West Virginia Radio Corporation

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West Virginia Radio Corporation
Type Privately Owned
Industry Radio
Genre Media Corporation
Founded Morgantown, West Virginia (date unknown)
Founders Herbert and Agnes Greer
Headquarters Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.
Area served Morgantown, West Virginia
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia
Elkins, West Virginia
Buckhannon, West Virginia
Cumberland, Maryland
Keyser, West Virginia
Beckley, West Virginia
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Hagerstown, Maryland
Total assets 10 AM Stations
22 FM Stations
Owners Greer Industries, Inc.

West Virginia Radio Corporation or WVRC is a media corporation comprising exclusively radio stations and two radio networks based in the state of West Virginia.

The company is controlled by Greer Industries and its owners, the Raese family.

Radio markets[edit]

West Virginia Radio Corporation owns stations in five separate areas in the state of West Virginia:

At present, the two largest markets in the state what West Virginia Radio does not presently operate are Huntington and Wheeling. West Virginia Radio was also suggested as a likely purchaser of Clear Channel Communications' Wheeling and Huntington clusters which have been for sale for some time, as Clear Channel has a corporate policy of withdrawal from smaller markets.

Ratings[edit]

Charleston's WCHS as well as Morgantown's WAJR and WVAQ are consistently the highest or near-highest rated stations in their respective markets.

West Virginia MetroNews[edit]

West Virginia Radio Corporation operates the "West Virginia MetroNews" Network, which is owned by parent company Greer Industries.

"West Virginia MetroNews" features on-the-hour news, political and sports talk programs. WVRC held the rights to West Virginia University Mountaineer sports, via the company's DBA name of "Mountaineer Sports Network" or "MSN", through the 2012-13 season. In July 2013 IMG College was awarded WVU's Tier 3 multimedia rights for 12 years, though WVRC is a plaintiff in an ongoing legal challenge to the contract.[1]

All news and programs from "West Virginia MetroNews" are offered to all WVRC stations and to other stations throughout the state whether they are owned by WVRC or not.

Stations owned By WVRC[edit]

Charleston[edit]

Call Sign Frequency HD Format Website Notes
WCHS 580 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png News/Talk [1] Went on the air September 15, 1927
WKAZ 680 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Oldies
WSWW 1490 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Sports carries ESPN Radio
WSWW-FM 95.7 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Full service [2] launched in August 2008
WKWS 96.1 FM Crystal Clear app clean.svg Country [3]
WRVZ 98.7 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Rhythmic Contemporary [4]
WVAF 99.9 FM Crystal Clear app clean.svg Adult Contemporary [5]
WKAZ-FM 107.3 FM Crystal Clear app clean.svg Variety Hits [6]

Morgantown-Clarksburg-Fairmont[edit]

Call Sign Frequency HD Format Website Notes
WAJR 1440 AM Crystal Clear app clean.svg News/Talk [7] WAJR-AM is simulcast on WVAQ-HD2 (101.9-2FM)
WFGM-FM 93.1 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Oldies/Classic rock [8]
WKKW 97.9 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Country [9] constant leader in ratings
WVAQ 101.9 FM Crystal Clear app clean.svg Contemporary Hit Radio [10]
WAJR-FM 103.3 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png News/Talk [11] partially simulcasts WAJR (AM)
WWLW 106.5 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Adult Contemporary [12]

Elkins-Buckhannon-Weston[edit]

Call Sign Frequency HD Format Website Notes
WDNE 1240 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Adult Standards [13]
WBUC 1460 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png News/Talk simulcasts WAJR
WBTQ 93.5 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png News/Talk simulcasts WAJR
WELK 94.7 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Hot Adult Contemporary [14]
WDNE-FM 98.9 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Country [15]
WBRB 101.3 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Country [16]
WFBY 102.3 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Classic rock [17]

Keyser-Cumberland[edit]

Call Sign Frequency HD Format Website Notes
WCMD 1230 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Sports [18] carries ESPN Radio
WKLP 1390 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Sports [19] carries ESPN Radio
WQZK-FM 94.1 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Contemporary Hit Radio [20]
WDZN 99.5 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Active Rock swapped with WVMD on August 10, 2012
WVMD 100.1 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Country [21] swapped with WDZN on August 10, 2012
WDYK 100.5 FM Crystal Clear app clean.svg Adult Contemporary [22] first WVRC station in Cumberland, first in HD

Beckley-Oak Hill[edit]

Call Sign Frequency HD Format Website Notes
WJLS 560 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Southern Gospel acquired in 2013
WJLS-FM 99.5 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Country [23] acquired in 2013

Martinsburg/Hagerstown[edit]

Call Sign Frequency HD Format Website Notes
WEPM 1340 AM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png News/Talk/Sports [24] acquired in 2014
WICL 95.9 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Country [25] acquired in 2014
WLTF 97.5 FM Crystal Clear action editdelete.png Adult Contemporary [26] acquired in 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times West Virginian. July 12, 2013. Bob Hertzel. "WVU, IMG reach Tier 3 rights deal". Fairmont, WV. http://timeswv.com/wvu_sports/x881896590/WVU-IMG-reach-Tier-3-rights-deal

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