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CityColonial Heights, Virginia
Broadcast areaPetersburg, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Branding"AM1290 The Word"
Slogan"Radio That Changes The Way You Live"
Frequency1290 kHz
First air date1955[1]
FormatConservative Religious[2]
Power25,000 Watts daytime
41 Watts nighttime
Facility ID21723
Transmitter coordinates37°15′30.0″N 77°23′40.0″W / 37.258333°N 77.394444°W / 37.258333; -77.394444
Callsign meaningDiZneY
former owner
Former callsignsWHAE (1954, CP)
WCLA (1954–1957)
WPVA (1957–1986)
WHUM (1986–1987)[3]
WPVA (1987–1989)[4]
WSTK (1989–1997)
WZOD (1997–-1998)[5][6]
OwnerWilkins Radio Network, Inc.
(Richmond Christian Radio Corporation)
WebcastWDZY Webstream
WebsiteWDZY Online

WDZY is a Conservative Religious formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Colonial Heights, Virginia, serving the Petersburg/Richmond area.[2] WDZY is owned and operated by Wilkins Radio Network, Inc.[7]


The station went on the air as WCLA in 1955, later to become WPVA.[8] On November 13, 1989, the station changed its call sign to WSTK.[6] On March 19, 1997, it changed to WZOD. On February 19, 1998, it changed to the current WDZY.[6]

Sale and falling silent[edit]

Final "Radio Disney" logo for WDZY.

In June 2013, Disney put WDZY and six other Radio Disney stations in medium markets up for sale, in order to refocus the network's broadcast distribution on top-25 markets.[9][10]

On September 29, 2013, WDZY dropped the Radio Disney affiliation and went Silent.[10] In November, Disney filed to sell WDZY to the Richmond Christian Radio Corporation,[11] a subsidiary of Wilkins Radio Network, Inc.[11]

The sale was "consummated" on December 31, 2013[12] and "accepted" by the FCC on January 10, 2014. WDZY resumed operations on January 17, 2014.[13]


In addition to the main station, WDZY is relayed by an FM translator to widen its broadcast area.[14]

Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W277CT 103.3 FM Petersburg, Virginia 18868 250 watts 96 m (315 ft) D FCC


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 (PDF). ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing (Nederland), B.V. 2010. p. D-569. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Call letters" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 8, 1986. p. 114.
  4. ^ "Addenda to the 1987 Yearbook" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 25, 1987. p. 22.
  5. ^ "FCC History Card forWDZY" (PDF). FCC.
  6. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "WDZY Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  8. ^ Corbin, Robert F. "VARTV.com Richmond". VARTV.com. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  9. ^ Graser, Marc (June 4, 2013). "Radio Disney Stations Up for Sale (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Venta, Lance (September 30, 2013). "Radio Disney Places Stations On The Market". Radio Insight. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  12. ^ "Consummation Notice - WDZY". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  13. ^ "Resumption of Operations - WDZY". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 21, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  14. ^ "W277CT Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved October 8, 2015.

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