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WGH 1310ThePOWER logo.png
CityNewport News, Virginia
Broadcast areaHampton Roads
Branding1310 The Power
Frequency1310 AM kHz
Repeater(s)(also on HD Radio via WGH-FM-HD3)
First air dateDecember 1926
FormatUrban talk/Urban oldies
Power20,000 watts daytime
5,000 watts nighttime
Facility ID72103
Transmitter coordinates37°2′43.0″N 76°26′54.0″W / 37.045278°N 76.448333°W / 37.045278; -76.448333Coordinates: 37°2′43.0″N 76°26′54.0″W / 37.045278°N 76.448333°W / 37.045278; -76.448333
Callsign meaningWorld's Greatest Harbor[1]
Former callsignsWPAB (1926–1927)
WRCV (1927–1928)
WIVA (1928)
WNEW (1928)
WGH (1928–1984)
WNSY (1984)
WGH (1984–2004)
WCMS (2004–2005)[2][3]
Former frequencies940 kHz (1926–1927)
1430 kHz (1927–1928)
OwnerMax Media
(MHR License, LLC)
Sister stationsWGH-FM, WVBW, WVHT, WVSP
WebcastWGH Webstream
WebsiteWGH Online

WGH (1310 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Newport News, Virginia, and serving Hampton Roads.[4] WGH is owned and operated by Max Media.[5] and airs an urban talk/urban oldies radio format.

WGH operates with 20,000 watts by day and 5,000 watts at night. But to protect other stations on 1310 AM, it uses a directional antenna, sending much of the signal to the east. Studios and offices are on Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[6] The transmitter is off Mary Ann Drive in Hampton, just over the line from Newport News.[7]


Station WPAB was first licensed on 940 kHz on December 6, 1926. The station took the callsign WGH and moved to 1310 kHz in 1928.[3] Because it dates back to the early days of radio, WGH is the only station in Virginia to retain its three-letter call sign, although there were periods in its history when it used the call letters WNSY and WCMS. The call letters for WGH and its sister station 97.3 WGH-FM 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 much of the 1960s and 70s, WGH was a popular top 40 station.

On October 5, 2009, WGH swapped formats with WXEZ (94.1 FM) and became an urban gospel station as "Star 1310".[8] On July 28, 2017, WGH switched to a format of 1950s-60s oldies.[9]

On February 28, 2019, WGH changed its format from oldies to urban talk and urban oldies, branded as "1310 The Power".[10]


  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins: Key and Listing". Bob Nelson. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  3. ^ a b FCC History Cards for WGH
  4. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "WGH Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  6. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/5589+Greenwich+Rd,+Virginia+Beach,+VA+23462/@36.8441949,-76.182162,17.58z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89ba9609946c7bb1:0x40382729fb5bfc12!8m2!3d36.8426693!4d-76.1801071 Google Maps
  7. ^ http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/patg?id=WGH-AM&h=D
  8. ^ "Press Release: ESPN Radio 94.1-FM (Formerly 1310-AM) Launches October 5" (PDF). MAX Media Hampton Roads. September 18, 2009. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  9. ^ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/119039/wgh-flips-oldies/
  10. ^ Max Media to Launch 1310 The Power Norfolk Radioinsight - February 27, 2019

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