Celebrating the rich history of radio and television broadcasting in the Miami Valley!
The area's first radio station was WDBS ("Watch Dayton's Broadcasting Station"), which broadcast its' first programming in 1921... making it reportedly the 13th oldest still operating radio station in America. In later years, as WING (named obviously for commemorating the city's place as the Birthplace Of Aviation), the station became one of America's legendary AM Top 40 Radio giants. And, just prior to that, WING's morning show host was legendary comic Jonathan Winters. Today, it is Dayton's home for ESPN Sports Radio.
In 1935, a three time Ohio Governor who once unsuccessfully ran for President (with
Franklin Delano Roosevelt as his running mate) purchased and moved an Oil City, Pennsylvania
radio station to the Gem City. He was already the owner of the local newspaper (The
Dayton Daily News). In signing on WHIO-
One of its' early newscasters was Phil Donahue, who hosted a daily talk show called "Conversation Piece". And WHIO was the home of Lou Emm, whose voice was the familiar "wake up call" to thousands of Daytonians for some five decades.
Dayton was also the home of a radio station that was among the first to attempt to
make popular what was then a fairly new format idea...two-
Radio broadcasting in Dayton had other "firsts", as well. About 1965, WAVI owner
H.K. "Bud" Crowl launched America's first FM station aimed exclusively at the African-
Pop Music: 5 AM to 9 AM (with DJ "Jolly Rogers")
Country: 9 AM to 12 Noon
Easy Listening: Noon to 3 PM
Pop Music from 3 PM on...
When WING began its full time Top 40 format around 1958, WONE followed soon after as a competitor to WING.
The WONE studios were originally located at 380 West First Street. For a brief time,
it and sister FM WTUE were located in the Second National Bank Building on East Second
Street, before locating in mid-
WONE was top 40 from the late 1950's until 1967. It then switched to a middle-
In the early 60's, an FM station dominating the radio market was unheard of in most
American cities. Not in Dayton. WHIO-
Dayton was also the home of a station that was early into the "progressive rock"
Dayton television? This was the original home of the nationally syndicated TV talk
show, "The Phil Donahue Show", broadcast for many years from the former roller-
Dayton actually had a UHF TV station in the 1950's. It was WIFE-
That began to change around the mid 1960's, UHF television stations were coming on
the air more often and TV dealers were selling "converters" to enable those with
Though it signed on as a commercial TV station (as WKTR-
There's much more to the history of Dayton broadcasting than is said here. It is our hope to commemorate through this site, the pioneers and individuals who brought and today still bring, generations of great programming to the citizens of Dayton...and the Miami Valley!
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Dayton Area Broadcasting History