The Final Hour of CHR on WAVA

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In the early 1990′s, Emmis Broadcasting was one of the premier ownership groups in the country consisting of many stations of the former Doubleday and NBC Radio groups. However, one bad business decision (Ownership of the Seattle Mariners) caused the company to auction off many of its stations to the highest bidder. While WFAN in New York went to Infinity Broadcasting, some stations were unable to keep their current format by their new owners. Salem Broadcasting acquired WAVA and quickly stated its obvious intent to flip the station religious.

WAVA had an illustrious history. One of the first FM all news stations in the 70′s, the station had been an AOR in the early 80′s when the decision to go Top 40 was made. Under such monikers as “All Hit 105″, “Power 105″, and simply “105.1 WAVA”, the station dominated the CHR landscape from the mid 80′s until its demise. However, changing musical trends kept the format away from Washington following the demise of WAVA until 1996 when Z104 debuted.

Comments

  1. ross ewage says


    when i heard the final hour i-d “wava arlington-washington…the future has come to this” followed by silence, i actually started to cry. what an awesome station it was. i cant believe it took 4 years to get another hit music station in dc. and the one we got z104 wasnt that good. top 40 just doesnt have the creative personalities and excitement it had back in the 70s and 80s.

  2. Chris says


    I taped this myself that night. Unfortunately I lost the tape somewhere between Fredericksburg,VA and Lakewood,CO, a college degree, a wife, 2 kids and 2 career changes!
    As a side note, recently, TK Tom Kent was “dee-jaying” at KOOL 105.1 out here in Denver.
    Thanks for finding this piece of my history and re-uniting me with it!
    Cheers!

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