WWNZ-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: Sounds like; "Wins" a Paxson creation

Original Power: 100,000 watts

Original Location: 

Original Format: Talk


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,Miami WZTA-FM 94.9 Miami)
1992-Press Broadcasting ($5 million-Gannett Broadcasting)
1996-Paxson Broadcasting ($25 million)
1997-Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
2007-Aloha Station Trust, LLC, as Trustee


History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WRKT
-1962-Bonneville Automated  "KPE-FM"
WKPE-1970-Progressive Rock     "Cape Radio" 
WRKT-1977-Top 40     "Rocket 104"
WRKT-1980-Adult Contemporary   "Rocket 104"
WSSP-1981-Country     "Brevard's Stereo Country 104"
WSSP-1985-Easy Listening  "WSSPer 104" 
WZTU-1992-Adult Contemporary  "U-104.1"
WHVE-1992-Top 40  "The Wave"
WVRI-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"


History of WWNZ
Aug. 17
, 1992-104.1 began simulcasting most of WWNZ-AM 740's programming, but the FM did have a few separate programs such as syndicated Barry Farber and a few others. The FM moniker was separate from the AMs "740 WINZ'. The FM was called "Talk 104.1 WWNZ-FM".  WWNZ-FM was short-lived as Paxson Communications had plans to sell the station. Paxson sold WWNZ-FM in 1993 at its $5 million "stick value" to New Jersey based Press Broadcasting, owner of Orlando TV station WKCF-TV "WB 18" 


WWNZ Personalities



Jim Philips-"The Philips Phile"   Biography



Jon Alexander-Producer of "The Philips Phile"    In Memory



Clive Thomas     Biography



Peter Rocchio

John LaBruzzo-1991-Host of "Encore" -Saturdays 8pm-10pm             


Mark Samansky-1992-1993-co-host with Wanda Rowland-"The Morning Funnies" from 6am-9am Samansky would be fired over an on-air comment
-Paxson Communications Corp      Biography    In Memory

Wanda Rowland-1992-co-host with Mark Samansky-"The Morning Funnies from 6am-9am



Barry Farber-1992-11PM-1AM-Syndicated 

Lee Mirabal-1992-1AM-3AM-Syndicated 

Mark Roberts-Mornings

Alan Colmes-9PM-11PM weekdays and 2AM-4AM Saturdays-Syndicated   

Dr. Joy Browne-Syndicated 

Dean Chapman-Traffic 

 

Marc Daniels-"The Sports Nut"-6PM-10PM weeknights, 7PM-10PM Saturday and Sunday

Cathy Taylor-News



Ed Hartley-"Cryin', Lovin' & Leavin'"-Weekdays Noon-3PM and Saturdays-3PM-6PM

Rick Morgan



Susie Cerone-Traffic

Stewart Williams


Other Names In WWNZ History                 

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

Mark Brewer-1989-1992-General Manager

Bob McAllen-President-Press Broadcasting

Allen Wilkerson-Operations Manager 



Lowell "Bud" Paxson-1996-President-Paxson Broadcasting In Memory

Bill Pasha-Corporate Programming Director-Paxson Broadcasting    

Matt Mills-General Manager  

Doug Silver-Program Director


Other Programs In WWNZ History                              

Gator  Football                                                                                                                                                  

                                                         

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Jim Philips with producer Jon Alexander at a 1992 Paxson appreciation party for Jim

photo courtesy of Patrick Brown

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