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City of license Capitol Heights, Maryland
Broadcast area Metro Washington
Branding "Radio Russia"
Frequency 1390 kHz
First air date 1947
Format All News, Foreign Broadcaster Relay
Power 9,000 Watts daytime
1,000 Watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 73306
Transmitter coordinates 38°52′09.0″N 76°53′47.0″W / 38.869167°N 76.896389°W / 38.869167; -76.896389
Former callsigns WEAM (1947-1984)[1]
WMZQ (1984-1996)[2]
WHZF (1996-present)
Affiliations Radio Sputnik
Owner Way Broadcasting
(Way Broadcasting Licensee, LLC)

WZHF is Russian-formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Capitol Heights, Maryland, serving Metro Washington, D.C. WZHF is owned and operated by Way Broadcasting.[3]


The station was founded in 1947 using the callsign WEAM, licensed to Arlington, Virginia with a power of 1,000 watts (increased in 1948 to 5,000 watts). In the 1960s and 1970s, it was a Top 40 radio station. From August 1984 to August 1996, using the callsign WMZQ, it simulcast the programming of WMZQ-FM, an FM station in Washington, D.C. From August 1996 to March 2011, it was a Spanish Contemporary station and served as the Spanish radio broadcaster for the Washington Nationals baseball team in 2010. In 2014, the city of license was changed from Arlington, Virginia to Capitol Heights, Maryland. The transmitter site was moved from Crimmins Lane in Fairfax County, Virginia, just across the border from Arlington (38°54′15.0″N 77°09′54.0″W / 38.904167°N 77.165000°W / 38.904167; -77.165000), to its current location in Capitol Heights (38°52′09.0″N 76°53′47.0″W / 38.869167°N 76.896389°W / 38.869167; -76.896389) and the power was changed from 5,000 Watts to 9,000 Watts daytime / 1,000 Watts nightime. As of 2015, WZHF relays the English-language service of Radio Sputnik (formerly Voice of Russia).


  1. ^ "History Card for WHZF". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "WZHF Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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