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Media in Richmond, Virginia

According to statistics for 2011–2012, the Richmond, Virginia market area is the 57th largest Designated Market Area in the United States, with 559,390 households. Richmond is served by a variety of communication media:

Print media


The local daily newspaper in Richmond is the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

National Newspapers available for purchase include the Washington Post, the New York Times and USA Today at some hotels.


Style Weekly is an alternative tabloid that publishes weekly. It is owned by Landmark Communications which also owns The Virginian-Pilot in Hampton Roads and was the former owner of The Weather Channel.

Brick was an alternative weekly that launched in September 2006 and folded in July 2010. Brick was what Style Weekly editor Jason Roop called a "faux alt weekly," as it was owned by Richmond Times-Dispatch publisher Media General. At one point, Brick was edited by Pete Humes [1], the former editor of defunct weekly alternative "Punchline."

Monthly / Bi-monthly / Quarterly

Richmond Magazine bills itself as the official magazine for the capital of Virginia and the surrounding Central Virginia region. It is published monthly and reaches readers across the state. It is on more than 1,200 newsstands across Virginia, and the subscribers are paid-circulation customers. Along with publishing a monthly magazine, it produces the annual newcomer's Complete Sourcebook and a Corporate Relocation Guide used by the Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Richmond Partnership and many major corporations. In addition, Richmond Magazine publishes the Richmond Metropolitan and Convention Bureau's official Visitors Guide, with a print run of more than 300,000, and it publishes the annual Who's Who Directory of Richmond businesses for the Chamber of Commerce.

Whurk is a monthly full-color tabloid dedicated to the arts in Virginia. It features interviews with artists, musicians, and other cultural innovators from the Richmond and the rest of the Commonwealth. Poetry, short fiction, and comics by Virginian authors are also regularly featured.

Chesterfield Living, West Ends Best, Hanover Lifestyle are three bi-monthly full color magazines that are mailed specifically to high income and high home value residents and available free at newsstand locations throughout Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover Counties. Owned by Advertising Concepts,Inc. Online editions for all three magazines available for viewing at Combined mailed circulation over 63,000 and 18,000 newsstand.

Boomer Magazine is a bi-monthly full-color magazine distributed free through grocery stores and doctor's offices. It was founded in 2007 by former Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Ray McAllister, and is published by Ross Publishing. As the name indicates, it is aimed at Richmond's "baby boomer" generation.

Greater Richmond Grid Magazine is a bi-monthly full-color magazine distributed free through various outlets including grocery stores and workout facilities. It was started in 2009 by Ted Randler (Palari Publishing) as a print vehicle to highlight the people, businesses, and events in the City of Richmond and its surrounding communities. Richmond Grid also features the active social media community in the Richmond area.

RVA Magazine is a quarterly full-color publication which focuses on the cutting edge art, music, events, and culture of the area. RVA Magazine has also been involved in putting together and sponsoring cultural events including the Falling From Grace music festival, Halloweek (which included Richmond's first Halloween Parade by puppet theatre troupe All the Saints), and the Carytown NYE Bash (New Year's Eve street event which drew close to 20,000 people-a first of its kind for Richmond). It is free to the public, both in print form, and in multiple digital formats on their web page.

News and newsmagazines

The Richmond Free Press[2] and the Richmond Voice [3] are weekly newspapers that cover the news from a predominantly African American perspective. The only Hispanic magazine in the state La Voz Hispana de Virginia [4] provides significant cultural and news content in both English and Spanish. There are also two major publications from the Jewish community of Richmond, published in English, The Reflector is the semi-weekly newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Richmond and Virginia Jewish Life (formerly, Virginia Jewish News) is an independent monthly magazine published by the Chabad community of Richmond, but highlighting stories of general Jewish interest in Virginia. City Edition was a civic-minded newspaper that lists municipal and council related events, issues, and results, and which stopped publication in October 2007. [5]. is also an online newsmagazine with a wide readership. Other local topical publications include Richmond Parents Magazine and V Magazine for Women, the voice of women in Richmond [6]. Richmond Guide[7] is a quarterly that is targeted toward visitors. The Virginia Defender[8] is a quarterly statewide community newspaper with a press run of 16,000 distributed through nearly 300 distribution sites in Richmond, plus 16 other Virginia cities and five counties.

Regional and County Newspapers include the following:


VCU, VUU, and University of Richmond have student-run newspapers, including VCU's Commonwealth Times, Ink, Amendment, Comicality, and Poictesme.


Richmond is also served by several television stations.


Richmond's over-the-air television stations:

Analog Digital PSIP Cable Callsign Licensed To Primary
Ownership Website
n/a 25 6 9 WTVR Richmond CBS 6.2 - Antenna TV
6.3 - Xtra Weather
Tribune Broadcasting
n/a 22 8 8/10† WRIC Petersburg ABC 8.2 - Live Well Network Media General
n/a 12 12 12 WWBT Richmond NBC 12.2 - Me-TV
12.3 - Escape
Raycom Media
17 14* n/a n/a WXOB Richmond Religious Independent n/a KM Broadcasting none
n/a 42 23 23 WCVE Richmond PBS 23.2 - WCVE Create
23.3 - MHz Worldview
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
n/a 26 35 11 WRLH Richmond Fox 35.2 - MyNetworkTV/ThisTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
39 28* n/a n/a WWBK-LP Richmond TBN n/a National Minority TV
n/a 45 45 71 WZTD Richmond Telemundo n/a ZGS Communications
n/a 48 48 n/a WRID Richmond Daystar n/a Word of God Fellowship (Daystar)
n/a 44 57 24 WCVW Richmond PBS none Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
n/a 47 65 13 WUPV Ashland CW 65.2 - Bounce TV
65.3 - GritTV
Southeastern Media Holdings
operated by Raycom Media

* These low-power stations have construction permits to move to new digital channels in the near future.
† WRIC is generally carried on cable 8 north of the James River, and cable 10 south of the James.


Comcast is the primary cable television provider for the Richmond area (Richmond city proper, Chesterfield, Henrico County) and the Tri-Cities (area includes Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and the counties of Dinwiddie and Prince George). In the city and Henrico County, it is the successor to the franchise originally held by Continental Cablevision, then MediaOne, then AT&T Broadband, before Comcast acquired AT&T Broadband. In Chesterfield, it is the successor to the franchise originally held by Storer Cable. In the nearby Tri-Cities area, it is the successor to the franchise originally held by Sammons Communications, then Marcus Cable, then Tele-Media, then Adelphia, before Comcast acquired Adelphia.

Verizon now offers television through its fiber-optic system, FiOS TV, in Richmond City and Henrico and Chesterfield Counties and is currently expanding its services farther into the outlying Richmond area.


The metropolitan area is also served by a variety of radio stations, serving a wide variety of musical and other interests.


There are also several AM stations serving a variety of music, talk, and sports topics, including the following:

Frequency Callsign Licensed To Nickname Format Owner Web site
590 WLES Bon Air The Truth Religious Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting
800 WSVS Crewe Virginia's Country Legend Classic Country / Sports Gee Communications
820 WNTW Chester 820 The Answer Christian Talk Delmarva Educational Association
910 WRNL Richmond FOX Sports Radio 910 Sports radio iHeartMedia
950 WXGI Richmond ESPN 950 ESPN Radio Red Zebra Broadcasting
990 WLEE Richmond Newstalk 990 News/Talk Davidson Media Group
1140 WRVA Richmond Newsradio 1140 WRVA News/Talk (50,000 watts) iHeartMedia
1240 WTPS Petersburg Newstalk 1240
The People's Station
Urban Talk/Classic Soul Radio One
1290 WDZY Colonial Heights WRN Religious Wilkins Radio Network
1320 WVNZ Richmond La Selecta Spanish Davidson Media Group
1340 WHAP Hopewell Fox Sports Radio 1340 Sports/Variety/Talk PT Brown Broadcasting
1380 WBTK Richmond Radio Poder Hispanic Religion Mt. Rich Media
1430 WHAN Ashland Your Hometown Voice Lifestyle Talk/Bluegrass Fifth Estate
1450 WCLM Highland Springs Heart & Soul Of Richmond Urban Oldies/Religion/Variety World Media
1480 WTOX Glen Allen La Gran-D Spanish Davidson Media Group
1540 WREJ Richmond Rejoice Radio Gospel Davidson Media Group
1590 WFTH Richmond The Light Gospel Tri-City Christian Radio none
1620 WPQE514 n/a Highway Advisory Road Condition Reports Commonwealth Of Virginia none


On the FM dial, some of the popular music stations include the following:

Frequency Callsign Licensed To Nickname Format Owner Web site
88.9 WCVE-FM Richmond Community Idea Stations Public Radio Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
Charles City
American Family Radio Religious American Family
90.1 WDCE-FM Richmond 90.1 FM Student-run Alternative Music University Of Richmond
90.1 WKYV-FM Colonial Heights K-LOVE Contemporary Christian Educational Media Foundation
WJYJ-FM Fredericksburg
Virginia's Positive Hits Christian and gospel Positive Alternative Radio
91.1 WHCE-FM Highland Springs Mix 91 Henrico County Student-run Contemporary Music County Of Henrico
91.3 WVST-FM Petersburg The Source R&B/Urban/Jazz/Public affairs/Sports Virginia State University
91.7 KAWZ Lakeside CSN International Christian Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls
(Translator for KAWZ-FM/Twin Falls, ID)
92.1 WCDX-FM Mechanicsville iPower 92 Mainstream Urban Radio One
92.5 WVTF-FM Richmond Radio IQ NPR/BBC Talk
(Translator for WTVW-FM/Charlottesville)
Virginia Tech Foundation
93.1 WWLB Ettrick 93.1 Hank FM Classic Country music Alpha Media
93.5 WBBC-FM Blackstone Bobcat Country Country / Sports Denbar Communications
93.7 WCFC-LP Richmond Christian Crusade for Christ Temple Church of God in Christ
94.5 WRVQ-FM Richmond Q94 Top 40/CHR iHeartMedia
WRVL Richmond
Victory FM Christian Liberty University
(Translator for WRVL-FM/Lynchburg)
95.3 WKHK-FM Colonial Heights K95 Country music Summit Media
96.1 W241AP Midlothian 96.1 The Planet Classic rock iHeartMedia
96.5 WKLR-FM Fort Lee Classic Rock 96.5 Rock Summit Media
96.9 WWUZ-FM Bowling Green 96-9 The Rock Classic rock* Star Publishing Co.
97.1 WPAR Crewe Spirit FM Christian Positive Alternative Radio
(Translator for WPAR-FM/Salem)
Sold to Gee Communications and will switch to translating for WSVS-AM/Crewe in summer 2014
97.3 WRIR-LP Richmond Richmond Indie Radio Specialty Music Programs & Community focused programming Virginia Center For The Public Press
97.7 WLES Bellwood The Truth Religious Delmarva Educational Association
(Translator for WLES/Bon Air)
98.1 WTVR-FM Richmond Lite 98 Soft Adult Contemporary iHeartMedia
98.5 WRVA Richmond Newsradio 1140 WRVA News/Talk (50,000 watts) iHeartMedia
(Translator for WRVA/Richmond)
98.9 & 100.3 The Wolf Country Music Alpha Media
105.7 & 99.3 Kiss FM Urban Adult Contemporary Radio One
99.9 WYFJ-FM Ashland FM 100 Christian and gospel BBN
100.5 WZEZ-FM Goochland The Truth Christian Talk Delmarva Educational Association
(Relay of WLES-AM/Bon Air)
100.9 WHTI-FM Lakeside Easy 100.9 Soft AC Summit Media
102.1 WRXL-FM Richmond XL102 Modern Rock iHeartMedia
102.9 WHAN Ashland Your Hometown Voice Lifestyle Talk/Bluegrass
(Translator for WHAN-AM/Ashland)
Fifth Estate
103.1 WNRN-FM Midlothian Modern Rock, No Commercials Modern Rock
(Translator for WNRN-FM/Charlottesville)
103.7 WURV-FM Richmond 103.7 PLAY Hot Adult Contemporary Summit Media
104.7 WPZZ-FM Crewe Praise 104.7 Urban Gospel Radio One
106.1 W291CL Richmond Hot 106.1 Top 40/CHR Summit Media
106.5 WBTJ-FM Richmond 106.5 The Beat Mainstream Urban iHeartMedia
106.9 WAFX-FM Suffolk 106.9 The Fox Classic Rock Saga
107.3 WBBT-FM Powhatan 107.3 BBT Classic Hits Alpha Media

Internet Media

While electronic is a new category of media, several outlets compete for online readership. A number of neighborhood news sites have come online in 2007.

Media Corporations

Radio ownership in Richmond is concentrated among six companies:

Two other media corporations are based in Richmond and own a substantial number of stations in Richmond and around the country:

Communication Schools in Richmond

Richmond is home to the VCU School of Mass Communications. The School was founded in 1978 and offers both bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in journalism, advertising and public relations. The School is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The school houses Capital News Service, VCU InSight as well as the VCU Create-A-thon

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