WCKT

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For the television station in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida that was formerly WCKT, see WSVN.
WCKT
City of license Lehigh Acres, Florida
Broadcast area Fort Myers, Florida
Branding Cat Country 107.1
Slogan Better Variety
Frequency 107.1 MHz
First air date January 1, 1976 (as WSWF-FM)
Format Country
ERP 23,500 watts
HAAT 220 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 55755
Former callsigns WSWF-FM (1976-1983)
WOOJ-FM (1983-1989)
WCKT (1989-2003)
WRLR (2003)
WDRR (2003-2004)
WZJZ (2004-2007)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Sister stations WBTT, WOLZ, WZJZ
Webcast Listen Live
Website wckt.com


WCKT is a commercial radio station located in Lehigh Acres, Florida, broadcasting to the Fort Myers, Florida area on 107.1 FM. WCKT airs a country music format branded as "Cat Country". WCKT originally signed on in 1976,airing a beautiful music format. In 1979, the format was flipped to Disco, and the call letters were changed to WSWF. In 1985, the format was changed to Album Oriented Rock, and the call letters were changed to WOOJ (Orange Rock 107). In 1988, facing competition from the new and much more powerful WRXK, WOOJ tweaked its format to Classic Rock. The format was flipped to Country as WCKT, in 1989.

In only one ratings period, the new Cat Country beat longtime Southwest Florida country outlet WHEW to become the area's #1 country station. WCKT programmed a music intensive format up against WHEW's more full service approach. That lasted for several years until WHEW become WWGR (Gator Country) about the time the Ft. Myers and Naples markets were combined to become one metro. Since then, WWGR has been the #1 country outlet in the Ft. Myers - Naples market.

During WCKT's history, current owner iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications) moved the station onto the 100.1 frequency out of Port Charlotte. Even though the 100.1 frequency is a C1 stronger signal, the northern leaning coverage area didn't put a strong enough signal to fully cover the Naples/Marco Island portion of the metro. Cat Country was moved back to 107.1 to compete with WWGR.

Cat Country alumni[edit]

"Super" Dave Logan has been with the station from the beginning
Rick McGee (the station's first PD and longtime morning show host)
Record executive Gator Michaels
Barry "The Bear" Smith
Doc Daily
"Shotgun" Bob Walker (now the PD at WCTK "Cat Country" in Providence)
Jeff "J.R." Reed (Afternoon host)

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WCKT-FM.png (WCKT's logo from 2003-2007 at 100.1 FM frequency)

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Coordinates: 26°19′01″N 81°47′13″W / 26.317°N 81.787°W / 26.317; -81.787