WVIE (FM)

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WVIE
City Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Branding WVIE 107.3
Slogan Radio We Can See
Frequency 107.3 (MHz)
First air date 1991
Format Adult contemporary, talk radio
ERP 1,650 Watts
HAAT 439 meters (2315 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 14999
Transmitter coordinates 18°21′24″N 64°57′59″W / 18.35667°N 64.96639°W / 18.35667; -64.96639
Callsign meaning Virgin Islands Radio Entertainment
Former callsigns WVNX (1991–1998)
WVGN (1998–2015)
Affiliations Premiere Networks
Owner R.J. Watkins
(Virgin Islands Radio Entertainment Detroit, LLC)
Sister stations WHPR-FM
W33BY-D
Website http://www.wviefm1073.com/

WVIE (107.3 FM) is a radio station in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands. The station is licensed to Virgin Islands Radio Entertainment Detroit, LLC which is wholly owned by R.J. Watkins Group.

Ownership[edit]

The station, then known as WVGN, was acquired by Caribbean Broadcasting Network (then known as LKK Group; Keith Bass, President) from Calypso Communications in 2002.[1][2]

While Caribbean Broadcasting Network is a company whose television stations are affiliates of commercial networks, WVGN was operated under a separate arm, Caribbean Community Broadcasting, and solicited and accepted donations from listeners, as would most other NPR members.

Caribbean Broadcasting Network reached a deal to sell WVGN to R.J. Watkins, owner of WHPR-FM and operator of W33BY-D in Detroit, on August 7, 2014;[3] the sale was completed on February 17, 2015,[4] accompanied by a call sign change to WVIE.[5] WVGN's NPR programming continued through March 15, 2015; Watkins replaced this programming with contemporary music and talk shows.[6]

Since November 7, 2015, WVIE's signal was simulcast on W33BY's 3rd subchannel. Until then, it had been a SD simulcast of 33.1, 33.2 and 33.4, however, are still simulcasting W33BY-DT1 in SD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Application Search Details". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ BIA Financial Networks (2002-03-11). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  3. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 7, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. February 17, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Contemporary format to replace NPR programs as 107.3 is sold". Virgin Islands Daily News. March 14, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 

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