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City of license Washington, DC
Broadcast area Washington, DC
Branding New World Radio
Slogan The Multicultural Voice of the Nation's Capital
Frequency 1120 kHz AM
First air date 1947
Format Ethnic
Power 20,000 watts daytime
3,000 watts critical hours
Class D
Facility ID 48686
Callsign meaning U Street, past station studio location
Former callsigns WBCC
Owner New World Radio, Inc
Website http://www.wust1120.com/

WUST is a radio station broadcasting on 1120 kHz in the medium-wave AM band licensed to Washington, DC. Its tower is located in nearby Fairfax, Virginia. It broadcasts brokered foreign language programming, including an English language news program from China Radio International Mondays through Fridays at 9:00 a.m. and French language programming from Radio France International from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. WUST reduces power during nighttime hours to protect the signal of KMOX in St. Louis, Missouri, which is the dominant station on 1120 AM.

WUST used to be a rhythm and blues station in Washington, D.C.; its callsign came from its studio location at 1120 U Street, NW (later at nearby 815 V Street NW, site of today's 9:30 nightclub). The station signed on as WBCC in 1947, licensed to the Washington, DC suburb of Bethesda, Maryland with 250 watts power, daytime only.[1]

During the 1950s, DJs Lord Fauntleroy Bandy and "Terrible" Thomas popularized R&B with high school students, weaning them from Top 40. Part of the appeal of WUST was its location in the red light district of the time.[citation needed]

During late August, 1963, the ballroom of the WUST studio served as the operations headquarters for the 28 August March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. [2]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1948, page 140
  2. ^ Euchner, Charles, "Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington", 2010.

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Coordinates: 38°54′15″N 77°09′54″W / 38.90417°N 77.16500°W / 38.90417; -77.16500