Original Call Letters: WHOO

Originally Licensed: Dec. 5, 1947 

Original City of License: Orlando 

Original Frequency: 990

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 50,000 Day/14,000 Night

Original Location: 

Original Format: Adult Standards

Network Affiliation(s):

ABC Satellite Network Radio


1947-Orlando Daily Newspapers, Inc. 

1949-Radio Station WHOO 

1950-Orlando Daily Newspapers 
1951-Edward Lamb

1952-WHOO, Inc
1957-Ted Estabrook Associates ($250,000)

1957-WHOO Radio, Inc. (Horton-Kincaid)
1958-Bluegrass Broadcasting

1978-WHOO Radio, Inc. (Bluegrass Broadcasting)
1987-TK Communications ($13.5 million)
1994-Granum Communications ($11.5 million)
1997-Cox Broadcasting
2001-American Broadcasting Co. ($5 million)
2003-Radio Disney Group (subsidiary of ABC)
2014-Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc. ($1.3 million) (Salem Communications)

History Of  Call Letters and Formats:

WHOO-1947-Pop   Broadcasting from the Fort Gatlin Hotel 
WHOO-1968-Country  "Country Gentlemen"
WMMA-1987-Adult Contemporary "Magic 99"
WHTQ-1988-Rock (simulcast of WHTQ 96.5 FM)
WHOO-1988-Big Bands/Adult Standards  (Music Of Your Life)
WHOO-1989-Classic Country
WHOO-1991-Rock (simulcast of WHTQ 96.5 FM)
WHOO-1993-Adult Standards (ABC Radio "Stardust" format)
WDYZ- 2001-Radio Disney-Children  
WDYZ-2015-Silent/Licensed  (Mar 18, 2015)
WDYZ-2015-Spanish Contemporary Christian (Apr 9, 2015)

History of WHOO

WHOO would broadcast from the Hotel Fort Gatlin in 1947

WHOO, first owned by the company that published the Orlando Morning  Sentinel and the Reporter-Star newspapers, went on the air on Dec. 5, 1947. 
A gala grand opening event was held along with an "invitation only" reception and dance. Bob Chester's New York Orchestra performed and the "western" band the WHOOT Owls were introduced. In 1951 the newspaper company sold WHOO-AM and WHOO-FM 96.5 to Edward Lamb, a  Toledo attorney and broadcaster.

Chuck Wilson fills in some more history of WHOO. "... John Rutledge was the manager when I was there and he worked out of the "Executive Offices" in the Gatlin Hotel on Orange Avenue. The sales force was also located there. I believe everyone else was out at Silver Star Road, which is where the transmitter was located. To consolidate the operation (the Gatlin offices weren't that nice either), John moved everyone to a new location on Rosalind Avenue, but I'm not sure if there wasn't a short transition move for the Executive Office/Sales Staff from the Gatlin location to the Silver Star location prior to going downtown (Rosalind Avenue.) I worked as an announcer/traffic manager/sort-of program director/meter reader/pump primer on the FM side. I had to keep the pump on the well primed or the air conditioner wouldn't work! Anyway, when the building on Rosalind Avenue was remodeled (boy, did it look good!), everyone moved from Silver Star Road to the new offices downtown ... except me! You talk about desolate! There was nothing out there. The transmitter was so far out that they had to pipe in sunshine. I would get there at 5:00 am and leave at 1:00 pm and the only person I would see was the guy who relieved me at 1:00. At first, WHOO only broadcast from downtown and then they started broadcasting from the transmitter site after midnight. Few people realized the facilities at the transmitter were probably as good as, if not better than, any station in town...except, maybe, for WDBO-AM 580. Somewhere around 1960-61 everything moved from Rosalind Avenue back to the facilities on Silver Star Road (is isn't cheap to move a radio station). John spent a lot of money remodeling the facility and it was great to have everyone back out there.

From an article from the Orlando Sentinel  Jun. 1988
"...On July 3, WHOO will cease carrying its own programming and begin simulcasting the rock format of sister station WHTQ-FM (96.5). An exception will be .WHOO's wide-ranging sports coverage, which will continue and benefit from additional promotion on WHTQ. Coinciding with this change arid perhaps helping to prompt it was a recent decision by the CBS Radio Network to switch its programming from WHOO to news-talk station WWNZ-AM (740).  That's a coup for WWNZ, which has been seeking to bolster its news coverage in competition . With WDBO-AM (580). The CBS network has traditionally had one of radio's strongest news operations and this deal will bring programs to WWNZ by Charles Osgood, Walter Cronkite and others. WWNZ also will pick up CBS' sports coverage, beginning with the football season. WHOO will keep CBS baseball coverage through this year. 

WHOO Personalities

Alan Rock

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

Eddie Hubbard-Eddie died Monday, March 26, 2007 at a Ft. Worth, Texas hospital of injuries from a March 19 automobile accident in Grand Prairie, Texas. Eddie was 89.


Joe Lacina 

Bud Buschardt
Rocky Groce-1993-"Rocky's Place"-3PM-6PM (Jazz and Blues)

Lady D-1992-Co-host-"Caribbean Affair Connection"-Mon-Thur-4PM-7PM/Fri/Sat-4PM-8PM-TK Communications

Martel-1992-Co-host-"Caribbean Affair Connection"-Mon-Thur-4PM-7PM/Fri/Sat-4PM-8PM-TK Communications

Other Names In WHOO History

Tanya Heath-1994-Sales-Granum Communications

Steve Fluker-1995-Chief Engineer-Granum Communications

Debbie Morel-1996-Vice President/General Manager-Granum Communications

Fleetwood Gruver-1996-Operations Manager-Granum Communications
Tim Boisch-1997-General Sales Manager-Cox Broadcasting  

Bruce McGregor-1998-Program Director-Cox Broadcasting

Tim Robisch-General Sales Manager-Cox Broadcasting
J.C. Campese-2000-Marketing Director-Cox Broadcasting  

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