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City Richmond, Virginia
Broadcast area Richmond, Central Virginia
Slogan Student Radio at VCU
Frequency 102.9 FM
Format Variety
Callsign meaning The V and C stand for Virginia Commonwealth
Former callsigns WJRB
Owner Virginia Commonwealth University
Webcast Listen Live
Website Official website

WVCW's origins began in 1968 in the basement of the Millheiser House as a carrier current AM radio station known as WJRB, which stood for James River Broadcasting. After a successful run as WJRB, the station changed its call letters in the late 1970s to WVCW. At the time the student staff was trying to expand WJRB from a club into a real radio station, and tried to change the call letters to WVCU. After being told that they station could not be called WVCU, the station asked the FCC for permission to change its call letters to WVCW (double-U) as a way to stick it to the man.

In 1976, WVCW was named one of the top college radio stations in the country by Billboard magazine (12/25/76 issue). WVCW continued on carrier current AM at both 850 AM and later 640 AM until the early 2000s. In 1991, the station relocated to the new T. Edward Temple building and began broadcasting on Continental Cable FM. The relationship with cable FM lasted for over a decade despite the difficulties of connecting to a cable FM station.

In 2001, WVCW began its next chapter as an Internet only radio station first broadcasting on WVCW.cc before moving to the WVCW.org site it uses today.

WVCW began to simulcast it's programming on WHAN.[1] WTJU, owned by the University of Virginia, will begin operating the Ashland-based WHAN beginning February 1.[2] WVCW broadcasts on WHAN from 6pm to 1am Monday - Thursday and from 9pm to 1am on Fridays.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Baldwin, Brent (January 13, 2015). "U.Va.-owned station to take over WHAN". Style Weekly. Richmond, Virginia: Landmark Media Enterprises. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Venta, Lance (January 28, 2015). "WTJU Adds Richmond Rimshot". RadioBB Networks. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 

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