WRMF-FM 98.3

Original Call Letters: WRMF 

Originally Licensed: Sep. 1968 

Original City of License: Titusville  

Original Frequency: 98.3  

Origin of Call Letters: Owners Name; Richard M. Fairbanks  

Original Power: 3,000 watts

Original Location: 

Original Format: MOR-50% / 50% simulcast of WRMF-AM 1050

Network Affiliation(s):


1968-WRMF, Inc.

1978-Advance Communications Net
1989-Sage Broadcasting, Co.

History Of  Call Letters and Formats:

WRMF-1968-Simulcast of WRMF-AM 1050
WRMF-1972-MOR-50% / 50% duplication of WRMF-AM 1050
WRMF-1978-Beautiful Music  
WAJX-1979-Album Oriented Rock
WAJX-1980-Contemporary Rock
WAJX-1984-Adult Contemporary
WSCF-1986-Adult Contemporary
WGNE-1989-Adult Contemporary

WRMF History
From Lou Josephs come more history of WRMF. "It (the AM) moved to (the) 1060 (dial position) in 1973, and until 1978, was owned by Fairbanks Broadcasting (Richard M. Fairbanks),. "I was PD from 1976 to 1978. We also had the FM at 98.3, which split off in 1973.  Jack Simpson's Jazz on the Beach was on the air on WRMF from 1975 thru the time I left in 78 Jack's a great guy. The night jock in 1973 was Billy Stevens who's day job was at the local bank. Seems he did some embezzling at the bank and when that became public he was blown out that would have been in 1975.  Dave Shaw was his replacement."

From Lee Taylor; "That was a weird place.  Transmitter/main studio was out in the swamp. I remember when they came out and pressure washed the building and I found it out was white.  It had some many dirt dauber nests on it that it looked like it was brown.  I showed up for a shift one time to find a big note on the door warning that a rattle snake was under Marla’s car! They bush hogged the grass out back and uncovered an alligator. It had a weird pattern.  During the day I think it was 10,000 watts omni (directional), and you could get the station really well all over Central Florida, including Orlando. At night it went to 5,000 watts directional, and the main lobe of the pattern threw down across Brevard County to the south.  They claim you could hear it like a local (station) in the Bahamas. Those sticks out in that brackish water swamp made one hell of a ground plane".

Todd Hyder

There was a little...bar called the Roadrunner about two miles east of the driveway on state road 46 toward the town of Mims. On weekends during the day (which I also worked alternatively with Lee Taylor), it was a huge challenge to get the board all set up during a sports or public service show and make a mad dash for a sandwich to go.  The Roadrunner had some of the best BBQ sandwiches, and I'd always phone my order in and tell them to have it wrapped, bagged and ready for me to grab. Luckily for me, I always made it back in time before a local commercial spot break!  I'm not the only one who got away with this, but I'll not say which one of my coworkers told me how to successfully pull off this stunt! 
One of my most vivid memories of WRMF was when a couple of guys were pulling up into the parking lot and just hanging around.  They would stay for hours and wouldn't go away.  Despite their appeals to get a station "tour," I would never let them in the door.  I spoke to them through the intercom (in the studio) and said something to the effect that my bosses would fire me if I allowed visitors in the building during non-business hours. They left, but them kept coming back a couple more nights in a row.  On the third or fourth night, I ignored their signaling through the intercom and they gave up and went away.  For weeks, they didn't show up, and I convinced myself that the problem had solved itself.  Then, the listener line rang and it was some guy (obviously inebriated) saying he was going to "blow up" the whole #&^%@ radio station and that I had minutes to get out of the place.  Like anyone else, I was rattled and immediately called the Brevard County Sheriff's department.  Unbeknownst to me, they alerted Dale Moudy (waking him up at his home in Orlando) and then called me back to say it would be safer if I were to stay locked in the building rather than risk encountering this moron and his buddies by running outside.  Within 10 minutes, two sheriff's patrol cars came barreling down the dirt driveway with lights flashing.  I was never so relieved to see the police!  A couple of deputies came inside the studio and looked around, while another deputy or two used searchlights to scan the swamps and found nothing.  As would be expected, it was all a hoax.  Dale Moudy phoned me up to confirm that all was OK and I said "yeah, I'm fine"  He and the sheriff spoke in short sentences for about a minute and it was shortly thereafter I went back to spinning records as if nothing had happened...

WRMF Personalities

Lou Josephs
-1973/1976-1978-Program Director-WRMF, Inc.  Biography    In Memory

Bob Alfano-1979-WRMF, Inc. Biography

Kevin P McCourt-1973-Middays-WRMF, Inc.

Billy Stevens-1973-Nights-WRMF, Inc.

Jon Mathews-1973-News Director

Bill Cummins-1973-WRMF, Inc.

Allen Moore-1973-News Director-WRMF, Inc.

Jack Simpson-1975-"Jazz on the Beach"-WRMF, Inc.  
In Memory

Jim "Biff" Burns   Biography

Steve Singer

Dave Shaw

Lee Gregory-(Marla Meyer Grabill)-Evenings

Lee Taylor

Dan Fiorucci-News

Other Names In WRMF History

R. M. Fairbanks-1958-President-WRMF, Inc.

R. L. "Bob" Bright-1968-1977-General Manager-WRMF, Inc.  In Memory

Dale Moudy

Bob Alfano supplies photos from his time at WRMF
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Bob Alfano
and Steve Singer (standing)

Bob Alfano
on the air


The Gates Console

Jim "Biff" Burns

The AM transmitter   

Fairbanks Broadcasting

Fairbanks Broadcasting was founded in 1948 to purchase WIBC-AM 1070 in Indianapolis. Fairbanks (who was the last surviving grandson of Teddy Roosevelt's vice president, Charles W. Fairbanks) sold most of his properties in the last decade, leaving just WKOX. He died in August of 2000 at the age of 88.

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