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City of license Arlington, Virginia
Broadcast area Washington, D.C. metro Area
Branding "WAVA Radio"
Slogan "Life Changing Talk Radio"
Frequency 780 kHz (AM)
105.1 MHz (FM)
First air date 1946 (AM)
1948 (FM)
Format Religious
Power 12,000 watts daytime
9,800 watts critical hours (main AM antenna)
5,000 watts daytime
4,000 watts critical hours
(auxiliary AM antenna)
ERP 33,000 watts (FM)
HAAT 184 meters (FM)
Class D (AM)
B (FM)
Transmitter coordinates 38°58′36″N 77°6′51″W / 38.97667°N 77.11417°W / 38.97667; -77.11417 (main AM antenna)
39°0′1″N 77°3′27″W / 39.00028°N 77.05750°W / 39.00028; -77.05750 (auxiliary AM antenna)
38°53′30″N 77°7′55″W / 38.89167°N 77.13194°W / 38.89167; -77.13194 (FM)
Callsign meaning Arlington, VirginiA
Owner Salem Media Group
(Salem Media of Virginia, Inc.)
Sister stations WWRC, WRCW

WAVA-FM Webstream

WAVA AM Webstream

WAVA-FM Online

WAVA AM Online

WAVA and WAVA-FM are Religious formatted broadcast radio stations. Both stations are licensed to Arlington, Virginia and serve the Washington, D.C.Metro Area. Both WAVA and WAVA-FM, as well as sister station WWRC, are owned and operated by the Salem Media Group. WAVA-FM broadcasts on 105.1 FM while WAVA is found on 780 AM.[1][2] The studios are located in Arlington's Rosslyn district while the transmitter for WAVA is in Bethesda, Maryland and the one for WAVA-FM is in Arlington.


The station was originally licensed as WARL and by the early 1960s was operating with a country music format. In the 1960s the call signs were changed to WAVA and WAVA-FM and the operation became one of the first all-news radio stations in the US, operating with that format from the early 1960s to about 1977. The AM and FM licenses were sold separately in the 1970s. The AM became WABS with a brokered Christian format. The FM was sold to Doubleday Broadcasting and renamed it WAVA, the station became an album-oriented rock station playing a mix of rock hits and album cuts. By 1983 [3] WAVA had evolved into a top 40/CHR station. In 1986, WAVA and the rest of the Doubleday stations were sold to Emmis Broadcasting. The CHR format continued on the station. In 1991, WAVA was sold to Salem Media and on February 11, 1992, the sale became final. At that point, the CHR format was ended in favor of a Contemporary Christian music format, initially. By the end of 1992, the station evolved to include Christian teaching programs. The station eventually evolved by 1994 to its current Christian Talk/Teaching/Music format. Currently, WAVA has Christian talk weekdays in morning; conservative talk during the afternoon drive; Christian teaching programs middays, evenings, and overnights; and Contemporary Christian Music all day Saturday and on Sunday Afternoons and evenings.[4]

Salem acquired WABS 780 in the 1990s, changed its call sign back to WAVA and returned it to its former role as a simulcast of WAVA-FM[citation needed].


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