WEDI (AM)

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WEDI
WEDI logo.png
City of license Eaton, Ohio
Branding Classic Country Radio
Frequency 1130 kHz
First air date August 1981 (as WCTM-AM)
Format Classic Country
Power 250 watts day
Class D
Facility ID 71930
Transmitter coordinates 39°44′55.00″N 84°35′2.00″W / 39.7486111°N 84.5838889°W / 39.7486111; -84.5838889
Callsign meaning E'aton, Dayton and Indiana
Former callsigns WCTM-AM (1981-2004)
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Ohio News Network
Ohio Ag Net
Brownfield Network
Owner Town and Country Broadcasting, Inc.
Sister stations WBZI(originating station)
WKFI
Webcast Listen Live
Website myclassiccountry.com

WEDI "Classic Country Radio" (for Eaton,Dayton and Indiana) is a daytime-only commercial AM radio broadcasting station at 1130 kHz, licensed to Eaton, Ohio.

History[edit]

WEDI began in 1981 as WCTM-AM, a continuation of a beautiful music format which aired originally at 92.9 FM (the present-day WGTZ) where the WCTM calls originated in 1959. In June 2004 while battling with heath problems and age, Stanley Coning, the owner, operator, chief engineer and announcer of "Radio Ranch 1130 WCTM", announced his official retirement from radio broadcasting and bid farewell to his many listeners. Stanley Coning died on Christmas Eve December 24, 2010 at his Eaton residence and is buried with his wife Helen in neighboring West Alexandria. The transmitter site and three towers (home built by Coning himself) remain located in the Preble County rural community of Glenwood, just east of Eaton. Its "figure 8" east to west directional pattern allows the station to be heard as far west as Greenfield in Central Indiana, as well as in London, Ohio.

The Brownfield Network was carried by the former WCTM throughout the 1980s and 90s. Since the purchase of the Eaton AM outlet,WEDI (through originator WBZI) revived the WCTM tradition serving its eastern Indiana listeners airing Brownfield Network programming in addition to the Ohio Ag Net (the direct descendant of the original ABN) for Ohio farmers.

Classic Country Radio[edit]

The station returned to the air in July 2004 as WEDI, now owned by Town and Country Broadcasting. Its current format, "Classic Country Radio", consists of country oldies from the 1950s up to the 1980s as well as bluegrass and country gospel music. The station is the Western Ohio/Eastern Indiana repeater of WBZI(AM) 1500 in Xenia, Ohio, which serves Xenia, Springfield, eastern Dayton and surrounding areas. WKFI(AM) 1090 in Wilmington, Ohio is the other repeater, serving southwestern Ohio and portions of Northern Kentucky as well as metropolitan Cincinnati.

As a point of interest, the call sign WEDI had once been assigned to the passenger liner SS America of the United States Lines.

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