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City of license Charlottesville, Virginia
Broadcast area Charlottesville, Virginia
Albemarle County, Virginia
Branding "NewsTalk 1260 AM & 107.5 FM"
Slogan "Charlottesville's News, Talk, and Information Station"
Frequency 1260 kHz
First air date 1930
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 Watts daytime
2,500 Watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 19838
Transmitter coordinates 38°6′52.0″N 78°27′18.0″W / 38.114444°N 78.455000°W / 38.114444; -78.455000
Callsign meaning W CHarlottesVille
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Premiere Radio Networks
Wall Street Journal Radio Network
Owner Monticello Media
Sister stations WCHV-FM, WCYK, WHTE, WKAV, WZGN
Webcast WCHV Webstream
Website WCHV Online

WCHV is a News/Talk formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Charlottesville, Virginia, serving Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. WCHV is owned and operated by Monticello Media.[1]


When it first went on air, WCHV was one of very few AM stereo stations in the nation. The station spent many years as an oldies station, until it was recast as a talk station in 1994. For several years it was largely automated, rebrodcasting feeds of national talk shows, largely non-political ones. In 1997 it became an urban contemporary station, anchored by The Tom Joyner Morning Show. The current lineup is anchored locally by Joe Thomas in-the-morning with News Director Melissa Neeley. Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Lars Larson and Dennis Miller round out the traditional talk show host lineup with Coast To Coast AM with George Noory and Art Bell carry the overnights.

In 2009 WCHV received the runner-up award for Most Outstanding Newscast by Virginia Association of Broadcasters.


On July 10, 2007, VARTV.com reported that Kalil and Company Inc announced that it brokered a deal for Clear Channel to sell its entire Charlottesville cluster to George Reed's Sistema 102 LLC for $7.75 Million. Sistema 102 LLC changed its name to Monticello Media on September 1, 2007.

On September 8, 2008, WCHV began broadcasting its signal over FM translator W231AD (94.1 FM) located in Downtown Charlottesville. Previously, sister station WZGN had used that translator.

On January 14, 2011, WWTJ switched from an Adult Hits format to simulcasting sister station WCHV full-time.[2] Translator W231AD began simulcasting sister WZGN once again at the same time.


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