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City Petersburg, Virginia
Broadcast area Petersburg, Virginia
Colonial Heights, Virginia
Chesterfield, Virginia
Branding "99.3 and 105.7 Kiss FM"
Slogan "Today's R&B and Classic Soul"
Frequency 99.3 FM MHz
First air date October 1, 1966[1]
Format Urban Adult Contemporary[2]
Power 6,000 Watts
HAAT 100 meters (330 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 60477
Transmitter coordinates 37°14′1.0″N 77°22′36.0″W / 37.233611°N 77.376667°W / 37.233611; -77.376667
Callsign meaning W Kiss JaMes (River)
Former callsigns WSSV-FM ( 1967-1973)
WPLZ (1973-1986)
WPLZ-FM (1986-2001)
WPZE-FM (2001-2001)
WRHH (2001-2003)
WPZE (2003-2004)
WKJM (2004-Present)[3]
Owner Urban One
Sister stations WCDX, WKJS, WPZZ, WTPS
Webcast WKJM Webstream
Website WKJM Online

WKJM is an Urban Adult Contemporary formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Petersburg, Virginia, serving Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Chesterfield in Virginia.[2] WKJM is owned and operated by Radio One.[4]


99.3 dates back to October 1966, when it signed on as Petersburg based WSSV-FM, and simulcasted the Top 40 format of sister station WSSV-AM. In 1970, then-owner Roger Bean, in order to concentrate on his more profitable cable TV operations, decided to sell the radio stations. WSSV AM/FM were then purchased by Eure Communications, headed by William L. Eure. In 1973, responding to changes in FCC regulations regarding AM/FM simulcasts, the FM station began a separately programmed automated Beautiful Music format under the call letters WPLZ, with the slogan "Music To Please".[5]

In 1979, the station switched formats to Automated Top 40 as "99Z FM".[6] In 1981, seeing that there was not an Urban station on the FM band in Central Virginia (which had at that time only been served by four weak AM stations in Richmond), the station flipped formats once again, and became the first Urban-formatted FM in Central Virginia as "Magic 99FM".[7]

In 1986, Eure Communications sold WPLZ-FM and WSSV-AM to Paco-John Broadcasting, headed by Philadelphia attorney Glenn Mahone, for $6.5 million.[8]

In November 1987, WCDX, which had been through two previous unsuccessful formats, changed to an Urban format. WCDX's stronger signal in Richmond caused WPLZ ratings to drop. Paco-John, to compensate, purchased the 99.3 frequency in Fredericksburg and became a simulcast on both 99.3 frequencies, which brought WPLZ's programming in the northern areas of the Richmond Metro, including Hanover County and parts of Henrico. This simulcast, for a time, gave not only Fredericksburg an Urban station, but Charlottesville one as well.[9]

By the early 1990s, despite the simulcasting, WPLZ was unable to regain its lead over WCDX. Paco-John attempted to expand its holdings by attempting to purchase WMYK in Norfolk, then later WGH-AM/FM. In both cases, the company was unable to secure financing for the purchases and the sales were cancelled. Paco-John later went into bankruptcy and the stations were put under control of a trustee named Charles Giddens.[10]

Both of the 99.3 stations were sold (the 99.3 frequency in Fredericksburg is now Rhythmic WVBX), and in May 1992, WCDX's owner Sinclair Telecable ended up purchasing WPLZ and its AM sister station, which by this time had become gospel WGCV (it is now Sports-formatted WTPS), moving the studio's and offices out of Petersburg to their current location on Emerywood Parkway in Richmond.[11] At first, WPLZ's format was adjusted to Urban AC, but in December 1998, it switched to Urban Oldies as "Magic 99 FM".[12] By the end of the 1990s, Radio One had purchased not only WPLZ and WGCV, but also WCDX, WJRV, WARV, and WKJS.[13]

In March 2001, Radio One moved WPLZ and its Urban Oldies format to 105.7, while simulcasting with 99.3. A month later, a gospel format debuted on 99.3 as WPZE.[14] Getting advance warning of a format flip to Urban getting ready to happen on Clear Channel's WRCL, on June 9, 2001, Radio One flipped 99.3 to urban as WRHH, "Hot 99.3", just one day ahead of the 106.5 format flip.[15] On December 3, 2003, 99.3 switched back to a gospel format as WPZZ, "Praise 99.3".[16]

On November 18, 2004, the "Praise" format moved to 104.7 FM, with 99.3 joining in a simulcast with 105.7 FM and adopted an Urban AC format as "Kiss FM."[17]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 (PDF). ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing (Nederland), B.V. 2010. p. D-569. Retrieved November 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved November 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved November 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "WKJM Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved November 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1975/C%202%201975%20Radio.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1980/C-2%20Radio%20Broadcasting%20Yearbook%201980.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1983/B-Radio-Neb-Terr-1983-YB.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1987/B2-BC-YB-1987.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1989/B-2%20Radio%20Neb%20to%20Terr%201989-5.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1991/B-Radio-NE-MT-1991-B&W.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1996/B-NE-Ter-BC-YB-1996.pdf
  12. ^ "WPLZ adopts R&B oldies format", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 23, 1998.
  13. ^ "Radio One will buy four more", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 16, 1999.
  14. ^ "Magic 99 moves to new frequency", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 12, 2001.
  15. ^ "Oldies station is no more", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 12, 2001.
  16. ^ "Station gets new format, 99.3 FM switches call letters, drops hip-hop", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 4, 2003.
  17. ^ "Radio One makes changes at local stations", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 20, 2004.

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