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CityRaleigh, North Carolina
Broadcast areaResearch Triangle Area
SloganPositive. Encouraging.
Frequency88.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)102.1 W271BT (Rocky Mount)
First air date1968 (1968) (as WSHA)
FormatContemporary Christian music
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT139 meters
Facility ID60028
Transmitter coordinates35°45′5″N 78°36′1″W / 35.75139°N 78.60028°W / 35.75139; -78.60028Coordinates: 35°45′5″N 78°36′1″W / 35.75139°N 78.60028°W / 35.75139; -78.60028
Former callsignsWSHA (1968-2018)
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
WebcastListen Live

WRKV (88.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Contemporary Christian music format. Licensed to Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, the station serves the Research Triangle. The station is owned by Educational Media Foundation and features programming from K-Love.

WRKV broadcasts in the HD radio format.[1]


In 1968, Shaw University became the first black college to own a radio station, broadcasting a Jazz/Gospel/Community Interest format as WSHA. At first, the station used an antenna on top of a building on the downtown campus, but in the late 1990s, a new tower was built in southeast Raleigh near Interstate 40. WFSS in Fayetteville, North Carolina moved from 89.1 FM to 91.9 FM to allow WSHA to increase power. WFSS was bought by WUNC and now is part of the WUNC network.[2]

In March 2018, Shaw University announced that it would sell the WSHA broadcast license to the Educational Media Foundation. The sale did not include the station's tower, call letters, or equipment; the university's interim president, Paulette Dillard, stated that Shaw intended to continue to stream jazz music on WSHA's website as an Internet radio station.[3]

On July 26, 2018, the sale took effect. On August 7, 2018, the call letters were changed to WRKV. [4]


Broadcast translators of WRKV
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W271BT 102.1 Rocky Mount, North Carolina 156751 19 D 35°57′19″N 77°53′3″W / 35.95528°N 77.88417°W / 35.95528; -77.88417 (W271BT) FCC

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2017-07-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Raleigh-Durham FM Dial". Archived from the original on 2003-02-01. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  3. ^ Cain, Brooke (March 23, 2018). "Shaw University sells WSHA-FM radio station – and a piece of history". The News & Observer. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "FCC Call Sign History".

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