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WDAO "The Real Rhythm Of The City" is a daytime-only commercial AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio opearting on the frequency of 1210 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts. Its studios are currently located on West Third Street with transmitter located near Oakwood. Nickname: Gem City Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Montgomery Founded April 1, 1796 Incorporated 1805 Mayor Rhine L. McLin Area    - City 146. ...


The WDAO calls is believed to be a reference to the 1950s hit "Day-O" by Harry Belefonte..hence the station's early nickname in the 1960s was "Ten Seventy-Seven..Day-O Radio." (as in Da-yton O-hio)when it operated originally as an FM station.

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FM History

WDAO started in 1964 at 107.7 FM (currently home to WMMX "Mix 107.7") Not only was it the first R&B-formatted station in the Miami Valley,it was also the first FM station of its kind in America and was the sister to AM daytimer WAVI owned and operated by H.K. "Bud" Crowl its founder when its original studios were located adjacent to Interstate 75 on Cincinnati Street. Billed as "the soul of Dayton" it broadcast the hits of the Memphis and Motown soul era of the 1960s and 70s. Like its Top 40 AM competitor WING, it also had a stable of on-air personalities including "Big Ray" Meaders, "Big B.C." Carr, "Shotgun" Pleasant, Michael Ecton and the late Ricky Smith(later of WHIO-TV ). WING alumnus Gene "By Golly" Barry also worked at WDAO as its only white on-air personality in the late 1970s in addition to hosting a weekend oldies program on WAVI in the early 1980s. WDAO-FM was the most popular of Crowl's stations,the other being "people power" WAVI-AM with a talk format sometimes mixed with adult standards and a simulcast of WDAO-FM's Sunday evening jazz program. WING ESPN 1410 is an commercial AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating with 5,000 watts at 1410 kHz with studios,offices and transmitter located on David Road in Kettering. ... WHIO-TV is a television station in Dayton, OH. Affiliated with the CBS Television Network, it was started on channel 13 on July 11, 1949 and moved to channel 7 in 1952. ... WING ESPN 1410 is an commercial AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating with 5,000 watts at 1410 kHz with studios,offices and transmitter located on David Road in Kettering. ...


AM History

Bud Crowl sold both WDAO-FM and WAVI-AM to Stoner Broadcasting shortly before his death in 1985. Stoner chose to move WDAO to the former WAVI AM frequency and rebranding the FM as adult contemporary WWSN "Star 107.7" (now Clear Channel-owned WMMX "Mix 107.7.") where both remain to this day. WDAO's morning soul gospel DJ Jim Johnson became manager of both stations and eventually purchased WDAO-AM from Stoner when they were no longer interested in the station. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...


Crowl purchased the former WWSO (then licensed to Springfield) in 1955 after it went off the air a year earlier and successfully moved its city of license and entire operation to Dayton and given the WAVI calls that same year. (WAVI was short for "Aviation" to become synonymous with Dayton being known as the "Birthplace of Aviation" and that of Wilbur and Orville Wright.) The move to Dayton was practically coincidental with the move of AM daytimer WJEL from Dayton to Springfield where it became known as WBLY from 1954 to 2003. That station is now known as WULM. WAVI aired mostly adult standards in the 1950s and 60s before switching to the talk format in the early 1970s. Bob Kweisell,Mike Scinto and Dayton Daily News columnist,the late Bernie "B.W." Williamson were some of WAVI's talkmasters and personalities. WULM (1600 AM) is an American commercial radio station licensed to (and still originating in) Springfield, Ohio. ...


WDAO Today

WDAO today has not only earned the distinction of being the first minority-owned commercial radio station in Dayton, it is also one of the last locally owned commercial stations in Dayton. (the others being Cox-owned WHIO (AM) and FM, WZLR FM and WHKO FM.) WDAO-AM continues its commitment to the Dayton african-american community by airing classic soul,jazz,blues,gospel,news and the local community talk show "Expressions" with Michael Ecton and WAVI alumnus Mike Scinto. WHIO 1290KHz and since October 30 2006 rebroadcast on WHIO-FM 95. ...


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AM radio stations in the Dayton market (Arbitron #59)
By frequency:

910 | 980 & 1340 | 1110 | 1210 | 1290 | 1410 | 1500 | 1570 | 1600 AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... Nickname: Gem City Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Montgomery Founded April 1, 1796 Incorporated 1805 Mayor Rhine L. McLin Area    - City 146. ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the bottom waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... WONE is an AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating on 980 kHz with sports talk format. ... WIZE is an AM radio station in Springfield, Ohio operating on 1340 kHz. ... WHIO 1290KHz and since October 30 2006 rebroadcast on WHIO-FM 95. ... WING ESPN 1410 is an commercial AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating with 5,000 watts at 1410 kHz with studios,offices and transmitter located on David Road in Kettering. ... WULM (1600 AM) is an American commercial radio station licensed to (and still originating in) Springfield, Ohio. ...

By callsign:

WBZI | WDAO | WGNZ | WHIO | WING | WONE & WIZE | WPFB | WPTW | WULM Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... WHIO 1290KHz and since October 30 2006 rebroadcast on WHIO-FM 95. ... WING ESPN 1410 is an commercial AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating with 5,000 watts at 1410 kHz with studios,offices and transmitter located on David Road in Kettering. ... WONE is an AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating on 980 kHz with sports talk format. ... WIZE is an AM radio station in Springfield, Ohio operating on 1340 kHz. ... WULM (1600 AM) is an American commercial radio station licensed to (and still originating in) Springfield, Ohio. ...


See also: Dayton (FM) (AM)

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See also: List of radio stations in Ohio and List of United States radio markets

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In substance, you claimed that the promotional materials used by Group One were misleading in that Stations WAVI and WDAO (FM) did not appear thereon thus creating the impression that neither station had a reportable audience.
No mention was made of Stations WAVI and WDAO, which clearly signified to potential advertisers that neither station had a reportable audience.
WDAO is an ethnic, FM station, and is generally considered for separate budgets by advertisers.
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WDAO burst on the scene in 1964, nearly 43 years to the day after R. Stanley Copp put the city's first radio station on the air from the seventh floor of the Rike-Kumler Building in downtown Dayton.
At that time, WDAO was an FM station - and the first FM in the United States to have a fl-music format.
Over the years, WDAO has been the home of a lot of entertaining on-air personalities, including John "Turk" Logan, Dwayne "Cisco" Hoard and Stanlee "Brother Stanlee" Henry, the station's "voice of gospel music."
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