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WVSP-FM (94.1 FM, "ESPN Radio 94.1") is a sports radio formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Yorktown, Virginia, United States, serving The Peninsula, Middle Peninsula and Southside of Hampton Roads. WVSP-FM is owned and operated by Max Broadcast Group Holdings, LLC.[3] WVSP's studios are located on Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach, while its transmitter is located in Newport News Park near Colonial National Historical Park.

WVSP-FM
WVSP.PNG
CityYorktown, Virginia
Broadcast areaThe Peninsula, Middle Peninsula and Southside of Hampton Roads
Branding"ESPN Radio 94.1"
Frequency94.1 MHz
First air date1975
FormatSports radio
ERP40,000 watts
HAAT162 meters (531 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID19836
Transmitter coordinates37°12′33.0″N 76°32′35.0″W / 37.209167°N 76.543056°W / 37.209167; -76.543056
Callsign meaningW Virginia SPorts
Former callsignsWYVA-FM (1975–1978)[1]
WYVA (1978–1982)[2]
WKEZ-FM (1982–1991)
WKOD (1991–1992)
WXEZ (1992–2009)
AffiliationsOld Dominion University Sports
ESPN Radio
OwnerMax Broadcast Group Holdings, LLC
(MHR License, LLC)
Sister stationsWGH, WGH-FM, WVBW, WVHT
WebcastWVSP Webstream
WebsiteWVSP Online

HistoryEdit

 
WVSP on a SPARC HD Radio with RDS.

The station had originally signed on in 1975 as WYVA-FM, serving Yorktown, Virginia with a country format.[4] In 1986, it changed call letters to WKEZ while retaining the country format.[5] On October 14, 1991, it began a time-brokered simulcast with then AAA-formatted WKOC "The Coast" in Norfolk. The next year, the simulcast was ended and the station switched to Adult Contemporary as WXEZ, "EZ94".[6] The transmitter tower was moved to give the station a better signal over the Tidewater area. The station was sold in the mid 1990s to Barnstable Broadcasting and switched to an Urban Gospel music format as "Star 94.1" in August 2000.[7] Barnstable later sold its Tidewater market stations to locally-based Max Media.

On October 5, 2009, WXEZ swapped formats with WGH (1310 AM) and became a sports radio station, and at that time changed their call letters to WVSP-FM. With this change, there are now two sports stations on the FM dial in Hampton Roads. ESPN Radio also gained an improved coverage area much greater than when they were located on 1310 AM. The Black Gospel format moved to 1310 AM.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Call letters" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 15, 1978. p. 60.
  2. ^ "Call letters" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 12, 1982. p. 112.
  3. ^ "WVSP Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  4. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1976/C-2%20%20Broadcasting%20Yearbook%201976.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1987/B2-BC-YB-1987.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1993/B-Radio-AL-NE-Ter-YB-1993-B&W.pdf
  7. ^ HighBeam
  8. ^ "Press Release: ESPN Radio 94.1-FM (Formerly 1310-AM) Launches October 5" (PDF). MAX Media Hampton Roads. September 18, 2009. Retrieved September 18, 2009.

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