Hope 94.5 HD2 is owned by WDAC Radio Company, and WDAC-FM signed on the air on December 13, 1959 from its studios, transmitter and tower at 683 Lancaster Pike, Route 272 South, Lancaster, PA. The station’s founder, evangelist Percy Crawford, Philadelphia, had a daily 30 minute radio broadcast heard coast-to-coast from the early 1930’s until his death in 1960. Evangelist Crawford chose Lancaster as one of nine cities where he began radio stations because a Lancaster AM station canceled his contract for morning air time when they disapproved of one of his messages. The station is now owned by Percy's son, Richard Crawford.
Many people through the years have wondered if WDAC’s call letters actually stand for anything. Well, indeed they do. Ruth and Percy Crawford had 5 children…Don, Dick, Dan, Dean, and Donna. When Percy Crawford turned in his application to the FCC for possible call letter combinations, he sent 5 suggestions…the initials of all 5 of his children. The combination that the FCC chose to allow Percy Crawford to use for his new radio station was “DAC”, which were the initials of his son, Dean Alan Crawford.
In 1959, WDAC was the first FM station in the Lancaster area providing commercial programming at a time when virtually no car radios and few table radios had an FM band. Today, over 90% of all radio listening in the station’s service area is FM listening. WDAC gained the distinction in recent years of being the #1 Christian radio station in the United States based on percentage of metro share, a valued measurement of audience listening.
Known for more than 55 years as the “Voice of Christian Radio”, the station’s 24 full and part-time employees provide programming 24 hours daily and devote 30% of the air time to Bible teaching programs. The remainder of the broadcast day is made up of beautiful Christian music, news and issues programs.
In 2006, WDAC became the first radio station in the Lancaster area and one of the first Christian stations in the country to broadcast a digital signal called HD Radio. HD Radio broadcasting provides the opportunity to broadcast more than one radio station from the same FM frequency at 94.5, and WDAC, Hope 94.5 HD2 was born. Its first day of broadcast as Hope 94.5 HD2 was in August, 2006. On June 1, 2017, Hope 94.5 HD2 began broadcasting on 2 translators in the Lancaster and Reading areas at 104.7 FM and 107.9 FM. The music on Hope 94.5 HD2, Music for the Heart, is designed to help us worship the Lord as we go through the day.