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City Charlottesville, Virginia
Broadcast area Charlottesville, Virginia
Albemarle County, Virginia
Branding "1450 ESPN"
Frequency 1450 kHz
First air date January 20, 2006
Format Sports[1]
Power 1,000 watts day and night
Class C
Facility ID 161156
Transmitter coordinates 38°02′54.0″N 78°28′12.0″W / 38.048333°N 78.470000°W / 38.048333; -78.470000
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Saga Communications
(Saga Communications of Charlottesville, LLC)
Sister stations WCNR, WQMZ, WINA, WWWV
Website WVAX Online

WVAX is a Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Charlottesville, Virginia, serving Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia.[1] WVAX is owned and operated by Saga Communications.[2]


WVAX is Charlottesville's newest AM station. The initial construction permit was applied for in January 2004 by Anderson Communications LLC, owned by Charles M. Anderson of Bowling Green, Kentucky, who holds separate interests in several FM stations in that state. The construction permit was granted in September 2005, and by the end of the month Anderson sold it to Saga Communications for $150,000. [3]

Saga put the station on the air on January 20, 2006 with a progressive talk format from Air America.[4] Air America ceased national programming in January 2010, precipitating format changes at many of its affiliates. WVAX continued with the talk format until April 1, 2011, when it flipped to national sports radio programming from ESPN Radio.

In May 2016, WVAX gained a 100-watt FM translator on 103.1 MHz from the Charlottesville antenna farm on Carter Mountain. [5] This translator attracted opposition from Piedmont Communications, as several listeners of co-channel WJMA Culpeper filed interference complaints. [6] After first lowering the transmitter's power to 80 watts, Saga moved it down one channel to 102.9 MHz in an attempt to resolve the complaints.[7][8]


In addition to the main station, WVAX is relayed by an FM translator to widen its broadcast area.[9]

Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W275CL 102.9 Charlottesville, Virginia 141162 120 92 m (302 ft) D FCC


  1. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "WVAX Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "WVAX Facility Data". FCCData. 
  4. ^ Corbin, Robert (January 20, 2006). "Liberal Talk comes to Charlottesville". VARTV. 
  5. ^ "ESPN 1450 Now on FM in Charlottesville". WINA. 
  6. ^ "Legal Action Information". Federal Communications Commission. 
  7. ^ Saga Communications (March 31, 2017). "Engineering STA". Federal Communications Commission. 
  8. ^ "ESPN Radio in Charlottesville moves to a new signal". WVAX. June 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ "W275CL Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 

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