WAPE-FM

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For the defunct AM radio station in Jacksonville, Florida, see WAPE (defunct).
WAPE-FM
WAPE-FM logo.png
City of license Jacksonville, Florida
Broadcast area Jacksonville area
Branding "95.1 WAPE"
Slogan "Jacksonville's Number One Hit Music Station!", "The Big Ape!"
Frequency 95.1 MHz
Format Top 40/CHR
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 300 meters
Class C
Facility ID 70863
Transmitter coordinates 30°19′22.00″N 81°38′34.00″W / 30.3227778°N 81.6427778°W / 30.3227778; -81.6427778
Callsign meaning "We [are] APE"
Former callsigns WJAX-FM (1978-1987)
Owner Cox Radio
Sister stations
Webcast Listen Live!
Website wape.com

95.1 WAPE-FM ("The Big Ape") is a Top 40/CHR radio station based in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. The Cox Radio outlet broadcasts at 95.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100 kW. Its transmitter is located in Downtown Jacksonville, and studios are on the Southside.

95.1 WAPE is licensed for HD Radio operations but currently has no secondary channel.

History[edit]

The station was very successful as an Urban Contemporary and Rhythmic Top 40 from 1978 to 1986 as WJAX-FM 95 before it flipped to CHR/Top 40/Urban format in 1987 as "The New Power 95 WAPE-FM". WAPE is the second outlet in Jacksonville to use these calls and format, which was originally on the AM band at 690 kHz. WAPE in the past has celebrated anniversary milestones dating back to the sign-on of the original WAPE/690 in 1957. Some of its alumni include Douglas "The Greaseman" Tracht, Cleveland Wheeler, actor, comedian, & DJ Jay Thomas, Mark "The Unknown DJ" Driscoll, Kandy Klutch (now on XM's "80s on 8"), and local legends[citation needed] Hoyle Dempsey, Tom Murphy, Ross Earl, JJ The Night Guy, Tony Mann, Mark The Shark, Billy Goat, Steve Sutton, Christopher "Trane On The Radio" Trane,Pat Harrison both wjax1978-1979 and wape690 am Popular female personality night time drive, Just Jim, Chase Daniels, Aaron Daniels (known as the legendary touring DJ Rockstar Aaron), Miss Lara Carlson, & Their legendary mascot of both WAPE-AM & WAPE-FM himself, The Big Ape with his infamous ape call that what really makes WAPE-AM & WAPE-FM 1 of the greatest & the most timeless radio stations in all of Jacksonville. In 1993 their legendary CHR/Top 40/Urban format, as well their iconic nickname "Power 95" was replaced with a Hot AC format as well using their dial & call letters as "WAPE 95.1, Today's Best Music With No Rap Or Hard Rock", but in 1997 they decided to go back as a CHR & Top 40 format which is still using it to this day.

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