WJFK-FM

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WJFK-FM
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City of license Manassas, Virginia
Broadcast area Washington D.C.
Branding "106.7 The Fan"
Frequency 106.7 (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
Repeaters WIAD-HD3 94.7 HD-3 Bethesda
First air date April 4, 1961 (as WPRW-FM)
Format Analog/HD-1: Sports radio
HD-2: KRLD-FM simulcast
HD-3: WFAN simulcast
HD-4: WIP simulcast
ERP 22,500 watts
HAAT 223 meters
Class B
Facility ID 28625
Transmitter coordinates 38°52′28″N 77°13′24″W / 38.87444°N 77.22333°W / 38.87444; -77.22333
Callsign meaning W John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Former callsigns WPRW-FM (1961-1968)
WEZR (1968-1985)
WBMW (1985-1988)
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
Washington Capitals
Washington Nationals
Washington Wizards
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WIAD, WLZL, WJFK, WNEW-FM, WPGC-FM
Webcast WJFK-FM Webstream
Website WJFK-FM Online

WJFK-FM, known on-air as "106.7 The Fan", is a sports radio-formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Manassas, Virginia, serving the metro Washington DC area. WJFK-FM is owned and operated by CBS Radio.[1] The station's studios are located in Lanham, Maryland and the transmitter site is in Falls Church, Virginia.

History[edit]

The station originated as WPRW-FM in 1961, co-owned with WPRW in Manassas. In the 1970s, as WEZR, it was easy listening; in the early 1980s it switched to soft adult contemporary, then went top 40 as WBMW "B106" in 1985. In 1987, it switched formats to new-age, then in 1989, became WJFK with a rock format, with Howard Stern in mornings.

Over time, WJFK gradually dropped music and became a general-talk outlet, mostly with lifestyle programs geared to men. Hosts at various times included Stern, Don and Mike, Opie & Anthony, G. Gordon Liddy, The Greaseman, Ron & Fez and the Sports Junkies. Its last branding as a talk station was "Washington's Talk Superstation" and before that, it was called "Free FM."

On July 20, 2009, the station changed to an all sports talk format, competing with WTEM. Station owners point to WJFK's local sports talk programming as differentiating itself from WTEM's primarily network supplied programming from ESPN Radio.[2] The station now serves as the flagship for Washington Wizards basketball and Washington Nationals baseball, and an affiliate for Virginia Tech Hokies football and basketball.[3] The station had already broadcast playoff games of the Washington Capitals in the spring of 2009; flagship station WFED had to end its coverage when the Washington Nationals' (MLB) season opened.[citation needed]

While morning drive time sports talk program "The Junkies" survived the switch (and regained their former name "The Sports Junkies"), The Big O and Dukes Show, along with the Mike O'Meara Show, broadcast their last shows on July 17, 2009. The station's current weekday lineup includes The Sports Junkies, "Grant" and "Danny" with Grant Paulson and Danny Rouhier, The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes, "Washington Football Tonight" with Dukes and Grant Paulsen, and Don Geronimo (of Don & Mike fame).[4]

On March 8, 2009, WJFK signed on the first HD4 subchannel in the United States, carrying Philadelphia sister station WIP-FM. Each of WJFK's sub channels are CBS sports properties located in cities with division rivals to the Washington Redskins: WIP in Philadelphia, KRLD-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth and WFAN in New York City.

On February 28, 2011, WJFK-FM became the new flagship station of the Washington Nationals.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WJFK Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Williams, Jim (July 20, 2009). "Sports talk competition begins today with launch of 106.7 The Fan". The Examiner. 
  3. ^ "WJFK adopts sports talk". Washington Times. July 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Station Lineup". Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Washington Nationals Radio Affiliates

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