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WTAR SportsRadio850 logo.png
City Norfolk, Virginia
Broadcast area Hampton Roads
Branding "Sports Radio 850"
Frequency 850 AM kHz
First air date September, 1952
Format Sports
Power 50,000 Watts daytime
25,000 Watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 60472
Transmitter coordinates 37°3′36.0″N 76°41′26.0″W / 37.060000°N 76.690556°W / 37.060000; -76.690556
Former callsigns WRAP (19??-October 19, 1987)
DWRAP (October 19, 1987-July 15, 1997)[1]
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner Sinclair Communications
(Sinclair Telecable, Inc.)
Sister stations WNIS, WNOB, WROX-FM, WUSH, WUSH-HD2
Webcast WTAR Webstream
Website WTAR Online

WTAR is a Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Norfolk, Virginia, serving Hampton Roads.[2] WTAR is owned and operated by Sinclair Communications.[3]


WTAR began broadcasting on September 21, 1923, with 15 W power. The output was increased to 5 KW by 1941.[4]

On July 6, 1934, WTAR dropped its affiliation with CBS and became an affiliate of NBC. At that time, the station was owned and operated by the Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch and Virginian-Pilot.[5]


A sister station, WTAR-FM, began broadcasting in 1947 with 50 KW power.[4]

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  1. ^ "Call Sign History - WTAR". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "WTAR Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "WTAR-TV Marks Its First Year" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 30, 1951. p. 62. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "WTAR Joins the NBC" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 15, 1934. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 

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