WRKT-FM 104.1
Cocoa Beach

Original Call Letters: WRKT 

Originally Licensed:  May 8, 1962  

Original City of License: Cocoa Beach  

Original Frequency: 104.1

Origin of Call Letters: Sound like; RocKetie in with Cape Canaveral

Original Power: 100,000 watts

Original Location: 

Original Format: Bonneville Automated


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):

1962-C. Sweet Smith
1968-Bucks County Radio News
1981-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Services, Inc.
1992-Paxson Communications Corp ($18.6 Million with WWNZ-AM 740, WINZ-AM 940, WZTA-FM 94.9 )
1993-Press Broadcasting ($5 million-Gannett Broadcasting)
1996-Paxson Broadcasting ($25 million)
1997-Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
2007-Aloha Station Trust, LLC, as Trustee
2008-Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WRKT-1962-Jazz   (Bonneville Automated)
WKPE-1970-Underground Rock    "Dimension 104"  "Cape Radio" 
WRKT-1977-Top 40   "Rocket 104"
WRKT-1980-Adult Contemporary
WRKT-1981-Country    "Brevard's Stereo Country 104"
WSSP-1985-Beautiful Music  "WSSPer 104" 
WZTU-1992-Hot Adult contemporary  "U-104.1"
WHVE-1992-Top 40   "One Hundred Four Point One, The Wave"
WHVE-1992-Talk-simulcast of WWNZ-AM 740 
WWNZ-1993-Talk  "Real Radio"
WTKS-1993-Talk   "Real Radio 104.1"
WTKS-1997-Talk/Modern rock on weekends "Real Radio 104.1"


WRKT History

Dave Rollins corrects the history of 104.1.
The original call letters of 104.1 were WRKT. The station was automated with the Bonneville format. Both WRKT-AM 1300 and WRKT-FM104.1 were located at the end of the 520 causeway on Cocoa Beach at the site of the old Caravelle Lounge.  It was owned and operated by C. Sweet Smith, who also owned Smith and Wooten Ford in Cocoa as well as the Blue Matador Lounge (aka Snuffy's and others). The station was moved to Pluckebaum Road with a 3 tower AM array in late 60's. Dave started there in 1967, while he was attending Cocoa Beach High School which was then in Rockledge. Bill Baker did mornings. Bob Young handled mid-days and Rick Morton was on from 7 pm to 12 midnight. Other folks there were, Al Radelin and Bill Marlin (Dowlings) and Clark Ray (from WKKO). The sales manager was A. R. MacHeliney, known as "Mack". He later moved to WCKS "Beautiful Music" in Cape Canaveral. 

From Marc Tyll;
After WKPE dropped its AOR format, the calls went back to WRKT-FM and the format became Top 40 as "Rocket 104".
WRKT-AM 1300 became Beautiful Music during this same time period. In 1980 WRKT-AM and WRKT-FM began a simulcast operation, switching both stations to Adult Contemporary, but remaining "Rocket 104". A year later, 1981, WRKT-FM became WSSP when Guy Gannett purchased the station with plans to upgrade the 30,000 watt Space Coast FM to a 100,000 watt station with a new 1,600 foot tower at Bithlo. The plan from the start was to move the new WSSP to Orlando as a Beautiful Music station to become "WSSPer 104".  In the meantime, while awaiting the completion of the new Bithlo tower, WSSP became a country  station serving the Space and Treasure Coast with its blend of modern and classic country favorites, known as "Brevard's Stereo Country 104" WRKT-AM 1300 became a classics hits station, playing  top 40 hits from the 60s and 70s. WSSP was short lived, only  lasting a few years. 


Florida Today
Oct. 29, 1972
Mr. Chet Pike, President of Flagler Broadcasting Company. Inc., owner and operator of radio stations WRKT-AM and WKPE-FM (104.1), Cocoa Beach, announces the appointment of Mr. Ron Burgess as Station Manager of both stations. Mr. Burgess, a longtime resident of Brevard County, started his advertising career as Account Executive with Universal Advertising of Tulsij, Oklahoma. Mr. Burgess advertising associations in Brevard County beginning 1965 include the Orlando Sentinel as an Advertising Representative and Sales Manager WEZY Mr Burgess joined WRKT in April of 1971 as Sales Manager and was instrumental in the total reorganization of both WRKT and WKPE-FM (104.1) with Flagler Broadcasting. As Station Manager of both stations, Mr. Burgess will be, responsible for the day to day operations of WRKT and WKPE - FM which includes the Sales, Program, and Engineering Departments.


WRKT Personalities

Rick Morton-1968-7PM-Midnight-Bucks County Radio News
 Lesa Mock tells us more about Rick. "...He also wrote a weekly column in the Cocoa Evening Tribune called "It's What's  Happening".  He used to broadcast the show live from the old Tiger Den on Peachtree Street in Cocoa on Friday nights. 



Lee Diamond (Michael Stone)-1970-7PM-Midnight
-Bucks County Radio News



Dave Edwards
-1975-1977-Bucks County Radio News  Biography

Tom Robinson-1982-1984-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Services, Inc.



Chuck Deel-1982
-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Services, Inc.    In Memory




Stan Anderson
-1986-Guy Gannett Publishing Co.  Biography    In Memory

Dave Rollins

Bill Baker-mornings

Bob Young-Mid-days

Al Radelin

Bill Marlin (Dowlings)

Clark Ray

Mike Shepard aka Alan Jackson-Program Director

Bob Thompson



Ben Hill-Program Director-Pamal Broadcasting  Biography

Jim Sumpter-Music Director

Jim “Double Bubble” Pierce 

“Brother Dave” Vasser    Biography

“Crazy Mike” Kessler 

Chris Jackson (William Jackson Whitehurst)

Tom Steele (Tom Stevens) 
Sandy Michaels (Richard Lasky)
Tom Shaw


Other Names in WRKT History

Bob Clarke-1981-1989-Vice President/General Manager-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Services, Inc. 

A. R. "Mack" MacHeliney-Sales Manager


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