|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|
|Power||20,000 watts daytime
3,000 watts critical hours
|Callsign meaning||U Street, past station studio location|
|Owner||New World Radio, Inc|
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 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.
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.
- Official Website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WUST
- Radio-Locator Information on WUST
- Query Arbitron's AM station database for WUST
- 1959 Broadcasting Yearbook, pages B-127 (ad), B-165 (listing) Example of station listing and industry ad for station
- Historical 1969 photo of building exterior from John In Montana
- Historical 1986 photos of building exterior from Kinorama on Flickr
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