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Big 98.5 logo
City Glen Allen, Virginia
Broadcast area Central Virginia
Branding Big 98.5
Slogan Richmond's New Country
Frequency 98.5 MHz
First air date 2013
Format Country music
Power 250 Watts
HAAT 220 Meters
Class D
Facility ID 148159
Transmitter coordinates 37°35′52.5″N 77°30′56.1″W / 37.597917°N 77.515583°W / 37.597917; -77.515583Coordinates: 37°35′52.5″N 77°30′56.1″W / 37.597917°N 77.515583°W / 37.597917; -77.515583
Callsign meaning Translator allocation on FCC channel 253.
Owner Entercom
(CBS Radio East, LLC)
Sister stations W241AP, WBTJ, WRNL, WRVA, WRVQ, WRXL, WTVR
Webcast W253BI Webstream
Website W253BI Online

W253BI is a Country formatted broadcast translator licensed to Glen Allen, Virginia, serving Central Virginia. W253BI is owned and operated by Entercom.


In April 2013, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) completed construction of the 98.5 FM translator in Glen Allen, VA. It was originally listed as a translator for WRVQ, which was later modified to use WTVR-FM.

On May 5, 2014, the station signed on as a simulcast of iHeartRadio's WRVA, using the branding "NewsRadio 1140 & 98.5 FM", and technically relaying WTVR-HD2.[1] The simulcast ended on July 23, 2015 at 3pm, after the end of that day's Rush Limbaugh show. The station then began stunting with construction noises, with liners telling WRVA listeners to move to 1140 AM, and to listen the following Monday, the 27th, at 9AM for something new on 98.5.[2] At that time, 98.5 flipped to country as "Big 98.5", launching with 10,000 songs in a row. The first song on Big was "Kick the Dust Up" by Luke Bryan.[3] As a translator is not legally permitted to originate its own programming, by U.S. Federal Communications Commission regulation, W253BI is relaying WRXL-HD2.[2]

On November 1, 2017, iHeartMedia announced that W253BI, along with all of their sister stations in Richmond and Chattanooga, will be sold to Entercom due to that company's merger with CBS Radio.[4] The sale was completed on December 19, 2017.[5]


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