WPRD-AM 1440                          
Winter Park

Original Call Letters: WABR 

Originally Licensed: Sep 1954  

Original City of License: Winter Park  

Original Frequency: 1440 

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 5,000 watts-Daytime

Original Location: 222 Hazard St., Orlando

Original Format: News/Talk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       courtesy of Leo Vargas

Network Affiliation(s): CNN


1954-Orange County Broadcasting
1959-Contemporary Broadcasting Co.
1966-Norfolk Broadcasting Corp.

1971-Rounsaville Broadcasting, Atlanta (Co-owned with WBJW-FM 105.1)

1977-WSEC, Inc.
1982-Nationwide Communications  ($6.5 million with WBJW-FM 105.1 & WLOF-AM 950

1986-Alleluia Broadcasting Corp  

1987-Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc.  ($1.1 million)

1993-Paxson Communications ($5.6 million with WMGF-FM 107.7)

1994-J & V Communications, Inc. ($300,000)

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WABR-1954-Top 40 


WBJW-1971-Oldies/Lite Rock "The Entertainer"

WBJW-1975-Easy Listening

WNBE-1976-NBC 24 Hour News

WAJL-1977-Easy Listening

WAJL-1987-Christian Ministry (Station sold. WAJL moves to 1190)

WPRD-1987-Classics of the '40s, '50s and '60s  "Pride-1440"

WPRD-1990-Children "The Imagination Station"  

WPRD-1991-CNN Headline News/WESH TV News





Names In WPRD History

Peter Ferrara-General Manager-1987-Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc.
D. Mark Warlaumont-1989-Sales Manager-Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc.
Jeffrey T. Perino-1989-Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc.

Dean O'Neal-1989-Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc.
Suzanne Hundley-1989-Morning co-host/News Director-1989-Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc.
Jeffrey Kimmel-1989-Sales-1989-Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc. 

Mike Wiley-"Patriot Radio Network"

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