WAMU Enters Fredericksburg Market

by | Dec 13, 2014 | Business

By Susan Larson

WAMU radio is expanding into the Fredericksburg region.

American University, owner of the DC based 88.5 FM station, has filed an asset purchase agreement with the FCC for Spotsylvania County based WWED and its booster signal in Fredericksburg for $375,000.

WWED 89.5 FM is owned by Educational Media Corp, a non-profit Christian ministry, according to RadioInsight.  WWED and its sister station 91.7 WWEM Lynchburg ceased broadcasting in July 2013.

“My guess is that they [WAMU] are trying to extend their “brand” further south to cover a lot of the bedroom community to the DC market, much like WTOP does with multiple signals,” said Mark Bass, market manager for Fredericksburg’s B101.5 and News Talk 1230 WFVA AM.  “This area is getting to be more important to media in the DC market as the population grows.  It will really have no big impact on the local radio market as I see it.”

WAMU is considered the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater DC area.  American University also owns 88.3 WRAU Ocean City, Md. and WAMU translators in Frederick and Hagertstown.

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American University also owns 88.3 WRAU Ocean City, MD and translators in Frederick and Hagerstown that rebroadcast WAMU.Read more at: http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/89086/wamu-expands-to-fredericksburg/
currently operates translators in Frederick and Hagerstown in Western Maryland, as well as WRAU-FM, a 50,000-watt signal in Ocean City, Md. – See more at: http://www.current.org/2014/06/washingtons-wamu-aims-to-buy-signal-south-of-d-c/#sthash.7xh9OFN8.dpuf
WAMU licensee American University

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