|Broadcast area||South Florida|
|Slogan||Miami's NEW #1 For ALL THE HITS!|
|Frequency||97.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||September 1, 1946 (as WIOD-FM)|
|Format||Mainstream Top 40 (CHR)
HD2: 1980's Hits
|HAAT||307 meters (1007 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W FLorida's Coast (previous branding)|
|Former callsigns||WIOD-FM (1946-1956)
|Owner||Cox Media Group
(Cox Radio, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WEDR, WFEZ, WHQT|
WFLC (97.3 MHz, "Hits 97.3") is a commercial FM radio station in Miami, Florida. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group of Atlanta and it airs a Mainstream Top 40 (CHR) radio format. Cuban-American rapper DJ Laz hosts the morning show.
WFLC's studios and offices are located on North 29th Avenue in Hollywood. The transmitter site is off NW 210 Street in Miami Gardens. WFLC is a Class C FM station with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts using a tower at 1007 feet (307 m) in height above average terrain (HAAT). With a good radio, its signal can be heard from West Palm Beach to Key Largo.
On September 1, 1946, the station signed on as WIOD-FM. It was the FM counterpart to AM 610 WIOD and mostly simulcast its programs. The owner was the Isle of Dreams Broadcasting Corporation, reflected in its call letters. The studios were located on Collins Island in Biscayne Bay, giving the company its "Isle of Dreams" name. WIOD-FM was one of two FM stations going on the air in 1946 in Miami. But the other, 94.9 WQAM-FM, signed off in the 1950s, making WFLC Miami's oldest, continuously operating FM station.
In 1956, the Biscayne Television Corporation, a partnership of Cox Publishing, owner of The Miami News, and Knight Publishing, owner of The Miami Herald, launched a TV station on Channel 7, WCKT-TV (now WSVN). The call letters represented Cox, Knight and Television. Biscayne Broadcasting also bought WIOD-AM-FM, changing their call signs to WCKT and WCKT-FM. Just as WIOD-AM-FM were network affiliates of NBC Radio, WCKT-TV was an NBC-TV affiliate.
In 1962, the Federal Communications Commission stripped the Cox-Knight partnership of its broadcast licenses due to violations of ethics and licensing rules when Cox-Knight sought to build the TV station. On January 1, 1963, the Miami Valley Broadcasting Corporation, which was a subsidiary of Cox, took over control of the two radio stations and returned the call letters to WIOD and WIOD-FM. An advertisement in Broadcasting Magazine said the stations provided "expertly programmed adult information and entertainment." The stations aired a mix of middle of the road music, news and talk shows, along with news and features from NBC Radio.
In 1966, the simulcast ended. WIOD-FM adopted a beautiful music format, playing instrumental versions of pop music and Broadway and Hollywood tunes. In 1971, the station switched its call letters to WAIA, representing the popular coastal highway known as Florida State Road A1A. The station moved from instrumental beautiful music to all vocals, mixing Middle of The Road music with Soft Adult Contemporary hits.
In 1986, the station switched to album oriented rock (AOR) as WGTR. The previous year, 94.9 WINZ-FM (now WZTU) had changed from a rock format to Top 40, leaving Miami with no AOR station. So Cox decided to go after that unserved youthful audience. The station called itself "97 GTR" with the call letters standing for GuiTaR. But the rock format only lasted four years.
In 1990, Cox decided there wasn't enough of an audience in Miami for AOR. So the station switched to hot adult contemporary music as WFLC. It wanted to position itself between Top 40 leader 100.7 WHYI and soft music outlet 101.5 WLYF. WFLC's Hot AC format stayed in place for nearly 14 years.
On January 17, 2014, at 10AM, WFLC transitioned from Adult Top 40 as 97.3 The Coast to Top 40/CHR as Hits 97.3, putting it in direct competition with WHYI. The final song on 97.3 The Coast was That's All by Genesis, while the first song on Hits 97.3 was Timber by Pitbull.
- http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=12 HD Radio Guide for Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 112
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1964 page B-34
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1985 page B-57
- "HITS 97.3 DEBUTS IN MIAMI" from Radio Insight (January 17, 2014)
- WFLC official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WFLC
- Radio-Locator information on WFLC
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WFLC
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