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|City of license||Kettering, Ohio|
|Broadcast area||Dayton, Ohio|
|Slogan||"All The Hits"|
|Frequency||99.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1962 (as WKET)|
|Callsign meaning||We're CHannel 99.9 Dayton|
|Former callsigns||WKET (1962-1964)
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
|Sister stations||WOLT, WYDB, WMMX, WONE, WTUE, WXEG|
|Website||Channel 999's website|
WCHD (99.9 FM, "Channel 9-9-9") is a Top 40 Mainstream station serving the Dayton area. WCHD, whose community of license is Kettering, Ohio, broadcasts on 99.9 MHz with an ERP of 28,000 watts, and is owned by Clear Channel Communications.
The station began their history on December 16, 1993 as alternative rock WZJX (94-5 X-Rock), Dayton's first-ever alternative station. George Wymer was General Manager; Randy Scovil was Program Director as well as the afternoon drive host. Steve Stone and Christy Chatman were the morning show, Andy Sims did mid-days, and Greggy hosted the evening shift. During the six months as an alternative station, X-Rock brought two sell-out shows to Hara Arena: The Breeders & Afghan Whigs, and later The Smashing Pumpkins. In the station's first ratings period (Jan–March 1994), X-Rock's ratings in the 18–34 demographic had already grown to half of longtime Dayton rock station WTUE.
In early May 1994, the station was sold to Terry Jacobs (formerly of Jacor) who decided to flip the frequency to be Dayton's third oldies station, to compete with similar formats at 95.3 FM and 103.9 FM. On 3 May, the X-Rock staff was fired; the station began playing 20 different versions of "Louie Louie" and calling itself "Louie 95" in an effort to entice listeners by playing different versions of the mid-1960s hit "Louie, Louie", a Richard Berry-penned college ditty popularized by The Kingsmen, and Paul Revere and The Raiders among many others. During that time it was known as "The Chicken" in reference to its mascot, a giant whole broiled chicken dressed in seasonal clothing. It became WDOL, an oldies outlet, until 1996 when consistently minuscule ratings led to a switch to Rhythmic as WBTT, "94.5 The Beat". By 1999 they shifted to Top 40 Mainstream and began a serious challenge to take on the area's longtime rival, WGTZ. They would also drop "The Beat" (no pun intended) to become WDKF, "94.5 KISS-FM", in 2000, after Clear Channel expanded the brand to other markets. Despite the move, they maintained a Rhythmic lean during that tenure.
In March 2005, WDKF stunned listeners by holding a "funeral" for "KISS-FM", and briefly stunted as "94.5 FM-Playing Whatever We Want, Whenever We Want". On March 30, 2005, at 3 PM, the all-new Channel 9-4-5 launched. Despite the changes however, the station continues to lean Rhythmic as they battle Main Line Broadcasting of Dayton's Rhythmic contemporary rival WDHT for listeners. Main Line's other station, WGTZ, dropped their Top 40 format in November 2007 and flipped to "Fly 92.9", a "We Play Everything"-type Adult hits format, making WDKF the only CHR station in Dayton. The "Channel" branding was used previously in the late 1960s by sister station WONE (AM) "Channel 98" for its then-Top 40 format when it competed with WGTZ's AM sister WING.
In May 2009, Clear Channel Communications removed all local jocks from this station, and its website. Channel picked up Clear Channel's new programming initiative known as Premium Choice 24 hours. The playlist is generated and used nationally in addition to voice tracks and liners.
WDKF previously broadcast "Dayton's New Joints" on its HD-2 subchannel before going silent. Currently, on their HD-2 channel, is the IHeartRadio Hits Live format.
On May 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm EDT, Channel 9-4-5 became Channel 9-9-9, continuing scheduled programming with On Air with Ryan Seacrest (radio)'s American Top 5 at noon.
On September 17, 2012, WDKF changed their call letters to WCHD to go with the "Channel 9-9-9" branding.
Channel 9-9-9 broadcasts mainstream top 40 while being programmed by local program director, Steven Lewis from 6am - 10pm. This gives Channel 9-9-9 more of a local flavor compared to most Premium Choice [Clear Channel] stations.
6am-10am: Elvis Duran and The Channel 9-9-9 Morning Show (syndicated from WHTZ).
10am-2pm: On-Air with Ryan Seacrest (syndicated from KIIS-FM)
2pm-7pm: Steven Lewis [Live & Local]
7pm-12am: Billy The Kidd (KHKS-FM)
12am-6am: Sisanie (KIIS-FM)
On Saturday, Channel 9-9-9 has local DJ 'E' from 2pm-7pm on the air. E has been with channel since 2005. From 7pm-Midnight, Saturday Night Online with Romeo (syndicated from WIOQ).
Channel 9-9-9 broadcasts in HD and streams in high quality at channeldayton.com
- Frequency swap in Dayton from Radioinsight.com (May 24, 2011)
- Channel 99.9's website
- Greater Cincinnati Radio Guide
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WCHD
- Radio-Locator information on WCHD
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WCHD