WGNE-FM  99.9

Original Call Letters: WIYD

Originally Licensed: Dec 13, 1973

Original City of License: Daytona Beach

Original Frequency: 99.9

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 100,000 watts

Original Location:

Original Format: Country

Network Affiliation(s):


Hall Communications Company
1982-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels
1986-Norman S. Drubner 
1986-Heritage Broadcast Group ($8.5 million)
1993-Ronette Communications Corp.
1994-Daytona Beach Broadcasting 
1996-Randa broadcasting ($6.5 million with WWRR-FM, Brunswick, GA)

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WIYD-1973-Beautiful Music
WNFY-1982-Top 40  "Y100"
WNFI-1983-Churban  "I-100"   "The New 99.9"  "Kiss 99.9" 
WNFI-1983-Top 40  "I-100"   "The New 99.9"  "Kiss FM"
WFKS-1994-Soft Rock  "Kiss 99.9"
WFKS-1994-Top 40   "Kiss FM"
WGNE-2000-Country "99 Frog"  (moved from 98.1)
WGNE-2005-Country "Froggy 99.9" (moved to Jacksonville)

WGNE History

WGNE began life as WIYD-FM in Palatka, a 100,000-watt Beautiful Music station on December 13, 1973. The switch to a Country format came in 1979. In 1981 WAPE-AM 690 owner, Stan Kaplan planned to move WIYD-FM to Penney Farms and change it to WAPE-FM, but Kaplan came into personal legal problems and the idea was scrapped. In 1982, a group led by Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels bought the station with the idea of competing with Top 40 WDOQ-FM 101.1 "Q-102" in Daytona. 

Froggy 99.9 Leaves Daytona   5-3-05
Country station WGNE-FM 99.9, "Froggy 99.9" made its long-awaited jump into Jacksonville by relaunching as "Jacksonville's New Country Station, 99.9 Froggy-FM."  WGNE recently moved its transmitter to the Jacksonville market from a location near Palm Coast. WGNE is offering listeners 9,999 commercial-and jock-free songs in a row. With the move WGNE can no longer be heard in Daytona; the slogan "Florida's Station For Good Times & Great Country Music" is no more.
WGNE's PD and afternoon host Jeff Davis and Michele Chase are the only two staffers making the move. Jessica Dean, morning co host is leaving "Froggy" to get married. Jen Jones has chosen not to move to Jacksonville.

Names In WGNE History

"Wolf" Bowers-2000-"The Wolfpack More Music Morning Show"-6AM-10AM-Randa broadcasting

Jennifer Jones-2000-"The Wolfpack More Music Morning Show"-6AM-10AM/"The Froggy 99 Minute Music Sweep" -10AM-Noon- Randa broadcasting

ill Kramer (William Kuffel)-2000-Program Director/"The Noon-Time Jukebox"-Noon-3PM-Randa broadcasting  In Memory

Jeff Davis-2000-3PM-7PM/2002-Co-Host "Morning Rush" Weekdays 6AM-10AM /2004-3PM-7PM -Randa broadcasting

Michelle Chase-2000-7PM-Midnight-Randa broadcasting

Bobbie Lemieux-2002-Co-Host "Morning Rush"-Weekdays 6AM-10AM
-Randa broadcasting 

Big Charlie-2002-3PM-7PM-Randa broadcasting

-Randa broadcasting

Jesyca Dean-2004-"Morning Rush"-Weekdays 6AM-10AM
-Randa broadcasting  

Kimm Marie Gillem-Randa broadcasting  

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