WDBO (AM)

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This article is for the AM radio station. For the FM station which currently carries its previous news/talk format, see WDBO-FM.
WDBO
WDBO (AM) logo.png
City of license Orlando, Florida
Broadcast area Greater Orlando
Branding ESPN 580 Orlando
Frequency 580 kHz
First air date November 12, 2012 (current format)
Format Sports
Power 5,000 watts day
5,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 48726
Transmitter coordinates 28°37′11.00″N 81°24′35.00″W / 28.6197222°N 81.4097222°W / 28.6197222; -81.4097222
Callsign meaning Way Down By Orlando
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Orlando Magic Radio Network
Owner Cox Communications
(Cox Radio, Inc.)
Sister stations WCFB, WDBO-FM, WMMO, WPYO, WWKA
part of Cox cluster with TV station WFTV
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.espn580orlando.com

WDBO (580 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports radio format. Licensed to Orlando, Florida, USA, the station is owned by Cox Radio. Its studios are located in Orlando and the transmitter tower is in Lockhart.

History[edit]

Former logo used from 1997 through December 2001
Former logo used until 2012

WDBO was originally part of a cluster of AM, FM and TV stations all with the same callsign. In 1982, the company that owned all three at the time, The Outlet Company, sold the radio stations to Katz Broadcasting. The TV station eventually became WKMG. When the stations were sold, WDBO-FM was re-formatted as a country music station, K92FM, with the call letters WWKA.

WDBO-AM, at the time 58 WDBO, strayed from its original middle-of-the-road music format, joining ABC News Radio, and slowly adding more and more talk radio programs. By the 1990s, it had become NewsTalk 580 WDBO, which for years has been Greater Orlando's highest-rated AM news/talk station. In August 2011, Cox Communications took down its rock station, WHTQ, and gave it the callsign WDBO-FM, and became a simulcast of WDBO-AM. WDBO-AM was initially simulcast on that station's HD2 channel beginning in late February 2008. The news/talk station eventually re-branded with the FM frequency, NewsTalk 96-5 WDBO.

On November 12, 2012, WDBO-AM ceased airing what had become the WDBO-FM feed, and re-launched as a sports talk radio station affiliated with ESPN Radio. That network had been dropped previously by WHOO, which chose to affiliate with NBC Sports Radio. It carries the full ESPN Radio schedule, save for a local program weekdays from 4-6pm hosted by Scott Anez.[1]

WDBO-AM has remained the radio home of the Orlando Magic even with the format change.

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