|City of license||Salisbury, North Carolina|
|Broadcast area||Charlotte metropolitan area|
|Branding||106.5 The End|
|Slogan||Charlotte's New Rock Alternative|
(also on HD Radio)
|First air date||March 16, 1946|
|Callsign meaning||The END|
|Former callsigns||WRDX (1946–95)|
|Affiliations||Compass Media Networks
|Owner||Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
(Capstar TX LLC)
|Sister stations||WHQC, WKKT, WLKO, WRFX|
WEND (106.5 FM) – branded 106.5 The End – is a commercial alternative rock radio station licensed to Salisbury, North Carolina, serving the Charlotte metropolitan area. Owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, WEND is the Charlotte affiliate for Skratch 'N Sniff and the home of radio personality Jack Daniel. The WEND studios are located in Charlotte, while the station transmitter resides in China Grove. Besides a standard analog transmission, WEND broadcasts over two HD Radio channels, and is available online via iHeartRadio.
WEND began broadcasting on March 16, 1946 under the callsign WRDX.
Doug Rice (now Speedway Motorsports radio play-by-play announcer) joined WSTP and WRDX in 1977, working a variety of on-air jobs and eventually becoming morning host and program director. He also served as play-by-play announcer for Catawba College football for nearly a decade, and color analyst for Howard Platt for Catawba basketball, and he called the Rowan County high school football game of the week on WRDX.
WRDX was playing country music prior to a signal increase in 1987 that allowed the station to cover both Charlotte and the Triad. At that time the station switched to satellite adult contemporary. Late in the 1980s the station began playing more oldies, especially from the category of beach music. In 1995, the station announced it was changing its call letters to WEND, adopting its current format and moving its studios to Charlotte. This triggered numerous letters of protest appeared in the Salisbury Post. After the move, WEND moved its tower farther south to get a better signal in the Charlotte area. However, it only provides a grade B signal to Rock Hill and the South Carolina portion of the Charlotte market. This is because it is short-spaced to WTCB in Columbia at nearby 106.7.
WEND was the local affiliate of the syndicated Bob and Tom Show until March 31, 2010. Woody & Wilcox, from KBFX in Anchorage, Alaska, began a new Charlotte-based morning show on April 19, 2010. The audience for mornings jumped 74 percent.
- Wineka, Mark (2011-02-16). "NASCAR announcer calls Salisbury home". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
- http://www.1065.com/pages/mornings.html, Retrieved 2010-04-17.
- Washburn, Mark (2010-04-17). "Direct from Anchorage, Alaska, 'Woody & Wilcox' at the 'End'". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
- Washburn, Mark (2010-08-07). "'The Beat' sees gains in quest for young listeners". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
- Official website
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- Radio-Locator information on WEND
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WEND