AM Technical Profile: WDIG


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Frequency:
1450
Format:
Oldies
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] East of downtown Dothan off US-84, north of where AL-52 (Columbia Highway) crosses.  On the northern side of the highway near the Gro South facility, behind all the houses.
Power (ERP):
1 kW
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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[Wikipedia]
[Article] Story on WDYG's morning show, which broadcasts from a glass-windowed studio in downtown Dothan that allows passers by to watch and interact with the program.
Owned by Larry Williams
// W271DN Dothan (CP)
History:
Began life in 1947 as WDIG, with 250 watts. The ownership was Houston Broadcasters.  The book, "Alabama's First Broadcast Stations", by Harry Butler says the WDIG calls stood for "Dothan Is Good".  The 1949 edition of the Broadcasting-Telecasting Yearbook shows the station as an ABC affiliate. Played Top 40 music in the 60's and 70's.  WDIG, Inc., acquired the station in 1970; by that time they'd boosted daytime power to 1 kW, still 250 watts at night.  Early Bird Broadcasting bought the station in 1976.  The station at that time was a mix of Top 40 and Urban-targeted programming.

The calls changed to WWNT in 1979, although the format was still Top 40 for the most part.  By 1983, the station was bought by Dove Broadcasting for $115,000.  They changed the format to Contemporary Christian Music.  Larry Williams bought the station in 2000 for $115,000 from Dove Broadcasting and flipped the station to a News/Talk format.  It lasted until 4 July 2014, when the calls changed to WDYG and the format flipped to Oldies.
The current owner runs the station from his own house; the tower is in the back yard.  It's automated through the day except for when he hosts the morning show. 

The station was granted a permit for an FM translator in December 2018.  In February 2019 the call sign changed back to WDIG, returning to the station's original call sign for the first time in over 39 years.