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WVRX
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City of license Woodbridge, Virginia
Broadcast area Washington, D.C.
Branding "105.9 The Edge"
Slogan "Classic Rock That Rocks"
Frequency 105.9 MHz
(also on HD Radio)
First air date 1958
Format Classic rock
HD2: Smooth Jazz
ERP 28,000 watts (Hor.)
25,000 watts (Ver.)
HAAT 198 meters
Class B
Facility ID 70037
Transmitter coordinates 38°52′28.0″N 77°13′24.0″W / 38.87444°N 77.22333°W / 38.87444; -77.22333
Former callsigns WJZW (1994-2009)
WCXR-FM (1986-1994)
WPKX-FM (1981-1986)
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
(Radio License Holding VII, LLC, Debtor in possession)
Sister stations WMAL, WRQX
Webcast Listen Live
Website theedge1059.com

WVRX (105.9 FM, "105.9 The Edge") is a classic rock music formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Woodbridge, Virginia, serving the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. WVRX is owned and operated by Citadel Broadcasting.

History

The station was assigned the call letters WPKX-FM on December 9, 1981, and aired a country format known as "Kix 106". On January 27, 1986, the station changed its call sign to WCXR-FM and instituted its first classic rock format, known as "Classic Rock 105.9".[1] The classic rock format, which was just beginning to take hold in 1986, was considered experimental and debuted to high interest and ratings before eventually falling to more normal levels.[2]

In 1989, WCXR's owners, the Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation, sold ten stations including WCXR to Group W.[3] Just four years later, in mid-1993, Group W sold WCXR to Viacom. This fueled rumors of a format change. Viacom elected to keep the format but fire the station's entire airstaff; the company officially took control on November 1, 1993.[4][5]

A new smooth jazz format, called "Smooth Jazz 105.9," finally debuted on September 30, 1994. This was spurred on, at least in part, by the format changes of WLTT (now WIAD) to classic rock and of WJZE (now WBIG-FM) to oldies.[6]

In February 1997, Viacom sold 10 stations, including WJZW, to Chancellor Broadcasting. To comply with FCC limits on the amount of radio stations that can be owned by one company, Chancellor sold WJZW to ABC Radio, which was part of the Walt Disney Company, on April 14 of the same year.[7] Citadel, the station's current owner, bought ABC Radio from Disney in 2007.

Former "Smooth Jazz 105.9" logo used from 1994-2008.
Former "True Oldies 105.9" logo used from 2008-2009.

At 3:00 p.m. on February 29, 2008, Citadel Broadcasting changed the format of WJZW to oldies and moved the former "smooth jazz" format to an HD Radio subchannel. All on-air employees were fired as a part of the format shift.[8] The first song on the new format was "Respect" by Aretha Franklin[9] and, at least initially, no local live on-air talent was utilized, with the station instead relying on Scott Shannon's The True Oldies Channel.[10] Before the change, a brief statement was read thanking the staff and listeners of Smooth Jazz 105.9. Imus in the Morning was added as the new morning show.[11]

On August 26, 2009, WJZW changed its format back to classic rock after a fifteen year hiatus, this time branded as "105.9 The Edge". The last song played by True Oldies 105.9 was "Windy" by The Association. The True Oldies Channel rarely made it into the top 20 in the DC market in terms of number of listeners.[12] The first song 105.9 The Edge played was "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith. The format shift makes the station the only one in the DC market to broadcast classic rock, though WBIG-FM broadcasts lighter "classic hits". Just after midnight on September 17, 2009, the station changed its call letters to the current WVRX.

References

  1. ^ Holland, Bill (February 8, 1986). "Metroplex Outlet Tries 'Classic Rock'". Billboard 98 (6). http://books.google.com/books?id=diQEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA16&dq=WPKX&lr=&as_brr=1&pg=PA16#v=onepage&q=WPKX&f=false. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Kim (October 25, 1986). "Classic Rock Thrives in 18 Months". Billboard 98 (43). http://books.google.com/books?id=qSQEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA10&dq=WCXR&lr=&as_brr=1&pg=PA10#v=onepage&q=WCXR&f=false. 
  3. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (April 21, 1989). "Westinghouse Sets Deal To Buy 10 Radio Stations". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1989/04/21/business/westinghouse-sets-deal-to-buy-10-radio-stations.html?pagewanted=1. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Yorke, Jeffrey (July 13, 1993). "WCXR Clings to Classic Rock". Washington Post. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/72166389.html?dids=72166389:72166389&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jul+13%2C+1993&author=Jeffrey+Yorke&pub=The+Washington+Post+%28pre-1997+Fulltext%29&desc=WCXR+Clings+to+Classic+Rock&pqatl=google. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Yorke, Jeffrey (October 26, 1993). "Staff Wipeout at WCXR-FM". Washington Post. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/72196986.html?dids=72196986:72196986&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Oct+26%2C+1993&author=Jeffrey+Yorke&pub=The+Washington+Post+%28pre-1997+Fulltext%29&desc=Staff+Wipeout+at+WCXR-FM&pqatl=google. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Yorke, Jeffrey (January 17, 1995). "WJZW-FM: A Jump for Jazz". Washington Post. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/18594250.html?dids=18594250:18594250&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jan+17%2C+1995&author=Jeffrey+Yorke&pub=The+Washington+Post+%28pre-1997+Fulltext%29&desc=WJZW-FM%3A+A+Jump+for+Jazz&pqatl=google. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Fisher, Marc (April 15, 1997). "3 More Area Radio Stations Change Hands; Sales Will Add To Conglomerate Trend". Washington Post. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/11441497.html?dids=11441497:11441497&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Apr+15%2C+1997&author=Marc+Fisher&pub=The+Washington+Post&desc=3+More+Area+Radio+Stations+Change+Hands%3B+Sales+Will+Add+to+Conglomerate+Trend&pqatl=google. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (2008-03-03). "Thie Week's Bloodbath: Citadel". NorthEast Radio Watch. http://www.fybush.com/NERW/2008/080303/nerw.html. 
  9. ^ Venta, Lance (2008-02-29). "WJZW Washington Becomes True Oldies 105.9". radioINSIGHT. http://radioinsight.com/breaking-wjzw-washington-becomes-true-oldies-1059/. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Radio Stations". Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel. http://www.trueoldieschannel.com/html/stations.html. Retrieved December 19, 2008. 
  11. ^ Farhi, Paul. "Strapped Owner Fires WMAL Host Chris Core". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/29/AR2008022903546.html. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  12. ^ "News archives". dcrtv.com. 2009-08-26. http://dcrtv.com/mediaw2.html. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 

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