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CityWashington, D.C.
Broadcast areaWashington, D.C.
Branding97.1 WASH-FM
SloganWashington's Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today
Washington's Home For The Holidays (Mid-November–Christmas)
Frequency97.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateDecember 17, 1946
FormatMainstream AC
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
Oldies (HD2)
Soft AC (HD3)
ERP17,500 watts
HAAT242 meters
Facility ID70933
Callsign meaningWASHington, D.C.
Former callsignsWSDC (1946, CP)
KG2XIG (1958, part-time)[1]
Former frequencies98.9 MHz (1946–1947)
(AMFM Radio Licenses, L.L.C.)
Sister stationsWBIG, WIHT, WMZQ, WWDC
WebcastListen Live
HD2: Listen Live
HD3: Listen Live

WASH (97.1 FM) is a radio station owned and operated by iHeartMedia and located in Washington, D.C.. Known on-air as "Wash-FM", the station has a Mainstream AC format. The station also streams its broadcast on iHeartRadio. The station's studios are located in Rockville, Maryland and the transmitter site is in DC's Tenleytown district.

WASH has been a soft adult contemporary station in one form or another since the 1970s. For a few years in the early 1980s, the station attempted to do a Top 40 / CHR format (publicized by the station's "WASH with the Stars" TV ad campaign) which had no success and the station later returned to their original Soft AC format. Until late 2013, the station played disco music and related songs (mostly 1970s Top 40) in a program known as "Jammin' Saturday Night" from 7 pm to midnight. After the 2013 holiday season, the program was revamped to play songs from the 1980s under the name "All 80's Saturday Night". Since July 2017, that program has been replaced by "Lovin' Life, Living the 80's", a similar format hosted by Tom Kent.

The station plays exclusively Christmas music from mid-November through Christmas Day (plus on July 25 for "Christmas in July") and calls itself "Washington's Home For The Holidays" during the season.

WASH broadcasts in the HD digital hybrid format.[2]


Station WSDC was granted a construction permit for 101.3 MHz in September 1946; it changed callsigns to WASH two months later. While it built transmitting facilities, WASH received special temporary authority to broadcast on 98.9 with reduced power beginning December 17, 1946, using the transmitter of experimental station W3XI in northwest Washington. The station was reassigned to the familiar 97.1 in mid-1947 without ever broadcasting on 101.3.[1]

From September 16, 1947 through May 3, 1950, WASH relayed the BBC Overseas Service and thrice-daily time signals from WWV via shortwave while it constructed a studio. After commencing normal programming, it was also granted unusual permission to operate non-commercial (identified by the experimental callsign KG2XIG instead of its normal callsign) from September 18, 1958 through December 31, 1958.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "FCC History Card for WASH".
  2. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=8 Archived 2015-10-02 at the Wayback Machine HD Radio Guide for Washington D.C.