|City of license||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Tampa Bay Area|
Hot Remixed 101.5 HD2 (HD2)
|Slogan||"All the Hits"|
|Frequency||101.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||July 1, 1961 (as WGNB)|
HD2: Dance Top 40
|Callsign meaning||POInt, referencing the frequency's former branding|
|Former callsigns||WGNB (1961-1974)
(Cox Radio, Inc.)
|Webcast||Listen Live Hot 101.5
Listen Live Hot Remixed HD2
The station's HD-2 channel is known as "Hot Remixed 101.5", and airs a Dance format.
The station's main rival is WFLZ.
The station started out in 1961 as WGNB. In 1974 it became WKES, which was a religious station operated by the Moody Bible Institute, from studios at the Moody-affiliated Keswick Christian School in Seminole.
In 1997, in a three way swap, Paxson Broadcasting acquired Lakeland Christian station WCIE 91.1 from the Carpenter's Home Church, who in turn swapped the station with Moody's WKES. WKES would soon move to 91.1 FM; after a brief simulcast period, the WKES call sign would move to 91.1 while 101.5 would become WILV, broadcasting a "Love Songs" format branded as "Love 101.5".
WILV was a failure, and in 1998, Paxson Communications was bought out by Clear Channel Communications. With that, on September 19, 1998, the format changed to Rhythmic oldies as WFJO, "Jo 101.5". In 1999, Cox Radio purchased WFJO along with several other stations.
On December 15, 2001, the station flipped to All-80's as "The New 101-5 The Point". The first song as "The Point" was "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds. The station was modeled after KHPT in Houston that had launched the previous year. The call letters became WPOI on January 14, 2002. The original tagline was "The Best of the 80's and More", which included late 70's and early 90's tracks, along with 80's product.
In 2006, "The Point" started adding more 1990s songs to the playlist. In 2009, the station added songs as late as 2000. "The Point" also removed the "Late 70's" tagline from the on-air liners, thus removing all pre-1980's music from the station.
In September 2010, the station adopted the "The Best Music of the 80's and 90's" slogan.
On July 1, 2011, at 10:00am, the station dropped its 80s and 90s format, with Bon Jovi's "Blaze of Glory" as its final song, and began stunting. One hour later, the station flipped to CHR as "Hot 101-5", with LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" as its first song. The station hopes to target a female-friendly 18-49 audience (especially young adults in the 18-34 age bracket) with a music-intensive current-based playlist that borders towards Dance-pop tracks, with less talk and commercials than its competitors.
- 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM: The Miguel Show (Miguel Fuller and Holly O'Connor)
- 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Midday with Phoebe (Phoebe Kushner)
- 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Chase
- 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM: DJ Ekin
- "Hot 101.5 turns up the heat on WFLZ and ‘MJ’" from Tampa Bay Times (July 4, 2011)
- Official website of Hot 101.5
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WPOI
- Radio-Locator information on WPOI
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WPOI