WIYD-FM  99.9
Palatka

Original Call Letters: WIYD 

Originally Licensed: Dec 14, 1972 

Original City of  License: Daytona Beach

Original Frequency: 99.9 

Origin of Call Letters: Co-owned with WWPF-AM

Original Power: 100,000 watts 

Original Format: Beautiful Music

Original Location:


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:

WWPF-1972-Construction Permit
WIYD-1973-Beautiful Music
WIYD-1975-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)


WIYD History

From Marc Tyll; In 1973, Hall Broadcasting Company added an FM station, beautiful music formatted WIYD-FM 99.9.

From Brian Douglas
"Around 1979 or 1980, the station went Country.  In 1981(?),  the station "almost" became WAPE-FM
(with a move to Penney Farms). The deal fell through as Stan Kaplan (WAPE's owner) was about to be investigated in a matter involving campaign contributions.  He forfeited the 10% he'd already put down and the station remained Country. 

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.  I think the debut was probably August, 1982. The calls were WNFY "Y-100".  Miami's "Y-100" sued, as they had a service mark.  In the settlement, WNFY became WNFI "I-100"Jerry Clifton consulted.  The format was "Churban" (Definition: A hybrid radio format which mixes CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) with Urban (Hip Hop, R&B, etc.)  Original PD/Mornings was Bill Bailey (WLS/WKLO)."

"Staff included Bob Mitchell and Bryan Logan.  After three months, Mark Shands became PD, then Bob Stevens.  In May, 1983, Brian Douglas became PD (for a little less than a year).  The format transitioned to Top 40. Randy Van Halen was PD next. A girl named Tracy (Young) (good jock, formerly at BJ-105) did mid-days through 1983-1985. There was a morning guy named Dr. Johnny Fever (believe it or not).  A really good PD followed RVH, but I don't remember his name. Later jocks included PD Rich Stevens (during the AC years)."
Norman S. Drubner acquired
the station (6/20/86).  Heritage Broadcasting acquired (it) in 5/88. "...the WGNE thing was nothing but a good business decision... to grab the calls and hire some of the talent when WGNE flipped to Spanish (in other words, this was not an ownership change)."


Names In WIYD History

Richard Harnage-1975-Commercial Manager-Hall Broadcasting Co. 
Jim Hart-1975-Promotions Manager-Hall Broadcasting Co. 

Carl Como Tutera-1982-Co-owner 

Ron Samuels-1982-Co-owner

Bill Bailey-1982-Original Program Director/Mornings-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels

Mark Shands-1982-Program Director/Mornings-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels

Bob Stevens -1982-Program Director/Mornings-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels

Jerry Clifton-1982-Consultant-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels

Bob Mitchell -1982-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels

Bryan Logan-1982-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels

Brian Douglas-1983-Program Director-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels 

Randy Van Halen -1983-Program Director-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels 



Tracy Young-1983-1985-Mid-days-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels  Biography



Rich Stevens-1983
-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels

Dr. Johnny Fever -Mornings-Carl Como Tutera and Ron Samuels

Norman S. Drubner-1986-Owner


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