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City Owensboro, Kentucky
Branding WVJS 1420 & 100.5
Slogan Your Greatest Hits
Frequency 1420 kHz
Translator(s) 100.5 W263BG (Owensboro)
First air date November 26, 1947[1]
Format Oldies
Power 980 watts (day)
20 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 51071
Transmitter coordinates 37°46′32″N 87°09′31″W / 37.77556°N 87.15861°W / 37.77556; -87.15861
Callsign meaning initials of founder Vincent Joseph Steele
Affiliations Timeless (Citadel)
Owner Cromwell Radio Group
(The Cromwell Group, Inc., of Kentucky)
Sister stations WBIO, WKCM, WLME, WTCJ, WCJZ, WXCM
Webcast Listen Live
Website WVJS Online

WVJS (1420 AM) is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Owensboro, Kentucky. The station is owned and operated by Hancock Communications, Inc., doing business as the Cromwell Radio Group, and the station's broadcast license is held by The Cromwell Group, Inc., of Kentucky.


WVJS broadcasts an oldies and classic hits music format to the greater Owensboro, Kentucky, area. Programming features the "Kool Gold" syndicated format from Dial-Global.[2]

WVJS GENERAL MANAGERS (1947-1997) Malcolm Greep, Ray Wettstain, Corky Norcia and Steve Cooke.

WVJS COMMERCIAL MANAGERS (1947-1997) Jack McLean, John Rutledge, Parker Smith, Joe Fife, Dennis Keller, Corky Norcia.

WVJS PROGRAM DIRECTORS (1947-1997) Lee Meredith, Earl Fisher, Jim Orton, Joe Lowe.

WVJS NEWS DIRECTORS (1947-1997) Joe Bell, Gerry Wood, Joel Utley, Jim Parr, Mike Whitsett, Scott Douglas, Jerry Birge.

STATION SLOGANS (1947-1997) "Radio Center"; "Sparkle Radio"; "The Big Sound"; "Radio-One"; "The Station You Depend On"; "Oldies 1420"; "The News Station".


WVJS programming began November 27, 1947, from studios located at 324 Allen St in downtown Owensboro. The station's transmitter building and multi tower directional array were located on a 26-acre tract of land on U.S. Highway 60, just west of the Owensboro city limits. The station operated at 1420 kc with 1,000 watts of power. The following year WVJS-FM went on the air at 96.1 mc.

The stations were owned and operated by Owensboro on the Air, Incorporated. Owensboro developer Vincent J. Steele was majority owner. Owensboro radio veteran Malcolm Greep, who was a driving force in starting WVJS, was named general manager of the new station.

In early 1960, WVJS closed its downtown studios on Allen St and consolidated all of its operations at the company's transmitting site on Highway 60. In 1962, WVJS was granted FCC approval to boost daytime power to 5,000 watts. In 1963, the station's FM call letters were changed to WSTO and it became Kentucky's first full-time stereo broadcasting station.

In 1973, Owensboro on the Air was granted a franchise by the city to provide cable television service to Owensboro and a new building to house Owensboro Cablevision was constructed at the company's Highway 60 site.

In 1983, V.J. Steele's heirs sold WVJS, WSTO and the cable TV operations to Century Communications Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut.

At the end of 1996, Century sold WVJS and WSTO to Brill Media which already owned Owensboro stations WOMI and WBKR. WSTO was later sold to South Central Communications of Evansville, Indiana.

In 2002, WVJS was purchased by its current owner, Cromwell Radio Group, and shares facilities at 1115 Tamarack Rd, Owensboro, with Cromwell stations WBIO, WXCM, WKCM, WLME, WCJZ and WTCJ.

WEST VALLEY JOGGERS & STRIDERS WVJS - WVJS is also a California Running club located in Saratoga, CA. The club meets every Saturday at the parking lot above the West Valley College track in Saratoga. The club's was founded in the late 1960s by 3 runners. Some of the first members were Craig Windholm, Bill Mackey, Bob Blonder, Len Edholm, and Frank Cunningham. The President is Walt Van Zant. Most of the members are above 40 years old.


WVJS programming is also carried on a broadcast translator station to extend or improve the coverage area of the station.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W263BG 100.5 Owensboro, Kentucky 250 D FCC


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