WVOZ (AM)

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WVOZ
City Morovis, Puerto Rico
Broadcast area Puerto Rico
Branding Cadena WAPA Radio
Slogan La Poderosa
Frequency 1580 kHz
First air date May 6, 1981
Format News Talk
Power 5,000 watts day
2,500 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 72452
Transmitter coordinates 18°20′32″N 66°25′8″W / 18.34222°N 66.41889°W / 18.34222; -66.41889Coordinates: 18°20′32″N 66°25′8″W / 18.34222°N 66.41889°W / 18.34222; -66.41889
Callsign meaning VOZ
Former callsigns WCQC (1981-1987)
WMTI (1988-1994)
WGFE (1994)
WMTI (1994-2002)
WTCV (2002)
WMTI (2002-2004)
WEKO (2004-2015)
WMTI (2015-2016)
WGFE (2016)
WMTI (2016)
Affiliations CNN Radio
Owner Morovis Radio Associates
(Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi)
Sister stations WAPA
WMIA
WISO
WGYA
Website waparadiopr.com

WVOZ (1580 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk format. Licensed to Morovis, Puerto Rico, it serves the Puerto Rico area. The station is part of the WAPA Radio News Network and it is currently owned by Morovis Radio Associates managed by Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi.

History[edit]

WVOZ (as WCQC) was founded in 1981 by Cuban station engineer Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi. It was the first station nationwide to operate an experimental synchronous booster at Manati, P.R. in 1987. Blanco-Pi had to sell the station on 1991 to acquire WAPA 680 AM in order to expand the NotiRadio Network. The experience he acquired with WCQC's experimental synchronous booster made him possible to expand the NotiRadio network using this technology.

Sale to International Broadcasting Corporation[edit]

In 1988, WCQC was sold to International Broadcasting Corporation, changing the callsigns to WMTI and would become a full service radio station. In 1994, the station changed to WGFE, branded as Radio G-FE, later switched back to WMTI. In 1996, WMTI was sold to Wanda Rolon, and broadcasts religious programming. 2 years later, in 1998 the station was sold back to the previous owner, International Broadcasting Corporation, joining the Cadena Radio Voz network. In 2003, the station once again changed its call letters to WEKO, and would become Radio Eko, focusing on a local basis. In 2014, WEKO starting religious programming from Faro de Santidad and in 2015, the WMTI callsign returns on the 1580 AM dial. On June 22, 2016, WMTI went silent due to transmitter repairs and technical reasons.

NotiRadio Broadcasting returns to 1580 AM[edit]

Blanco-Pi purchases WMTI back in August 1, 2016, the day that WMTI is Silent, preparing its return to the WAPA Radio News Network. On November 11, the station changed its callsign to WVOZ. On March 13, 2017, after 1 year off the air, WVOZ resumes operations from its new transmitter in Morovis, broadcasting the full WAPA Radio News Network schedule.

WVOZ will move to Aguadilla[edit]

On March 27, 2017, WVOZ filed an application that would change its city of license to Aguadilla and will move to the existing facility of WI3XSO, which shut down on May 7, and cancelled its license on May 8, 2017.

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