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WFTH 1590 kHz is a non-commercial AM radio station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, and serving the Greater Richmond Region[3] WFTH is owned and operated by Stu-Comm, Inc[2] It airs an adult album alternative radio format, simulcasting sister station WNRN in Charlottesville, Virginia WFTH is listener supported, with on-air fundraisers held throughout the year

WFTH broadcasts in the daytime at 5,000 watts, using a non-directional antenna The station decreases power to 19 watts at night to protect others on the same frequency 1590 AM is a regional broadcast frequency

Programming is also heard on FM translator station W203CB at 885 MHz, which has a power of 170 watts[4]


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


In December 1958, the station signed on as WEZL The station was originally a daytimer, required to sign-off at sunset In 1964, it was purchased by Richard S Reynolds III and future Lieutenant Governor of Virginia J Sargeant Reynolds As WGOE, the station was first a top-40 outlet It later became locally famous for airing a progressive rock format, which was typically the domain of FM radio, during the 1970s[1][3]

In 1982, the station was bought by the Willis Broadcasting Corporation[5] Owner LE Willis, Sr, changed the call sign to WFTH to represent the word "faith" The format was switched to black gospel music and preaching shows

In May 2016, the station was leased to Stu-Comm, Inc, owner of non-commercial FM 919 WNRN in Charlottesville, Virginia WFTH was sold to Stu-Comm the next month[6] Stu-Comm's goal was to take advantage of the Federal Communications Commission's "AM revitalization" program, which allows owners of eligible AM stations to purchase and move in FM translators from up to 250 miles away A facility was brought in from Harrisville, West Virginia, which is now on the air as W203CB This translator replaces WNRN's previous signal in the area, W276BZ 1031 FM, which broadcast at just 10 watts and drew listener complaints due to its poor coverage of the city[7][8]


In addition to the main station, WFTH is relayed by one FM translator to widen its broadcast area[9]

Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m ft
Class FCC info
W203CB 885 Richmond, Virginia 54972 170 213 m 699 ft D FCC


  1. ^ a b c "FCC History Cards for WFTH" PDF FCCmw-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. ^ a b "WFTH Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 16, 2015
  3. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles" Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings Retrieved July 16, 2015
  4. ^ "W203CB Facility Data" FCCData
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1983 page B-256
  6. ^ Venta, Lance "Station Sales Week Of 6/3: Multicultural Swaps Trust Assets In Los Angeles" RadioInsight Retrieved June 30, 2016
  7. ^ "WFTH" FCCData REC Networks
  8. ^ "Boosting Our Richmond Signal"
  9. ^ "W276BZ Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 30, 2016

External links

  • 91-9 WNRN Online
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WFTH
  • Radio-Locator Information on WFTH
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WFTH

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