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D.C. Radio Roundup

By Shesha Pancholi Staff


New to the area and don't know where to find the latest Jay-Z cut or are dying to listen to Sarah McLachlan's most recent croonings? Maybe you're a Washington native ready to change your listening habits. Here's a guide to Washington's radio – whether it's talk, trash or Top 40. Find out who rocks some Bach but not Metallica and spins some disco, jazz, blues, classical or pop. If you want talk radio, we have that, too.

Adult Contemporary and Top 40
WPLC-FM 94.3
"Pulse 94.3, Modern Adult Hits"
Playlist: Goo Goo Dolls, R.E.M., Natalie Merchant, Dave Matthews Band, Madonna, Bare Naked Ladies, Matchbox 20 and Savage Garden
Popular Shows: Lee Gillette weekdays, 6-11 a.m., Jay St. Clair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Yvonne, 3-8 p.m.
Special Features: Broadcast of Washington Redskins football games and University of Virginia football and basketball.
Phone: 703/631-2577
Call-in Phone: 703/365-0943
Web site:

WASH-FM 97.1
"Washington's No. 1 At-Work Station"
Playlist: Soft rock hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s, including Elton John, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton
Most Popular Show: According to air personality Randy Martin, the shows are "equally popular"
Special Feature: "Battle of the Sexes" during the "Morning Drive" with Bill Worthington and Kim Burton, weekdays, 5:30-9
Phone: 301/984-9710
Call-in Phone: 800/432-0097
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WJMO-FM 99.5
"Jam'n 99.5 D.C.'s Jammin' Oldies"
Playlist: Oldies music playing everything from Motown to disco.
Special Feature: All music, no talk.
Phone: 301/468-9429
Call-in Phone: 202/432-1995

WWZZ-FM 104.1 and WWVZ-FM 103.9
"Today's Hit Music"
Playlist: Top 40 artists, including Janet Jackson, Will Smith, Offspring and Backstreet Boys
Most Popular Show: Billy Bush and the Bush League, weekday mornings 5:30-10
Special Feature: DZ Top 20, Fridays, 3-5 p.m.; Saturday night Hot Beat, featuring dance music from 8-midnight
Phone: 703/526-1041
Call-in Phone: 800/987-2104
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WRQX-FM 107.3
"Mix 107.3, Washington's Best Music Mix"
Playlist: Popular artists from '80s, '90s and today, including Sheryl Crow, U2, Third-Eye Blind, Jewel, No Doubt, Hootie and the Blowfish and Eric Clapton
Most Popular Show: "The Jack and Bert Morning Show," weekdays, 5:30-10
Phone: 202/686-3100
Call-in Phone 800/727-1073
Web site:

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WETA-FM 90.9
"Classical Music and NPR News"
Most Popular Show: "All Things Considered," weekdays 4-6:30 p.m.
Special Feature: "Car Talk," with Tom and Ray Magliozzi, Saturdays 10-11 p.m.; "Fresh Air" with Terri Gross, weekdays 3-4 p.m. Classical music is played daily from 9-3 p.m.
Phone: 703/998-2790
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WGMS-FM 103.5
"Washington's Classical Station"
Playlist: Classical favorites by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more
Popular Shows: "Dennis Owens Morning Show," 6-10; "Diana Hollander Midday Show," 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; "John Chester Afternoon Show," 3-7 p.m.; "James Bartel Evening Show," 7-midnight
Special Feature: Weekdays - luncheon concert at 12:30 p.m. and evening symphony from 7-8; Saturday - opera house at 1:30 p.m.
Phone: 202/966-WGMS (9467)
Web site:

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WFRE-FM 99.9
"Free Country in the Free State"
Playlist: Contemporary artists, including Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Allen Jackson and George Strait
Most Popular Show: The "Wild West Show" with Linda West, weekdays, 2-7 p.m.
Special Features: "Retro Country," Sundays 8-10 p.m.; "New Music Nashville," Sundays 8-10 a.m.
Phone: 301/663-4337

WMZQ-FM 98.7
"Washington's Country Station"
Playlist: Hit country artists, including Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes and Vince Gill
Most Popular Show: "Murphy and Cash" morning show with Gary Murphy and Jessica Cash, weekdays, 5-10
Special Feature: "American Country Countdown" with Bob Kingsley, Sundays, 8 a.m.-noon
Phone: 301/231-8231
Call-in Phone: 800/505-0098
Web site:

"Extra Country"
Playlist: Real and old country music, artists include George Strait, Mark Chestnut, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Reba McEntire
Most Popular Show: "Shannon and Slade," featuring talk and music, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Special Feature: According to program director Mike Williams, WXTR is the only station in the Frederick, Md., area that broadcasts Paul Harvey segments; weekdays, 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.
Phone: 301/662-2148
Call-in Phone: 800/962-5590

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Gospel and Religious
"Sonlight 780"
Playlist: Contemporary praise and worship music, featuring artists Ron Kenoly and Twyla Paris
Most Popular Show: "A New Beginning" with Greg Laurie, weekdays, 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and "Focus on the Family" with Dr. James Dobson, weekdays at 11 a.m.
Special Feature: "The Word for Today" with Pastor Chuck Smith, weekdays 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Phone: 703/534-2000
Web site:

WAVA-FM 105.1
"Your Station for Life"
Programming: Contemporary issues and talk programming Monday through Friday. Contemporary Christian music during CCM Weekends
Playlist: Contemporary Christian Music Top 30 with a D.C. flavor
Popular Programs: "Janet Parshall's America," 3-6 p.m. and syndicated nationally from WAVA. "The Don Kroah Show," 7-8 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight, Monday through Friday
Special Feature: Live broadcast on the World Wide Web and features Washington, D.C./Baltimore businesses and churches at Programming simulcast in Baltimore on WITH-AM 1230
Phone: 703/807-2266
Call-in Phone:800/343-WAVA (9282)
Web site:

WFAX-AM 1220
"Someone To Turn To"
Programming: Christian teaching programs
Most Popular Show: "Nearly all of the programs get good response," says program director Roy Martin
Phone: 703/532-1220
Web site:

WPGC-AM 1580
"All New Heaven 1580, Washington's New Gospel Choice"
Playlist: Contemporary artists, including Kirk Franklin, Donny McClurkin, Bebe and Cece Winans, and traditional artists like Shirley Ceasar
Popular Show: "Midday Praise" with Cheryl Jackson, weekdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Special Feature: "Bumper-to-Bumper Good News Ride Home" with Matt Anderson, weekdays 3-6:30 p.m.
Phone: 301/441-3500
Call-in Phone: 202/432-1580

"The Christian Music Station"
Playlist:Contemporary Christian artists such as Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Newsong and the Winans
Popular Show: All shows are equally popular, according to Andrea Kim in media relations
Special Feature: Daily lessons written and recorded by area pastors; weekdays at 12:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Phone: 540/582-5371

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WACA-AM 1540
Programming: Spanish adult contemporary music, news and information
Notable Shows: "Informativo Mundial" is the drive-time newscast with anchor Samuel Galvez; weekdays, 7-8 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. "Calentando La Manana," the weekday morning show hosted by Alejandro Carrasco, focusing on local issues and personalities; weekdays, 8-10
Special Features: "Mesa Redonda Del Futbol," the "Soccer Roundtable" hosted by Danilo Noel
Phone: 301/942-3500

WDCT-AM 1310
"Family Radio for the 21st Century"
Programming: An all Korean show broadcasting news, religion and talk
Special Feature: The only show broadcast completely in Korean
Phone: 703/273-4000
Call-in Phone: 703/218-1310

WGTS-FM 91.9
"Positive Life Radio"
Programming: Mainly Christian music with occasional talk shows
Special Feature: "Adventures in Odyssey," a children's storytelling program weeknights at 7 and Sunday mornings at 8
Phone: 301/891-4200
Call-in Phone: 301/270-1800
Web site:

WUST-AM 1120
"The Multicultural Voice of the Nation's Capital"
Programming: Time-broker WUST broadcasts content from more than 40 cultures that include French, Spanish, Vietnamese, German, Irish, Jewish and Ethiopian
Most Popular Show: "Federal Forum," hosted in English by The Washington Post Federal Diary columnist Mike Causey;
Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
Special Feature: WUST is the only multi-cultural station in the D.C. area, according to program director Nick Martinelli
Phone: 703/532-0400

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WJZW-FM 105.9
"Smooth Jazz 105.9"
Playlist: Key artists include Kenny G, Sade, Anita Baker, George Benson and Grover Washington Jr.
Popular Time Slots: Mornings hosted by Leigh Hamilton, weekdays 5:30-9 a.m.; middays hosted by Al Santos 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; afternoon drive time hosted by Justin Taylor weekdays 3-8 p.m.
Special Feature: "Lights Out Washington" hosted by Van Niece Johnson, weeknights 8-1 a.m.; "Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch" hosted by Al Santos, Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Phone: 202/686-3100
Call-in phone: 800/779-1059
Web site:

WPFW-FM 89.3
"Washington's Jazz Station"
Programming: Jazz, blues and Third World music, news and public affairs. The station is listener-supported and commercial-free
Special Feature: Music is broadcasted 24-hours everyday
Phone: 202/588-0999
Call-in Phone: 202/599-0893
Web site:

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News and Talk
WAMU-FM 88.5
"American University Radio"
Programming: NPR news, talk and "traditional American music," according to its Web site
Popular Show: "The Diane Rehm Show," weekdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Past guests include Bishop Desmond Tutu and Vice President Al Gore
Special Feature: Also offers traditional folk, bluegrass, vintage jazz and ethnic music. Washington Post reporter Roxanne Roberts, Sundays at noon on "Wait... Don't Tell Me."
Phone Number: 202/885-1200
Call-in Phone: 800/433-8850
Web site:

"All About Money, Your Financial News Source"
Programming: Financial news and information
Most Popular Show: "Money Talk," with a rotating schedule of experts, weekdays 5-6 p.m.
Special Feature: Bloomberg Business News airs continuously
Phone: 703/683-3000

"News Talk 930"
Most Popular Show: The "Morning News Express," with Ron Kitzmiller, weekdays 5-9 a.m.
Special Feature: "The Dr. Laura Show," call-in discussion, weekdays 3-6 p.m.
Phone: 301/663-4181
Call-in Phone: 800/DR-LAURA (375-2872)

WJFK-FM 106.7
"Washington's Super Station"
Programming: Talk radio
Popular Shows: Howard Stern, weekdays, 6-11 a.m., the Don & Mike Show weekdays 3 to 7 p.m., and the Sports Junkies weekdays 7 to 11 p.m.
Special Features: G. Gordon Liddy, weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Washington Redskins play-by-play, according to team schedule
Phone: 703/691-1900

"News Talk 630"
Programming: News, traffic and weather information.
Special Feature: Tim Brant and Andy Parks, weekdays, 5:30-9:45 a.m.; Dr. Laura Schlessinger, weekdays 9:45-11:45 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.; Rush Limbaugh, noon-3 p.m. everyday; Stevens and Core, weekdays, 4-8 p.m.; The Chip Franklin Show, weekdays 8 p.m.-midnight.
Phone: 202/432-WMAL (9625)
Call-in Phone: 888/630-WMAL (9625)
Web site:

WTOP-AM 1500 and WTOP-FM 107.7
"Washington's News Station"
Programming: Nonstop news, traffic, weather, sports and financial updates, plus Orioles baseball
Shows: News anchors Mike Moss and Richard Day, 5-10 a.m. weekdays, with Dave Johnson Sports; Lisa Baden Traffic; Tucker Echols Money News; The Weather Channel and a team of WTOP reporters covering Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and Capitol Hill. CBS News at the top of every hour. Commentary and analysis from Tim Russert, Wolf Blitzer, Bob Schiefer, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, Bob Levy, Cal Thomas and others
Special Feature: "Ask the Governor," "Ask the Mayor," and "Ask the Chief" each Thursday at 10 a.m. – live call-in shows with Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey. Washington Post columnist Colbert King, Wednesdays 8:51 a.m. and also on Saturday mornings and food critic Phyllis Richman 7:20 a.m. Thursday morning and also on Saturday mornings.
Phone: 202/895-5000
Web site:

WOL-AM 1450
"Where Information Is Power"
Programming: Issue and current-event-driven talk radio
Popular Shows: Madison and Company, weekdays 6 -10 a.m.
Phone: 301/306-1111
Call-in Phone 800/450-7876

"Business Radio"
Programming: Strictly talk
Popular Shows: "Money Talk," with a variety of hosts, weekdays noon-2 p.m. and Saturdays 5-6 p.m.; Dr. Gabe Mirkin answers medical questions, weekdays, 7-9 p.m.
Special Feature: Washington Bullets games air according to the team's schedule
Phone: 301/587-4900
Call-in Phone: 202/432-WRC1 (9721)

WZHF-AM 1390
"Washington's Health and Fitness Radio"
Popular Show: "Morning Health Show," call-in with author Ellen Ratner, weekdays, 7-8
Special Feature: According to Katie Daley of programming, WZHF is nation's only station dedicated to health and fitness.
Phone: 202/289-7730
Call-in Phone: 703/534-1390

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Oldies and Nostalgia
WBIG-FM 100.3
"Washington's Oldies Station"
Playlist: Heavily rotated artists include Motown heavyweights, the Beatles and the Beach Boys
Most Popular Show: According to program director Steve Allen, WBIG is "popular overall"
Special Feature: Two request hours: "Blue Plate Special," with Cathy Whiteside, weekdays 9 a.m.-noon; "Rush-hour Request," with Tom Kelly, weekdays 1-6 p.m., Washington Post movie critic Rita Kempley, Fridays at 7:30 a.m.
Phone: 301/255-4300
Call-in Phone: 800/493-1003
Web site:

WGAY-AM 1260
"Music of Your Life"
Playlist: Artists in heavy rotation include Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett
Popular Show: Mornings with Eddie Gallagher, weekdays, 5:30-10
Special Feature: "Sounds of Sinatra" with Sid Mark, Sundays, 10 a.m-noon
Phone: 301/587-7100
Call-in Phone: 202/432-1260

Web site:

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WARW-FM 94.7
"Washington's Classic Rock"
Playlist: Heavily played artists include Led Zepplin, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Aerosmith
Phone: 301/984-6000
Call-in Phone: 202/432-7625
Web site:

WWDC-FM 101.1
"The Only Station That Really Rocks"
Playlist: Contemporary artists like Pearl Jam, Sound Garden and Metallica
Popular Show: "More Rock Morning Show" with Buddy Rizer, Victoria Ray and David Hagen, 5:30-10
Special Feature: "The Road Show," with Jon Ballard, weekdays 3-7 p.m.
Phone: 301/587-7100
Call-in Phone: 202/432-1101
Web site:

WHFS-FM 99.1
"WHFS Rocks"
Playlist: Contemporary artists like Garbage, Everlast, Offspring and Hole
Special Feature: "Just Passing Through," a semi-regular program featuring "unplugged" guest appearances from popular alternative artists
Phone: 301/306-0991
Call-in Phone: 800/321-WHFS (9437)
Web site:

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"The Team 980"
Programming: Talk, local and national play-by-plays and broadcasts of major championship games
Most Popular Show: Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser, weekdays, 1-4 p.m.
Special Feature: "Imus in the Morning," weekdays, 5:30-10, movie critic Stephen Hunter Fridays at 5 p.m.
Phone: 301/231-7798
Call-in Phone: 301/230-0980
Web site:

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Urban Contemporary
WHUR-FM 96.3
"WHUR, The Adult Mix: Sounds Like Washington"
Playlist: A range of artists, including Luther Vandross, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo, Toni Braxton and Gerald Levert
Most Popular Show: The "Tom Joyner Morning Show," weekdays, 6-10
Special Feature: According to music director David Dickinson, WHUR originated the "Quiet Storm," weekdays, 7 p.m.-midnight. "The Color of Money" columnist Michelle Singletary, Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Phone: 202/806-3500
Call-in Phone: 202/432-WHUR (9487)
Web site:

WKYS-FM 93.9
"The People Station"
Playlist: Hit artists like Aaliyah, Erykah Badu, Dru Hill, Jay-Z, OutKast and Foxy Brown
Most Popular Show: The "Russ Parr Morning Show," featuring music, interviews and call-in discussion, weekdays, 6-10
Special Feature: The afternoon drive with EZ Street, weekdays, 2-6 p.m., sports columnist Michael Wilbon, Fridays at 8:40 a.m.
Phone: 301/306-1111
Call-in Phone: 301/432-9597

WPGC-FM 95.5
"Commercial-Free at Least Every Other Hour"
Playlist: Top-selling R&B and hip-hop artists like Dru Hill, Erykah Badu, Monica, Li'l Kim and DMX
Most Popular Show: "The Donnie Simpson Show" with Chris Paul, weekdays, 6-10 a.m.
Special Feature: "Love Talk and Slow Jams" with Justin Love and Jeannie Jones, weeknights, 10-2 a.m.
Phone: 301/441-3500
Call-in Phone 301/432-9595

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