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City of license Colonial Heights, Virginia
Broadcast area Richmond Metropolitan area
Branding "AM1290 The Word"
Frequency 1290 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1955
Format Religious
Power 25,000 Watts daytime
41 Watts nighttime
Class D
Facility ID 21723
Transmitter coordinates 37°15′30.0″N 77°23′40.0″W / 37.258333°N 77.394444°W / 37.258333; -77.394444
Callsign meaning W DiZneY
former owner
Former callsigns WPVA (1955-1989)
WZOD (1989-1998)
Owner Wilkins Radio Network, Inc.
(Richmond Christian Radio Corporation)
Webcast WDZY Webstream
Website WDZY Online

WDZY is a Religious formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Colonial Heights, Virginia, serving the Richmond Metropolitan area.[1] WDZY is owned and operated by Wilkins Radio Network, Inc.[2]


The station went on the air as WPVA in 1955.[3] On November 13, 1989, the station changed its call sign to WSTK.[4] On March 19, 1997, it changed to WZOD. On February 19, 1998, it changed to the current WDZY.[4]

Sale and falling silent[edit]

Final "Radio Disney" logo for WDZY.

In June 2013, Disney put WDZY and six other Radio Disney stations in medium markets up for sale, in order to refocus the network's broadcast distribution on top-25 markets.[5][6]

On September 29, 2013, WDZY dropped the Radio Disney affiliation and went Silent.[6] In November, Disney filed to sell WDZY to the Richmond Christian Radio Corporation,[7] a subsidiary of Wilkins Radio Network, Inc.

The sale was "consummated" on December 31, 2013[8] and "accepted" by the FCC on January 10, 2014.

WDZY resumed operations on January 17, 2014.[9]


  1. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "WDZY Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Corbin, Robert F. "VARTV.com Richmond". VARTV.com. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "WDZY Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  5. ^ Graser, Marc (June 4, 2013). "Radio Disney Stations Up for Sale (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Venta, Lance (September 30, 2013). "Radio Disney Places Stations On The Market". Radio Insight. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Consummation Notice - WDZY". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Resumption of Operations - WDZY". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 21, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 

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