|Broadcast area||Northern Virginia|
|First air date||November 2, 1978|
|Format||Contemporary Christian music|
|Former callsigns||WQRA (1978-1996)|
|Owner||Educational Media Foundation|
WLZV (94.3 FM) is a contemporary Christian music formatted radio station licensed to Buckland, Virginia and serving the southwestern Washington metropolitan area. The station's programming is a relay of K-Love.
In 1996, the station was sold by Dettra Broadcasting to Bill Parris' Radio Broadcasting Communications, owner of WINX (1600 AM, Rockville, Maryland). Parris flipped the station in September 1996 to WINX-FM, a simulcast of WINX's oldies music.
The station became WTOP-FM in September 1997; it was the first FM outlet of all-news WTOP, which at the time was on 1500 AM. In February 1998, Bonneville International, the owner of WTOP, bought it from Parris. Bonneville then traded this station and cash to Syd Abel for his higher-powered 107.7 FM. The transaction was completed the next month, and Abel moved over his "rocking country" format, branded as WUPP "Up Country". One year later, in April 1999, Abel flipped to WPLC "The Pulse", playing hot adult contemporary crossed with alternative rock hits.
Mega Communications purchased the station in 2000. Mega first broadcast a format of Spanish love songs, renaming the station WPLC-FM as they added a simulcast with 1050 AM in Washington, which became WPLC. The following year, Mega changed the callsign to WBPS-FM and joined it with WBZS-FM (92.7 FM, Prince Frederick, Maryland) in a Spanish adult contemporary simulcast branded as "La Nueva Mega". In 2005, the stations switched to Spanish oldies as "Mega Clasica".
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder bought the two stations, as well as Mega's WKDL (730 AM, Alexandria, Virginia), in 2006. The new three-station network ran a new simulcast as "Triple X ESPN Radio", creating an ESPN Radio-based sports talk competitor to WTEM (980 AM). 94.3 changed to WWXX to reflect the branding. In 2008, Snyder bought WTEM itself, and the network became simply "ESPN 980" with no other changes to the two FM stations.
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- Radio-Locator information on WLZV
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WLZV