|Broadcast area||Charlottesville, Virginia
Albemarle County, Virginia
|Branding||"94.1 The Oasis"|
|Slogan||"Today's Christian Hits"|
|First air date||October 31, 1957|
|Power||1,000 watts day and night|
|Former callsigns||WBFY (1954-1956)
|Former frequencies||1010 kHz (1954-1974)|
(Monticello Media, LLC)
|Sister stations||WCHV, WCHV-FM, WCYK, WHTE, WZGN|
WKAV is a Contemporary Christian formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Charlottesville, Virginia, serving Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. WKAV is owned and operated by Monticello Media.
In 1954, a construction permit was issued to Lawrence Lee Kennedy for WBFY, a 1000-watt daytimer on 1010 kHz. After several extensions and a callsign change to WELK, Charlottesville's fourth radio station signed on October 31, 1957. WELK was Charlottesville's first strictly top 40 station; its competitors, WINA and WCHV, both ran older-skewing middle-of-the-road formats.
In 1966, WINA moved from 1400 kHz to 1070 kHz, opening up a valuable channel that allowed for 24-hour operation. WELK and WUVA, which was then a carrier current AM station broadcasting only in University of Virginia residence halls, both filed for the 1400 kHz allocation the following year. The competing applications required arbitration by the FCC, who first recommended denial of both as neither proposed transmitter site provided a listenable signal to both the university and downtown Charlottesvile at night. Asserting that a third nighttime station was needed, WELK found an adequate site and paid WUVA and another applicant $10,000 in exchange for withdrawing their applications.
Failing to regain ratings traction during this time due to competition from FM, the station was sold to Charles Wilson's Cavalier Country Broadcasting in 1984, who changed the callsign to the current WKAV and instituted a country music format. Top-40 radio would not return to the market until the launch of WHTE-FM (101.9 MHz) in 2001.
Charlottesville Broadcasting Corporation, longtime owners of WINA (1070 kHz) and WQMZ (95.1 MHz), purchased WKAV in 1993 and flipped it to adult standards. Charlottesville Broadcasting merged with Eure Communications, which owned WWWV (97.5 kHz) and WCHV (1260 kHz), in 1998. Ownership concentration concerns from the Department of Justice forced the new company to divest the two least-valuable properties, WCHV and WKAV. The stations went to Clear Channel in 2000.
George Reed's Sistema 102, LLC, later renamed to Monticello Media, bought all of Clear Channel's stations in June 2007. Monticello tweaked the branding to "1400 The Ticket" after taking control. The station picked up most local sports broadcasting rights during this time, including the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, and Virginia Tech Hokies.
Monticello suddenly flipped WKAV to "94.1 Hank FM" with classic country music on September 14, 2015, pairing the station with a downtown Charlottesville FM translator that had been associated with WZGN (102.3 MHz). This flip came three days before WUVA was to flip to classic country from Nash Icon. Fox Sports Radio was dropped, while WCHV and WCHV-FM (107.5 MHz) picked up live sports coverage on nights and weekends.
WKAV is relayed by one translator to provide an FM home for its music programming.
|City of license||Facility
|W231AD||94.1 FM||Charlottesville, Virginia||11670||250 watts||91.9 m (302 ft)||D||FCC|
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