|Translator(s)||94.3 MHz W232DG|
|First air date||December 15, 1960 (as WMHI)|
|Format||Freeform, Federal News Radio Sports programming|
|Power||4,300 watts Day
430 watts Night
|Callsign meaning||FeDeral (disambiguation of WFED)|
|Former callsigns||WWWB (9/2007-2008)
|Former frequencies||1370 kHz (1960-1987)|
(Washington DC FCC License Sub, LLC)
WWFD (820 AM) is a radio station licensed to Frederick, Maryland. The station simulcasts a freeform music format known as "The Gamut", which originates on the HD3 subchannels of WTOP and its full-power rebroadcasters (WTLP and WWWT). WWFD also carries Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals sports programming originating on WFED.
Bonneville International, then the owners of WTOP, purchased country station WQSI in May 1996. As WXTR, Bonneville at first continued with a classic country format on the station. Starting in 2000, Bonneville largely used 820 AM to bolster the coverage of one of their Washington-market stations to the northwest. Local programming ended on WXTR when it began simulcasting WTOP on December 18. The WTOP callsign was "parked" on the station when it was moved off of its historical home at 1500 AM on January 11, 2006. On March 30, 2006, the station joined Washington Post Radio, continuing with its successor Talk Radio 3WT (under the callsigns WTWT and WWWB, respectively) until the network was shut down on September 15, 2008. The station then became a simulcast of Federal News Radio, taking the current callsign WWFD to match. Bonneville sold its entire Washington cluster to Hubbard Broadcasting in 2011.
The Gamut began as an eclectic hobby Internet radio station run by WTOP-FM engineer Dave Kolesar. WTOP management became aware of the project, and after retooling the music and coming up with the name The Gamut, it began broadcasting on the HD3 subchannel of WTOP-FM on December 5, 2011. WWFD was the first analog home of the format, beginning its simulcast on March 20, 2013. The Gamut later added a translator on 104.3 (W282BA) in Leesburg, Virginia that was previously used to repeat the main signal of WTOP-FM. This translator was given a power boost, becoming W283CD at 104.5, and relocated to Sterling in 2015. In February 2016, independently-owned translator W252DC signed on from Great Falls, Virginia on 98.3.
W283CD has since been reassigned to WBQH, which temporarily left W252DC as the sole analog FM signal. A construction permit has been issued to move W252DC to Bethesda, Maryland for metro-wide coverage.
Hubbard signed on FM translator W232DG in the Frederick area on July 11, 2017. The translator was moved under the FCC's AM revitalization rules and must remain tied to the AM signal; as a result, it breaks from the Gamut along with WWFD for sports coverage.
The Gamut is also broadcast on the HD3 subchannels of WTOP-FM, WWWT, and WTLP.
|City of license||Facility
|W232DG||94.3||Frederick, Maryland||139260||160||D||FCC||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|W252DC||98.3||Reston, Virginia||138737||250||D||FCC||Owned by Reston Translator, LLC|
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