WGNE-FM  99.9
Palatka

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):


Owner(s):


1973-
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-Renda Broadcasting ($6.5 million with WWRR-FM, Brunswick, GA)


History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WIYD-1973-Beautiful Music
WIYD-1979-Country
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-Renda Broadcasting


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


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



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


Michelle Chase-2000-7PM-Midnight-Renda Broadcasting


Bobbie Lemieux-2002-Co-Host "Morning Rush"-Weekdays 6AM-10AM
-Renda Broadcasting 


Big Charlie-2002-3PM-7PM-Renda Broadcasting


Robbie-Rob-2002-7PM-Midnight
-Renda Broadcasting


Jesyca Dean-2004-"Morning Rush"-Weekdays 6AM-10AM
-Renda Broadcasting  


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