WHIY-AM 1270  
Orlando

Original Call Letters: WHIY

Originally Licensed: July 7, 1957 

Original City of License: Orlando

Original Frequency: 1270

Origin of Call Letters:  

Original Power: 5,000 watts daytime

Original Location: Ft. Gatlin Hotel

Original Format: Country Western


Network Affiliation(s):


Mutual Broadcasting System
  United Press International
  Country Music Network

Owner(s):

1957-
Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
1969-Orlando Radio & Television Corp.
1978-Sudbrink  Broadcasting
1986-Metcom Associates Limited Partnership
1987-Metropolex Communications of Orlando Inc. 
1987-WORL Radio Inc ($1.65 million)
1992-Rumbault & Associates (Receiver for S.E. Broadcasting, Inc.)                   
1994-Ibero-American Broadcasting
1996-Radio Luz ($378,500)

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WHIY-1957-Country Western  "Radio Hi Fi"   "Personality Radio"  
WHIY-1962-Country
WORJ-1968-Easy Listening   "Big Orange Radio"
WORL-1971-Top 40
WORL-1987-R & B
WBZS-1988-Business News
WHBS-1991-News/Talk/Spanish Music
WHBS-1995-Silent/Licensed
  WRLZ-1996-Silent/Licensed
WRLZ-1996 -Spanish  "Radio Luz Tu La Conoces"
  WRLZ-1999-Spanish Christian
WRLZ-2010-Spanish Contemporary
  WRLZ-2012-Spanish Language News   "Noticias 1270"
WRLZ-2014-Spanish Language News/Talk  "La Estacion Del Pueblo" 


WHIY History
From Brian Douglas; "...This station went on the air in 1957.  I think it was originally WHIY.  I first became aware of it as Country station (by 1962, I'd guess).  Country may well have been its original format.  WHIY was a day timer, 5,000 watts, licensed to Orlando.  Based on what I know, I think it pre-dated WABR(-AM 1440) as a Country station.  WHIY stayed in the format until some time after WHOO(-AM 990)'s flip to Country in 1968.  At that point, WHIY became...WORJ..." 


WHIY Personalities
Robert Irving-1957-Program Director-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
Brad Crandall-1957-News Director-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
Robert Barti-1958-Program Director-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
Art Spector-1959-Program Director/Co-host of the "Art and Andy Morning Show"-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.  Biography


Andy Wilson
-1959-Promotion Manager/Co-host of the "Art and Andy Morning Show"-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

photo courtesy of Dave Edwards
Bill Taylor-1959-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting
Tom Doyle-1966-Program Director/1967-Executive Vice President/General Manager-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
Tom Fallon-1967-News Director-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
Gale Brooks-1967-Promotions Manager/1968-Program Director-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Steve Flesher-1969-Program Director-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Ray Beale-Program Director 
Jack Gardiner-Program Director  
Jim Drummond


Other Names In WHIY History

Gordon Sherman-1957-President/1964-President/General Manager-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Carl Hallberg-1957-General Manager/1958-1959-General Manager/Commercial Manager-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
Melvin Kampe-1957-Promotion Manager-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
Sidney Harrell-1957-Commercial Manager-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
Arthur Lowery-1957-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Gene Cooke-1958-General Manager/1960-Commercial Manager-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Marvin Pickard-1958-Commercial Manager-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Willard Taylor-1958-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Peter Wiltjer-1959-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Doug Coombs-1962-Commercial Manager/1965-Station Manger/Commercial Manager-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

William R. Miller-1963-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.



Bob Andrews
-1964-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.  
   Biography      In Memory

Happy Ison-1967-Vice President of Sales-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.  In Memory

Emil Corona-1969-President-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.

Jim Moore-1969-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.


Billboard Magazine April, 1966

  
                                     

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WHIY, for the week of Aug. 26,1967 
courtesy of Steve Kennedy


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