|City of license||Danville, Virginia|
|Broadcast area||Danville, Virginia
Yanceyville, North Carolina
|Branding||"104.5 The Dan"|
|Slogan||"Danville's Classic Hits"|
|First air date||1957|
|Power||1,000 watts daytime only|
|Callsign meaning||WW DaN River|
|Former callsigns||WILA (1957-2009)|
|Owner||Lakes Media LLC|
|Sister stations||WHLF, WKSK-FM, WLUS-FM, WMPW, WSHV|
Neill McMillan (father of Neill McMillan Jr., aka Mojo Nixon), described as "a 'champion' of the black community," bought then WILA in 1969 from Ralph Baron and George Lund, who were the first owners of the station to target African-American listeners. Despite graffiti and tire damage, McMillan was committed to the Civil Rights Movement and aired speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. both times the civil rights leader visited Danville. After McMillan's death in 1978, his wife Frances ran the station, later selling to Lawrence and Ella Toller's Tol-Tol Communications. Lawrence Toller managed WILA for 17 years, although he lived in Lynchburg.
On August 19, 2009, WILA was sold to Birch Broadcasting Corporation for $150,000. Toller said, "It has been an outlet for the black community. They may not have that now and I’m sorry about that." The station added a FM translator and changed format to classic hits WWDN as "104.5 the Dan" on December 14, 2009, debuting with 10,000 songs in a row (commercial-free) by such artists as Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Elton John and Journey.
In addition to the main station, WWDN is relayed by an FM translator to widen its broadcast area.
|City of license||Facility
|W283BN||104.5 FM||Danville, Virginia||154767||250 watts||56.6 m (186 ft)||D||FCC|
- "WWDN Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Bozick, Tara (2009-11-06). "Longtime Danville radio station sold". Danville News. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
- Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License
- "W283BN Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- 104.5 The Dan Online
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WWDN
- Radio-Locator Information on WWDN
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WWDN
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