|City||Glen Allen, Virginia|
|Broadcast area||Central Virginia|
|Slogan||Richmond's New Country|
|First air date||2013|
|HAAT||220 meters (720 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Translator allocation on FCC channel 253.|
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||W241AP, WBTJ, WRNL, WRVA, WRVQ, WRXL, WTVR|
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. 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. 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. As a translator is not legally permitted to originate its own programming, by U.S. Federal Communications Commission regulation, W253BI is relaying WRXL-HD2.
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. The sale was completed on December 19, 2017.
- WRVA Adds FM Signal - Radio Insight
- Big 98.5 Brings Fourth Country Signal To Richmond - Radio Insight
- Big 98.5 Debuts
- "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.