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City Richmond, Virginia
Broadcast area Richmond, Virginia
Petersburg, Virginia
Branding "106.5 The Beat"
Slogan "Number 1 for Hip Hop and R&B"
Frequency 106.5 FM MHz
First air date May, 1957[1]
Format 106.5 HD-1: Mainstream Urban[2]
106.5 HD-2: Smooth Jazz
106.5 HD-3: WPER
Power 14,500 Watts
HAAT 280 meters (920 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 74168
Transmitter coordinates 37°30′45.0″N 77°36′5.70″W / 37.512500°N 77.6015833°W / 37.512500; -77.6015833
Callsign meaning W BeaT Jamz
Former callsigns WRFK-FM (1957-1988)
WVMX (1988-1989)
WVGO (1989-1996)
WBZU (1996-1998)
WRCL (1998-2001)
WBTJ (2001-Present)[3]
Owner iHeartCommunications, Inc.
(Capstar TX LLC)
Sister stations W241AP, W253BI, WRNL, WRVA, WRVQ, WRXL, WTVR-FM
Webcast WBTJ Webstream
Website WBTJ Online

WBTJ is a Mainstream Urban formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, serving the Richmond/Petersburg area.[2] WBTJ is owned and operated by iHeartCommunications, Inc.[4]


In 1995, modern rock WVGO added Howard Stern.[5] In 2001, the station flipped to Urban as "106.5 the Beat".

HD Radio[edit]

WBTJ also broadcasts two HD subchannels:[6]

  • WBTJ-HD2 broadcasts continuous smooth jazz music, with no commercials or DJs.
  • WBTJ-HD3 retransmits WPER, Culpeper, VA, branded as "Positive Hits PER" and featuring Contemporary Christian music.


WBTJ-HD2 was relayed by an FM translator, W241AP, to widen its broadcast area.[7] The translator was repurposed as a relay of WRVQ-FM/HD2 as "96.1 the Planet" in 2013.


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  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 (PDF). ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing (Nederland), B.V. 2010. p. D-569. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "WBTJ Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (41): 79. Oct 14, 1995. 
  6. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=56 HD Radio Guide for Richmond, Virginia
  7. ^ "W241AP Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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