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WRNL (910 kHz "910 AM The Fan") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Richmond, Virginia. WRNL features a sports radio format and is owned and operated by Audacy, Inc..[3] The station's studios, offices and transmitter are all co-located just north of the Richmond city line on Basie Road in unincorporated Henrico County.[4]

WRNL is licensed by the FCC to broadcast in the HD Radio (hybrid) format.[5] The station also broadcasts on the HD2 signal of sister station 94.5 WRVQ.

Weekday mornings begin with "The Sports Junkies," syndicated from co-owned WJFK-FM in Washington, D.C.[6] Wes McElroy does a local sports show in afternoons and Fox Sports Radio is heard during the rest of the schedule. WRNL is the flagship station for Virginia Commonwealth University Rams basketball, Virginia Tech Hokies football, and Richmond Flying Squirrels minor league baseball.

WRNL is among the oldest stations in Richmond. Station WLBG, broadcasting on 332.5 meters (902 kHz) with 100 watts from Petersburg, was granted a license on December 13, 1926. The owner was Robert Allen Gamble.[1][2] In 1931, WLBG, Inc. was created to hold the license, and Gamble sold it to local tobacco businessmen the following year.[7]

On August 27, 1935, WLBG, Inc. was sold to a group of three – Richmond News Leader publisher John Stewart Bryan, his son D. Tennant Bryan, and the paper's editor Douglas Southall Freeman.[2]

As WPHR, a daytimer required to sign off at sunset, the station joined the Virginia Broadcasting Network, a five-station group headed by WCHV Charlottesville, on February 1, 1936. Although a planned 16-hour day of common programming failed in three months due to high costs, the network remained to carry Virginia Cavaliers football. The station's FCC record contains several dozen special authorizations to operate after sunset for football games.[2][8][9]

On November 14, 1937, the station began broadcasting from Richmond as WRNL, with the call sign referring to The Richmond News Leader. It broadcast on a frequency of 880 kHz at 500 watts, still daytime-only.

WRNL was granted round-the-clock operation in September 1940.[2][9][10] Its studios were at 323 East Grace Street in Richmond, and the transmitter was in Henrico County, Virginia.[2][11][12]

On September 1, 1940, The Richmond News Leader merged with The Richmond Times-Dispatch, owner of station WRTD, a 100-watt station on 1500 kHz in Richmond. (The newspapers remained separate entities, but they were owned by the same company, Richmond Newspapers, Incorporated.) As part of the merger, WRTD voluntarily surrendered its license to the Federal Communications Commission effective midnight August 31, 1940. At the same time, WRNL became the NBC Blue Network affiliate in Richmond. WRNL simultaneously went to 100 watts of power (full-time).[13]

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