WAQV-FM 90.9
Crystal River

Original Call Letters: WAQV

Originally Licensed: 1997

Original City of License: Crystal River

Original Frequency: 90.9

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 3,700 watts

Original Location: 

Original Format: Religious

Network Affiliation(s):

The Joy FM Radio Network


1997-Marion Community Radio, Inc.
1998-Ocala Word of Faith Church, Inc.
2001-Radio Training Network, Inc.

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WAQV-1997-Contemporary Christian/Religious  “The Wave”
WAQV-1998-Contemporary Christian/Religious  “The Light”
WAQV-2001-Contemporary Christian/Religious  “The Joy FM”

History of WAQV
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WAQV. 
Non commercial FM station WAQV began operations in 1997 after Brad Dinkins, President of Marion Community Radio, Inc., was searching for a way to extend coverage of Ocala’s WHIJ-FM 88.1 into West Central Florida. Dinkins applied for the 90.9 frequency, and upon receiving a construction permit, WAQV, or “The Wave” as it was known, began providing a wide variety of contemporary Christian music along with Bible teaching and ministry programming to Florida’s Nature Coast, comprising Crystal River, Inglis, Yankeetown, Inverness, Spring Hill, Dunnellon and Citrus Springs. Although the 3,700 watt class A signal is licensed to Crystal River, the 90.9 antenna is located 15 miles away, about two miles South of Dunnellon, broadcasting from the former WTRS-FM 102.3 tower. From this location, WAQV can also be heard in parts of Southwest Ocala and Marion County. And although licensed as a full power non commercial FM radio station, WAQV has never had a separate studio, nor does  it originate any programming. All programming content is simulcast from WHIJ-FM 88.1 Ocala, originally known as “The Light FM 88.1”. After a year on the air, Dinkins sold WAQV-FM along with WHIJ-FM to the Ocala Word of Faith Church (now Meadowbrook Church) located in West Ocala. The WHIJ studio was moved from it’s original Ocala location on East Silver Springs Boulevard to the church while WAQV continued to simulcast WHIJ programming and essentially went through very little change. The format remained contemporary Christian music with Bible teaching and ministry programs throughout the three years the Ocala Word of Faith Church owned and operated the two stations. In 2001, however, the church decided to sell both stations to New Port Richey based Radio Training Network, Inc. headed  by former WCIE-FM 91.1 Lakeland programmer James Campbell. Under Radio Training Network both stations became a  part of several other Florida stations owned by the network. All programming remained the same, but was no longer  local. Under a consolidation effort, all programming began originating from WLPJ-FM 91.5 New Port Richey where it is then relayed to WHIJ-FM 88.1 Ocala, WAQV-FM 90.9 Crystal River and WJLF-FM 91.7 Gainesville. Collectively the four stations play a variety of Contemporary Christian Hit Music, along with Bible teaching, ministry programming, news, sports, public affairs and emergency information known as “The JOY FM”.

Names in WAQV History

Brad Dinkins1997-President-Marion Community Radio, Inc. 

Mark Okus-1997-2001-General Manager-Marion Community Radio, Inc. 

Timothy Gilligan-1998-2001-President-Ocala Word of Faith Church

James Campbell-2001-President-Radio Training Network, Inc.

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