WXVQ-AM 1490 

Original Call Letters: WDLF 

Originally Licensed: Sep. 10, 1948 

Original City of License: Deland  

Original Frequency: 1490

Origin of Call Letters: WXVQ XV being the Roman Numeral 15

Original Power: 1,000 watts

Original Location: 220 E. Hubbard Ave.

Original Format: Pop

Network Affiliation(s):

Mutual Broadcasting System
Associated Press
ABC Information
Florida Radio News


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.
1984-Stetson University ($425,000)
1987-Great Lakes Broadcasting Co. ($325,000)
1991-Green Broadcast Group  ($175,000)
1999-Black Crow Broadcasting
2005-J &V Communications  ($370,000)
2023-Estate of Jesus M. Torrado (Transfer of Control)

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-1979-Top 40
WXVQ-1980-Adult Standards
WXVQ-1984-Top 40
WNDA-2001-News/Talk  Simulcast of WNDB-AM 1150, Daytona Beach
WTJV-2006-Mexican Regional
WTJV-2009-Licensed/Silent 9-09-3-10    see Tower Collapse  
WTJV-2011-Spanish Religious "Renacimiento Radio"
WTJV-2015-Adult Standards  Simulcast of WSBB-AM 1230, Daytona Beach

WXVQ History
The station, which began as WDLF in 1948, was purchased by Stetson University in 1949 and the call letters were changed to WJBS for University founder John B. Stetson. Stetson would purchase the station once again in 1984 as a hands-on classroom for its communications students. In 1991, WXVQ was sold to Green Broadcast Group Inc., which is owned and operated by Rick Green, a 15-year broadcast veteran.  Green is former vice president-general manager of KMEO-AM/FM in Phoenix, Ariz. The station was operated through Green Broadcast Group Inc. In 2001, Daytona Beach-based Black Crow Broadcasting, co-owned by Mike and Nikki Linn, signed a "local marketing agreement" that allowed the Linns to take over operations. Rick Green said the sale resulted from the Greens' efforts to move the station from Earl Brown Park after selling its property to the city in the summer of 1999. The Greens began talks with the Linns about sharing broadcasting facilities and after  "...a great deal of discussion..." the Linns believed "...it was in the best interest of the community and WXVQ to sell the station."

Tiny WXVQ Is Big On West Volusia Radio News, Talk
Orlando Sentinel 
September 23, 1993 By Lou Misselhorn, Sentinel Correspondent

DELAND - A visitor passed through the front door at the WXVQ-AM (1490) news-talk radio station and unexpectedly found himself in a six-person staff meeting.
Startled initially, he soon realized the room was probably the only one in the tiny station large enough to accommodate the modest gathering. The layout is simple: the on-air studio directly behind the meeting table, an administrative room to the left, and radio control board room and a production room at the rear. The station equipment is outdated in areas. The interior structure, too, is older, but pleasantly so. The wood paneling on the lower half of the walls, and the unpainted wood door frame give a cozy, old radio studio feel. It is as if an old-time politician or entertainer could walk through the door and blend in. Al Everson, WXVQ's one-person news staff and talk-show host, smiled at that nostalgic thought. In some ways, the station hasn't changed much since it opened in 1947. ''We have something better than the Andrews Sisters,'' Everson said, speaking of that day's guest on his show, Radio Free Volusia. ''We have Bill Dreggors.'' Dreggors is a local historian and frequent guest on the show. The station also has County Council members and city commissioners as guests and carries Stetson University and DeLand High School sporting events. The local flavor is intended. Volusia County has 13 FM and AM stations, several with bigger staffs and signals. But WXVQ has found a niche as the radio news voice of west Volusia. The operation, although small, has appeal that lured owner Rick Green, 39, away from his $130,000-a-year job as general manager of a Phoenix radio station. His wife, Pat, 39, dumped her health care profession to help run it. ''It's just the way we want it to be,'' said Rick Green, who bought the station for $325,000 in the fall of 1991. ''I think radio has become a lot about profits and less about what it's supposed to do - serve the public.'' About the only thing that may change about WXVQ is the strength of its signal. The station recently
applied for a higher frequency on the expanded AM band, which would strengthen the signal by 10 miles. Currently, the station, on Hubbard Avenue across from Spec Martin Stadium, has a signal that extends from Nova Road in Daytona Beach to Sanford. Except for a short spell about 10 years ago, when the station went to oldies, WXVQ has been a news format since it was opened by Stetson University in 1947. Then it was known as WJBS (for John B. Stetson).

In 1999 Black Crow Broadcasting purchased the station and began simulcasting programming from WNDB-AM 1150

        WXVQ studios as they looked in 2003

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The tower behind WXVQ studios
Photos courtesy of Wilma Clark

WXVQ Personalities

Bobby Cooke-1981-1983-Nights/Afternoons-We Two Inc.

Fred Cooper-1984-1984-News-Stetson University

George McNeilly-1984-1985-News-2nd place winner of Greater Orlando Press Club Award for Best News Event, Radio in 1985-Stetson University

Brian Tolby-1984-General Manager-Stetson University

Tim LeCras-1985-1985-News-2nd place winner of Greater Orlando Press Club Award for Best News Event, Radio in 1985-Stetson University

Al Everson-1987-News Director/Host of "Radio Free Volusia"-Great Lakes Broadcasting Co. 

Chris Michaels-1989-1990-Weekends-Great Lakes Broadcasting Co.

Jim Paris-1991-Host of "Financial Feedback"-Green Broadcast Group
Murray Miller-1993-DeLand High School football broadcasts/1995 Stetson Basketball-Green Broadcast Group
Harry Arnold-1993-Deland High School football broadcasts/1995 Stetson Basketball-Green Broadcast Group
Sonny Pierce-1993-Deland High School football broadcasts-Green Broadcast Group

Don Ammon-Program Director  In Memory

Bill Mathews

Scott St. John

Rod Poole

Warren Hoover-"Psychic Frontier"

Glennie Goosby

Keith Walker
Bill Maloy

Other Names In WXVQ History

Rudi Gresham-1959-President-WXVQ Inc.

Carl Adams-1987-President-Great Lakes Broadcasting Co.

Randall Lipson-1988-Station Manager-Great Lakes Broadcasting Co.

George "Harold" Utter-1991
-Chief Engineer-Green Broadcast Group   In Memory

Rick Green-1991-President/General Manager-Green Broadcast Group

Pat Green-1991-Green Broadcast Group

E.J. Bunzick-1991-Advertising Director-Green Broadcast Group

Mike Linn-2000-President-Black Crow Broadcasting

Nikki Linn-2000-Black Crow Broadcasting

Bill Stipsits
-General Manager   In Memory

Other Programs In WXVQ History

Agrinet News

Paul Harvey     In Memory

Stetson College Sports

Motor Racing Network

Seminole Sports Network

Miami Dolphins Football

Ramsey Pollard Jr.-"Ramblin' With Ramsey"-Sunday evenings, 5PM to 7PM

Top 30 U.S.A.- Saturdays 3PM- 6PM/Repeated 4PM- 7PM Sundays

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