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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 WBBT-FM is owned and operated by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation 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
- 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" 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"
In June 2001, WBBT flipped to All-80s Hits as "Star 1073" which would evolve to an '80s/'90s hybrid as "Star 107"
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
In December 2005, WBBT and WARV, along with sister stations WLFV and WLFV, were purchased by Philadelphia-based Main Line Broadcasting
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
On March 22, 2017, WBBT shifted its format from classic hits to 1980s hits 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
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
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- ^ "Call Sign History" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 6, 2015
- ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles" Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings Retrieved July 6, 2015
- ^ "WBBT Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 6, 2015
- ^ http://radio-locatorcom/cgi-bin/patgid=WBBT-FM
- ^ "Dancin' Oldies WXNC is Launched at 1073 FM", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 22, 1999
- ^ "Riffs", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 23, 2000
- ^ "Radio notes", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 7, 2001
- ^ "New format", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 20, 2004
- ^ "Oldies is new format, WBBT Radio to play rock and soul from the 1960s and 1970s", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 21, 2004
- ^ https://mediaservicesgroupcom/main-line-broadcasting-llc-acquires-wjzv-warv-wcul-and-wbbt-all-fm-stations-serving-richmond-va-from-mainquad-communications-and-richmond-broadcasting/
- ^ https://radioinsightcom/headlines/87668/alpha-and-l-acquire-main-line-broadcasting/
- ^ Alpha Shakes Up Richmond Cluster Radioinsight - March 22, 2017
- ^ Jones, Gabrielle 2017-12-19 "Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Acquires Two Radio Stations" Community Idea Stations Retrieved 2017-12-20
- ^ Alpha Media Sells Richmond Pair To Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
- ^ "Resumption of Operations" FCC CDBS
- 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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|See also List of NPR stations|
|See also adult contemporary classic hits college country news/talk NPR oldies religious rock sports top 40 urban other radio stations in Virginia|
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