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WDLT-FM
WDLT.png
City of license Chickasaw, Alabama
Broadcast area Mobile, Alabama
Branding 98.3 WDLT
Slogan "Smooth Hits from the 70s, 80s, and Today"
Frequency 98.3 MHz
First air date Early 1970s
Format Urban AC/Southern Blues
ERP 40,000 watts
HAAT 167 meters ( feet)
Class C2
Facility ID 68843
Callsign meaning aDuLT
Former callsigns WTUX (?-1981)
WJQY (1981-1984)
WDLT (1984-1998)[1]
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations WBLX-FM, WGOK, WXQW, WYOK
Website 983wdlt.com

WDLT-FM (98.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to the community of Chickasaw, Alabama, USA, and serving the Mobile metropolitan area. The station is owned by Cumulus Media and licensed to Cumulus Licensing LLC. It airs an Urban Adult Contemporary music format.[2]

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History

In 1980, this station was constructed with the assigned callsign WTUX.[1] By the time it signed on, the call letters had been changed to WJQY and the station operated as "Joy-FM", a light music station.[1] Initial license holder was the late broadcaster W.H.("Bill") Phillips, who opened the station on a tiny patch of land annexed to the city of Chickasaw that actually was located in Mobile. Programmed by Detroit, Michigan, radio legend Bob Martin, it suffered from a low 3,000 watt signal. Even after beating crosstown rival, WLPR-FM, in its first ratings period, station ownership decided to switch to a new country music format and renamed the station "Q Country". This format faced tough local competition from market leader WKSJ-FM.

In January 1984, WJQY was sold by Phillips Radio Inc. to EJM Broadcasting, owned by New Orleans, Louisiana, broadcaster Ed Muniz.[3] He had the call letters changed to WDLT on February 15, 1984, and switched the format to light rock.[1] The staff was replaced and Bob Martin moving to WKSJ-FM (as personality Kelly Martin) and later shifted to WKRG-FM|WMXC (as Robert Gauge) with a short return to WOMC-FM in Detroit, Michigan.

In July 1986, EJM Broadcasting sold WDLT to JAB Broadcasting Co., ownend by J. Alex Bowab.[4] One year later, in July 1987 control of the station was transferred from JAB Broadcasting Co. to JAB Broadcasting Inc.[5]

The station changed hands in July 1992 from JAB Broacdasting Inc. to United Broadcasting, Inc.[6] The new owners adopted an Urban Adult Contemporary/Jazz format. In August 1993, a new transmitter and an authorization to increase ERP to 6,000 watts boosted coverage.[7]

In May 1997 United Broadcasting reached an agreement to sell WDLT to April Broadcasting, Inc.[8] The deal was approved by the FCC on July 8, 1997, and the transaction was consummated on October 31, 1997.

When AM sister station WHOZ changed its callsign to WDLT, the FM station was assigned the WDLT-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on January 31, 1998.[1] (That AM station changed callsigns again in 2007, first to WWFF then to the current WXQW.[9]) In October 1999, control of WDLT-FM was transferred from M&F Associates L.P. to Cumulus Media, Inc.[10]

WDLT-FM is currently affiliated with the Cumulus Media Group.

Station management

  • Operations manager/Program director - James Alexander
  • Music director - Cathe B

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "WDLT-FM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=68843&Callsign=WDLT-FM.  
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. http://www.arbitron.com/.  
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19831109GZ)". FCC Media Bureau. 1984-01-05. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=62933. Retrieved 2008-10-19.  
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19860514HH)". FCC Media Bureau. 1986-07-29. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=88132. Retrieved 2008-10-19.  
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19870323GV)". FCC Media Bureau. 1987-07-24. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=99203. Retrieved 2008-10-19.  
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPLH-19920214HA)". FCC Media Bureau. 1992-07-20. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=170417. Retrieved 2008-10-19.  
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-19930430KA)". FCC Media Bureau. 1993-08-13. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=185859. Retrieved 2008-10-19.  
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19970522FG)". FCC Media Bureau. 1997-10-31. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=246557. Retrieved 2008-10-19.  
  9. ^ "WXQW Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=2541&Callsign=WXQW.  
  10. ^ "Application Search Details (BTCH-19990622GV)". FCC Media Bureau. 1999-10-18. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=286441. Retrieved 2008-10-19.  

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