Serving our area with NPR news, sports, gospel, jazz and R&B for over 27 years, 89.9, WRVS is a 41,000 watt powerhouse. We are a listener-supported public radio service of Elizabeth City State University.
WRVS became the first radio station in Elizabeth City and one of the first radio stations in Northeast North Carolina to broadcast using HD Radio TM technology.
WRVS' single largest and most important source of funding is you, the listener. Your gracious donations help to bring you all of the programs you enjoy on WRVS-FM and WRVS-HD1. Those programs include NPR shows such as Morning Edition and Tell Me More w/ Michele Martin as well as other nationally syndicated programs like Inspirations Across America and The Tavis Smiley Show on PRI. But, WRVS does not stop there. We keep our listeners informed with original programming such as The Viking Sports Network and the "Award-Winning" public affairs show Issues & Answers hosted by our very own Greg Sampson and Randy Jones.
Listener support is the key to keeping your favorite programs on the air. Our new online pledge form makes it quick and easy to support public radio.
The station originally began broadcasting on Tuesday March 18, 1986 with 10 kW at 90.7 MHz from a little white house-like building that currently houses other offices of the university.
The station was the brainchild of former Chancellor, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins who hired David C. Linton to help the University realize his dream. Linton was brought in as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Media Development and helped work with the FCC, engineers and others to get the station on the air. Linton, who served as the station's first General Manager and Program Director, also coined the original slogan "Wonderful Radio Viking Style." The original staff consisted of Paula Sutton, Public Affairs Director, Andre Smith, Sports Director, Gospel Announcer Dorothy Keith and a group of talented students. It was David Linton and Paula Sutton who shared the on-air debut honors by playing the song "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" by McFadden and Whitehead.
In 1990 the station received several upgrades, including a new transmitter allowing an effective radiated power of 41 kW as well as a new frequency of 89.9 MHz.
On July 3, 1996 the station went dark for weeks due to water and smoke damage to equipment due to an electrical fire that occurred upstairs in Williams Hall. The station signed back on in October and later went to a jazz based format as "Jazzy 89-Nine." In 2003, the station reverted back to its original and current Adult Urban Contemporary based format, and began broadcasting 24 hours a day.
Today, WRVS is known as "Your Community Voice" and is still one of the best college radio stations in the Hampton Roads market. On September 25, 2008, WRVS-FM, 89.9 completed its digital conversion project and on September 28, 2008 launched its digital broadcasting stream using iBiquity Digital Corporation's HD Radio TM technology.
The station is currently staffed with four full-time employees, four temporary employees, and a host of community volunteers, student interns and work-study students.
WRVS is a public supported, NPR affiliated radio station.