Local AM Stations

The lists below show the local FM stations that I can receive year-round in my Northern Virginia home during normal conditions both without DX enhancement and nighttime skywave enhancement.

s5 = Very strong signal
s4 = Strong signal
s3 = Acceptable signal
s2 = listenable signal
s1 = poor signal

= station broadcasts HD Radio

Daytime AM signals (groundwave)

Stations are listed as follows: frequency, calls, city of license, distance, station name, format, signal strength.

540 WGOP Pocomoke City, MD
“540 WGOP” – classic hits
101 miles
s1

WGOP, first logged as a nostalgia station in 2008, can only be heard in my car.  Its weak signal cannot be heard indoors.


570 WWRC Washington, DC
“570 The Answer” – conservative talk
32 miles
s5

WWRC is a local-grade signal almost all day and night at my home.  It is simulcast on nearby Warrenton, VA’s 1250 WRCW.  From the late 1950s until 1992, the signal was the AM side of classical WGMS, which was heard on DC’s 103.5 FM until 2006.


600 WCAO Baltimore, MD
“Heaven 600” – religious
59 miles

s2

WCAO is much more stronger in my car than indoors.  It broadcasts HD Radio, but I have never decoded it at my home.


630 WMAL Washington, DC
“WMAL” – conservative talk
25 miles
s5

Simulcasting on 105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge, VA, WMAL airs all-day blocks of conservative talk.


730 WTNT Alexandria, VA
“La Capital” – spanish
10 miles
s5

“La Capital” is a very strong signal heard 24 hours at my home.  It can also be heard on 102.9 W274BH Chantilly, VA in the western suburbs of Washington, DC.  It was first logged in 2006 as “Triple X ESPN Radio” WXTR with a sports format.


780 WAVA Arlington, VA
“105.1 WAVA” – religious
17 miles
s5

780 WAVA is co-owned with 105.1 WAVA-FM.  It airs a religious format, including mostly preaching programs.


820 WWFD Frederick, MD
“The Gamut” – AAA
53 miles
s2

WWFD is the first all-HD Radio signal in the United States, meaning those with analog AM radios cannot receive the station at all.  It dropped analog programming and went all-digital in 2018.  It airs “The Gamut,” an AAA-formatted signal heard on multiple FM translators in the Washington, DC area, including an HD Radio subchannel of Washington’s 103.5 WTOP.  At my home in Virginia, WWFD is a weak signal, often subdecoding on my radios but rarely decoding fully.  It was first logged in 2008 as politics-formatted “Federal News Radio.”


900 WCLM Laurel, MD
“Radio America 900” – spanish
36 miles
s3

WCLM has been airing Spanish music since I first logged them in as WILC in 2010.  The call letters changed to WCLM in 2018.   They are a strong signal in my car, but very weak to undetectable indoors.  It


920 WURA Quantico, VA
“Radio Unida 920” – spanish
7 miles
s5

WURA first signed on in 2010.  It is a very strong signal that can be heard all day and night at my home, often clobbering 910 and 930 AM to the point where other signals cannot be heard.


980 WTEM Washington, DC
“The Team 980” – sports
25 miles
s5

WTEM was “Sports Talk 980” for years, but it recently changed its name to “The Team 980.”  It is a very strong signal heard all day, although it battles with Troy, NY’s 980 WOFX at night.  The signal has a long history as WRC, which aired NBC radio in the 1940s and had a news and CHR format from that point until the 1970s.  It began its current sports format in 1998.


1030 WWGB Indian Head, MD
“Poder 1030” – spanish
25 miles
s5

WWGB is a strong signal at my home.  It has aired a Spanish format since my first logging of them in 2006.


1050 WBQH Silver Spring, MD
“La Mera Mera” – spanish
27 miles
s5

First logged as an AM simulcast of Washington, DC’s 103.5 WTOP news format, the station flipped to Spanish as WBQH by 2011.  It is a strong daytime signal that cannot be heard at night.  WBQH is also heard on translator 93.5 W228DI in Silver Spring, MD.  The signal has been home to over a dozen callsigns and formats over the years, most notedbly WGAY upon its debut in 1946.


1090 WBAL Baltimore, MD
“WBAL Radio 1090” – news/conservative talk
55 miles
s4

WBAL is a news/talk station that can be heard strong during the day, but weak at night.


1120 WUST Washington, DC
“New World Radio” – ethnic
17 miles
s5

WUST is a daytime-only signal that often renders adjacent frequencies useless on all of my home radios due to its strength.  It airs brokered ethnic programming and is co-owned with 1190 WCRW.


1190 WCRW Leesburg, VA
“China Radio International” – ethnic
17 miles
s5

1200 WAGE Leesburg, VA, a talk station, signed off in 2011 and moved to 1190 AM.  The new signal, WCRW, had an AC format.  In 2019, I noticed the station had an ethnic format.  WCRW is co-owned with 1120 WUST.


1250 WRCW Warrenton, VA
“570 The Answer” – talk
28 miles
s2

WRCW was first logged at my home in 2006 as religious “WPRZ.”  Today, it is a simulcast of Washington, DC’s 570 WWRC.  Its signal is weak at my home during the day.


1260 WSPZ Washington, DC
“105.1 WAVA” – religious
25 miles
s5

A daytime-only signal, WSPZ relays Arlington, VA’s 105.1 WAVA and its religious format.


1310 WDCT Fairfax, VA
“WDCT 1310 AM” – ethnic
13 miles
s5

WDCT is a very strong signal at my home, heard only during the day.  It airs a Korean religious format.


1340 WYCB Washington, DC
“Spirit 1340” – gospel
23 miles
s2

Even though WCYB is very close to my home, it is a very weak signal at 1000 watts.  It also airs on an HD Radio subchannel of DC’s 104.1 WPRS.


1390 WZHF Capitol Heights, MD
“Radio Sputnik” – Russian talk
23 miles
s5

WZHF has aired a Spanish format since my first logging of them in 2006.  It is a daytime-only signal.  The station’s city of license was Arlington, VA until 2014.  It began airing “Radio Sputnik” programming in 2014 and can also be heard on DC-area translator 105.5 W288BS.


1420 WKCW Warrenton, VA
“WKCW” – adult hits
27 miles
s5

An oddity among AM radio stations in the 2010s, WKCW airs a traditional adult hits format, much like a “Jack FM” signal would.  I first received them in 2006 when they aired a Spanish format.


1460 WKDV Manassas, VA
“La Ley” – spanish
15 miles
s5

1460 WKDV airs a Spanish format and can also be heard on translator 106.3 W292BC Gainesville, VA.


1480 WPWC Dumfries, VA
“We Act Radio” – community
15 miles
s5

First logged as “Radio Fiesta” with a spanish format in 2006, WPWC now airs a community radio format.


1500 WFED Washington, DC
“Federal News Network” – politics
28 miles
s5

1500 AM was first logged in 2006 as WTOP, a simulcast of all-news 103.5 WTOP-FM in Washington.  In xxxx, it flipped to “Federal News Radio,” a political talk format that airs 24/7.  It remains a sister signal of WTOP to this day, as it shares owners and studios.


1560 WKIK La Plata, MD
“Country 102.9 WKIK” – country
17 miles
s2

A weak but consistent signal, WKIK-AM simulcasts 102.9 WKIK-FM, a country signal serving southern Maryland.  It can be heard all day and night at my home.


1580 WJFK Morningside, MD
“El Zol Deportes” – spanish sports
24 miles
s4

First logged as WPGC “Heaven 1580” with a religious format in 2006, the signal flipped to WHFS “The Big Talker 1580” with a talk format in 2011.


1610 W??? Ft. Belvoir, VA
“Belvoir Radio 1610” – information

Heard about 5 miles north of my home in Lorton, VA, low power 1610 AM airs a loop of information for visitors and residents of the Ft. Belvoir Army Base.  It cannot be heard at my home due to its weak signal.


1630 WQHK899 Woodbridge, VA
Northern Virginia Community College information
s4

WQHK899, at one point, had detailed information for visitors of Northern Virginia Community College.  Today, it airs a short loop of a computer-synthesized voice saying “Northern Virginia Community College.  Welcome to NOVA” without any further information.  The signal is weak at my house but local-grade in my car.  It can be heard day and night.


1630 WPHG707 Oxon Hill, MD
testing

Heard only in my car about 10 miles north in Springfield VA and points north, WPHG707 is a Maryland Department of Transportation radio station.  It airs a computer synthesized voice with a loop that simply reads “This is a test.”


1690 WPTX Lexington Park, MD
“WPTX” – AC
46 miles
s2

Weak in my car and unlistenable at my home, WPTX airs an adult contemporary format.  It was first logged in 2006 with a sports format.

 

Nighttime AM signals (skywave)

AM reception at night is much different than during the day.  AM signals bounce off the E-layer of the atmosphere between sunset and sunrise, often resulting in interesting receptions of hundreds of miles away.  The stations below are the signals that I often receive at night via skywave.  For brevity, I have not included the local stations linked above that also come in at night during groundwave propagation.

 

550 WGR Buffalo, NY
“WGR Sports Radio 550” – sports
295 miles


650 WSM Nashville, TN
“650 AM WSM” – country
555 miles


660 WFAN New York, NY
“WFAN” – sports
223 miles


670 WSCR Chicago, IL
“670 The Score” – sports
612 miles


700 WLW Cincinnati, OH
“News Radio 700 WLW” – news
382 miles


710 WOR New York, NY
“710 WOR” – talk
223 miles


720 WGN Chicago, IL
“WGN Radio” – news/talk/sports
612 miles


740 CFZM Toronto, ON
“Zoomer Radio” – standards
364 miles


750 WSB Atlanta, GA
“News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB” – news/talk
512 miles


760 WJR Detroit, MI
“News Talk 760 AM” – news/talk
395 miles


770 WABC New York, NY
“77 WABC” – news/talk
228 miles


780 WBBM Chicago, IL
“News Radio 780 and 105.9 FM” – news
611 miles


800 CKLW Windsor, ON
“AM 800 CKLW” – news/talk
382 miles


810 WGY Schenectady, NY
“AM 810, 103.1 News Radio WGY” – news/talk
333 miles


840 WHAS Louisville, KY
“840 WHAS” – news/talk
443 miles


880 WCBS New York, NY
“WCBS” – news
238 miles


890 WLS Chicago, IL
“89 WLS” – news/talk
593 miles


1000 WMVP Chicago, IL
“ESPN Radio” – sports
605 miles


1010 WINS New York, NY
“1010 Wins” – news
223 miles


1020 KDKA Pittsburgh, PA
“News Radio 1020 KDKA” – news
194 miles


1030 WBZ Boston, MA
“WBZ News Radio 1030” – news/talk
418 miles


1080 WTIC Hartford, CT
“WTIC News Talk 1080” – news/talk
318 miles


1100 WTAM Cleveland, OH
“News Radio WTAM 1100” – news/talk
293 miles


1110 WBT Charlotte, NC
“News 1110, 99.3 WBT” – news/talk
443 miles


1120 KMOX St. Louis, MO
“News Radio 1120 KMOX” – news/talk
443 miles


1140 WRVA Richmond, VA
“News Radio 1140 WRVA” – news/talk
87 miles


1170 WWVA Wheeling, WV
“News Radio 1170 WWVA” – news/talk
217 miles


1210 WPHT Philadelphia, PA
“Talk Radio 1210 WPHT” – talk
151 miles


1220 WHKW Cleveland, OH
“AM 1220 The Word” – religious
298 miles


1520 WWKB Buffalo, NY
“ESPN Radio” – sports
295 miles


1530 WCKY Cincinnati, OH
“ESPN Radio” – sports
396 miles


1560 WFME New York, NY
“Family Radio” – religious
227 miles