WUSH is a country music formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Poquoson, Virginia, serving Hampton Roads.[1] WUSH is owned and operated by Sinclair Telecable, Inc.[4]

WUSH
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CityPoquoson, Virginia
Broadcast areaHampton Roads
Frequency106.1 FM MHz
(HD Radio)
BrandingUS 106-1
Programming
FormatCountry[1]
SubchannelsHD2: WTAR simulcast (Sports)
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
Ownership
OwnerSinclair Telecable, Inc.
(Commonwealth Broadcasting, LLC)
WNIS, WNOB, WROX-FM, WTAR
History
First air date
April 2001[2]
Former call signs
WEXM (2001-2003)
WKOC (2003-2004)
WPYA (2004)
WKCK-FM (2004-2005)
WZNR (2005-2006)
WNRJ (2006-2007)
WUFH (2007-2008)[3]
Call sign meaning
W United States Hampton (Roads)
Technical information
Facility ID78447
ClassB1
Power11,000 Watts
HAAT149.3 meters (490 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
36°51′39.0″N 76°21′1.0″W / 36.860833°N 76.350278°W / 36.860833; -76.350278
Translator(s)HD2: See WTAR § Translators
Links
WebcastWUSH Webstream
WebsiteWUSH Online

WUSH is licensed by the FCC to broadcast in the HD radio format.[5]

HistoryEdit

The 106.1 frequency was formerly a translator for WROX-FM to service signal dropouts in Downtown Norfolk. This signed on in 1995 and was turned off in 2003.[6] In April 2001, a full-powered frequency signed on the air at 106.1 as WEXM, serving the Eastern Shore of Virginia (with a city of license of Exmore), and simulcasting WKOC.[7] The simulcasting would be discontinued in March 2004, as 106.1 would relocate their tower to Hampton and be re-licensed to Poquoson.[8]

 
WUSH's HD Radio Channels on a SPARC Radio with PSD.

On March 7, 2004, the 106.1 signal would debut as Adult Hits WPYA "106.1 Bob-FM".[9] This format was very popular with listeners, and fared much better than sister station WKCK (now WNOB)'s Country format. The two stations swapped signals, formats and call letters, and became "Kick 106" on September 23, 2004.[10][11][12] That would last until 5 p.m. on February 2, 2005, when, after playing "Gone Country" by Alan Jackson, the format, which never had high ratings, was dropped and the station began stunting with Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" for two days straight. The Top 40/CHR format known as WZNR, "The Zone @ 106.1," debuted at 2 p.m. on February 4 (after a brief joke "introduction" for a Soft AC format called "Mix 106"), with Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" being the first song played.[13][14][15][16] The station was hoping to fill the market's Mainstream Top 40 void that was left open by WNVZ in 1993 by giving listeners "All The Hits, Not Just Some Of Them." The station also carried the syndicated morning show, "The Playhouse", which is based out of Portland, Oregon (the reasoning behind this was most likely that the show's host (PK)'s hometown was Virginia Beach).[17][18]

Even though the format was well received in the area, the station had low ratings. On September 21, 2006, at 12:04 p.m., WZNR exited the "Zone" by segueing from the All-American Rejects' "Move Along" to an introduction to the new WNRJ, "Energy 106.1, Music That Makes You Move", followed by its first song in the new format, Bob Sinclar's Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)."[19][20][21] WNRJ's format, branding and logo are also extremely similar to that of Alan Burns' Movin' format. Although this station was billing themselves as a "Rhythmic Hot AC," WNRJ was expected to lean slightly towards a Dance direction (as evidenced by the Sinclar track they launched with).

In January 2007, WNRJ's playlist began to shift towards Rhythmic Contemporary by incorporating more current R&B/Hip-Hop product into the mix and lessening on Dance and Old School tracks as a way to boost ratings and because of WWHV's flip from Urban to Sports (now WXTG). During this time, the station was still suffering from dismal numbers in the Arbitron ratings. On August 27, at Midnight (ET), WNRJ shifted formats to Adult Top 40, with the current Hot AC Pop/Rock fare mixed in with some of the Rhythmic crossovers that were held over from the previous format.[22]

December 2007 relaunchEdit

Energy's new Adult Top 40 format ultimately failed in the ratings, as the station peaked below a 2 share for the market's ratings. Sinclair Communications decided to take station in a different direction by flipping back to their previous country music format, while going in stunt mode for about 4 days to promote the change. On December 14, 2007, just before 2 pm (ET), after playing "Bye Bye Bye" by NSync, WNRJ began stunting with all Garth Brooks songs as "Garth 106", starting with "The Thunder Rolls"; the stunt would shift over the next few days to songs by Kenny Chesney as "Kenny 106", Martina McBride as "Martina 106", and George Strait as "George 106".[23][24][25][26]

The station completed its shift back to country as WUSH, "US106, America's Country" at 5 p.m. on December 18, 2007, with the first song on "US106" being "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson.[23][27][28] Two days later, though, the station took the WUFH call sign.[3] The station continued to ID as "WUSH", signaling a possible goof with either the station or the FCC. The call letters were corrected on January 2, 2008.[29][30]

On August 15, 2008, the FCC granted a request from Sinclair Communications to move the antenna and increase the power of WUSH. Owner Bob Sinclair also made the announcement on-air at 5 p.m. The new tower started broadcasting on May 29, 2009 with 11,000 watts in Portsmouth, Virginia.[31]

HD RadioEdit

In 2014, WUSH started broadcasting in HD Radio and put sister station WROX-FM on its HD2 sub-channel. On March 25, 2016, the HD2 channel shifted to Mainstream Rock, branded as "96.5 Rocks", which is simulcasted on translator W243DJ (96.5 FM).[32]

On June 26, 2017, WUSH-HD2 changed their format from mainstream rock to soft oldies, branded as "Vintage 96.5".[33] Just a few months later, on September 15, 2017, WUSH-HD2 flipped to a simulcast of sports-formatted WTAR.[34]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 (PDF). ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing (Nederland), B.V. 2010. p. D-552. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "WUSH Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  5. ^ https://hdradio.com/stations/ HD Radio Guide for Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Newport News
  6. ^ "FCCdata.org - powered by REC".
  7. ^ "FCCdata.org - powered by REC".
  8. ^ "FCCdata.org - powered by REC".
  9. ^ "106.1 Bob-FM Debuts". 7 March 2004.
  10. ^ HighBeam
  11. ^ Bob FM Moves to 93.7
  12. ^ 93.7 Kick FM Moves to 106.1
  13. ^ "The Virginian-Pilot Archives".
  14. ^ HighBeam
  15. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2005/RR-2005-02-11.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.vartv.com/media/wznr01.wma
  17. ^ "Power 96.1 - Atlanta's #1 Hit Music Station!". Archived from the original on 2007-06-08.
  18. ^ "Playhouse TV: PK's Yearbooks". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-05.
  19. ^ "CHR 106.1 WZNR becomes Rhythmic AC "Energy 106.1" WNRJ". FormatChange.com, The Format Change Archive. 2006-09-21. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
  20. ^ "Top 40 WZNR Flips to WNRJ 'Energy 106-1'".
  21. ^ HighBeam
  22. ^ Maisey, Jeff (2007-08-31). "WNRJ now Hot Adult Contemporary". The Virginian Pilot. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
  23. ^ a b "VARTV.com | News Archives - November & December 2007".
  24. ^ http://www.vartv.com/media/WNRJ02.wma
  25. ^ "Format Wheel Spins at WNRJ/Norfolk".
  26. ^ "WNRJ Norfolk/Virginia Beach Becomes "US 106" WUSH".
  27. ^ http://www.vartv.com/media/WUSH01.wma
  28. ^ HighBeam
  29. ^ "FCCdata.org - powered by REC".
  30. ^ "Call Sign History".
  31. ^ "FCCdata.org - powered by REC".
  32. ^ "Sinclair/Norfolk Launches Classic Rock '96.5 Rocks'".
  33. ^ A New Vintage For Norfolk
  34. ^ Vintage 96.5 Quickly Gives Way to WTAR Simulcast Radioinsight - September 15, 2017

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