WMOV-FM
WMOV-FM 2014.PNG
Broadcast areaHampton Roads
Frequency107.7 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingMOViN' 107-7
Programming
FormatRhythmic AC
SubchannelsHD2: Soft Rock "iHeart Cafe"
HD3: Soft AC "The Breeze"
Ownership
Owner
WHBT-FM, WNOH, WOWI
History
First air date
April 1990 (1990-04)
Former call signs
WXRI (1989–1992)
WBSK-FM (1992–1993)
WSVY-FM (1993–2001)
WJCD (2001–2010)
WKUS (2010–2011)
Call sign meaning
W MOVin'
Technical information
Facility ID31123
ClassB1
ERP15,000 watts
HAAT130 meters (427 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
36°48′37.0″N 76°16′58.7″W / 36.810278°N 76.282972°W / 36.810278; -76.282972
Links
WebcastFM/HD1: WMOV-FM Webstream
HD2: iHeart Cafe Listen Live
WebsiteMovin1077.com

WMOV-FM (107.7 MHz) is a commercial radio station in Norfolk, Virginia, serving Hampton Roads. It is owned and operated by iHeartMedia, Inc.[1] The station carries a rhythmic adult contemporary radio format. For much of November and December, it switches to Christmas music. The radio studios and offices are on Norfolk Square.

The transmitter is located on Poindexter Street in Chesapeake, near the Elizabeth River and Interstate 464.[2] WMOV-FM broadcasts using HD Radio technology. Its HD-2 digital subchannel runs the soft rock format of the iHeartRadio Cafe. The HD-3 subchannel carries iHeart's soft adult contemporary music service "The Breeze."

History

WXRI-FM

In April 1990, the station signed on as WXRI-FM. It was owned by J.H. Communications, taking the call sign of the former station on the 105.3 frequency that had been owned by televangelist Pat Robertson until its sale in May 1989.[3] It initially broadcast a business format from the Business Radio Network.

The station stunted with Christmas music and then relaunched on Christmas Day with the Contemporary Christian music format of the previous WXRI.[4] That ended when its parent company entered into an agreement in May 1992 to simulcast the music of WBSK, an urban contemporary station that was co-owned with WOWI.[5]

WSVY

In May 1993, WBSK-FM changed its call sign to WSVY, and shifted to an Urban Adult Contemporary format.[6]

In July 1997, WSVY began simulcasting with 92.1 FM as "Vibe 107.7 and 92.1."[7]

By March 1999, WSVY shifted to the then-popular Jammin' Oldies format, which evolved back to Urban AC. On June 25, 2001, WSVY and sister WJCD swapped formats and call letters, with the Urban AC "Vibe" format moving to 105.3 FM, while WJCD's Smooth Jazz format moved to 107.7.[8]

WJCD

On March 1, 2004, WJCD flipped to adult contemporary as "Lite FM", and resumed its simulcast with 92.1, which dropped its urban format.[9] 92.1 would drop out of the simulcast again on August 12, 2005, when it flipped to oldies as WCDG.[10]

On December 26, 2006, WJCD flipped back to smooth jazz as "Smooth Jazz 107.7."[11]

WKUS

On October 11, 2010, WJCD and WCDG became simulcasts again when WKUS moved from 105.3 to 107.7 and the 105.3 frequency became "Magic 105.3" with an AC-themed Classic Hits format. The move meant the end for WJCD's smooth jazz format and WCDG's Oldies format.[12][13] On October 27, 2010, WJCD changed their call letters to WKUS.

On March 31, 2011, at 3 p.m., WKUS broke away from its simulcast of WKSA and flipped to Rhythmic AC, branded as "MOViN' 107.7". The first song on "MOViN'" was "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited.[14]

WMOV-FM

On April 7, 2011, WKUS changed its call letters to WMOV-FM to match the new format. (The FM suffix is required because there is a WMOV on the AM dial in Ravenswood, West Virginia, with a different owner.)

On November 2, 2012, WMOV-FM began to stunt with Christmas music as "Christmas 107.7", suggesting a possible format change. This did not occur, and it returned to its regular format on December 26.[15] It has continued switching to Christmas music every Mid-November to late December, ever since.

As of October 2018, WMOV-FM began patterning itself after sister station WKTU New York City with an emphasis on Rhythmic Pop/Dance music.

The station now competes as of 2022 with WVHT which flipped to Rhythmic AC.

WMOV-FM Logo during Christmas music format from 2013–present
WMOV-FM Logo during Christmas music format from 2013–present

HD Radio

On WMOV-FM's HD Radio digital subchannel, its HD2 service originates "The iHeartRadio Café", a format consisting of 70s–80s Soft Rock and "Yacht rock" music, much of it from singer-songwriters such as Billy Joel, Carly Simon, James Taylor and Carole King. It is heard nationally through the iHeartRadio app.

The HD3 subchannel carries iHeart's "The Breeze" soft adult contemporary music service.

References

  1. ^ "WMOV Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WMOV-FM
  3. ^ Pryweller, Joseph (June 23, 1990). "Business radio opens shop in Hampton Roads". Daily Press. p. D1. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  4. ^ Pryweller, Joseph (December 15, 1990). "WTKR news fares well in ratings; WVEC slips". Daily Press. p. D4. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  5. ^ Worrell, Kris (April 25, 1992). "Airwaves Sale Irks Former WXRI Manager". Daily Press. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1994/B-Radio-NE-Ter-BC-YB-1994-B&W.pdf[dead link]
  7. ^ HighBeam
  8. ^ http://tophour.com/audio/Norfolk-Virginia%20Beach%20VA/fm1077_2003-08_wjcd_dbaines.mp3[bare URL AV media file]
  9. ^ HighBeam
  10. ^ HighBeam
  11. ^ "107.7 WJCD flips from AC to Smooth Jazz". December 26, 2006.
  12. ^ "Smooth jazz format dropped in Clear Channel radio shuffle" from Daily Press October 11, 2010
  13. ^ "Three Way Format Change in Norfolk/Virginia Beach".
  14. ^ "107.7 WKUS Norfolk Movin Towards a Divorce".
  15. ^ Venta, Lance (November 2, 2012). "WMOV Norfolk Is Movin To Christmas". RadioInsight. Retrieved June 19, 2017.