name = WPRS-FM
branding = "Praise 104.1"
April 7, 2007(as Praise 104.1)
frequency = 104.1
erp = 20,000
haat = 244
class = B
facility_id = 74212
owner = Radio One
licensee = Radio One Licenses, LLC
website = [http://www.praise1041.com/ www.praise1041.com]
former_callsigns = WXTR (1981-1996)
callsign_meaning = W PRaiSe
sister_stations = WKYS,
WMMJ, WOL, WYCB
WPRS, known on air as Praise 104.1, is an
Urban Gospel radio stationin the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The station broadcasts from Waldorf, Maryland, at 104.1 MHz.
Owned by Radio One, the station began broadcasting on April 7, 2007, as Praise 104.1. The station was previously owned by
Bonneville announced the local marketing agreement with Radio One for the 104.1 signal on April 6, 2007. [cite web | url=http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=25&sid=1108880 | title=Bonneville, Radio One Reach Agreement on 104.1 FM | publisher="WTOPNews.com" | date=2007-04-06] The 103.9 signal — which had been paired at the time with 104.1 — was switched the same date to a simulcast of
WTOP, while the 104.1 frequency went dark in anticipation of a format switch. Praise 104.1 launched the next morning. On April 24, 2007 WXGG changed their call letters to WPRS.
Before becoming an urban contemporary gospel station, WPRS was known as WXGG (nicknamed George 104), an
adult hitsradio station. The station used "George FM" (as in George Washington) instead of the usual " Jack FM" for this format, because Jack FM is owned by Big Sticks Broadcastingand is licensed almost exclusively to CBS Radio. The station broadcasted from Braddock Heights, Marylandat 103.9 MHz FM, and from Waldorf, Maryland, at 104.1 MHz.
George 104 began broadcasting on the afternoon of January 22, 2007, at 3 p.m. EST, after the announcement of the end of classical music station WGMS, which had aired on the two frequencies since early 2006 and maintained a
classical musicformat in Washington for 60 years. At the time of the format change, Bonneville announced that it had reached a deal with public radiostation WETA-FM to return the latter station to a classical format. WETA hired Jim Allison, the longtime program director of WGMS, and Bonneville donated its 15,000-disc WGMS music library to WETA. Bonneville also gave WETA the right to use the WGMS call sign. [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/22/AR2007012200579.html Radio Stations Harmonize On Classical Music - washingtonpost.com ] ]
Bonneville said at the time of the format change that it planned to broadcast commercial-free on George 104 for 104 continuous days, in order to give the station time to establish itself. [ [http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/tvstations/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003535869 Bonneville Moves D.C.'s Classical WGMS to WETA ] ]
The format change took place after an abortive effort by Bonneville in late 2006 to sell the two frequencies to
Washington Redskinsowner Daniel Snyder. Snyder planned to buy WGMS to convert it to a sports radioformat, adding its frequencies to the Triple X ESPN Radionetwork. [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/07/AR2006120701693.html Redskins Owner Set to Buy Last Classical Station - washingtonpost.com ] ] Snyder withdrew from the preliminary purchase agreement, however, citing "a change in the radio climate" and hopes that "a better signal will soon become available in the market." News accounts suggested that a comment to the " The Washington Post" from an unnamed Bonneville executive, who said Snyder had offered "50 percent more than WGMS was worth," had stalled the negotiations. [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/03/AR2007010301847.html Dan Snyder's Deal Stalls but WGMS Ponders Format Change - washingtonpost.com ] ]
The adult hits George format moved to the 103.5-2 subcarrier frequency of WTOP but was eventually discontinued altogether.
* [http://www.vartv.com/media/WGMS.wma The end of WGMS classical programming (audio)]
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