WORL-AM 1270  

Original Call Letters: WHIY

Originally Licensed: 1957 

Original City of License: Orlando 

Original Frequency: 1270 

Origin of Call Letters: City of license: ORLando

Original Power: 5,000 Day time

Original Location: One North Orange Ave.

Original Format: Big Bands

Network Affiliation(s):

Mutual Broadcasting System
Mutual Black Network *
Associated Press
United Press International
Financial Broadcasting Network


Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.
1969-Orlando Radio & Television Corp.
1978-Sudbrink  Broadcasting  (with WJYO-FM 107.7 $1.5 million)  
1986-Metcom Associates Limited Partnership
1987-Metropolex Communications of Orlando Inc. ($1.65 million)
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)
2019-MARC Radio Orlando, LLC

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WHIY-1957-Country Western  "Radio Hi Fi"   "Personality Radio"  
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
  WRLZ-1996-Spanish  "Radio Luz Tu La Conoces"
  WRLZ-2010-Spanish Contemporary
WRLZ-2012-Spanish Language News   "Noticias 1270"
  WRLZ-2014-Spanish Language News/Talk  "La Estacion Del Pueblo" 
WIWA-2019-Christian Talk  "The Shepherd"

WORL History
*The Mutual Black Network or MBN was Founded by the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1972. It was the first national full-service radio network aimed at African Americans. It broadcast an hourly 5 minute newscast at 50 minutes past the hour. It also aired sports and feature programs, and for one year beginning in the spring of 1974, a 15-minute daily soap opera called Sounds Of The City. The Mutual Black Network was later sold to Sheridan Broadcasting which was a minority stockholder in MBN.

Orlando Sentinel   Aug. 19, 1987
The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday approved the sale of WORL-AM (1270) to an investor group that includes Willie Martin, the station's general manager. WORL, an urban-format station licensed to broadcast from Eatonville, was sold to the investors in May by Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc. Price: $1.65 million.

Names In WORL-AM History

Michael Z (Ziegenbein)-1972-1973/1974-1977-In 1973 Michael headed to Lincoln, NE to hold an air-chair and staff engineer position at KFMQ.  In 1974, Michael returned to WORJ-FM 107.7/WORL and worked as the Chief Engineer for a couple years, and presided over design and construction of their new (at the time) studios on Mercy Drive-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp

Willie Clark-1979-1983-Mornings/Music Director-Sudbrink  Broadcasting/Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc. 

Max Johnson-1982-News Director/Public Affairs-Sudbrink  Broadcasting

Max St. Clair-1983-Co-host-"Morning Squeeze" -Sudbrink  Broadcasting

Donna French-1983-Co-host "Morning Squeeze"-Sudbrink  Broadcasting
Norman Wain-1987-Co-owner-Metroplex Communications
Robert Weiss-1987-Co-owner-Metroplex Communications
Willie J. Martin-1989-General Manager-WORL Radio Inc 
Stan Raymond-1989-WORL Radio Inc 

Jeanette Austin-News  In Memory

Brantley Slaughter-Chief Engineer   In Memory


"Bad" Butchie Brown (Curt Creel)-Weekends  

Roger Clark

Kellen Thomas (Tommy Roberts)

Jo Jo Dancer

Roger Stallard  Biography
Otis J Gamble
Charles ''Mad Hatter'' Merritt

Lady D

Leon Wright
In Memory

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