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WUST NewWorld logo.png
City Washington, DC
Broadcast area Washington metropolitan area
Branding New World Radio
Slogan The Multicultural Voice of the Nation's Capital
Frequency 1120 kHz AM
First air date 1947
Format Ethnic, Brokered programming
Power 50,000 watts daytime
3,000 watts critical hours
Class D
Facility ID 48686
Callsign meaning W U STreet, a past station studio location
Former callsigns WBCC
Owner New World Radio, Inc
Website http://www.wust1120.com/

WUST (1120 kHz) is an AM radio station licensed to Washington, DC. Its transmitter is located in nearby Fairfax, Virginia. WUST broadcasts paid foreign language programming, including an English language news program from China Radio International and French language programming from Radio France International. WUST operates at 50,000 watts during the day but it must reduce power during early morning hours and go off the air during the night to protect the signal of KMOX in St. Louis, which is the dominant Class A station on 1120 AM.

On April 6, 2017, WUST filed an application for a Federal Communications Commission construction permit to remain on the air at night with 50 watts. The application was accepted for filing on April 12, 2017.[1]

WUST first signed on in 1947 as WBCC, licensed to the Washington, DC suburb of Bethesda, Maryland with 250 watts of power, broadcasting in the daytime only.[2] It had been a rhythm and blues station. Its call letters came from its studio location at 1120 U Street, NW, later moving to 815 V Street NW, site of today's 9:30 Night Club).

During the 1950s, DJs Lord Fauntleroy Bandy and "Terrible" Thomas popularized R&B music with high school students, weaning them from Top 40. Part of the appeal of WUST was its location in the red light district of the time.[citation needed]

During late August 1963, the ballroom of the WUST studio served as the operations headquarters for the August 28 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.[3]


  1. ^ "Application for Construction Permit for Commercial Broadcast Station". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 12, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1948, page 140
  3. ^ Euchner, Charles, "Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington", 2010.

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Coordinates: 38°52′09″N 76°53′47″W / 38.86917°N 76.89639°W / 38.86917; -76.89639