Infobox Radio station
name = WVBE-FM

city = Roanoke, Virginia
area = Christiansburg, Virginia
Blacksburg, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Radford, Virginia
branding =
slogan =
airdate =
frequency = 100.1 (MHz)
format = Classic Soul and R&B
power = 20,000 Watts
erp =
class =
callsign_meaning = W ViBE
former_callsigns =
owner = Mel Wheeler, Inc.
licensee =
sister_stations = WVBE-AM
webcast =
website = [http://www.vibe100.com/ Vibe100]
affiliations =

WVBE (100.1 MHz Lynchburg, 610 kHz Roanoke) is a radio station broadcasting a Classic Soul and R&B format. Licensed to Lynchburg, Virginia, USA, it serves southwestern Virginia. The station is currently owned by Mel Wheeler, Inc. in Roanoke, VA.

History of 610 WVBE-AM

WVBE 610 was, for about 50 years, Country formated WSLS,. then in 1972, WSLC, where the country format was continued. In 2000 The station began simulcasting it new sister station, the former easy listening turned classic rock station WPVR , which was flipped to Country as WSLC-FM This continued until 2002, when WSLC-AM was flipped to new calls as WVBE-AM, simulcasting co-owned WVBE-FM Lynchburg, and brought R&B music full time to Roanoke. The original call sign was WSLS, and there was a WSLS-FM and TV. Only the TV station still carries those call letters.( At one time , the now defunct Roy H. Park Broadcasting had owned WSLS-AM-FM-TV, but sold the radios stations in the 1972 because Park also owned a newspaper in Roanoke. After the purchase, the AM became WSLC but stayed country, and the FM became Rock WSLQ ) http://www.formatchange.com/610-wslc-drops-its-simulcast-of-sister-country-wslc-fm-for-urban-ac-wvbe-fm/

History of 100.1 WVBE-FM

WVBE-FM 100.1 began its history in 1948 as WWOD-FM, originally at 940 watts. It had a sister station on 1390, WWOD, now WKPA. WWOD-AM was the second station to go on in Lynchburg after WLVA-AM. WWOD-FM was religious until it became WKZZ in 1979 and carried a country format until the late 80s , when it becamne a locally programmed CHR format until 1991.

In 1991, the station was purchased by Aylett Coleman of Roanoke and began a simulcast with CHR formatted WXLK"K92" in Roanoke to provide an improved signal in Lynchburg and took the callsign WLYK, which stood for "Lynchburg's K92." The following year, WLYK boosted power, going from a Class A to Class C3 station. The stations were later sold a few years after Coleman's death to Mel Wheeler Inc.

In 2001, the station became Vibe 100, with an R&B format, changing calls to WVBE-FM.

External links

* [http://www.vibe100.com Official Website]
* [http://www.twincitiesradioairchecks.com/wwod.html Rick Burnett's WWOD Page]
* [http://members.aol.com/jeff560/1958fm.html Jeff560's 1958 FM Listings]

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