|City of license||Delaware, Ohio|
|First air date||1960|
|Power||500 watts (day)
29 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||W DeLawaRe|
|Former callsigns||WDLR (1960-2004)
|Affiliations||ABC News Radio
Fox Sports Radio
Ohio State IMG Sports Network
Cleveland Indians Radio Network
(Delmar Communications, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WQTT, WVXG|
WDLR (1550 AM) — branded Local 1550 WDLR — is a commercial radio station licensed to Delaware, Ohio. The station primarily serves the Delaware County region, with limited coverage in the Columbus market. The station is under ownership of Brent Casagrande through licensee Delmar Communications, Inc, and features a locally-programmed classic hits format.
WDLR signed on the air in October 1960. Initially locally owned through Delaware Broadcasting, Inc., the station was purchased in 1968 by Cardinal Communications Group which was the broadcast arm of tobacco conglomerate R. J. Reynolds. In 1973 it was sold to Radio Delaware Incorporated which was principally owned by James N Shaheen.
In the early 1990s, WDLR was famous among Ohio Wesleyan students for its lunchtime program "TRadio," hosted by Stu Sisk.
In 1997 Radio Delaware sold the station to Fifteen Fifty Corporation which was owned by Patrica Casagrande of Powell, Ohio (FCC Ownership report) and her son Robert G. Casagrande - best known as WCMH helicopter pilot Robb Case - who died in September 2007 at age 50 from cancer.
In Summer 2008, WDLR was acquired by ICS Holdings, Inc., which is owned principally by Mark Litton.
For several years, WDLR was a Spanish language Regional Mexican music format under the branding "La Jefa 1550" and was geared to the Hispanic communities of the greater Columbus area." La Jefa is Spanish for "The Chief" and the name of the branding of a group of similarly related branded format stations,many of which owned by Univision Radio. During this time, the station was also the local affiliate of The Don Cheto Show in morning drive.
In 2014, WDLR flipped from Regional Mexican to a gold-based 70's/80's AC format under the name "Local 1550". Until recently, WDLR - along with sister station WQTT in Marysville - had derived a portion of its programming from Scott Shannon's The True Oldies Channel from Cumulus Media Networks. After distributor Cumulus Media Networks discontinued The True Oldies Channel in June 2014, WDLR began programming their music format in-house.
Prior to taking back the WDLR calls in July 2007, the station used WXOL after June 9, 2004, and before that also used WDLR. FCC Call Sign History
The call letters WDLR represent the station's city of license: W Delaware.
WDLR broadcasts high school football and basketball, along with serving as the Delaware affiliate for both the Cleveland Indians Radio Network and the Ohio State IMG Sports Network. WDLR also features live coverage of the annual Little Brown Jug horse racing event.
- Here is the exact listing for the construction permit from 1961-62 Broadcasting Yearbook: WDLR (not on air; target date Oct. 1, 1960): 1550 kc; 500 w-D, DA-D. P.O. Box 231. Delaware Broadcasting Inc. (Original owner) C. Robert Taylor, gen mgr & coml mgr.
- "Radio Stations". Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel. Archived from the original on July 28, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
- Official site of "Local 1550"
- Official site of "La Jefa 1550" (Archive)
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WDLR
- Radio-Locator Information on WDLR
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WDLR