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City of license Norfolk, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Boston, Massachusetts
Slogan "Relevant Business Talk"
Frequency 1170 kHz
First air date March 1978
Last air date June 13, 2014
Format Silent
Power 1,000 watts day
Class D
Facility ID 16977
Transmitter coordinates 42°5′32.00″N 71°18′13.00″W / 42.0922222°N 71.3036111°W / 42.0922222; -71.3036111
Callsign meaning W DIScussion
Former callsigns WJMQ (1978-October 27, 1982)
WJCC (October 27, 1982-February 3, 1993)
Affiliations Business Talk Radio, Fox News Radio
Owner Albert E. Grady, Esq.
(Discussion Radio, Incorporated)
Webcast Listen Live

WDIS (AM 1170) is a radio station licensed to Norfolk, Massachusetts. It serves the suburban communities south of Boston and north of Providence, Rhode Island. It has a daytime-only 1,000-watt signal[1] that reaches as far west as Worcester, Mass., giving it a coverage area of almost half a million people.[2] As of June 13, 2014, WDIS is silent.[3]

WDIS history[edit]



WDIS dates to March 1978, when John Quinlan, a former Massachusetts state legislator, obtained a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast on AM 1170 with the call sign WJMQ. The studio was, and still is, located on Pond Street (Route 115) near Norfolk center.


During the 1980s, the station experienced an ownership change and on October 27, 1982, changed its call letters to WJCC.


In 1990, it once again changed ownership, to Brockton, Massachusetts-based Discussion Radio, Inc.[4] On February 3, 1993, WJCC became WDIS.



"The Sports Roundtable" debuted which was a 2-hour program. By 2012 it no longer aired on WDIS.



As of June 13, 2014, WDIS ceased broadcasting.


In 2007, WDIS aired Tri-County Cougar home football games at the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, Massachusetts. In 2008, they resumed broadcasting Walpole High School Rebels football team live on the internet as well as over the air (daytime games live, night games on tape given the station's daytime-only status).[5]

Since December 2008, WDIS had also broadcast all King Philip High School Boys Basketball games,[6] as that basketball program tried to rebound after two consecutive no-win seasons.[7] With WDIS's daytime-only status, most games (other than weekend afternoon contests) were aired the day after they were played, although they were broadcast live on the internet.


  1. ^ "WDIS-AM: Radio Station Information Page : Radio-Locator". Theodoric Technologies LLC. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Advertising & Sponsorships: WDIS AM 1170". Discussion Radio, Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-28. [dead link]
  3. ^ WDIS's page in the FCC's Consolidated Data Base Service
  4. ^ "About Us: WDIS AM 1170". Discussion Radio, Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Walpole High School Football on WDIS AM 1170". Discussion Radio, Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-28. [dead link]
  6. ^ "King Philip Basketball comes to WDIS". Discussion Radio, Inc. Retrieved 2008-12-07. [dead link]
  7. ^ "McInnis moves on as basketball coach". The Weston Town Crier. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 

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