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Classical 89.9 WDAV
Station Profile

Licensee: The Trustees of Davidson College
Power: 100,000 watts (directional)
Frequency: 89.9 FM
Type: Noncommercial, listener-supported public radio service qualified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Hours: 24 hours/day
Programming: 24 hours/day classical music, with features and calendar announcements about the arts.
Purpose: The two-fold purpose of the station is to provide a high quality classical music and cultural arts programming service and to support the activities of local arts organizations and artists.
Budget: Approximately $1.8 million.
Approximately 100,000 listeners per week. Approximately 5500 members.
History: Idea for station first took shape during the presidency of Dr. Grier Martin.
1969: President Samuel R. Spencer, Jr. authorized on-campus student station.
1973: Student station upgraded to 10-watt operation.
1978: WDAV begins full service professional operation at 18,500 watts with all classical programming.
1981: Transmitter site change, increased tower height to 350 feet and power increase to 20,000 watts.
1986: Move into then-new McMillan Building.
1987: Grant qualification from Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
1988: Broadcast day extended to 24-hours.
1989: Power increase to 100,000 watts (directional).
1995: Increased tower height to 815 feet to improve signal.
1997: Affiliation with National Public Radio; addition of NPR News Headlines.
1998: WDAV Celebrates 20 Years of Classical Music & Support of the Arts.
2000: First digital recording, editing, storage and automation system installed. Davidson College approves use of Main Street lot for new facility.
2001: Architectural plans for new WDAV facility finalized and approved.
2002: New WDAV facility built and occupied.
2003: New WDAV facility named the "Samuel W. Newell Building."
2005: WDAV begins transmitting HD (digital) radio signal
WDAV begins distributing World of Opera.

WDAV 89.9 • Davidson College • Box 8990 • Davidson, N.C. 28035-8990 • (877) 333-8990 • Fax: (704)-894-2004


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