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Original Call Letters: WMOP

Originally Licensed: Nov 7, 1960

Original City of License: Ocala

Original Frequency: 93.7

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 100,000 watts

Original Location: 311 Robertson Bldg.

Original Format: Pop

Network Affiliation(s):



1960-A.B. ("Ben") Letson
1973-WMOP, Inc.
1985-Dix Communications, Inc (Ocala Broadcasting)

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WMOP-1963-Beautiful Music
WFUZ-1973-Big Bands/Easy Listening
WFUZ-1981-Block Programming (Easy Listening-Day/Country-Night)
WFUZ-1985-Adult Contemporary
WMMZ-1986-Top 40  "Z-93"
WOGK-1994-Country  "K-Country 93.7 FM"

WMOP History

Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WMOP.
WMOP-FM began broadcasting on November 7, 1960 at 93.7 mHz, with 4,200 watts, co-owned with country giant legend WMOP-AM 900. The format was Pop and remained with that format until 1973 when WMOP-FM increased its power to 100,000 watts and changed its call letters to WFUZ--named to honor the area's police officers. Kirk considers the development of the FM station in this area as one his greatest accomplishments.
At that time, WFUZ became Ocalaís first and only Easy Listening station with special Big Band programming in the afternoons. Big Daddy Miles Foland, a long time broadcast legend in Cincinnati, had retired to Ocala years earlier and was the afternoon air talent on WTMC-AM 1290. WFUZ's owner, "Country" Jim Kirk, lured Big Daddy away from WTMC to host the afternoon Big Band show on the new 100,000 watt WFUZ. Programming on WFUZ remained easy listening until 1983 when it was decided to switch the nighttime programming to country to better compete against another FM country station that recently commenced 24-hour operations. However, the daytime on WFUZ remained Easy Listening until 1985. Thatís when Country Jim decided it was time to sell the FM, and a switch was made to full-time Adult Contemporary. The new owners, Dix Communications, constructed a new transmitter plant and studio in 1986. The call letters were changed to WMMZ and it became a cult following CHR known as "Z-93". The New CHR "Z-93" remained a hit until it all came to an end in March of 1994. Thatís when Dix Communications decided to take 93.7 in a different direction. So a new general manager and staff was hired. The call letters were once again changed, this time to WOGK, and the format became a mix of modern and classic country, known as "K-Country, 93FM". 

Names In WMOP History

A.B. "Ben" Letson-1960-Owner

Vernon Arnette
-1960-Assistant General Manager/Commercial Manager-A.B. "Ben" Letson Ownership  
In Memory
Helen Halverston-1960-Program Director-A.B. "Ben" Letson Ownership
John Cowden, Jr.-1960-Promotions Manager/1963-FM Manager-A.B. "Ben" Letson Ownership
Al Lee-1960-News Director-A.B. "Ben" Letson Ownership
A.E. "Gene" Turner-1960-Farm Manager/Chief Engineer-A.B. "Ben" Letson Ownership
Terry Reaves-1973-Engineer-WMOP, Inc. 

Tom Catalano-General Manager

Chuck Deel-Mornings/Program Director   
In Memory

Fred Mullins-Program Director

Wes Unold

Scotty Pacquin

Miles "Big Daddy" Foland

Reynolds Hawk- General Manager (Z-93)

Mark Davis-Program Director (Z-93)

Bobby Hart

Jay Matthews

Tony Downes

Mike Tanner 

Sean "Omatic" Scott

Nate Graham

Frank Stevens  
In Memory

Don Schmal

Edwin Lee Smith-News Director

Photo by David Cook

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