WTKS-FM

WTKS-FM
City Cocoa Beach, Florida
Broadcast area Greater Orlando
Space Coast
Branding Real Radio 104.1
Slogan We Say What We Want
Frequency 104.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
104.1 HD-2: Urban 104.5 The Beat
Translator(s) 104.5 W283AN (Altamonte Springs, relays HD2)
First air date 1962 (as WRKT-FM)
Format Talk/Alternative Rock
ERP 94,000 watts (100,000 watts with beam tilt)
HAAT 487 meters (1,598 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 53457
Callsign meaning W TalKS
Former callsigns WRKT-FM (1962-67)
WKPE (1967-77)
WRKT (1977-81)
WSSP (1981-92)
WZTU (1992)
WHVE (1992)
WWNZ-FM (1992-93)
WTKS (1993-02)
Owner iHeartMedia
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WFLF, WJRR, WMGF, WRUM, WXXL, WYGM, W283AN
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Website realradio.iheart.com
1045thebeat.iheart.com (HD2)

WTKS-FM is a radio station serving the Orlando and Central Florida areas, airing a hybrid talk radio/alternative rock format. The station is owned and operated by iHeartMedia and licensed by the (U.S.) Federal Communications Commission to broadcast from Cocoa Beach, Florida (though the studio is located in Maitland, Florida). WTKS-FM's transmission tower is in Bithlo, Florida.

Programming

Most of the programs are designed to appeal to young adults. The nights and weekend programming is alternative rock. Over the past six years, parent iHeartMedia has picked shows from this station to be a part of XM Radio's Extreme XM channel 152.

WTKS broadcasts an urban contemporary format, branded as 104.5 The Beat, on its HD2 subchannel, which is also simulcast on translator W283AN 104.5 FM Altamonte Springs.

History

104.1 FM began operations in 1962 as WRKT-FM with an automated jazz format, and was the sister station to WRKT-AM (now WKQK). The station was owned by C. Sweet Smith. In 1967, the station changed formats to progressive rock with the new calls WKPE; the station was initially automated, but eventually added more live announcers.[1] WKPE reverted to the WRKT calls in 1977 with a Top 40 format as "Rocket 104," then shifting its format to Adult Contemporary in 1980.

Guy Gannett purchased WRKT-FM in 1981 with the intent of upgrading the 30,000-watt station to 100,000 watts from a new tower near Bithlo and serve the Orlando market. The calls were changed that year to WSSP. A beautiful music format was planned, but WSSP initially adopted a country format as Brevard's Stereo Country 104. The country format was a temporary measure until the upgrade of the station's signal could be finalized.[2]

The move to Bithlo was completed in 1985, and WSSP became beautiful music WSSPer 104 ("whisper"). For a number of years, "WSSPer" was one of the most popular radio stations in Orlando, often ranking as the #1 station 12+ in the market and posting shares as high as 17% in certain dayparts.[3][4] However, by the early 1990s, the station's ratings were down, and WSSP switched to a Hot AC format as WZTU, U104.1, on May 3, 1991, in the hopes of raising ratings and revenue.[5][6][7] "U104.1" failed miserably. Later that year, Gannett sold its radio stations in Orlando and Miami to concentrate on its television properties. WZTU was acquired by Paxson Communications Corporation, headed by Lowell "Bud" Paxson (founder of the Home Shopping Network and later PAX TV). Paxson switched WZTU to CHR as WHVE "One Hundred-Four One, The Wave", at 7:45 a.m. on May 29,[8][9] but despite the programming expertise of Bill Pasha of WAPE-FM in Jacksonville, ratings and revenues did not increase; the station came in 14th place in its first ratings book.[10] "The Wave" format was dropped on August 17, 1992, after only just three months.

WHVE then changed its calls to WWNZ-FM, and began simulcasting WWNZ's talk format, though it would air a few separate shows.[11] Paxson sold WWNZ-FM to Press Broadcasting, which also owned WKCF, in 1993.[12][13][14] In May of that year, Press Broadcasting initiated the WTKS calls and the "Real Radio" format, which was talk shows during the week (including Howard Stern from May 1994 through February 2004[15]) and alternative rock on the weekend.[16][17] Real Radio was created by Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo for Press Broadcasting. The station was sold back to Paxson in 1996 and then came under the umbrella of Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) in 1997. On June 21, 2007, Clear Channel announced the request of transfer for their entire Orlando cluster into the Aloha Station Trust upon the consummation of the impending company buyout.[18]

WTKS held an annual "Kicks for Guns" program in association with the Orlando Police Department where citizens could exchange guns, no questions asked, for shoes. The program made international headlines when the 2007 exchange managed to net a surface-to-air rocket launcher.[19]

WTKS-HD2 originally aired a simulcast of WFLF, and their HD3 subchannel aired a simulcast of WYGM. WTKS stopped simulcasting WYGM on their HD3 subchannel on May 6, 2012, with the WYGM simulcast moving to WJRR-HD2, resulting in the demise of "Channel X". On February 12, 2014, the WFLF simulcast moved from W283AN 104.5 to W273CA 102.5 (displacing smooth jazz), and WTKS-HD2 flipped to its current urban format as "The Beat", filling the void after long-time urban station WJHM flipped to Top 40 the previous day.[20]

Previous shows

SBK Live originally aired from 7:00pm to 11:00pm Monday through Friday. After the show was cancelled Soul Brother Kevin moved back as a member of The Monsters in the Morning show.

The Buckethead Show with Buckethead (Jason Bailey). It originally aired from 11:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. After the show was cancelled on June 26, 2013 Bailey went to CBS O&O WZGC-FM in Atlanta to co-host The Morning Grind with Randy Cross and Kristen Ledlow.[21]

Footnotes

  1. "WKPE-FM 104.1 Cocoa Beach". www.cflradio.net.
  2. "WRKT-FM 104.1 Cocoa Beach". www.cflradio.net.
  3. "WSSP-FM 104.1 Cocoa Beach". www.cflradio.net.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  7. "WZTU-FM 104.1 Cocoa Beach". www.cflradio.net.
  8. http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1992/RR-1992-05-29.pdf
  9. "WZTU Becomes Wave 104.1 WHVE - Format Change Archive". formatchange.com. 29 May 1992.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  11. "WWNZ-FM 104.1 Cocoa Beach". www.cflradio.net.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  13. "The Howard Stern Radio Network". koam.com.
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  15. "WTKS-FM 104.1 Cocoa Beach". www.cflradio.net.
  16. Press, From the Associated (26 September 2007). "Clear Channel buyout approved" via LA Times.
  17. "Police get missile launcher during gun-shoe exchange". China Post. 2007-08-20. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  18. "Urban In; Smooth Jazz Out As Clear Channel Shuffles In Orlando - RadioInsight". radioinsight.com. 12 February 2014.
  19. Jason Bailey Joins 92-9 The Game/Atlanta Morning Show (Retrieved AllAccess.com)

Coordinates: 28°34′52″N 81°04′30″W / 28.581°N 81.075°W / 28.581; -81.075

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