Our History

February 22, 2017

In the Fall of 1964, radio broadcasting history was made. WDAO FM signed on the air under the ownership of WAVI Broadcasting Corporation. H.K. Crowl was owner and President of the corporation. This marked the first time in America that an FM station carried a rhythm and blues format.

In March of 1985, WDAO was purchased by Stoner Broadcasting of Annapolis, Maryland, and WDAO was switched to the AM dial position. The owner of Stoner Broadcasting was Tom Stoner and President was Glen Bell.

In Mid-June of 1988, history was made again when WDAO was purchased by Johnson Communications, Inc.  Jim Johnson, President of Johnson Communications, Inc., had served as the Station Manager for Stoner for three and a half years. The purchase of WDAO resulted in Dayton having its first minority owned and operated radio station.

A commitment to community involvement is WDAO's hallmark and this commitment, along with strong promotion, will continue.