City of license Norfolk, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Boston, Massachusetts
Slogan "Relevant Business Talk"
Frequency 1170 kHz
First air date March 1978
Format News/Talk
Power 1,000 watts day
Class D
Facility ID 16977
Transmitter coordinates

42°5′32.00″N 71°18′13.00″W / 42.0922222°N 71.3036111°W / 42.0922222; -71.3036111

Callsign meaning W DIScussion
Former callsigns WJMQ (1978-October 27, 1982)
WJCC (October 27, 1982-February 3, 1993)
Affiliations Business Talk Radio, Fox News Radio
Owner Albert E. Grady, Esq.
(Discussion Radio, Incorporated)
Webcast Listen Live
Website wdisam.com

WDIS (AM 1170) is a radio station licensed to Norfolk, Massachusetts. Primarily a news and talk station, it is also the flagship radio station of many high school sports programs in the Norfolk area. It serves the suburban communities south of Boston and north of Providence, Rhode Island. It has a daytime-only 1,000-watt signal[1] that reaches as far west as Worcester, Mass., giving it a coverage area of almost half a million people.[2]

WDIS history



WDIS dates to March 1978, when John Quinlan, a former Massachusetts state legislator, obtained a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast on AM 1170 with the call sign WJMQ. The studio was, and still is, located on Pond Street (Route 115) near Norfolk center.


During the 1980s, the station experienced an ownership change and on October 27, 1982, changed its call letters to WJCC.


In 1990, it once again changed ownership, to Brockton, Massachusetts-based Discussion Radio, Inc..[3] On February 3, 1993, WJCC became WDIS.



"The Sports Roundtable" debuted which was a 2-hour program. By 2012 it no longer aired on WDIS.

WDIS today

New England broadcast notables like Janet Jeghelien, Dick Sinnott, and Gene Lavanchy have all been employed at WJCC over the years.


In 2007, WDIS aired Tri-County Cougar home football games at the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, Massachusetts. In 2008, they resumed broadcasting Walpole High School Rebels football team live on the internet as well as over the air (daytime games live, night games on tape given the station's daytime-only status).[4]

Since December of 2008, WDIS has also broadcast all King Philip High School Boys Basketball games,[5] as that basketball program tried to rebound after two consecutive no-win seasons.[6] With WDIS's daytime-only status, most games (other than those rare weekend afternoon contests) were aired on radio via tape the day after they were played, although they are broadcast live on the internet.


External links

  • WDISAM.com official radio station website
  • Radio Discussions board about WDIS being silent
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WDIS
  • Radio-Locator Information on WDIS
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WDIS