Thanks to Lance and his posting of the recent changes in the Washington DC market, I decided to post some new other new stuff in the market. Since October I have been re-recording stations in DC, and in the process came across some stations new to Toppy. So here they are.
WSPZ 570 licensed to Bethesda MD is a recent call change from WTNT coincident with a format change from all talk to all sports. It is branded SportsTalk 570.
New station, WURA 920 Quantico VA, signed on in December 2009 and plays Tejano music.
The latest in a long line of occupants of 1050 is WBQH Silver Spring MD. A power increase to 3500 watts has increased its coverage area. Its current format is regional Mexican.
WCRW 1190 Leesburg VA is a new kid on the block, sort of. In 2008, WAGE 1200 applied to the FCC for permission to change frequencies from 1200 to 1190 and increase power to 50,000 watts daytime. However, that would mean the then-occupant of 1190, WBIS Annapolis, would have to leave the channel. Earlier in 2010, the owners of WBIS paved the way for this change to take place by taking over the WAGE facility and abandoning the license for Annapolis. The station broadcasts music and Asian news.
Despite being new to Toppy, WPWC Dumfries VA 1480 has been around since the early 1960’s. I finally got around to making a decent recording last month on a trip to the area last month. The station calls itself a DC-based, globally-minded progressive music and talk radio station, and it is branded as React 1480.
I also uploaded some clips of the changes that Lance noted earlier this week. I will add that as of Saturday 3 December the calls WBGR are being used on both 860 and 107.9. Also, Family Radio in Baltimore has moved its foreign language programming from 860 to 750, at least for now.
I am not done recording the all of the other stations in the market and will post them when I am finished.
Next week I will give a wrap-up report of my Big Trip to Washington State. At this point, I can say it was a success.
Till next time!