WMFQ-FM 92.9 
Ocala

Original Call Letters: WMFQ 

Originally Licensed: 1977 

Original City of License: Ocala  

Original Frequency: 92.7 

Origin of Call Letters: Slogan; We Mean Fine Quality 

Original Power: 50,000 watts

Original Location: 

Original Format: Beautiful Music


Network Affiliation(s):


2010-The Tom Kent Radio Network


Owner(s):


1978-Greater Ocala Broadcasting Corporation
1995-Asterisk Communications, Inc.  ($2.7 million)
2013-JVC Broadcasting (LMA)
2014-JVC Media Of Florida, LLC   ($3,500,000)


History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WMFQ-1977-(Bonneville’s) Beautiful Music   "Q 92"
WMFQ-1989-Easy Listening   "Q-Lite 92.9"
WMFQ-1995-Adult Contemporary    "Q 92.9"
WMFQ-2004-Oldies   "Big Oldies 92.9"
WMFQ-2009-Classic Hits
WMFQ-2011-Hot Adult Contemporary    "92Q Today's Best Music"


History Of WMFQ
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WMFQ.
WMFQ began operations on July 11, 1977 a Ocala’s only 24-hour radio station, programming Bonneville’s Beautiful Music automated format. The station was co-owned with WWKE-AM 1370 (now WOCA) and remained Beautiful Music until late 1989 when the switch was made to Easy Listening as "Q-Lite 92.9". That was the same year WMFQ upgraded from a 3,000 watt FM operation on 92.7 to a 50,000 watts powerhouse operating on 92.9. In 1995, Robert Hauck sold WMFQ to Asterisk Communications for $2.1 million. Asterisk already owned country formatted 50,000 watt WTRS-FM 102.3 and switched WMFQ from Easy Listening to Adult Contemporary. The slogan "Q-Lite 92.9" was modified to simply "Q-92.9". In 2004, Asterisk Communications switched WMFQ from Adult Contemporary to "Big Oldies 92.9" as it remains today. 


The frequency 92.7 mHz was originally assigned to Inverness, Florida, but was reassigned to Ocala after WTMC owner Vernon Arnette petitioned the FCC to move the 92.7 frequency from Inverness to Ocala. The argument was that 102.3 mHz (currently occupied by WTRS-FM) was assigned Ocala along with 93.7, therefore it was intended for Ocala to have two FM assignments. The FCC, however, "...gave one of those assignments away..." when it reassigned 102.3 to Dunnellon in 1969 when a group petitioned the FCC to construct an FM station for rural West Central Florida, therefore, according to Arnette, the FCC was depriving Ocala of its second FM assignment. The FCC granted Arnette’s request to reassign 92.7 to Ocala, and Hunter-Arnette Broadcasting filed an application for the new FM channel. Concurrently, Robert Hauck of Greater Ocala Broadcasting Corporation, which owned WWKE (a daytimer), filed an application for the same frequency. Arnette had planned to debut 92.7 as WTMC-FM with an automated Easy Listening format. Hauck had planned to debut 92.7 as WWKE-FM and move the Top 40 programming from WWKE-AM to the FM, and WWKE-AM would become a country station. After about 18 months, the FCC finally ruled through its comparative hearing process that Greater Ocala Broadcasting Corporation was more deserving of the new FM channel since it’s application specified an commonly owned AM station with daytime ONLY status, while WTMC specified a 24-hour license. Hauck constructed 92.7 FM and, at the last minute, decided to take the FM in a different direction. Instead of 92.7 becoming Top 40 WWKE-FM, it became WMFQ, "We Mean Fine Quality", programming Beautiful Music with special weekend classical programming. WMFQ was Ocala’s first 24-hour radio station and billed itself as "Ocala's ONLY 24-Hour Radio Station" for many years until WTMC and WFUZ-FM began 24-hour service 4-years later.


Oldies Leave Ocala     8-1-11
WMFQ-FM 92.9 in Ocala has dropped the seven year old "oldies" format. They began broadcasting hot adult contemporary music on Monday. The station will now be known as "92Q Today's Best Music"

Gainesville/Ocala Stations Sales Finalized      1-20-14
JVC Media, which took over WTRS-FM 102.3WYGC-FM 104.9, WMFQ-FM 92.9 and WXJZ-FM 100.9 from Asterisk Communications, Inc. through an LMA back in May, has finalized the deal. The total is  $3.5 million.  The other property in the cluster, WBXY-FM 99.5 has been sold by JVC to RDA Broadcast Holdings, LLC for $350,000.


WMFQ Personalities

Lisa Meadows-1979-1983-Weekends/Program Director 1994-Afternoons/Operations Manager WOCA and WMFQ-FM 

Bill Barr-"The Q Crew with Bill and Gina"-6AM-10AM co-host with Gina Jarrett/Program Director-Asterisk Communications, Inc.
Gina Jarrett
-"The Q Crew with Bill and Gina"-6AM-10AM co-host with Bill Barr-Asterisk Communications, Inc./JVC Media Of Florida, LLC



CJ (Clint "C.J." Robinson)-2006-2011-2PM-7PM-Asterisk Communications, Inc../JVC Media Of Florida, LLC



Elise Rossi-2013-2014-10AM-3PM/Music Director
-Asterisk Communications, Inc./JVC Media Of Florida, LLC

 



Chad (Chad Hallmark)-2013-3PM-7PM/Director of Client Services-JVC Media Of Florida, LLC


Big J (Justin Kenzior)-2013-Midnight-6AM-Mon-Sat-Asterisk Communications, Inc./JVC Media Of Florida, LLC


Dyann (Lesnever)
-2014-10AM-3PM-JVC Broadcasting


Opie-
Mon-Fri-7PM-Midnight-"#QNightsLive"/Sat-10AM-3PM/Sun-5PM-10PM-JVC Broadcasting



Shane Finch-10AM-2PM/Operations Director-Asterisk Communications, Inc.



Goose-7PM-Midnight
-Asterisk Communications, Inc.

Tom Bowers-Midnight-6AM-Asterisk Communications, Inc.

Mark Morales-Co-host Mornings-Asterisk Communications, Inc.



Big Bo-Middays



Toni-Afternoons-Asterisk Communications, Inc.

Travis Allen-3PM-7PM-"The Afternoon Mess"-JVC Media Of Florida, LLC

Truckin' Tom Kent-7PM-Midnight

Tommy Edwards-Midnight-5:30AM

                                   

Jammin' Johnny Flash

Chuck Bennett-Asterisk Communications, Inc.



Paul Delaney
Biography

Jim Cinque

Don Reed

Fred Petty

Michael Solt


Other Names in WMFQ History

Robert M. Hauck-1977-1995-President-Greater Ocala Broadcasting Corporation




Donald Moeller-1977-1995-Engineer-Greater Ocala Broadcasting Corporation



Fred Mullin-1984-1988-Program Director-Greater Ocala Broadcasting Corporation  


John Rutledge-Market Manager-Asterisk Communications, Inc.  
Biography   In Memory
Sam Gerace-1990-Sales-Asterisk Communications, Inc./2013-General Sales Manager-JVC Broadcasting


John Carraciolo-2013-President/CEO-JVC Media


Shane Reeve-2013-Vice President/Market Manager-JVC Broadcasting


Sarita Negron-2013-General Sales Manager-JVC Broadcasting


Victor Canalies-2014-Vice President/Chief Operating Officer-JVC Media Of Florida, LLC  

Gene Hesters-General Manager-Greater Ocala Broadcasting Corporation

Shawn Smith-Operations Director-Greater Ocala Broadcasting Corporation

Rick Cosner- General Sales Manager

Bill Early-General Sales Manager

Earl Knight-Program Director


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