|City||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Broadcast area||New Orleans metropolitan area|
|Branding||Fox Sports 1280|
|Slogan||We Are Fox Sports New Orleans|
|First air date||July 23, 1923 (as WCBE)|
|Power||5,000 watts fulltime|
|Callsign meaning||Who Dat? (New Orleans Saints chant)|
|Former callsigns||WCBE (1923-1928)
|Affiliations||Fox Sports Radio|
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||KVDU, WNOE-FM, WQUE, WRNO-FM, WYLD, WYLD-FM|
WODT is a sports outlet based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The iHeartMedia, Inc. station broadcasts at 1280 kHz with 5,000 watts full-time. It is affiliated with the Fox Sports Radio network. Its transmitter is located in New Orleans' Algiers district, and its studios are located downtown.
AM 1280 first signed on in 1923 as WCBE, owned by Joseph Uhalt and based in his New Orleans backyard. In 1928, he moved the station to the DeSoto Hotel (now the Le Pavillon Hotel) in downtown New Orleans and changed the calls to WDSU. For many years, it was a Middle-of-the-road formatted station. In 1948, it spawned Louisiana's first television station, WDSU-TV. A year later, it added an FM station, now WQUE. The radio stations were sold in 1972, and the AM became WGSO with an adult contemporary format. Around 1984 it switched to a Top 40/CHR format as "Stereo 13Q" under the WQUE-AM call sign.On December 21, 1985 the station switched to R&B Oldies as WMKJ, "Majic 1280". Soon thereafter, it became a simulcast of WQUE-FM after the station evolved to a CHUrban format.
In the early 1990s WQUE tried to change to an all-sports format that included broadcasts of the New Orleans Saints, but it was a failure. On February 1, 1996 the station flipped to an all-blues format as WODT. Despite good ratings, the format did not attract advertisers. In October 2003 WODT moved to sports/talk programing from Fox Sports Radio, ESPN Radio and The Jim Rome Show. WODT was the flagship station of the New Orleans Hornets radio network from 2003-2006. Hornets radio color analyst Gerry Vaillancourt hosted a popular afternoon sports talk call-in show from May 2004 - December 2006. The sports format ran for almost five years. The station's final sports-era legal ID was an homage both to the station's small, but loyal following, and to the Jim Rome Show; it contained a frequent Rome Show sign-off clip ("I think what I'm supposed to say is, 'Thank you. I'm out.'") On June 25, 2008, WODT switched to an urban contemporary gospel format, complementing a similar format on sister station WYLD-AM. On September 4, 2012, the station flipped to the syndicated ESPN Deportes format. On September 15, 2014 WODT switched from ESPN Deportes Spanish sports to sports with programming from Fox Sports Radio. WODT is not available on HD.
- "New Orleans "Sports 1280" WODT flips to Gospel". Radio-Info.com. June 25, 2008.
- "WODT flips to Spanish language sports". Radioinsight.com/Lance Venta. September 4, 2012.
- Fox Sports Comes to New Orleans
- WODT website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WODT
- Radio-Locator Information on WODT
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WODT
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