Broadcast areaNew Castle County
Kent County
Sussex County
Frequency1410 kHz
BrandingNewsRadio 1410 WDOV
AffiliationsFox News Radio
Premiere Networks
Compass Media Networks
First air date
June 25, 1948; 75 years ago (1948-06-25)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID4670
Power5,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
39°12′3″N 75°33′55″W / 39.20083°N 75.56528°W / 39.20083; -75.56528
WebcastListen Live

WDOV (1410 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Programming is heard on W286BS 105.1 FM in Milford. [1] Licensed to Dover, Delaware, United States, the station serves the Dover area. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and features programming from Fox News Radio, Premiere Networks, and Compass Media Networks.

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William Courtney Evans received the construction permit to build a new radio station to broadcast during the day with 1,000 watts on 1410 kHz in Dover on November 28, 1947.[2] The station was to have gone on the air June 24, 1948, only for a boiler to fail and cut power to all of the city of Dover.[3] WDOV made it on the air the next day at 6 a.m., only to lose power several hours later before the electrical supply returned to normal that night.[4] Evans sold WDOV to the Delaware State Capital Broadcasting Corporation in 1950.[2] Six years later, the station was sold to the Dover Broadcasting Company, which had been formed by two men who already owned WOL in Washington, D.C.[5]

In 1961, Hurricane Esther passed east of Delaware. WDOV, still a daytime-only station, stayed on the air at night on the evening of September 19 to broadcast emergency information—and commercials. That violation was one of several cited when the Federal Communications Commission ordered Dover Broadcasting to show cause why its licenses for WDOV and WDOV-FM should not be revoked in June 1962. The notice of hearing was unusual for the FCC of the time in that it allowed the commission to consider a fine in lieu of revocation.[6] WDOV pleaded for a fine to be assessed instead of revocation, noting its position in a small market, poor financial condition and the negative reputation that the station's legal troubles had brought;[7] ultimately, the FCC opted to levy a $5,000 fine.[8] WDOV was approved in 1964 to increase its power to 5,000 watts and begin nighttime broadcasting at that power level, which it did in 1965.[2]

Henry Rau, who had founded Dover Broadcasting and came to own 12 radio stations, died in January 1981.[9] WDOV, by this time settled into a full-service adult contemporary format, and the sister FM—now WDSD—wre sold to Joel Hartstone and Barry Dickstein of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1983 when the Rau Stations group opted to sell all of its properties.[10]

Benchmark Communications, an owner of cable television franchises with 40,000 customers, acquired WDOV and WDSD as its first radio properties in January 1990.[11] Under Benchmark, WDOV dropped its musical programming of adult standards and moved to news/talk in 1992.[12] By the time Benchmark sold itself to Capstar Broadcasting Partners, a forerunner to iHeartMedia, in 1997, it owned 32 stations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.[13]

In 2015, WDOV and WILM began airing a morning show hosted by former Philadelphia television newscaster Larry Mendte.[14]


WDOV's programming is typical of that of most iHeartMedia, Inc. news talk stations, with Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Coast to Coast AM.[15]

iHeartMedia holds flagship rights to Delaware Blue Hens athletic events; football and men's basketball are heard on WDSD, while WDOV and WWTX in Wilmington air women's basketball broadcasts.[16]


  1. ^ "WDOV Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ a b c FCC History Cards for WDOV
  3. ^ "Power Is Cut In Dover Area". Journal-Every Evening. June 24, 1948. p. 1. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  4. ^ "Dover Electric Plant Resumes". Journal-Every Evening. June 25, 1948. p. 10. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  5. ^ "Radio Stations Transfer OK'd". Wilmington Morning News. March 9, 1956. p. 66. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "WDOV-AM-FM, WOL-FM charged by FCC: commercial, technical violations alleged" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 11, 1962. p. 60. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  7. ^ "Keep it down" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 15, 1962. p. 46. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  8. ^ "Fine" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 24, 1962. p. 71. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  9. ^ "Radio station owner Henry Rau, 76, dies". Sunday News-Journal. Associated Press. January 4, 1981. p. B-6. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Mullinax, Gary (August 9, 1983). "2 Dover radio stations sold". The News-Journal. p. D6. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  11. ^ Brooks, Jane (January 18, 1990). "Two Dover radio stations sold". The News Journal. p. B10. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  12. ^ "Format Changes & Updates" (PDF). M Street Journal. November 4, 1992. p. 1. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  13. ^ McCoy, David (January 15, 1997). "Texas company to buy 3 Del. radio stations". The News Journal. p. B6. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  14. ^ Venta, Lance (June 10, 2015). "Larry Mendte Joins WILM/WDOV For Mornings". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  15. ^ "News Radio 1410 WDOV On-Air Schedule". News Radio 1410 WDOV. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  16. ^ "University of Delaware Athletics Extends Comprehensive Broadcast Agreement With iHeartMedia Delaware". bluehens.com. May 7, 2021. Retrieved May 11, 2021.