On July 20, 2017, 94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA, about 45 miles southwest of Washington, DC and 32 miles west of my home, flipped from a simulcast of DC’s ESPN Radio affiliate, 980 WTEM, to the “K-Love” Christian music network. This change marks the first major non-translator signal in the DC area to rebroadcast the nationwide network. 94.3’s new call letters are WLZV.
Up until recently, WLZV was part of a “trimulcast” of WTEM, which was also broadcasted on nearby 92.7 WWXT in Southern Maryland. 94.3 and 92.7 simulcasted each other through various formats since 2001. According to DCRTV.com, both WWXX and WWXT were sold to separate owners (WWXT going to Radio One and becoming a simulcast of DC’s 102.3 WMMJ; WWXX going to K-Love owner EMF) earlier this year. WWXX’s signal is weak at my home and is often overpowered by 94.3 WINX from the Maryland Eastern Shore.
Logistically, much like WDCJ’s recent format flip to cover an area not serviced well by its parent station, WLZV’s format flip to K-Love makes sense. K-Love is aired on several full-powered signals in nearby markets, such as Richmond, VA and Ocean City, MD, but none of these signals are strong enough to bring regular listenership in the DC metro area.
My Local FM Stations page has been updated with this format flip.