WONQ-AM 1030

Original Call Letters: WCAG

Originally Licensed: Oct. 13,1989

Original City of License: Oviedo    

Original Frequency: 1140  

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 

Translator(s): 93.9 & 103.5 FM

Original Location: Studio/Offices-1033 Semoran Blvd., Casselberry 

Original Format: Spanish Tropical 

Network Affiliation(s):

CNN en Espanol


1989-Marceline Colina  ($6,500)

History Of  Call Letters and Formats: 

WCAG-1989-Spanish Tropical  "Salsa 1030 AM"
WONQ-1992-Spanish Tropical "Salsa 1030 La Nuestra"
WRMQ-2001-Romantic Pop/Rock Ballads   "Romantica"
WONQ-2007-Spanish Music/News/Latin Hits   "La Grande" 
WONQ-2022-Spanish-language oldies & rock/ballad hits  "La Grande" 

WONQ History
WONQ was founded by a Puerto Rican radio engineer named George Arroyo.  Arroyo who had been thinking the Orlando area would be a choice market since he first visited the city in 1981. By September of 1984, Arroyo and his wife, Esperanza, had moved to Orlando and received permission from the FCC for a licensed facility. George has worked as an engineer at a Spanish-language station in New York City and at stations in Puerto Rico. He later bought two stations in Puerto Rico and invested in other stations in the Virgin Islands. WONQ's 4,500-watt signal (which originates from a transmitter on Dean Road in east Orlando) reaches as far as DeLand, Melbourne, Winter Haven and Cocoa Beach.

More Irma Trouble        9-28-17 
Florida Broadcasters owned WONQ-AM 1030 has asked the FCC for post-hurricane Special Temporary Authority as they report “severe damage to transmitter facility”. 

Salsa Comes To Orlando      6-17-19
WONQ-AM 1030  is now "Viva FM". WONQ had been playing tropical music. Owners Q Broadcasting is bringing the Salsa format exclusively to Orlando and according to George Meir; "The station will be the only 100% Salsa format in the state of Florida and the continental U.S.”

From Leo Vargas
In 2022, WONQ ("Viva FM") has moved its main frequency from 1030 AM back to the original WRMQ 1140 AM frequency (where the station first originated in 1985). It will continue broadcasting on the 99.5 FM translator, but now also broadcasts on WURB-HD2 103.7 FM in the Osceola County area & 103.5 FM in the Seminole County area (replacing Urbana FM, which is now entirely online).  WONQ 1030 AM, flipped back to the previous "La Grande" format, playing Spanish-language oldies & rock/ballad hits (the format it had prior to switching to the salsa format in 2018).

From Leo Vargas     11-16-23
WONQ 1030 AM has reverted back to the "Romantica" name (previously used by the station from 2001 to 2003), as of earlier this month. It also airs on the 93.9 & 103.5 FM translators. The station airs romantic pop/rock ballads, with occasional brokered programming. It's sister station "Viva" continues with its salsa format, airing on WVVO-AM 1140 , as well as the 99.5 & 103.7 FM translators.

Names In WONQ History 

George Arroyo-1985-President/General Manager/Chief Engineer-Florida Broadcasters    
In Memory
Esperanza Arroyo-1985-Partner-Florida Broadcasters

Sandra Carrasquillo-1985-2000-Operations Director/Traffic Reporter/Promotions/Sales/Air Personality-Florida Broadcasters
Paul Gamache-1985-Station Manager-Florida Broadcasters 
Elsie Pescador-1985-Promotions Manager-Florida Broadcasters, 
Terri Mazza-1985-General Sales Manager-Florida Broadcasters 
George Mier-1985-Program Director-Florida Broadcasters 
Jose E. Alamo-1985-Music Director-Florida Broadcasters 
Mabell Dieppa-1985-News Director-Florida Broadcasters 
Larry Bornacelli-1985-Chief Engineer-Florida Broadcasters 
Esperanza T. Arroyo-1992-General Manager-Florida Broadcasters 
Jorge Mier-1986-1993-Operations Vice President/Program Director-Florida Broadcasters
Miguel Negron- 1991-Florida Broadcasters 
Maritza Beltran-1994-"Buenos Dias Buen Dia"-5am-7am-Florida Broadcasters 

Leo Vargas-2018-2018-Board Operator/On-air personality-Florida Broadcasters Biography

Negrón (Fernando Miguel Negrón)-2019-2023-"Quedate con Miguel"-Florida Broadcasters    In Memory

Epi Colon-Florida Broadcasters 
Manuel Arroyo-General Sales Manager-Florida Broadcasters
Gabriel Castro-Program Director-Florida Broadcasters
Josivan Padilla-News Director-Florida Broadcasters
William Diaz-"Cara de Cara"-Florida Broadcasters 

Dr. Titus Venessa-“Salud Al Dia Con el Dr. Venessa” ("Healthy Today with Dr. Venessa")
  In Memory



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