WODT

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WODT
Fox 1280 - NOLA.png
City New Orleans, Louisiana
Broadcast area New Orleans metropolitan area
Branding Fox Sports 1280
Slogan We Are Fox Sports New Orleans
Frequency 1280 kHz
First air date July 23, 1923 (as WCBE)
Format Sports
Power 5,000 watts fulltime
Class B
Facility ID 11947
Callsign meaning Who Dat? (New Orleans Saints chant)
Former callsigns WCBE (1923-1928)
WDSU (1928-1972)
WGSO (1972-1985)
WMKJ (1985-1987)
WQUE (1987-1996)
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations KVDU, WNOE-FM, WQUE, WRNO-FM, WYLD, WYLD-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website foxsports1280nola.com

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.

History[edit]

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. On December 21, 1985 the station switched to R&B Oldies as WMKJ, "Majic 1280". On July 22, 1987 it switched to a Top 40/CHR format as "Stereo 13Q" under the WQUE-AM call sign. Soon thereafter, it became a simulcast of WQUE-FM after the station evolved to a CHUrban format.

In the early 1990s WQUE tried a News/Talk format, 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.[1] On September 4, 2012, the station flipped to the syndicated ESPN Deportes format.[2] On September 15, 2014 WODT switched from ESPN Deportes Spanish sports to sports with programming from Fox Sports Radio.[3] WODT is not available on HD.[4]

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Coordinates: 29°53′43″N 90°00′16″W / 29.89528°N 90.00444°W / 29.89528; -90.00444