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WODT
Broadcast areaNew Orleans metropolitan area
Frequency1280 kHz
BrandingNew Orleans' BIN 1280
Programming
FormatBlack-oriented news
AffiliationsBlack Information Network
Ownership
Owner
KVDU, WNOE-FM, WQUE-FM, WRNO-FM, WYLD, WYLD-FM
History
First air date
July 23, 1923; 100 years ago (1923-07-23) (as WCBE)
Former call signs
  • WCBE (1923–1928)
  • WDSU (1928–1972)
  • WGSO (1972–1985)
  • WMKJ (1985–1987)
  • WQUE (1987–1995)
Call sign meaning
Who Dat? (New Orleans Saints chant)
Technical information
Facility ID11947
ClassB
Power5,000 watts unlimited
Transmitter coordinates
29°53′43″N 90°00′16″W / 29.89528°N 90.00444°W / 29.89528; -90.00444
Translator(s)96.7 K244FX (New Orleans)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteneworleans.binnews.com

WODT (1280 AM) is a commercial radio station in New Orleans, Louisiana. It broadcasts an all-news radio format as an affiliate of the Black Information Network. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., with studios on Howard Avenue.

WODT is powered at 5,000 watts full-time. To protect other stations on 1280 AM from interference, it uses a directional antenna with a three-tower array. The transmitter is in the Algiers district of New Orleans.[1] Programming is also heard on 45-watt FM translator K244FX at 96.7 MHz in New Orleans.[2]

History

NBC Blue Network

The station made its debut broadcast, as WCBE, on July 23, 1923.[3] The original call sign was randomly assigned from a roster of available call letters. It was owned by Joseph Uhalt and based in his New Orleans backyard. In 1928, he moved the station to the DeSoto Hotel (now the Le Pavillon Hotel) in downtown New Orleans and changed the call letters to WDSU. In the 1930s, WDSU broadcast on 1250 kilocycles and was an affiliate of the NBC Blue Network. It carried its schedule of dramas, comedies, news, sports, soap operas, game shows and big band broadcasts during the "Golden Age of Radio." (The Blue Network became the ABC Radio Network in 1945.)

With the 1941 enactment of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement (NARBA), WDSU moved to 1280 kHz. In 1948, it put Louisiana's first television station on the air, WDSU-TV. A year later, it added an FM station, WDSU-FM (now 93.3 WQUE). The radio stations were sold in 1972, and the AM became WGSO with an adult contemporary format. Around 1984 it switched to a Top 40/CHR format as "Stereo 13Q" under the WQUE call letters. On December 21, 1985 the station switched to R&B oldies as WMKJ, "Majic 1280". Soon thereafter, it became a simulcast of WQUE-FM after the station evolved to a CHUrban format.

Logo as "Sports 1280"

Sports Radio

In the early 1990s, WQUE tried an all-sports format that included broadcasts of the New Orleans Saints, but it didn't last long. On February 1, 1996, the station flipped to an all-blues format as WODT. The call sign represented the chant used by fans of the New Orleans Saints, Who dat? Despite good ratings, the format did not attract advertisers.

In October 2003, WODT returned to sports programing from Fox Sports Radio, ESPN Radio and "The Jim Rome Show." WODT was the flagship station of the New Orleans Hornets radio network from 2003–2006. Hornets radio color analyst Gerry Vaillancourt hosted a popular afternoon sports talk call-in show from May 2004—December 2006. The sports format ran for almost five years. The station's final sports-era legal ID was an homage both to the station's small, but loyal following, and to the Jim Rome Show; it contained a frequent Rome Show sign-off clip ("I think what I'm supposed to say is, 'Thank you. I'm out.'")

Urban Gospel

On June 25, 2008, WODT switched to an urban gospel format, complementing a similar format on sister station WYLD.[4] On September 4, 2012, the station became an affiliate of ESPN Deportes Radio, as a Spanish-language sports outlet.[5]

On September 15, 2014 WODT switched from ESPN Deportes' Spanish-language sports programming back to English-language sports, with programming from Fox Sports Radio.[6] WODT began rebroadcasting on the HD-2 subchannel of co-owned 101.1 WNOE-FM.[7] In 2020, WODT began simulcasting on an FM translator at 96.7 MHz.

Black Information Network

On June 29, 2020, fifteen iHeart stations in markets with large black populations, including WODT New Orleans, began stunting. The speeches of prominent African Americans were aired, interspersed with messages such as "Our Voices Will Be Heard" and "Our Side of the Story is About to be Told,." A new format was slated to debut on June 30.[8][9]

That day, WODT, along with the other fourteen stations, launched the Black Information Network. It broadcasts an African American-oriented all-news format.[10] Local news, traffic and weather updates are integrated into network programming.

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WODT
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/K244FX
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1940 page 124, Broadcasting & Cable
  4. ^ "New Orleans "Sports 1280" WODT flips to Gospel". Radio-Info.com. June 25, 2008.
  5. ^ "WODT flips to Spanish language sports". Radioinsight.com/Lance Venta. September 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Fox Sports Comes to New Orleans
  7. ^ "HD Radio station guide for New Orleans, LA". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2023-09-30.
  8. ^ Fifteen iHeartMedia Stations Stunting Ahead Of New Network Launch
  9. ^ "Several iHeartMedia Stations Stunting With Speeches, New Format To Be Announced Tomorrow". All Access. June 29, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  10. ^ "iHeartMedia Debuts All-News BIN: Black Information Network". All Access. June 30, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.