WWBC-AM 1510 
Cocoa

Original Call Letters: WWBC 

Originally Licensed: Jul 11, 1965

Original City of License: Cocoa 

Original Frequency: 1510

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 50,000 watts, Directional 

Translator(s): 2016-W234BI 94.7 Cocoa (125 watts), W260CL 99.9 Cocoa (250 watts) and W264AS-100.7 FM Melbourne (250 watts) 

Original Location:

Original Format: Country Western


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):


1965-
Busby, Finch & Woods

1966-Astro Enterprises, Inc. (Ray Kassis)

2016-Estate of Raymond Kassis  (Kimberly Kassis Personal Representative) 

2020-Kimberly H. Kassis


History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WWBC-1965-Country Western 
WWBC-1976-Country Western/Religious/Talk
WWBC-1979-Religious "The Christian Voice Of Brevard"
WWBC-2007-Religious/Talk
WWBC (WMEL)-2016-Talk/Sports   "The Talk To Me Station"
WWBC-20016-Religious   "The Christian Voice of Brevard"

WWBC History
The Orlando Sentinel
24 Oct 1966
Behind the Mike
By Diana Brooks
WWBC is a "Town and Country" music station. This does not mean hillbilly or blue-grass music, but the modern country and western recordings by artists such as Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, Ray Price and Roger Miller. Selections are based on the "Nashville Hit Sound" and range from the "pop" Nashville sound by such artists as Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Brenda Lee to the established country artists like George Jones, Connie Smith and Ernie Tubbs. Stan Anderson, operations manager and chief engineer, of WWBC tells us that the principal objective of this station is to provide a high quality, well balanced program schedule designed to meet the needs of the community and the audience it serves. Public service programming is a very important part of this schedule. Stan did all of the design and construction of WWBC and since the beginning of operations has been responsible for the maintenance and technical operation of the station. He began his broadcast career in Dade City, as a disc jockey. In Delaware, Ohio he built his first radio station and eventually moved up to assistant manager. In Hamilton, Ohio he built the first full time stereo station in the Ohio Valley, he "chiefed" this station in addition to a full-time announcing shift. From there he moved to WRKT on Cocoa Beach as chief engineer and announcer and stayed there until WWBC was ready to begin construction. Stan is married to a Tampa girl and they have five children. Originally from Detroit, Mich, he has been a resident of Brevard County for four years. The program director of WWBC is 25-year-old Dave Diamond. Dave was born in Asbury Park, N.J. and received his education in radio at the Dan Martin Radio and TV School. After high school he served at KDAY in Los Angeles, Calif. He was a disc jockey and production director of this station and also on KBLA radio in Burbank, Calif. In 1965 he came to Wauchulla and worked on station WAUC before joining WWBC. Tom Shaw and Ray Hegwood are two announcers for this station. Tom began with WRKT FM and then AM, Cocoa Beach while a student at Brevard Junior College. Here he used the name of March Remington. October of last year he moved to WWBC and now goes under the name of Dusty Rhodes. Tom is 22 years old, single, and was born in Syracuse, N.Y. Pleasant Ray Hegwood, as he likes to call himself, was born in Collins, Miss, and claims to be 39 years old. Ray has a very varied background, having traveled with tent shows and theatre circuits serving as a comedian, singer and dancer. He had his own live radio program singing and playing the piano on KMLB, Louisiana. He also traveled with semi-name bands playing the piano. Before joining the staff at WWBC he was on station WSHO, New Orleans, La. Ray is married and has one child, Pat, 8. Margaret Unold, traffic manager at WWBC, hails from Oswego, New York. After high school she at-tended Oswego State Teachers College. Her husband, Howard, is an instructor at Brevard Junior College and they have four daughters.

Names In WWBC History
William Earman-1965-President-Busby, Finch & Woods
Norwood Abbott-1965-General Manager-Busby, Finch & Woods
Peter Carr-1965-Commercial Manager-Busby, Finch & Woods
"Pleasant" Ray Hegood-1965-Program Director-Busby, Finch & Woods/1966-Program Director-Astro Enterprises, Inc.
W.J. Diamantas-1965-News Director-Busby, Finch & Woods


Stan Anderson
-1965-Chief Engineer-Busby, Finch & Woods/1966-Program Director/Chief Engineer/1976-News Director/Chief Engineer-Astro Enterprises   Biography   

In 
Memory
Dusty Rhodes (Tom Shaw)-1965-1976-Music Director/1979-Program Director/Music Director/1993-Operations Manager/Music Director-Astro Enterprises
John Fox-1966-President/General Manager/1976-Commercial Manager-Astro Enterprises
Dave Diamond-1966-Program Director-Astro Enterprises
Bill Diamond-1966-Commercial Manager- Astro Enterprises 


Mercer Livermore-1966-News Director- Astro Enterprises   Biography    In Memory
Steve Mack-1968-Promotions Manager-Astro Enterprises


Ray Kassis-1976-President/General Manager/2004-2016-President/Chief Engineer-Astro Enterprises  
In Memory
Norman Blalock-1979- Astro Enterprises
Pat Feller-1980-News Director-Astro Enterprises
Walt Nyren-1980-Chief Engineer-Astro Enterprises
Joseph Lusito-1985-Co-host-"Echoes of Italy"-Sun-11AM-Noon-Florida Institute of Technology
Richard Chiarelli-1985-Co-host-"Echoes of Italy"-Sun-11AM-Noon-Florida Institute of Technology
Ed Huffman-1993-Chief Engineer-Astro Enterprises
Eric Conklin-1996-Chief Engineer-Astro Enterprises
Jim Conn-1999-General Manager/Music Director/2003-Music Director-Astro Enterprises
Waylon Duff-2000-General Manager/2001-General Manager/Program Director/Music Director/2003-General Manager-Astro Enterprises
Chris Long-2004-General Manager/Program Director/Music Director-Astro Enterprises
Paul Esposito-2005-General Manager-Astro Enterprises
Mark Vance-2006-Astro Enterprises


Andrea Shea-King-2006-Astro Enterprises



Carole Nelson-2008-2009-Astro Enterprises  Biography




Susie Fennelli-2015-"Super Space Countdown Variety Show"-National Christian Network

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WMEL moves up the AM dial, adds 3 FM stations
Senior Life News
By Mike Gaffey
Published:


The "Talk To Me" Station is now the "Talk To Me" Network. Cocoa-based talk radio station WMEL-AM 1060 has a new address on the dial at AM 1510, owner John Harper announced in an Oct. 31 email, just hours before the station started broadcasting at its new radio home. WMEL also has added three FM stations owned by AM 1510 that will broadcast WMEL's AM signal: 94.7, 99.9 and 100.7, Harper said. "AM 1510 is a 50,000-watt station with an absolutely awesome signal on the Space Coast," said Harper, a 52-year broadcasting veteran who has been with WMEL since 1992. "Also since 1510 is a 50,000-watt signal, it can also be heard from Palm Beach to north of Daytona Beach. Also it can easily be heard in the islands as well." Harper said he's currently leasing the new stations and is in negotiations to purchase them. Starting in the first quarter of 2017, WMEL also will begin live streaming its programming on television as well as in real time on YouTube and Facebook, Harper said.  "You'll be able to see our local talk show hosts on television, too," Harper said. "With our great 50,000-watt signal, our three FM stations and WMEL TV, we will have the opportunity to reach so many more listeners and advertisers." Harper is moving his talk-show lineup from 1060 to 1510, but some of the shows will have different starting times because of several existing contracts on 1510 that have yet to expire, he said. "These stations had and still have some religious programs airing daily and some of them will still be heard until contracts expire and then we can add more WMEL talk radio programs," Harper said. WMEL's syndicated lineup includes "The Dave Ramsey Show" with finance author and speaker Dave Ramsey, and "Doug Stephan's Good Day" with host Doug Stephan. Local programming includes the "Lillian McDermott Radio Show" with host Lillian McDermott, "Bold Talk Business Radio" with Donna Anselmo, "Helping Seniors" with Joe Steckler and "Seeta and Friends" with Seeta Begui. WMEL plans to add new talk shows and will announce them soon, Harper said. As part of the change, WMEL also has a new website address-1510wmel.com-where visitors can listen to the station 24/7, Harper said.  In August 2015, WMEL moved from its longtime spot of 1300 on the dial to 1060 and boosted its power from 5,000 watts to 50,000 watts. Before the upgrade, the station's previous signal barely covered all of Brevard, Harper said. As part of the switch, WMEL will drop Florida State football and basketball and return to carrying University of Florida games. The station will continue to broadcast Tampa Bay Rays baseball games and NASCAR races. Harper said WMEL remains committed to its coverage of the space program, covering nearly every rocket launch live. And the station will continue to drop regular programming and switch to local coverage in the event a hurricane or tropical storm threatens Central Florida, he added. "The Talk To Me Station has been talking with you now for 25 years and we intend on keeping that tradition going for the next 25 years," Harper said.

"WMEL" Personalities


John Ziegler-2016-"The John and Leah Show"-Monday-Midnight-1AM-Broadcast House, LLC


Leah Brandon-2016-"The John and Leah Show"-Monday-Midnight-1AM-Broadcast House, LLC


Doug Stephan-2016-"Doug Stephan's Good Day"-Weekdays-4AM-9AM-Broadcast House, LLC



Dave Ramsey-2016-9AM-Noon/2PM-5PM-Broadcast House, LLC



Lillian McDermott-2016-"The Lillian McDermott Radio Show"-Noon-1PM-Twin Towers Broadcasting



Seeta Begui-2016-Mon-1PM-2PM-"Seeta and Friends"-Broadcast House, LLC


Donna Anselmo-2016-"Bold Talk Business Radio"-Tue-1PM-1:30PM-Broadcast House, LLC


Alan Kvares-2016-"Shelter From The Norm" -Tue-1:30PM-2PM-Broadcast House, LLC


Eleanor-2016-"Eleanor's Elite Radio"-Thu-2PM-3PM-Broadcast House, LLC



Ed Dean-2016-5PM-7PM weekdays-Broadcast House, LLC



Karen Wooden-2016-"Radio Takeover"-Wed-1PM-2PM-Broadcast House, LLC 




Chuck Fresh-2016-"Radio Takeover"-Wed-1PM-2PM-Broadcast House, LLC 

Mad Mike

Joey the Banker

Other Programs In WMEL 1510 History
"Performance Racing Network Fast Talk"-2016-Mon-7PM-7:45PM-Broadcast House, LLC
"Monday Night Football/Westwood One"-2016-7:45PM-Midight-Broadcast House, LLC
"Thursday Night Football/Westwood One"-2016-7:45PM-Midight-Broadcast House, LLC
"NASCAR Live"-2016-Tue-7PM-8PM-Broadcast House, LLC


Jim Bohannon-2016-Tue-Fri-10PM-1AM-Broadcast House, LLC
"Red Eye Radio"-2016-Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri-1AM-4AM-Sat-2AM-4AM-Broadcast House, LLC


Other Names In WMEL History


John Harper-2016-General Manager
-Broadcast House, LLC



Vernon Harper-2016-Sales Manager
-Broadcast House, LLC 


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