Rochester's Roots: Andrew Langston, founder of WDKX-FM

February 19, 2019 09:38 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area.

WDKX-FM first signed on the air in April 1974. Andrew Langston was the visionary and pioneer, who created the first black-owned radio station in Rochester.


It wasn't easy for Mr. Langston and his wife Gloria to get WDKX on the air. It took years and a lot of struggle with the FCC to win an available FM frequency.

But they did it and the call letters are a proud symbol of that struggle. The "D" stands for Frederick Douglass, "K" for Martin Luther King Jr. and "X" for Malcolm X.

Andrew Langston died in 2010, but his memory lives on.

In 2014, the City of Rochester dedicated Andrew Langston Way, a road at the midtown rising site in downtown Rochester, as a tribute to the founder.

Despite offers to sell, WDKX remains a family owned enterprise.

103.9 WDKX-FM is ranked number one with adult listeners and continues to grow its reach.


Jazz Williams

Copyright 2020 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company