WNVZ
WNVZ-FM 2009.PNG
Broadcast areaHampton Roads
Frequency104.5 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingZ104
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatTop 40/CHR
SubchannelsHD2: Channel Q
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
July 1967 (1967-07)
Former call signs
WTID-FM (1967–72)
WQRK (1973–81)
Call sign meaning
W Norfolk Virginia Z
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID40755
ClassB
Power49,000 watts
HAAT146 meters (479 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
37°2′18.0″N 76°18′29.0″W / 37.038333°N 76.308056°W / 37.038333; -76.308056
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Listen live (HD2)
Websitewww.audacy.com/z104

WNVZ (104.5 MHz "Z104") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Norfolk, Virginia, serving Hampton Roads. WNVZ is owned and operated by Audacy, Inc.[1] It airs a Top 40/CHR format.

The studios and offices are at Audacy's Hampton Roads headquarters on Clearfield Avenue in Virginia Beach.[2] The transmitter tower is off East Pembroke Avenue in Hampton.[3]

History

The station first signed on in July 1967 as WTID-FM.[4] It was the FM sister station of WTID (1270 AM, now WTJZ) in nearby Newport News. (The TID call letters stood for "TIDewater", another name for the Hampton Roads section of Virginia.) For much of its history, 104.5 was a Contemporary Hits/Top 40 radio station, picking up the format in 1973 as WQRK. In August 1982, it subscribed to noted programmer Mike Joseph's "Hot Hits" format, as WNVZ, playing only songs from the current Top 40 charts.[5] Through the 1990s and early 2000s, it leaned toward a more rhythmic contemporary direction. In 2015, it moved back to a more mainstream Top 40 approach.

WNVZ's morning show originated the Unexpected John Cena meme, where a snippet of a popular film, TV series, song or other form of media is interrupted by John Cena's entrance video and song, often played loudly.[6][7]

References

  1. ^ "WNVZ Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Z104.com
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-221
  5. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1983/B-Radio-Neb-Terr-1983-YB.pdf[dead link]
  6. ^ "Hilarious WWE Prank Phone Calls Drives Woman Insane". Bleacher Report.
  7. ^ Feldman, Brian (December 18, 2015). "A Famous Man Responded to a Meme Involving Him — IT'S JOHN CENA". New York. Retrieved January 8, 2018.