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WBBT-FM 1073 MHz is a non-commercial FM radio station licensed to Powhatan, Virginia and serving the Greater Richmond Region[3] WBBT-FM is owned and operated by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation[4] It airs an eclectic music format, focusing mostly on classical music

Along with simulcast partner WWLB in Ettrick, Virginia, WBBT is branded as VPM Music, and is a sister station to the area's flagship NPR station, WCVE-FM WBBT serves the northern of the Richmond market, while WWLB serves the southern portion

WBBT-FM studios and offices are on Sesame Street in Richmond, and its transmitter is off Dry Bridge Road in Midlothian, Virginia[5]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Translator
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


WBBT-FM signed on June 21, 1999 as WXNC, and airing a rhythmic oldies format as "1073 The Beat, Richmond's Dancin' Oldies"[6] The station adopted the current WBBT-FM calls on August 6 However, by November 2000, the station shifted to a dance-leaning Rhythmic AC as "Dance Hits 1073"[7]

In June 2001, WBBT flipped to All-80s Hits as "Star 1073" which would evolve to an '80s/'90s hybrid as "Star 107"[8]

On January 21, 2004, at 7:07 am, after a day of stunting as "Elvis 107", the station flipped to '60s/'70s Oldies as "Oldies 1073" At the same time, recently purchased sister station WARV 1003 FM, whose tower is in Petersburg, from "ESPN Richmond" to a simulcast of WBBT, giving the new oldies format some new coverage in Southside Virginia where 1073's signal is weak[9][10]

In December 2005, WBBT and WARV, along with sister stations WLFV and WLFV, were purchased by Philadelphia-based Main Line Broadcasting[11]

On September 27, 2007, the station rebranded as "1073 BBT" The playlist was widened at the time slightly to include a few early '80s rock hits, but the station continued to focus on 1964-1979 The positioner changed again on December 4, 2009, to "Big Oldies 1073"

On July 1, 2014, Main Line Broadcasting sold its Richmond stations to L&L Broadcasting, with the combined entity taking the name Alpha Media[12]

On March 22, 2017, WBBT shifted its format from classic hits to 1980s hits[13] Starting with the 2016-17 season, WBBT also carried the University of Richmond Spiders football and men's basketball games

On December 20, 2017, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation announced that they would acquire WBBT and sister station, WWLB; WCVE-FM's music programming will move to the frequencies upon closure of the sale[14][15]

The switch took place on February 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm Eastern The last song of the classic hits format was Europe's The Final Countdown

On June 1, 2018, WBBT-FM and WWLB broke off the simulcast of WCVE-FM to air a new format, "WCVE Music", which took over and augmented WCVE-FM's music programming On August 5, 2019, WBBT-FM and WWLB were both rebranded as "VPM Music"


WBBT-FM feeds one translator to better serve downtown Richmond This translator is leased from WNRN owner Stu-Comm, Inc[16]

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
m ft
Class FCC info
W276BZ 1031 Richmond, Virginia 250 31 m 102 ft D FCC


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 PDF ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing Nederland, BV 2010 p D-569 Retrieved July 6, 2015mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ "Call Sign History" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 6, 2015
  3. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles" Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings Retrieved July 6, 2015
  4. ^ "WBBT Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 6, 2015
  5. ^ http://radio-locatorcom/cgi-bin/patgid=WBBT-FM
  6. ^ "Dancin' Oldies WXNC is Launched at 1073 FM", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 22, 1999
  7. ^ "Riffs", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 23, 2000
  8. ^ "Radio notes", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 7, 2001
  9. ^ "New format", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 20, 2004
  10. ^ "Oldies is new format, WBBT Radio to play rock and soul from the 1960s and 1970s", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 21, 2004
  11. ^ https://mediaservicesgroupcom/main-line-broadcasting-llc-acquires-wjzv-warv-wcul-and-wbbt-all-fm-stations-serving-richmond-va-from-mainquad-communications-and-richmond-broadcasting/
  12. ^ https://radioinsightcom/headlines/87668/alpha-and-l-acquire-main-line-broadcasting/
  13. ^ Alpha Shakes Up Richmond Cluster Radioinsight - March 22, 2017
  14. ^ Jones, Gabrielle 2017-12-19 "Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Acquires Two Radio Stations" Community Idea Stations Retrieved 2017-12-20
  15. ^ Alpha Media Sells Richmond Pair To Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
  16. ^ "Resumption of Operations" FCC CDBS

External links

  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WBBT
  • Radio-Locator information on WBBT
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WBBT

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