WHLQ

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WHLQ
WHLQ-FM 2015.png
City Lawrenceville, Virginia
Broadcast area Lawrenceville, Virginia
Brunswick County, Virginia
Branding "Mix 105.5 and 95.1"
Frequency 105.5 FM MHz
First air date September 1, 1991[1]
Format Black Gospel
Urban Contemporary[2]
Power 6,000 Watts
HAAT 47 meters (154 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 72503
Transmitter coordinates 36°45′10.0″N 77°51′49.0″W / 36.752778°N 77.863611°W / 36.752778; -77.863611
Former callsigns WLES-FM (1989)[3]
WHFD (1989-2011)
WHLQ (2011-2014)
WVNC (2014-2015)[4]
Owner Ronnie D. Joyner Ministries, Inc.[5][6]
Webcast WHLQ Webstream
Website WHLQ Online

WHLQ is a Black Gospel and Urban Contemporary formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Lawrenceville, Virginia, serving Lawrenceville and Brunswick County, Virginia.[2] WHLQ is owned and operated by Ronnie D. Joyner Ministries, Inc.[5]

History[edit]

Pre-broadcast and launch[edit]

William Carlton Link and Thurman Louis Hardgrove, Sr. both applied for a new FM station for Lawrenceville, Virginia, in early 1988.[7] Link already owned an AM station, WLES, in Lawrenceville.[8] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a hearing regarding the matter on January 14, 1988.[7] More than two months later, on March 31, Link's application was approved, with the station to broadcast at 98.9 MHz.[9] During the week of April 20, 1989, the FCC assigned the new station the WLES-FM call sign.[3] The station launched on September 1, 1991, airing country and bluegrass music.[10] During the week of November 30, the station call sign changed to WHFD.[11]

History since launch[edit]

On November 12, 1992, the FCC announced that WHFD would move from 98.9 to 105.5, where it remains.[12] The move took place on January 15, 1993.[12] The station added gospel music to its format in 1995.[13]

Norfolk, Virginia-based Willis Broadcasting Corporation bought WHFD and sister station WLES from Link on March 22, 1999 for $350,000.[14] Almost a year later, on January 10, 2000, sister-station WLES was sold to Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation for $150,000.[15] In 2001, WHFD switched from a hybrid country/bluegrass/gospel music format to solely gospel.[16]

WHFD and South Boston-based WHLF-AM were to be sold to J&J Broadcasting Inc. for $250,000 on November 11, 2002,[17] but for unknown reasons the sale did not take place.[18] Station general manager Katrina Chase purchased WHFD, under the company name Lawrenceville Christian, for $100,000 on April 10, 2005.[19]

On February 9, 2011, WHFD was placed into receivership due to a $200,000 debt owned to a Woodstock, Virginia-based law firm.[20][21] The station fell silent on March 9, 2011,[22] returning to the air in early 2012.[23] Todd Fowler of Fowler Media Consulting, LLC took over operations of the station on March 30, 2011.[20] On July 18, 2011, the station's call sign was changed from WHFD to WHLQ.[4] WHLQ was sold by Fowler to Jimmy Johnson of North Carolina on May 16, 2012 for $75,000.[24][25] The sale closed on November 7, 2012.[26]

Once again, on April 14, 2014, the station was up for sale, this time to Lawrenceville resident Jeff Davis,[27] who, under the company name Imperial Broadcasting Company, LLC, purchased WHLQ from Johnson for $199,000.[28]

Johnson, while still owner of WHLQ, filed to raise the station's transmitting tower height from 47 meters to 100 meters on May 9, 2014.[29] The station's tower will remain in the same location and the wattage will remain the same as well.[29] On July 7, 2014, the station's call sign was again changed, from WHLQ to WVNC.[4]

Logo used from September 22, 2014 until early January 2015.

The sale from Johnson to Davis closed on July 14, 2014.[30] Four days later, WVNC fell silent to make "changes [with] equipment and programming".[31] A month previously, on May 20, a post on the station's new Facebook page alerted listeners that the station would take a new format of Conservative News/Talk programs.[32]

Davis said, in an interview on August 5 with the Brunswick Times-Gazette, that he hoped to have the station on the air "by the second week of August".[33] He also said "a morning show featuring local guests" will be featured.[33]

WVNC returned to the air on August 19, 2014.[34] The station, however, returned with a music format due to technical problems with the station's satellite dish.[35] The news/talk format was delayed until the satellite dish was repaired.[35] On September 22, 2014, the station debuted its Conservative News/Talk format. The station began streaming its programming online at December 16, 2014, but stopped four days later.[36]

On December 20, 2014, the station began airing Christmas music.[37] Owner Jeff Davis began the process of selling the station back to previous owner Jimmy Johnson, on January 6, 2014.[38] Johnson will operate the station, under the Brunswick County Broadcasting, Inc., with two other persons, John Trent and Terry Suggs.[38] Trent's law firm filed suit against the station's previous owners in 2011.[20][21]

The sale represents a cancellation of debt, in the amount of $179,100, still owned by Davis to Johnson.[39] As part of the agreement, the station's callsign will change back to WHLQ.[39] The two companies also entered into a time brokerage agreement, allowing Brunswick to begin operating the station.[40] The agreement went into effect on January 1, 2015.[40] On January 13, 2015, the station's callsign changed to WHLQ.[4] The sale of WHLQ was closed on April 9, 2015.[41]

A little under seven months later, on October 27, 2015, Brunswick County Broadcasting, Inc. began the process to sell WHLQ.[6] The buyer, this time around, was Chesapeake-based Ronnie D. Joyner Ministries, Inc.[6] The station was sold for $149.000, and the translation was consummated on January 6, 2016.[42] At this time, translator station W236AD is not included in the sale.[6][42]

Translator[edit]

In addition to the main station, WHLQ is relayed by an FM translator to widen its broadcast area.[43]

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W236AD 95.1 FM Lawrenceville, Virginia 18869 250 watts 2.8 m (9.2 ft) D FCC

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  42. ^ a b "Asset Purchase Agreement with Schedules". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. October 22, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  43. ^ "W236AD Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 

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