For the first time, WDIS-AM 1170 captured an award at the Massachusetts annual awards sponsored by the Massachusetts Broadcaster’s Association on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at The Verve Crowne Plaza
The Norfolk based station received 2nd place in the Sports Broadcast division for their broadcast of the King Philip High School Varsity Boys Basketball game vs. Sharon. The game was played in Sharon on January 10, 2012. WDIS-AM beat out scores of stations from across Massachusetts. WBZ won the division for its coverage of the Boston Marathon.
The winning broadcast featured the play by play of WDIS-AM Sports Director Jim Lucas. Lucas has been announcing sports since 1991 when he began his broadcast career announcing baseball for the Miami Miracle in the Florida State League.
WDIS-AM 1170 General Manager Dan Collier said, “It’s an honor for us to receive this award. Jim is an excellent sportscaster and understands our station goal to bring local sports to the area. We’re thrilled to be able to bring local sports to people not only locally, but through the internet, to be able to bring local sports to friends and family around the world.”
Norfolk, Massachusetts has had a radio station on AM 1170 since March 1978, when John Quinlan, then a state senator, obtained a license to broadcast for WJMQ AM 1170. In the 1980s, the station's call letters were changed to WJCC. In the early 1990s, the station became WDIS. Over the years, New England broadcast notables like Janet Jeghelien, Dick Sinnott, Chuck Burgess, and Gene Lavanchy have all been employed at the station. The station is currently owned by Brockton, MA-based Discussion Radio, Inc. The station can be heard locally on AM 1170 and on the internet 24 hours a day at www.wdisam.com.