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The Essentials

Call Letters: WDSO
Frequency: 88.3fm
City of License: Chesterton
Metro(s): Northwest Indiana
Power: 400 watts @ 135 feet (Class A)
Format: Variety
Address: 2125 S. 11th Street, Chesterton, IN 46304-8934
Phone: 219.983.3777
Ownership: Duneland School Corp.
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Station Personnel


GM: Matthew Waters (2005 - Current)
OM: Michele Stipanovich
Student Run; Staff Changes Yearly


GM: James Cavallo (1976 - 1984)
GM: Brent Barber (1989 - 2004)
OM: Michele Stipanovich
PD: Danny Nicoletto
PD: Matt Waters
PD/Co-MD: Bob Johnson
Co-PD: Nick Moreno (2013-2014)
Co-PD: Nathan Babcock (2013-2014)
Co-MD: Chuck Cook
Co-MD: Sarah Duron (2013-2014)
Co-MD: Lilly Jablonski (2013-2014)
Assistant MD: Austin Ballestero (2013-2014)
News Director: Brooke Sauter (2013-2014)

Station History

WDSO signed on November 24, 1976 at 89.1fm. The "DSO" in WDSO stood for "Duneland School Organization." WDSO grew out of a carrier current radio station (WSCB) that debuted in the early 1970s. A student (Greg Odle) thought it would be great for Chesterton High School to have its own radio station. Originally, WDSO aired programming from 6:00AM until 4:30PM with select evening programs. WDSO went silent each summer (the radio station needed a vacation also.) In 1985, the station went to a directional signal with 410 watts (at 100 feet above Chesterton High) and moved to 88.3fm and added stereo programming. In the summer of 2000, WDSO's studios moved from the old Chesterton High School to the new Chesterton High School. WDSO's transmitter remains at the old Chesterton High School (now a middle school) and utilizes fiber optic cable as a link to studio (one of the early radio stations to use fiber). In 2001, WDSO changed to a non-directional antenna pattern.

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