WRVA (Radio Station : Richmond, Va.)

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WRVA was officially dedicated on 2 November 1925. Owned and operated by Larus & Brother Company, manufacturers of Edgeworth Smoking Tobacco and other tobacco products, the station initially operated as a community station without commercial revenue and broadcast only two evenings a week. The Corn Cob Pipe Club was one of the many regular programs begun in 1925. It proved so popular with listeners throughout the United States and Canada that by July 1935, almost nine hundred clubs were established in the United States and foreign countries. By January 1926, the station increased its schedule to three nights a week, and by 1929, WRVA was broadcasting day and night seven days a week. Also in 1929, the station increased its power from 1,000 watts to 5,000 watts and became affiliated with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). In May 1933, WRVA opened new broadcasting studios in the Hotel Richmond, on 9th and Grace Streets. In April 1935, the station built and began using the first all-wood self-supporting radio tower in America. On 27 June 1937, WRVA joined Columbia Broadcasting Systems (CBS) as a full time affiliate. On 17 March 1939, the 50,000 watt transmitter, located in eastern Henrico County was officially dedicated. In March 1940, Sunshine Sue and Her Rangers first broadcast on WRVA. In September 1946, WRVA leased the old Lyric Theater on 9th and Broad Street and the Old Dominion Barn Dance began airing on WRVA. On 28 January 1959, WRVA rejoined NBC. On 29 May 1968, the new WRVA studio, located in historic Church Hill and overlooking Richmond, was dedicated.

In 1968, Larus & Brother Company reorganized and became the Larus Investing Company. In July 1968, WRVA AM and FM became WRVA Radio, Inc. and WRVA-FM Radio, Inc., respectively, subsidiary corporations of the Larus Investing Company. Larus Investing Company sold its entire WRVA stock to Southern Broadcasting Company of Winston, Salem, North Carolina in November 1969. In August 1977, Harte-Hanks Newspapers, Inc., purchased Southern Broadcasting Company, including WRVA-AM and WRVQ-FM. Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc., sold the radio stations to Edens Broadcasting Company, a company formed by the senior managers of Harte- Hanks Radio, Inc., a subsidiary of Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc., in December 1984. In September 1991, WRVA was sold to Force II Communication, L. P., of San Diego. In the Spring 1992, Clear Channel Communications bought WRVA and is the current owner.

From the description of WRVA Radio Collection, 1925-2000. (Library of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 63209031

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associatedWith Aaroe, Alden, 1918-1993. person
associatedWith Anderson, Richard N. person
associatedWith Bishop, Walter R. 1903-1963. person
associatedWith Bishop, Walter R., d. 1963. person
associatedWith Carter Family (Musical group) corporateBody
associatedWith Carter, Maybelle, 1909-1978 person
associatedWith Cash, June Carter, 1929-2003 person
associatedWith Collins, Curley. person
associatedWith Collins, Phillip G. person
associatedWith Dawson, Lawrence H. (Lawrence Hawkins), 1880- person
associatedWith Dean, Lou, 1935- person
associatedWith Gary, J. Vaughan (Julian Vaughan), 1892-1973. person
associatedWith Hewlett, Bertha E., 1903-1997. person
associatedWith Larus and Brothers. corporateBody
associatedWith Larus & Brother Company, Inc. (Richmond, Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Larus Investing Company (Richmond, Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Lucy, Calvin T., 1891- person
associatedWith Millard the Mallard. person
associatedWith Richmond Television Corporation (Richmond, Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Silver Star Quartet (Musical group) corporateBody
associatedWith Sunshine Sue and Her Rangers (Musical group) corporateBody
associatedWith Tansey, John B., 1916-2001. person
associatedWith Wilkinson, Holland Reid 1893- person
associatedWith Workman, Mary Higdon, 1911-1979. person
associatedWith WRVA (Television station : Richmond, Va.) corporateBody
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Active 1925

Active 1963


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