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In 1964, WAVI owner H.K. "Bud" Crowl got a license for a 50,000 watt FM station at
107.7 on the dial. Searching for a format that would make the station unique, Bud
hired legendary WING DJ Gene "By Golly" Barry as a radio consultant and the decision
was made to put on the air an FM station aimed at the African-
The call letters they came up with were "WDAO", which stood, simply for "DAyton, Ohio"
The station began in a tool room in the back of the then-
Oddly enough, some of the first WDAO jocks were actually white. Bill "Biggie B.C."
Carr and Barry, himself to mention a few. But, that did change. As the station grew,
it would sport a more racially-
107.7, WDAO ("50 thousand watts -
During a good portion of the 1970's, WDAO's programming was headed up by John C. "Turk" Logan (now "Dr. John C. Logan" at Central State University.) So big did WDAO's influence become on the music of the day that artists like Bootsy Collins, Lakeside, Heatwave, Parliament, The Ohio Players, and others might not have been as big as they became had WDAO not spun their tunes. To get your song added on WDAO got artists noticed. Many urban stations of the day looked to what WDAO was adding.
The WDAO legend on FM continued until WAVI and WDAO were sold in the early 1980's.
The new owners, intending to change the format on 107.7, spun WAVI off to its' new
owner, Jim Johnson (who spent many years selling commercials on WDAO-
Radio History Made in Dayton
In the FalI of 1964, radio broadcasting history was made. WDAO FM signed on the air under the ownership of WAVl Broadcasting Corporation. H.K. Crowl was owner and President of the corporation. This marked the flrst time In Amerka that an FM station carried a rhythm and blues format.
In March of 1985, WDAO was purchased by Stoner Broadcasting af Annapolis, Maryland, and WDAO was switched to the AM dial position. The owner of Stoner Broadcasting was Tom Stuner and President was Glen Bell.
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 promotions, will continue.
WDAO Is the Dayton station targeted to the metro community with music, news, information and special features specifically geared to their lifestyles.
WDAO is known for its outstanding sewice to the community and is involved In every major function throughout.
WDA0's programming emphasis is on news, weather, traffic reports and sports. The
music mixture indudes popular hits, familiar oldies, contemporary blues, jazz and
WDAO is a vital park of the Dayton community and has been serving the Dayton and Miami Valley area since 1964.
The photos below come from the collection of Dr. John C. "Turk" Logan, who we thank for his contribution.
We know WDAO-
Brother Stanley Henry, Dayton's veteran Gospel radio personality, entertained WDAO
listeners weekdays from 5-
Long time WDAO-
And just who knew WDAO was a powerhouse radio station?
Eddie Levert and the "Mighty"O' Jays visit outside the WAVI/WDAO studios.
"Dynomite!!!" Jimmie, "JJ" Walker with Turk Logan in the WDAO-
Turk Logan (left) with the man who brought us the "Theme From Shaft", Issac Hayes.
Turk Logan (3rd from right) with Clarence "Satch" Satchell of the Ohio Players (at far left)
The sound quality is a bit thin, but here is an early 1980's air check of WDAO-
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WDAO Staff Today at DABHOF Gala
Top Row L to R: Michael Ecton, Sharon Howard, Francis Brown, Raymond Graham.
On the front row is: Jim Johnson, Peggy Johnson and Stan "The Man" Brooks.