest signal 104.7/Crewe and took on a new simulcast of Urban AC "105.7 Kiss FM" WJMO/Richmond. On 12/3/03, flipped from jockless Rhythmic to Gospel as "Praise 99.3." Took the WPZZ calls on 11/25/2003. Stopped simulcasting 105.7 in mid-April 2001 to flip to Gospel as "Praise 99.3" WPLZ. The station had changed calls to WPZE so that the WPLZ calls could move to 105.7. In the summer of 2001, Radio One got wind of Clear Channel's pending flip of "Oldies 106.5" WRCL to a CHR/Rhythmic. So one day before "106.5 The Beat" WBTJ signed-on (6/10/2001), Radio One signed-on Hip-Hop "Hot 9-9-3" WRHH to flank market leader Urban "Power 92-1" WCDX. This didn't work. "The Beat" eventually shifted to Urban go head-to-head with "Power." "The Beat" became the undisputed Urban leader in Richmond; knocking "Power" down to a tie for 8th place in the overall ratings in the Summer 2003 ratings Book. During this same time, "Hot" shifted to the Rhythmic format and went jockless and oddly enough, 99.3 enjoyed its best ratings. Was Urban AC until December 1998 when it switched to Urban Oldies. This station was purchased by Radio One in early 1999. Studios on Emerywood Parkway in Richmond. Call letters stand for former slogan: "music to please," back when it was once an easy listening station. Dates back to 1966. An interesting sidelight, at one point in time the programming on "Majic 99" WPLZ was simulcast on 99.3 in Fredericksburg VA and in Charlottesville in an effort to extend the reach of WPLZ's signal to the north and west of Richmond.


WYFJ
99.9
260A
WYFJ Format: BBN - Religious
On-Air Positioning: Where You Find Joy
Community Of License: Ashland VA
Owner: Bible Broadcasting Network
Website: bbnradio.org
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 328' 6 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 33' 50" N 77° 27' 29" W
" FCC Facility ID: 5096
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On 7/24/2010, WYFJ completed its move from 100.1 to 99.9. The station was off the air for three days in anticipation of the move. Though still licensed as a Class A (max 6kW/328ft) station, it's now broadcasting from the heart of Richmond instead of 15 miles north in Ashland.

Signed on February 1, 1980. Signal is listenable as far south as Petersburg. Studios on South Washington Highway in Ashland. Broadcasts the Bible Broadcasting Network's (BBN) sacred Christian music via satellite.


WARV-FM
100.3
262A
WBBT Format: 70s-60s Hits // WBBT-FM
On-Air Positioning: Big Oldies 107.3
Community Of License: Petersburg VA
Owner: Main Line Broadcasting
Website: bigoldies1073.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 371' 4.7 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 10' 27" N 77° 24' 1" W
FCC Facility ID: 21826
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Dropped the "107-3 BBT" positioner for "Big Oldies 107.3" on 12/4/2009. WBBT/107.3 Powhatan/Richmond and WARV/100.3 was reimaged as "107.3 BBT - The Greatest Hits of the '60s and '70s." at 12:01 a.m. on 8/27/2007. The station was previous known as "Motown, Soul and Great Rock 'n Roll, Oldies 107.3." The new station received a new imaging voice, and a shift in the musical focus to add more '70s (and some early '80s). At the same time, midday host Matt Nicholls resigned and left the radio business.

Main Line Broadcasting announced on 8/29/05 that it has agreed to purchase the assets of MainQuad Communications (WARV/100.3 Petersburg, WBBT/107.3 Powhatan, WCUL/98.9 Midlothian) and Richmond Broadcasting (WJZV/93.1 Ettrick) for $25M. Dumped all of its sports programming on 1/21/2004 to simulcast the same day flip to "Oldies 107-3" on WBBT. Was known as "ESPN Richmond." Flipped to ESPN Radio on April 1, 2003 after a month long of stunting. Started the stunting on 2/24/03 playing 'God Bless America' by Celine Dion, 'American Pie' by Don McLean and every version of the 'Star Spangled Banner' among others. Best heard around Petersburg. Sold to MainQuad Communications in December 2002. Charles Giddens owned it as Honolulu Broadcasting but passed away from cancer in September 2001. The station was sold by his widow Joanne to MainQuad for $1.2M. Cox Radio had a JSA with WARV. Carried the Richmond Renegades ECHL hockey games in 2002 - all regular-season and playoff games. Added all-Spanish music (La Primera) on the weekends in April 2002 when WVNZ-AM 1320 scaled back it's weekend Spanish programming. Honolulu Broadcasting purchased 100.3 from Radio One in early 2001. Honolulu then turned around and signed an LMA with Cox. WARV dropped the simulcast of WJRV, stunted for a while, and then returned as 'Cat Country'. In August 1999, flipped from urban contemporary WSOJ to country WARV. Studios on Wilkinson Road in Richmond. Started broadcasting in 1992. Used to have the WSVV call letters.


WZEZ
100.5
263A
Format: Christian Talk // WLES/590 Bon Air
On-Air Positioning: Christian Talk Radio
Community Of License: Goochland VA
Owner: Delmarva Educational Association
Website: wles590.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 262' 4.8 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 38' 16" N 77° 54' 21" W
FCC Facility ID: 87127
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Was 70s-80s Oldies until 4/1/2013 when Delmarva Educational Association took over the station to simulcast Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broacasting Corp's Christian Talk WLES/590 Bob Air. WZEZ is donated from Hoffman Communications to Delmarva Educational Association 11/2012. Was Nostalgia/Big Band until 2012. Was owned by Hubert N Hoffman Jr Family Trust but assigned to WZEZ, Inc (same folks). Hoffman Communications brought the 100.5 frequency on the air on April 13, 2001 with an adult standards format. Now run by his son. With studios in south suburban Chester, and transmitter on the line between Powhatan and Goochland counties, the station is best heard in the western parts of Richmond. Hoffman also owns religious WGGM in Richmond.


WHTI
100.9
265B
WHTI Format: Contemporary Hit Radio
On-Air Positioning: Hot 100.9
RDS: PS (Program Service) HOT1009
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): TOP40
Community Of License: Lakeside VA
Owner: Cox Media Group
Website: hot1009.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
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9/1/2009 - WDYL: Alternative "Y101" - Y101 moves from 101.1 to 100.9 at 2 p.m... 2:09 * (Windows Media)
Facilities: 367' 15 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 26' 21" N 77° 25' 57" W
FCC Facility ID: 27439
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Dropped Alternative "Y101" WDYL for Rhythmic CHR "Hot 100.9" WHTI at 2 p.m. 4/29/2010. The final track for Y101 was Green Day's "Good Riddance." Hot 100.9 was introduced with Rihanna's "Rude Boy."

Moved to 100.9/Lakeside from 101.1/Chester on 9/1/2009 at 2 p.m. Initiated by Cox Radio and adopted by the FCC on 10/11/2006 to move Alternative "Y101" WDYL/101.1 Chester to a new COL (community of license) -- Lakeside, move to a new frequency -- 100.9 and to increase its power/antenna height to 25kW and 328 feet (or any combination of). The new 100.9 Lakeside signal competes better with the other Richmond area stations, coverage-wise.

There were several parties involved with this Proposal from Cox, some for it (WNNT/100.9, WKHI/107.5) and some against it (WLOU-LP/100.9 Williamsburg, WRBG-LP/107.9 Millsboro DE, and some others). For WDYL to move to 100.9/Lakeside, Real Media Inc's (was owned by Northern Neck and Tidewater Communications at the onset) "RiverCountry 100.9" WNNT Warsaw agreed to move to 107.5, still as a Class A (up 6kW / 328ft). Great Scott Broadcasting's Variety Hits "107-5 Joe FM" WKHI Fruitland MD agreed to downgrade from a Class B1 to a Class A and move to 107.7. Both stations were compensated for the moves. All three stations WDYL, WNNT and WKHI, submitted applications to the FCC within 90 days of the adoptation to reflect the new changes. The "Notice of Proposed Rule Making" can be found at FCC.gov.

This station went dark in mid-1999 but returned to the airwaves in October with an alternative rock format as Y-101. This used to be "smooth jazz" WSMJ until September 1998 when religious WDYL, which used to be located at 105.7 and 92.1 previous, moved here...June 1996 until September 1999. Was also contemporary Christian until October 1999. WDYL used to be owned by Hoffman Communications but was purchased by Radio One and then bought by Cox. WCVE started here on a 'temporary' basis for 19 months before its permanent home at 88.9.


WRXL
102.1
271B
WRXL Format: Alternative
On-Air Positioning: XL102
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Clear Channel Media & Entertainment
HD Radio™: HD1 - Format: Alternative
          On-Air Positioning:
XL102
HD2 - Format: Album Adult Alternative
          On-Air Positioning:
The Music Summit
RDS: PS (Program Service) XL102
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): ROCK
Website: xl102richmond.com
Internet Audio Streams: Analog/HD1: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!   HD2: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 790' 20 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 36' 52" N 77° 30' 56" W
FCC Facility ID: 11961
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WRXL went back to "XL102" from "102-1 The X" at 10 a.m. 10/1/2012 with no music changes. WRXL's name change comes on the heels of Cox Media's slight adjustment of WKLR's playlist to include 90's rock titles and it's new positioner "Rock 96.5" on 9/16/2012.

Clear Channel started testing WRXL-HD2 on 10/24/2006, sometime after 6 p.m., running a Triple A format -- "The Music Summit." WRXL was the first station in Richmond to broadcast an HD2 channel. Carries the "Elliot In The Morning" show from sister "DC101" WWDC Washington DC (since 10/7/02). Shifted to alternative "102.1 The X" on September 13, 2002. The first hour featured Beastie Boys "You Gotta Fight," Hoobbastank "Running Away," Incubus "I Wish You Where Here," Pearl Jam "Black," Linkin Park "Pts Of Athrty," Our Lady Peace "Somewhere Out There," System Of A Down "Aerials," Lit "My Own Worst Enemy," The Used "Taste Of Ink" and Creed "One Last Breath." Before the flip, they played "This is the End" by the Doors. After that song, an announcement came on saying that "XL102" was dead at which time "In the End" by the Beatles came on. After that song, another an announcement was made that "in the end, something great rises from the ashes of the dead" - a 60-second countdown ensued and at the end "New Rock - 102.1 The X" was born. Previously was a longtime (heritage) rock station - "XL102" - dating back to December 1976 and called itself in their earlier days "The Big Rock Station." Used to carry Dee Snider from the '80s band Twisted Sister in the mornings but didn't last long at all. Studios on Basie Road in Richmond. 102.1 first signed on in 1947. It used to sport the WRNL calls when it was owned by the Richmond News Leader/Richmond Times Dispatch which became Media General. WRNL and WRNL-AM (910) were, at one time, top forty stations that gave WRVA some serious competition.


W273BB
102.5
273D
WJYJ Format: Bright AC // WJYJ/90.5 Fredericksburg VA
On-Air Positioning: (to be) Virginia's Positive Hits
Community Of License: Richmond
Owner: Positive Alternative Radio
RDS: No
HD Radio™: Not Licensed
Website: positivehits.org
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: .01 kW
Service Designation: FX – Translator Station (retransmits signal, different channel than main station) / Class D
Transmitter Site: 37° 36' 52" N 77° 30' 57" W | Service Contours
FCC Facility ID: 139555
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Liberty University swapped the original CP (construction permit) for this translator in 12/2006 for two Positive Alternative Radio (PAR) proposed translators; 101.5 (W268BD) in Harrisonburg and 96.7 (W244BP) in Charlottesville. PAR will use the Richmond signal to rebroadcast programming from its CCM "Virginia's Positive Hits" WJYJ/90.5 Fredericksburg. Original CP granted on August 11, 2004. Call letters W273BB assigned on 8/11/04.


DWFMC-LP
102.9
275L1
Four Mile Creek Baptist Church Format: Gospel/Religious Variety
On-Air Positioning:
Community Of License: Richmond
Owner: Four Mile Creek Baptist Church
Website: fmcbaptist.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 60' .100 kW / LPFM stations are considered nondirectional
Service Designation: FL – FM Low Power Application or Authorization / Class L1
Transmitter Site: 37° 26' 24" N 77° 20' 29" W
FCC Facility ID: 125995
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We believe this LPFM (low power FM) never got on the air so the license was returned to the FCC. Original CP granted on January 15, 2004. Took the call letters WFMC-LP on 2/18/03.


W275BU
102.9
275D
W275BU Format: News/Talk/Business // WHAN/1430 Ashland VA
On-Air Positioning: Hanover's Own
Community Of License: Ashland VA
Owner: Fifth Estate Broadcasting
Website: whan1430.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: .25 kW
Service Designation: FX — Translator Station (retransmits signal, different channel than main station) / Class D
Transmitter Site: 37° 44' 46" N 77° 29' 44" W (service contours courtesy Rec Networks)
FCC Facility ID: 155027
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Early afternoon of 5/26/2011, WHAN/1430 Ashland started to rebroadcast on 102.9. Liberty University sells to Fifth Estate Broadcasting for $14K in 3/2011 and a request to move to 102.9 is made. Moved to 102.5 by Liberty University as W273BU on 12/24/2008 relaying sister Christian Contemporary "Victory FM" WRVL/88.3 Roanoke. This translator was originally W274AV/102.7 starting 9/7/2004 by Edgewater Broadcasting.


W276BZ
103.1
276D
WNRN Format: Modern Rock // WNRN/91.9 Charlottesville VA
On-Air Positioning: Modern Rock And No Commercials
Community Of License: Midlothian VA
Owner: Stu-Comm Inc
RDS: PS (Program Service) WNRN
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): PUBLIC
Website: wnrn.org
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: .01 kW
Service Designation: FX – Translator Station (retransmits signal, different channel than main station) / Class D
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 45" N 77° 36' 5" W
FCC Facility ID: 158513
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New call letters W276BZ replaced W275AU on 6/28/2006. Original CP granted on August 31, 2004 for 102.9. Was granted a minor change on 5/11/2005 to the CP to move to 103.1 to help protect a new LPFM, Four Mile Creek Baptist Church's WFMC-LP, on the east side of Richmond. That LPFM has since been deleted.


WURV
103.7
279B
WURV Format: Hot AC
On-Air Positioning: 103-7 Play
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: SummitMedia
HD Radio™: HD1 - Format:
          On-Air Positioning:
103-7 PLAY
HD2 - Format:
          On-Air Positioning:
RDS: PS (Program Service) WURV-FM
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type):
Website: 1037play.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 840' 20 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 31" N 77° 34' 37" W
FCC Facility ID: 37230
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WPZZ
104.7
284C1
WPZZ Format: Gospel
On-Air Positioning: Praise 104.7
Community Of License: Crewe VA
Owner: Radio One
Website: praise1047.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 981' 100 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class C1
Transmitter Site: 37° 10' 15" N 77° 57' 16" W
FCC Facility ID: 321
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Changed call letters from WKJS to WPZZ on 12/7/04. In a major station shake-up at midnight on Thursday, November 18, 2004, Radio One shifted the Gospel format from the 99.3/Petersburg frequency to displace Urban AC "104.7 Kiss FM." "Kiss FM" moved to 105.7/Richmond. Had been Urban AC since February 1998. In the 90s, modern rock WBZU used to be located here before moving to 106.5. Used to be country and then oldies WVGO before that. And country WSVS-FM before that. Also sported the WKIK (The Bear/country) calls for a while. Studios are on Emerywood Parkway in Richmond. This station dates back to 1949.


WBNN-FM
105.3
287A
WBNN Format: Country
On-Air Positioning: Big Country 105.3
Community Of License: Dillwyn VA
Owner: WKGM Inc
Website: bigcountry1053.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 328' 6 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 34' 50" N 78° 37' 18" W
FCC Facility ID: 85488
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The original calls were WBCS. The WBNN call letters were from it's now dark sister station WBNN AM 1030 in Union City, Indiana. In August 2000, WBNN signed on 105.3 MHZ as "WBNN 105.3 Big Country." After a one-day April Fools Day stunt on April 1, 2002 as All-Disco "Jammin' 105" and a series of personnel changes, WBNN is now known as "Virginia's Big Country 105.3...Playing Today's New Country & Yesterday's Favorites." It's signal covers Central and Southside Virginia from as far east to Midlothian and Richmond's West End, and west covering Charlottesville and parts of the Shenandoah Valley. WBNN features a unique blend and a wide variety of new and old country music.


WKJS-FM
105.7
289A
WKJS/WKJM Format: Urban Adult Contemporary
On-Air Positioning: 105.7/99.3 Kiss FM
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Radio One
Website: yestokiss.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 531' 2.3 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 52" N 77° 30' 28" W
FCC Facility ID: 3725
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In a major station shake-up at midnight on Thursday, November 18, 2004, Radio One shifted Urban AC "Kiss FM" from 104.7/Crewe to displace Urban Oldies "Magic 105.7" WJMO which disappeared from the Richmond airwaves. The new "Kiss FM" also is simulcast on 99.3/Petersburg when the Gospel format there was moved to 104.7/Crewe. Took their new call letters -- WKJM -- on 11/22/04 then the calls went back to the older WJMO-FM and finally to WKJS on 12/14/04. In early 2001, Radio One moved the "Magic" format from 99.3 to 105.7 (WJMO) to take advantage of a better signal. This was also religious WDYL until September, when it moved to 101.1 FM. Its studios are on Emerywood Parkway in Richmond. Once known as Country "The River" WJRV. 105.7 dates back to 1968.


WBTJ
106.5
293B
HeatWBTJ Format: Urban Contemporary
On-Air Positioning: 106-5 The Beat
Owner: Clear Channel
Community Of License: Richmond VA
HD Radio™: HD1 - Format: Urban Contemporary
          On-Air Positioning:
106-5 The Beat
HD2 - Format: New Hip Hop and R&B
          On-Air Positioning:
Heat
RDS: PS (Program Service - Dynamic) THE BEAT + TITLE/ARTIST
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): URBAN
Website: wbtj.com
Internet Audio Stream: Analog/HD1: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!   HD2: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 1233' 7.6 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class B
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 14" N 77° 41' 53" W
FCC Facility ID: 74168
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Dropped "Da Trend" for "Heat" on the HD2 channel on 2/12/2008. The change was mostly cosmetic. The Heat features New Hip-Hop and R&B with interviews from artists. Started broadcasting digitally with iBiquity's HD Radio™ technology during the afternoon of 6/18/05 and started its HD2 channel at the end of 10/2006 as New Hip Hop and R&B "Da Trend." Carries the very popular Doug Banks Morning Show. Richmond's 106.5 started broadcasting in 1957. Way back when this was WRFK, Richmond's non-commercial classical and fine arts station. When WCVE (88.9 FM) signed on in 1988, 106.5 became a standard commercial station. After being oldies station WVGO ("Virginia's Golden Oldies") Benchmark Communications acquired the station and flipped to AAA format (the first in Richmond, and the only one for 3 years) in 1991. It was most notable the Sunday night home (for three years) of the late Eric E Stanley's "Bebop Boogie and Blues Revue" and Page Wilson's "Out o'The Blue Radio Revue". These shows consistently won the 7-1AM time period for their entire run on WVGO, even while WVGO's general ratings slipped. (When Stanley's show was revived on 105.7 WJMO in 2001, his show again captured top ratings until he had to stop due to illness from cancer. Wilson's show is also a top ratings getter at its current home on WCVE.) The format unofficially slid into a more alternative format after WBZU 104.7 went on air, and syndicated Howard Stern's show starting in October 1994. In the Spring of 1995 Benchmark sold WVGO-FM and WLEE-FM to Cox, who cancelled Howard Stern (due to poor ratings), shut down WVGO and moved WBZU to that frequency. When they shut down WBZU, they stunted with 24 hours of construction sound effects looping, then a few days as the highly irritating "Sunny 106.5", playing the most annoying songs of the 70s they could find. It switched to oldies as "Cool 106.5" in September 1998 and the WRCL calls in October 1998. On 6/11/2001 they flipped to hip-hop/R&B. Sold by Cox to Clear Channel during the AMFM-Clear Channel merger. Studios now at the Clear Channel complex on Basie Road in Richmond's West End.


WAFX
106.9
295C
WAFX Format: Classic Rock
On-Air Positioning: 106.9 The Fox
Community Of License: Suffolk VA
Owner: Saga Communications
HD Radio™: HD1 - Format: Classic Rock
          On-Air Positioning:
106.9 The Fox
HD2 - Format: TBA
          On-Air Positioning:
TBA
RDS: PS (Program Service - Dynamic) 106-9 | THE FOX + TITLE/ARTIST
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): Classic Rock
Website: wafx.com
Internet Audio Stream: Analog/HD1: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 1007' 100 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class C
Transmitter Site: 36° 48' 09" N 76° 45' 19" W
FCC Facility ID: 67082
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Quietly shifted back to Classic Rock from Classic Hits on Friday, 6/29/2012. Shifted to Classic Hits from Classic Rock on 9/2/2008. Added HD Radio broadcasts early 7/2006. Even though this is a Hampton Roads targeted radio station, it puts out a very strong signal all the way to Richmond and usually garners a 0.5 ~ 1.0 ratings share. Quietly, shifted from Classic Hits to Classic Rock in late September 2004. This was in response to Barnstable Broadcasting's new rocker "100.5 MAX FM" WXMM "straddling both sides of the fence (playing Rock and Classic Rock). There were no major changes to the playlist... Became 'The Fox' in March of 1989. The format was 'classic rock' from 1989 until February 1994 usually going after FM99 WNOR listeners. When the owners of FM99 bought WAFX they shifted the Fox's playlist from classic rock to classic hits. For a couple of years they were known as 'Classic Hits 106.9' but later reverted back to '106.9 The Fox'. This frequency started broadcasting in 1983. The WTID calls used to be here when the station had a country music format. This station also sported the WKIX calls with the 'K(I)X-106' moniker just before flipping to 'The Fox'. WAFX is a RDS station (station moniker only...'106.9 THE FOX').


WBBT-FM
107.3
297A
WBBT Format: 70s-60s Hits
On-Air Positioning: Big Oldies 107.3
Community Of License: Powhatan VA
Owner: Main Line Broadcasting
Website: bigoldies1073.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
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1/19/2004 - WBBT-FM: 80s "Star 107" - New Format Teaser - :28 (WMA)
Facilities: 328' 6 kW
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 26' 20" N 77° 51' 8" W
FCC Facility ID: 31859
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Dropped the "107-3 BBT" positioner for "Big Oldies 107.3" on 12/4/2009. WBBT/107.3 and WARV/100.3 Petersburg was reimaged as "107.3 BBT - The Greatest Hits of the '60s and '70s." at 12:01 a.m. on 8/27/2007. The station was previous known as "Motown, Soul and Great Rock 'n Roll, Oldies 107.3." The new station received a new imaging voice, and a shift in the musical focus to add more '70s (and some early '80s). At the same time, midday host Matt Nicholls resigned and left the radio business.

Main Line Broadcasting announced on 8/29/05 that it has agreed to purchase the assets of MainQuad Communications (WARV/100.3 Petersburg, WBBT/107.3 Powhatan, WCUL/98.9 Midlothian) and Richmond Broadcasting (WJZV/93.1 Ettrick) for $25M. Dropped 80s on 1/20/2004 at 7:07AM to stunt as "Elvis 107" and debuted Oldies 107-3 on 1/21/2004 at 7:07AM. Oldies 107-3 starts a simulcast on WARV/100.3 Petersburg who dumps all of its sports programming the same day and loses the identity as "ESPN Richmond." Flipped to 80's-90's hits, Star 107.3, in late May of 2001 and later positioned as "Star 107 - The 80's And More..." This station first signed on in mid-June 1999 as 107.3 WXNC "The Beat, Richmond's Dancin' Oldies." Puts in a pretty strong signal to the north and west sides of Richmond. Studio facilities are on Arboretum Place in Richmond.


WHCK-LP
107.7
299L1
Format: Religious
On-Air Positioning:
Community Of License: Hopewell VA
Owner: Essence Of Life Ministries
Website: None
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 62' .100 kW / LPFM stations are considered nondirectional
Service Designation: FL – FM Low Power Application or Authorization / Class L1
Transmitter Site: 37° 15' 12" N 77° 24' 21" W
FCC Facility ID: 126745
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Original construction permit (CP) granted on May 19, 2003. Took the WHCK-LP calls on 11/25/2004. Business address is 1706 Tabb Ave Hopewell VA 23860 804-541-8915.


WBQK
107.9
300A
W-Bach Format: Classical
On-Air Positioning: W-Bach, Williamsburg's Classical Station
Community Of License: West Point VA
Owner: Davis Media
HD Radio™: Not Licensed
RDS: PS (Program Service) W BACH
TA (Traffic Announcement): No
PTY (Program Type): CLASSICAL
Website: wbach.net
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 328' 6 kW / Directional Antenna
Service Designation: FM – Full Service FM Station / Class A
Transmitter Site: 37° 27' 2" N 76° 48' 48" W
FCC Facility ID: 73906
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After a two month delay, Classical "W-Bach" debuted on 5/1/2006. Changed call letters to WBQK (from WTYD) on 12/9/2005 in anticipation of the format change to Classical as "Williamsburg's Classical, W-Bach" on 3/1/2006. Became "107.9 & 92.3 The Tide" when the owners agreed to purchase Bullseye Broadcasting's 50s-70s Oldies "Surf 92.3" WSRV Deltaville/Gloucester in August 2005 for $850,000 and immediately started a LMA (local marketing agreement). Changed call letters from WWBR to WTYD 5/6/05. Sold to Davis Media, headed up by Thomas G Davis, for $1.125M. WWBR, in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk market, is the first station for Davis Media. Previous owner was Winner Broadcasting, headed by Jim Campana, who passed away. The station was run briefly by his widow Sherry; simulcasting sister station (Bullseye Broadcasting) 50s-70s Oldies "Surf 92.3" WSRV Deltaville. Jim Campana started the station back in 1989, first with Country as WPTG then satellite-fed Soft AC "107.9 FM The Breeze - Hit Music, Light as The Breeze" WWBR in April 2000. Simulcasted urban WWHV-FM/102.1 Virginia Beach VA (a TSA for $11,000/mo) from 2/2/03 to 1/7/05 and was known as "Hot 102.1 & 107.9." Best heard SE of Richmond and on the Peninsula of Hampton Roads.

NOTE: Depending on what part of the Richmond area a person is located in, one can also receive stations from Fredericksburg (north), Charlottesville (northwest), the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula (northeast) and Hampton Roads (southeast).
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AM Radio [530KHz~1710KHz]

WLES
590
Format: Christian Talk
On-Air Positioning: Christian Talk Radio
Community Of License: Bon Air VA
Owner: Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corp
Website: wles590.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: .6 kW day | .054 kW night / ND2 - Non-directional Antenna: Different constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: B
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 52" N 77° 30' 28" W
FCC Facility ID: 72504
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VARTV reported in November 2007 that Nancy Epperson's Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corp (CPBC) and Stuart Epperson's Truth Broadcasting filed concurrent applications with the FCC to reduce the power of Truth's WLVA/590 Lynchburg and to swap frequencies with CPBC's WLES/580 Bon Air/Richmond. WLES has now (12/11/2008) made the move to 590AM. When WLES was on 580, they are were doing 201 watts day and 27 watts night. Now on 590, power is 600 watts day and 54 watts at night.

Sold by Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corp (Nancy Epperson) to Truth Broadcasting (Stuart Epperson) in the summer of 2007 for $125K. Returned to the air in late 1/2007 (originally slated for 8/2006) simulcasting sister station Christian Talk "830 The Truth" WTRU Kernersville/Greensboro NC after a major upgrade. Was granted a major change to their license on 12/15/2005 to be relicensed from Lawrenceville VA to Bon Air VA. Was doing Oldies when based in Lawrenceville. Went silent early 2006 for the move to Bon Air. Was to rebe on the air in 8/2006.


WSVS
800
WSVS Format: Classic Country/Sports
On-Air Positioning: Virginia's Country Legend
Community Of License: Crewe VA
Owner: Gee Communications
Website: wsvsam.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 5 kW day | .275 kW night / ND1 - Non-directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: B
Transmitter Site: 37° 11' 43" N 78° 10' 1" W
FCC Facility ID: 320
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On April 6th, 1947, WSVS AM commenced broadcasting from Crewe, Virginia. WSVS began as the American economy and population grew in a post World War II society. Radio was the top media of the age and stations were springing up in every community to provide information to the citizens on an immediate basis. In the late 1940's and 1950's with the growing popularity of live music and live broadcasts being produced, WSVS worked to keep up with the growing musical trends of the age. Musicians were brought in to perform live country music and a popular growing form of country music called bluegrass. In the early 1950's Charles Johnson, otherwise known as Little Jody Rainwater, was the promoter and bassist in the bluegrass group Flatt and Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys. When Jody (as he was known to all) decided to leave the Foggy Mountain Boys and settle down, he chose WSVS and Crewe as his home. Jody's programming became extremely popular with the listeners and Jody's ongoing support of the bluegrass movement endeared listeners to him. In early 1954, Flatt and Scruggs, then sponsored by Martha White Mills, decided to change location and moved from Nashville, TN where they performed on WSM's daily, early-morning broadcast, to WSVS in Crewe. WSVS still preserves classic country and bluegrass daily.

Was owned by Colonial Broadcasting until early 2005. Dropped "Classic Hit Country" for "The Train" in late 2005 but kept the Classic Country format.


WGGM
820
WGGM Format: Gospel
On-Air Positioning: Amen 820
Community Of License: Chester VA
Owner: Hoffman Communications
Website: amen820.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 10 kW day | 1 kW night / DA2 - Directional Antenna: Different constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: B
Transmitter Site: 37° 22' 54" N 77° 25' 40" W
FCC Facility ID: 27440
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Dropped Christian Classics/Oldies; Teaching/Ministry on 1/30/2006 for Gospel when WROU/1240 Petersburg dropped Gospel the same morning. Dropped Southern Gospel "The Gospel Giant" for Christian "Your Station For Life" on 9/1/2004. Studios on West Hundred Road in Chester. Started broadcasting in 1964.


WRNL
910
WRNL Format: Sports
On-Air Positioning: SportsRadio 910, Richmond's Fox Sports Station
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Clear Channel
HD Radio™: Licensed, broadcasting. No multicasting.
Website: sportsradio910.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE
Facilities: 5 kW day | 1.5kW night / DAN - Directional Antenna: Nighttime only
Domestic Station Class: B
Transmitter Site: 37° 36' 50" N 77° 30' 53" W
FCC Facility ID: 11960
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Dumped ESPN programming on April 6, 2001. Features FOX Sports Radio. Studios have moved to the Clear Channel complex on Basie Road. WRNL started broadcasting in 1937. It sported an oldies format in the late 1980s and a rock format in the early 1990s. WRNL and then WRNL-FM (102.1) used to be owned by the Richmond News Leader/Richmond Times Dispatch and featured a top forty format. 910 sported the WRVH calls for a while. Broadcasted the R-Braves games for 17 years until 2001 when terms of a new contract couldn't be reached.


WXGI
950
WXGI Format: Sports
On-Air Positioning: ESPN Radio 950
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Red Zebra Broadcasting
HD Radio™: Licensed, not broadcasting.
Website: espn950am.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
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12/9/2003 3:59PM - WXGI: Classic Country - Earthquake hits LIVE on-the-air :22 (WMA)
Facilities: 3.9 kW day | .045 kW night / ND1 - Non-directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: D
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 52" N 77° 30' 28" W
FCC Facility ID: 74207
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Announced on 6/1/2006 that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Synder's Red Zebra Broadcasting had agreed to acquire WXGI/950 for $1.4M and immediately started a LMA with Gee Communications until the sale was finalized. Flipped to "ESPN Radio 950" on February 2, 2004.

They contemplated flipping to ESPN Radio several times in the past. When MainQuad dropped it on WARV/100.3 on 1/24/2004, the decision was made to drop most of its Classic Country programmimng. It was forever a Classic Country/Bluegrass station with sports programming during the Richmond Braves, Virginia Tech football/basketball and NASCAR seasons. The combination of a new 500' tower, a ground system over 16 acres gives WXGI one of the most powerful AM radio signals in Central Richmond. Gee picked up WXGI in the late 90s for $650K.

When doing Classic Country/Bluegrass, the station boasted one of the most loyal audiences in radio and had a huge following of people 55 and over who grew up with the station. WXGI had a large collection of classic country music and has been locally owned and operated since its inception in 1947. WXGI was founded by three World War II Marine Vets with GI bill loans and military surplus radio equipment, hence the call letters "ex-GI." Use to go by "Wolf Country." Was the flagship station for the Richmond Braves (since 2002), broadcasting all 144 of the R-Braves baseball games, including the All-Star game (when WRNL and the Braves couldn't reach an agreement) until the team moved to Georgia.

"ESPN Radio 950" is Central Virginia's home for University of Richmond football and men's basketball. They also are the exclusive station for the MLB playoffs, NBA finals and NCAA Bowl Championship Series. Studios are located at 701 German School Road in Richmond.


WLEE
990
WLEE Format: News
On-Air Positioning: News Talk 990
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Davidson Media Group
Website: wlee990.am
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 1.0 kW day | .013 kW night / ND1 - Non-directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: D
Transmitter Site: 37° 31' 40" N 77° 22' 48" W
FCC Facility ID: 50400
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted Davidson Media Group's WLEE/990 a change in the station's community of license (COL) from Richmond to East Highland Park on 1/5/2007. In addition to the new COL, the station increased its power from 1kW to 4kW during the day and just 13 watts to 2kW at night. WLEE was doing Southern Gospel as "Joy 990" until 3/5/2007 when it flipped to "All News 990." Was Adult Standards "Unforgettable 990" until late Friday afternoon on 6/10/05 flipping to Southern Gospel "Joy 990." Was own by 4M Communications (RadioRichmond) until November 2004 when the owners sold the entire cluster to two groups. WLEE/990, WVNZ/1320, WTOX/1480 and WREJ/1540 went to Davidson Media for $3.8M and WHAP/1340 went to MainQuad Communications for $200,000. Started simulcast with sister station WHAP/1340 on Thursday, September 2, 2004 when the Talk format shifted to a brand new station on 1480 -- "Talk Radio 1480" WTOX. Concentrated just on "Talk" on April 7, 2003 ("Hot Talk 990" to "TalkRadio 990") around the same time dropping G Gordon Liddy and Jim Jacobs (left the company). Used to be WVNZ until mid-1999 when the WLEE and WVNZ calls swapped frequencies - the WLEE calls going to 990 and WVNZ calls going to co-owned 1320. Studios on West Broad Street in Richmond. Richmond's 990 used to have the WANT call letters and a soul music format. This station dates back to 1951.


WRVA
1140
WRVA HD Radio™: Licensed, broadcasting. No multicasting.
Format: News/Talk
On-Air Positioning: NewsRadio 1140 WRVA
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Clear Channel Communications
Website: wrva.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 50 kW unlimited / DA1 - Directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: A
Transmitter Site: 37° 24' 13" N 77° 18' 59" W
FCC Facility ID: 11914
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A 50,000 watt facility that is easily heard in Eastern Virginia and throughout much of eastern North America at night. Owned by Clear Channel with studios at the Clear Channel complex on Basie Road. It features Rush Limbaugh during the afternoons, "Coast to Coast" with George Noory overnights and airs "Ask The Governor" with Mark Warner on the last Thursday of each month. 1140 is also the Richmond home of the UVA Cavaliers Football and Men's Basketball program and Paul Harvey News and Comment. WRVA is Richmond's oldest radio station; it started broadcasting in 1925. In an interesting sidelight, WRVA used to suffer from Cuban jamming. It was actually directed at Miami station WQBA, also on 1140. Some nights WRVA was hard to hear even in downtown Richmond.


WTPS
1240
WTPS Format: Urban News/Talk, Urban Oldies
On-Air Positioning: Newstalk 1240, The People's Station
Community Of License: Petersburg VA
Owner: Radio One
Website: newstalk1240wtps.com/
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 1 kW unlimited / ND1 - Non-directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: C
Transmitter Site: 37° 14' 1" N 77° 22' 36" W
FCC Facility ID: 60474
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Changed call letters from WROU to WTPS to reflect the station's moniker "The People's Station" on 10/25/2007. Dropped Gospel (Your Gospel Connection) on Monday, 1/30/2006 for Radio One's Urban News/Talk network "The People's Station." Plays Urban Oldies late nights and weekends. Ended 10-year LMA with Hoffman Communications December 2005. Co-owned with WCDX, WPZZ, WKJS, WKJM but was run by Hoffman Communications (WGGM/820, WZEZ/100.5) for 10 years 1995-2005. Studios on West Hundred Road in Chester. Dates back to 1945. At one point in time, this was WSSV with a "top 40" contemporary format. Previous calls were WGCV (03/20/2003-03/30/1989), WPLZ 08/15/1986 and WSSV


WDZY
1290
WDZY Format: Family Hits
On-Air Positioning: Radio Disney - Music And Prizes That Rock
Community Of License: Colonial Heights VA
Owner: Radio Disney Group
HD Radio™: Licensed, broadcasting. No multicasting.
Website: radiodisney.com/WDZYAM1290
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 25 kW day | .041 night / ND1 - Non-directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: D
Transmitter Site: 37° 15' 30" N 77° 23' 40"W
FCC Facility ID: 21723
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Changed format descriptor from "Chrildren's Programming" to "Family Hits" in March 2009. Used to be "Starlight Radio" WSTK with a nostalgia/big band format, and in March 1997 flipped to oldies. Also used to be WPVA. First signed on in 1955. Their mailing address: Radio Disney Richmond, One Monument Avenue, 413 Stuart Circle Suite 120, Richmond, VA 23220, (804) 353-7200, Fax: (804) 353-2633. Their studios were previously in Colonial Heights.


WVNZ
1320
WVNZ Format: Spanish Adult Contemporary
On-Air Positioning: Selecta 1320
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Davidson Media Group
Website: selecta1320.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 5 kW day | .008 night / DAD - Directional Antenna: Daytime only
Domestic Station Class: D
Transmitter Site: 37° 28' 0" N 77° 27' 8" W
FCC Facility ID: 52050
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Was own by 4M Communications (RadioRichmond) until November 2004 when the owners sold the entire cluster to two groups. WLEE/990, WVNZ/1320, WTOX/1480 and WREJ/1540 went to Davidson Media for $3.8M and WHAP/1340 went to MainQuad Communications for $200,000. Was Unforgettable 1320 - Music Of Your Life using Jones until 9/13/03. Previously on the weekends, they offered Spanish/ethnic programming (La Primera 1320), including broadcasting all Sunday home games of the Richmond Braves Triple-A baseball team. Was known as 'The Source AM 1320' when it was all news. Flipped to Standards in July 2001 in anticipation of Salem Communications flipping WVBB (1380) from Standards to right-wing Talk (or Religious) later in the summer. WLEE used to run its own oldies format on 1320 but in mid-1999 this frequency became WVNZ 'All News-Talk' which used to be at 990. 1320 had been an existing frequency going back to the 50s. At one time in the 60's and 70's, they were country WEET, but had also tried EZ listening and all news in the early 80's which didn't work. When 1480 went dark in 1989, 1320 assumed the WLEE call letters, studio assets, airstaff and format but that arrangement didn't last long and 1320/WLEE shifted in a talk format right around 1990.


WHAP
1340
WHAP Format: Sports
On-Air Positioning: SportsRadio 1340
Community Of License: Hopewell VA
Owner: PT Brown Broadcasting
Website: sportsradio1340.info
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 1 kW unlimited / ND1 - Non-directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: C
Transmitter Site: 37° 17' 46" N 77° 18' 50" W
FCC Facility ID: 33900
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Switched to Fox Sports Radio "SportsRadio 1340" on 3/7/2011 from Variety (Gospel/Urban Oldies/Latin/Talk).

WHAP/1340 was sold to PT Brown Broadcasting for $150,000 by MainQuad Communications in the spring of 2007. The station returned to the air in mid-March 2007 airing tape-delayed segments recorded from sister station WCLM/1450 in Highland Springs.

Went silent by Silver Dolphin Communications on Thursday 8/17/2006 for the lack of financing. Silver Dolphin Communications of Midlothian announced on 5/23/2006 that it agreed to purchase WHAP/1340 from MainQuad Communications. Through an agreement with MainQuad, Silver Dolphin put the station back on the air at noon with a Traditional Country format on 6/1/2006 after being off the air for nearly 10 months.

Was announced that WHAP/1340 was to be sold to Benjamin-Dane from MainQuad for $200,000. The deal fell through.

MainQuad purchased WHAP when 4M Communications (RadioRichmond) sold its entire cluster to two groups. WLEE/990, WVNZ/1320, WTOX/1480 and WREJ/1540 went to Davidson Media Group and WHAP/1340 went to MainQuad for $200,000.

Main Line Broadcasting announced on 8/29/05 that it has agreed to purchase the assets of MainQuad Communications (WARV/100.3 Petersburg, WBBT/107.3 Powhatan, WCUL/98.9 Midlothian) and Richmond Broadcasting (WJZV/93.1 Ettrick) for $25M. Not included was WHAP. Went silent soon after.

Was Adult Standards "Unforgettable 1340." Dropped simulcast with WLEE/990 on 9/13/03. Best heard in the southern parts of the Richmond metro and the entire Petersburg area. WHAP went dark in the spring of 1998 only to return in the fall simulcasting the news/talk programming of WVNZ (1320 AM) to Richmond's southern suburbs. 1340 used to broadcast with country and talk formats. First started broadcasting in 1949.


WBTK
1380
WBTK Format: Spanish Christian Contemporary
On-Air Positioning: Radio Poder 1380 (Be Able 1380)
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Mount Rich Media
Website: wbtk.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 5 kW day | 5 kW night / DA2 - Directional Antenna: Different constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: B
Transmitter Site: 37° 37' 16" N 77° 26' 56" W
FCC Facility ID: 57831
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Media broker John L Pierce of John Pierce & Co announced that Mount Rich Media agreed to purchase Salem Communications "Spirited Talk" WBTK/1380 Richmond for $1.5M in 2/2006. The sale closed in mid-7/2006 and the station immediately flipped formats from Christian Talk as "Spirit Talk" to Spanish Christian Contemporary known as "Radio Poder (Be Able) 1380." Mount Rich Media is under the management of Rev Sun Young Joo and Victor Joo. In September 2000, they were broadcasting nostalgic music with the calls of WVBB. Started using "WBTK" in July 2001. WBTK is programmed locally with AM and PM drive hosts, and Metro Traffic for traffic feeds during both drive times. Studios were on Cutshaw Avenue when it was owned by Clear Channel. When Salem purchased the station in mid-May 2001, the studios moved to 9401 Courthouse Road, Suite 307 in Chesterfield (about 15 miles south of Richmond). Salem also owns crosswalk.com and oneplace.com, and they moved into the building with them. First started broadcasting in 1926. Originally, it was WMBG - “Martin’s Battery and Generator;” started on the second floor of the repair shop. Also had the WTVR call letters.


WOOK
1410
Format:
On-Air Positioning:
Community Of License: Midlothian VA
Owner: Richmond 1410, LLC
Website:
Internet Audio Stream:
Facilities: .35 kW day | .35 kW night / DA2 - Directional Antenna: Different constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: B
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 38" N 77° 39' 50" W
FCC Facility ID: 160353
EMAIL CHANGES TO VARTV.com Frequency Background: Took the call letters WOOK on 8/18/2009. Granted a CP (construction permit) on 7/6/2009.




WHAN
1430
WHAN Format: News/Talk/Business
On-Air Positioning: Hanover's Own
Community Of License: Ashland VA
Owner: Fifth Estate Broadcasting
Website: whan1430.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 1 kW day | .031 kW night / ND1 - Non-directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: B
Transmitter Site: 37° 44' 46" N 77° 29' 44" W
FCC Facility ID: 8438
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Early afternoon of 5/26/2011, WHAN/1430 Ashland started to rebroadcast on low power 102.9/Ashland VA.

1430 has been in existance (in one form or another) since the mid 60's and the current call letters (WHAN) have been in the market for the past 10 years (circa 8/2007). In May 2007, WHAN was awarded a construction permit to increase power from 1000 to 50,000 watts and move to 650 on the dial.

Geared to Hanover County and Richmond's northern suburbs. Carries all Randolph Macon College football games. Studios at 11337 Ashcake Rd in Ashland. Used to be WPES with a religious format.


WCLM
1450
WCLM Format: Urban Oldies/Urban Talk/Religious/Sports
On-Air Positioning: Solid Gold Soul Am 1450 The Heart & Soul of the City
Community Of License: Highland Springs VA
Owner: World Media
Website: wclmradioonline.com
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: .96 kW unlimited / DA2 - Directional Antenna: Different constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: C
Transmitter Site: 37° 32' 39" N 77° 20' 47" W
FCC Facility ID: 73728
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Studios on Hull Street in Richmond. Best heard in the Richmond metro area. Dates back to 1959. Had a jazz format in the early 1990s, went bankrupt and dark and signed on later with the same calls. For many years, especially back in the 1970s, this was WENZ with a soul music format.


WTOX
1480
WTOX Format: Regional Mexican
On-Air Positioning: La Equis (The X)
Community Of License: Glen Allen VA
Owner: Davidson Media Group
Website: None
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
Facilities: 6.3 kW | 1.8 kW / DA2 - Directional Antenna: Different constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: B
Transmitter Site: 37° 32' 39" N 77° 20' 47" W
FCC Facility ID: 129524
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Dropped the Talk format, "TalkRadio 1480," at midnight on 12/24/2005 for Regional Mexican "La Equis" (The X) using the format feed from Bustos Media. Was own by 4M Communications (RadioRichmond) until November 2004 when the owners sold the entire cluster to two groups. WLEE/990, WVNZ/1320, WTOX/1480 and WREJ/1540 went to Davidson Media for $3.8M and WHAP/1340 went to MainQuad Communications for $200,000. Signed on Thursday, September 2, 2004 with the Talk format coming from sister station WLEE/990 including "Imus In The Morning" which was dumped on WLEE January 2004. This frequency is where the legendary "top 40" WLEE once was. It was Richmond's main contemporary station back in the 1960s. As far as the format goes, after their 60's Top 40 heyday, 1480/WLEE experienced significant listener losses in the 70's with the advent of a overpowering FM competitor signing on in 1972 (WRVQ), and the development of FM radio as a whole. They were at one time sister station to WXEX (now WRIC/8) under previous owners Tom Tinsley and Nationwide Communications. In 1979, WLEE/1480 shifted to a soft rock A/C format which yielded no ratings, and then chucked the pop music altogether for Adult Standards/Big Band in 1981. WLEE was sold to Ed Giller several months later, but finally went dark in 1989. The towers were removed the following year WLEE flipped to a nostalgia format. When 1480 went dark, the station moved to 1320 AM assuming the WLEE call letters, studio assets, airstaff and format. See the 1320 frequency for more information.


WREJ
1540
WREJ Format: Gospel
On-Air Positioning: Rejoice 1540
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Davidson Media Group
Website: rejoice1540.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 10 kW | .007kW / DA2 - Directional Antenna: Different constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: D
Transmitter Site: 37° 37' 8" N 77° 25' 27" W
FCC Facility ID: 21434
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Dropped Urban Gospel "Rejoice Radio" on 1/1/2008 for ABC Radio's Gospel satellite service "Musical Soul Food" and known as "Rejoice 1540." Was own by 4M Communications (RadioRichmond) until November 2004 when the owners sold the entire cluster to two groups. WLEE/990, WVNZ/1320, WTOX/1480 and WREJ/1540 went to Davidson Media for $3.8M and WHAP/1340 went to MainQuad Communications for $200,000. Studios on Wilkinson Road in Richmond. Started broadcasting in 1964. In the early 1990s, this was WRBN with a news/talk format.


WFTH
1590
WFTH Format: Black Gospel
On-Air Positioning: Faith 1590
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Tri-City Christian Radio
Website: faith1590.ning.com
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: 5 kW | .019kW / ND1 - Non-directional Antenna: Same constants day and night
Domestic Station Class: D
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 2" N 77° 27' 28" W
FCC Facility ID: 67683
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Played Top 40 music around 1960. It was one of many daytime AMs that tried to compete with WLEE/1480 in that format. 1590 was WEZL in those days, pronounced "Wheezel." About 1961, they were sold to a group of dentists (so, the reader remembers) and switched to "beautiful music," supposeadly to play in their offices, as if there were not enough beautiful music stations on FM in Richmond at the time. Within a year or so, they changed the calls to WRGM and began to present adult contemporary music in a very classy manner. They got a permit to change WRGM to 1540 with more power at 10,000 watts and sold 1590 to the Reynolds family. 1590 then became WGOE with Jess Duboy (previously of WEET) as lead personality and PD. This was about 1964 and WGOE enjoyed some sucess for a while but in the end as a daytimer really couldn't cut it. In the early 70s, they went to progressive album rock and did ok until "XL102" WRXL came on, then sold again and went to black gospel.


WPQE514
1620
VDOT Format: Travelers' Information Station/Highway Advisory/Public Safety
On-Air Positioning: Highway Advisory
Community Of License: Bottoms Bridge / Ashland / Oilville / Chester / Carson VA
Owner: Commonwealth of Virginia
Website: None
Internet Audio Stream: None
Facilities: .01 kW | .01kW unlimited
Domestic Station Class:
FCC Facility ID: WPQE514
Transmitter Sites: 37° 30' 50.5" N 77° 11' 28.9" W — I-64 & St Rte 249 Interchange
37° 45' 32.5" N 77° 27' 33.9" W — I-95 & St Rte 54 Interchange
37° 42' 43.5" N 77° 46' 53" W — I-64 & St Rte 617 Interchange
37° 21' 14.5" N 77° 22' 13.9" W — I-95 & St Rte 10 Interchange
37° 3' 51.5" N 77° 22' 23.9" W — Southbound I-95 Truck Weight Station
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The travelers' information station for the Richmond area. Licensed to the Commonwealth of Virginia. WPQE514 broadcasts from five tower locations; the I-64 & St Rte 249 Interchange, I-95 & St Rte 54 Interchange, I-64 & St Rte 617 Interchange, I-95 & St Rte 10 Interchange and southbound I-95 Truck Weight Station (Carson) all with an ERP of 10w. Best heard on and along I-64, I-95 and I-295. ABOUT: 'TIS' stations are very low power AM stations that share the AM broadcast band with AM broadcast stations. TIS stations are used to transmit information to motorists, such as traffic obstructions, road conditions, and airport or bus terminal information. These licensed stations are only available to governmental and park districts, not individuals or corporations. This noncommercial service was established on June 10, 1977 by the FCC. Not all commissioners at that time gave this new service a blessing. Read the entire document online.

NOTE: Depending on what part of the Richmond area a person is located in, one can also receive stations from Fredericksburg (north), Charlottesville (northwest), the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula (northeast) and Hampton Roads (southeast).
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DMA:
Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, King & Queen, King William, Lancaster, Louisa, Lunenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Orange, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Richmond, Richmond City, Sussex

WTVR-TV
6
WTVR Network Affiliation: CBS
On-Air Positioning: CBS6
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: (to be) Sinclair Broadcast Group
Website: wtvr.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TV — Full Service TV Station - Analog
Facilities: 840' 100 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 34' 0" N 77° 28' 36" W
FCC Facility ID: 57832
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On 6/24/2008, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it had entered into an agreement with Raycom Media to purchase WTVR-TV/DT for $85 million. This was the fallout from 11/12/2007, when Lincoln Financial Media announced the sale of WWBT Richmond, along with the company's two other television stations and Lincoln Financial Sports, to Raycom Media for $583 million. Since the FCC did not allow one company to own two of the four largest stations in a market, Raycom sought, and was eventually granted, a temporary waiver for the purchase of WWBT to buy the company more time to find a suitable buyer for WTVR.

Was known by several positioners in the late 90s and early 00's - "NewsChannel 6" then "News 6" then "CBS6." WTVR bills itself as "The South's First Television Station." And, naturally, Richmond's too. WTVR is owned by Raycom Media. Channel 6 located on Broad Street in Midtown Richmond is the South's first TV station. WTVR signed on April 22, 1948, the first TV station granted a license south of the Mason/Dixon line. Their tower at 1,049 feet above sea level was the largest freestanding structure in the country at that time, and now it stands as a familiar Richmond landmark. The tall tower helps WTVR reach more viewers than any other TV station in Central Virginia spanning a region that reaches Fredericksburg to the North, Westward beyond Charlottesville, east into Hampton Roads, and south into North Carolina. In fact, WTVR was Richmond's only TV station until 1956. In the early days it was a CBS affiliate but lost that to then WRVA-TV (Channel 12) for a while; it became an ABC affiliate. However WTVR returned to the CBS fold in 1960. Was owned for several decades by Roy H. Park Broadcasting. Studios on West Broadcast Street in Richmond. The WTVR calls stand for "We're Television Richmond."


WRIC-TV
8
WRIC Network Affiliation: ABC
On-Air Positioning: 8 News
Community Of License: Petersburg VA
Owner: Young Broadcasting
Website: wric.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TV — Full Service TV Station - Analog
Facilities: 1050' 269 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 46" N 77° 36' 6" W
FCC Facility ID: 74416
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This used to be WXEX-TV in Petersburg. In the 90s, it moved its studio facilities to Richmond and took on the WRIC calls. Owned by Young Broadcasting. It dates back to 1955 as an NBC affiliate and became aligned with ABC in 1965.


WWBT
12
NBC12 Network Affiliation: NBC
On-Air Positioning: NBC12
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Raycom Media
Website: nbc12.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TV — Full Service TV Station - Analog
Facilities: 790' 316 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 23" N 77° 30' 12" W
FCC Facility ID: 30833
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On 11/12/2007, Lincoln Financial Media announced the sale of WWBT, along with the company's two other television stations and Lincoln Financial Sports, to Raycom Media for $583 million. Raycom already owned rival station WTVR. Since the FCC did not allow one company to own two of the four largest stations in a market, Raycom sought, and was eventually granted, a temporary waiver for the purchase of WWBT to buy the company more time to find a suitable buyer for WTVR. On 6/24/2008 it was announced that WTVR would be sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The FCC approved the WWBT sale on 3/25/2008. Raycom formally took control on of WWBT on 4/1/2008.

The Lincoln Financial Media came from the merger of Jefferson-Pilot and Lincoln Financial Group with the merger finalized on 4/3/2006. WWBT also had a secondary affiliation with The WB Television Network until the mini-net went dark at the end of August 2006; airing select WB programs overnight. WWBT dates back to 1956 when it was WRVA-TV as an affiliate of CBS. It became an ABC affiliate in 1960 and an NBC station in 1965. It switched to the WWBT calls when it was purchased by Jefferson-Pilot Communications (then Jefferson Standard Broadcasting) in 1968. Its studios are on Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. Longtime Philadelphia TV weatherman Herb Clark got his start at Channel 12. "Good Morning America" personality Spencer Christian also got his start at WWBT. WWBT's website features an excellent historical account of the early days of Richmond TV by Sanford T. Terry.


WXOB-LP
17
Network Affiliation/Programming: Independent (local/national religious programing/infomercials)
On-Air Positioning:
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: KM Broadcasting
Website: wjhjtv.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: CA — Class A Television Service Station
Facilities: 22.79 kW / Directional Antenna
Transmitter Site: 37° 36' 52" N 77° 30' 56" W
FCC Facility ID: 587
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Was to broadcast SelahTV - Community Christian Television in 2006 but it never got off the ground. A message on Selah TV's website in late January 2007 said, "Selah TV is off the air. If you have any questions call 301-526-7948." A low-powered Class A station licensed to KM Broadcasting. Previously broadcasted MTV2. Application granted to move to channel 17 from channel 14 in October 2002 and became a Class A licensed station.


WRIC-DT
22
WRIC Network Affiliation: ABC
Multicasting: None
On-Air Positioning: 8 News
Community Of License: Petersburg VA
Owner: Young Broadcasting
Website: wric.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: DT — Full Service TV Station - Digital
Facilities: 1079' 450 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 45" N 77° 36' 5" W
FCC Facility ID: 74416
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WRIC's digital TV station. Signed-on October 31, 2002 - was the third Richmond station to do so after WWBT-DT and WRLH-DT.


WCVE-TV
23
WCVE Network Affiliation: PBS
On-Air Positioning: PBS for Richmond
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
Website: ideastations.org/wcve
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TV — Full Service TV Station - Analog
Facilities: 1073' 2950 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 46" N 77° 36' 6" W
FCC Facility ID: 9987
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Owned by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting along with Richmond's channel 57, WCVW, and WCVE-FM, 88.9. Started broadcasting 1964. WCVE is relayed in Charlottesville on WHTJ, channel 41. Studios on Sesame Street in Richmond.


WTVR-DT
25
WTVR
Network Affiliation: Primary - CBS
Secondary - AntennaTV
Multicasting: 6-1 CBS (1080i)
6-2 AntennaTV (480i)
6-3 DopplerMax 6 Radar (480i)
On-Air Positioning: CBS6
AntennaTV
AntennaTV Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: (to be) Sinclair Broadcast Group
Website: wtvr.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: DT — Full Service TV Station - Digital
Facilities: 1138' 400 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 34' 0" N 77° 28' 36" W
FCC Facility ID: 57832
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Added AntennaTV on 6-2 in early 3/2011 and moved DopplerMax Radar to 6-3. On 6/24/2008, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it had entered into an agreement with Raycom Media to purchase WTVR-TV/DT for $85 million. This was the fallout from 11/12/2007, when Lincoln Financial Media announced the sale of WWBT Richmond, along with the company's two other television stations and Lincoln Financial Sports, to Raycom Media for $583 million. Since the FCC did not allow one company to own two of the four largest stations in a market, Raycom sought, and was eventually granted, a temporary waiver for the purchase of WWBT to buy the company more time to find a suitable buyer for WTVR.

The TUBE Music Network which was seen on 6-3 ceased to broadcast on 10/1/2007. A statement on the video net's website said, "We regret to inform you of the fate that has befallen The Tube Music Network. October 1, 2007 The Tube ceased its national broadcast. Viewers, Artists... your support of The Tube has always been highly valued and appreciated. The collective efforts of this team, fueled by the letters we received from viewers, sustained THE TUBE as it struggled through the financial limitations that ultimately contributed to its incapacitated state."

Signed-on mid-November 2002 - was the fourth Richmond station to do so after WWBT-DT, WRLH-DT and WRIC-DT.


WRLH-DT
26
WRLH
Network Affiliation: Primary - FOX
Secondary - MyNetworkTV, this tv
Multicasting: 35-1 FOX (720p)
35-2 MyNetworkTV/this tv network (480i)
35-3 The Cool TV (480i)
On-Air Positioning: FOX Richmond
My TV Richmond/this Richmond
The Cool TV
Community Of License: Richmond VA
this RichmondMyTV Richmond Owner: Carma Broadcasting (Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Websites: FOX Richmond - fox35.com
MyTV Richmond - mytvrichmond.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: DT — Full Service TV Station - Digital
Facilities: 1047' 800 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 45" N 77° 36' 5" W
FCC Facility ID: 412
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Added this tv network in 11/2008. Since Sinclair Broadcast Group announced on 6/24/2008 that it was purchasing WTVR-TV/DT from Raycom Media and the FCC does not allow one company to own two of the four largest stations in a market, WRLH was sold to Carma Broadcasting (a "shell" corporation). Sinclair provides "sales and other non-programming related services" to WRLH.

Signed-on October 31, 2002 - was the second Richmond station to do so after WWBT-DT. MyNetworkTV Richmond was to debut on WRLH-DT 35-2 on 9/5/2006, but because of equipment delay, it didn't start until 10/9/2006. MyNetworkTV was shown late night from 9/5/2006 to 10/9/2006 on WRLH-TV.


WRLH-TV
35
WRLH Network Affiliation: FOX
On-Air Positioning: FOX Richmond
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Carma Broadcasting (Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Website: fox35.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TV — Full Service TV Station - Analog
Facilities: 1260' 2570 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 22" N 77° 42' 3" W
FCC Facility ID: 412
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Since Sinclair Broadcast Group announced on 6/24/2008 that it was purchasing WTVR-TV/DT from Raycom Media and the FCC does not allow one company to own two of the four largest stations in a market, WRLH was sold to Carma Broadcasting (a "shell" corporation). Sinclair provides "sales and other non-programming related services" to WRLH.

Added MyNetworkTV as a secondary affiliation on 9/5/2006, to end on 10/9/2006. MyNetworkTV Richmond was to debut on WRLH-DT 35-2 only, but there was a delay in equipment. The "FOX News At Ten," which airs on FOX Richmond seven nights a week at 10PM, premiered on September 19, 1994, and is a news-share between WRLH and WWBT (12/NBC). On January 8 2001, the "FOX Richmond News at Ten" expanded its news broadcast to one full hour. FOX Richmond is currently the only news station in Richmond to provide a late-night, hour-long newscast. WRLH signed on in 1982 as a general entertainment independent station. They were owned by TVX a company started in 1979 by Tim McDonald who started 33 Norfolk in 1979. He did sell 35 WRLH to Times Mirror Broadcasting in 1984. From 1984 to 1988 WRLH went through several owners but was modestly profitable. In 1986 WRLH became the Fox station. In 1988 Act III bought Channel 35. They wanted to be the only game in town so they bought Channel 63's programming and 63 agreed to either go dark or change formats. They chose to go dark. Channel 35 became the only viable independent in town. The station was sold as a corporate deal to Abry Broadcasting in 1995. In 1997, the station was sold to Sullivan Broadcasting and now is managed by Sinclair.


W39CO
39
W39CO Network Affiliation: TBN // KTBN/40 Santa Ana CA
On-Air Positioning: Trinity Broadcasting Network
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: National Minority TV Inc
Website: None
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TX — Translator (Retransmitting) Facility
Facilities: 462' 31 kW / Directional Antenna
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 52" N 77° 30' 28" W
FCC Facility ID: 47696
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Signed on Sunday June 9, 2002 at 9PM EDT. Was going to be located on channel 40 until the FCC modified the DTV table of allotments for WTKR-DT from channel 58 to channel 40 in Hampton Roads in September 2000. This would have displaced W39CO. W39CO was first applied for in March 1993 and granted in March 1994. The application went through several channel changes, modifications and interference studies. Used have calls of W40BP until July 31 2002. National Minority TV owns and operates over two dozen TV outlets, all but one are LPTVs, throughout the country including an outlet in Hampton. All carry some sort of religious programming.


WCVE-DT
42
WCVE Network Affiliation: PBS
Multicasting: N/A
On-Air Positioning: PBS for Richmond
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
Website: ideastations.org/wcve
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: DT — Full Service TV Station - Digital
Facilities: 1073' 160 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 46" N 77° 36' 5" W
FCC Facility ID: 9987
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WCVE's digital TV station. Signed-on early-November 2003 - was the fifth Richmond station to do so after WWBT-DT, WRLH-DT, WRIC-DT and WTVR-DT.


WCVW-DT
44
WCVW Network Affiliation: PBS
Multicasting: N/A
On-Air Positioning: PBS for Richmond
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
Website: ideastations.org/wcvw
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: DT — Full Service TV Station - Digital
Facilities: 1021' 270 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 46" N 77° 36' 5" W
FCC Facility ID: 9989
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Will be WCVW's digital TV station.


WZTD-LP
45
WZTD-LP Network Affiliation: Telemundo
On-Air Positioning: Telemundo Richmond
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: ZGS Communications
Website: None
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TX — Low Power television station (LPTV)
Facilities: 75.5kW / Directional Antenna
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 45" N 77° 36' 4.9" W
FCC Facility ID: 68490
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Changed call letters from WKYV-LP to WZTD-LP on 1/16/2008. Signed-on mid-November 2007 affiliated with Telemundo and known as "Telemundo Richmond." ZGS Communications, a Hispanic-owned broadcasting company headquartered in Arlington and owned and operated the largest group of Telemundo affiliated television stations in the country including "T64" WZDC Washington DC at the time, agreed to acquire WKYV-LP/45 from Tiger Eye Broadcasting in 10/2006. The amount was unknown. The station went officially silent 8/15/2006 for technical reasons. Was doing America's Store, a wholly owned subsidiary of HSN - Home Shopping Network. Covers the entire Richmond metro. Took the WKYV calls on 2/22/2000. Was known as W61BZ since 12/09/1991 when they were located on channel 61. The license for WKYV was assigned to Tiger Eye from TV Broadcasters of Central Virginia on 7/21/2000.


WUPV-DT
47
WUPV Network Affiliation: The CW
Multicasting: None
On-Air Positioning: CW Richmond
Community Of License: Ashland VA
Owner: Southeastern Media Holdings (Raycom Media)
Website: cwrichmond.tv
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: DT — Full Service TV Station - Digital
Facilities: 817' 1000 kW / Directional Antenna
Transmitter Site: 37° 44' 31" N 77° 15' 15" W
FCC Facility ID: 10897
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Announced to staff on 1/10/2007 that sale of WUPV had been finalized from Bell Broadcasting (Lockwood Broadcasting) to Southeastern Media Holdings (a subsidairy of Raycom Media). Southeastern Media Holdings got its 4th station when it agreed to buy WUPV for $47M from Bell Broadcasting in late August 2006. Bell Broadcasting, headed by CEO Jim Lockwood Jr., bought the station for $10M in 1997. A shared services agreement was set up with Raycom’s "CBS6" WTVR. In 2007, WUPV will operate out of WTVR’s Broad Street facility. The day after the July 2006 TV ratings period was over, the owners (Lockwood Broadcasting) dumped all mentions of the UPN network on the air and their website in favor for the CW Television Network. Dropped "UPN Richmond" for "CW Richmond" on Thursday 7/27/2006. On January 24, 2006, UPN and The WB networks announced they would merge into a newly combined network called The CW; the letters representing the first initial of its corporate parents CBS and the Warner Brothers unit of Time Warner. WUPV/65 became affiliated with The CW early April 2006. The CW launched September 18, 2006.


WRID-LP
48
Daystar Network Affiliation: Daystar
On-Air Positioning: Daystar
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Word Of God Fellowship (a Daystar subsidiary)
Website: daystar.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TX - Low Power television station (LPTV)
Facilities: 150 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 45.00" N 77° 36' 5.00 " W
FCC Facility ID: 65116
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A low-powered TV station licensed to Word Of God Fellowship (a Daystar subsidiary) since 2/2003 that broadcasts the religious network Daystar. Previous calls were W48BI until 7/15/2004. The FCC granted a power increase from 30kW directional to 150kW non-directional on 8/3/2004. Previously owned by VVILPTV Inc. Broadcasting since 1992.


WWBT-DT
54
NBC12 Network Affiliation: NBC
Multicasting: 12-1 NBC (1080i) "NBC12"
12-2 NBC Weather Plus (480i)
On-Air Positioning: NBC12
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Raycom Media
Website: nbc12.com
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: DT — Full Service TV Station - Digital
Facilities: 692' 860 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 23" N 77° 30' 12" W
FCC Facility ID: 30833
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On 11/12/2007, Lincoln Financial Media announced the sale of WWBT, along with the company's two other television stations and Lincoln Financial Sports, to Raycom Media for $583 million. Raycom already owned rival station WTVR. Since the FCC did not allow one company to own two of the four largest stations in a market, Raycom sought, and was eventually granted, a temporary waiver for the purchase of WWBT to buy the company more time to find a suitable buyer for WTVR. On 6/24/2008 it was announced that WTVR would be sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The FCC approved the WWBT sale on 3/25/2008. Raycom formally took control on of WWBT on 4/1/2008.

The Lincoln Financial Media came from the merger of Jefferson-Pilot and Lincoln Financial Group with the merger finalized on 4/3/2006. WWBT also had a secondary affiliation with The WB Television Network until the mini-net went dark at the end of August 2006; airing select WB programs overnight. Signed-on mid-January 2002 with testing that started early in December 2001.


WCVW-TV
57
WCVW Network Affiliation: PBS
On-Air Positioning: PBS for Richmond
Community Of License: Richmond VA
Owner: Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
Website: ideastations.org/wcvw
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TV — Full Service TV Station - Analog
Facilities: 961' 1000 kW
Transmitter Site: 37° 30' 46" N 77° 36' 6" W
FCC Facility ID: 9989
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Owned by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting along with Richmond's channel 23, WCVW, and WCVE-FM, 88.9. Started broadcasting 1966. WCVE is relayed in Charlottesville on WHTJ, channel 41. Studios on Sesame Street in Richmond.


WUPV-TV
65
WUPV Network Affiliation: The CW
On-Air Positioning: CW Richmond
Community Of License: Ashland VA
Owner: Southeastern Media Holdings (Raycom Media)
Website: cwrichmond.tv
Internet Audio/Video Stream: None
Service Designation: TV — Full Service TV Station - Analog
Facilities: 859' 2690 kW / Directional Antenna
Transmitter Site: 37° 44' 31" N 77° 15' 15" W
FCC Facility ID: 10897
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Announced to staff on 1/10/2007 that sale of WUPV had been finalized from Bell Broadcasting (Lockwood Broadcasting) to Southeastern Media Holdings (a subsidairy of Raycom Media). Southeastern Media Holdings got its 4th station when it agreed to buy WUPV for $47M from Bell Broadcasting in late August 2006. Bell Broadcasting, headed by CEO Jim Lockwood Jr., bought the station for $10M in 1997. A shared services agreement was set up with Raycom’s "CBS6" WTVR. In 2007, WUPV will operate out of WTVR’s Broad Street facility. The day after the July 2006 TV ratings period was over, the owners (Lockwood Broadcasting) dumped all mentions of the UPN network on the air and their website in favor for the CW Television Network. Dropped "UPN Richmond" for "CW Richmond" on Thursday 7/27/2006. On January 24, 2006, UPN and The WB networks announced they would merge into a newly combined network called The CW; the letters representing the first initial of its corporate parents CBS and the Warner Brothers unit of Time Warner. WUPV/65 became affiliated with The CW early April 2006. The CW launched September 18, 2006. Adopted "UPN Richmond" name in Fall 2002. Was known as "UPN65." Channel 65 started out as WZXK and mostly religious at sign on in 1990. They added barter cartoons and other low budget stuff as time went on. In 1995 they affiliated with WB and were sold becoming WAWB. The station was sold in 1997 to Paramount and became a UPN affiliate, which they are today, called WUPV. In 1998-99, WUPV was also a secondary PAX-TV affiliate until PAX placed a 24-hour cable channel on most Richmond cable systems.

NOTE: Depending on what part of the Richmond area a person is located in, one can also receive stations from Charlottesville (northwest) and Hampton Roads (southeast).
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Cable TV

Comcast Metro Richmond
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NOAA Weather Radio [162.400MHz~162.550MHz]

162.475 WXK65 Richmond VA
Internet Audio Stream: LISTEN LIVE! LISTEN LIVE!
NOAAThis is the main frequency for the greater Richmond area. Broadcasts at 1,000 watts of power 24 hours/day. The NWS office in Wakefield is responsible for programming. Background on NOAA Weather Radio... NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information direct from a nearby National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. Working with the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) new Emergency Alert System (EAS), NWR is an "all hazards" radio network, making it the single source for the most comprehensive weather and emergency information available to the public. NWR now broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards - both natural (such as earthquakes and volcano activity) and technological (such as chemical releases or oil spills). Known as the "Voice of the National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NWR network has more than 480 transmitters, covering the 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the public service band between 162.400 and 162.550 megahertz (MHz) on seven NWR frequencies which are: 162.400 MHz, 162.425 MHz, 162.450 MHz, 162.475 MHz, 162.500 MHz, 162.525 MHz, and 162.550 MHz. Broadcast range from the weather radio transmitter is approximately 40 miles. The effective range depends on terrain, quality of the receiver, and indoor/outdoor antennas. Before you buy a receiver, make sure your area is covered by one of the transmitters. For the latest list of frequencies and transmitter locations, check the NOAA Weather Radio web site -- nws.noaa.gov/nwr. Believe it or not, several automobile manufacturers (BMW, Mercedes, Range Rover and Saab) equip their cars with radios capable of receiving NWR broadcasts. Several manufacturers of car radios (Audiovox, Clarion, and Panasonic) sell in-dash units capable of receiving NWR broadcasts. Manufacturers of citizen band radios with NWR channels include Cobra, Maxon, Midland, Radio Shack and Uniden.
162.450 KZZ28 Covesville VA
This frequency serves the most western parts of Richmond. Broadcasts at 1,000 watts of power 24 hours/day. The NWS office in Wakefield is responsible for programming.
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