Detroit's newest radio station getting closer to reality

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It appears as though Disney's AM 910 WFDF is getting very close to starting daytime operations from it's new facilities in Monroe County. The station, formatted with the kid-oriented Radio Disney, plans on pumping out 50,000 watts from an 8-tower facility in northern Monroe County. The station's current 5,000 watt daytime signal originates from Genesee County and does not provide the Detroit metro with much of a signal. The new facility however will be similar in signal strength as WWJ-AM 950 and possibly WJR-AM 760. It will likely have better coverage in the daytime for most in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties than WDFN-AM 1130, WCHB-AM 1200, WXYT-AM 1270, and WLQV-AM 1500- the area's other stations that operate with 50,000 watts during daylight hours. Michiguide.com has received word that the new antennas are either already completed or very close to being completed and that the new transmitter has started testing with dummy loads. Proof of performance testing might start as early as the coming week.

Once it begins operations from the new facility, the station will essentially become a daytime-only station in metro Detroit as WFDF's nighttime facility will remain near Flint (for now) where it broadcasts with 1,000 watts and is usually only listenable in Genesee County. The station has applied to move it's nighttime facilities to the new daytime location where it would broadcast with 19,000 watts and change its community of license from Flint to Farmington Hills. Those applications are still waiting for an FCC decision.

Disney is expected to keep the Radio Disney format on WFDF as the new facility comes online giving the company another major market in its coverage of the country.

WFDF is one of the USA's 100 oldest radio stations having signed on in 1922 and serving the Flint area ever since. Although the station will still be heard in Flint, the city will be losing part of its heritage with the move in to the Detroit market.

 

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Where exactly in Ash Twp. is it?

Just north of Carleton.

I'm guessing around Grafton Road?

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