WKFL-AM 1170            
Bushnell 

Original Call Letters: WWLB

Originally Licensed: Oct 6, 1986

Original City of License: Bushnell

Original Frequency: 1170 

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 1,000 watts daytime

Original Location: 3340 CR311W, Bushnell

Original Format: Country


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):

1986--Sumter County Radio
1988-Starstrip Communications, Inc.
1989- Hugh E. Reams
1994-Henry Fehrmann d/b/a Maranatha Media and Broadcasting
2001-K Florida Radio, Inc.  (Keith Walker)
2004-Talknsports, Inc. ($155,000)
2018-Ferris S. Waller (Walco Enterprises)

History Of  Call Letters and Formats:

WWLB-1986-Gospel
WKFL-1987-Country (Simulcast-WKIQ-AM 1240) "Country 1170 and 1240"
WBEA-1987-Country   "Country 1170"
WKFL-1992-Sports
WKFL-1992-Gospel/Sports
WKFL-1998-Urban Gospel  "American Family Radio"   "Mighty Gospel 1170 AM"   
WKFL-1998-Gospel/NASCAR/College Football
WKFL-1999-Urban Gospel
WKFL-2004-Southern Gospel
WKFL-2006-Licensed/Silent
WKFL-2007-Sports
WKFL-2007-Licensed/Silent
WKFL-2008-Sports
WKFL-2009-Licensed/Silent
WKFL-2010-Sports  "Sporting News Radio"
WKFL-2010-Classic Country  "Real Country USA"
WKFL-2011-Licensed/Silent
WKFL-2012-Classic Country "Kickin' Country"
WKFL-2017-Licensed/Silent (Nov 10, 2017)
WKFL-2019-Variety  "Heinz 57 Music"    "boss hoggg Radio"

History Of WKFL
The Tampa Tribune, Monday, July 25, 1988 
Sumter radio station ready to hit the air 
by Valeri Oliver Tribune Staff Writer 
BUSHNELL-Sumter County's first radio station is expected to begin broadcasts in two or three weeks, 10 years after a husband and wife took an afternoon drive and fell in love with the countryside. Jim and Roberta Johnson, who have lived in St. Catherine since moving from Tampa about five years ago, said radio station WKFL, 1170-AM, in Bushnell could receive final permit approval from the Federal Communications Commission in Washington any day. Application was made almost three years ago. A tower to broadcast the station's 1,000 watts of power will then be constructed to reach a 35-mile radius from Ocala to Zephyrhills and from Leesburg to Inverness. The permit is listed in Roberta Johnson's name, but both will be heavily involved in the station's operation. Jim Johnson, with more than 20 years in the broadcasting business in the Tampa Bay market,' said he and his wife wanted to move out of the city and own their own radio station. Because purchasing a station is too expensive, the two invested between $300,000 and $400,000 to build one. Roberta Johnson said the residents of Sumter County have for too long missed the luxury of a hometown source of radio entertainment and news. "When you live in Sumter County, you begin to realize there's not a direct line to the community," she said. During periods of hazardous weather, she said, Sumter County residents must tune in to radio stations in other cities and try to guess whether their communities could be threatened. "They have to rely on what's going on in Lake and Citrus counties and try to glean out of that what they think is going on here," Jim Johnson said. The station will operate between about 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. daily, playing a range of contemporary adult music that includes country. Jim Johnson said the format will be similar to that used by WSUN, 620-AM, in St. Petersburg. ", Johnson is not an unfamiliar name in broadcast circles. He has worked for several radio stations and managed three Tampa Bay radio stations before moving to Sumter County. He served as manager of WQYK, 1010-AM and 99.5-FM; WKRL, 98-FM; and WNLT, 95-FM. He also operated a radio station in Williston and is a partner in West Florida Television Ltd., which is vying for a permit for Channel 64 in Citrus County. The FCC has been holding hearings in an attempt to decide whether to award the permit to West Florida Television or Meredith Corp., which owns WOFL-TV in Orlando and is also vying for a permit in Citrus County. Roberta Johnson is a former editor for a publisher of legal research in Tampa, and together the couple operates a longhorn cattle ranch near St Catherine.

In 1987 WKFL began simulcasting with WKIQ-AM 1240 in Eustis. The new slogan became "Country 1170 and 1240". In September of 1987, the call sign was changed to WBEA, then changed again in November of 1987 to the current WKFL. In 1992, Henry Fehrmann's Maranatha Media purchased the station.  
Tampa Tribune, Sep. 18, 1994
New radio station for Sumter Sumter County is growing and a new radio station began broadcasting this week. Radio station WKFL, 1170 AM is offering Christian broadcasting to Sumter, Pasco, Citrus, Hernando and Lake counties. Welcome to Henry Fehrmann, executive director of the station.
Martin Theater 1988.jpg (102861 bytes)
In August of 1998, Fehrmann purchased the 59-year-old Martin Theater on Main Street in Wildwood in the hope of turning it into a Christian radio station and performing arts center. The theater was renamed The King's Theatre. The dilapidated $500,000 property included a 6,500-square-foot hall with 500 seats and a large stage for performances. Fehrmann's radio station, known as American Family Radio, used part of the site for a broadcast studio and offices.
(The Martin Theatre opened in 1949 and had closed by 1988. The building is now split between a realtor and a church, but it still retains many theater attributes.) Fehrmann later sold WKFL to Keith Walker who flipped the format to Southern Gospel and paired it with WWKO-FM 91.3 Ocala. Walker's estate sold WKFL to Bruce Cox for $155,000 in 2004.

WKFL is on the air 1170 Bushnell, Classic Country, Bluegrass, Western Swing, on the air as of 3pm on the 1st of Feb.  LMA operator KickinCountry, zmediasvcs@gmail.com  "Cowboy Rowdy Live" 6AM-10AM-Mon-Fri . 

2014-WKFL-AM 1170 in Bushnell is now simulcasting on WHNR-AM 1360 Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven.

SOLD: WKFL-AM       11-3-18
Ferris Waller owner/operator of  the Plant City Farm & Flea Market is acquiring the silent WKFL-AM 1170, licensed to Bushnell.
A $10,000 down payment is being paid by Waller to WKFL owner Talknsports, Inc. The remainder of the $30,000 sale price due at closing. Waller, who resides in Plant City, is well-known in Central Florida as the owner of WHNR-AM 1360 (Boss Hogg Radio) in Cypress Gardens, serving the Lakeland-Winter Haven market.



Names In WKFL History
Jim Johnson-1989-President-Starstrip Communications Inc.
Henry Fehrmann-1992-President/1998-Host of "The Gospel Connection"-Noon-2PM Fridays-Maranatha Media 
Bob Green-1997-"It's Time to Talk"-4PM-6PM-Maranatha Media
Roger Kwapich-1998-"Consumer Automotive Repair"-Saturdays-9AM-10AM-Maranatha Media  
Rev. Gary Chambers-1998-Mornings/Station Manager-Maranatha Media
Sharon Schrepple-1998-"Seniors on the Go''-Maranatha Media 
Keith Walker-2001-President-K Florida Radio, Inc.
Bruce Cox-2004-President-Talknsports, Inc.
Jan Hall-2004-General Manager-Talknsports, Inc.
Scott Walker-2011-Owner


Ron Bisson-2011-Morning Host-"Ron Bisson's Real Country USA" (The American Military Entertainment Network)-Scott Walker
 


Dana-2011-Morning Co-Host-"Ron Bisson's Real Country USA" (The American Military Entertainment Network)-Scott Walker


Jeff-2011-Morning Co-Host-"Ron Bisson's Real Country USA" (The American Military Entertainment Network)-Scott Walker


Glen Zeigler "Cowboy Rowdy"-2012-President/7AM-11AM-Zeigler Media Svcs


Martin Rowdy Tijmes-2012-"Rowdy Radio Show"-Syndicated-Zeigler Media Svcs

Marty McFly-2013-"Live Ride with Marty McFly"-Syndicated-Zeigler Media Svcs. 
Terry Painter-Zeigler Media Svcs. 
Jon Metts "Cowboy Jon"-3PM-6PM-Zeigler Media Svcs. 
Thomas Saunders-2016-
Carol Saunders
Al Berry

Programs In WKFL History
Sports Talk-1997-6AM-Noon Mon-Thursday/all day Friday through Sunday
Branson Country Music-1997-Noon-4PM weekdays/6PM-Sign Off
"The Gospel Connection"-1998-Henry Fehrmann-Noon-2PM Fridays-Maranatha Media 
"Gospel Train"-1998-Weekdays-6AM-9AM/Saturday 10AM-Noon/Sunday 6AM-10AM-Maranatha Media 

Heartland Heat Basketball-2012

"Great Stuff"-2012-Syndicated-Zeigler Media Svcs
"Great Stuff Gospel"-2012-Zeigler Media Svcs
"NASCAR Live"-Tuesday nights-Maranatha Media  
Dr. James Dobson-"Focus on the Family"
Joyce Meyers


What's New
  


Biographies
 


In Memory

Sounds
AM / FM


Misc.


Links
 


Chronology


What's News?


FCC services and solutions for LPFM, full-service FM and FM translators, 1-844-732-5736
APPLICATION HISTORY
Public Notice Details BP-19850313AB New Station Granted 09/02/1986
Public Notice Details BMP-19871124AF Minor Modify CP Granted 08/10/1988
Public Notice Details BMP-19880225AD CP Extension Granted 07/07/1988
  BAP-19881104EC Assign Permit Granted 01/04/1989
  BL-19890125AE Licence to Cover Granted 06/23/1989
  BTC-19890509EA Transfer Control Granted 09/28/1989
  BLSTA-19930716AAB Special Temporary Authority Granted 07/21/1993
  BTC-19940224EC Transfer Control Granted 05/09/1995
  BAL-19940926ED Assign Licence Granted 05/09/1995
  BR-19950928YI Renewal Granted 05/23/1996
From: HENRY FEHRMANN D/B/A MARANATHA MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
To: K FLORIDA RADIO, INC.
  BAL-20010627ABS Assign Licence Granted 08/15/2001
BOA-20011003 Ownership Report(s) Accepted for Filing 04/05/2002
  BR-20030826ALN Renewal Granted 01/21/2004
From: K FLORIDA RADIO INC.
To: TALKNSPORTS, INC.
  BAL-20040422AAA Assign Licence Granted 06/22/2004
BOA-20050225 Ownership Report(s) Accepted for Filing 02/28/2005
  BP-20060214AAG Minor Modification Dismissed 05/15/2006
  BP-20060724ABF Minor Modification Dismissed 10/02/2006
  BP-20070103AAH Minor Modification Granted 08/02/2007
  Resumption of Operations Granted 11/08/2007
BOA-20071001 Ownership Report(s) Accepted for Filing 10/15/2007
  BLSTA-20071226AAX Silent STA Granted 01/17/2008
  BLESTA-20080318ABI Extension of Silent STA Dismissed 08/15/2008
  Resumption of Operations Granted 08/08/2008
  BLSTA-20090217AAU Silent STA Dismissed 01/15/2010
  Resumption of Operations Granted 01/15/2010
  Mailing Address Change Accepted for Filing 06/28/2010
  BLSTA-20110721AAR Silent STA Granted 10/04/2011
  BP-20100802ATA Minor Modification Dismissed 01/17/2012
  Resumption of Operations Granted 04/18/2012
BOA-20131114 Ownership Report(s) Accepted for Filing 11/20/2013
Transaction Log data BR-20110930AGF Renewal Granted 05/13/2015
Transaction Log data BLSTA-20171127AAA Silent STA Granted 12/14/2017
From: TALKNSPORTS, INC.
To: FERRIS S. WALLER
Transaction Log data BAL-20181101ABH Assign Licence Accepted for Filing 11/02/2018