|City of license||Dresden, Tennessee|
|Broadcast area||Jackson, Tennessee|
|Slogan||Classic Hits and More|
|First air date||November 18, 1991|
|Former callsigns||WJZK (1991-1992)
|Owner||Thunderbolt Broadcasting Company|
|Sister stations||WCMT, WCMT-FM, WQAK|
WCDZ (95.1 FM "Star 95.1") is a radio station broadcasting a "Kool Gold" format. Owned by Thunderbolt Broadcasting of Martin, Tennessee, USA, WCDZ serves the Dresden, Tennessee area. It began broadcasting in 1991 as WJZK; the original owner was John Latham of Camden, Tennessee.
WCDZ went on the air on November 18, 1991 as WJZK. The original format was Lee Abrams' Classic Rock from the Satellite Music Network. The network DJs were Richard Burton, Scott Manning, Susan Carr, Chuck Nasty, and Bruce Carey; Tracy Sharp and Ray Garrett were the local DJs. The programing consisted of The Floyd Fix (40 minutes of Pink Floyd music), Sci-Fi 60s (psychedelic rock of the 1960s) Iron Butterfly's In A Gadda Da Vida in its full 17 minute form starting the show, CD Side Saturday (six hours of the best CD sides), The Dead Zone (one hour of Grateful Dead concert material), and Naked Rock (Sunday mornings a show devoted to Acoustic Rock), with The Long Distance Run Around (all request show) and The Long Distance Runaround Count Down on Sunday nights, as well as Friday Night Live (a full hour of live concert material from Classic Rock's best).
The station was the first in the West Tennessee area to broadcast digitally 24 hours a day.
The station's format changed on March 1, 1992, to a 24-7 Southern Gospel format, changing its callsign to WGNN.
Thunderbolt Broadcasting bought the station on February 28, 1994, and changed the call letters to WCDZ. The station changed formats again, to Country. The morning DJs were Stewart Byars and Ray Garrett. The station carried the Jones Radio Network's CD Country then added broadcasts from the Atlanta Braves and Tennessee Vols sports.
In 1998, the station changed to oldies from the Jones Radio Network. That change proved to be very successful for the station. On October 8, 2010, WCDZ modified its programming to classic hits and is now called "Star 95.1."
WCDZ's tower site is located in Dresden, Tennessee. The station's studio is co-located with WCMT (AM 1410) and WCMT-FM (101.3 FM) at 1410 North Lindell Street in Martin, Tennessee. WCDZ-FM, WCMT-FM, and WCMT are a part of the Thunderbolt family, which also includes WYVY-FM and WQAK-FM in Union City, Tennessee.
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