|City of license||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Miami, Florida
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Slogan||"Miami's Hit Music Station"|
|First air date||1960 (as WMFP)|
|Format||Top 40 (CHR)
HD2: Evolution 93.5 HD2 Miami (EDM Music)
|Callsign meaning||Refers to station branding:
WHY (as in Y)
I = 1 (Roman numeral, as in 100)
|Former callsigns||WMFP (1960-1962)
|Sister stations||WBGG-FM, WINZ, WIOD, WMGE, WMIA-FM, WMIB|
WHYI-FM, better known as Y-100, is a heritage FM Top 40 (CHR) that broadcasts at 100.7 MHz. Its city of license is Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Y-100 broadcasts at an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts from its 1,005 foot transmitter, which is located on the Miami-Dade side of the Miami-Dade/Broward County line near U.S. 441 and County Line Road. On a typical day its signal can generally be received north to Fort Pierce, southwest past Key Largo, and west deep into the Everglades. Its signal has even been known at times to go as far east as the Bahamas and as far south as Cuba. Its studios are located in Miramar.
Y-100 is the longest-running Top 40 station in both the United States and North America with the same call letters and nickname. As of either in August, September or October 2013, Evolution 93.5 Miami which broadcasts Electronic dance music 24/7 from iHeartRadio's Evolution network, started broadcasting on WHYI's HD2 subchannel.
The 100.7 FM frequency was signed-on in early 1960 as a religious station with the call letters WMFP. It was owned by Percy Crawford from 1960 to 1962.
From 1962 to 1973, it was known as a beautiful music station with the call letters of WMJR. In late 1966, the station's studios (located in the Kenann building, a round building on the corner of US1 and Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, FL), tower, and signal coverage were greatly upgraded from 56,000 watts to 100,000 watts by engineer and entrepreneur Ron Crider, who sold the station in 1973 to former Hawaii congressman Cecil Heftel for $1,500,000, a record price for a radio station at the time.
Y-100 has been broadcasting continuously with various forms of contemporary hit music since 1973. It signed on August 3, 1973 at 6 a.m. with new call letters WLQY and was originally to be known as "Lucky 100". The station was renamed Y-100 during a staff meeting with consultant Buzz Bennett at the suggestion of the first airstaff.
The first song played on Y-100 was "Diamond Girl" by Seals and Crofts. The original line-up included Roby Yonge and John Emm in mornings, Larry McKay in middays, Don Cox in afternoons, Davey O'Donnell for nights, and Eric Rhoads during late nights. Weekends included Bill Christie and Kevin Malloy. Bill Tanner was later hired as the midday personality and assistant Program Director, and later promoted to program director and moved to the morning show.
Several months after signing on, the call letters were changed from WLQY to WHYI following complaints from crosstown competitor at what was 96.3 WPOW. They felt the call letters were too similar and would create confusion.
Y-100 ushered in the era of the big money contests and aggressive promotional strategy that made the station one of the fastest-growing FM stations in the country during the 1970s. In 1975, Y-100 was the first station in South Florida to broadcast live during the world-famous street party known as Calle Ocho. As Program Director, Bill Tanner hired the personalities who became so familiar to South Florida listeners including sports reporter John "Footy" Kross, newsman Jim Reihle, traffic reporter "Captain Y" Glen Logan who was replaced by Mark Lipof as Captain "Y", from 1976 to 1993, midday host, the late Cramer Haas (originally hired for overnights), The Madame (the first female DJ on Y100, who later moved on to Z100 in New York as Jo Maeder), Jay Marks, Rick Eliott for afternoons, Robert W. Walker and Don Cox from crosstown WPOW, Batt Johnson, Tom Birch, Dave Dunaway, Quincy McCoy and Earl "The Pearl" Lewis and overnight guy Mark "In The Dark" Shands. Shands also served as music director during part of his time at Y100 and was substitute newsman on Tanner's show. John Hartman was music director during the early 1970s. Colleen "The Vinyl Queen" Cassidy became music director/research director in 1978, moving in from Bob Pittman's station in Chicago, WMAQ. Cassidy started Y-100's first call-out research department. She now is a music consultant for Miami's WPOW and about 15 stations.
Tanner's morning show was considered to be the high point of Y-100's programming history, along with Tanner's role as Program Director.
In 1976, Heftel sold Y-100 to Metroplex Communications (Norm and Bob). In 1994 that company sold its group of stations to Clear Channel Communications (Now iHeartMedia, Inc.).
In January 2004, when sister classic rock station WBGG-FM moved its branding from Big 106 to Big 105-9, WHYI-FM rebranded as Y100.7, only to revert to the old branding by mid-2006. This was to avoid confusion with former Philadelphia alternative rock station WPLY), owned by Radio One. WPLY signed off the air in 2005. By 2007, the Y100.com URL formerly used by WPLY was acquired by WHYI-FM.
November 2012 PPM Rating: #5 (5.0)
Y100: Morning Show History
Sonny Fox & Ron Hersey
In 1982 Bill Tanner and Jim Reihle left Y-100 for WASH-FM/Washington, DC. To replace them, Sonny Fox and Ron Hersey were recruited for mornings from crosstown WSHE-FM. Using a blend of parody songs, phoney commercials, and impersonations of local and national celebrities and politicians Fox, Hersey, Mark "Captain Y" Lipof, John "Footy" Cross and Mr. Mike Raffone led the morning show to its highest ratings ever.
In 1987, Hersey moved on to mornings at WNVZ-FM/Norfolk, WAPW-FM/Atlanta and KKFR-FM/Phoenix where he worked with Danny Bonaduce. Fox left the following year and moved to mornings at KHYI-FM/Dallas (Y95) with Bill Murphy and Bill Tanner's former Y-100 programming secretary, Joannie Siani.
Bobby & Footy
John Kross was a presence on the locally produced morning show for a record 32 years running from 1974 to 2006, thus holding the record of longest Top 40 CHR DJ in North America (even if he was actually a radio sports reporter for most of the time). Footy also hosted the "Y-100 Wing Ding", a charity event to help fight drug abuse.
Mark "Captain Y" Lipof left the show in 1993 after 17 years on-air, having produced the show and handling the duties of On-Air News Director and Traffic Reporter. He owns Lipof Advertising in Plantation, Florida.
Famous morning show character "Mike Van Driver" aka Michael Woods traveled all over the market adding to the fun on the show.
Czarnecki departed five years later to pursue a career as a local television producer. Bobby left Footy and South Florida in 1998 to head back home to Texas.
Footy & The Chix @ Six
In 1998, the morning show was renamed "Footy & The Chix @ Six", and Footy co-hosted the show with several female personalities, including Jade Alexander, Tina Malave, and Elaine Turner. Some commented that this line-up was least successful, often referred to as Footy with some Chix who don't like him.
Kenny & Footy
On Monday June 18, 2001, a new era in the morning show began as Footy was paired-up with popular afternoon drive time deejay Kenny Walker for "The Y-100 Early Morning Show". A few months later, in January 2002, the show was renamed "Kenny & Footy in the Morning". In May of 2002, Froggy left The MJ Morning Show to join the show.
On Tuesday January 31, 2006 after 10 years with the station, Kenny Walker was released from Y-100, at the expiration of his contract which was not renewed.
On Monday "May Day" of 2006 Footy announced his retirement from Y-100. It was actually his last in-studio show. He then took the show on the road for the next four days to Miami Lakes (Tuesday), Ft. Lauderdale (Wednesday), Coral Gables (Thursday), and Weston (Friday). The final weeks worth of shows included special guests and former co-workers calling in or visiting Footy in person, classic highlights and comedy bits, and Y-100 jingles from the past. His retirement was official as of the end of his Friday May 5, 2006 broadcast. A year later Footy came back out of retirement and landed a home back on the airwaves of South Florida on Fox News Radio affiliate 610 AM WIOD.
- WTVJ NBC-6 article - http://www.nbc6.net/news/6632533/detail.html
- Contains photos from the early days of Y-100
- WHYI website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WHYI
- Radio-Locator information on WHYI
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WHYI
- Footy "Retires" From Y-100 After 32 Years, from South Florida Radio News, May, 2006