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

Click on the video to the right to watch my FM dial scan video from 2/2/2019, showing a true representation of normal radio conditions without any tropospheric enhancement at my home. Please note that since the radio dial is always changing, this video may not represent the current radio dial listed below.

s5 = Very strong stereo signal
s4 = Strong stereo signal
s3 = Acceptable stereo signal
s2 = listenable mono signal, some static
s1 = poor mono signal, almost unlistenable due to static

 = station broadcasts HD Radio
 = station runs RDS


87.7 WDCN-LP Alexandria, VA  s5
“La Nueva 87.7” – spanish, 3 KW, 10 miles from my home

First signed on in 2007 as an LPTV broadcasting the Unison TV network with the calls W06CJ, the signal took on the calls WDCN-LP became an all-FM station in 2010 with a Spanish format.


88.5 WAMU Washington, DC  s5
“WAMU 88.5” – public radio, 50 KW, 22 miles from my home

WAMU, operated by American University, is Washington’s longtime National Public Radio affiliate. Many NPR shows are based at WAMU’s studios in Northwest Washington.


88.9 WEAA Baltimore, MD  s2
“WEAA 88.9” – jazz, 12.5 KW, 59 miles from my home

WEAA serves Baltimore with Jazz and, on occasion, urban music programming. In the summer months, WEAA often mixes in with Richmond’s 89.9 WCVE at 77 miles away.


89.3 WPFW Washington, DC  s5
“89.3 WPFW” – variety, 21 KW, 21 miles from my home

An eclectic mix of music can be heard on 89.3 WPFW, including everything from urban, reggae, and world music. They also, on occasion, air progressive talk programming. After years of being the only major DC FM signal that didn’t run RDS, WPFW finally added the service in 2017.


89.7 W209BY Woodbridge, VA  s5
“Your Encouraging WPER” – ccm, .008 KW, 1 mile from my home
repeats 90.5 WPER

This translator signed on in 2008. For years, it relayed Roanoke, VA’s 88.3 WRVL as “Victory FM” with religious talk; later with contemporary Christian as “The Journey,” but it was sold and became a relay of 89.9 WPIR in 2016.


89.9 WPIR Culpeper, VA  s1
“Your Encouraging WPER” – ccm, 41 KW, 29 miles from my home
repeats 90.5 WPER

WPIR is part of the “WPER” contemporary Christian radio network that can be heard almost everywhere in the northern region of Virginia via four translators and its full-power simulcast, 90.5 WPER. The station, while paired with 90.5, went through many names throughout the years, such as “Positive Hits 89.9 & 90.5 WPER,” “Positive Hits PER,” and “Your PER,” before settling on the current name in early 2020. WPIR, although only 29 miles away, often gets clobbered by HD Radio interference from local 90.1 WCSP at my home and is a difficult, if not impossible, catch indoors. WPIR does often come in when I’m in my car. Up until February 2018, this signal had the WPER calls, which went to its sister outlet on 90.5 as part of a multi-station callsign swap.


90.1 WCSP-FM Washington, DC  s5
“C-Span Radio” – politics, 36 KW, 36 miles from my home

Perhaps one of the only, if not the only, 24/7 politics-formatted FM signal in the US, WCSP has aired C-SPAN Radio as long as I can remember. It features, much like C-SPAN-TV, gavel-to-gavel coverage of congressional happenings, as well as audio relays of important political proceedings, such as the State of the Union or political conventions. Its HD Radio multicasts offers even more political coverage that differs from its main HD-1 signal.


90.5 WPER Fredericksburg, VA   s3
“Your Encouraging WPER” – ccm, 38 KW, 37 miles from my home

Originally logged as “Joy 90.5” WJYJ, this station was paired with 89.9 WPER in the late 2000s.  The 89.9/90.5 simulcast soon grew to four translators across northern Virginia.  WJYJ retained its callsign until 2018, when it became WPIR to match WPER’s callsign as part of a multi-station callsign swap.  A year later, WPIR and WPER swapped callsigns.  The station, while paired with 89.9, went through many names throughout the years, such as “Positive Hits 89.9 & 90.5 WPER,” “Positive Hits PER,” and “Your PER,” before settling on the current name in early 2020.


90.9 WETA Washington, DC   s5
“Classical 90.9 WETA” – classical, 75 KW, 17 miles from my home

WETA is the FM complement of WETA-TV, Washington’s major PBS affiliate. WETA airs a classical music format, but it was all-news in the early 2000s. After cross-town 103.5 WGMS’ classical format flipped to 104.1 WWZZ and after the new 104.1 WGMS flipped to adult hits a year later, WETA reportedly acquired WGMS’ musical library and switched formats accordingly. This wasn’t the first time the signal was classical–it had a long history of the format prior to being all-news.


91.3 WARN Culpeper, VA    s2
“American Family Radio” – religious talk, 13.5 KW, 31 miles from my home
repeats national AFR talk network

A new signal as of 2016, WARN moved from 91.5 to 91.3 FM as part of a two-station signal allocation swap in Northwestern Virginia. Nearby 91.3 WTRM Winchester, VA moved to 91.1 FM in 2015, allowing WARN to assume the 91.3 frequency.


91.5 WBJC Baltimore, MD   s4
“WBJC 91.5” – classical, 50 KW, 57 miles from my home

WBJC is Baltimore’s classical station. Its blowtorch HD Radio signal decodes at my home at almost all hours of the day, even when the other Baltimore FMs are weak.


91.9 WGTS Washington, DC   s5
“WGTS 91.9” – ccm, 23.5 KW, 26 miles from my home

WGTS is Washington’s longtime contemporary Christian radio station. The station’s utilization of HD Radio technology has been spotty over the years.  It debuted HD Radio in 2015, but turned it off in 2018.  The HD signal resumed in early 2020.


92.3 WERQ-FM Baltimore, MD   s3
“92Q” – urban, 37 KW, 56 miles from my home

Owned by Urban One, WERQ-FM’s format focuses on more upbeat urban music and less on R&B.  WERQ-FM is very similar in terms of on-air presentation and playlist to co-owned 93.9 WKYS Washington, DC, a local station at my home.  WERQ is usually strong enough to bring in a stereo signal with RDS most days, while its HD Radio signal decodes mostly during the warmer months only.


92.5 WINC-FM Winchester, VA    s4
“92.5 Wink FM” – hot AC, 22 KW, 46 miles from my home

A longtime hot AC station, “Wink FM” comes in local-grade at my home, given its transmitter is high atop a mountain in the Appalachians to the west.  WINC-FM’s signal covers a huge section of land in the upper portion of Virginia, as well as eastern West Virginia, and Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay.  WINC-FM’s signal has suffered somewhat after next-door 92.7 WDCJ turned on HD Radio in 2017, as WDCJ’s 92.6 MHz IBOC sideband often clobbers WINC-FM’s analog signal if I aim my antenna SE toward WDCJ.  I can still get WINC-FM in stereo if I turn my antenna toward the stations’ transmitter to the northwest.


92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD   s5
“Majic 102.3 and 92.7” – urban AC, 2.85 KW, 36 miles from my home
repeats 102.3 WMMJ

This station has long simulcated another frequency in the DC area. WDCJ’s pairing with 94.3 in nearby Buckland, VA started in 2001 when then-92.7 WMJS “Easy 92.7” ended its easy listening format. It went off-air for a short time and returned with a Spanish format, as WBZS “La Mega 92.7, 94.3.” The simulcast continued in 2006 after a format flip to sports as WWXT when both signals began relaying nearby 980 WTEM, DC’s ESPN Radio affiliate. Due to the new “trimulcast,” the station was penned “Triple X ESPN Radio.” The sports format lasted for nearly a decade, ending on May 1, 2017. At that time, WWXT also ended its pairing with 94.3 and started to rebroadcast DC’s 102.3 WMMJ. The station changed its calls to WDCJ and added HD Radio and RDS soon afterward. WDCJ is local grade at my home, but often gets succumbed by strong DX.


92.9 W225CN Centreville, VA
“La Capital” – spanish, .025 KW, 14 miles from my home
repeats 730 WTNT

This signal is a new sign-on as of late 2016, rebroadcasting 730 WTNT Alexandria, VA’s spanish format, which is also heard on 97.5 W245BE. W225CN is a tough catch at my home, as 92.7 WDCJ’s HD Radio sideband on 92.8 FM often clobbers the 92.9 frequency.


93.1 WPOC Baltimore, MD   s3
“93.1 WPOC” – country, 19.5 KW, 51 miles from my home

Baltimore’s Country station is a semi-local at my home, always bringing in a stereo signal. Its HD Radio signal only comes in during summer signal enhancement, but I can usually tune in WPOC with stereo and RDS 24/7.


93.3 WFLS-FM Fredericksburg, VA  s5
“93.3 WFLS” – country, 50 KW, 26 miles from my home

A country station for as long as I can remember, WFLS is a mammoth of a signal that can be heard throughout most of Virginia. Once known as “93 WFLS,” the station added the “.3” to their name in 2007. The station turned off its HD Radio signal in 2017.


93.9 WKYS Washington, DC   s5
“93.9 WKYS” – urban, 50 KW, 21 miles from my home

One of DC’s two urban FM signals, WKYS tends to lean more urban and less rhythmic CHR in comparison to its chief competitor, 95.5 WPGC. It was known for years as “93-9 Kiss FM,” before simplifying its name to “93.9 WKYS” in 2002. The station’s name often swapped between the two until the late 2000s, when the newer name stuck. In the mid 2010s the name transitioned to “9-3-9 WKYS,” but it returned to the tried-and-true “93.9 WKYS” in 2017.


94.3 WLZV Buckland, VA  s3
“K-Love” – ccm, 2 KW, 32 miles from my home
repeats national K-Love radio network

WLZV flipped to K-Love on July 20, 2017, being the first major (non-translator) K-Love signal in the Washington, DC region. From 2006 to early 2017, the station, under the WWXX calls, was paired with nearby 92.7 WWXT as FM simulcasts of DC’s 980 WTEM sports radio. From 2000-2006 it was also simulcasted with WWXT as WBPS “La Mega 92.7 & 94.3,” airing Spanish music. Before that, it operated as its own station (non-simulcasting) as WUPP “Up Country 94.3” before 1999 and hot AC WPLC “Pulse 94 Dot 3” for less than a year in 1999.


94.7 WIAD Bethesda, MD   s5
“94-7 The Drive” – classic hits, 20.5 KW, 22 miles from my home

Washington, DC’s 94.7 WIAD flipped to 70s-80s classic hits “94-7 The Drive” on October 3, 2018 after nine years as hot AC “94-7 Fresh FM.” 94.7 is one of several frequencies in Washington that has spun the format change wheel over the years. When I started DXing, it was known as WARW “Classic Rock 94-7” and flipped to WTGB “94-7 The Globe” with an AAA format in 2007. The AAA format only lasted a year, after the station reverted back to classic rock still as “The Globe” before flipping to “Fresh FM.” Soon afterward, the station adopted the WIAD calls, a representation of nearby Dulles International Airport, which bears the IATA airport code “IAD.”


95.1 WRBS-FM Baltimore, MD   s5
“95-1 Shine FM” – ccm, 50 KW, 51 miles from my home

WRBS is Baltimore’s main contemporary Christian station. Prior to 2009, the station was religious talk “95.1 WRBS.” The signal is one of a few Baltimore signals that comes in very strong with a local grade signal at my home all year long.  WRBS is a latecomer to the HD Radio scene, turning on its IBOC signal in 2016.


95.5 WPGC-FM Morningside, MD   s5
“WPGC 95.5” – urban, 50 KW, 23 miles from my home

WPGC is the second of DC’s two urban FM signals. While its core format is urban, WPGC’s format is always in flux. For a while it will sound like a mainstream urban station, then at other times it’ll throw in a few rhythmic CHR or CHR songs into the mix. WPGC was once the home of the popular morning DJ Donnie Simpson, whom now resides on cross-town 102.3 WMMJ. Although the station has been known as “WPGC 95.5” for as long as I can remember, it was briefly named “95-5 PGC” and “95-5 WPGC” from 2009 to 2010. The station resumed using its “WPGC 95.5” name afterward and to this day.


95.9 WGRQ Fairview Beach, VA  s2
“Super Hits” – classic hits, 2.4 KW, 31 miles from my home

WGRQ was a rare station that, up until the mid 2010s, still played 50s and 60s oldies. It slowly started to add 70s and 80s songs to the mix during the late 2010s, effectively changing its format to classic hits. It was known by many names over the years, including “Q96” in the 1990s, as well as “95.9 WGRQ,” “Rockin Oldies 95.9 WGRQ,” “Super Hits 95.9,” and most recently, simply “95.9.” WGRQ often mixes in with 95.9 W240DJ at my home, although its signal is usually very weak.


95.9 W240DJ Washington, DC  s3
“The Team 980 & 95.9” – sports, .10 KW, 15 miles from my home
repeats 980 WTEM

W240DJ debuted in late 2016 as an FM simulcast to Washington’s 1450 WOL, an urban talk station.  It added RDS two years later.  In mid-2019, the station switched its simulcast to Urban One’s WTEM 980 with a sports format.  W240DJ mixes in with 95.9 WGRQ at my home, coming in clearly with RDS if my antenna is aimed just right.


96.3 WHUR Washington, DC   s5
“96.3 WHUR” – urban AC, 16.5 KW, 22 miles from my home

WPGC is the second of DC’s two urban FM signals. While its core format is urban, WPGC’s format is always in flux. For a while it will sound like a mainstream urban station, then at other times it’ll throw in a few rhythmic CHR or CHR songs into the mix. WPGC was once the home of the popular morning DJ Donnie Simpson, whom now resides on cross-town 102.3 WMMJ. Although the station has been known as “WPGC 95.5” for as long as I can remember, it was briefly named “95-5 PGC” and “95-5 WPGC” from 2009 to 2010. The station resumed using its “WPGC 95.5” name afterward and to this day.


97.1 WASH Washington, DC   s5
“97.1 Wash FM” – AC, 17.5 KW, 21 miles from my home

Home to many popular radio shows like “Delilah” and Christmas tunes during the holidays, “Wash FM” often tops the DC radio ratings.  In recent years, its playlist has transformed from soft music to airing a lot of 80s pop music, perhaps as a response to cross-town 94.7 WIAD flipping to 70s and 80s-centered classic hits in 2018.


97.5 W245BE Alexandria, VA s5
“La Capital” – spanish, .025 KW, 26 miles from my home
repeats 730 WTNT

This translator signed on in 2013, originally airing conservative talk as an FM relay of WTNT 730. It went dark for two years, returning with a stunting loop of country music in mid-2015. In late 2015, the signal rebranded as “Mega 97.5” with a Spanish format, relaying the HD2 subchannel of 102.3 WMMJ. As of 2019, it changed its name to “La Capital.”  Its format can also be heard on 92.9 W225CN from nearby Centreville, VA.


97.7 WMDM Lexington Park, MD s3
“97-7 The Bay” – classic hits, 6 KW, 26 miles from my home

WMDM has had many identities over the years, and what makes the station unique is how they have reused elements of its history in its different iterations. When I started DXing in 1999, it was oldies “Oldies 97.7 WMDM” In 2006, the station flipped to rock as WYRX “97-7 The Rocket.” It regained the WMDM calls as “Magic 97.7” with a hot AC format in 2009. Later that same year, it was “97-7 The Rocket” a second time, although now with a CHR format. In 2011, WMDM flipped to easy listening as “Easy 97.7”. In 2013, it reverted back to “97-7 The Rocket” a third time with a classic rock format. The station changed formats one more time to an 80s pop-focused classic hits format as “97-7 The Bay” in 2019.


97.9 WIYY Baltimore, MD   s3
“98 Rock” – rock, 13.5 KW, 56 miles from my home

WIYY has a very strong signal that blankets northern Virginia and most of Maryland west of the Eastern Shore.  The station’s playlist is more active rock than alternative rock.  WIYY also airs some sports and talk programs at various points of the day.  Its HD Radio signal is spotty at my home, even though its analog signal is fairly strong.


98.1 W251CH Manassas, VA s4
“Radio Unida” – spanish, .25 KW, 9 miles from my home
repeats 920 WURA

W251CH airs spanish talk and music programming.  For many years I read of a translator in Northern Virginia signing on 98.1 FM, a frequency that was fairly open in my region for DX.  In 2018, I first heard W251CH, but a few days later the station was off-air.  The signal returned in late 2019 and is now local-grade at my home.


98.3 WSMD Mechanicsville, MD s4
“Star 98.3” – CHR, 3 KW, 31 miles from my home

A sister station to 97.7 WMDM, WSMD has been named “Star” for decades. This station was often on in the car when I would accompany my mother on errands as a kid in the early 90s, as classic hits “98-3 Star FM.” By 2006, it was hot AC “Star 98.3.” Today, WSMD airs a satellite CHR radio network.  The station turned off its RDS in early 2020.


98.7 WMZQ-FM Washington, DC   s5
“98.7 WMZQ” – country, 50 KW, 25 miles from my home

WMZQ is Washington’s only country music station. Although its name has largely been simply “98.7 WMZQ,” I have heard it go by “98.7 WMZQ Country” off and on over the years.


99.1 WDCH-FM Bowie, MD s5
“Bloomberg Radio” – business news, 45 KW, 39 miles from my home
relays national Bloomberg Radio network

This is one of the few signals in the DC-Baltimore area that puts a local-grade signal into both cities. Originally heritage modern rock WHFS when I started DXing in 1999, the station was sold in 2005 and reportedly kept its format flip to Spanish (and related firings of its existing air staff) a secret until it happened, according to DCRTV.com. WZLL “El Zol 99.1” soon changed its calls to WLZL. In 2012, the Spanish format, as well as the WLZL calls, moved to cross-town 107.9 while 99.1 segued to all-news WNEW “All News 99-1.” Soon afterward, its previous city of license of Annapolis, MD changed to Bowie, MD. In 2015, WNEW renamed to “News Radio 99.1” and a just a year later, flipped to business news as WDCH. The station turned off its RDS in 2017 but it returned in late 2019.


99.5 WIHT Washington, DC   s5
“Hot 99-5” – CHR, 22 KW, 25 miles from my home

“Hot 99-5” is currently DC’s only CHR station. It flipped to CHR in 2001 in an attempt to unseat then-dominant CHR 104.1 WWZZ. WIHT often ran liners criticizing WWZZ and its weak signal from Southern Maryland, which wasn’t strong within DC and its northern suburbs. Several months later, WWZZ flipped formats, allowing WIHT to prosper as the city’s sole CHR. WIHT remained the only choice in DC for pop music until 2013, when 107.3 WRQX flipped to CHR. That lasted for three years, until WRQX flipped back to its previous hot AC format. From 1999-2001, frequency was known as jammin oldies WJMO “Jamn 99-5” and before that, longtime easy listening/beautiful music WGAY “99.5 WGAY.” Personally, I have fond memories of the old WGAY, as it was what my grandmother always played in her car in the early-to-mid 90s when I’d visit her as a child.


99.9 WFRE Frederick, MD   s3
“Free Country 99-9” or “99.9 WFRE” – country, 7.6 KW, 59 miles from my home

A blowtorch signal that comes out of nearby Frederick County, MD, WFRE goes by dual names, either “Free Country 99-9” or “99.9 WFRE,” depending on the preference of the DJ or voiceguy at the time of reception.  I first noticed HD Radio on the station in 2019.  WFRE usually comes in with full RDS all year round, but the signal is quick to disappear to strong DX.


100.3 WBIG-FM Washington, DC   s5
“Big 100.3” – classic rock, 50 KW, 24 miles from my home

“Big 100.3” is a station that has seen many similar, but distinct formats over the years. In the 1990s it was “Oldies 100,” airing 50s-60s oldies. In the 2000s, the station adopted the “Big 100” name and aired classic hits, later classic rock.


100.7 W264DB Falls Church, VA s2
“WFAX 1220 AM” – religious, .10 KW, 15 miles from my home
repeats 1220 WFAX

A new signal as of 2016, W264DB airs religious talk and sermon programming.


101.1 WWDC Washington, DC   s5
“DC 101” – rock, 22.5 KW, 25 miles from my home

A modern rock station for as long as I can remember, “DC101” was one of the stations that everyone listened to when I was in high school in the early 2000s. For the longest time, the station seemed to be heavy with recurrents from the grunge era of the early 90s (i.e. Nirvana or Pearl Jam), almost acting as an active rock station at times due to the lack of new content. However, in recent years, the station seems to become much more “modern” and has dropped a lot of the older songs.


101.5 WBQB Fredericksburg, VA  s5
“B101.5” – hot AC, 50 KW, 24 miles from my home

WBQB, like cross-town 93.3 WFLS, is a blowtorch signal that can be heard almost anywhere in the northern half of Virginia. The station’s hot AC format largely leans CHR, often airing the same songs as I hear on DC’s 99.5 WIHT, minus the rhythmic crossover songs.


101.9 WLIF Baltimore, MD   s4
“Today’s 101-9” – AC, 13.5 KW, 64 miles from my home

Originally heard when I started DXing as “Lite 102,” this longtime AC station was known as “101-9 Lite FM” for years before changing to its current name in 2014. Its signal is very strong at my home, often decoding full HD Radio.


102.3 WMMJ Bethesda, MD   s5
“Majic 102.3 and 92.7” – urban AC, 2.9 KW, 21 miles from my home

Always in competition with cross-town WHUR, WMMJ is plagued with a weak signal compared to other major DC FMs. On May 1, 2017, the station started its simulcast on nearby 92.7 FM, widening its coverage area in DC’s south and southeastern suburbs. Although urban adult contemporary at heart, WMMJ often throws in other related styles of music in its playlist, such as urban, old school urban, and Go Go.


102.7 WQSR Baltimore, MD   s3
“102-7 Jack FM” – adult hits, 50 KW, 57 miles from my home

One of the cookie cutter “Jack FM” signals heard in many cities nationwide, WQSR was once WXYV “B102.7” with a CHR format. It flipped to oldies in 2002 as WQSR, inheriting the format from Baltimore’s 105.7 FM when it flipped to urban as WXYV.  WQSR is often heard with full stereo and RDS all year round at my home.  Its HD Radio signal usually only decodes during strong summer tropospheric enhancement.


102.9 WKIK-FM California, MD  s4
“Country 102.9 WKIK” – country, 4 KW, 40 miles from my home

WKIK has been country for as long as I can remember. Its sung “Country 102.9 WKIK” jingles were made by the same people who made the jingles for nearby 99.9 WFRE, so it is amusing to hear the same thing on two stations (with the obvious differences) while DXing.


103.1 W276DT Falls Church, VA s2
“EWTN Radio” – religious, .10 KW, 15 miles from my home
rebroadcasts national EWTN Radio network via 1160 WMET

W276DT signed on in late 2019, rebroadcasting the religious talk heard on Washington, DC’s 1160 WMET.  The station’s signal is very weak and mixes in with WRNR-FM at my home.  W276DT can be heard almost local grade in my car about 5 miles north of my home.


103.1 WRNR-FM Grasonville, MD  s2
“103-1 RNR” – AAA, 6 KW, 61 miles from my home

One of the last locally owned and operated FM signals in the DC-Baltimore area airing lots of indie rock, WRNR is a surprise semi-local signal, given its distance and weak ERP. Its signal often blasts in most of the warmer days with full RDS.


103.5 WTOP-FM Washington, DC   s5
“WTOP News” – news, 44 KW, 21 miles from my home

Once the home of Washington’s heritage classical “103.5 WGMS,” this station in 2006 became WTOP News’ flagship signal, which was formerly on 107.7 FM (107.7 still serves as a WTOP relay.) WGMS moved to DC’s 104.1 FM briefly and reportedly gave its library of classical music to DC’s 90.9 WETA after the 104.1 outlet changed formats a year later. Now airing 24/7 news, WTOP is often the top station in the DC radio ratings.  It has two suburban FM relays: 107.7 WWWT in Manassas, VA, and 103.9 WTLP in Braddock Heights, MD.


104.1 WPRS Waldorf, MD   s5
“Praise 104.1” – gospel, 20 KW, 23 miles from my home

Click here to read my article on the old WWZZ “Z104,” which occupied this frequency from 1996-2001.

I remember tuning in this signal in the early 90s when it was classic hits WXTR “Xtra 104.” In 1996 it flipped to CHR as “Z104” with the WWZZ calls, simulcasted on 103.9 WWVZ Braddock Heights, MD. This was monumental because at the time, DC was without a CHR station since 1992 when 105.1 WAVA flipped to religious. I have many fond memories of listening to “Z104” as a child and teenager. The station flipped to modern AC in 2001 after a short battle for CHR dominance with 99.5 WIHT. While modern AC, WWZZ was also known as simply “104” and “Washington’s 104” before rekindling the “Z104” name, albeit without the CHR format, in 2004. This signal was briefly home to WGMS’ classical format in 2005 before DC’s 90.9 WETA reportedly took over the station’s musical library and, itself, flipped to classical. In 2007, while the 104.1 signal was being sold to Radio One, it was known as adult hits WXGG “George 104.” After going dark for about a week, the station returned as gospel-formatted “Praise 104.1” WPRS.


104.5 WGRX Falmouth, VA  s3
“Thunder Country 104-5” – country, 2.7 KW, 37 miles from my home

First signing on in 2002 as “Thunder 104.5,” the station has since added the word “country” to their name.


104.7 W284CQ Washington, DC  s3
“Wonk FM” – news/talk, .09 KW, 21 miles from my home
repeats 101.1 WWDC-HD2

“Wonk FM” debuted in January 2019 with a news/talk format. The translator first came on-air in January 2017 as relay of co-owned 99.5 WIHT, “Hot 99-5,” intriguingly airing the signal’s CHR format a few seconds ahead of the main 99.5 signal, reportedly without the station’s “dump delay.” Soon after, the signal flipped to relaying 101.1 WWDC’s HD2 channel, a rock format without a name. By 2018, it adopted the name “104-7 The Rock Nation.” In April 2017, the rock format took a pause for a month and featured 80s music as “DC’s 104-7 Cherry Blossom Radio,” to coincide with the city’s annual cherry blossom festival.


105.1 WAVA-FM Arlington, VA   s5
“105.1 WAVA” – religious, 44 KW, 21 miles from my home

Once home to one of DC’s heritage CHR signals in the 1980s, WAVA flipped to religious in 1992, oddly keeping its CHR-era logo to this day. Although the station mostly airs religious talk and sermons, it occasionally airs christian contemporary music, too.  WAVA debuted its HD Radio signal in June 2018, but turned off its RDS in early 2020.


105.5 W288BS Reston, VA  s3
“Radio Sputnik” – news, .09 KW, 11 miles from my home
repeats 1390 WZHF

W288BS airs the Russian Government’s news channel. From its debut in 2008 to 2017, the station was known as “WAMU’s Bluegrass Country,” which rebroadcasted 88.5 WAMU-HD2.


105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge, VA  s5
“105.9 WMAL” – talk, 28 KW, 17 miles from my home

Once home to the smooth jazz format as WJZW “Smooth Jazz 105.9,” WMAL has aired conservative news and talk since 2011.  It originally rebroadcasted 630 WMAL, but the simulcast ended in June 2019 when 630 flipped to sports as WSBN.  WMAL-FM now operates as its own FM-only station. Between its smooth jazz and talk years, it aired oldies as WJZW “True Oldies 105.9” and classic rock as WVRX “105-9 The Edge.” WMAL turned off its HD Radio signal in 2016.


106.3 WJPN-LP Prince William, VA s5
“EWTN Radio” – religious, .03 KW, 6 miles from my home
repeats national EWTN Radio radio network

A recent sign-on in 2016 stationed at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, VA, WJPN-LP relays EWTN Radio.


106.7 WJFK-FM Manassas, VA   s5
“106-7 The Fan” – sports, 22.5 KW, 19 miles from my home

I have many childhood memories of this station, as my mother listened to it when I was a child. In the 1990s, WJFK was hot talk, airing the Howard Stern, G. Gordon Liddy, and the Don & Mike shows, along with smooth jazz music at all other times as “106.7 WJFK.” Once Stern went off terrestrial FM radio, the station retained its format but changed its name to “106.7 Free FM,” a move in line with similarly-formatted stations in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and elsewhere. The station reverted back to its “106.7 WJFK” name in 2007, two years before it flipped to all-sports. In the 1980s, this was CHR WBMW, which often went head-to-head with similarly-formatted 105.1 WAVA and 107.3 WRQX. WJFK runs HD Radio, but its digital signal is off-air a lot.


107.3 WLVW Washington, DC   s5
“K-Love” – ccm, 19.5 KW, 22 miles from my home
repeats national K-Love radio network

K-Love debuted on DC’s 107.3 on May 31, 2019 as part of a major multi-market station deal with K-Love’s parent company, EMF. With the flip came a new temporary callsign, WSOM. The calls were changed to WLVW six days later. From 1979 until 2019, the station had the WRQX callsign. From 1979-1990, it was CHR “Q107.” From 1990-2013 it was hot AC as “Mix 107.3.” In 2013, WRQX flipped to CHR as “All The Hits 107-3.” It was the first time that Washington had two CHR signals at once since 2001, when 99.5 WIHT flipped to CHR “Hot 99-5” as a rival to cross-town CHR 104.1 WWZZ “Z104.” By 2013, however, WWZZ’s CHR days were long gone, and it was now 107.3 WRQX against well-established WIHT. During its second go-around as CHR, WRQX’s name changed to simply “107-3” then “DC’s 107-3.” Unable to make a dent in WIHT’s ratings, WRQX segued back to its hot AC format as “Mix 107-3” (without the “point” in its name) in 2016. Morning show host Jack Diamond, who was with WRQX for 29 years, hosted the signal’s final farewell before it switched to K-Love.


107.7 WWWT-FM Manassas, VA   s3
“WTOP News” – news, 44 KW, 21 miles from my home
repeats 103.5 WTOP-FM

From when I started DXing in 1999 to 2005, this was WTOP News’ flagship station sporting the WTOP-FM calls. When the WTOP-FM calls and format moved to 103.5 FM, 107.7 became WTWP-FM “Washington Post Radio” and aired a long-form, news-focused talk radio format akin to what one would hear on National Public Radio.  The newspaper partnership only lasted a year, but the station retained the format until 2009, as WWWT-FM “3WT.” In 2009, the station became a relay of WTOP. WWWT is now one of two suburban DC FM relays of WTOP-FM. WWWT-FM’s signal is clear at my home, but it often gets clobbered by HD Radio interference from local 107.9 WLZL’s 107.8 digital sideband.


107.9 WLZL College Park, MD   s5
“El Zol 107.9” – spanish, 50 KW, 35 miles from my home

Once longtime religious-formatted WFSI, 107.9 became home of the “El Zol” Spanish format after it was taken off of the nearby 99.1 frequency in 2011. Its calls under the new format were WBGR for about a month before it changed to WLZL. Like 91.9 WGTS and 95.1 WRBS, WLZL was late to the HD Radio game, adding its IBOC signal in 2015. Unlike most Spanish stations I’ve heard, WLZL is often bilingual, airing advertisements in English, English CHR songs mixed in with the tropical songs they usually air, and its DJs often switch between both languages many times during a normal break.  WLZL’s HD Radio signal is often off-air on any given day.

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