WVRS

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WVRS
WVRS-FM 2015.PNG
City Gore, Virginia
Broadcast area Western Frederick County, Virginia
Eastern Hampshire County, West Virginia
Branding "The Point 90.1"
Slogan "Music You Can Believe"
Frequency 90.1 FM MHz
First air date 2011
Format Southern Gospel[1]
Power 250 Watts
HAAT 421 meters (1,381 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 122630
Transmitter coordinates 39°11′2.0″N 78°23′15.0″W / 39.183889°N 78.387500°W / 39.183889; -78.387500
Callsign meaning W Victory Radio Shenandoah
former owner/branding
Owner Point FM Ministries, Inc.
Webcast WVRS Webstream
Website WVRS Online

WVRS is a Southern Gospel formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Gore, Virginia, serving Western Frederick County, Virginia and Eastern Hampshire County, West Virginia.[1] WVRS is owned and operated by Point FM Ministries, Inc.[2]

History and Sales[edit]

Logo used from July 7, 2014 to April 7, 2015.

On February 7, 2014, Winchester-based Timber Ridge Ministries filed to purchase WVRS from Liberty University for $30,000.[3][4] The sale was closed on July 3, 2014.[5] On July 7, 2014, WVRS began simulcasting Timber Ridge-owned and Southern Gospel-formatted WTCF.[6]

At Midnight on August 1, the simulcast of WVRS and WTCF ended.[7] The Southern Gospel format remained on WVRS, with K-LOVE programming beginning on WTCF.[8]

On October 10, 2014, owner Timber Ridge Ministries requested a construction permit to increase the station's wattage and lower the station's broadcast tower height.[2][9] In the application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Timber Ridge Ministries the station's wattage be increased from 9 watts to 250 watts.[2][9] The station's tower broadcast height would be lowered from 462 meters to 421 meters.[2][9] The coverage area of WVRS would not increase over parts of the Independent City of Winchester, Virginia or Frederick County, Virginia, but would, however, increase over neighboring Hampshire County, West Virginia.[10][11]

In December 2014, an advertisement was posted on Craigslist regarding the sale of WVRS.[12] In the ad, the station is referred to as a "250 watt radio station that covers all of Winchester, VA", referring to the station's construction permit and not the station's licensed wattage.[9][12] The asking price is $100,000, though was previously listed at $135,000.[12]

On April 7, 2015, WVRS fell silent and the station's website, live stream, and social media accounts all went offline. On November 23, 2015, WVRS returned to the air with the same Southern Gospel format, though as "The Point 90.1".

Paperwork dated December 30, 2015, to begin the sale of WVRS, was filed with the FCC on February 5, 2016.[13][14] The station was sold to Middletown, Virginia-based Point FM Ministries, Inc. for $25,000.[15][16] Point FM Ministries, Inc. had been operating the station under a Programming Services Agreement since November 18, 2015.[17]

The station's power was increased to 250 watts (proposed in the October 10, 2014 application) on May 23, 2016.[18][19] The sale of WVRS to Point FM Ministries, Inc. was consummated on June 2, 2016.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "WVRS Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. February 7, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Asset Purchase Agreement". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. February 7, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Consummation Notice". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. July 3, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Please Make Note...". Timber Ridge Ministries/Facebook. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Starting August 1, 2014 we will only be...". Timber Ridge Ministries/Facebook. July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "K-LOVE Master Station List". Educational Media Foundation. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Application for Construction Permit for Reserved Channel Non-Commercial Educational Broadcast Station". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. September 2, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "60 dBu Service Contour for WVRS, 90.1 MHz, Gore, VA". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ "60 dBu Service Contour for WVRS, 90.1 MHz, Gore, VA". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "TURN-KEY FM Radio Station Great Business/Investment REDUCED!". Craigslist. December 8, 2014. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Application Search Results - WVRS". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. December 30, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ "WVRS - Music You Can Believe - Contact". Point FM Ministries, Inc. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Asset Purchase Agreement". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. November 24, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Programming Services Agreement". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. November 18, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Application Search Details - BLED-20160520AAI". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ "WVRS The Point 90.1". Point FM Ministries, Inc./Facebook. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Consummation Notice". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. June 1, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 

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