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WRVA (1140 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Richmond and serving Central Virginia. WRVA airs a Talk Radio format and is owned by Audacy, Inc.[1] Established in 1925, WRVA is one of Virginia's oldest radio stations, and the most powerful AM station in the Commonwealth. For much of its history, WRVA billed itself as the "Voice of Virginia."

WRVA is a Class A, clear channel station, powered at 50,000 watts, the maximum for commercial AM stations in the U.S. It uses a directional antenna with a two-tower array to protect the other Class A station on 1140 AM, XEMR in Monterrey, Mexico. The transmitter is on WRVA Road near the James River in Henrico, Virginia.[2] WRVA is also heard on 125 watt FM translator W241AP at 96.1 MHz in Midlothian, Virginia.[3]

Weekdays begin with "Richmond's Morning News with John Reid." Afternoon drive time is hosted by Jeff Katz. The rest of the weekday schedule comes from nationally syndicated shows including Glenn Beck, Dana Loesch, Sean Hannity, Ben Shapiro and "Coast to Coast AM with George Noory." Weekends feature programs on health, money, home repair, gardening, law and technology. Syndicated weekend hosts include Kim Komando, Brian Kilmeade, Ric Edelman, "Bill Handel on the Law," "Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy," "Live on Sunday Nights, It's Bill Cunningham" and "Somewhere in Time with Art Bell." Some weekend hours are paid brokered programming. Most hours begin with CBS Radio News. WRVA is the Richmond-area home for Virginia Cavaliers football and men's basketball.

Although three-letter call signs were still available when the station was started, "WRVA" was chosen since it stands for Richmond, VirginiA. WRVA first signed on at 9 p.m. on November 2, 1925. Known initially as "Edgeworth Radio", it was owned by Larus and Brother Company, a tobacco company operating as the "House of Edgeworth." The radio station was originally put on the air as a public service two nights per week.

The early WRVA facilities were a small studio in a corner of a warehouse on Richmond's Tobacco Row using a tower mounted on the roof of the building. It soon became a vital and profitable business enterprise. By 1930, WRVA was on the air seven days a week, 24 hours daily, with its power increased to 50,000 watts. Initially it was an NBC Red Network affiliate, carrying its dramas, comedies, news, sports, soap operas, game shows and big band broadcasts during the "Golden Age of Radio." It later switched affiliation to CBS.

In 1935, WRVA built a new transmitter in Mechanicsville, a small community located northeast of Richmond. The new tower for the antenna at this location was the first all-wood self-supporting radio tower in North America.[4] Field tests conducted later indicated that the new tower produced "a 400% increase in dependable night-time service area and a three-fold increase in the daytime area."[5]

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