WDVX Radio came into existence because a bunch of like-minded people around East Tennessee wanted a radio station that represented the culture of the mountains and celebrated the music that emerged from generations of people swapping tunes and playing on the porch, and its modern evolution. Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation was incorporated in 1991, the first step in creating the radio station.
Radio Station in a Camper
As happens with grassroots efforts, it took until November 1997 before WDVX actually became a functioning radio station. The efforts of a number of passionate people brought a new sound to East Tennessee and the world. At its foundation were Campbell County native and DJ Tony Lawson (now WDVX Program Director), broadcast engineer Don Burggraf, and a small board of directors that included the revered Marie Cirillo. A donated 14-foot camping trailer in a campground off I-275 became the station’s first permanent home.
In 2004, WDVX moved into new studios inside the Knoxville Visitor Center in downtown Knoxville, and a brand new tradition was born. The Blue Plate Special, which had been a short set of recorded music in the camper with occasional live performances, developed into a daily live lunch-time concert before a studio audience. Nowadays the show features two acts, 6 days a week, always at noon, with local or touring musicians who provide top entertainment to music fans from around the globe. Live performance is a big part of WDVX programming.
WDVX partners with community organizations throughout the area to promote the arts and culture of the region. We invite you to tune in at 89.9 FM, 102.9 FM in downtown Knoxville, 93.9 FM in the Seymour/Seven Islands area, stream live audio at WDVX.com, or attend a live performance and become part of East Tennessee’s Own.