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Broadcast area Washington, DC
Branding Newstalk 1450 WOL AM
Slogan Where Information Is Power
Frequency 1450 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date November 11, 1928
Format Urban Talk
Power 370 watts
Class C
Facility ID 54713
Callsign meaning W/O/R/L/D News
Former callsigns WWDC (1928-1950)
Affiliations Syndicated One
Owner Radio One
(Radio One Licenses, LLC)
Sister stations WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS-FM, WYCB
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.woldcnews.com

WOL is an Urban Talk radio station in Washington, DC. Broadcasting on 1450 AM, this is the flagship radio station of Radio One. It is co-owned with WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS and WYCB and has studios located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The transmitter site is in Fort Totten in Washington.


The station was Washington's top rated rhythm and blues music station through the 1960s and 1970s. Originally simulcast for extensive coverage on its FM sister station, they later changed the FM sister station WMOD to an oldies format. (WMOD-FM later became now Heritage Country station WMZQ). During the 1980s, as the station got new FM competition from WKYS, WMMJ (which later became co-owned with WOL) and WPGC-FM, the station slowly deemphasized its music programming and evolved into an African-American based talk station.

For many years the pair was owned by Sonderling Broadcasting, who later sold its assets to Viacom Broadcasting. (After Viacom took over, WMOD-FM became country station WMZQ-FM)

In the 1980s, Cathy Hughes and then-husband Dewey (once the station's program director) purchased the station as the flagship for her new company, Radio One Broadcasting.[1]

During the 1960s and 1970s, WOL was home to Petey Greene, a former convict turned popular talk show host, comedian, and activist, who began his professional broadcasting career at WOL. His story was portrayed in the 2007 film Talk To Me.


  1. ^ The Reeler (July 9, 2007): "Talking the Talk - Is the biopic over? Talk to Me's Don Cheadle on life, liberties and pursuing a hero", by S.T. VanAirsdale

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