WOTW (FM)

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WOTW
City of license Windermere, Florida
Broadcast area Greater Orlando
Branding "103.1 The Wolf"
Frequency 103.1 MHz
First air date 1966 (as WLOQ)
Format Country Music
ERP 22,000 watts
HAAT 227 metres (745 ft)
Class C2
Facility ID 25403
Transmitter coordinates 28°33′32″N 81°35′39″W / 28.55889°N 81.59417°W / 28.55889; -81.59417
Former callsigns WLOQ (1966-2011)
WHKQ (2011-2014)
Owner JVC Media
Webcast Listen Live
Website 103.1 The Wolf

WOTW is a radio station currently airing a country music format. WOTW is licensed to Windermere, Florida and is serving the Orlando area.

History[edit]

Prior to its current format, 103.1 was a smooth jazz station with the call letters WLOQ. It was the last independently owned radio station in the Greater Orlando area.

In 2011, after CEO John Gross retired for medical reasons, WLOQ was sold to TTB Media Corporation.[1] At midnight on August 1, WLOQ's smooth jazz format moved exclusively online, and the station began stunting as "Elvis 103.1". On August 3 at 9PM, the station went to Spanish CHR as KQ103, launching with 20,000 songs in a row.[2]

On August 1, 2011 WLOQ changed their call letters to WHKQ. The WLOQ branding and smooth jazz format continues as an internet-only radio station, WLOQRadio.com. The WLOQ branding was revived in August on a translator, 102.5 W273CA in Orlando, with a simulcast of 107.7 WMGF-HD2's Smooth Jazz format.

On September 5, 2014, JVC Media, a New York-based broadcasting company that has been expanding its portfolio of radio proprties in Florida, acquired WHKQ from TTB for an undisclosed amount. It should be noted that JVC Media's owner, Vic Latino, has a radio history in the Orlando radio market as an alumnus of WPYO during its early years as a Dance outlet.[3] That same month, 2 websites were registered possibly showing JVC, upon closing the sale, may flip WHKQ to country as My Country 103.1 to go up against longtime giant K92.3. Other websites registered showed WHKQ possibly flipping to Dance as Party 103.1.[4] JVC has also requested to change the station's call letters to WOTW.[5]

The station officially flipped to the new call letters of WOTW and country music format as "103.1 The Wolf" on December 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm ET. The first song on 103.1 The Wolf was My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean, the first of 10,000 songs in a row to launch The Wolf. [6] [7] During the week beforehand, 103.1 simulcasted other stations owned by JVC Media, and during the hour before the flip, stunted with sounds of a heartbeat and wolves howling.

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WHKQ, Radio Station Logo, 2011.JPG

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WLOQ sold because of CEO’s medical retirement" Orlando Business Journal, 2011-07-18.
  2. ^ "103.1 WLOQ Orlando Sold; Now Stunting With Elvis" Lance Venta, radioinsight.com, 2011-08-01.
  3. ^ "JVC Media Acquires KQ103 Orlando" from Radio Insight (September 5, 2014)
  4. ^ Country For Orlando? from Radio Insight (September 24, 2014)
  5. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ 103.1 The Wolf Debuts from Format Change Archive December 23, 2014
  7. ^ Twitter - 103.1 The Wolf

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