AM Technical Profile: WODT
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- Black Talk
view] Across Tullis Drive from the Lakewood Country Club.
- Power (ERP):
- Day and: 5 kW
- 3 towers, nulls
to the northeast and south; primary lobe heads northwest towards New
Orleans, secondary is southeast. [pattern
Groundwave Service Contour from
the FCC's Public Files
Street View imagery of the Clear Channel New Orleans facility on
- Owned by iHeartMedia
- 1280 was
originally WDSU, a high-class NBC radio affiliate with an adult
sound. WDSU TV 6 was borne from this AM — as the South's first TV
station in 1948. This station also spawned WDSU FM 93.3.
In the early 70's, TV and radio were sold separately and the AM
became WGSO (Gulf SOuth radio). The
format became News/Talk with some music. For a while, the station
became more music-oriented (with drive-time news blocks) and WGSO
came to mean "Gentle
SOund". WWL finally
beat out WGSO in the late 80's, thanks in part to a superior signal.
By then, the FM began catering to black audiences, so 1280 went to
the Classic R&B "Heart and Soul" format as WMKJ (Magic 1280).
Later it became WQUE AM as essentially a simulcast of the FM
counterpart; also the station was All-Sports briefly.
In the mid-90's there was a brief attempt at News/Talk again, as
WODT (for a New Orleans street-slang expression, "WhO DaT?")
The station later went to a Blues music format, but in November 2003
switched to Sports Talk. After Hurricane Katrina knocked the
station off for several days, they came back doing News/Talk for a
while until things got more under control in the city, then moved
back to Sports. In June 2008 Clear Channel flipped the station
to Gospel, to complement WYLD at 940.
The station became an ESPN Deportes affiliate in September
2012. In September 2014 it moved back to English programming
with Fox Sports.
In June 2020, the
station was one of over a dozen iHeart stations that dropped their
programming and began simulcasting prominent speeches by African
Americans, promoting that, "Our voices will be heard." The station launched the
Black Information Network talk format after noon on June 30th.
The station was taken off the air for a few days in late August 2021
by Hurricane Ida.