WIOD-AM 1360 

Original Call Letters: WIOD 

Originally Licensed: April 5, 1956 

Original City of  License: Sanford

Original Frequency: 1360                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Meisch Building, 1st St. Sanford. First home of WIOD

Origin of Call Letters: Calls WIOD were dropped by the Miami station * 

Original Power: 500 Watts Daytime

Original Format: Block Programming

Original Location: Meisch Building, 1st Street and Seminole Blvd.

Network Affiliation(s):


1956-Sanford Broadcasting Company 
1958-Boca Raton Bible Conference Grounds  ($50,000)

1959-Sanford-Seminole Broadcasting, Inc. ($56,000)

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WIOD-1956-Top 40  
WSFR-1959-Top 40  "Sanford Florida Radio"
WSFR-1962-Silent (June)

WIOD History

Mr. Doug Douglass was kind enough to supply information for these pages. In a copy of pages for Sanford from the 1958 Broadcast Annual  I found a listing for station WIOD in Sanford. I thought this was a misprint. Bill Reck co-owner of WTRR-AM 1400 in Sanford verified that there was in fact a second radio station would take to the air in Sanford in 1956. 

*On August 11, 1956 Miami station WIOD was acquired by the Biscayne Television (on the air originally in 1926 and the call letters became WCKR. In 1956 when Sanford Broadcasting Company began operation on 1360 the WIOD calls were available. On April 1, 1963, WCKR was acquired by Miami Valley Broadcasting Corp. and the WIOD calls returned after the Sanford station went silent in 1962. 

(By Tammy Wersinger of The Sentinel Staff - Flashback Column - November 5, 1989)
IN SANFORD. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Browne and John Bolling filed an application for a new radio station in Sanford. Browne was former chief engineer of WTRR-AM 1400 in Sanford, but left to start his own station. The new station would broadcast daytimes at 1,000 watts.

Bible Group To Buy Station
Daytona Beach Evening News
Oct 8, 1958

Ira Lee Eshleman. president of the Boca Raton Bible Conference Grounds, has received approval of the Federal Communications Commission to purchase radio station WIOD at Sanford. the $50,000 sale was negotiated by Eshleman and John Ewing, Chicago, conference treasurer.  Eshleman said he plans to raise the purchase price through private subscription and seek FCC sanction to deed the station to the Bible Conference. The Sanford station will be the second in a chain of broadcasting stations the Bible Grounds plans to operate throughout the state, with long range plans for a national network under consideration. The conference owns and operates Delray Beach station WDBF. DeLand, Daytona Beach, Titusville and Orlando are reached by the Sanford station.

Oct 9, 1959   Orlando Sentinel
Sanford Radio Sale Approved 
Washington UPI   The Federal Communications Commission yesterday approved this corporate change for radio station WIOD, Sanford. Assignment of license to Sanford-Seminole Broadcasting Co., for $56,000. The purchasing company is headed by Joseph R. Horenstein, a stock, holder in WBAB-AM-FM, Babylon, N.Y.

Names In WIOD History

Emerson Browne-1956-Co-owner-Sanford Broadcasting Company

John Bolling-1956-Co-owner-Sanford Broadcasting Company

Robert Wasden-1956-Co-owner-Sanford Broadcasting Company
Carl Abel-1956-General Manager-Sanford Broadcasting Company
George Fee-1956-Commercial Manager-Sanford Broadcasting Company
Jay Caldwell-1956-Program Director-Sanford Broadcasting Company
Norm Brooks-1956-Promotions Manager-Sanford Broadcasting Company
Jack Siegel-1957-Chief Engineer-Sanford Broadcasting Company
Kenneth J. Crosthwait-1957-General Manager-Sanford Broadcasting Company
Frank L. Jones-1957-Commercial Manager-Sanford Broadcasting Company
Ira Lee Eshleman-1958-President-Boca Raton Bible Conference Grounds 
John Ewing-1958-Treasurer-Boca Raton Bible Conference Grounds 
Joseph R. Horenstein-1959-President-Sanford-Seminole Broadcasting, Inc.
Bud Carrigan-1959-Commercial Manager-Sanford-Seminole Broadcasting, Inc.
Garry Fox-1969-Sanford-Seminole Broadcasting, Inc.

Note: 1926- WIOD 610 AM (Miami) is Florida’s seventh oldest continuously licensed broadcast radio station. Installed in the spring of 1925 by Carl Graham Fisher, a Miami Beach developer, the station made its formal air debut on the South Florida airwaves on January 19, 1926. Carl Fisher selected the letters WIOD as the call letters signifying “Wonderful Isles of Dreams” to commemorate Collins Island, on which the station was situated. After enduring several hurricanes and subsequent power shutdowns, WIOD was acquired by Isle of Dreams Broadcasting, a subsidiary of NBC, in early 1929. The station also shared time with sister station WOMB during this adverse period, and was known as WIOD-WOMB, using the on-air slogan “Wonderful Isle of Dreams.” James M. Cox, Jr. became the chief owner of Isle of Dreams Broadcasting Corporation in 1946, and the call letters became WCKR  for owners Cox-Knight Radio. The company would eventually become Cox Broadcasting Corporation in early 1964.

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