|Broadcast area||Hampton Roads|
|Slogan||"Hampton Roads' #1 Hit Music Station"|
|Frequency||104.5 MHz (HD Radio)|
|First air date||July 1967 (as WTID-FM)|
|Format||HD1: Top 40 (CHR)|
HD2: LGBTQ talk/EDM (Channel Q)
|HAAT||146 Meters (479 ft)|
|Call sign meaning||W Norfolk Virginia Z|
|Former call signs||WTID-FM (1967-1972)|
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||WPTE, WVKL, WWDE-FM|
The station first signed on in July 1967 as WTID-FM. 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. 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.
- "WNVZ Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-221
- "Hilarious WWE Prank Phone Calls Drives Woman Insane". Bleacher Report.
- Feldman, Brian (December 18, 2015). "A Famous Man Responded to a Meme Involving Him — IT'S JOHN CENA". New York. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- Z104 Online
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WNVZ
- Radio-Locator information on WNVZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WNVZ
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