WUDR

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WUDR
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Broadcast area Dayton, Ohio
Branding UD Flyer Radio
Slogan Music in All Directions
Frequency 98.1 MHz
Format College Radio
ERP 13 watts
HAAT 27.3 meters
Class D
Owner University of Dayton
Webcast Listen Live
Website WUDR website

WUDR (98.1/99.5 FM) is a non-commercial, college radio station located on the campus of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. The station broadcasts from a studio located on Art Street at the University of Dayton. Flyer Radio is a student-run radio station that offers variety music, sports, and talk shows.

Both students and professors are represented among the station staff. As a result, the programming schedule changes each semester depending on the current staff. Broadcasting at 13 Watts, and via webcast, Flyer Radio broadcasts music in a variety of genres. While the station primarily carries a radio format, Flyer Radio also broadcasts University of Dayton sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and women's sports. They are enlisted in the College Music Journal, or the CMJ, and follows an Alternative radio format.


Translators[edit]

In addition to the main station, WUDR is relayed by an additional translator to widen its broadcast area.

Call sign Frequency
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City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
W258AI 99.5 & 98.1 Dayton, Ohio 80 D FCC

History[edit]

Through the mid-1990s, the University also operated a 50,000 watt commercial radio station, WVUD-FM (99.9 MHz), playing album-oriented rock (AOR). The station was know, colloquially, as "VUD", "FM-100" and "The Radio Station".

In the mid-1970s, WVUD became Dayton's first album oriented rock station providing an alternative to Top 40 -formatted WING. The airstaff was composed of U.D. students. In the late 60s through mid-1970s, General Manager was University of Dayton Communication Arts Department Chairman George Biersack. Biersack hired back former WVUD staffer and UD grad Chris Cage Caggiano from WING-AM. Biersack's marching orders for Cage were to "grab the 18 to 34 year-olds" but to "avoid that WING sound". Music Director was Dan Covey, who later landed at WING. Cage was succeeded by Geoff Vargo.

WVUD-FM competed with WTUE-FM for dominance of the Dayton market. Utilizing a strategy of first-to-market "breaking" of new songs, a vast collection of record albums, and a lengthy song-rotation schedule (to keep the sound "fresh"), the station competed on its diversity of music and knowledge of artists and bands by disc jockeys. The station enjoyed stature and cache sufficient that touring major rock acts, such as Jackson Browne, Shawn Phillips, and Billy Joel, were interviewed live in-studio. Students staffed on-air slots, and personalities such as Patty Spittler, Dan Covey, Art Farkas, Alan McConnell, Dan Pugh aka Dan Patrick, Mary Kuzan, Jim Tobin ("Yost"), Keith Wright, Richard Wieser (The Weezer) and Dan Ross, competed successfully with much more experienced radio pros. After graduation, many WVUD "alumni" went on to attain significant professional career success in radio nationwide. On April 1, 1978, the station spoofed listeners claiming it had, overnight, changed radio formats to big-band 1940s music. Complaints to station management, from loyal, if disgruntled, listeners, were counted into the hundreds. So convincing was the transformation, that many did not realize it was an "April Fool's" joke. Normal operations resumed the next day. Eventually, through the 1980s, WTUE won the ratings war. The University sold WVUD-FM in 1992, and the WVUD call sign was, subsequently, adopted by another college radio station in Delaware.

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Coordinates: 39°47′13″N 84°14′24″W / 39.787°N 84.240°W / 39.787; -84.240