- WDEO (AM)
Infobox Radio station
name = WDEO
area = [http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WDEO&service=AM&status=L&hours=D] (Daytime}
branding = Ave Maria Radio
November 16, 1962
frequency = 990
Religious; Catholic-based talk/ sermons
power = 9,200
class = B
former_callsigns = WWCM (12/86-10/99)
website = [http://www.avemariaradio.net/ http://www.avemariaradio.net/]
WDEO is a radio station broadcasting on 990 kilohertz in
Ypsilanti, Michigan. Broadcasting Catholic programming, WDEO is operated by Ave Maria Radio.
WDEO's programming is simulcast on WMAX, 1440 AM, in the Bay City/Saginaw area, and on
WTCK, 90.9 FM, in Charlevoix in northern Michigan. Some programming is locally produced, and some is simulcast from EWTN's "Global Catholic Radio" shortwave network.
WDEO began operations in
1962as WYNZ, a 250-watt daytimer on 1520 AM with a country format, which changed to Top 40later in the 1960s and later religious programming. In 1974, the station changed its calls to WYFC with the format remaining Christian-based. By the early 1980s, WYFC had become one of the first stations in the area to feature the emerging field of what would become known as contemporary Christian music. In late 1986, the station moved to its current 990 AM frequency and became WWCM (known as simply "WCM" on the air). The format remained Contemporary Christian. In the late 1990s, WWCM's daytime power increased to 9,200 watts, giving the station much better coverage of the metropolitan Detroit area. WCM also broadcast in AM Stereo(which was dropped after the station changed format).
Domino's Pizzaowner Tom Monaghanpurchased WWCM in 1999 and changed it to WDEO, using the same calls and Catholic format formerly heard on AM 1290 in Saline (now WLBY). The station's studios were also moved from their longtime location on Cross Street in Ypsilanti into the Domino's Farms complex in Ann Arbor.
* [http://www.michiguide.com/dials/rad-d/wdeo.html Michiguide.com - WDEO History]
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