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City Norton, Virginia
Broadcast area Norton, Virginia
Wise County, Virginia
Branding "ESPN Radio 1350"
Frequency 1350 kHz
First air date 1946
Format Sports
Power 5,000 watts (daytime)
37 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 54895
Transmitter coordinates 36°57′58.0″N 82°35′17.0″W / 36.966111°N 82.588056°W / 36.966111; -82.588056
Callsign meaning W Norton VirginiA
Former frequencies 1450 kHz (1946-1954)
1050 kHz (1954-1956)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
MRN Radio
Owner Lisa Nininger Bouldin
(Bristol Broadcasting Company, Inc.)
Sister stations WNVA-FM
Webcast WNVA Webstream
Website WNVA Online

WNVA is a Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Norton, Virginia, serving Norton and Wise County, Virginia. WNVA is owned and operated by Bristol Broadcasting Company, Inc.[1]


Logo from 2009 to 2010.

On September 7, 2007, Radio-Wise, Inc. received a $4,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for not keeping WNVA's public files in order. The Enforcement Bureau sent Radio-Wise, Inc. a notice regarding the proposed fine, along with a detailed complaint, on July 20 but got no reply from the station's owner. Now, the FCC is demanding the operator send a $4,000 check to the FCC's bank within 30 days.[2]

In the early part of 2012, WNVA dropped their Classic Country for Sports with programming from ESPN Radio.

Radio-Wise sold WNVA and sister station WNVA-FM to Bristol Broadcasting Company for $35,000, enough to settle property tax debts and outstanding FCC fines; the sale closed on January 16, 2015.

On April 5, 2016 WNVA was granted a Federal Communications Commission construction permit to move to a new transmitter site.[3] Instead of using a conventional steel vertical radiator used by most stations it would use an 85-foot whip antenna.[4] The steel vertical radiator currently in use is 360 feet.


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