W273CA

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W273CA
City of license Windermere, Florida
Broadcast area Central Florida
Branding 102.5 WFLA
Slogan "Orlando's Right Talk"
Frequency 102.5 (MHz)
First air date 2011
Format News/Talk (simulcasting WFLF-AM)
ERP 250 watts
HAAT 138 meters
Class D (translator)
Facility ID 157099
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WMGF, WXXL, WRUM, WFLF, WJRR, WTKS-FM, WYGM
Webcast 102.5 WFLA on iHeart Radio
Website wflaorlando.com

W273CA (102.5 FM, "102.5 WFLA") is a news/talk radio station translator simulcasting AM 540 WFLF licensed to Orlando, Florida. Until February 2014, the translator aired a smooth jazz format as "102.5 WLOQ."

History[edit]

The original WLOQ at 103.1 FM was the brainchild of John T. Rutledge, co-owner of WLOF Orlando (Clarke Broadcasting Company). The station signed on the air in 1966 from the Langford Hotel in Winter Park, FL as WLOQ-FM. The format was beautiful music, instrumentals only. The original format was designed by Rutledge who was very particular as to its adherence. The station itself was located in a former hotel room at the Langford. The antenna was on a monopole on top of the hotel. All of the production, news and sales originated from the WLOF staff. Violet Jean Sidebottom was the manager of WLOQ and ran a tight ship. Rutledge appointed Jerry Reeves manager after Violet Sidebottom. The station was a Class A FM, licensed to Winter Park, FL, stereo, dual-polarized antenna, with approximately 3000 watts of power.

WLOQ was sold along with WLOF c. 1972 to the Home Security Life Insurance Company. The call sign was retained after being purchased by the current owners, the Gross Family. The original format from the station's sign-on in 1966 until 1977 was beautiful music. The station programmed what became the "Smooth Jazz" format from 1977 to 2011.

A new home for Smooth Jazz[edit]

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. The station on 103.1 changed its call letters to WHKQ, and the station began stunting as "Elvis 103.1". On August 3, the station went to Spanish CHR as KQ103.[2]

Former logo of the radio station

The WLOQ branding and smooth jazz format continued as an internet-only radio station at WLOQ.com, which is now an empty website. Later in August, the WLOQ "Smooth Jazz" branding was purchased by Clear Channel Communications.[3] The WLOQ branding was revived on a translator, 102.5 W273CA in Orlando, with a simulcast of 107.7 WMGF-HD2's Smooth Jazz format and programming from Broadcast Architecture's Smooth Jazz Network. The new "102.5 WLOQ" was a moderate ratings success.

Programming on 102.5 and 107.7 HD2 came from the Smooth Jazz Network except for a local morning show hosted by Erica Lee, formerly of crosstown Hot AC WOMX. Lee's show debuted on June 3, 2013.[4]

In February 2014 W273CA switched from smooth jazz "WLOQ" (which continues on 107.7 WMGF-HD2) to a simulcast of news/talk-formatted WFLF 540 AM.[5]

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