History of WDKX

Monroe County Broadcasting Co., LTD. formed a corporation in 1968 to compete for the available FM frequency 103.9 in Monroe County, Rochester NY. WDKX commenced broadcasting on April 6, 1974 at 5:30 AM and has been broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week ever since. WDKX has the distinction of being under the same ownership since its inception and is one of two remaining Urban stations in the state of New York.

WDKX Through The Decades:

Keeping with its Urban Contemporary format, WDKX chose its call letters to honor Black heroes;

  • W stands for radio stations located east of the Mississippi River
  • D stands for Frederick Douglass
  • K stands for Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • X stands for Malcom X

Having previously received the first ever Pioneer Award from the Rochester Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Andrew A. Langston, founder, owner and general manager of 103.9 WDKX FM, was among the inaugural inductees into the New York State Broadcasters Associations Hall of Fame in June 2014.

Tribute to Andrew Langston:

The station currently places first in Arbitron ratings of under-35 listeners, both urban and suburban, and has ranked second overall in the Rochester market (and first among music stations) in recent ratings surveys.

The station has a wide ranging playlist, from classic soul to current hip hop/R&B.

The mission of WDKX: