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WRIQ 897 MHz is a National Public Radio formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Charles City, Virginia, serving the Richmond/Petersburg area[3] WRIQ is part of the Radio IQ network, simulcasting the NPR news and talk programming of flagship WVTF WRIQ is owned by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia Tech through its fundraising arm, the Virginia Tech Foundation[4]


American Family Association launched the station as WAUQ in 2000,[1] relaying its American Family Radio network which featured a mix of Christian teaching and Contemporary Christian music[5][6]

On August 18, 2015, Educational Media Foundation purchased the station from the American Family Association for $125 million[7][8][9] EMF began relaying its K-Love network on the station, and changed the station's call letters to WLRJ[2]

On April 17, 2017, WLRJ began stunting with a continuously-repeating informational loop informing listeners that K-Love in Richmond had moved, and directing listeners to EMF's recently acquired stations on 989 FM WLFV and 1003 FM WKYV[10]

On April 26, 2017, WLRJ began relaying EMF's Radio Nueva Vida network[11] The station changed its call sign to WNVU on December 22, 2017

On October 11, 2019, EMF filed with the Federal Communications Commission an application to sell WNVU to the Virginia Tech Foundation, operator of Roanoke NPR member stations WVTF and WVTF Music, for $215 million[12] The sale closed on December 27, 2019, and the station began simulcasting Radio IQ programming on January 15, 2020 That same day, the call sign WRIQ was moved from a co-owned Radio IQ station in Lexington, Virginia, which became WIQR


  1. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 PDF ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing Nederland, BV 2010 p D-561 Retrieved July 6, 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 "Call Sign History" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 6, 2015
  3. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles" Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings Retrieved July 6, 2015
  4. ^ "WNVU Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved July 6, 2015
  5. ^ "American Family Radio Network" PDF American Family Radio January 6, 2003 Archived from the original PDF on March 8, 2003 Retrieved June 28, 2019
  6. ^ "American Family Radio Station Guide" PDF American Family Association May 6, 2010 Archived from the original PDF on June 2, 2010 Retrieved June 28, 2019
  7. ^ "May Trading Injects Life into 2015 Value", Radio & Television Business Report June 19, 2015 Retrieved June 28, 2019
  8. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License" Federal Communications Commission, audio division June 30, 2015 Retrieved July 6, 2015
  9. ^ "WAUQ Asset Purchase Agreement" Federal Communications Commission, audio division April 28, 2015 Retrieved July 6, 2015
  10. ^ "K-Love stations 897/901 in Richmond, VA, sending listeners to their new stations on 989/1003" Lee Costic on Twitter Retrieved 17 April 2017
  11. ^ Costic, Lee "WLRJ just flipped from @KLOVERadio to Spanish Christian @radionuevavida" Twitter Retrieved 26 April 2017
  12. ^ "CDBS File No BALED - 20191009AAL" licensingfccgov

External links

  • Radio IQ
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WRIQ
  • Radio-Locator information on WRIQ
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WRIQ

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