WOKB-AM 1600 
Winter Garden

Original Call Letters: WOKB

Originally Licensed: Jan. 1, 1958

Original City of License: Winter Garden

Original Frequency: 1600

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 5,000 Watts 

Original Location: 1011 S. Division St.

Original Format: Urban Contemporary

Network Affiliation(s):

National Black Network


1958-E.V. Price

1959-John B. Cook, Jr.
1962-Everbach Broadcasting Co. 
1979-Lesli Broadcasting Co
1987-Champion Broadcasting of Florida Inc.
1993-Rama Communications  ($950,000 Purchased with WXXU-AM 1300 Cocoa Beach) 

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WGOA-1958-Full Service MOR
WOKB-1959-Negro (Urban Contemporary)  "Tiger Radio"
WOKB-1967-Top 40
WOKB-1979-Disco   "Disco 16"
WOKB-1979-Black Gospel
WXXO-1988-Black Gospel
WXTO-1993-CNN Headline News/Talk 
WOKB-1994-Ethnic (Gospel, Caribbean and Haitian music) 
WOKB-1996-Spanish  "Radio Selecta"
WOKB-1996-Black Gospel
WOKB-2008-Calls/programming moved to 1680 AM
Orlando Sentinel April 23, 1977
Towers to put WOKB on air around clock 
The four 385-foot broadcasting towers going up In west Orange County will make WOKB AM the state's first 24-hour black station, according to Art Selley, general manager. WOKB AM was Florida's first radio station to program to the black community when It began 19 years ago, Selley said Friday.

WOKB Personalities  

Nickie Lee-1959-Noon-1PM/2:30PM-5:30PM Daily/Sun-Noon-5:30PM-John B. Cook, Jr.

Willie Clark-1977-"Gospel Explosion" and "Community Forum"-Everbach Broadcasting Co./1984-1987-Program Director/Mornings-Lesli Broadcasting Co.

Dave Williams
(David Titterington)-1979-1979-Program Director/Afternoons-Lesli Broadcasting Co.  In Memory

Spider Wilson (BJ Barry)-1984-Lesli Broadcasting Co.

"Cap'n" Chris Hill
-1985-1988-Mid-days also host of "Friday Night Fresh Party/Peter Banks-1995"-Lesli Broadcasting Co.   Biography

Jeff Allen (Cassell)-1986-1989-Lesli Broadcasting Co.    Biography

Kevin "G" Gardner-1986-Morning Drive-Lesli Broadcasting Co.
Gene Mack-1987-Gospel music-Noon-2PM-weekdays-Champion Broadcasting of Florida Inc. 

Brother Steve January aka Steve Curry-1993-2010- Program Director/ Mornings/ Sales Manager/ General Manager/ Operations Manager/ Production Manager-Rama Communications

Rebecca Randall-1994-Rama Communications  Biography    In Memory

Rocky Groce-1994-1994-9AM-Noon-Weekdays-Rama Communications

"Lady D” (Diana Taylor)-1994-"Young Peoples Forum”-Rama Communications


Peter Banks-1995-"The Travelers Breakfast Show"  8AM-11AM Mon-Fri/8AM-9AM Saturdays-Rama Communications 

Mario Cuomo-1995-Saturdays-9AM-11AM--(Syndicated)-Rama Communications

Blanquita Cullum-1996-Noon-2PM Weekdays-(Syndicated)-Rama Communications 

Bob Andrews Biography   In Memory

Eddie Lockwood

"The Deacon"-Melvin Grace, Sr.-10AM-3PM   In Memory

Brother 'J'-3PM-8PM

James Robinson-"Jay Baby"-"Tiger In The Morning" & "Live and In Color"    In Memory

Joe Bullard
Marvin Zanders
Nick Mickels
Guy Rozier

Leo Taylor Jr.

Rev. Gary Chambers

Max Johnson-News Director

George Hampton

Charles Morse

Stacey Freeman

Jay Francisco

"Bad" Butchie Brown (Curt Creel)-Weekends

Other Names in WOKB History

John B. Cook-1959-President

Edward T. Martin-1959-General Manager-John Cook Ownership

Milton Sutton-1959-Chief Engineer/News Director-John Cook Ownership

Pat Spencer-1959-Women's Director-John Cook Ownership

J. H. Everbach-1962-President/General Manager-Everbach Broadcasting Co.   In Memory

Bruce Webb-1962-Station Manager/1979-Vice President/Station Manager-Everbach Broadcasting Co.

Al Setzer-1962-Assistant Manager-Everbach Broadcasting Co.

Bob Mundy-1962-Chief Engineer-Everbach Broadcasting Co.

Jay Robinson-1973-Program Director-Everbach Broadcasting Co.
Lee Sharp-1979-Program Director-Everbach Broadcasting Co.
Finest Cherry-1979-Music Director-Everbach Broadcasting Co.
Ken Mathison-1979-Chief Engineer-Everbach Broadcasting Co.

Billye Love-1981-Program Director-Lesli Broadcasting Co.

Dena Whitebirch-1986-Sales

Willie Martin-1987-General Manager-Champion Broadcasting of Florida Inc.
Jane Duncklee-1987-Vice President/General Manager-Champion Broadcasting of Florida Inc.
Sabita Persuad-1993-President-Rama Communications 
Maria Del Pilar-1996-General Manager/Program Director-Rama Communications 
Joe Gettys-2005-Sales Manager-Rama Communications
Art Selley-General Manager.

Steven Delay-Chief Engineer
In Memory

Max Johnson

Roger Clark

Colene Allen-Station Manager-Rama Communications 

WOKB.jpg (57990 bytes) WOKB studio and towers courtesy of Paul Walker

Photos from the Kool Jazz Festival
courtesy of Chris Hill
Kool Jazz Festival 1.jpg (68412 bytes) 
L to R Jeff Allen, unknown female, Willie Clark and Chris Hall
Kool_Jazz_Festival_2.jpg (43676 bytes)
Standing L to R: Willie Clark, Chris Hall, Jeff Allen and Max  Johnson 
Jean Carne is the woman in red  

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