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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.

WSDV serves the Sarasota-Bradenton market and is a one-kilowatt fulltime non-directional station broadcasting from a transmitter and tower on City Island in Sarasota Bay with studios on the mainland at 1779 Independence Boulevard.

After simulcasting an AC/oldies format with sister station WDDV in Venice, Clear Channel re-launched both The Dove 1450 WSDV and The Dove 1320 WDDV as Sunny 1450/1320 in January 2014. That format lasted a couple years, then iHeart Media (the new corporate name for Clear Channel) flipped both both stations to news/talk in 2016, simulcasting their programming as Newsradio 1320/1450.

On November 1, 2017 WSDV split its simulcast with WDDV and began stunting with Christmas music. After the holidays, the station launched a Top 40/CHR format, branded 103.9 Kiss FM. 103.9 refers to the station's FM translator frequency.

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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