WVES (FM)

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WVES
CityChincoteague, Virginia
Broadcast areaChincoteague, Virginia
Accomac, Virginia
Pocomoke City, Maryland
Branding96.5 & 101.5 CTG
SloganThe Variety Station
Frequency101.5 MHz
First air dateAugust 29, 2016 (as WOWZ)[1]
FormatAdult hits (WCTG simulcast)[2]
Power5,000 watts
HAAT72 meters (236 ft)
ClassA
Facility ID198743
Transmitter coordinates37°51′15.0″N 75°33′19.0″W / 37.854167°N 75.555278°W / 37.854167; -75.555278
Former callsignsWOWZ (2016-2017)
WIEZ (4/2017-5/2017)
WOWZ-FM (5/2017-12/2017)[3]
AffiliationsCBS Radio News
OwnerGSB Broadcasting
(Jackman Holding Company, LLC)
Sister stationsWCTG, WICO-FM
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteWVES Online

WVES (101.5 FM) is a broadcast radio station licensed to Chincoteague, Virginia, serving Chincoteague and Accomac in Virginia and Pocomoke City in Maryland.[2] WVES is owned and operated by GSB Broadcasting.[4]

WVES' programming is also heard on the audio feed of WOWZ-LP, a low-power television station in the market. The two stations run an adult hits format branded as "96.5 & 101.5 CTG".

History[edit]

WVES signed on for the first time on August 29, 2016 as WOWZ and began stunting with a "wheel of formats".[1] At 10 AM the next day, the station officially launched with a country music format, branded as "Wow 101-5".[1] The first song on "Wow" was "Gone Country" by Alan Jackson.[1][5] The station changed its call sign to WIEZ on April 3, 2017, and to WOWZ-FM on May 5, 2017.

On November 28, 2017, WOWZ-FM and WOWZ-LP dropped the "Wow" country format (which moved to WVES 99.3 FM Accomac, Virginia; and WICO-FM 101.1 FM Snow Hill, Maryland) and began stunting with Christmas music as "Christmas 101.5". On December 12, 2017, the station assumed the WVES call sign as part of a call sign swap. On December 26, 2017, WVES flipped to Rhythmic Adult Top 40 as "101.5 The Mix," with a emphasis on current Rhythmic contemporary hits and upbeat recurrents from the 1990s and 2000s.[6]

On October 26, 2018 WVES changed their format from rhythmic adult top 40 to a simulcast of adult hits-formatted WCTG 96.5 FM West Pocomoke, Maryland.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Venta, Lance (August 29, 2016). "WOWZ To Wow Eastern Shore". RadioBB Networks. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "WVES Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Wow 101.5 Debuts". RadioBB Networks. August 30, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Format Musical Chairs in Delmarva Radioinsight - November 28, 2017
  7. ^ WCTG Completes Salisbury Move-in; Adds New Virginia Simulcast Radioinsight - October 26, 2018

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