WLZV

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WLZV
KLOVE 2014.svg
City Buckland, Virginia
Broadcast area Northern Virginia
Branding K-Love
Frequency 94.3 MHz
First air date November 2, 1978
Format Contemporary Christian music
Power 2,000 watts
HAAT 175 meters
Class A
Facility ID 16819
Transmitter coordinates 38°44′20.98″N 77°50′8.01″W / 38.7391611°N 77.8355583°W / 38.7391611; -77.8355583
Former callsigns WQRA (1978-1996)
WINX-FM (1996-1997)
WTOP-FM (1997-1998)
WUPP (1998-1999)[1]
WPLC (1999-2000)
WPLC-FM (2000-2001)
WBPS-FM (2001-2006)
WWXX (2006-2017)
Owner Educational Media Foundation
Webcast Listen Live
Website klove.com

WLZV (94.3 FM) is a contemporary Christian music formatted radio station licensed to Buckland, Virginia and serving the southwestern Washington metropolitan area. The station's programming is a relay of K-Love.

History[edit]

WQRA signed on November 2, 1978 as a local station serving Warrenton, Virginia with middle-of-the-road music and local news coverage.[2]

In 1996, the station was sold by Dettra Broadcasting to Bill Parris' Radio Broadcasting Communications, owner of WINX (1600 AM, Rockville, Maryland).[3] Parris flipped the station in September 1996 to WINX-FM, a simulcast of WINX's oldies music.[4]

The station became WTOP-FM in September 1997; it was the first FM outlet of all-news WTOP, which at the time was on 1500 AM.[5] In February 1998, Bonneville International, the owner of WTOP, bought it from Parris. Bonneville then traded this station and cash to Syd Abel for his higher-powered 107.7 FM.[6] The transaction was completed the next month, and Abel moved over his "rocking country" format, branded as WUPP "Up Country".[7] One year later, in April 1999, Abel flipped to WPLC "The Pulse", playing hot adult contemporary crossed with alternative rock hits.[8]

Mega Communications purchased the station in 2000. Mega first broadcast a format of Spanish love songs, renaming the station WPLC-FM as they added a simulcast with 1050 AM in Washington, which became WPLC.[9] The following year, Mega changed the callsign to WBPS-FM and joined it with WBZS-FM (92.7 FM, Prince Frederick, Maryland) in a Spanish adult contemporary simulcast branded as "La Nueva Mega". In 2005, the stations switched to Spanish oldies as "Mega Clasica".[10]

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder bought the two stations, as well as Mega's WKDL (730 AM, Alexandria, Virginia), in 2006. The new three-station network ran a new simulcast as "Triple X ESPN Radio", creating an ESPN Radio-based sports talk competitor to WTEM (980 AM). 94.3 changed to WWXX to reflect the branding.[11] In 2008, Snyder bought WTEM itself, and the network became simply "ESPN 980" with no other changes to the two FM stations.[12]

Snyder began selling off his radio properties during 2017; Educational Media Foundation bought 94.3 FM and flipped it to WLZV with their national K-Love contemporary Christian music programming.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). p. D-471.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 (PDF). p. C-242.
  3. ^ Staff (April 5, 1996). "Newsline". Billboard. p. 106.
  4. ^ Hughes, Dave (December 17, 1998). "Spanish WINX Is Born December 17". DCRTV.
  5. ^ Hughes, Dave (May 5, 1998). "WTOP Plans Improved Reception On 107.7". DCRTV.
  6. ^ Staff (March 16, 1998). "Changing hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. p. 57.
  7. ^ Hughes, Dave (April 1, 1998). "WTOP Moves To 107.7". DCRTV.
  8. ^ Hughes, Dave (April 28, 1999). "WUPP Drops Country". DCRTV.
  9. ^ Staff (April 24, 2000). "Changing hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. p. 61.
  10. ^ Hughes, Dave (November 17, 2005). "Mega Flips 92.7 & 94.3 To "Classica"". DCRTV.
  11. ^ Clabaugh, Jeff (January 20, 2006). "Snyder buys three Washington radio stations". Washington Business Journal.
  12. ^ Hughes, Dave (June 4, 2008). "Snyder To Buy WTEM & Two Talkers From Clear Channel". DCRTV.
  13. ^ Venta, Lance (May 15, 2017). "EMF Acquires 94.3 WWXX In DC Suburbs". RadioInsight.

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