|Broadcast area||Hampton Roads|
|First air date||May 1999|
|Last air date||September 7, 2018|
(date of license surrender)
|Power||1,000 Watts day and night|
|Callsign meaning||W Bayside VirginiA|
|Former callsigns||WBHO (1998)|
|Owner||Birach Broadcasting Corporation|
On January 22, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated WBVA and WVAB's license renewals for a hearing. According to the FCC's records, WBVA operated for a total of 120 days in the two license terms between April 1, 2008 and November 30, 2017, and was silent for the remaining period of over nine years. When WBVA did operate, in order to avoid automatic deletion of its license after one continuous year of silence, it was at 30 watts from a temporary transmitter site at the western edge of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The FCC estimated that WBVA covered ten percent of its licensed service area from that site. Since Birach Broadcasting acquired the stations in 2008 after their tower was destroyed, it has continually claimed that it has been unable to get zoning approval for a new tower for both stations. The full board of five commissioners will determine whether renewing WBVA and WVAB's licenses will serve the public interest.
Before the FCC came to a decision, Birach attempted to donate WBVA's license and audio equipment – but not any transmission equipment or facilities – to two different nonprofits. When both donations fell through, Birach surrendered the WBVA license on September 7, 2018. The FCC cancelled the station's license on September 10, 2018.
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- Trent, John C. "Re: Surrender of Radio Station License WBVA (AM) Bayside, VA (Fac Id. 84068)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
- "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
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- Query the FCC's AM station database for WBVA
- Radio-Locator Information on WBVA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WBVA
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