WDBO-FM 96.5 

Original Call Letters: WHOO

Originally Licensed: 1948  

Original City of  License: Orlando

Original Frequency: 96.5

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 100,000 watts 

Original Location: 4192 N. John Young Parkway 

Original Format: Simulcast of WDBO-AM 580

Network Affiliation(s):

Premiere Radio Networks


1987-TK Communications  ($12 million)

1994-Granum Communications  ($11.5 million)

1996-Infinity Broadcasting Corp.
1997-Cox Media Group

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WHOO-1952-Beautiful Music (First stereo station in Central Florida)

WHOO-1984-Country "96 Country"
WHTQ-1987-Rock  "Q96"
WHTQ-1993-Classic Rock
WHTQ-2011-Rock "Orlando's Best Rock"
WDBO-2011-Simulcast of WDBO-AM 580
WDBO-2012-News/Talk  "News Talk 96.5"   "News Ninety Six Five"

History Of WDBO-FM  
On August 15, 2011, Cox announced that the rock format of WHTQ-FM 96.5 would be replaced by a simulcast of News/Talk WDBO-AM 580.

WDBO-FM Personalities

Jim Turner-1972-Afternoon drive/1985-2012-Mornings-Outlet Company/Katz Broadcasting/New City Communications /Cox Broadcasting  
Jim Turner's Final Broadcast  12-14-12

Marsha Taylor-1986-Midday Anchor/Street Reporter/1989-2012-News Director/2012-Reporter-New City  Communications/Cox Broadcasting

Dave Wahl-1988-2013-Reporter/Anchor-New City  Communications/Cox Broadcasting
On 4-26-2013 Dave retires after 25 years  

Kirk Healy-1988-Cox Media Group

Jamie Dupree-1989-News-Cox Broadcasting

Scott Anez- 1991-Sports Director-New City  Communications/Cox Broadcasting
Scott joined Jim Turner  in 1991 as the Sports Director. Scott's a native to the Central Florida area and earned his broadcasting degree from the University of Central Florida. 

Neal Boortz-9AM-Noon/2012-2013-9AM-11AM-syndicated-Cox Broadcasting

Clark Howard-1998-3PM-4PM/3PM-5PM/2001-1PM-4PM/2012-10PM-1AM/1PM-3PM/2015-8PM-10PM-Cox Media Group

Carol Dedman-1999-2001-Newd Anchor/Reporter-Cox Media Group

Bob Hazen-2004-2012-News-Cox Broadcasting
2010-Bob joins WFTV channel 9 as a part-time reporter
2012-Bob leaves WDBO 

Joe Ruble-2005-News-Cox Broadcasting


Kyle Cassandra-2007-Overnight Traffic Anchor/Fill-in Reporter/Sports Anchor/"Ask The Experts" show host/produced several specials/2012-Producer- "Mel Robbins Show"

Shanna Vicker
-2008-News-Cox Media Group 

Emily Cassulo-2009-Intern/2010-2011-Reporter/Web Producer-Cox Broadcasting

Nick Figueredo-2009-Associate Producer of "Central Florida's Morning News with Jim Turner", Executive producer of "America's Garden Rebel Show" and also hosts several Ask The Expert shows/2012-2016-Nick was named Assistant Program Director-Cox Media Group
was named Director of Branding and Programming for Cox Media's WOKV-AM 690/104.5 FM in Jacksonville

Brittny Krause-2010-2011-News/Web Manager-Cox Broadcasting                   

Ray Caputo-2010-Reporter/Fill-in Anchor-Cox Broadcasting

Ken Tyndall-2010-2017-News-Cox Broadcasting               

Amanda Castro-2011-2012-News Dept/ Web Producer-Cox Broadcasting

Brandon Hamilton-2011-Reporter/Web Producer-Cox Broadcasting

Patrick Johnson-2011-2013-Morning News/Evening News-Cox Broadcasting  

Jonathan Beaton-2011-2014-News-Cox Broadcasting  

Josh McCarthy-2011-2015-Producer-Central Florida's Morning News with Joe Kelley/The Mel Robbins Show-Cox Media Group

Monica Rix-Anchor/Reporter-2011-2015-News-Cox Broadcasting

Tony Marino-2011-News-Cox Media Group

Laurel Lee-2011-Producer of Orlando's Morning News, Orlando's News at Noon and  various "Ask the Expert " shows on the weekend-Cox Media Group

Mel Robbins
-2012-1PM-3PM/11AM-1PM/2013-Sun-8PM-Cox Media Group  
Courtesy of Tim Steward

Samantha Jordan-2012-
Mid-day Anchor/Reporter-Cox Media Group

Jerry Doyle-2012-Syndicated-Cox Media Group

Andy Dean-2012-7PM-10PM-Cox Media Group

Valerie Cooper-2012-
Reporter/Morning Show Producer/Web Reporter-Cox Media Group

Angela Jacobs-2012-Morning Reporter-Cox Media Group

Joe Kelley-2012-News Director/Mornings-Cox Media Group

Herman Cain-2013-9AM-11AM-Cox Media Group

Cigar Dave-2013-Sat-6PM-8PM-Cox Media Group

Jessica Davis-2013-Producer/2015-News-Cox Media Group

Kat Ensminger-2013-News-Cox Media Group

Darrell Moody-2013-News Anchor/Reporter-Cox Media Group

Mark Starling-2013-2015-News
-Cox Media Group

Josh Miranda-2014-Reporter/Anchor-Cox Media Group

Brian Kilmeade-2014
-9AM-10AM-Syndicated-Cox Media Group

Mike Calta-2014-10PM-Midnight
-Syndicated-Cox Media Group

Mark Kaye-2014-Sunday nights-7PM-9PM-Cox Media Group

Dana Loesch-2014-
7PM-9PM, Midnight for "The Final Hour" Mon-Fri./2015-"The Dana Show"- Mon-Fri.-Syndicated 1PM-3PM/ 7PM-8PM-Cox Media Group

Kiah Arnold-2014-News
-Cox Media Group


Chad Erwin-2014-2015/2017-News
-Cox Media Group

Meghan McCain-2015-
"America Now"-1AM-3AM-Cox Media Group


Chad Benson-2015-"The Chad Benson Show"
-3AM-5AM-Cox Media Group

Heather Jordan Martinez-2015-2016-News
-Cox Media Group

Gene Wexler-2016-Anchor/Reporter/Host/Producer-Anchor-Cox Media Group

Laura Peters-2017-Promotions Manager-
Cox Media Group

Olivia Stasny
-2017-Cox Media Group

Bobby Mitchell-
Cox Media Group

Tico Perez-Political consultant Host of "Talkin' with Tico"-Cox Broadcasting 

Jim Grant-Traffic-Cox Broadcasting 

Eric Brown-Airborne traffic reporter
-Cox Broadcasting 

Sean Hannity-3PM-6PM-syndicated-Cox Broadcasting

Mark Levin-7PM-10-PM-Syndicated-Cox Broadcasting

Michael Savage-Syndicated-Cox Broadcasting

Chloe Cleghorn-2014-2014-News
-Cox Media Group


Lindsey Gerzina
-Cox Media Group

Lindsay Morrison-News
-Cox Media Group

Daniel Vargas-
Cox Media Group
Markley, Van Camp & Robbins with Jamie Markley, Dave Van Camp & Scott Robbins - M-F/2A-5A

Deirnesa Jefferson
-News-Cox Media Group

Other Names In WDBO-FM History

Steve Holbrook-1982-2012-Operations Manager/Program Director/Promotions Director/-Cox Broadcasting

Drew Anderssen-2012-Program Director-Cox Media Group

Roz (Roswell) Clark-2013-Director of Technical Operations and Systems Administrator for Cox Media Groupís 12 radio stations in the Tampa and Orlando-Cox Media Group

Aaron Schachter-2016-Director of Digital Content-Cox Media Group  

JC Campese-Sales Manager/2022-Vice President and Market Manager-Cox Media Group

Other Programs In WDBO-FM History

96.5 Noon News-2013-Noon-1PM-Cox Media Group

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