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WRVQ (94.5 MHz "Q94") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, and serving Central Virginia. WRVQ is owned and operated by Audacy, Inc..[1] It airs a Top 40 (CHR) radio format. The syndicated Elvis Duran show from WHTZ in New York City is heard in morning drive time. The studios and offices are located just north of Richmond city limits on Basie Road in unincorporated Henrico County, Virginia.

WRVQ's transmitter is on WRVA Road in Henrico.[2] The station has an unusually high effective radiated power (ERP) of 200,000 watts. WRVQ broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format. The HD2 digital subchannel carries the sports radio format of sister station WRNL 910 AM.

On August 10, 1948, the station signed on as WRVB.[3][4] It was the FM counterpart to WRVA. WRVA and WRVB were owned by a tobacco company, Larus & Brother, with studios in the Hotel Richmond. WRVB was powered at 25,000 watts, mostly simulcasting WRVA, including the line-up of CBS Radio Network dramas, comedies, sports and news, during the Golden Age of Radio.

In 1956, Larus & Brother signed on Channel 12 WRVA-TV (now WWBT). At the same time, the FM call sign was switched to WRVA-FM.[5] When the TV station became an NBC-TV network affiliate, WRVA-AM-FM switched to the NBC Radio Network, too.

In the 1960s, WRVA-FM was one of several Richmond FM stations receiving permission from the Federal Communications Commission for unusually high power.[6] Today, Richmond is in Zone 1, limited to a maximum of 50,000 watts effective radiated power (ERP). But before these rules were strictly enforced, 103.7 WFMV (now WURV) was permitted to operate at 74,000 watts, 102.1 WRNL-FM (now WRXL) broadcast at 120,000 watts, and, to this day, 94.5 is grandfathered at 200,000 watts.[7] Over time, those stations reduced their power but kept their coverage area by locating on taller towers. WRVQ has remained at 200,000 watts, but uses a relatively short tower of 107 meters (351 ft) in height above average terrain (HAAT).

In the 1960s, WRVA-FM began to broadcast its own programming, mostly easy listening music, with the AM station's news and other shows simulcast during some hours.

In 1969, WRVA-AM-FM were sold to Southern Broadcasters.[8] In 1972, Southern Broadcasters switched WRVA-FM to a new Top 40 format, as WRVQ. Until the 1970s, Top 40 stations were mostly on the AM band. In Richmond, the big contemporary stations were 1380 WTVR (now WBTK) and 1480 WLEE (now WTOX). Most home and car radios could only receive AM broadcasts at this time.

At first, WRVQ operated as an automated station, but by the late 1970s, live DJs were added. In 1978, Southern Broadcasters became Harte-Hanks Radio. In 1984, WRVA and WRVQ were sold to Edens Broadcasting,[9] and were in turn sold to Clear Channel Communications in 1992. Through all the sales, WRVQ has stayed in the same format, as the leading Top 40 station in the Richmond radio market.

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