On March 3, 2008 at 3pm, NewCap Broadcasting’s Smooth Jazz “California 103.1” CIQX Calgary changed formats to Classic Hits as “XL103”. In accordance with Canada’s more strict licensing regulations, Newcap needed the CRTC to remove the clause in the station’s license requiring a specialty format in order to change the format.
With one of only four 100kw signals in the Chattanooga market, 96.5 WDOD-FM has always been looked upon as a potential sleeping giant. At the same time, the CHR format has never had a signal with the potential to be heard throughout the region. The format had not been heard at all in the area after Clear Channel flipped 98.1 WKXJ to Classic Country in June 2007. WDOD’s AAA format had evolved to a Modern Rock hybrid, but was a continual also ran. On March 3, 2008, WDOD brought CHR to its 100kw signal, while taking the path less taken nowadays by retaining “The Mountain” moniker and a few of the on-air staff. Aircheck courtesy of Christopher @ ChattanoogaRadioForum.com