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WCVE-FM "VPM News", 889 MHz is a public radio station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, serving the Richmond/Petersburg area WCVE-FM is owned and operated by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation[2] CPBC also owns Channel 23 WCVE-TV, the PBS member station in Richmond, as well as other TV and FM stations in Virginia

WCVE-FM broadcasts two channels in the HD Radio format[3]

Two additional stations, WWLB 931 FM and WBBT-FM 1073 FM, broadcast classical and specialty music programming to Richmond under the brand "VPM Music" WWLB serves the southern portion of the market, while WBBT serves the northern portion On August 5, 2019, WCVE-FM was rebranded as "VPM News"


  • 1 History
    • 11 WRFK
    • 12 WCVE-FM
    • 13 News and music split
  • 2 Network
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links



In May 1957, the Union Theological Seminary of Richmond now known as the Union Presbyterian Seminary signed on an FM radio station at 901, WRFK[4] Its non-commercial schedule of classical music, religion and talk programs proved to be popular The station relocated to 1065 in the 1960s and boosted its power, first to 16,000 watts, and later 50,000 watts, covering all of Richmond and its suburbs When National Public Radio debuted in the 1970s, WRFK became a network affiliate, operating as a public radio station, airing programs such as All Things Considered, while owned by the seminary

Even though it was non-commercial, WRFK, at 1065 MHz, could be converted to a profit-making commercial station if its owners wanted to make the switch By the 1980s, FM radio stations in sizable media markets like Richmond were becoming quite valuable The seminary decided to sell the station, with the money going to fund projects more in line with the seminary's mission Meanwhile, Richmond's PBS affiliate, WCVE-TV, which signed on in 1964, expressed an interest in operating a public radio station as a companion to Channel 23


In 1988, WRFK was sold to The Daytona Group of Virginia, Inc[5] The station switched to a commercial adult contemporary format as WVMX now urban contemporary station WBTJ And on May 6, 1988, WCVE-FM signed on at 891 as Richmond's new public radio station and NPR affiliate[6]

Its effective radiated power was 8,300 watts, with its transmitter at the WCVE-TV tower, at 840 feet in height above average terrain It originally aired classical music much of the day, with some NPR programs, jazz and local news As time went on, more NPR shows were added, to the point where the station became all news and information on weekdays, with music heard at night and on weekends

In the early 2000s, WCVE-FM nearly doubled its power, to 17,500 watts, from the same 840-foot tower In the 2010s, the station reduced its power to 10,000 watts, coupled with an increase in antenna height, now at 990 feet 302 meters [7] That gives WCVE-FM the same coverage but at less power due to the use of a taller tower

News and music split

See also: WBBT-FM and WWLB

On December 20, 2017, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation announced that they would acquire stations WBBT-FM 1073 FM and WWLB 931 FM from Alpha Media As part of the purchase, the station would move its music programming to the new acquisitions WCVE-FM becan simulcasting the two new stations on February 15, 2018, and lasted until June 1, 2018 which at that point WCVE-FM and its repeaters rebranded as "WCVE News", while the two new stations became "WCVE Music"[8] On August 5th, 2019, WCVE-FM was rebranded as "VPM News" while both WBBT-FM and WWLB were rebranded as "VPM Music"


WCVE-FM built two full-powered repeaters in 2007 to serve outlying parts of its coverage area[8]

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC
WCNV 891 Heathsville, Virginia 38 A FCC
WMVE 901 Chase City, Virginia 8 C3 FCC


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 PDF ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing Nederland, BV 2010 p D-569 Retrieved July 10, 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. ^ "WCVE Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 10, 2015
  3. ^ http://hdradiocom/station_guides/widgetphpid=56 HD Radio Guide for Richmond, Virginia
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1958 page A-387
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1989 page B-313
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1990 page B-327
  7. ^ FCCgov/WCVE-FM
  8. ^ a b Griset, Rich 30 May 2018 "WCVE marks 30 years with new stations, gala" Chesterfield Observer

External links

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

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