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City of license Roanoke, Virginia
Broadcast area Southwest Virginia
Branding "WVTF Public Radio"
Slogan "Classical. Jazz. NPR."
Frequency 89.1 MHz
First air date 1973
Format Classical music/jazz/news talk
Power 100,000 Watts
HAAT 600 Meters
Class C
Facility ID 70338
Transmitter coordinates 37°11′56.0″N 80°09′2.0″W / 37.198889°N 80.150556°W / 37.198889; -80.150556
Callsign meaning W Virginia Tech Foundation
Former callsigns WVWR (1973-1980)
Affiliations BBC World Service
National Public Radio
Public Radio International
Owner Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(Virginia Tech Foundation)
Sister stations Radio IQ
Webcast WVTF Webstream
Website WVTF Online

WVTF is a National Public Radio affiliate serving most of southwestern Virginia. Owned and operated by Virginia Tech through its fundraising arm, the Virginia Tech Foundation, the station is licensed to Roanoke and operates a large satellite and translator network.[1]

WVTF is a sister network to Radio IQ.


WVTF began broadcasting in August 1973 as WVWR (Virginia Western Radio) and was licensed to Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke. It was used primarily to air college telecourses and give broadcasting students a chance to hone their skills. In 1975, WVWR's transmitter was moved from Fishburn Hall on the VWCC campus to Poor Mountain, where most of Roanoke's major radio and television stations have their transmitters. The power also was increased from 4,100 watts to 100,000 watts. The power boost tripled its coverage area, giving it at least secondary coverage of much of central and southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia and northern North Carolina.

In 1979, WVWR began the Radio Reading Service on its subcarrier frequency.

WVWR had carried a few NPR programs from its inception. However, when NPR insisted it hire more professional staff as a condition of full membership, Virginia Western realized it would be in over its head operating a full-service public radio station. It found a buyer in the Virginia Tech Foundation, which formally took control in 1980 and changed the call letters to WVTF. Over the next decade, WVTF built translator after translator to better serve its mostly mountainous coverage area, one of the largest in the NPR system.

WVTF has recently expanded its role in the community beyond radio broadcasting in sponsoring juried art shows at its studios in Roanoke.[2]

Full power repeaters[edit]

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
WISE-FM 90.5 Wise, Virginia 220 A FCC
WVTU 89.3 Charlottesville, Virginia 195 B1 FCC
WVTR 91.9 Marion, Virginia 4,500 C2 FCC

Low power translators[edit]

In addition to the main station, WVTF is relayed by an additional 12 translators to widen its broadcast area.

Broadcast translators of WVTF
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
FCC info
W270BJ 101.9 Lexington, Virginia 25 FCC
W230BD 93.9 Lovingston, Virginia 10 FCC
W209AG 89.7 Roanoke, Virginia 33 FCC
Broadcast translators of WISE-FM
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
FCC info
W211BF 90.1 Big Stone Gap, Virginia 8 FCC
W212BP 90.3 Clintwood, Virginia 1 FCC
W211BE 90.1 Lebanon, Virginia 8.5 FCC
W219CJ 91.7 Norton, Virginia 50 FCC
W217BF 91.3 Pound, Virginia 1 FCC
W215BJ 90.9 Saint Paul, Virginia 1 FCC
Broadcast translators of WVTU
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
FCC info
W201CN 88.1 FM Afton, Virginia 10 FCC
W218BZ 101.1 FM Crozet, Virginia 195 FCC
W238BN 95.5 Orange, Virginia 19 FCC


  1. ^ "WVTF Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Kittredge, Kevin (2007-07-22). "New show, new winner". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 

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