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City of license Raleigh, North Carolina
Broadcast area Research Triangle
Branding 570 WDOX, Home of the Docs
Frequency 570(kHz)
First air date 1962
Format General Talk
Power 1,000 watts days and 52 watts nights
Class D
Facility ID 61698
Transmitter coordinates 35°45′36″N 78°39′26″W / 35.76°N 78.65722°W / 35.76; -78.65722
Callsign meaning WDOX - Doctors (as in Dr. Laura and Dr. Joy Browne, two programs carried by the station)
Owner Curtis Media Group

WDOX 570AM is a general talk radio station serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Programs heard on WDOX include Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Dr. Joy Browne. Its nickname "Home of the Docs" is a reference to them, as well as the call letters.

WDOX is also home to local and regional programming such as State Government Radio and Triangle In-Touch. The station also airs broadcasts of Carolina Mudcats games during the summer, and "Million Dollar Music" on weekends, featuring longtime Triangle area radio personalities Pat Patterson and Maury O'Dell with musical favorites dating back to the 50's that are no longer played on most oldies formats.


Wallace LaCrosse Hankin bought WLLE in 1966. [1] WLLE became the station for Raleigh's black community, and it was the second most popular AM station. For example, in the early 1990s, "Let's Talk", hosted by Frank Roberts, aired five nights each week and dealt with the problems of blacks.[2][3]

The station ran afoul of the FCC in a late 1970s double-billing scandal and its license was given to the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. In 1981, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Monroe purchased the station and continued its well-known R&B format. In 1997, WLLE was purchased by Mortenson Broadcasting of Kentucky, who changed its call letters to WRDT and began airing religious talk. [4] Two years later, the station was picked up by Curtis Media and the call letters were changed once again to WDTF, continuing on with the religious talk format and adding inspirational music to the mix. In 2003, the station changed its format to the current general talk and call letters to WDNZ to match its one-time simulcast partner, Durham-based WDNC. The station continued to air much of the same programs as WDNC, save for mornings ad sports broadcasts. All that changed in late 2005 when WDNC broke off the simulcast to become an all-sports station with an entirely separate staff, LMAed by McClatchey Broadcasting, owners of WRBZ, 850 AM. The general talk format continued on WDNZ after that point and the calls were changed to the current WDOX in September 2006.


  1. ^ "Death Notices", News & Observer, December 14, 2002.
  2. ^ Billy Warden, "Lending a Voice to Black Concerns", News & Observer, November 18, 1991.
  3. ^ Mark Curnutte, "Never a Stranger to Controversy: Frank Roberts Welcomes Hot Topics on His Talk Show", News & Observer, August 30, 1992.
  4. ^ David Menconi, "ZZU Gospel Format Right Outta the Can", News & Observer, October 27, 1997.

External links

Radio-Locator Information on WDOX Query the FCC's AM station database for WDOX



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