This month, WKDZ unveiled its new FM translator for WKDZ-AM. It can be found at 100.9 FM.
In a nutshell, low power AM radio stations such as WKDZ-AM 1110 must power down and sign off at different points after sundown throughout the year.
An FM translator allows AM stations to put their signal at an FM frequency, without having to power down or sign off.
WHVO-AM 1480 had it's FM translator at 96.5 FM sign on last spring, which allowed for baseball games and Fort Campbell football to be heard on the FM dial in Christian County and a limited area in surrounding counties.
Now, WKDZ-AM will have it's signal on the FM dial a 100.9 FM. It's not a new radio station, but just what you hear on the AM dial.
So in addition to the great oldies music you will hear on 100.9 FM, what does this mean for local sports coverage?
It means a lot for the radio listener.
WKDZ is contractually obligated to carry University of Kentucky basketball and football and Tennessee Titans football throughout the year, in addition to network programming such as coach's shows and other specials. As a result, a local sports schedule has to be crafted around UK and the Titans.
The addition of 100.9 FM gives WKDZ another FM station for sports coverage.
"The addition of the WKDZ-AM translator at 100.9 FM is huge for Cadiz and Trigg County. This allows us to offer more sports programming than we've ever been able to air in the past," said station program director Bill Booth.
A prime example is Saturday when Kentucky has a basketball game and the Tennessee Titans have a playoff football game for roughly the same time. This means the Titans will air on WKDZ 106.5-FM and the UK/Vanderbilt game will be heard on WKDZ 100.9 FM.
"We now have 100.9 FM to handle some of our programming conflicts," Booth said.
Last week, Kentucky's win in the Liberty Bowl aired on WKDZ 106.5 FM, while Trigg County's basketball doubleheader was heard on WKDZ 100.9 FM.
This gives WKDZ an outlet for high school sports when it conflicts with the University of Kentucky. It also means high school games can continue to be heard on the FM dial instead of jettisoned to the AM side where the signal strength decreases after dark.
It also means Trigg County baseball and softball games will be heard 100.9 FM this spring, in addition to Christian County and Hopkinsville baseball on WHVO 96.5 FM.
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