WSDV - A History
WSDV-AM 1450 Sarasota – For nearly 50 years Sarasota’s AM-1450 meant longtime CBS affiliate WSPB. Then in October 1989 those calls changed to WSRZ. However, the switch proved to be short-lived and the WSPB calls were reinstated in August of 1990. Clear Channel took over in the late 90’s and flipped them to WSRQ in 2003, and then to WSDV (Sarasota’s The DoVe) in 2006.
Today (2010), WSDV serves the Sarasota-Bradenton market and simulcasts an adult standards format with sister station WDDV in Venice. The one-kilowatt fulltime non-directional station broadcasts from a transmitter and tower on City Island in Sarasota Bay and studios on the mainland at 1779 Independence Boulevard.
One of WSDV’s most popular shows is “Sinatra at Six,” featuring songs from the Chairman of the Board's early Dorsey big band days through the 1990’s. The Dove also carries “Canada Calling” during the winter months for all the snowbirds who visit the area each year.
Some names from WSDV’s history include Tim White (chief engineer 2006-2009) and Westwood One Adult Standards on-air personalities Jeff Rollins (mornings), Chick Watkins (early/mid afternoons), Ed Brand (late afternoons/early evenings), and Don Reid (overnights).
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