WDAV-FM aired its first broadcast on December 1, 1978. From its humble beginnings as a low-power station run by Davidson College students, WDAV has grown to become one of nation’s top classical radio stations. Approximately 110,000 regional listeners tune in each week and 37,000 listen through the station’s streaming service. The popularity and longevity of WDAV is due to the station’s pioneering use of multiple platforms and technologies; WDAV was one of the first classical stations to stream broadcasts on the internet, and today it produces podcasts on classical music, highlights video performances on its YouTube Channel, and offers informative blogs. Local programming also contributes to the station’s success. Regional symphonies are often featured, and listeners can enjoy live performances from visiting artists recorded in WDAV’s performance studio.
In 2018, the station celebrated its 40th year with a Top 40 countdown of classical music hits, a birthday party, and a special episode of Mozart Café commemorating Charlotte’s 250th anniversary. WDAV hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down throughout its 40 years. Here’s to 40 more.