WDOD (AM)

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WDOD
City of license Chattanooga, Tennessee
Branding Fox Sports Radio 1310
Slogan Chattanooga's Sports Leader
Frequency 1310 kHz
First air date April 13, 1925 (1925-04-13)
(signed off May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31))
Format Defunct
(was sports)
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 71349
Transmitter coordinates 35°4′54.00″N 85°20′14.00″W / 35.0816667°N 85.3372222°W / 35.0816667; -85.3372222 (WDOD)
Callsign meaning Dynamo Of Dixie
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Sporting News Radio
Owner Bahakel Communications
(WDOD of Chattanooga, Inc.)
Sister stations WDEF, WDEF-FM, WDOD-FM, WUUQ

WDOD (1310 AM; "Fox Sports Radio 1310") was a radio station serving the Chattanooga area. The station was owned by Bahakel Communications out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and last offered a sports talk format. WDOD was the oldest radio station in Chattanooga, having gone on the air on April 13, 1925 at 1280 on the AM dial. The frequency was changed to 1310 in the early 1940s. [1] Bahakel acquired the station in 1963; previous owners of the station include Norman Thomas and Earl Winger (who owned a crystal radio company, and started WDOD to give people who bought their radios a station to listen to), as well as H. Clay Evans and Interstate Insurance.[1] From 1948 to 1997 it was Chattanooga's original country radio station, and added a FM simulcast on WDOD-FM in 1960. The simulcast continued until WDOD-FM changed its format to AAA. WDOD was briefly an affiliate of Air America Radio in 2005-2006.[2] Prior to that the station had an adult standards format.[3] Until 2009, the station derived a portion of its programming from Scott Shannon's The True Oldies Channel from Citadel Media.[4]

After dropping The True Oldies Channel, WDOD simulcast its sister station WDEF (1370 AM), a Fox Sports Radio affiliate, from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. the station aired Sporting News Radio's Tim Brando and 2 Live Stews, and the regionally syndicated Paul Finebaum show.[5] 2 Live Stews was subsequently replaced with a local show hosted by Chris Goforth. WDOD was the local radio affiliate of the Chattanooga Lookouts, a minor league baseball team that was the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers when the station signed off[6] and currently serve as the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

WDOD signed off permanently on May 31, 2011. The transmitter property was sold to the Baylor School (which will use the land for an expansion) the following day, while the license was returned to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[1] Sister station WDOD-FM remains on air and programs a CHR format.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chattanooga's Oldest Radio Station "Goes Silent"; WDOD Sold To Baylor". The Chattanoogan. June 3, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ Frank, Judy (2006-08-23). "WDOD Radio Switches From Air America To Music Format". The Chattanoogan. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  3. ^ "WDOD Moves To Liberal Format, Keeps Some Local Programming, News". The Chattanoogan. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Radio Stations". Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel. Archived from the original on July 28, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2008. 
  5. ^ "WDOD Drops True Oldies Channel". Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Chattanooga Lookouts: About". Retrieved 2009-12-17.