WDLF-AM 1490 

Original Call Letters: WDLF 

Originally Licensed: Sep. 10, 1948

Original City of License: Deland 

Original Frequency: 1490

Origin of Call Letters: Location; DeLand Florida

Original Power: 250 watts

Original Location: 220 E. Hubbard Ave.

Original Format: Block Programming

Network Affiliation(s):

Associated Press

Mutual Broadcasting System


1948-Deland Broadcasting Company 
1951-Stetson University
1959-WJBS, Inc.

1960-WJBS, Inc. (New Ownership)

1962-Radio Deland, Inc.
1967-Cosmopolitan Communicators Group
1969-Norfolk Broadcasting Corp., Orlando   ($65,550 Mortgage Foreclosure Sale)
1970-WETO, Inc.
1978-We Two Inc.
1981-DeLand Broadcasting, Inc.  ($300,000)

1984-Stetson University ($425,000)

1987-Great Lakes Broadcasting Co. ($325,000)

1991-Green Broadcast Group  ($175,000)

2001-Black Crow Broadcasting

2005-J &V Communications  ($370,000)

History Of Formats and Call Letters:

WDLF-1948-Full Service/Block Programming
WJBS-1949-Full Service/Block Programming
WJBS-1959-Adult Standards
WETO-1970-Comtemporary MOR
WETO-1978-Top 40
WXVQ-1980-Adult Standards
WXVQ-1984-Top 40
WNDA-2001-News/Talk-simulcast of WNDB-AM 1150, Daytona Beach
WTJV-2005-Mexican Regional
WTJV-2009-Licensed/Silent-9-09-3-10    see Tower Collapse  
WTJV-2010-Mexican Regional  Returns to the air
WTJV-2015-Adult Standards Simulcast of WSBB-AM 1230

Broadcasting/Telecasting Magazine  Sept 20, 1948
Lyle Van's New Station,  WDLF,  Starts at Deland
WDLF DeLand,  Fla.,  250 w full-time on 1490 kc,  went on the air September 10 with celebratory ceremonies featuring Sen. Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) as principal speaker.  The station is solely owned by Lyle Van,  NBC announcer from 1938 to 1946,  and since 1946 a free lance artist. Mr. Van has his own newscast,  News on the Human Side,  over WOR-Mutual Mon-Sat,  6p.m. (EDT),  and is commercial announcer on H. V. Kaltenborn's NBC newscasts Mon.-Fri.,  7:45 p.m. (EDT).  The WDLF staff includes: Lynn Gearhart,  formerly with WALT Tampa,  Fla.,  station manager; Maj.  R. L. Clinton Jr.,  business manager;  Michael Davis,  program director,  and Loren Mickle,  previously  with WFUN Huntsville,  Ala.  chief engineer.

Names In WDLF History

Lyle Van (Valkenburgh)-1948-President-Deland Broadcasting Company

Lynn Gearhart-1948-Station Manager-Deland Broadcasting Company

Major R. L. Clinton, Jr.-1948-Business Manager-Deland Broadcasting Company

Michael Davis-1948-Program Director-Deland Broadcasting Company

Loren Mickle-1948-Chief Engineer-Deland Broadcasting Company

Judge Robert Wingfield-1948-Sunday afternoons-gave a half-hour history lessons
James Knox-1949-General Manager/Commercial Manager-Deland Broadcasting Company
Robert Walton-1949-Program Director/Promotions Manager-Deland Broadcasting Company

Don Ammon  In Memory

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