WCIF-FM 106.3
Melbourne

Original Call Letters: WCIF 

Originally Licensed: Jan 1, 1980 

Original City of License: Melbourne 

Original Frequency: 106.3

Origin of Call Letters: Slogan; Where Christ Is First

Original Power: 3,000 Watts

Original Location: 702 E. New Haven Ave

Original Format: Religious 


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):

1980-First Baptist Church, Inc.

History of Call Letters and Formats:

WCIF-1980-Religious/Bible Teachings/Christian Talk


History of WCIF

Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WCIF.
WCIF began broadcast service on January 1st 1980 after the First Baptist Church of Melbourne applied for and received a construction permit to build out the 106.3 class A frequency. The call letters WCIF were chosen to reflect Where Christ Is First. Lee J. Martinez was appointed the first station manager and remains in that position today (2007). WCIFs format is religious consisting of inspirational music, Bible teaching and Christian talk programming 24 hours a day. In the late 1980s, WCIF increased its power from its original 3,000 watts to 25,000 watts, enhancing its signal towards Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast towards the South and towards Kissimmee to the West and North of Titusville. Today WCIF broadcasts many well known national ministry programs such as Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, Through the Bible and any others along with local ministry and public affairs programming. 


Names in WCIF History                           



Dave Edwards-1979-1980-First Baptist Church, Inc.  Biography

Ed Hurt-1980-Chief Engineer (He built the station and became its Engineer)-First Baptist Church, Inc.

Ken Klingler-1980-1981-General Manager-First Baptist Church, Inc. 

Lee J. Martinez-1983-General Manager-First Baptist Church, Inc.

Martha Root--1981-General Manager/Operations Manager-First Baptist Church, Inc.

Jim Grossman-1989-Chief Engineer-First Baptist Church, Inc.

Cliff Lethbridge-1992-Air staff-First Baptist Church, Inc.

Scott Terry-Air staff-First Baptist Church, Inc.

Curt Parrish-Chief Engineer/Announcer/Consultant-First Baptist Church, Inc.

 
WCIF studio 1980  courtesy of Dave Edwards 

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