WHTQ-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: Rock

Network Affiliation(s):

Premiere Radio Networks


1948-Orlando Daily Newspaper
1958-Bluegrass Broadcasting
1987-TK Communications ($13.5 million for WHOO-AM 990 and WHTQ-FM 96.5)
1994-Granum Communications  ($11.5 million)
1996-Infinity Broadcasting Corp
1997-Cox Broadcasting

History Of Call Letters and Formats: 

-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

History Of WHTQ  
At midnight Monday, March 1, 1987, WHOO-FM changed its call letters to WHTQ and abandoned its country format. Listeners to WHTQ heard non-stop Beatles songs. The marathon was well-timed, coinciding with the release the week prior of the first Beatles CDs. But it was begun only as an interim program. WHTQ general manager Jim Jordan described the station's upcoming format as ''adult rock''.
On August 15, 2011, Cox announced that the rock format would be replaced by a simulcast of WDBO-AM 580

Fallout At WHTQ      8-18-11
With the WDBO-AM 580 simulcast replacing the rock format of WHTQ-FM 96.5 Program Director Fleetwood Gruver along with mid-day host Slats (Tim Guinane) and night guy Buckley all left the station. 

WHTQ Personalities

(Tim  Guinane)-1987-1988-1st jock hired for PM Drive-TK Communications/2010-3-7pm Sundays /2011-Mid-days -Cox Broadcasting    Biography

Aug 2011-With the WDBO-AM 580 simulcast replacing the rock format of WHTQ-FM 96.5 Slats left the station.

Tommy Griffiths-1987-Morning Co-host-TK Communications

Paul Castronovo-1987-Morning Co-host-TK Communications 

Greg Wells-1987-Middays-TK Communications   In Memory
Rick Bavic-1987-Evenings-TK Communications
Dave Culp-1987-1989-TK Communications

Mike Lyons-1987-Overnights-TK Communications
     In Memory

Annie Sommers
(Mari Ann Sollom)-1989-1991-Music Director/Afternoons/Interim Program Director-TK Communications  
In Memory   

Gary Van Allen (Gary Warne)-1990-1997-Creative Advertising Manager/Air Talent-TK Communications/Radio Orlando L.P.

Jim Steel (aka
James Steele)-1991-1993-Program Director/Mid-days-TK Communications  

Melissa Foxx (Laurie Turner)-1992-TK Communications 

Mark Samansky-1995-Afternoons-Granum Communications   Biography      In Memory

"Cap'n" Chris Hill-1995-1997-Granum Communications   Biography

-Cox Broadcasting

Alan Spector-2001-2008-News/Morning show producer-Cox Broadcasting
Alan along with Dixon and Willoughby were let go in Nov 2008 to make room for Bubba the Love Sponge

Richard Dixon and J. Willoughby-2006-2008-Mornings-Cox Broadcasting 
Dixon and Willoughby along with Alan Spector were let go in Nov 2008 to make room for Bubba the Love Sponge

Aug 2011-With the WDBO-AM 580 simulcast replacing the rock format Buckley left the station.

Ken Carson-Program Director

Frank Vaught  In Memory

Al Spry-Air talent/Promotions Assistant  Biography
Pete Bunch

Chris Rhoads

Jeff Slater
-Morning show producer  Biography

Bob Rose                     

Dave Adams  Biography    In Memory

Bruce Cherry-Program Director

David "Rat boy" Brinn

Chris Rhoads-9AM-3PM

Ron Andrews

Bill Cross-Promotions Director 

Elise Rossi

Nikki (Nicole Creston)-Saturday-10AM-5PM

Pat Shelton

Erin Somers

Joe Jackson (Joseph Scaringi)

Tyler McKenzie Tyler McKenzie Biography

Kevin Baldinger-Traffic Biography

Barry Bennett-Program Director

Pat Lynch 

John Hamilton
“Snake” (Max Goldberg)-Nights
Craig Williams
T.C. McGuire

Other Names In WHTQ History

Karen Kjos-1986-General Sales Manager-Bluegrass Broadcasting

John Tenaglia-1987-TK Communications

Dave Gariano-1987-Program Director-TK Communications

Frank Tenore-Manager at WHOO-AM 990 and WHTQ/Regional Vice President-TK Communications

Herb McCord-1994-President/CEO-Granum Communications 

Tanya Heath-1994-Sales-Granum Communications

Steve Fluker-1995-Chief Engineer-Granum Communications

Debbie Morel-1996-Vice President/General Manager-Cox Broadcasting

Fleetwood Gruver-1996-Operations Manager/2003-Interim Program Director/Program Director
Aug 2011-With the WDBO-AM 580 simulcast replacing the rock format of WHTQ-FM 96.5 Fleetwood left the station.

Tim Boisch-1997-General Sales Manager-Cox Broadcasting

Bruce McGregor-1998-2003-Program Director-Cox Broadcasting

Greg Stevens-2003-Program Director-Cox Broadcasting

Shane Reeve-2008-General Sales Manager-Cox Radio

J.C. Campese-2000-Marketing Director-Cox Broadcasting  

Ron Lewis-Production Director

Brian Krysz-Program Director 

J.T. Stevens-Program Director

Shane Reeve-Cox Broadcasting
Mark Warlaumont-General Manager 

Other Programs in WHTQ History

John Boy & Billy

Bubba the Love Sponge-2009-2011


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