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City Arlington, Virginia
Broadcast area Washington, D.C.
Baltimore, Maryland
Branding "AM780 WAVA"
Slogan "Life Changes Here"
Frequency 780 AM kHz
First air date November 7, 1946[1]
Format Religious Talk[2]
Power 12,000 watts day (main)
9,800 watts critical hours (main)
5,000 watts day (auxiliary)
4,000 watts critical hours (auxiliary)
Class D
Facility ID 54465
Transmitter coordinates 38°58′35″N 77°6′52″W / 38.97639°N 77.11444°W / 38.97639; -77.11444 (main)
39°0′1″N 77°3′28″W / 39.00028°N 77.05778°W / 39.00028; -77.05778 (auxiliary)
Callsign meaning Washington Arlington VirginiA
Former callsigns WARL (1947-1961)
WAVA (1961-1977)
WABS (1977-2005)[3]
WAVA (2005-present)[4]
Owner Salem Media Group
(Salem Communications Holding Corporation)
Sister stations WAVA-FM, WRCW, WSPZ
Webcast WAVA Webstream
Website WAVA Online

WAVA is a Religious Talk formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Arlington, Virginia, serving the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland metro areas.[2] WAVA is owned and operated by Salem Media Group.[5] In its early history, the station sported pop, country and news/talk formats. As WARL, it was the first station to brand itself as playing "country western music." [6]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 (PDF). ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing (Nederland), B.V. 2010. p. D-559. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "History Cards for WAVA". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "WAVA Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ WETA. "When Washington was Nashville North". weta.org. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 

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