WKTS-AM 1450
Brooksville

Original Call Letters: WKTS

Originally Licensed: May 2, 1956

Original City of License: Brooksville 

Original Frequency: 1450

Origin of Call Letters: Owners Name; Elmo KiTS

Original Power: 250 watts

Original Location: US-41 and Mondon Hill Road  

Original Format: Variety


Network Affiliation(s):

Keystone
ABC Information
Mutual Broadcasting System

Owner(s):

1957-Hernando Broadcasting Co.
1960-Brooksville Broadcasting Service Inc.
1971-Hunter Knight Broadcasting Inc.
1971-Brooksville Broadcasting Services, Inc.
1978-Hernando Broadcasting 
1982-Hernando Broadcasting Company
1984-Hernando County Broadcasting

History of Call Letters and Formats:

WKTS-1956-Construction Permit
WKTS-1957-Variety
WWJB-1960-MOR

WWJB-1971-Country Western
WWJB-1972-MOR  "JB 1450"
WWJB-1976-Top 40 "JB 1450"
WWJB-1983-Adult Contemporary "JB 1450"
WWJB-1984-Big Bands/Adult Standards "Real Music 1450 JB Radio"
WWJB-1994-News-Talk  "Hernando County Talk of the Town"

History Of WKTS
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WKTS.
WKTS began operations in 1957 as Hernando county’s first radio station, operating on 1450 kHz with 1,000 watts day and 250 watts night. The original format was variety.  The station caught fire in May of 1958 apparently due to a lightning strike.  At the time of the fire, there were no fire hydrants located within a mile of the studios. Once the fire department's pumper truck was out of water, the station and transmitter were completely destroyed.  WKTS remained dark until plans to rebuild were completed 3 months later.  In August of 1958, Bill Johnson of Tampa bought the license from Elmo Kits and the station returned to the air as WWJB in October of 1958.


The WKTS studios after the fire in 1958


Names In WKTS History

Elmo Kits-1957-Owner/General Manager/Commercial Manager/Program Director/Promotions Manager/Chief Engineer-Hernando Broadcasting Co.

Larry Lane-1957-Hernando Broadcasting Co.

Jerry Penska-1957-Hernando Broadcasting Co.

W.W. Johnson-1959-Partner/General Manager-Hernando Broadcasting Co./1960-President/General Manager/ 1963- President / General Manager/Station Manager-Brooksville Broadcasting Service
W.L. Waring Jr.-1959-Partner-Hernando Broadcasting Co.
Joseph Gall-1959-Program Director-Hernando Broadcasting Co.
D. John Hellman-1959-Chief Engineer-Hernando Broadcasting Co.

Charles "Chuck" Grant-1959-Commercial Manager/Sales Manager-Hernando Broadcasting Co./1960-Station Manager/Program Director/News Director-Brooksville Broadcasting Service


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