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WDZK
Radio Disney Logo.jpg
City of license Bloomfield, Connecticut
Broadcast area Hartford, Connecticut
Branding Radio Disney
Frequency 1550 kHz(also on HD Radio)
Format Children's Radio
Power 5,000 watts day
2,400 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 37804
Transmitter coordinates 41°51′47.00″N 72°44′1.00″W / 41.86306°N 72.73361°W / 41.86306; -72.73361
Callsign meaning Walt DiZney Kids
Former callsigns WGAB (1986-1988)
WLVX (1988-1993)
WRDM (1993-1998)
Affiliations Radio Disney
Owner The Walt Disney Company
(Radio Disney Group, LLC)
Website WDZK Online

WDZK (1550 AM) is a radio station licensed to Bloomfield, Connecticut, currently the station carries Radio Disney

History

WDZK started out in 1961 as WEXT, licensed to West Hartford, Connecticut, with a 1000 Watt daytime-only signal on 1550 kHz and a country and western format. The studios at that time were located at 999 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford Center and the transmitter and tower were at 99 Grassmere Avenue in West Hartford. Flood control work on Trout Brook adjacent to the transmitting tower resulted in damage to the ground system.

In 1972, the studios were moved to the 2nd floor of the Culbro Building at 630 Oakwood Avenue in West Hartford.

In 1975, the station changed ownership and the call letters were changed to WMLB which was a combination of the first names of the three owners: Mary, Lou and Barry.

In 1977 WMLB was one of the first stations in the state to install a satellite downlink when the Mutual Radio Network, of which WMLB was an affiliate, agreed to place a 3 meter downlink on the roof of the transmitter building. This site then served as the Connecticut hub for Mutual and also for the Associated Press for the next ten years.

In 1985, the station was sold to a group of investors from Long Island, New York, and the format became talk radio as The Talk of Hartford and the call letters were changed to WGAB. Springfield talk show host Dan York was brought in as Program Director and the station secured the rights to run The Larry King Show at midnight, formally on WPOP.

In 1986, the station's city of license was changed from West Hartford to Bloomfield, Connecticut, and the transmitter site was moved to Bloomfield to facilitate a daytime power increase up to 5,000 Watts and the addition of nighttime service at 2,400 Watts. The Bloomfield facility, which is still in use today, utilizes six tower on 9 acres (36,000 m2) of land in its directional antenna system.

In 1987, WGAB went off the air due to financial hardship, and the station remained silent for nearly two years before coming back to the air as WLVX with new owners Living Communications who also owned WLIX in Islip, New York. The new owners brought a Contemporary Christian format to the station and they moved the studios to the Wintonbury Mall in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Several years later, the station was sold again, this time to a local group who changed the call letters to WRDM and switched the format to Italian. The studios were moved to 880 Maple Avenue in Hartford where they shared space with Channel 13 Television.

Radio Disney

In 1997 the station was sold again, this time to Hibernia Corporation. The format was switched to Radio Disney and the studios moved to Franklin Avenue in Hartford, CT. The call sign was changed to WDZK.

Radio Disney purchased the station from Hibernia in 2000 and continued to operate from the Franklin Avenue location until 2004 when the studios were moved to 160 Chapel Rd in Manchester, Connecticut.

In February 2008 WDZK commenced HD digital broadcasting.

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