Radio Disney

Radio Disney
Type Radio network
Country United States
Availability National, through broadcast stations, satellite radio, and iHeartRadio
Slogan Your Music, Your Way
Headquarters Burbank, California, United States
Parent Disney Channels Worldwide
(Disney–ABC Television Group)
(Disney Media Networks)
(The Walt Disney Company)
Launch date
November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
Affiliates See list
Official website

Radio Disney, also known as Radio Disney Networks[1] (corporate name Radio Disney, Inc.),[2] is an American radio network that is owned by Disney Channels Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Disney–ABC Television Group, a primary component of The Walt Disney Company's Disney Media Networks segment. Radio Disney Networks broadcasts three separated digital channels, Radio Disney, Radio Disney Country and Radio Disney Junior, via radio station's HD channel or by online stream sites. The original Radio Disney network play music and other content aimed at preteens and young teenagers; it can be described as a youth-targeted contemporary hit radio format with heavy emphasis on teen idols. Recently Radio Disney has become a Mainstream Top 40 Indicator reporter on Nielsen-BDS eventually being upgraded to monitored status with Nielsen-BDS. Radio Disney is also a monitored reporter on the Mediabase 24/7 Top 40 panel. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California.

Radio Disney is formatted like a traditional radio station, featuring prize giveaways (in which listeners can enter via telephone, the internet and since 2008, text messaging) and occasional in-studio interviews called "Takeovers," which usually occur during the weekday late-afternoon timeslot.

For many years Radio Disney affiliated with stations in markets of varying size, mainly large and mid-sized markets; however, since the early 2010s, it has started to withdraw from areas located outside of the 25 largest radio markets, owing to those listeners tuning in via either their website or mobile phone/tablet applications, along with the low adoption rate of HD Radio, which many Radio Disney stations have on their AM signals to match FM audio quality. On August 13, 2014, Disney announced that it would sell its remaining Radio Disney stations, with the exception of KDIS in Los Angeles. Disney announced that it would begin to syndicate Radio Disney through affiliations with HD Radio subchannels.[3]


Disney had for a long time be involved in the music business building off its success in movies and TV shows, which later became Disney Music Group. However, with radio, Disney was not committed to the medium only doing a few shows. Radio Disney is Disney's third foray into radio. In late 1955, Walt Disney started The Magic Kingdom radio show—running Monday through Fridays and which was heard on ABC Radio.[4] Even before the 1996 Disney-CC/ABC merger, Disney and ABC Radio considered as early as 1992 planned for a children's radio network but dropped the idea.[5] Starting on July 31, 1994, Disney started a weekend radio show, Live From Walt Disney World, that originated from both Disney World and Disneyland on Radio AAHS.[5][6]

In November 1995, ABC Radio Networks and Children's Broadcast Corp. reached an agreement for ABC Radio to provide marketing and sales to Radio AAHS. After Disney's acquisition of CC/ABC, Disney had ABC Radio cancel the agreement in August 1996 plus announced the start of its own children's network and ended AAHS's Disney World broadcasting rights.[7]


ABC Radio Networks

Radio Disney was test launched in November 1996 in four markets, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Birmingham, Ala., by ABC Radio Networks. On August 26, 1997, Radio Disney was launched in Los Angeles on KTZN-AM (710).[8]

A nationwide roll out occurred in 1998 with 28 stations affiliating by August 1998 with an expected 63 stations by the end of 1999. Radio Disney purchased KAAM (AM) (Plano, Texas) for $12 million and switched the station to the network in July.[9] In 1998, the network was based out of its Dallas station.[10]

Radio Disney Family Pledge

Because my family matters, I promise to spend at least one hour each week with my family participating in fun things that draw us together and celebrate what makes us unique.

— Radio World[11]

Other than music, the network in 1998 had "Mickey & Minnie's Tune Time," a 2-hour weekday toddler program and two 60-second features per hour which included contests, "ABC News for Kids", "Gross Me Out," a "gross" facts.[9] The network ran its Radio Disney Project Family Initiative from July 1 to September 15, 2003 with family-themed programming and events to get family to sign on to the Radio Disney Family Pledge.[11]

Former Radio Disney logo, used from 2001-2007.

Radio Disney began being carried by SiriusXM in 2002.[3] Disney entered a joint venture to launch Capital Disney digital radio channel in Britain and operated from 2002 until June 29, 2007.[12] In 2004, Disney paid the former Children's Broadcasting Corporation (which operated fellow children's radio network Radio Aahs) $12.4 million in a lawsuit settlement.[13]

2006 marked the network's 10th anniversary; Radio Disney rebroadcast its first hour of programming from November 18, 1996 on June 6, 2006 at around 4:58 p.m. ET on stations in select markets such as WQEW. Also, as part of the 10th anniversary, Radio Disney held the "Totally 10 Birthday Concert" on July 22, 2006 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.[14] It also included a simultaneous live webcast on the Radio Disney website. A second concert was held in Dallas, Texas on November 18, 2006 at the Dallas Convention Center.[15]

Disney spun off and merged on June 12, 2007 its ABC Radio Networks with Citadel Broadcasting into Citadel Communications while retaining its ESPN Radio and Radio Disney networks and stations.[16][17]

Disney Channels Worldwide

Former Radio Disney logo, used from 2008-2010.

Operational duties of Radio Disney were transferred to the company's Disney–ABC Cable Networks Group (currently d.b.a. Disney Channels Worldwide), which otherwise operates Disney's cable television properties, except for ESPN.

In March 2008, Radio Disney and Gracenotes signed a licensing agreement starting immediately that allow the lyrics be seen along with the song online on Radio Disney Internet Radio Player.[18] The channel began streaming live on iTunes Radio Tuner in August 2008.[19] In November 2008, Radio Disney relocated its main operations from Dallas to Los Angeles.[10]

The network launched on October 8, 2008 the Next Big Thing feature which allows listeners vote on young unsigned artists' songs to be played.[20] In 2013, the Radio Disney Music Awards began airing on the Disney Channel.[21]

On February 14, 2011, a Radio Disney Junior block launched in tandem with Disney Junior on Disney block. The hour long block focus on music for the preschool age plus fun "audio theater" with Disney Junior characters.[22]

Radio Disney started to reduce it station footprint to the larger markets to make the network more profitable. In January 2010, Radio Disney requested permission from the FCC to "silence" five of its owned-and-operated stations (along with a sixth station operating under a local marketing agreement with another company) while the stations were being sold.[23] Disney sold six AM stations and one FM station that year.[3] In June 2013, Disney announced the sale of seven owned-and-operated stations in medium-sized markets, in order to refocus Radio Disney's broadcast distribution on the top-25 radio markets.[24]

Digital networks

On April 10, 2014, it was announced that Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown would become a syndicated radio show, distributed by Rick Dees' Dees Entertainment.[25] Aha Radio, Slacker and ShowMobile signed online carriage agreements with the network in mid-2014.[3]

On August 13, 2014, Radio Disney's general manager Phil Guerini announced plans to sell all but one of its remaining owned-and-operated stations on or before September 26, 2014, in order to focus more on the network's programming, co-branded events, and digital outlets. Listenership reports indicated that the majority of Radio Disney's audience listened to the network via satellite radio and other digital platforms, and only 18% via terrestrial AM/FM radio. KDIS remains operational to serve as the originating station for the Radio Disney network.[3][26] while the remaining stations would continue carrying Radio Disney programming until their respective sales were completed.[27] The last five Radio Disney owned-and-operated stations for sale were sold on September 15, 2015 to Salem Media Group (who was the largest purchaser of the stations) for $2.225 million.[28][29]

On April 13, 2015, Disney announced that the Radio Disney network would become syndicated through affiliations with HD Radio subchannels; the network will be distributed by iBiquity, with ad sales handled by its HD Radio Digital Network unit. A network representative that the move was intended to target families as in-car listeners.[30] On August 6, 2015, Radio Disney was made available for listening on iHeartRadio platform.[31][32]

Radio Disney launched a digital also spin-off channel known as Radio Disney Country on November 4, 2015. The channel primarily airs country music, with a wide focus on new and old material from popular artists, pop songs featuring country acts, and newer material. Guerini explained that the format of the channel was meant to allow it to draw from a wider range of songs than traditional country radio stations, owing to the format's "embrace" of rock and pop-oriented songs.[33] By November 2015, Radio Disney Networks launched Radio Disney Junior channel digitally via the Watch Disney Junior app, Slacker Radio curated playlist and on iHeartRadio. Radio Disney Jr. consists only of eight hours of programming. On IHeartRadio, "The Alli Simpson Show" was also given its own stream on November 11.[34]


Radio Disney plays a large selection of songs from stars and programs on Disney Channel, along with popular songs from mainstream pop and R&B artists that are found on conventional radio stations. The network airs edited versions of some Top 40 songs (which remove profanity and any other suggestive content) to make them appropriate for younger listeners. The specialized radio format favors music which often takes on a sound reminiscent of "bubblegum pop" of the 1960s and '70s.

List of programs broadcast by Radio Disney

Current programs

Former programs

Radio Disney Junior logo.

Serial radio

In July 2010, Radio Disney debuted its first scripted serial called My Dream, a contemporary story ulitizing a format reminiscent of serials from the 1940s. Unlike Depression-era radio serials that typically featured episodes lasting 15 to 30 minutes, episodes of My Dream runs for only 90 seconds and play multiple times throughout the day.[38] My Dream stars Daphne Blunt as a 14-year-old girl trying to make a name for herself in the music industry while dealing with the usual struggles, responsibilities and emotional ups and downs of an everyday teen.[39]

Features and contests

Radio Disney carries a number of features from interactive contests to informational programs.

Current features

Former features

Greyson Chance being interviewed during "Celebrity Take with Jake".

Choo Choo Soul stars and host for Disney Junior radio at the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll.

Radio Disney Music Awards

Since 2001, Radio Disney has held an annual awards ceremony, the Radio Disney Music Awards, to honor popular music artists featured on the network. Similar to the Teen Choice Awards and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, teenagers vote to select the winner of each category including Best Female Artist, Best Male Artist, Best Music Group, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Band, Fiercest Fans, Artist with the Best Style, Most Talked About Artist and more. The most winners include Hilary Duff, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes, Fifth Harmony and The Cheetah Girls.


Radio Disney has had a number of different DJs since its launch in 1996. Below are a number of DJs along with their years of employment. Many Radio Disney DJs left the network around 2008, when Radio Disney moved its broadcasts and operations to Burbank, California.

Radio Disney World Tours

In 2000 and 2001, Radio Disney launched two separate "world tours" that traveled to major U.S. cities including Atlanta, New York City, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. In 2000, the tour featured up-and-coming talent (No Authority, Myra) and then Radio Disney DJs, Mark and Zippy. The tour played in theatrical venues and had audiences of up to 2,000 people per show (there were four shows each weekend in each city).


Despite being music-oriented, the network was carried primarily on AM stations. The Walt Disney Company owned most of the network's affiliates, though some stations were operated through local marketing agreements that had varying degrees of local management. The last separately-owned Radio Disney affiliate, WOLF in Syracuse, New York, left the network on February 1, 2014.

On August 13, 2014, it was announced that all of Radio Disney's remaining stations, excluding KDIS, were to be sold in an effort to focus more on digital distribution of the Radio Disney network. KDIS will be retained to serve as the originator of Radio Disney's programming, and its operations will be assumed by the network's national staff.[3][26] However, Disney later announced that it would syndicate Radio Disney through affiliations with HD Radio subchannels.[40][41]

Many former Radio Disney stations have diverse histories prior to the network affiliation. The call signs of Radio Disney stations (particularly those owned by The Walt Disney Company) were variations on the Disney name and that of Mickey and Minnie Mouse; at least one appeared to be named for Goofy (WGFY), and another after Walt Disney World (WDW).

This is the current list of stations for Radio Disney as of October 24, 2016.

Owned and operated stations
City Station Frequency Owner Notes
Los Angeles/Pasadena, California KDIS 1110 The Walt Disney Company (flagship)
HD Radio Affiliates
City Station Frequency Owner Notes
New York, New York WBMP 92.3-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Los Angeles, California KRTH 101.1-HD2[42] CBS Radio
Oakland/San Francisco, California KLLC 97.3-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas KLUV 98.7-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Houston, Texas KHMX 96.5-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WXTU 92.5-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Boca Raton/Miami, Florida WKIS 99.9-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Seattle, Washington KMPS-FM 94.1-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Phoenix, Arizona KOOL-FM 94.5-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Puerto Rico WXYX 100.7-HD2[42] Raad Broadcasting Corporation
WELX 101.5-HD2[42] La Equis Broadcasting Corporation
WXLX 103.7-HD2[42] Radio X Broadcasting Corporation
WXHD 98.1-HD2[42] Amor Radio Group Corporation
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota KMNB 102.9-HD3[42] CBS Radio
San Diego, California KYXY 96.5-HD3[42] CBS Radio
Lakeland/Tampa, Florida WLLD 94.1-HD2[42] Beasley Broadcast Group
Charlotte, North Carolina WNKS 95.1-HD2[42] Beasley Broadcast Group
Boulder City/Las Vegas, Nevada KCYE 102.7-HD2[42] Beasley Broadcast Group
Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Florida WXKB 103.9-HD2[42] Beasley Broadcast Group
Wilmington, Delaware WJBR-FM 99.5-HD2[42] Beasley Broadcast Group
Greenville/Newport, North Carolina WMGV 103.3-HD2[42] Beasley Broadcast Group
Aiken, South Carolina/Augusta, Georgia WKXC-FM 99.5-HD2[42] Beasley Broadcast Group
Fayetteville/Whiteville, North Carolina WZFX 99.1-HD2[42] Beasley Broadcast Group
Former Radio Disney stations
Callsign Frequency Location Years of affiliation Comments
KADZ 1550 Arvada/Denver, Colorado –2003 Station was shut down in 2003.
KALY 1240 Albuquerque, New Mexico 2003–2010 Sold in 2010; later carried similarly-formatted JENNiRADIO but now has an oldies format
KBEE 860 Salt Lake City, Utah 1996–2001 Affiliation moved to KWDZ in 2001
KDDZ 1690 Denver, Colorado 1999-2015 Went silent in December 2015
KDEF 1150 Albuquerque, New Mexico 2000–2003 Affiliation moved to KALY
KDIS 710 Los Angeles, California 1996–2003 Swapped with then ESPN Radio 1110 in 2003.
KDIS-FM 99.5 Little Rock, Arkansas 2003–2013 Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.
KDIZ 1440 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 1996-2015 Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015; Went silent on December 11, now broadcasting business talk (programming moved from KYCR)
KDYS 1520 Lafayette, Louisiana 1996-2004 Originally a Radio Aahs affiliate; dropped Radio Disney upon station sale in 2004.
KDZR 1640 Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington 2003-2015 Switched to conservative talk as Talk 1640
KEBC 1560 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2004–2013 Dropped Radio Disney for a comedy format in March 2013.
KIID 1470 Sacramento, California 2001-2015 Sold to Punjabi American Media LLC.
KKDD 1290 San Bernardino/Riverside, California 2001–2012 Changed to Contemporary Christian music format in April 3, 2012.
KKDZ 1250 Seattle, Washington August 1997-September 21, 2015 (now Desi 1250 AM)
KMAP 1050 Bakersfield, California
KMIC 1590 Houston, Texas 1999-2015 Dropped Radio Disney on January 13, 2015 to temporarily go dark. Sold to DAIJ Media.[43]
KMIK 1580 Phoenix 1998-2015 Sold to Gabriella Broadcasting Licensee on October 20, 2015. Station went silent as a result.
KMKI 620 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 1998-2015 Sold to Salem Media Group on September 15, 2015.[44] After a brief moment simulcasting KWRD-FM (from September 18 until September 25, 2015), the station flipped to Business News/Talk (assuming the former programming of KVCE).[45]
KMKY 1310 Oakland, California 1997-2015 Sold to Radio Mirchi, went silent on October 13, 2015.
KMUS 1380 Tulsa, Oklahoma 2004–2010 Sold in 2011; changed to Spanish.
KOIL 1020 Omaha, Nebraska
KORL 690 Honolulu, Hawaii 1999-2006 Affiliate originally operated under the call letters KQMQ
KPHN 1190 Kansas City, Missouri 2002–2013 Sold in 2014; format changed to religious programming.
KQAM 1480 Wichita, Kansas –2009 Sold in 2009; format changed to talk radio.
KRDY 1160 San Antonio, Texas 2003–2013 Sold in 2013; format changed to Spanish religious programming in 2014.
KRNN 1380 Little Rock, Arkansas 1996–2003 Affiliation moved to FM dial KDIS-FM
KRYS 1360 Corpus Christi, Texas
KSON 1240 San Diego, California 1996-2004 Station became a Vietnamese/ethnic station in 2004
KWDZ 910 Salt Lake City, Utah 2003-2013; 2014-2015 Had been up for sale since 2013.[24] Dropped Radio Disney on August 17, 2013 to remain silent.[46] The station resumed operations on August 14, 2014,[47] but resumed Radio Disney in October. Was sold to Citicasters Licenses (iHeartMedia).[48] Went silent again on July 17, 2015.[49]
KWTX 1230 Waco, Texas
KXTP 970 Duluth, Minnesota
KYDZ 1180 Omaha, Nebraska 1999-2009 Originally used the KOIL call sign; affiliation moved to (and KOIL reused on) 1020 AM
WAJD 1390 Gainesville, Florida 2001–2010
WALL 1340 Middletown, New York 2005–2010 Format changed to oldies.
WAMF 1300 Fulton, Oswego County, New York 2002–2012 Dropped WOLF simulcast, in favor of classic country in October 2012.
WBWL 600 Jacksonville, Florida –2010 Sold in 2010; format changed to talk radio.
WBBQ 1340 Augusta, Georgia
WBHR 660 Sauk Rapids/St. Cloud, Minnesota
WBVA 1450 Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia Disaffiliated from Radio Disney due to contractual issues.
WBYU 1450 New Orleans, Louisiana 2003–2011 Closed down September 26, 2011.[50]
WCHY 1290 Savannah, Georgia 1996–2002
WCOG 1320 Greensboro, North Carolina 2001–2010 Sold in 2010; format changed to sports radio.
WDDY 1460 Albany, New York 2002–2013 Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.
WDDZ 1250 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011-2015 Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015, flipped to Conservative Talk on May 13, 2015 as "AM 1250 The Answer".
WDDZ 550 Providence, Rhode Island 2001–2010 Sold in 2010, format changed to business radio. Call letters reused for Pittsburgh affiliate.
WDDZ 1500 Zion, Illinois 1998–2000 Former simulcast of WRDZ; call letters reused for Providence affiliate.
WDRD 680 Louisville, Kentucky 2002–2010 Sold in 2010; before the sale, the station flipped to the sports radio format as an ESPN Radio Owned-and-operated station.
WDSS 1680 Grand Rapids, Michigan 2003–2008[51] Disaffiliated from Radio Disney on August 7, 2008.
WDWD 590 Atlanta, Georgia 1996-2015 Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015, flipped to Christian Talk on May 11, 2015 as "Faith Talk 590".
WDYZ 990 Orlando, Florida 2001-2015 Dropped Radio Disney on March 18, 2015. Sold to Salem Media Group in 2014.[52]
WDZK 1550 Hartford, Connecticut 1998–2011 Sold in 2010; format changed to religious programming in 2011.
WDZN 100.1 Cumberland, Maryland 1998–2011 Changed to rock format in July 2011.
WDZY 1290 Richmond, Virginia 1998–2013 Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.
WEOK 1390 Poughkeepsie, New York 2005–2010 Format changed to oldies.
WFDF 910 Farmington Hills, Michigan 2002-2015 Sold in 2014 to The Word Network;[53] format changed to religious programming in 2015.[54]
WGFY 1480 Charlotte, North Carolina 1998-2015 Sold to Charlotte Advent Media Corporation in 2015. Went silent on May 5, 2015, before returning to the air on June 9, 2015, with a Christian talk format.
WGSM 740 Long Island, New York 1997–1998 Disaffiliated from the network when WQEW became the market's Radio Disney affiliate in late December 1998.
WHKT 1650 Norfolk, Virginia –2010 Sold in 2010; format changed to talk radio.
WHRC 1450 Providence, Rhode Island 1998-2001 Originally known as WDYZ (reused for Orlando affiliate). Sold in 2001; affiliation moved to WDDZ.
WJDY 1470 Salisbury, Maryland
WKEW 1400 Greensboro, North Carolina 1998-2001 Affiliation moved to WCOG in 2001
WKSH 1640 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2002–2013 Sold in 2014; format changed to religious programming.
WKYG 1230 Parkersburg, West Virginia
WMBO 1340 Auburn, New York 2000s–2013 Former simulcast of WOLF; previously known as WKGJ and WWLF before reverting to its original WMBO call sign. The station flipped to oldies.
WMKI 850 Birmingham, Alabama 1998–1999 Call letters reused for Boston affiliate and call letters reverted to WYDE
WMKI 1260 Boston, Massachusetts 1997-2015 Sold in 2015; Station is now owned by Salem Media Group. Dropped the Radio Disney affiliate on September 3, 2015 and went silent in anticipation for a change of format. Format changed to Business news. And the call letters changed to WBIX.[55]
WMNE 1600 West Palm Beach, Florida 1999–2009 After sale to Travis Media, resumed broadcasting on May 6, 2010[56] as an ethnic radio station, and changed call letters to WHTY as of June 2.
WMYM 990 Miami, Florida -2015 Sold in 2015; went silent on June 11, 2015.
WMYR 1410 Fort Myers, Florida
WNEX 1400 Macon, Georgia
WOLF 1490 Syracuse, New York 1999–2014 Dropped Radio Disney on February 1, 2014 to remain silent.[57] The station resumed operations on January 6, 2015[58] as WNDR-FM simulcast.[59]
WOLF-FM 96.7 Oswego, New York Former simulcast of WOLF; now WCIO, a simulcast of (the current) WCIS-FM
WOWW 1430 Memphis, Tennessee –2012 Format changed to news/talk in March 2012.
WPGA 980 Macon, Georgia
WQEW 1560 New York City, New York 1998-2015 Was the only Clear-channel station owned-and-operated by Radio Disney. Dropped the affiliation on February 17, 2015 and went silent in anticipation of a change in format. Was sold to Family Radio in 2014.[60] Returned to the air February 27, 2015 as WFME (AM) with religious programming from Family Radio.
WQUA 102.1 Mobile, Alabama -2005 Sold in 2005.
WRDZ 1300 Chicago, Illinois 1998-2015 Dropped Radio Disney on October 30, 2015.[61] Sold to Polnet Communications on December 2, 2015. Became Polish radio station.[62]
WRDZ-FM 98.3 Indianapolis, Indiana 2003-2015 Sold in 2015; format changed to Country.[48] As 2014, WRDZ-FM was the only Radio Disney owned-and-operated station broadcasting on FM.[63]
WSDZ 1260 St. Louis, Missouri 1997-2015 Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015. Went silent on December 11, 2015.
WVOA-FM 105.1 DeRuyter, New York August 14–28, 2009 WOLF (AM) simulcast was during 2 weeks;[64] format changed to country music.
WWCS 540 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania –2010 Affiliation moved to WDDZ.
WWJZ1 640 Mount Holly, New Jersey/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1999-2015 Sold to Starboard Media Foundation Inc.[65]
WWMI 1380 Tampa, Florida 1999-2015 Flipped to Business Talk as 1380 The Biz
WWLF-FM 100.3 Sylvan Beach, New York Former simulcast of WOLF; originally known as WBGJ. Now known as MOViN' FM
WWMK 1260 Cleveland, Ohio 1998-2015 Sold on 12/24/2014 but continued to broadcast Radio Disney up until 4/24/2015. Flipped to a Catholic format on May 7 branded AM 1260 The Rock.[66][67]
WYNK 1380 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1996–2002

Radio Disney History of #1s

These songs hit #1 on Radio Disney's Top 50 Songs from 2001 to 2015.


The Radio Disney Jams series CDs are various artists compilations of music featured on Radio Disney.


Internationally, there are Radio Disney stations in Australia, Chile, Japan, Poland, Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. There are plans to resume broadcasting of a Disney-branded radio station in the United Kingdom, but this time under the 'Radio Disney' brand, aimed at a younger audience than its predecessor in the UK. On October 21, 2010, Radio Disney launched in Brazil. Since October 1, 2013, Radio Disney is available in Russia via[72] It plans to broadcast in the Philippines and Sweden in the near future.

Latin America

Radio Disney is available in Latin America via terrestrial broadcast. Similar to Radio Disney in the U.S., it broadcasts in Spanish to Argentina,[73] Bolivia, Chile,[74] Nicaragua,[75] Ecuador,[76] Guatemala, Paraguay,[77] Uruguay,[78] Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica[79] and Mexico.[80][81]


Radio Disney planned to begin broadcasting on the digital radio platform in the United Kingdom by the end of 2008.[82] On July 6, 2007, Ofcom, the communications regulator of the United Kingdom, announced that the 4 Digital Group, a consortium headed by Channel 4 and featuring Emap, UTV, British Sky Broadcasting, Global Radio, Carphone Warehouse and UBC, had been awarded a license to run a new digital radio multiplex which would include Radio Disney as one of ten new national radio stations. On October 10, 2008, Channel 4 withdrew plans to launch 4 Digital, ending the probability of Radio Disney launching on the service.[83]

A similar station, Capital Disney began broadcasting in 2002 on the DAB digital radio network, on Sky Digital (Digital Satellite) and various digital cable television providers in the UK. The station was a joint venture between the UK's Capital Radio Group and Disney. The idea being to use Capital Radio's programming experience to assist Disney in launching a radio station in the UK. In early 2007, both Capital Radio (by now called GCap Media) and Disney agreed to pursue different goals, and as a result, Capital Disney closed down on June 29, 2007.

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