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WPZZ is an Urban Gospel-formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Crewe, Virginia, serving the Southside and the Richmond/Petersburg metro area WPZZ is owned and operated by Radio One[1] The station's studios and offices are located just north of Richmond proper on Emerywood Parkway[2] in unincorporated Henrico County, and its transmitter is located near Blackstone, Virginia[3]


1047 started in 1948 as WSVS-FM, a complement to its AM sister WSVS It broadcast just west of Crewe with 14,000 watts of power In the late 1970s, the station upgraded to a class C1 station with 100,000 watts of power, which gave it an adequate signal that could be received in most of the Central Virginia area[4] In 1988, they moved to their current tower location to not only send a better signal into Richmond, but also to make it more desirable to sell It was at that time WSVS-FM became "Power Country 1047," with all programming separate from WSVS-AM[5] In 1991, the station was sold to ABS Communications in Richmond and became "1047 The Bear," with the WKIK call letters[6] The FM studios were moved out of Crewe and co-located in with ABS's Richmond based headquarters ABS owned the only other country stations in the Richmond market with "K-95" and "The Bear" "The Bear" was designed to be a classic country format, while "K-95" was to be the new country format

ABS flipped WKIK to modern rock on August 23, 1995 at 5 pm as WBZU, "1047 The Buzz, Richmond's New Rock Alternative"[7] The success of this station caused Richmond's AAA station WVGO to lose listeners ABS later purchased WVGO and its sister station WLEE-FM, changed WVGO's AAA format and ended the local broadcast of "The Howard Stern Show" and moved "The Buzz" and the WBZU calls to 1065, while 1047 became a satellite-fed oldies station as "Oldies 1047" the WVGO calls were moved to 1047 in August 1996[8][9][10]

In February 1998, the station was sold to Fifteen Forty Broadcasting, then owners of Adult Urban WSOJ 1003 FM and local gospel station WREJ-AM, who began a simulcast of WSOJ on both 1003 and 1047 beginning February 10, and rebranded as "1047 Kiss FM", and adopted the WKJS calls three days later[11] Radio One later purchased both 1047 and 1003 from Fifteen Forty in March 1999[12] In November 2000, the 1047/1003 simulcast ended, and Radio One began simulcasting their then-country station, WJRV "1057 The River" on 1003 with new calls WARV[13] On November 18, 2004, as part of a complex series of moves, Radio One moved the urban gospel-formatted "Praise 993" to 1047, while "Kiss FM" moved to 993 and 1057 this caused Urban Oldies WJMO to sign off The WPZZ calls would be adopted on December 7 of that year[14]


  1. ^ "WPZZ Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio divisionmw-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. ^ https://kissrichmondcom/about/ About Us | 993–1057 Kiss FM
  3. ^ Radio-Locatorcom/WPZZ-FM
  4. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1987/B2-BC-YB-1987pdf
  5. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1989/B-2%20Radio%20Neb%20to%20Terr%201989-5pdf
  6. ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1992/Radio-NE-Ter-BC-YB-1992-B&Wpdf
  7. ^ "WKIK transformed into modern rock WBZU", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 24, 1995
  8. ^ "ABS cuts $145 million deal for WVGO, WLEE", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 4, 1996
  9. ^ "Shock jock Stern gets the hook; new owner pulls plug on WVGO, cites decline", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 25, 1996
  10. ^ "1047 FM set to air 'good time oldies'", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 6, 1996
  11. ^ "WVGO gets new format, call letters to change soon", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 13, 1998
  12. ^ "Radio One will buy four more", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 16, 1999
  13. ^ "Radio One sells 2 FM stations here", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 17, 2000
  14. ^ "Radio One makes changes at local stations", The Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 20, 2004

External links

  • Praise 1047 Online
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WPZZ
  • Radio-Locator information on WPZZ
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WPZZ

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