WVGT-AM 1580 
Mount Dora

Original Call Letters: WMDF

Originally Licensed:  Jan. 1958

Original City of License: Mount Dora

Original Frequency: 1580

Origin of Call Letters:  Slogan: "The Voice of the Golden Triangle"

Original Power: 5,000 watts

Original Location: 401 Old Eustis Road

Original Format: MOR/News/Sports

Network Affiliation(s):


1958-Charlotte Radio & Television Corp. 
1959-Frank Taylor 
1959-Cherry Hill Broadcasters 
1962-Robert A. Lewis
1964-Frasure Hull, Inc. ($35,000)
1965-David Rawley
1972-Cherry Hill Broadcasters
1974-Lake Radio, Inc.
1975-Community Broadcasting, Inc.
1976-Walter "Jack" Kaufman, Jr.
1980-Donald and Marilyn Painter
1982-Central Florida Broadcasting Inc.
1987-Group A Productions Ronald Aicher Receiver
1993-Cross Country Communications ($30,000) 
1998-American Community Radio Network
2000-American Community Oriented Radio Network
2002-Peoples Radio Network, Inc
2002-Rama Communications ($600,000 with WGAF-AM 1090) 

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WMDF-1958-Country   "Cross Country"
WVGT-1960-MOR/News/Sports   "The Voice of the Golden Triangle"
WGTW-1976-Country  "Great Country GT158 AM"
WGTW-1976-MOR/Beautiful Music
WHTZ-1981-Easy Listening/Jazz/MOR
WBGB-1983-Easy Listening/Jazz/MOR
WBGB-1984-Beautiful Music
WNTF-1997-Simulcast of WPGS-AM 840
WNTF-2005-Black Gospel simulcast of WOKB-AM 1600
WNTF-2005-Spanish "Latina 1580AM"
WNTF-2011-Licensed/Silent  (Jul 1, 2011)
WNTF-2012-Spanish Religious 
WNTF-2014-Licensed/Silent  Mar 21, 2014
WNTF-2017-Classic R&B
WNTF-2017-Caribbean Music/Talk
WNTF-2019-Haitian Christian
WNTF-2020-Vietnamese Language Programming   "Vietnamese Broadcasting Central Florida"
WNTF-2022-Classic R & B
Some History of WVGT
1964-The FCC approved the sale by Robert A. Lewis to Frasure Hull, Inc., for $35,000, of the license for station WVGT at Mount Dora, although Lewis had not held the license for three years, as FCC generally requires. Lewis acquired the WVGT license in July, 1962. Frasure Hull, Inc., holds a permit for a new station WFAQ-FM at Mount Dora which never was put on the air. 

1965-David A. Rawley Jr. recently purchased radio station WVGT in Mount Dora. He also owns a majority of the stock of station VVLAF in LaFollette, Tenn.

WVGT Personalities

H. James (Jim) Sharp-1963-Program Director-Robert Lewis Ownership

Richard S. Smith-1963-News Director-Robert Lewis Ownership

Charles (Charlie) Northrup-1964-1966-Program Director-Robert Lewis Ownership

"Boots" VanArdsdale-1965-Robert Lewis Ownership

Larry Solomon-1965-Program Director/News Director-Robert Lewis Ownership

Victor Lent-1965-3PM till signoff weekdays/Mt. Dora High School Football Play-by-Play -Robert Lewis Ownership    Biography

Bill Bauman-1967-News-David Rawley, Jr. Ownership  Biography
Roger Bond-1968-Program Director-David Rawley, Jr. Ownership

Michael Solt-1968-Program Director-Universal Broadcasting

Mike Clarke

Bill Barber

Dave Edwards   Biography

Gabe Burton   Biography

Frank Reed    Biography

Chuck Goulder   In Memory

Other Names In WVGT History

Robert A. Lewis-1962-Owner/General Manager-Robert A. Lewis Ownership
Robert S. Alderman-1963-Commercial Manager-Robert A. Lewis Ownership
H. James Sharp-1963-Program Director-Robert A. Lewis Ownership
Richard Smith-1963-News Director-Robert Lewis A. Ownership
Richard Mauney-1963-Chief Engineer-Robert A. Lewis Ownership
David Rawley, Jr.-1965-President-David Rawley, Jr. Ownership
J. Arch Laney-1965-General Manager/Chief Engineer-David Rawley, Jr. Ownership
David Ward-1965-Sales Manager-David Rawley, Jr. Ownership
Arch Laney-1965-David Rawley, Jr. Ownership
John R. Morris-1965-Commercial Manager/Promotions Manager-David Rawley, Jr. Ownership
H. Tom Durr-1968-President-Universal Broadcasting

Bill Andrews-1967-General Manager/Commercial Manager/Chief Engineer-David Rawley, Jr. Ownership  Biography

Jerry E. Philliens1968-General Manager-Universal Broadcasting
John Franklin-1968-Chief Engineer-Universal Broadcasting
Leon Ganapol-1972-President-Cherry Hill Broadcasters
Sonny George-1972-President-Cherry Hill Broadcasters
Ron Aicher-1975-Co-Owner with Karl Meek
Karl Meek-1975-Co-Owner with Ron Aicher
Walter "Jack" Kaufman, Jr.-1976-1980  In Memory
Donald  Painter-1980-Co-Owner with Marilyn Painter
Marilyn Painter-1980-Co-Owner with Donald Painter
Johnny Nixon
Bill Wise

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