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According to nielsonmedia.com statistics for 2005-2006, the Richmond, Virginia market area is the 60th largest Designated Market Area in the United States, with 510,770 households and 0.463 percent of the United States population. Richmond is served by a variety of communication media:

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Print Media

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Daily

The local daily newspaper in Richmond is the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

National Newspapers available for purchase include the Washington Post, the New York Times and USA Today at some hotels.

Weekly and monthly

Monthly

Richmond Magazine is the official magazine for the capital of Virginia and the surrounding Central Virginia region. It is published monthly and reaches readers, not only in Central Virginia but also statewide. It is on more than 1,200 newsstands across Virginia, and the subscribers are paid-circulation customers.

Richmond magazine, trading as Target Communications, is a recognized publishing leader in Central Virginia. Along with publishing a monthly magazine, it produces the annual newcomer's Complete Sourcebook and a Corporate Relocation Guide used by the Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Richmond Partnership and many major corporations. In addition, Richmond Magazine publishes the Richmond Metropolitan and Convention Bureau's official Visitors Guide, with a print run of more than 300,000, and it publishes the annual Who's Who Directory of Richmond businesses for the Chamber of Commerce.

RVA Magazine is a full color, high quality publication which focuses on the cutting edge art, music, events, and culture of the area. RVA Magazine has also been involved in putting together and sponsoring groundbreaking cultural events including the Falling From Grace music festival, Halloweek (which included Richmond's first Halloween Parade by puppet theatre troupe All the Saints), and the Carytown NYE Bash (New Year's Eve street event which drew close to 20,000 people-a first of its kind for Richmond). It is free to the public, both in print form, and in multiple digital formats on their webpage.

Alt Weeklies

There are also several weekly, semi-weekly, and monthly publications. These include the two big weeklies Style Weekly[1] and Brick[2] magazine (launched in September 2006). Brick is what Style Weekly editor Jason Roop calls a "faux alt weekly" because it is owned by Media General and formerly edited by Pete Humes[3], the past editor of defunct popular weekly alternative Punchline[4]. However, Style Weekly could also be classified as a "faux alt weekly" as it's owned by a large privately held media company, Landmark Communications, that also owns The Virginian-Pilot and was the former owner of The Weather Channel. Then there is the monthly RVA Magazine (launched in April 2005), which is a full color, high quality publication which focuses on the cutting edge art, music, events, and culture of the area. RVA Magazine has also been involved in putting together and sponsoring groundbreaking cultural events including the Falling From Grace music festival, Halloweek (which included Richmond's first Halloween Parade by puppet theatre troupe All the Saints), and the Carytown NYE Bash (New Year's Eve street event which drew close to 20,000 people-a first of its kind for Richmond).

News and Newsmagazines

The Richmond Free Press[5] and the Richmond Voice [6] are weekly newspapers that cover the news from a predominantly African American perspective. The only Hispanic magazine in the state La Voz Hispana de Virginia [7] provides significant cultural and news content in both English and Spanish. There are also two major publications from the Jewish community of Richmond, published in English, The Reflector is the semi-weekly newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Richmond and Virginia Jewish Life (formerly, Virginia Jewish News) is an independent monthly magazine published by the Chabad community of Richmond, but highlighting stories of general Jewish interest in Virginia. City Edition was a civic-minded newspaper that lists municipal and council related events, issues, and results, and which stopped publication in October 2007. [8]. Richmond.com is also an online newsmagazine with a wide readership. Other local topical publications include Richmond Parents Magazine and V Magazine for Women, the voice of women in Richmond [9]. Richmond Guide[10] is a quarterly that is targeted toward visitors. The Richmond Defender[11] is a bimonthly progressive newspaper with a press run of 15,000 distributed through more than 250 distribution sites in Richmond, plus 12 other Virginia cities.

Regional and County Newspapers include the following:

Student

VCU, VUU, and University of Richmond have student-run newspapers, including VCU's Commonwealth Times, The Vine, Amendment, and Poictesme.

Television

Richmond is also served by several television stations.

Broadcast

Richmond's over-the-air television stations:

Analog Digital Cable Callsign Network(s) Ownership Website
6 25 9 WTVR CBS Raycom Media
sale to Local TV LLC pending
http://www.wtvr.com
8 22 8/10** WRIC ABC Young Broadcasting http://www.wric.com
12 12 12 WWBT NBC Raycom Media http://www.wwbt.com
17 n/a n/a WXOB Religious Independent KM Broadcasting none
23 42 23 WCVE PBS Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation http://www.wcve.org
35 26 11
209
WRLH Fox
MyNetworkTV on DT2
Sinclair Broadcast Group http://www.foxrichmond.com
http://www.mytvrichmond.com
39 39* n/a W39CO TBN National Minority TV http://www.tbn.org
45 n/a n/a WZTD Telemundo ZGS Communications http://www.telemundo.com
49 51* n/a WRID Daystar Word of God Fellowship (Daystar) http://www.daystar.com
57 44 24 WCVW PBS Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation http://www.ideastations.org/wcvw
65 47 13 WUPV CW Southeastern Media Holdings
operated by Raycom Media
http://www.cwrichmond.tv

* These low-power stations will flash-cut from analog to digital during 2009 or 2010.
** WRIC is generally carried on cable 8 north of the James River, and cable 10 south of the James.

Cable

Comcast is the primary cable television provider for the Richmond area (Richmond city proper, Chesterfield and Henrico County). In the city and Henrico County, it is the successor to the franchise originally held by Continental Cablevision, then MediaOne, then AT&T Broadband, before Comcast acquired AT&T Broadband. In Chesterfield, it is the successor to the franchise originally held by Storer Cable. Verizon now offers cable, called Fios TV, in Richmond and Chesterfield County and is currently expanding its services farther into the outlying Richmond area.

Radio

The metropolitan area is also served by a variety of radio stations, serving a wide variety of musical and other interests.

AM

There are also several AM stations serving a variety of music, talk, and sports topics, including the following:

Frequency Callsign Nickname Format Owner Web site
580 WLES The Truth Religious Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting none
800 WSVS The Train Classic Country / Sports Gee Communications http://ontheradio.net
820 WGGM The Gospel Giant Religious Hoffman http://www.am820.net
910 WRNL Sports Radio 910 Sports radio Clear Channel http://www.sportsradio910.com
950 WXGI ESPN 950 ESPN radio Red Zebra Broadcasting http://www.espn950am.com
990 WLEE All News 990 News/Talk Davidson Media Group http://www.allnews990.com
1140 WRVA Newsradio 1140 WRVA News/Talk (50,000 watts) Clear Channel http://www.wrva.com
1240 WTPS The People's Station Urban Talk/Classic Soul Radio One http://www.newstalk1240wtps.com/home.asp
1290 WDZY Radio Disney Children's radio Walt Disney Company http://www.radiodisney.com
1320 WVNZ La Selecta Spanish Davidson Media Group http://www.selecta1320.com
1340 WHAP The Heart Of The Tri-Cities sports/Variety/Talk PT Brown Broadcasting http://www.1340whap.com/
1380 WBTK Radio Poder Hispanic Religion Mt. Rich Media http://www.wbtk.com/
1430 WHAN Hanover's Own Business news / variety Fifth Estate http://www.whan1430.com
1450 WCLM Heart & Soul Of Richmond Urban Oldies/Religion/Variety World Media http://www.wclmradio.com
1480 WTOX La Equis/The X Spanish Davidson Media Group http://www.radiorichmond.com
1540 WREJ Rejoice Radio Gospel Davidson Media Group http://www.rejoice1540.com
1590 WFTH The Light Gospel Tri-City Christian Radio none
1620 WPQE514 Highway Advisory Road Condition Reports Commonwealth Of Virginia none
  • WSVS is based in Crewe
  • WROU is based in Petersburg
  • WHAP is based in Hopewell
  • WHAN is based in Ashland
  • WCLM is based in Highland Springs

FM

On the FM dial, some of the popular music stations include the following:

Frequency Callsign Nickname Format Owner Web site
88.9 WCVE-FM Community Idea Stations Public Radio [Classical / Jazz / Talk / Public Affairs / News / NPR / Special Interest Programming] Commonwealth Public Broadcasting http://ideastations.org
89.7 / 88.1 WAUQ-FM / WRIH-FM American Family Religious American Family http://www.afr.net
90.1 WDCE-FM 90.1 FM student-run Alternative Music University Of Richmond http://www.wdce.org
90.5 WJYJ-FM "Positive Hits: 89.9 and the NEW 90.5 PER" Christian and gospel Positive Alternative Radio http://ontheradio.net
91.1 WHCE-FM Mix 91 Henrico County student-run-Contemporary Music County Of Henrico http://www.mix91.com
91.3 WVST-FM The Source R&B/Urban/Jazz/Public affairs/Sports Virginia State University http://www.vsu.edu
92.1 WCDX-FM iPower 92 Mainstream Urban Radio One http://www.ipower921.com
93.1 WLFV-FM 93.1 The Wolf Country music & Southern rock Main Line Broadcasting http://www.931thewolf.com
93.5 WBBC-FM Bobcat Country Country / Sports Denbar Communications http://www.bobcatcountryradio.com
94.5 WRVQ-FM Q94 Top 40/CHR Clear Channel http://www.wrvq94.com
95.3 WKHK-FM K95 Country music Cox Radio http://www.k95country.com
96.5 WKLR-FM 96.5 KLR Classic rock Cox Radio http://www.965klr.com
96.9 WWUZ-FM Classic Rock 96-9 Classic rock* Star Publishing Co. http://www.classicrock969.com
97.3 WRIR-LP Richmond Indie Radio Specialty Music Programs & Community focused programming Virginia Center For The Public Press http://www.wrir.org/
98.1 WTVR-FM Lite 98 soft adult contemporary Clear Channel http://www.lite98.com
98.9 WWLB-FM 98.9 Liberty Variety Adult hits Main Line Broadcasting http://www.989liberty.com
99.3/105.7 WKJS-FM / WKJM-FM 105.7 & 99.3 Kiss FM Urban Adult Contemporary Radio One http://www.yestokiss.com
100.1 WYFJ-FM FM 100 Christian and gospel BBN http://www.bbnradio.com
100.5 WZEZ-FM Easy 100.5 Standards Hoffman http://www.wzezradio.com
100.9 WDYL-FM Y101 modern rock Cox Radio http://www.y101rocks.com
102.1 WRXL-FM 102.1 the X modern rock Clear Channel http://www.1021thex.com
103.1 WNRN-FM "Modern Rock, No Commercials" Modern Rock (Translator for non-profit WNRN-FM/Charlottesville) ) Stu-Com http://www.wnrn.rlc.net
103.7 WMXB-FM Mix 103-7 adult contemporary Cox Radio http://mix1037.com
104.7 WPZZ-FM Praise 104.7 Urban Gospel Radio One http://www.praise1047.com
106.5 WBTJ-FM 106.5 The Beat Mainstream Urban Clear Channel http://www.wbtj.com
106.9 WAFX-FM 106.9 The Fox Classic Rock Saga http://www.1069thefox.com
107.3/100.3 WBBT-FM / WARV-FM 107.3 BBT Oldies Main Line Broadcasting http://www.1073bbt.com
  • WDCE is based at the University of Richmond
  • WWUZ is based in Bowling Green/Fredericksburg
  • WAFX is based in Norfolk
  • WNRN is based in Charlottesville
  • WBBC is based in Blackstone
  • WVST is based In Petersburg
  • WHCE is based in Highland Springs
  • WZEZ is based in Goochland

Internet Media

While electronic is a new category of media, several outlets compete for online readership. A number of neighborhood news sites have come online in 2007.

Media Corporations

Radio ownership in Richmond is concentrated among six companies:

Two other media corporations are based in Richmond and own a substantial number of stations in Richmond and around the country:

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