94.7 FM in Washington, DC, a local station at my home, has a new format. Hot AC WIAD Bethesda, MD, known on-air as “94-7 Fresh FM,” flipped to classic hits as “94-7 The Drive” on October 3. The call letters are still WIAD, and I assume that won’t change, given the call letters sort of relate to the word “Drive,” and because “IAD” is an IATA code for Washington Dulles International Airport. WIAD seems to be focusing on 70s and 80s classic hits with no newer songs in rotation.
The station’s flip to classic hits makes sense. There’s no other station in the Washington market currently with the same format. Adult contemporary 97.1 WASH plays 80s music, but they tend to play more of the pop-based hits, and of course they play newer music. 100.3 WBIG was greatest hits at one point, but they are now playing more classic rock and early 90s rock.
The “Fresh FM” format lasted nine years on WIAD. My Local FM Stations page was updated with the new station information.