W Radio (Colombia)

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W Radio Bogotá
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Broadcast areaColombia
BrandingHJCZ (AM), HJLN (FM)
Frequency690 kHz 99.9 MHz
First air date1973 (as Caracol Estéreo)
FormatNews / talk
AffiliationsCaracol Radio
OwnerCaracol Radio (PRISA)

W Radio Colombia is a news/talk/adult contemporary Colombian radio network, part of Caracol Radio. It started in 1973 as adult contemporary station Caracol Estéreo. It is part of the W Radio system, with networks in Mexico, Los Angeles (United States), Panama, and transmitted as far away as Chile.

The station is best known for its morning news show La W, presented by Julio Sánchez Cristo, Alberto Casas Santamaría, and Camila Zuluaga.


Before 1990, FM radio in Colombia was almost exclusively devoted to music, because a 1975 decree issued by the Ministry of Communications limited to 60 minutes a day the time a FM station could dedicate to "informative, journalistic, or sports programming."[1] These restrictions were relaxed in the early 1990s, allowing FM stations to broadcast news.

Viva FM was one of the pioneering morning news shows on the FM band, starting in 1991 on Caracol Estéreo, presented by Julio Sánchez Cristo.[2] Sánchez Cristo left in 1996 to RCN Radio, creating La FM, a similar programme on the then newly created homonymous station. Viva FM continued with the direction of Roberto Pombo until 2003, when Sánchez came back to the then brand new W Radio.


  1. ^ "Decreto número 2085 de 1975 (septiembre 29), por el cual se reglamentan los artículo 24 A 38 del Decreto Legislativo 3418 de 1954 y los artículos 1º a 19 de la Ley 74 de 1966 sobre el servicio de Radiodifusión Sonora)" (PDF). Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones. 29 September 1975. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  2. ^ Gómez Concha, Rodolfo (2007). "La radio en Colombia". In Merayo Pérez, Arturo (ed.). La radio en Iberoamérica: evolución, diagnóstico, prospectiva (in Spanish). Comunicación Social. p. 159. ISBN 84-96082-49-0. Retrieved 16 October 2013.

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Coordinates: 4°35′53″N 74°04′33″W / 4.598056°N 74.075833°W / 4.598056; -74.075833