WOTW (FM)

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WOTW
WOTW 103.1theWolf logo.png
City Windermere, Florida
Broadcast area Greater Orlando
Branding 103.1 The Wolf
Slogan Country Hits and Throwbacks
Frequency 103.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 93.5 W228DF (Orlando)
94.1 W231CT (Orlando, relays HD2)
First air date 1966
Format Analog/HD1: Country
HD2: Mainstream Rock
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
Callsign meaning We're On The Wolf
Former callsigns WLOQ (1966-2011)
WHKQ (2011-2014)
Owner JVC Media, LLC
(JVC Media of Florida, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Website thewolf1031.com
bud941.com (HD2)

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

History[edit]

Originally, 103.1 was a smooth jazz station with the call letters WLOQ. It was the last independently owned radio station in Greater Orlando.

In 2011, after CEO John Gross retired for medical reasons, WLOQ was sold to TTB Media Corporation.[1] At midnight on August 1, WLOQ signed off 103.1 after 35 years with "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, and WLOQ's smooth jazz format moved exclusively online. The station then began stunting with all-Elvis Presley as Elvis 103.1. On August 3 at 9PM, the station flipped 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, at 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 properties in Florida, acquired WHKQ from TTB. 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, two 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 WWKA. 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]

JVC's purchase of WHKQ was consummated on December 15, 2014 at a price of $10 million. That night, at midnight, after on-air staff members bid farewell and began redirecting listeners to WRUM, the station began stunting with simulcasts of other stations owned by JVC (the new WOTW call letters would take effect on the 16th). On December 19, at noon, the stunting switched to sounds of a heartbeat and wolves howling. At 1:03 p.m. that day, the station officially flipped to country as 103.1 The Wolf. The first song on "The Wolf" was My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean, the first of 10,000 songs in a row to launch The Wolf.[6][7]

Defunct logo of WHKQ

In May 2017, JVC announced that WOTW will activate their HD Radio signal and will sign on an HD2 sub-channel that will air a mainstream rock format, branded as Bud 94.1 (in reference to recently acquired translator W231CT, which was previously simulcasting WRSO). The sub-channel/translator signed on at 5:15 p.m. on July 13.[8][9]

Translator[edit]

Broadcast translators of WOTW
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W228DF 93.5 FM Orlando, Florida 156373 10 120 m (390 ft) D 28°32′29″N 81°30′39″W / 28.54139°N 81.51083°W / 28.54139; -81.51083 FCC
Broadcast translators of WOTW-HD2
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W231CT 94.1 FM Orlando, Florida 157706 250 0 m (0 ft) D 28°41′21.4″N 81°20′56.8″W / 28.689278°N 81.349111°W / 28.689278; -81.349111 FCC

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
  8. ^ Bud to Pour More Rock on Orlando
  9. ^ Aircheck of Bud 94.1's First Day of Programming

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