WWKO-AM 860 

Original Call Letters: WKKO

Originally Licensed: Jan. 4, 1951  

Original City of License: Cocoa  

Original Frequency: 860

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 1,000 watts daytime/121 watts nighttime

Original Location: Burnett Road, south of State Road 520

Original Format: Urban Contemporary  

Network Affiliation(s):


1952-Brevard Broadcasting Company
1959-Marvin Rothschild
1970-Cocoa One Inc.
1975-Emcom Associates
1984-Dickson/Fry Broadcast Group, Inc.
1984-Fox Radio Inc.
1985-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
1988-Christian Radio Communications, Inc.
1992-Walker Broadcasting
1993-Brevard Broadcasting, Inc. ($90,000)
1993-Walker Info & Ed Institute Inc.
1998-Carl Marcocci
2005-Bible Broadcasting Network ($250,000)

History Of  Call Letters and Formats:

WKKO-1952-Block Programming
WJZX-1984-Urban  "Fox 86"
WJZX-1985-Adult Contemporary 
WCKS-1986-Top 40  ''Brevard's No. 1 Hit Music Station'' 
WCKS-1986-'50s and '60s
WCKS-1987-Top 40
WWKO-1989-Urban Contemporary "KO 860 Knockin' Out The Hits" 
WRFB-1993-News/Talk   "Radio For Brevard"   
WRFB-2000-Silent (4-4-2000)
WRFB-2004-License Cancelled  (2-1-2004)
From Will Standley;
"I am also the former owner of 860 AM, Cocoa, FL (original call letters WKKO). I bought it from Keith Walker (station) and Jane Maschmeier (real estate) and ultimately sold the station to WGUL-AM owner Carl Marcocci who ultimately turned it off so he could get better coverage WGUL 860 AM over Tampa/St Pete. (He applied for and received FCC permission to change his WGUL pattern subject to turning off 860 AM Cocoa.) When we acquired 860-AM Cocoa in Brevard County we changed the call letters to WRFB (Radio For Brevard.) Ray Kassis, owner of WWBC 1510 AM Cocoa ultimately bought the old 860 AM site, removed his old tower in the Indian River and re-tuned the old 860 AM tower for 1510. Then he was able to add one tower and go to 50kw day time."

Names in WWKO History
Alan Dickson-1988-1992-President/General Manager-Christian Radio Communications, Inc.
Mike Walker-1988-1992-General Sales Manager/Promotions Manager/Program Director-Christian Radio Communications, Inc.
Reginald Henry-Music Director-Christian Radio Communications, Inc. 
Sam Shannon-1988-NewsDirector-Christian Radio Communications, Inc.

"Cap'n" Chris Hill
-1991-1992-Morning Drive-co-host "Chris-Kross Morning Show"/Evening Drive-Christian Radio Communications, Inc./Walker Broadcasting       Biography
Marty "Kross" True-1991-Morning Drive-co-host "Chris-Kross Morning Show"-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Johnny "Scorpio" Jackson-1991-Middays-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Rory Thomas-1991-Afternoon Drive-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
JT Feret-1991-6PM-9PM-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Bishop LT Weaver-1991-9PM-Midnight-"Songs in the Night" (Gospel)-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Mixmaster Ben-1991-Midnight-6AM-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Jimmy C-1991-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Dan "Tall Tan Superman" Gibson-1991-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Howard "Mr. DJ" Armstead-1991-General Manager-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Phillip Benson-1991-Station Manager/General Sales Manager-Capitol Broadcasting Co.
Heike Clarke-1991-Sales-Capitol Broadcasting Co./Brevard Broadcasting, Inc.
Mr. Z (Gary Zajac)-1992-"It's All The Blues"-Mon-Fri-Noon-2PM/Sat 8PM

Will Standley-1993-President-Brevard Broadcasting, Inc.
C. J. Harris-1993-Operations Manager/Program Director-Brevard Broadcasting, Inc.

Michael W. Lowe
Les Roberson-General Manager

Jay Waggoner-Engineer  
In Memory
Bill Trammel
Spyder D aka The Wild Child
Easy Ed
Bill Tramel-General Manager 
Scorpio (Johnny Jackson)-Music Director
Tony Renay-Station Manager 
Howard Armstead

Programs In WWKO History
"Gold Dust Cafe"-1993-Rhythm and blues oldies-11AM-Noon-Brevard Broadcasting, Inc..
"Blues"-Noon-1993-3PM-Brevard Broadcasting, Inc.
"Smooth Sounds in the Night"-1993-music from the 1970s to present-6PM-10PM-Brevard Broadcasting, Inc.
Stetson University Basketball

 WWKO_Service Truck2.jpg (56452 bytes)
WWKO service truck  courtesy of Jay Waggoner   

Bumper sticker (1991) courtesy of  Jimmy C
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    WWKO 860 AM Cocoa Chris Hill & daughter.jpg (740520 bytes)       
Chris Hill and his daughter outside of WWKO studios in 1990       

Chris Hill, Johnny Scorpio Jackson - former PD of Rhythm 86 Robert Kool Belle 2008.jpg (529305 bytes) 

Chris Hill, Johnny "Scorpio" Jackson, Robert "Kool" Belle 2008            


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