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WHRV 89.5 (logo).gif
City of license Norfolk, Virginia
Broadcast area Hampton Roads
Branding see profile
Frequency 89.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date Late 1960s
Format see profile
ERP 34,000 watts
HAAT 181.7 meters
Class B
Facility ID 25933
Transmitter coordinates 36°48′31.0″N 76°30′13.0″W / 36.808611°N 76.503611°W / 36.808611; -76.503611
Callsign meaning from WHRO-TV "Home Room One"
Former callsigns WTGM (1960s-1974)
WHRO-FM (1974-1990)
Affiliations American Public Radio
National Public Radio
Public Radio International
Owner Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.
Webcast WHRV Webstream
Website WHRV Online

WHRV is the flagship National Public Radio station serving Hampton Roads. Licensed to Norfolk, Virginia; WHRV is owned and operated by the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, a consortium of 18 public school systems in Eastern Virginia that also owns the area's PBS member station, WHRO-TV.[1]


The station began in the late 1960s as WTGM. Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association bought the then-financially troubled station in 1974 and changed the calls to WHRO-FM in 1978. In 1990, the WHRO-FM callsign was moved to 90.3 FM, a newly created all-classical music station. NPR news, jazz and alternative music stayed on 89.5 FM under the newly created WHRV callsign.

WHRV's coverage area is not as large as other Hampton Roads stations due to its relatively modest 34,000 watt signal. Starting in 2009, however, multiple new full-power FM affiliate stations were signed-on to form a network of NPR affiliates serving Eastern Virginia.

HD Radio[edit]

Channel Format Branding
HD-1 Public Radio "89.5 WHRV"
HD-2 Talk "SpeakEasy"
HD-3 Adult Album Alternative "AltRadio"


WHRV operates a number of full-powered repeater stations to serve areas not covered by the main signal.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
WHRE 91.9 Eastville, Virginia 4,400 A FCC
WHRG 88.5 Gloucester Point, Virginia 9,600 B1 FCC
WHRL 88.1 Emporia, Virginia 4,200 A FCC
WHRX 90.1 Nassawadox, Virginia 46,000 B FCC
W269BQ 101.7 Virginia Beach, Virginia 250 D FCC


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