Radio Disney

Radio Disney is a soon to be defunct American radio network operated by the Disney Radio Networks unit of Disney Branded Television within the Disney General Entertainment Content, headquartered in Burbank, California.

Radio Disney
TypeRadio network
Country
United States
HeadquartersBurbank, California, U.S.
SloganYour Music, Your Way
Ownership
OwnerDisney Branded Television
History
Launch dateNovember 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
Coverage
AvailabilityGreater Los Angeles Area
San Diego County
formerly national.
AffiliatesSee list
Links
Websitewww.radiodisney.com

The network broadcast music programming oriented towards children, pre-teens and teenagers, focusing mainly on current hit music and a heavy emphasis on teen idols (particularly those signed with Disney Music Group record labels, such as Hollywood and Walt Disney); compared to most CHR stations, Radio Disney was far more aggressive in playing only current hits and eschews recurrent rotation.[1]

For many years Radio Disney affiliated with stations in markets of varying size, mainly large and mid-sized markets; however, by the early 2010s, Disney had begun to phase out the network's affiliations with terrestrial radio stations, and sold its owned-and-operated Radio Disney stations (with the exception of KDIS in Los Angeles) to third-parties, in order to focus more on its programming, marketing, creating revenue producing events and distribution of Radio Disney as an internet radio outlet on digital platforms.[2]

In 2015, Radio Disney partnered with iBiquity to distribute the network terrestrially via its HD Radio platform, and with iHeartRadio for further digital distribution.[3] In the same year, Radio Disney launched a spin-off service, Radio Disney Country, which carries a country music format catered towards a similar audience. The network also lends its name to the Radio Disney Music Awards, an annual music awards presentation broadcast on television since 2014 by Disney Channel.

On December 3, 2020, Disney announced that Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country would be shut down in the first quarter of 2021.[4][5][6]

Background

Disney had for a long time been involved in the music business, building off its success in movies and TV shows, which later became Disney Music Group. However, with radio, Disney was not committed to the medium only doing a few shows. Radio Disney is Disney's third foray into radio. In late 1955, Walt Disney started The Magic Kingdom radio show—running Monday through Fridays and which was heard on ABC Radio.[7] Even before the 1996 Disney-CC/ABC merger, Disney and ABC Radio considered as early as 1992 planned for a children's radio network but dropped the idea.[8] Starting on July 31, 1994, Disney started a weekend radio show, Live From Walt Disney World, that originated from both Disney World and Disneyland on Radio AAHS.[8][9]

In November 1995, ABC Radio Networks and Children's Broadcast Corp. reached an agreement for ABC Radio to provide marketing and sales to Radio AAHS. After Disney's acquisition of CC/ABC, Disney had ABC Radio cancel the agreement in August 1996 plus announced the start of its own children's network and ended AAHS's Disney World broadcasting rights.[10]

History

ABC Radio Networks

Radio Disney was test launched in November 1996 in four markets, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Birmingham, Ala., by ABC Radio Networks. On August 26, 1997, Radio Disney was launched in Los Angeles on KTZN/710.[11]

A nationwide roll out occurred in 1998 with 28 stations affiliating by August 1998 with an expected 63 stations by the end of 1999. Radio Disney purchased KAAM (AM) (Plano, Texas) for $12 million and switched the station to the network in July.[12] In 1998, the network was based out of its Dallas station.[13]

Radio Disney Family Pledge
Because my family matters, I promise to spend at least one hour each week with my family participating in fun things that draw us together and celebrate what makes us unique.

— Radio World[14]

Other than music, the network in 1998 had "Mickey & Minnie's Tune Time," a two-hour weekday toddler program, and two 60-second features per hour which included contests, "ABC News for Kids" and "Gross Me Out."[12] The network ran its Radio Disney Project Family Initiative from July 1 to September 15, 2003 with family-themed programming and events to get family to sign on to the Radio Disney Family Pledge.[14]

Former Radio Disney logo, used from 2001 to 2007.

Radio Disney would later begin being carried on XM Satellite Radio,[15] with the station launching on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002.[2] Disney entered a joint venture to launch Capital Disney digital radio channel in Britain and operated from 2002 until June 29, 2007.[16] In 2004, Disney paid the former Children's Broadcasting Corporation (which operated children's radio network Radio Aahs) $12.4 million in a lawsuit settlement.[17]

On July 30, 2003, ABC Radio Networks founded the Radio Disney Group, who took over operations of most of Radio Disney's stations.[18]

2006 marked the network's 10th anniversary; Radio Disney rebroadcast its first hour of programming from November 18, 1996, on June 6, 2006, at around 4:58 pm. ET on stations in select markets, such as WQEW. Also, as part of the 10th anniversary, Radio Disney held the "Totally 10 Birthday Concert" on July 22, 2006, at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.[19] It also included a simultaneous live webcast on the Radio Disney website. A second concert was held in Dallas, Texas, on November 18, 2006, at the Dallas Convention Center.

On June 12, 2007, Disney spun off and merged its ABC Radio Networks with Citadel Broadcasting into Citadel Communications while retaining its ESPN Radio and Radio Disney networks and stations.[20][21]

Disney Channels Worldwide

Former Radio Disney logo, used from 2007 to 2009.

Operational duties of Radio Disney were transferred to the company's Disney–ABC Cable Networks Group (currently d.b.a. Disney Channels Worldwide), which otherwise operates Disney's cable television properties, except for ESPN.

In March 2008, Radio Disney and Gracenote signed a licensing agreement starting immediately that allow the lyrics be seen along with the song online on Radio Disney Internet Radio Player.[22] The channel began streaming live on iTunes Radio Tuner in August 2008.[23] In November 2008, Radio Disney relocated its main operations from Dallas to Los Angeles.[13] The former radio studio that housed Radio Disney in Dallas began to be used by The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show in 2008.[13]

The network launched on October 8, 2008 the Next Big Thing feature which allows listeners vote on young unsigned artists' songs to be played.[24] In 2013, the Radio Disney Music Awards began airing on the Disney Channel.[25]

Sometime in 2009, in September at the latest, Radio Disney changed its logo to the one they still use to this day.[26]

By the late 2000s, Radio Disney was starting to reduce its station footprint to the larger markets to make the network more profitable. In January 2010, Radio Disney Group requested permission from the FCC to "silence" five of its owned-and-operated stations (along with a sixth station operating under a local marketing agreement with another company) while the stations were being sold.[27] Disney sold six AM stations and one FM station that year.[2] In June 2013, Disney announced the sale of seven owned-and-operated stations in medium-sized markets, in order to refocus Radio Disney's broadcast distribution on the top-25 radio markets.[28]

On April 10, 2014, it was announced that Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown would become a syndicated radio show, distributed by Rick Dees' Dees Entertainment.[29] Aha Radio, Slacker and ShowMobile signed online carriage agreements with the network in mid-2014.[2]

Shift to HD Radio and digital

On August 13, 2014, Radio Disney's general manager Phil Guerini announced plans to sell all but one of its remaining owned-and-operated stations on or before September 26, 2014, in order to focus more on the network's programming, co-branded events, and digital outlets. Listenership reports indicated that the majority of Radio Disney's audience listened to the network via satellite radio and other digital platforms, and only 18% via terrestrial AM/FM radio. KDIS remained operational to serve as the originating station for the Radio Disney network,[2][30] while the remaining stations would continue carrying Radio Disney programming until their respective sales were completed.[31] The last five Radio Disney owned-and-operated stations for sale were sold on September 15, 2015 to Salem Media Group (who was the largest purchaser of the stations) for $2.225 million.[32][33]

On April 13, 2015, Disney announced that the Radio Disney network would move to HD Radio subchannels; the network will be distributed by iBiquity, with ad sales handled by its HD Radio Digital Network unit. A network representative that the move was intended to target families as in-car listeners.[34] On August 6, 2015, Radio Disney was made available for listening on iHeartRadio.[3][35][36]

It was announced that on November 25, 2019, Disney has secured a deal with Entercom to bring Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country to the company's Radio.com platform.[37]

Closure

On December 3, 2020, Disney announced that both Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will shut down in the first quarter of 2021 as part of its restructuring plan to focus more on producing content for the television networks and Disney+, with KRDC being put up for sale.[4][5] Radio Disney began to wind down operations on December 31, 2020 as their DJ's hosted their final shows, and was discontinued on SiriusXM on that same date. The Radio Disney app and website shut down on Radio Disney's initial shutdown date, January 22, 2021.[38] Radio Disney Country was completely shut down at noon Pacific Time on January 1; KRDC subsequently returned to the main Radio Disney feed, and will continue broadcasting that feed until the station is sold. Since January 1, programming has mainly consisted of programming spanning the 24-year history of the network.[6] As of March 13, the station is still broadcasting to the Greater Los Angeles Area and San Diego County. Nationally, KRDC can still be heard unofficially through WebSDR.org receiver KJ6EO in Santa Clarita, California.

Programming

Radio Disney plays a large selection of songs from stars and programs on Disney Channel, along with popular songs from mainstream pop and R&B artists that are found on conventional radio stations. The network airs edited versions of some Top 40 songs (which remove profanity and any other suggestive content) to make them appropriate for younger listeners. The specialized radio format favors music which often takes on a sound reminiscent of "bubblegum pop" of the 1960s and '70s.

List of former programs broadcast by Radio Disney

  • Fearless Everyday – hosted by blogger and entrepreneur Alexa Curtis, is Radio Disney's first show to introduce topics like social media and mental health to listeners.
  • #ICYMIIn Case You Missed It
  • 1 Hour of Nonstop Music – A One Hour Program that plays commercial free music.
  • More Music Monday – Non-stop commercial-free music on Mondays with no hosts.
  • Morning Update
  • Radio Disney Country Spotlight
  • Radio Disney Insider Show
  • Really Good Time – Hosted by DJ Lela B, the program features dance music including remixes of popular songs. In addition, Lela B also hosts the Weekend Warm-Up show which similar features remixes of songs.
  • The Radio Disney Top 3The Radio Disney Top 3, hosted by Morgan Tompkins, features the three most requested songs of the day, and after, a caller who is able to name all three songs will win a prize or super entry.
  • TBT Top 3
  • Radio Disney's Top 10 (originally Top 30 Countdown and Radio Disney's Top 30) – The longest-running program, originally hosted only by Susan Huber, soon by Jake Whetter, later by Ernie D., and now by Richardo Ordieres. Songs that receive the most requests during the week are included on the countdown, played in descending order. In 2016, the Radio Disney Top 30, after being the longest-running program in the station, was shortened to only 10 songs. Around New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, a special version of the countdown featuring the 50 most requested songs of the year is broadcast. As of February 2018, it is hosted by various artists or other guest hosts.
  • Connect Family – Originally named Family Fun Day, the program was retitled early in April 2007 as Connect Family (borrowed from the network's on-air campaign of the same name); it was formally hosted by Ernest "Ernie D." Martinez and Blake Kuhre. Between songs, parents and children would discuss with the DJs how they spend time with one another, their family life and play contests for children to win prizes and entries into Radio Disney contests.
  • For the Record with Laura Marano – A weekly one-hour show hosted by Laura Marano, chronicling her journey as she launches her career. This show closed in April 2016.
  • Frequency Jam – A Friday night program which debuted around 2002/2003, in which three songs would be played by DJs Ernest "Ernie D." Martinez or Brian Kuhre. The song with the most votes (via Radio Disney's website) would be the next song that would be played as the winner. Frequency Jam ended in February 2007 with the redesign of Radio Disney website.
  • Morgan & Maddy in the Morning – hosted by Morgan Tompkins and Maddy Whitby started on April 1, 2013[39]
  • Nate and Megan in the Morning – A morning show hosted by Nate and Megan.
  • Move It Party – Saturday weekend show hosted by Morgan Tompkins and Maddy Whitby[39]
  • Playhouse DisneyPlayhouse Disney (originally "Mickey and Minnie's Tune Time" from 1998[12] to 2001) aired on Radio Disney weekdays during the school year from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. ET and was hosted by Robin, Tina, B. B. Good and Susan Huber from its inception; it was also hosted by Betsy. Playhouse Disney was originally a two-hour block, but was later reduced to one hour; segments featured in the block included Circle Time Story (originally "Mickey and Minnie's Storytime Theatre" from 1998 to 2001), which featured read-along stories from Disney movies. Like the now-defunct Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel, it was targeted towards preschoolers. Songs for young children were played along with trivia contests.

Serial radio

In July 2010, Radio Disney debuted its first scripted serial called My Dream, a contemporary story utilizing a format reminiscent of serials from the 1940s. Unlike Depression-era radio serials that typically featured episodes lasting 15 to 30 minutes, episodes of My Dream runs for only 90 seconds and play multiple times throughout the day.[40] My Dream stars Daphne Blunt as a 14-year-old girl trying to make a name for herself in the music industry while dealing with the usual struggles, responsibilities and emotional ups and downs of an everyday teen.[41]

Features and contests

Radio Disney carries a number of features from interactive contests to informational programs.

Final features

  • Music Mailbag – The hour-long Saturday program. After a new song selected for entry into Radio Disney's regular playlist was played, listeners were urged to call into the network's hotline or vote on its website to "Pick It" (make the song part of the network's playlist rotation) or "Kick It" (reject it as an entry into the playlist).
  • 60 Seconds With (actor/actress/artist name) – A segment featuring minute-long excerpts from interviews and celebrity "takeovers".
  • Grand Prize Drawing – Grand prize drawings often occur over the course of one to four weeks, depending on the contest. Contestants can win entries in a regular contest that contestant wins; contestants also periodically have the opportunity to win a "super entry", in which 100 entries for the drawing are entered into the contest. The winner of the grand prize will usually win a vacation, or a chance to meet a popular artist heard on Radio Disney or the opportunity to meet another celebrity. Drawings usually occur on a Friday.
  • Planet Premiere – A music artist sits down with Ernest "Ernie D." Martinez or Candice Huckeba as their newest album or song is played on Radio Disney. Before each song plays, the artist tells the listeners how the song was conceived, and what its meaning was.
  • Power Prize – The "Power Prize" occurs at least six times a day. A winner of a contest will not only win a super entry, but also a "power" prize. This started when Radio Disney stopped giving out prizes to every contest winner.
  • Radio Rewind – A segment of a song was played backward and callers would try to guess the name of that song. The song would usually be played forward after someone wins.
  • Sound File – The news on new music and artists (new entries appear weekly during the Top 10 Countdown).
  • Super Entry – Winners of a contest receive 100 entries into the grand prize drawing. When the "super entry" first started, the winner would get 40 entries.
  • TBT Top 3Throwback Thursday Top 3, A long time segment That Plays Throwback Songs, But not that far back. and after that, a caller would try to guess 3 songs, and a caller will win.
  • Title Text – A segment that a DJ says the first letter for each word of a song, and callers would try to guess the full words of the song, and will play after someone wins. (For Example: C, S, T, F,: Can't Stop the Feeling.)

Former features

Greyson Chance being interviewed during "Celebrity Take with Jake".
  • ABC News for Kids – News updates from ABC News Radio which featured child-appropriate news updates and features segments.[12]
  • ABC Notebook
  • Aptitude Dude – voiced by Squeege.
  • Backwards Bop – A small excerpt of a song was played backward and callers would try to guess the name of that song.
  • Battle of the Cities – A trivia game hosted by Mark and Zippy. Two contestants from different cities would call in and the caller with the most answers wins.
  • Bumbling Bill's Safety Spotlight – Bumbling Bill and his friend Sally (Susan Huber) talk about what's safe and unsafe. In a running gag, Bumbling Bill would often malaprop Sally's name. This program ended near the beginning of 2006.
  • Celebrity Take with Jake – A pre-recorded segment hosted by Jake Whetter, providing celebrity news stories focusing on actors and music artists popular with the network's target demographic.
  • Code Word of the Day – The "Code Word of the Day" is given out about five times an hour. If a caller knows the code word when he or she calls Radio Disney's hotline (usually around 6:30 pm. ET), that person is awarded a prize. This program ended in mid 2017.
  • Grandma Nature
  • Garage Door Derby – A contest hosted by DJ Aaron K. in which two callers would call in and participate in a race to see whose garage door closed the fastest. The first to say, "It's open!" or "It's closed!" would win a prize.
  • Gross Me Out – "Gross Me Out" was a longtime segment that talked about gross things which kids often like to hear.
  • Hairbrush Karaoke – Similar to the "Karaoke" game with DJ Kara. DJ Susan Huber would get a caller to sing karaoke on the radio, and then they would win a prize. This ended when Susan Huber left Radio Disney.
  • Hogwarts or Hogwash – A game played by DJ Aaron K. The correct caller must answer three out of four questions from the popular Harry Potter book and/or film series as true or false, by saying "Hogwarts" for being true and "Hogwash" for being false.
  • Incubator – A segment played between songs or during commercial breaks featuring interviews with up-and-coming music artists.
  • Karaoke – A contest held by retired DJ Kara Edwards. She would sing one line of a song and the correct caller would sing the other.
  • Laugh Shack – Kids would call in and leave jokes on the network's voicemail (or "earmail") number. The jokes would then later be aired on the radio.
  • Let's Make a Deal – Another game/contest hosted by Mark and Zippy. This was a parody of the television game show of the same name.
  • NBT (Next Big Thing) – This segment was hosted by Jake Whetter, and is similar to the former Incubator feature. Each year since the contest launched in 2008, Radio Disney plays new songs by five up-and-coming music artist that are contestants; listeners are able to vote for which contestant moves on to the next round of the competition until a winner is chosen.
  • Theatre of the B-zarre – An interstitial segment that ended around mid-2006, in which Dr. B and a hairball-like creature named Critter talk about strange and creepy things.
  • The Adventures of Bud and Iggy – A contest that centered on two unheard characters, Bud and Iggy, who are always getting lost. Clues were given as to what city the two are lost in. This longtime contest ended near the end of 2003.
  • The Answer is Always "C." – The DJ would give a caller a multiple choice question, or questions, but a winner would almost always be assured, as the answer was always the "C." choice.
  • The State Game – Three clues about a state were given out (the state nickname and two facts) and callers would try and guess what state it is. This game was played by B.B. Good and Sherry.
  • Thinkenstein: 2000 – A segment featuring Dr. Thinkenstein (voiced by Clint Ford) a wild, hyperactive scientist with a Karloff-esque voice, who routinely examined technologies and breakthroughs that other scientists were currently working on to improve the future. He frequently discussed his findings with his computer assistant, "I.gor" (nicknamed "E-dot").
  • Your Music, Your Way a.k.a. Your Music & Your Stars, Your Way

Radio Disney Music Awards

Since 2001, Radio Disney has held an annual awards ceremony, the Radio Disney Music Awards, to honor popular music artists featured on the network. Similar to the Teen Choice Awards and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, teenagers vote to select the winner of each category including Best Female Artist, Best Male Artist, Best Music Group, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Fiercest Fans, Artist with the Best Style, Most Talked About Artist and more. Hilary Duff is the biggest winner with 21 awards and 35 nominations. There were no awards between 2009 and 2012.

TV Show

Radio Disney had a television series on Disney Channel that aired from March 1, 2001 to March 17, 2005. The series was still on "Disney Channel on Demand", the channel's video-on-demand service until 2013.

Radio Disney World Tours

In 2000 and 2001, Radio Disney launched two separate "world tours" that traveled to major U.S. cities including Atlanta, New York City, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. In 2000, the tour featured up-and-coming talent (No Authority, Myra) and then Radio Disney DJs, Mark and Zippy. The tour played in theatrical venues and had audiences of up to 2,000 people per show (there were four shows each weekend in each city).

Other networks

Radio Disney Networks

Radio Disney, Inc.
Radio Disney Networks
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryBroadcasting
Headquarters3800 Alameda Avenue, ,
United States
Number of locations
1
Key people
  • Phil Guerini (General Manager)
  • Sean Cocchia (EVP, Business Operations, Disney Channels Worldwide)
  • Ivan Heredia (VP, Marketing)
  • Gary Marsh (President and CCO, Disney Channels Worldwide)[42]
ServicesRadio network
ParentDisney Channels Worldwide
(Walt Disney Television)
Divisions

Radio Disney Networks[42] is an American radio network that is owned by Disney Channels Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Walt Disney Television, a primary component of The Walt Disney Company's Disney Media Networks segment. Radio Disney Networks broadcasts three separated digital channels, Radio Disney, Radio Disney Country and Radio Disney Junior, via radio station's HD channel or by online stream sites. The original Radio Disney network play music and other content aimed at preteens and young teenagers; it can be described as a youth-targeted contemporary hit radio format with heavy emphasis on teen idols. Recently Radio Disney has become a Mainstream Top 40 Indicator reporter on Nielsen-BDS eventually being upgraded to monitored status with Nielsen-BDS. Radio Disney is also a monitored reporter on the Mediabase 24/7 Top 40 panel. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California.

Radio Disney Junior was available via the Watch Disney Junior app in August 2014.[2] On November 4, 2015, Radio Disney Networks launched a country music-focused internet radio station, Radio Disney Country.[43] Disney Channels Worldwide replaced its Watch app series with the singular, DisneyNow, which combines its TV and radio channels the week of September 29, 2017.[44] On November 13, 2014, Radio Disney and Radio Disney Junior became available on Slacker Radio with Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown starting on November 15, 2014.[45]

Radio Disney Country

Radio Disney Country
Logo of Radio Disney Country on its only affiliate, KRDC
TypeRadio network
Country
United States
History
Launch dateNovember 4, 2015 (2015-11-04)
ClosedDecember 31, 2020 (2020-12-31)
Coverage
AffiliatesSee list
Links
Websiteradio.disney.com

Radio Disney Country is a defunct country music focused internet radio network that launched on November 4, 2015, and was initially exclusive to Radio Disney's own digital platforms.[43] The service focused upon current songs, current and past material from popular artists, and pop songs featuring country musicians. Guerini explained that the format of the channel was meant to allow it to draw from a wider range of songs than traditional country radio stations, owing to the format's "embrace" of rock, hip-hop and pop-oriented songs (with Rolling Stone noting its airplay of Lil Nas X's Western-trap song "Old Town Road" in 2019 as an example of this strategy).[46] The network's launch coincided with the 2015 CMA Awards.[43][47] Like its sister station, Radio Disney Country emphasized current hits and used little recurrent rotation.[1]

On June 9, 2017, Disney announced that it would expand the network's distribution to include other digital platforms, such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn, as well as curated playlists on Apple Music and Spotify, and terrestrial radio with the flip of KDIS to the network as KRDC 99.1 FM and AM 1110 (the main Radio Disney network continued to be carried locally on a subchannel of KRTH until late 2018 when its contract to carry the network expired).[48]

The station's Let the Girls Play segment premiered on December 5, 2018.[49] In July 2019, Radio Disney Country opened a Nashville Music Row based studio.[50] In July 2019, Disney agreed to license Radio Disney video content to Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation to telestream via a patented process the content to the web and the audio to a radio station, WIGO-AM, as The Radio Disney Hour (working tile).[51]

Radio Disney Country's targeted audience was women aged 18 to 34 years old.[50] The network's mix of music would be every thing with 60% popular artists and 40% up and coming artists.[47] It ceased in the afternoon of December 31, 2020.[6]

Radio Disney Junior

Radio Disney Junior logo.

On February 14, 2011, a Radio Disney Junior block was launched in tandem with the Disney Junior on Disney Channel block. The hour long block focused on music for the preschool age plus fun "audio theater" with Disney Junior characters.[52]

Programming

  • Magical World of Disney Junior, Disney and Pixar movies music
  • Pirates & Princesses, themed songs
  • Get Up and Move, dedicated to health and wellness[45]

Stations

Despite being music-oriented, the network was carried primarily on AM stations. The Walt Disney Company owned most of the network's affiliates, though some stations were operated through local marketing agreements that had varying degrees of local management. The last separately-owned Radio Disney affiliate, WOLF in Syracuse, New York, left the network on February 1, 2014.

On August 13, 2014, it was announced that all of Radio Disney's remaining stations, excluding KDIS, were to be sold in an effort to focus more on digital distribution of the Radio Disney network. KDIS would be retained to serve as the originator of Radio Disney's programming, and its operations was assumed by the network's national staff.[2][30] However, Disney later announced that it would syndicate Radio Disney through affiliations with HD Radio subchannels.[53][54]

Many former Radio Disney stations have diverse histories prior to the network affiliation. The call signs of Radio Disney stations (particularly those owned by The Walt Disney Company) were variations on the Disney name and that of Mickey and Minnie Mouse; at least one appeared to be named for Goofy (WGFY), and another after Walt Disney World (WDW).

Final Radio Disney stations
City Station Frequency Owner Notes
Los Angeles/Pasadena, CaliforniaKRDC1110The Walt Disney CompanyFlagship Station
San Diego, CaliforniaKFBG100.7-HD2Local Media San Diego Acquisition, LLCRepeater of KRDC
Former Radio Disney stations
AM/FM stations
CallsignFrequencyLocationYears of affiliationComments
KADZ1550Arvada/Denver, Colorado1998−2003Station was shut down in 2003.
KALY1240Albuquerque, New Mexico2003–2010Sold in 2010; later carried similarly formatted JENNiRADIO but now has an oldies format
KAVT1680Fresno, California2003–2008Flipped to Adult Standards in March 2008.
KBEE860Salt Lake City, Utah1996–2003Affiliation moved to KWDZ in 2003
KDDZ1690Denver, Colorado1998–2015Went silent on December 8, 2015, but came back in February 2016. Now catholic radio programming.
KDEF1150Albuquerque, New Mexico2000–2003Affiliation moved to KALY
KDIS710Los Angeles, California1997–2003Swapped with then ESPN Radio 1110 in 2003.
KDIS1110Pasadena, California2003–2017Call sign changed to KRDC in 2017 and became the main affiliate for Radio Disney Country. Radio Disney Country ceased operations on December 31, 2020. KRDC subsequently flipped back to the main Radio Disney feed, and currently carries automated content.
KDIS-FM99.5Little Rock, Arkansas2003–2013Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.
KDIZ1440Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota1996–2015Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015; Went silent on December 14, now broadcasting business talk (programming moved from KYCR)
KDYS1520Lafayette, Louisiana1997–2004Originally a Radio Aahs affiliate; dropped Radio Disney upon station sale in 2004.
KDZR1640Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington2003–2015Switched to conservative talk as Talk 1640
KEBC1560Oklahoma City, Oklahoma2004–2013Dropped Radio Disney for a comedy format in March 2013.
KIID1470Sacramento, California2001–2015Sold to Punjabi American Media LLC.
KKDD1290San Bernardino/Riverside, California2001–2012Changed to Contemporary Christian music format on April 3, 2012.
KKDZ1250Seattle, Washington1997–2015Sold to Universal Media Access in 2015 and became "Desi 1250 AM" with South Asian programming
KMAP1050Bakersfield, California2000–2003Sold to religious group. Switched to Christian format still in use today.
KMIC1590Houston, Texas1999–2015Dropped Radio Disney on January 13, 2015 to temporarily go dark. Sold to DAIJ Media.[55]
KMIK1580Phoenix, Arizona1998–2015Sold to Gabriella Broadcasting Licensee on October 20, 2015. Station went silent as a result.
KMKI620Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas1998–2015Sold to Salem Media Group on September 15, 2015.[56] After a brief moment simulcasting KWRD-FM (from September 18 until September 25, 2015), the station flipped to Business News/Talk (assuming the former programming of KVCE).[57]
KMKY1310Oakland, California1997–2015Sold to Radio Mirchi, went silent on October 13, 2015.
KMUS1380Tulsa, Oklahoma2004–2010Sold in 2011; changed to Spanish.
KOIL1020Omaha, Nebraska2005–2009On January 1, 2009 it changed call letters to KMMQ and flipped to regional Mexican
KORL690Honolulu, Hawaii1999–2006Affiliate originally operated under the call letters KQMQ
KPHN1190Kansas City, Missouri2002–2013Sold in 2014; format changed to religious programming.
KQAM1480Wichita, Kansas2002−2009Sold in 2009; format changed to talk radio.
KRDY1160San Antonio, Texas2003–2013Sold in 2013; format changed to Spanish religious programming in 2014.
KRNN1380Little Rock, ArkansasLate 1990s–2003Affiliation moved to FM dial KDIS-FM
KRYS1360Corpus Christi, Texas
KSON1240San Diego, California1997–2004Station became a Vietnamese/ethnic station in 2004
KWDZ910Salt Lake City, Utah2003–2013; 2014–2015Had been up for sale since 2013.[28] Dropped Radio Disney on August 17, 2013 to remain silent.[58] The station resumed operations on August 14, 2014,[59] but resumed Radio Disney in October. Was sold to Citicasters Licenses (iHeartMedia).[60] Went silent again on July 17, 2015.[61]
KWTX1230Waco, Texas
KXTP970Duluth, Minnesota1998-Early 2000s
KYDZ1180Omaha, Nebraska1999–2009Originally used the KOIL call sign; affiliation moved to (and KOIL reused on) 1020 AM
WAJD1390Gainesville, Florida2001–2010
WALL1340Middletown, New York2005–2010Format changed to oldies.
WAMF1300Fulton, Oswego County, New York2002–2012Dropped WOLF simulcast, in favor of classic country in October 2012.
WBWL600Jacksonville, Florida2001–2010Sold in 2010; format changed to talk radio.
WBBQ1340Augusta, Georgia
WBHR660Sauk Rapids/St. Cloud, Minnesota1998-Early 2000s
WBVA1450Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia–2001Disaffiliated from Radio Disney due to contractual issues in November 2001.
WBYU1450New Orleans, Louisiana2003–2011Closed down September 26, 2011.[62]
WCHY1290Savannah, GeorgiaLate 1990s–2002
WCOG1320Greensboro, North Carolina2001–2010Sold in 2010; format changed to sports radio.
WDDY1460Albany, New York2002–2013Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.
WDDZ1250Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2011–2015Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015, flipped to Conservative Talk on May 13, 2015 as "AM 1250 The Answer".
WDDZ550Providence, Rhode Island2001–2010Sold in 2010, format changed to business radio. Call letters reused for Pittsburgh affiliate.
WDDZ1500Zion, Illinois1998–2000; 2002Former simulcast of WRDZ; call letters reused for Providence affiliate.
WDLP1290Panama City, Florida1999–2000Station now airs electronic dance music.
WDRD680Louisville, Kentucky2002–2010Sold in 2010; before the sale, the station flipped to the sports radio format as an ESPN Radio Owned-and-operated station.
WDSS1680Grand Rapids, Michigan2003–2008[63]Disaffiliated from Radio Disney on August 7, 2008.
WDWD590Atlanta, Georgia1996–2015Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015, flipped to Christian Talk on May 11, 2015 as "Faith Talk 590".
WDYZ990Orlando, Florida2001–2015Dropped Radio Disney on March 18, 2015. Sold to Salem Media Group in 2014.[64]
WDZK1550Hartford, Connecticut1998–2010Sold in 2010; format changed to religious programming in 2011.
WDZN100.1Cumberland, Maryland1998–2011Changed to rock format in July 2011.
WDZY1290Richmond, Virginia1998–2013Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.
WEOK1390Poughkeepsie, New York2005–2010Format changed to oldies.
WFDF910Farmington Hills, Michigan2002–2015Sold in 2014 to The Word Network;[65] format changed to religious programming in 2015.[66]
WGFY1480Charlotte, North Carolina1998–2015Sold to Charlotte Advent Media Corporation in 2015. Went silent on May 5, 2015, before returning to the air on June 9, 2015, with a Christian talk format.
WGSM740Long Island, New York1997–1998Disaffiliated from the network when WQEW became the market's Radio Disney affiliate in late December 1998.
WHKT1650Norfolk, Virginia2001−2010Sold in 2010; format changed to talk radio.
WHRC1450Providence, Rhode Island1997–2001Originally known as WDYZ (reused for Orlando affiliate). Sold in 2001; affiliation moved to WDDZ.
WJDY1470Salisbury, Maryland
WKEW1400Greensboro, North Carolina1998–2001Affiliation moved to WCOG in 2001
WKSH1640Milwaukee, Wisconsin2002–2013Sold in 2014; format changed to religious programming.
WKYG1230Parkersburg, West Virginia
WMBO1340Auburn, New York1999–2013Former simulcast of WOLF; previously known as WKGJ and WWLF before reverting to its original WMBO call sign. The station flipped to oldies.
WMKI850Birmingham, Alabama1996–1999Call letters reused for Boston affiliate and call letters reverted to WYDE
WMKI1260Boston, Massachusetts1997–2015Sold in 2015; Station is now owned by Salem Media Group. Dropped the Radio Disney affiliate on September 3, 2015 and went silent in anticipation for a change of format. Format changed to Business news. And the call letters changed to WBIX.[67]
WMNE1600West Palm Beach, Florida1999–2010After sale to Travis Media, resumed broadcasting on May 6, 2010[68] as an ethnic radio station, and changed call letters to WHTY as of June 2.
WMYM990Miami, Florida1999−2015Sold in 2015; went silent on June 11, 2015.
WMYR1410Fort Myers, Florida
WNEX1400Macon, Georgia−2008Flipped to talk radio in November 2008.
WOLF1490Syracuse, New York1999–2014Dropped Radio Disney on February 1, 2014 to remain silent.[69] The station resumed operations on January 6, 2015[70] as WNDR-FM simulcast.[71]
WOLF-FM96.7Oswego, New YorkAugust 14–28, 2009Former simulcast of WOLF; now WCIO, a simulcast of (the current) WCIS-FM
WOWW1430Memphis, Tennessee−2012Format changed to news/talk in March 2012.
WPGA980Macon, Georgia−2008Simulcast of WNEX. Flipped to talk radio in November 2008.
WQEW1560New York City, New York1998–2015Was the only Clear-channel station owned-and-operated by Radio Disney. Dropped the affiliation on February 17, 2015 and went silent in anticipation of a change in format. Was sold to Family Radio in 2014.[72] Returned to the air on February 27, 2015 as WFME (AM) with religious programming from Family Radio. Station went dark on February 15, 2021 with the sale of the station's transmitter in Maspeth, Queens. Will return to the air at a later date.
WQUA102.1Mobile, Alabama−2005Sold in 2005.
WRDZ1300Chicago, Illinois1998–2015Dropped Radio Disney on October 30, 2015.[73] Sold to Polnet Communications on December 2, 2015. Became Polish radio station.[74]
WRDZ-FM98.3Indianapolis, Indiana2003–2015Sold in 2015; format changed to Country.[60] As 2014, WRDZ-FM was the only Radio Disney owned-and-operated station broadcasting on FM.[75]
WSDZ1260St. Louis, Missouri1997–2015Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015. Went silent on December 11, 2015.
WVOA-FM105.1DeRuyter, New YorkAugust 14–28, 2009WOLF (AM) simulcast was during 2 weeks;[76] format changed to country music.
WWCS540Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania−2010Affiliation moved to WDDZ.
WWJZ1640Mount Holly, New Jersey/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1999–2015Sold to Starboard Media Foundation Inc.[77]
WWMI1380Tampa, Florida1999–2015Flipped to Business Talk as 1380 The Biz
WWLF-FM100.3Sylvan Beach, New York1999–2006Former simulcast of WOLF; originally known as WBGJ. Now known as MOViN' FM
WWMK1260Cleveland, Ohio1998–2015Sold on 12/24/2014 but continued to broadcast Radio Disney up until 4/24/2015. Flipped to a Catholic format on May 7 branded AM 1260 The Rock.[78][79]
WYNK1380Baton Rouge, LouisianaLate 1990s–2002


HD Radio Affiliates
CallsignFrequencyLocationYears of affiliationComments
KALC105.9-HD3Denver, Colorado2017–2018Dropped Radio Disney when the station's owner, Entercom's contract with Radio Disney expired.
KRTH101.1-HD2Los Angeles, California2016–2018
KMNB102.9-HD3Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota2016–2018
KRSK105.1-HD2Molalla/Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington2017–2018
KUDL106.5-HD2Sacramento, California2017–2018
KSWD94.1-HD3Seattle, Washington2016–2018
KHMX96.5-HD3Houston, TexasOctober–December 2016Dropped Radio Disney when KHMX's Smooth Wave format moved to HD3 from HD2.
KOOL-FM94.5-HD3Phoenix, Arizona2016–2018Dropped Radio Disney when the station's owner, Entercom's contract with Radio Disney expired.
KLUV98.7-HD3Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas2016–2018
KLLC97.3-HD3Oakland/San Francisco, California2016–2018
KZPT99.7-HD2Kansas City, Missouri2017–2018
KYXY96.5-HD3San Diego, California2016–2018
WKXC-FM99.5-HD2Aiken, South Carolina/Augusta, Georgia2015–2018
WLMG101.9-HD2New Orleans, Louisiana2017–2018Dropped Radio Disney when the station's owner, Entercom's contract with Radio Disney expired.
WQMG97.1-HD2Greensboro, North Carolina2017–2018
WNKS95.1-HD2Charlotte, North Carolina2016–2018Replaced by Party Radio
WPTE94.9-HD2Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia2017–2018Dropped Radio Disney when the station's owner, Entercom's contract with Radio Disney expired.
WMYX-FM99.1-HD2Milwaukee, Wisconsin2017–2018
WKIS99.9-HD3Boca Raton/Miami, Florida2016–2018
WXKB103.9-HD2Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Florida2016–2018
WRVR104.5-HD2Memphis, Tennessee2017–2018Dropped Radio Disney when the station's owner, Entercom's contract with Radio Disney expired.
WBMP92.3-HD3New York, New York2015–2018
WZPL99.5-HD2Greenfield/Indianapolis, Indiana2017–2018
KFTK-FM97.1-HD3Florissant/St. Louis, Missouri2017–2018
WXTU92.5-HD3Philadelphia, Pennsylvania2015–2018
WJBR-FM99.5-HD2Wilmington, Delaware2016–2018Dropped Radio Disney when WJBR duplicated its main signal.
WLLD94.1-HD2Lakeland/Tampa, Florida2015–2018Dropped Radio Disney and replaced by Classics 94.1
WXYX100.7-HD2Puerto Rico2016–2018
WELX101.5-HD2
WXLX103.7-HD2
WXHD98.1-HD2
KCYE102.7-HD3Boulder City/Las Vegas, Nevada2015–2018Replaced by NOAA Weather Radio
WZFX99.1-HD2Fayetteville/Whiteville, North Carolina2016–2018
KGSR93.3-HD2Austin/Cedar Park, Texas2017–2018Replaced by Country music format
WMGV103.3-HD2Greenville/Newport, North Carolina2016–2018

Radio Disney History of #1s

These songs hit No. 1 on Radio Disney's Top 50 Songs from 1997 to 2020.

Albums

The Radio Disney Jams series CDs are various artists compilations of music featured on Radio Disney.

International

Internationally, there are Radio Disney stations in Australia, Chile, Japan, Poland, Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Peru. There are plans to resume broadcasting of a Disney-branded radio station in the United Kingdom, but this time under the 'Radio Disney' brand, aimed at a younger audience than its predecessor in the UK. On October 21, 2010, Radio Disney launched in Brazil. Since October 1, 2013, Radio Disney is available in Russia via Disney.ru.[84] It plans to broadcast in the Philippines and Sweden in the near future.

Latin America

Radio Disney is available in Latin America via terrestrial broadcast. Similar to Radio Disney in the U.S., it broadcasts in Spanish to Argentina,[85] Bolivia, Chile,[86] Nicaragua,[87] Ecuador,[88] Guatemala, Paraguay,[89] Uruguay,[90] Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica,[91] Mexico,[92][93] Peru[94] and in Portuguese to Brazil.[95] Radio Disney Latin America is a separate operation and won't be affected by the decision to shutter Radio Disney in the United States.[5]

Europe

Radio Disney planned to begin broadcasting on the digital radio platform in the United Kingdom by the end of 2008.[96] On July 6, 2007, Ofcom, the communications regulator of the United Kingdom, announced that the 4 Digital Group, a consortium headed by Channel 4 and featuring Emap, UTV, British Sky Broadcasting, Global Radio, Carphone Warehouse and UBC, had been awarded a license to run a new digital radio multiplex which would include Radio Disney as one of ten new national radio stations. On October 10, 2008, Channel 4 withdrew plans to launch 4 Digital, ending the probability of Radio Disney launching on the service.[97]

A similar station, Capital Disney began broadcasting in 2002 on the DAB digital radio network, on Sky Digital (Digital Satellite) and various digital cable television providers in the UK. The station was a joint venture between the UK's Capital Radio Group and Disney. The idea being to use Capital Radio's programming experience to assist Disney in launching a radio station in the UK. In early 2007, both Capital Radio (by now called GCap Media) and Disney agreed to pursue different goals, and as a result, Capital Disney closed down on June 29, 2007.

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