|Broadcast area||Greater Orlando/Daytona Beach|
|Branding||La Nueva 990|
|First air date||December 5, 1947 (as WHOO)|
|Power||50,000 watts daytime
14,000 watts nighttime
|Callsign meaning||DYZ (DISney, previous owner)|
|Former callsigns||WHOO (1947-1985)
|Owner||Salem Media Group
(Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WBZW, WORL, WTLN|
Because of its signal strength, WDYZ can be heard throughout central Florida, from coast to coast, and from Sebring to Palatka, using a directional antenna to protect WMYM in Miami and WGML in Hinesville, Georgia. At night, its signal is more directional towards the east, to protect clear channel station CBW in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
For many years, what now is WDYZ bore the calls WHOO. WHOO began broadcasting December 5, 1947, as the ABC radio network affiliate for Orlando. Owned by The Sentinel-Star Company, it was a daytime-only station with 10 kw power.
In the late 1950s, WHOO shifted to a Top 40 music format and was a top-rated station in the market until slipping behind upstart AM 950 WLOF "Channel 95" in the mid-1960s. WHOO then switched to country music in 1968 and continued with this format until 1987, when the station switched its calls to WMMA "Magic 99", airing a satellite-fed adult contemporary format from Satellite Music Network which later changed to oldies.
A succession of formats followed over the next several years: the station was briefly WHTQ in 1988, simulcasting the rock format of WHTQ-FM, and then returned to the WHOO calls with a Music of Your Life format later that same year, only to change to classic country in 1989 and then return to simulcasting WHTQ (although still as WHOO) from 1990 to 1993. In 1993, WHOO adopted the syndicated "Stardust" adult standards music format from ABC Radio, which continued until 2001, when the station became WDYZ and a Radio Disney affiliate. The standards format and WHOO calls were shifted off onto AM 1080 in Kissimmee, which continues as WHOO with a sports talk format from ESPN Radio, which also happens to be owned by the Walt Disney Company.
On August 13, 2014, Disney put WDYZ and twenty-two other Radio Disney stations up for sale, in order to focus more on digital distribution of the Radio Disney network. On December 15, Radio Disney Group filed to sell WDYZ to the Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc., a subsidiary of Salem Media Group. The FCC granted the sale on February 10, 2015. On March 10, 2015, Salem Media CEO Ed Atsinger revealed that WDYZ will be the eighth Salem station to carry its Radio Luz Spanish Christian format. On March 18, 2015, WDYZ dropped the Radio Disney affiliation and went silent. The sale was consummated on March 27, 2015. On April 13, 2015 WDYZ returned to the air with a Spanish contemporary Christian format, branded as "La Nueva 990".
- "WHOO Orlando, Fla. Launched on 990 kc" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 22, 1947. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
- Lafayette, Jon (August 13, 2014). "Exclusive: Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital". Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- "Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- Parties to the Application - FCC
- Application Search Details - FCC
- Salem Reveals Pending Formats For Disney Acquisitions - Radio Insight
- Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA - FCC
- Consummation Notice - FCC
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WDYZ
- Radio-Locator Information on WDYZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WDYZ
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