WNVZ (104.5 MHz "Z104") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Norfolk, Virginia, serving Hampton Roads. WNVZ is owned and operated by Entercom.[1] It airs a Top 40/CHR format.

CityNorfolk, Virginia
Broadcast areaHampton Roads
Slogan"Hampton Roads' #1 Hit Music Station"
Frequency104.5 MHz (HD Radio)
First air dateJuly 1967 (as WTID-FM)
FormatHD1: Top 40 (CHR)
HD2: LGBTQ talk/EDM (Channel Q)
Power49,000 Watts
HAAT146 Meters (479 ft)
Facility ID40755
Transmitter coordinates37°2′18.0″N 76°18′29.0″W / 37.038333°N 76.308056°W / 37.038333; -76.308056
Call sign meaningW Norfolk Virginia Z
Former call signsWTID-FM (1967-1972)
WQRK (1973-1981)
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsWPTE, WVKL, WWDE-FM
WebcastWNVZ Webstream
WebsiteWNVZ Online

The studios and offices are at Entercom Communications' Hampton Roads headquarters on Clearfield Avenue in Virginia Beach.[2] The transmitter tower is off East Pembroke Avenue in Hampton.[3]


The station first signed on in July 1967 as WTID-FM.[4] It was the FM sister station of AM 1270 WTID (now WTJZ) in nearby Newport News. (The TID call letters stood for "TIDewater", another name for the Hampton Roads section of Virginia.) For much of its history, 104.5 was a Contemporary Hits/Top 40 radio station, picking up the format in 1973 as WQRK. In August 1982, it subscribed to noted programmer Mike Joseph's "Hot Hits" format, as WNVZ, playing only songs from the current Top 40 charts.[5] Through the 1990s and early 2000s, it leaned toward a more rhythmic contemporary sound. In 2015, it moved back to a more mainstream Top 40 approach.

WNVZ's morning show originated the Unexpected John Cena meme, where a snippet of a popular film, TV series, song or other form of media is interrupted by John Cena's entrance video and song, often played loudly.[6][7]


  1. ^ "WNVZ Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Z104.com
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-221
  5. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1983/B-Radio-Neb-Terr-1983-YB.pdf
  6. ^ "Hilarious WWE Prank Phone Calls Drives Woman Insane". Bleacher Report.
  7. ^ Feldman, Brian (December 18, 2015). "A Famous Man Responded to a Meme Involving Him — IT'S JOHN CENA". New York. Retrieved January 8, 2018.

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