WTLN-AM 1520

Original Call Letters: WTLN

Originally Licensed: May 4, 1964   

Original City of License: Apopka  

Original Frequency: 1520 

Origin of Call Letters: Named for members of the Moffit family: Tom, Linda and Nancy 

Original Power: 5,000 watts  

Original Location: 

Original Format: MOR/Religious

Network Affiliation(s):

ABC Contemporary Network


1964-Alton Rainbow Corp.

1998-TM2, Inc (Thomas H. Moffit, II)

2006-Salem Communications

History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WTLN-1991-Southern Gospel  ''1520 The Word''


WTLN History
In 1964, Thomas Moffit Sr., was an announcer in Philadelphia and was a consultant to radio preachers in the Northeast. His son, Thomas Jr., attended high school near Zellwood. After visiting his son he decided he liked the area enough to buy a radio station here. Delays in the purchase of a 1,000 watt  station near Ocoee, owned by an Atlanta preacher, made Moffit decided to build his own station from scratch in Apopka. 5,000 watt WTLN-AM 1520 (named for members of his family: Tom, Linda and Nancy) the format was "middle of the road" laced with religious messages and programs. Inn 1968 Moffit, Jr. would become station manager and added WTLN-FM 95.3. In 1998 WTLN-AM would move up the dial to 950.
From Marc Tyll; The reason 1520 was authorized in 1964 is because the FCC was creating post World War II local radio services to smaller communities such as Apopka. And although Apopka had some radio service from Orlando in the '60s, it didn't have its own station till the original WTLN on 1520 went on the air. Keep in mind this was long before FM "came of age", so back then smaller communities depended on these lower powered, higher dial position, AM stations for local news, weather, information and community event news. Basically a new station's frequency and power was (and still is) determined by whatever an engineer could (can) "wedge in" or "shoe horn" in any specific area.

WTLN Personalities

Marty Stebbins-1967-Alton Rainbow Corp.  Biography

Steve Padgett -1978-1981-Alton Rainbow Corp/TM2, Inc/Salem Communications   Biography

Lee Brandel-1981-2006-Program/Operations/Music Director/Morning Host "Lee and Friends" 

George Crossley-1985-"Central Florida Forum"-Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 4:30PM-Alton Rainbow Corp. Biography    In Memory

Steve Shenk-1991-Mornings-Alton Rainbow Corp.
Bill Bloomer-1991-Afternoons-Alton Rainbow Corp.

Mike Fairfield

Steve Rutledge  Biography

Other Names In WTLN History

Thomas H. Moffit, Sr.-1964-President-Alton Rainbow Corp.

Thomas H. Moffit, Jr.-1964-General Manager/Sales Manager-Alton Rainbow Corp.

Bob Andrews
-1964-Chief Engineer-Alton Rainbow Corp.   Biography    In Memory

Jack Drummond-1964-Commercial Manager-Alton Rainbow Corp.
David Koon-2007-General Manager-Salem Communications Corp 

Janice Willis-Station Manager-Alton Rainbow Corp.

John Adams-Operations Manager/Program Director-Alton Rainbow Corp.

Lou Mueller-Chief Engineer-Alton Rainbow Corp.

Jim Watson-News Director

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