WWRE 1051 FM is a Classic Hits formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Bridgewater, Virginia, serving Harrisonburg/Staunton area WWRE is owned and operated by Saga Communications, through licensee Tidewater Communications, LLC
- 1 History
- 11 WAMM 1051
- 12 Lite Rock 1051
- 13 Magic 1051
- 131 Classic Hits 1051
- 132 Classic Rock 1051
- 133 Rock 1051
- 134 Country Legends 1051
- 14 WTGD
- 141 La Grand D
- 142 1051 Bob Rocks
- 15 Rewind 1051
- 2 References
- 3 External links
The station first took its callsign WRDJ on March 1, 1989 and officially launched two days later on March 3 and carried a classic rock format
On November 26, 1993, the callsign was changed from WRDJ-FM to WAMM-FM The WRDJ callsign was moved to 1049 FM, located in Roanoke, Virginia two weeks later on December 15 While WAMM-FM flipped the format from Classic rock to Country, branded as "WAMM 1051; Great Country, Less Talk" It became a sister station of WAMM-AM at 1230 AM, which had also carried a Country format at the time
Lite Rock 1051
WAMM-FM was a sister station of WAMM-AM until September 16, 2002, when the callsign was changed to WJDV and the Country format was dropped for Light Adult Contemporary, branded as "Lite Rock 1051"
On February 7, 2005, WJDV swapped calls and formats with WBHB-FM at 961 FM, making the station an Oldies format, branded as "Magic 1051" The station played music from the 1950s through the 1970s During its time with the WBHB-FM callsign, the station went through several formats until the callsign was changed to WTGD on December 1, 2008
Classic Hits 1051
On March 22, 2005, WBHB-FM swapped its "Magic 1051" branding, and thus changing the format/branding to "Classic Hits 1051",
Classic Rock 1051
On the night of March 21, 2006, WBHB-FM yet again swapped its "Classic Hits 1051" branding/format to "Classic Rock 1051"
On September 20, 2007, WBHB-FM segued from Classic rock to Active rock, branded as "Rock 1051" Previously, while carrying both a Classic rock and Active rock format, WBHB-FM had been carrying the syndicated radio program Nights with Alice Cooper, and was then moved to WACL at 985 FM
Country Legends 1051
On April 1, 2008, WBHB-FM yet again changed the format from Active rock to Classic Country, branded as "Country Legends 1051"
M Belmont Verstandig, Inc bought the station, which had previously been owned by Verstandig Broadcasting, and on December 1, 2008, WBHB-FM switched its callsign to WTGD
La Grand D
A week later on December 9 at midnight, WTGD dropped its Classic Country format for Spanish Top 40/Regional Mexican, branded as "La Gran D" or in English, "The Great D" This was the first Spanish formatted station to broadcast in the Harrisonburg/Staunton market
1051 Bob RocksLogo used for WTGD from mid-March 2010 until August 3, 2015
In mid-March 2010, WTGD returned to Active rock that it did from September 20, 2007 to April 1, 2008 when it held the WBHB-FM callsign, only this time, the branding would become "1051 Bob Rocks; Harrisonburg's Real Rock Station"
On July 31, 2015, WTGD changed the callsign to WWRE while the sale of Verstandig Broadcasting of Harrisonburg to Saga Communications was closed at a purchase price of $964 million On August 1, 2015, the station began stunting with an announcement that the station had been "hacked" like Saga's WREE in Champaign, Illinois six months earlier and demanded a list of requests for Harrisonburg businesses and colleges They demanded "compliance" by the following Monday at 7:00 AM Among the requests were for James Madison University to change its name to "Dolley Madison Zinger University" and to host a pickup basketball game between Ralph Sampson and Dell Curry at the JMU Convocation Center, for all the quilts at the Virginia Quilt Museum to be sewn together into one quilt to be called "Mega-Quilt", for George Washington National Forest to be cut down and entirely replaced with cherry trees saying it was "payback time", for the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative to collect all leftover feathers and make them into a giant pillow, as well as to make a chicken with six thighs the reason given being the hacker likes chicken thighs, and for all the seats in the John C Wells Planetarium to be removed and the planetarium to be turned into a giant ballpit During the "hack", the station stunted with a wide variety of music, from the theme song to "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" to beat poetry At the time promised, at 7:00 AM on August 3, 2015, the station's format was flipped back to Classic Hits that it did from March 22, 2005 to March 21, 2006 when it held the WBHB-FM callsign, as "Rewind 105-1; Upbeat, Fun Music", playing hits from the 1970s through the early 2000s On the same date and time, its sister station, WJDV changed to Hot Adult Contemporary as "More 961" as well as the callsign
- ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/2010/D4-2010-BC-YB-7pdf
- ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles" Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings Retrieved September 5, 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
- ^ "Call Sign History" FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database
- ^ "WWRE Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division
- ^ http://cdbsrecnetcom/fmqphpfacid=&call=WRDJ&ccode=1&latd=&lond=&city=&state=&country=US&zip=&party=&party_type=LICEN&search_block_form=&form_build_id=form-cd195bc3d8a78dd65c53a9eac5673795&form_token=c2cd45121de65d1217125dcca5f68c78&form_id=search_block_form
- ^ http://wwwamericanradiohistorycom/Archive-BC-YB/1999/D-Radio-NE-Ter-BC-YB-1999pdf
- ^ "Flip-flop in Harrisonburg" VARTVcom February 8, 2005
- ^ "WBHB goes Classic Hits" VARTVcom March 23, 2005
- ^ "VARTV News Archives - March/April 2006" VARTVcom March 22, 2006 Retrieved April 13, 2016
- ^ "VARTV News Archives - September/October 2007" VARTVcom September 20, 2007 Retrieved April 13, 2016
- ^ "Well, let's try this" VARTVcom April 1, 2008
- ^ "VARTV News Archives - November/December 2008" VARTVcom December 3, 2008 Retrieved April 13, 2016
- ^ "Spanish FM comes toHarrisonburg" VARTVcom December 10, 2008
- ^ "VerStandig Harrisonburg News" VARTVcom April 8, 2010
- ^ a b "Saga Launches Rewind & More In Harrisonburg" RadioInsight 3 August 2015 Retrieved 14 April 2016
- Rewind 105-1 Online
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WWRE
- Radio-Locator information on WWRE
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WWRE
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