VOWR

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VOWR
VOWR logo.jpg
City St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Branding VOWR (Voice of Wesley Radio)
Frequency 800 kHz (AM)
First air date July 24, 1924
Format Full-service
Power 10,000 watts (day)
2,500 watts (night)
Class B
Callsign meaning Voice Of Wesley Radio
Owner Wesley United Church Radio Board
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.vowr.org

VOWR is a radio station in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The station is operated by the Wesley United Church and operates a mix of Christian radio programming and secular music programming, including classical, folk, country, Oldies, military/marching band, standards, beautiful music, and music from the 1940s through the 1970s. VOWR also have several information based programs that are of interest to its core demographic including Consumer Reports, a gardening show, the 50 Plus Radio Show and many others of a wide range of subjects. The station operates as a commercial station, selling advertising.

The station is staffed by volunteers, of which many are former broadcasters in the public and private local broadcasting industry.

It broadcasts at 800 kHz on the AM band. The dominant station on 800 AM is XEROK in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The station first signed on July 24, 1924 under the call sign 8WMC, which stood for the Wesley Methodist Church. Reverend Joseph G. Joyce (1889–1959) started the station to provide church services to shut-ins, but soon expanded it to provide public service announcements and entertainment.

VOWR is one of just four broadcast radio stations in Canada whose call letters do not begin with C. The others, VOAR, VOCM, and VOCM-FM, are also based in the St. John's area. With exception of VOCM-FM, which launched in 1982, all of these stations first aired before Newfoundland joined Canadian Confederation in 1949. The ITU prefix VO was originally assigned to Newfoundland and remains in use by radio amateurs.

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