WKDZ-FM

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WKDZ-FM
City Cadiz, Kentucky
Broadcast area Clarksville, TN-Hopkinsville, KY
Branding 106.5 WKDZ
Slogan Every Hour With Us is Like a Night at the Opry.
Frequency 106.5 MHz
First air date May 18, 1972 (1972-05-18) [1]
Format Country
Power 13,400 Watts
Class C3
Callsign meaning KDZ = "Cadiz"
Former callsigns WBZD (1985-1991)
Former frequencies 106.3 MHz (1972-1995?)
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Tennessee Titans Radio Network
UK Sports Network
Owner Ham Broadcasting, Inc.
Sister stations WHVO, WKDZ-AM
Webcast Listen live
Website WKDZradio.com

WKDZ-FM (106.5 FM) is a radio station licensed in Cadiz, Kentucky. WKDZ-FM is owned by Ham Broadcasting. Beth Mann serves as Ham Broadcasting owner/president.

In 2004, Ham Broadcasting moved from their former Will Jackson Road location to a new 4,100-square-foot (380 m2) facility at Broadbent Square in east Cadiz.[2]

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air at 106.3 megahertz on May 18, 1972. It began as an 3,000-watt FM simulcast station of WKDZ-AM for its first ten years on the air. At that time, WKDZ-AM broadcast a Variety format.[3] In the mid 1980s, the station became separate from the AM counterpart, and began broadcasting an Adult contemporary format.

Under the WBZD callsign from 1985 to 1991, the station continued its Adult Contemporary format. In 1991, the station's callsign was reverted to the original WKDZ-FM, and it began broadcasting a country format.

Programming[edit]

Format and coverage area[edit]

WKDZ-FM broadcasts a country music format and serves Trigg, Christian, Caldwell, Lyon, and Todd counties in Kentucky, along with nearby Montgomery and Stewart counties in Middle Tennessee.[4]

Sports programming[edit]

In addition to its usual music programming, WKDZ-FM is an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans Radio Network, which broadcasts live games involving the NFL's Tennessee Titans based in Nashville.[5] WKDZ-FM also serves as one of three affiliates of the University of Kentucky Wildcats radio network in the Clarksville-Hopkinsville market (the other two are WHOP-AM and WHOP-FM).[6] WKDZ-FM also broadcasts Trigg County High School football games on Friday nights from mid-August through November.

News operation[edit]

WKDZ-FM is unique in that it, along with sister stations WHVO and WKDZ-AM, boasts a full-time news department in house. The one-hour newscasts, branded as News Edge, are broadcast at 12 Noon and 5:00 p.m. Central Time over all three Ham Broadcasting-owned stations. Shorter newscasts are run at 6, 7, and 8 a.m. CT.[7] Hourly national news updates are provided by Fox News Radio at the top of each hour.

WKDZ-FM has been recognized many times for its community service. The station also has won a Marconi Award for "Small Market Station Of The Year" in 2008 and again in 2013. WKDZ-FM has been consistently nominated for the coveted NAB Crystal Award for Community Service, which they won in 2013.

On-air staff[edit]

Weekdays[edit]

  • Alan Watts (mornings 5 - 9 am)
  • Cindy Allen Lax (mornings 7:30 - 9 am)
  • Eddie Owen (midday 9 am - 12 pm)
  • Kimberly Allen (afternoons 1 - 3 pm)
  • Bill Booth (afternoon drive 3 - 5 pm)
  • Greg Leath (evenings 6 pm - 12 am)
  • Scott Brown (sports)
  • Ann Petrie (news - 5 pm News Edge Host)
  • Robin Stevens (news)
  • Travis Faulkner (news)
  • Boyd Clark (news - 12 Noon News Edge Host)

Weekends[edit]

  • Scott Brown (Saturday Morning 8:15 - 9 am)
  • Bill Booth (Saturday Morning 6 - 8 am & 9 am - 1 pm)
  • Brandon Burke (Saturday Afternoon 1 - 6 pm)
  • Chris Top (Saturday Evening 6 pm - 12 am & Sunday Morning 8 am - 4 pm)
  • Rich Miller w/Powersource Radio (Sunday Morning 6 - 8 am)
  • Joshua Claussen (Sunday Afternoon 4 - 7 pm)
  • Jimmy Fish w/ Hooked on Country (Sunday Evening 7 pm - 12 am)
  • Alan Watts (news)
  • Robin Stevens (news)
  • Travis Faulkner (news)

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Coordinates: 36°48′29″N 87°38′10″W / 36.808°N 87.636°W / 36.808; -87.636