|City||Newport News, Virginia|
|Broadcast area||Hampton Roads|
|Branding||"97-3 The Eagle"|
|Slogan||"Hampton Roads Country Station"|
|Frequency||97.3 FM MHz|
|First air date||November, 1948|
|HAAT||120 meters (390 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||World's Greatest Harbor|
|Former callsigns||WGH-FM (1948-1984)
(MHR License, LLC)
|Sister stations||WGH, WVBW, WVHT, WVSP|
WGH-FM (97.3 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Newport News, Virginia, serving Hampton Roads. WGH-FM is owned and operated by Max Media and airs a country music radio format. It uses the slogan "97.3 The Eagle."
WGH-FM first signed on the air in November 1948, one of the first FM stations in Virginia. It broadcasts at 74,000 watts in an area of the country where today the maximum power for FM radio stations should be 50,000 watts. But because the station dates back to 1948, before the Federal Communications Commission set rules for FM power levels, it is grandfathered at the higher power. The call letters for WGH-FM and its sister station WGH 1310 AM stand for World's Greatest Harbor, a slogan for the Hampton Roads or Tidewater area of Virginia, where there is a large shipbuilding industry and both commercial and military ports. For many years in its early days, WGH-FM was a classical music station.
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- "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
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- "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
- "WGH Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 pg. C-220
- History of Newport News, Virginia
- 97-3 The Eagle Online
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WGH
- Radio-Locator information on WGH
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WGH
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