WWDN

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WWDN
WWDN-AM 2009.PNG
City of license Danville, Virginia
Broadcast area Danville, Virginia
Yanceyville, North Carolina
Branding "104.5 The Dan"
Slogan "Danville's Classic Hits"
Frequency 1580 kHz
First air date 1957
Format Classic Hits
Power 1,000 watts daytime only
Class D
Facility ID 67269
Transmitter coordinates 36°34′3.0″N 79°22′50.0″W / 36.567500°N 79.380556°W / 36.567500; -79.380556
Callsign meaning WW DaN River
Former callsigns WILA (1957-2009)
Owner Lakes Media LLC
Sister stations WHLF, WKSK-FM, WLUS-FM, WMPW, WSHV
Webcast WWDN Webstream
Website WWDN Online

WWDN is a Classic Hits broadcast radio station licensed to Danville, Virginia, serving Danville, Virginia and Yanceyville, North Carolina. WWDN is owned and operated by Lakes Media LLC.[1]

History[edit]

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.

The station's format was urban oldies/black gospel "Heart and Soul".[2]

Station sold[edit]

On August 19, 2009, WILA was sold to Birch Broadcasting Corporation for $150,000.[3] 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.[2]

Translator[edit]

In addition to the main station, WWDN is relayed by an FM translator to widen its broadcast area.[4]

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W283BN 104.5 FM Danville, Virginia 154767 250 watts 56.6 m (186 ft) D FCC

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