WUST (1120 kHz) is an AM radio station licensed to Washington, DC. Its transmitter is located in nearby Fairfax, Virginia. WUST broadcasts paid foreign government-sponsored programming, including an English language news program from China Radio International and French language programming from Radio France International. WUST operates at 50,000 watts during the day but it must reduce power during early morning hours and go off the air during the night to protect the signal of KMOX in St. Louis, which is the dominant Class A station on 1120 AM.
|Broadcast area||Washington metropolitan area|
|Branding||New World Radio|
|Slogan||The Multicultural Voice of the Nation's Capital|
|Frequency||1120 kHz AM|
|First air date||1947|
|Format||Ethnic, Brokered programming|
|Power||50,000 watts daytime|
3,000 watts critical hours
50 watts nighttime
|Callsign meaning||U STreet, a past station studio location|
|Former callsigns||WBCC (1947–1951)|
|Owner||Potomac Radio Group|
WUST first signed on in 1947 as WBCC, licensed to the Washington, DC suburb of Bethesda, Maryland with 250 watts of power, broadcasting in the daytime only. It had been a rhythm and blues station. Its call letters came from its studio location at 1120 U Street, NW, later moving to 815 V Street NW, site of today's 9:30 Club.
During the 1950s, DJs Lord Fauntleroy Bandy and "Terrible" Thomas popularized R&B music with high school students, weaning them from Top 40. Part of the appeal of WUST was its location in the red light district of the time.
On April 6, 2017, WUST filed an application for a Federal Communications Commission construction permit to remain on the air at night with 50 watts. The application was accepted for filing on April 12, 2017.
- "FCC History Cards for WUST".
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1948, page 140
- Euchner, Charles, "Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington", 2010.
- "Application for Construction Permit for Commercial Broadcast Station". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 12, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
- "CDBS File No. BAL-20180918ABA". FCC CDBS.
- Official Website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WUST
- Radio-Locator Information on WUST
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WUST
- 1959 Broadcasting Yearbook, pages B-127 (ad), B-165 (listing) Example of station listing and industry ad for station
- Historical 1969 photo of building exterior from John in Montana
- Historical 1986 photos of building exterior from Kinorama on Flickr
- FCC History Cards for WUST
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