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WKJM is an Urban Adult Contemporary formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Petersburg, Virginia, serving Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Chesterfield in Virginia[2] WKJM is owned and operated by Radio One[4] The station's studios and offices are located just north of Richmond proper on Emerywood Parkway[5] in unincorporated Henrico County, and its transmitter is located in Petersburg[6]


993 dates back to October 1966, when it signed on as Petersburg based WSSV-FM, and simulcasted the Top 40 format of sister station WSSV-AM In 1970, then-owner Roger Bean, in order to concentrate on his more profitable cable TV operations, decided to sell the radio stations WSSV AM/FM were then purchased by Eure Communications, headed by William L Eure In 1973, responding to changes in FCC regulations regarding AM/FM simulcasts, the FM station began a separately programmed automated Beautiful Music format under the call letters WPLZ, with the slogan "Music To Please"[7]

In 1979, the station switched formats to Automated Top 40 as "99Z FM"[8] In 1981, seeing that there was not an Urban station on the FM band in Central Virginia which had at that time only been served by four weak AM stations in Richmond, the station flipped formats once again, and became the first Urban-formatted FM in Central Virginia as "Magic 99FM"[9]

In 1986, Eure Communications sold WPLZ-FM and WSSV-AM to Paco-John Broadcasting, headed by Philadelphia attorney Glenn Mahone, for $65 million[10]

In November 1987, WCDX, which had been through two previous unsuccessful formats, changed to an Urban format WCDX's stronger signal in Richmond caused WPLZ ratings to drop Paco-John, to compensate, purchased the 993 frequency in Fredericksburg and became a simulcast on both 993 frequencies, which brought WPLZ's programming in the northern areas of the Richmond Metro, including Hanover County and parts of Henrico This simulcast, for a time, gave not only Fredericksburg an Urban station, but Charlottesville one as well[11]

By the early 1990s, despite the simulcasting, WPLZ was unable to regain its lead over WCDX Paco-John attempted to expand its holdings by attempting to purchase WMYK in Norfolk, then later WGH-AM/FM In both cases, the company was unable to secure financing for the purchases and the sales were cancelled Paco-John later went into bankruptcy and the stations were put under control of a trustee named Charles Giddens[12]

Both of the 993 stations were sold the 993 frequency in Fredericksburg is now Rhythmic WVBX, and in May 1992, WCDX's owner Sinclair Telecable ended up purchasing WPLZ and its AM sister station, which by this time had become gospel WGCV it is now Sports-formatted WTPS, moving the studio's and offices out of Petersburg to their current location on Emerywood Parkway in Richmond[13] At first, WPLZ's format was adjusted to Urban AC, but in December 1998, it switched to Urban Oldies as "Magic 99 FM"[14] By the end of the 1990s, Radio One had purchased not only WPLZ and WGCV, but also WCDX, WJRV, WARV, and WKJS[15]

In March 2001, Radio One moved WPLZ and its Urban Oldies format to 1057, while simulcasting with 993 A month later, a gospel format debuted on 993 as WPZE[16] Getting advance warning of a format flip to Urban getting ready to happen on Clear Channel's WRCL, on June 9, 2001, Radio One flipped 993 to urban as WRHH, "Hot 993", just one day ahead of the 1065 format flip[17] On December 3, 2003, 993 switched back to a gospel format as WPZZ, "Praise 993"[18]

On November 18, 2004, the "Praise" format moved to 1047 FM, with 993 joining in a simulcast with 1057 FM and adopted an Urban AC format as "Kiss FM"[19]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 PDF ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing Nederland, BV 2010 p D-569 Retrieved November 26, 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. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles" Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings Retrieved November 26, 2015
  3. ^ "Call Sign History" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved November 26, 2015
  4. ^ "WKJM Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved November 26, 2015
  5. ^ https://kissrichmondcom/about/ About Us | 993-1057 Kiss FM
  6. ^ Radio-Locatorcom/WKJM-FM
  7. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1975/C%202%201975%20Radiopdf
  8. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1980/C-2%20Radio%20Broadcasting%20Yearbook%201980pdf
  9. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1983/B-Radio-Neb-Terr-1983-YBpdf
  10. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1987/B2-BC-YB-1987pdf
  11. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1989/B-2%20Radio%20Neb%20to%20Terr%201989-5pdf
  12. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1991/B-Radio-NE-MT-1991-B&Wpdf
  13. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1996/B-NE-Ter-BC-YB-1996pdf
  14. ^ "WPLZ adopts R&B oldies format", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 23, 1998
  15. ^ "Radio One will buy four more", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 16, 1999
  16. ^ "Magic 99 moves to new frequency", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 12, 2001
  17. ^ "Oldies station is no more", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 12, 2001
  18. ^ "Station gets new format, 993 FM switches call letters, drops hip-hop", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 4, 2003
  19. ^ "Radio One makes changes at local stations", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 20, 2004

External links

  • 993 and 1057 Kiss FM Online
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WKJM
  • Radio-Locator information on WKJM
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WKJM

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