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City of license Dresden, Tennessee
Broadcast area Jackson, Tennessee
Branding Star 95.1
Slogan Classic Hits and More
Frequency 95.1 MHz
First air date November 18, 1991
Format Classic Hits
ERP 21,500 watts
HAAT 84 meters
Class C3
Facility ID 67055
Transmitter coordinates 36°15′50″N 88°40′03″W / 36.26389°N 88.66750°W / 36.26389; -88.66750Coordinates: 36°15′50″N 88°40′03″W / 36.26389°N 88.66750°W / 36.26389; -88.66750
Former callsigns WJZK (1991-1992)
WGNN (1992-1994)
Owner Thunderbolt Broadcasting Company
Sister stations WCMT, WCMT-FM, WQAK
Website wcdzradio.com

WCDZ (95.1 FM "Star 95.1") is a radio station broadcasting a "Classic Hits" 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 Valley Wide Broadcasting whose principals included Ray Smith and John Latham of Camden, Tennessee.[1]


WCDZ began broadcasting 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 which stood for the Good News Network.

Thunderbolt Broadcasting purchased the radio station on February 28, 1994, and changed the call letters to WCDZ.[2] 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." The station abandoned the "satellite" format in 2013 and now broadcasts with all music programmed locally. WCDZ-FM is a member of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA), the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)and the International Broadcaster's Idea Bank (IBIB). Thunderbolt Broadcasting President Paul Tinkle is an NAB Radio Board member representing Tennessee and Arkansas.

Technical information[edit]

WCDZ's tower site is located off Evergreen Street 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.[2] WCDZ-FM, WCMT-FM, and WCMT-AM are a part of the Thunderbolt family and also includes KYTN-FM and WQAK-FM in Union City, Tennessee.


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