WWER – Our History
Our History from Day 1:
WWER was originally a Contemporary Christian and Religious formatted radio station owned and operated by Fredericksburg Christian School serving Colonial Beach, Virginia. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued the original construction permit for this station on September 25, 2009. The FCC assigned the WWER call sign on November 3, 2009. The license was issued on January 29, 2010. This is the beginning of our history.
Some Time Later:
The Fredricksburg Christian School (FCS) decided that they no longer wished to keep the license and began a search for a new licensee. Ted Tait learned of this opportunity via email and reached out to them to arrange a deal. FCS agreed to donate the license to the Colonial Beach Community Foundation. The new assignment of license took place in May of 2019. In addition to the FCC license, the school donated much of the radio equipment used by the station to the CBCF. It included the antenna, transmitter, and a portion of their studio equipment to the Foundation. The new WWER went on air at midnight June 1, 2019.
2020 saw the emergence of the COVID virus, which slowed some efforts to grow WWER, but it managed to stay on air with a small but dedicated team of volunteers who did most of their work remotely in home studios.
Because the Colonial Beach Community Foundation did not feel that running a radio station was part of their core mission, a new 501(c)3 non-profit was formed to operate WWER. On October 30, 2021 the license was transferred to Colonial Beach Community Radio. The people operating the station remained the same under the new entity. WWER continues to grow and serve Colonial Beach.
“To deliver programming that serves and supports Colonial Beach in ways that commercial stations do not, by broadcasting unique, local programs that inform and engage our residents and visitors”