Florida Low Power Radio Stations
©1996-2014 Terry L. Krueger and Tocobaga Publications
Florida Low Power Radio Stations (FLPRS hereafter in this document) is a by-frequency compilation of Florida medium-wave (also known as AM or MW), shortwave broadcast feeder, Traveler’s Information Stations (TIS), broadcast band FM (largely comprised of what most would consider pirate radio), and VHF band, along with other micro-broadcasters within Florida and select cross-border entries.
The FLPRS editor actively supports the micro-broadcasting radio cause and lobbying movement, which is why specific confirmed addresses, announced phone numbers, proprietor names, etc. -- including those which I have located -- are not included on active stations [those not previously closed by federal or state authorities and documented by the FCC online or published in newspapers].
The editor also encourages others to create sites similar to this for their respective state since there is no single source for low power, pirate and TIS stations nationally. If you do build a database of low power stations in your state, please share your URL with FLPRS and we will reciprocally link on this site.
All photos made by the editor unless otherwise stated and may not be reproduced without written consent.
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RADIO-RELATED AND OTHER ASSORTED LINKS are listed at the bottom of this page.
FREQUENCIES IN BOLD are active, or believed to still be possibly active, pending confirmation. (Note: a few entries listed as active are known to be irregular, i.e. active at certain scheduled times, or transmit only for special events.) A generous portion of historically important inactive stations have been retained on this list for archival, cross-reference and/or potential reactivation purposes. Excluded are licensed FM broadcast band translators and licensed or applied-for Low Power FM (LPFM) category stations. Translators and LPFM stations can be located via one of the broadcast database searches (see "Radio/TV Search Engines" links at the end of this list). Note that the call signs of state Department of Transportation entries often are generically assigned for multiple transmitter use/locations, temporary locations and/or multiple frequencies. FCC Case Numbers can be entered into the FCC’s “search” box for details. A printed copy of this web page serves as a useful reference in advance of traveling throughout Florida.
DETAILS IN RED TEXT (IN THE “UPDATES” AND CORRESPONDING BY-FREQUENCY TEXT) are the most current updates.
AM = Amplitude modulation mode. But for this site, just a cross-reference to mediumwave (MW), the ‘AM’ radio band.
DoT = Department of Transportation (also known as Highway Advisory Radio or HAR’s). Same as FDoT if a Florida location.
FCC = Federal Communications Commission.
FDLE = Florida Department of Law Enforcement (state legislation in 2005 allows the FDLE and local law enforcement to close unlicensed stations).
FDoT = Florida Department of Transportation.
FLPRS = Florida Low Power Radio Stations (this site).
FM = Frequency Modulation mode; a reference to the FM radio band.
HAR = Highway Advisory Radio (see “DoT” and “TIS” definitions).
kHz = kiloHertz, a/k/a kc/s (kilocycles).
LPFM = Low Power FM (FCC licensed 10-100 watt FM stations).
LPR = Low Power Radio (Some are Part 15 "legal" micro-broadcasters--often promoting private businesses or community affairs--while others are considered pirates by the FCC. Still others are shortwave band broadcast auxiliary/audio cue; experimentally licensed broadcasters; special government; or military transmitters.)
LPTV = Low Power TV (FCC licensed).
MHz = MegaHertz.
MIS = Municipal Information Station (fixed-location city or county licensed transmitters, usually providing community-oriented information, a/k/a TIS on most other lists but we prefer to break out into a separate category here).
MW = medium-wave (the AM radio band).
NAL (or NOAL) = Notice of Apparent Liability, i.e. the way cool letter in advance of fines/legal action the FCC sends once thye have discovered your allegedly illegal transmissions.
Part [Pt.] 15 = FCC section, spelling out compliance regulations to operate without any need for a license (very low power: see links on the bottom of this page for additional information).
TIS = Travelers' Information Station (typically parks, tourist attractions or highway advisory radios, also known as HAR's). For simplicity, HAR’s, Realtor® Radio or Talking House's are listed as TIS’s.
A typical low power FM broadcast band antenna, a Comet CFM-95SL that can be tuned from 88-108 MHz, mounted on a TV mast. (Photo 2012: Terry L Krueger)
Don’t be surprised at how small a transmitter can be. This is a half-watt CZH-05B Fail-Safe Long Range FM Transmitter, which covers about a quarter to half-mile range, and with elevation and an external antenna it can get out well over a mile. (Photo 2012: Terry L Krueger)
As of January 20, 2014. See respective entries for details. Each item listed below is in red text within the list for quicker search location.
1650 kHz (TIS) WQQJ297 Florida Dept. of Transportation (site 1), I-275 at Exit 39, Tampa (update)
1650 kHz (TIS) WQQJ297 Florida Dept. of Transportation (site 2), I-275 at Exit 44, Tampa (update)
1650 kHz (TIS) WQQY809 Florida Dept. of Transportation, Sunshine Skyway Bridge (site 1), St. Petersburg (update)
1650 kHz (TIS) WQQY809 Florida Dept. of Transportation, Sunshine Skyway Bridge (site 2), Terra Ceia (update)
1650 kHz (TIS) WQRX888 Florida Dept. of Transportation, North Port, Venice & Sarasota (5 sites -- new entry)
1650 kHz (TIS) WQRX912 Florida Dept. of Transportation, Sarasota, Bradenton, Ellenton (5 sites -- new entry)
1650 kHz (TIS) WQQY809 Florida Dept. of Transportation, I-275 at Hwy. 41 (site 3), Palmetto (update)
1710.532 kHz (TIS) WQKP882 / WQKP883, Pinellas Country Traffic (new entry -- malfunction?)
97.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando (new entry)
530 (TIS) Jacksonville International Airport WPGR772; using standard vertical. Unheard in October, 2005 per D. Crawford. After several years of inactivity, reactivated per R. Gitschier, December, 2003.
530 (TIS) Highway Advisory Radio, Cape Canaveral area; inactive. Noted June, 1993 by D. Crawford. Ran identifications as such and mentioned the Florida DOT and Florida Solar Energy Center (latter is headquartered at Port Canaveral, at A1A/528 Jct.).
530 (TIS) FDoT, Gainesville; per G. Bishop, February, 2011: HAR for northbound I-75 traffic, advising that the outer lane is closed due to damage at the overpass at exit 381 (the southernmost of the Gainesville exits). No ID on the transmitter, just man’s voice in short loop. Couple of placards for the freq along the way. Loop advises that repairs will be completed “in a few weeks.” While the most important part of the information, “Get over or die” is clear, whose transmitter and a real date for expected completion are missing from the data. Inactive May, 2011 drive past the area by the editor.
530 (TIS) FDoT WPZS817 State of Florida, Lakeland; administrative update on February 28, 2006 applied, so this one does not seem to be dead. Per broadcast band listings from Rich McVicar's FCC License Grant Yahoo! Group, via R. Wyman, April, 2004: this one is for an STA that was cancelled on April 1, 2004, then WPYX399. Presume it could operate under an STA until a new license is issued. See also 1620 kHz entry. Per J. Santosuosso, this is not active.
530 (TIS) "WECX" Eckerd College, St. Petersburg; in the early 1990’s, before moving to 99.9 MHz, the signal sporadically got out as much as 40 miles. The 530 kHz transmitter was eventually removed by the owner after the FM was installed, and is currently mothballed.
530 (TIS) FDoT, Sawgrass Expressway, Sunrise; male loop with information on new interchange construction for the arena. Referenced this as being a joint project by Broward County and the Florida Department of Transportation. Did not identify as "Highway Advisory Radio". July, 1998.
530 (MIS) City of Coral Gables WQFW220; listed in the Wireless Telecomm Bureau as lisenced since 10/18/06. Unconfirmed.
530 (MIS) City of Sunrise WNUJ665; not active. But see 1610 kHz WPDA943 entry.
530 (TIS) Tropical Everglades Visitors Center WPAC338, Florida City; male promoting tourism in this Everglades and Upper Keys crossroad area. Located on US Highway 1 (between the Burger King and KFC, west side). Still active per the editor's visit in June, 2000, but inactive in June, 2003 per the editor's observation.
530 (TIS) John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo; has a history of being sporadically active, running an open carrier-only sometimes, other times with looped info audio. Signal doesn't even cover all of the parking lots. Previously aired a male cart. Not heard June, 2003 by the editor though.
530 (TIS) Eglin Air Force Base; Per G. Bishop, will likely be active 22-25 May, 2001, during the statewide hurricane exercise. They have been testing sporadically prior to this date. The station is occasionally inactive, but has often operated 24 hours with either a test message or a simple identification and mission statement loop. During active call-ups, updated messages for local personnel is aired, instead. The purpose of this TIS is for Department of Defense public affairs information, severe weather warnings and military recalls. It gets out about 15 miles during the day with 10 watts.
530 (TIS) Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge KIE616, West Summerland Key; 'please don't squish the micro-deer' messages. Sign is on W Summerland Key, coverage intended for nearby Big Pine Key as well. November, 2001: carrier only per D. Crawford. In June, 2000, the sign is partly covered and the station wass inactive per the editor's observation.
530 (TIS) Sawgrass Mills Mall, Sunrise; inactive. Once the biggest mall on the planet also arguably hosted the tackiest TIS, with parking info mixed with alligator (or was it a panther?) growls. Never mind the fact that both were killed off to make way for the Mall. The antenna was in the southeast portion of the parking lot.
530 (TIS) Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach; once active here (see 1630 kHz ).
530 (TIS) Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge KIE640; male loop mentioning airboat rides, ticket prices; per Russ Scotka monitoring March, 1994, confirmed active again (same location?) by L. Vencl at Boynton Beach off US 441, March, 1998.
530 (MIS) City of Margate; per M. Hardester's list, though definitely never activated to date.
530 (TIS) Miami International Airport WNQM383; inactive since 2003, but see 1610 kHz entry. Presume the same (re-licensed?) as WPYP381, listed as licensed to Miami-Dade County at 530 kHz from Miami International, ground floor parking structure with license set to expire May 21, 2005.
530 (TIS) Biscayne National Park, Homestead; (listed as Biscayne National Monument, Convoy Point, "Key Biscayne" [sic] in an old database); once active, but silent (since at least after Hurricane Andrew). Note: the lighthouse on Key Biscayne (Cape Florida Lighthouse--at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area, the oldest lighthouse in Florida--constructed in 1825) has great historic importance: lighthouse keeper William Cooley’s family was killed here in 1835 in an attack that launched the Second Seminole War, and one year later, the Seminoles again attacked, killing yet another lighthouse occupant. The lighthouse was refurbished and reopened in mid-1996. Possibly a new TIS will activate somewhere on the radio band either for one of the parks on the island or even the lighthouse-proper (see 88.3 lighthouse entry).
530 (TIS) J N "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge KIE663, Sanibel Island; on-again, off-again, this one is back on as of January, 2004 per D. Potter. The long loop is now much shorter, and the previously non-parallel 1610 kHz outlet remains inactive. Previosly, this has been heard as far away as Mullet Key (Ft. DeSoto) by the editor when the signal got out much better. See also non-parallel 1610 entry.
530 (TIS) Southwest Florida International Airport KNNI706, Ft Myers; active again, per S. McHale, may, 2004. First noted by the editor on March 3, 1996, with male and female long cycled announcements on parking/rates. Strong for several miles beyond the airport proximity. Blue signs were noted, posted on US 41 and Cypress Lake/Douglas Road regarding this station. Calls confirmed by G. Myers, July 2000, via a verification card.
530 (TIS) Florida State University, Tallahassee; noted by the editor in May, 2008 consisting of a long loop by male with babble regarding remote parking (by the Publix) with two shuttle service options and tram loop details for each; threats to all about campus parking without a permit; and promises that this station would carry information in the event of a campus crisis. One DTMF tone. Huge signal, noted (tune-in) on US-27 about five miles north of the I-10 junction, and audible eastbound I-10 through exits 209A/B, where amazingly, Radio Enciclopedia, Cuba, began to co-channel during this early afternoon and eventually dominated to near the I-10/I-75 exchange. This MIS does not appear on the FCC dB, and no call letters announced on the loop. October, 2004: per G. Bishop, “Heard on I-10 from mile marker 220, with information on special parking rules for football weekends, parking sticker renewals, and advising listeners to call 644-INFO during emergencies, such as a hurricane, for recorded information. ID as “Florida State University Traveler’s Information Radio Service.” No calls heard during the loop announcement. Mile marker 220 is about 12-miles from the campus, so this one does get out.” First noted by D. Harris, who says the antenna is by the softball complex and is remotely controlled.
530 (TIS) Boca Chica Naval Air Station, Boca Chica Key; briefly activated from the second week of September, 1998, per the Miami Herald's Keys edition (9/22/98), broadcasting weather updates in advance of Hurricane Georges' westward trek. Emergency government station with 100 watts. To be used during hurricanes or other natural disasters.
530 (MIS) WNMY250 Columbia County Tourist Development, Lake City; Reactivated! Not noted on the way up on I-75 on May 17, 2008 but active on the return with a huge signal. Long loop by male, promoting local outdoor events such as the Olustee Battlefield; Suwanee, Ichetucknee and Santa Fé Rivers; O'Leno State Park; downtown Lake City and local hotels; proximity to central and south Florida tourist attractions, etc. Opening of loop is, "Hello and welcome to Lake City..." Call letters used within the loop ("WNMY Two Fifty"). Audio somewhat muffled and with a 60-cycle hum, possibly from the recording source and not the transmitter. The signal is huge, audible just south of the Alachua (city of) exit and even just north of Gainesville. Inactive in May, 2006 checks in Lake City by the editor. Mr. Harvey Campbell, Director of Tourism reported to FLPRS with this update (February 1, 2006): “[WNMY250] is a Municipal Information Station and is licensed to Columbia County. It broadcasts 24 hours a day area tourism information. The tower is located at the Columbia County Emergency Operations Center and is operated by the Columbia County Tourist Development Council. The station has a good quality range of approximately eight miles. In case of an emergency, a four minute loop will provide residents and visitors with information on how to call the Citizen's Information Center, shelters etc. We have recently requested "snipes" on signage on U.S. 90 and I-75 in the vicinity of Lake City.” This station formerly operated at the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, promoting the Lake City area businesses and including the call sign. Transmitter was located atop the roof of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame building. Signal was rather puny, but briefly audible via I-75 pass-by as confirmed by the editor with a June, 1998 pass-by. The FSHoF closed in 2002 and with it, this. Attempts to relocate the FSHoF to Tampa failed.
530 (MIS) WPQB203 County of Glynn, Brunswick, GA; per FCC Grant updates, April, 2005: “… disseminate emergency information to traveling public, such as: emergency evacuation during hurricanes… 4/13/05 license renewed…” Note: up until at least the early 1980’s at least one station was active as the “Golden Isles Visitor Center” moniker from the Brunswick area. Status and/or relationship to this unknown.
540 (LPR) "WUFI" Florida International University, Miami (south campus); according to Harry Torres, (then) WUFI Music Director, via T. Simon, this station was on the air for at least 10 years with an eclectic mix of music and specialty shows. WUFI's playlist appears in the College Music Journal. Update, May, 2013, thanks to Tom Morris, who tells FLPRS tha. "This used to be run from a series of simulcast carrier current AM transmitters throughout the FIU University Park campus (now called the Mitch Maidique campus) at Tamiami Trail and 107th Avenue. The transmitters are still installed in some of the campus buildings, but most of them have simply burned out. They were Radio Systems AM transmitters that have a very bad habit of blowing their finals *violently*, or the exciter board freaking out and in turn popping the finals. Suffice to say most of them are now 120 volt AC dummy loads. Nowadays Radiate FM, WRGP-FM, broadcasts their primary signal on 88.1 Mhz from the former WTVJ tower in Princeton, Florida. A translator on the library roof on campus rebroadcasts it on 95.3 and a second translator at the Biscayne Bay campus in North Miami Beach rebroadcasts it on 96.9. 95.3 gets out over a pretty wide area, 96.9 not so much due to its single bay antenna."
600 (TIS) Polk County Emergency Broadcast Station WPKJ773, Lakeland (mobile); see 1610 kHz entry.
610 (TIS) WQEG758 Orange County Expressway Authority, Orlando; license issued January 23, 2006. Status unconfirmed. See also 1660 kHz.
640 (TIS) Jacksonville University; reportedly has carrier current operation here, unconfirmed.
640 (LPR) WUCF-AM, Orlando; closed circuit operation, active when I was attending UCF in the early '80's, audible for a short range off-campus. Always took a pounding from the Cuban on 640. Probably long gone now. See also 88.7 MHz.
660 (LPR) "Old Town Radio", Kissimmee; an unlicensed station, first noted late November, 1993, peaking at the 192 Exit from I-4. Huge daytime signal across most of Central Florida till near the West Coast. Played long reel-to-reel tapes of '60's bubblegum rock with back-announcements by a male dj with occasional vintage commercials for added effect. Was ultimately asked to close FCC several months later, never to return to AM. See also 95.9 MHz entry.660 (MIS) WPQD502, Ocala. Seemingly FDOT? While looking up 660 in the FCC dB, December, 2010, noted this in-band TIS or MIS. Really? Anyone know if it's active? Callsign: WPQD502 Licensee: MARION, COUNTY OF Radio Service: Public Safety Pool, Conventional (PW) City: OCALA, FL Status: Active Grant Date: 03/18/2005 Expiration: 06/01/2015 Site: 1 State: FL County: MARION Coordinates: 29° 11' 42.9" N, 82° 10' 47.3" W Frequency: 0.66000000.
680 (LPR) Drive-In Christian Church, Daytona Beach Shores; first noted in early '80's, then on 657 kHz, from a converted drive-in theatre on A1A. Now on 680 and parallel 88.5 MHz, both signals don't make it much beyond the church property. The Rev. Wallace Pomplin retired in July, 1995. The Rev. Larry Deitch is now in charge. Used to be very friendly at verifying. A nice feature appeared in the April 6, 2007 edition of the newspaper insert “Life” titled “America’s Coolest Churches: MOST CHROME Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church, Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. Locally, it's known simply as "the drive-in." But even if the Neptune theater -- and its giant mermaid sign -- are long gone, the parking lot continues to fill up on Sundays, just as it has since 1953. An enormous altar has replaced the screen, the former snack bar is an event hall, and the ticket-booth attendants hand out that week's bulletin. Churchgoers can still use the old-time speakers, though most prefer tuning in to the service on the radio (at 88.5 FM or AM 680). With water at either side and cool ocean breezes, the drive-in lures an eclectic flock of locals, beach-patrol members, car enthusiasts, and, thanks to international TV coverage, vacationers from as far as Japan. TO VISIT: 3140 South Atlantic Avenue; www.driveinchurch.net. Services are on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
710 (LPR) "WERU" Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; referenced on a University URL and possibly active, at least after summer breaks. Untraced as May, 1999 check by D. Crawford, however, reportedly on 104.7 MHz now.
750 (TIS) DoT, Miami; noted March, 1998 by T. Simon, referencing construction on the Florida Turnpike and Bird Road. Somewhat audible on the Palmetto Expressway.
760 (LPR) "WPCP", Pine Crest School, Ft. Lauderdale; was active in the early 90's (may still be). Used to circulate handbills promoting station events on campus, per T. Simon.
780 (TIS) KAZ5520 "Florida State Fair Information Radio", Tampa; inactive, February, 2007 and 2008. confirmed no longer active and signage on I-4 no longer replaced, February, 2007 during the Fair schedule. Previously, annually reactivated looped English announcements by a man, woman and kids--followed by an announcement in Spanish by a man, with the opening referencing "...KAZ5520 780 AM..." over barnyard animals sound effects. Active only during the annual two-week Florida State Fair, each February. Call letters initially were KGD595 (also listed as WPEV777 in an FCC database). Blue signs are posted along I-4, but down presumably due to road construction in February, 2006.
810 (TIS) EPCOT Center, Lake Buena Vista; here and on 900 kHz years ago, prossibly inactive, as not heard June, 2000 by G. Bishop.
830 (LPR) "WBCC" Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach; a carrier-current operation. The signal has sporadically gotten out over 40 miles. Status unknown.
830 (TIS) Kennedy Space Center; here during "Third Century America" expo in 1976, antenna atop VAB. Long defunct.
870 (TIS) WGW861, Key West ; operating since 7/24/93. Operated by the City of Key West, with English female parking information (has run English/Spanish in the past). A huge signal that is audible from the Dry Tortugas (70 miles due west) to the central Keys. Seems to have sporadic technical problems, with carrier-only (or off the air) sometimes. Noted fair level in Naples, FL by D. Potter in August, 2003. So this may get well beyond Florida if co-channel can be avoided.
880 (TIS) DoT WNNC526, Tampa; a sign between Exits 2 and 3 (Greater Ybor City area) appeared in March, 1998, advising motorists to tune in 880 "For Construction Information" and warning that the Exit 6 (US-301) of-ramp southbound is closed. Affiliated with the I-4 Expansion Project. However, as of August, 1999, this appears to have been replaced with a nearby 1610 kHz transmitter (see also 1610 kHz I-4 entry).
900 (TIS) EPCOT Center, Lake Buena Vista; definitely inactive per December, 1997 check. See 810.
940 (MIS) WPTI814 Pinellas County Emergency Management; Largo (9685 Ulmerton Rd.); another period of inactivity (disappeared between the 10th and 12th of September, 2009). By mid-November, 2009, this appeared as a huge digital blob on 1690 kHz (see entry), as if the digital feed of KHB32 Noaa Weather Radio was not connecting properly, with occasional recorded ID dropping. Eventually, by the end of the month, the audio was fixed but the signal is still somewhat overmodulated. It either it turned itself on or someone manually did so, after about a year of silence, in late August, 2008 with a huge, telco-ish mismatched cable-type audio buzz, essentially no intentional audio, finally up a few days later with placeholder loop by man. Previously, reactivated mid-September, 2006 as per the editor’s observation, and confirmed from this location. This one had been malfunctioning since at least early January, 2006, with a 24/7 open carrier. The editor sent an e-mail to the Pinellas County Emergency Management office; response and fix is pending. The calls WPTI814 are now being used (at least via the Largo transmitter) on the recordings. The first transmitter to appear as of September 25, 2001 as first heard by G. Myers. Audible throughout most of Pinellas County, and into Hillsborough at least as far as Waters and Florida Avenue in north Tampa. Male looped "You are listening to a test broadcast from Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center, operating on 940 kiloHertz AM, WPD300." As of September 26, they were relaying NOAA Weather Radio KHB32, Riverview. By October, 2001, a brief looped male appeared about every five minutes, referencing fire prevention, calls [not original WPD300] WPTD300, and an e-mail and website address, with NOAA audio resuming after the loop. Background: via David Bilodeau, Pinellas County, via G. Myers: "The installations begin next week [August 27, 2001]. The first three sites should be operational in 90 days or less. The delay is with the phone circuits. The frequency will be 940 AM..." Per G. Myers, a check of the FCC website shows the transmitters at 1700 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor; 9685 Ulmerton Rd., Largo; and 3101 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. I first learned of this via WTVT-13's newscast on May 1, and sent an e-mail inquiry via the Pinellas County web site. A prompt and detailed reply followed from Gary Vickers [now the late Gary Vickers], Senior Coordinator, Pinellas County Emergency Management (E-Mail: email@example.com). "Thanks for the interest in our TIS project. Details such as frequency, transmitter location, etc. are not available yet. We just recently received the Board of County Commissioners approval to enter into a contract with Information Station Specialists, Inc. of Zeeland, Michigan. The contract will provide a system of three low power AM TIS stations distributed throughout the County to achieve as close to 100% coverage of the jurisdiction as possible. This will include coverage of the three bridges/causeways that serve as major Evacuation Routes. The ultimate goal is to establish an adjunct to our existing methods (Government Access TV 18, Internet site, and major Radio/TV broadcasters) of communicating real time emergency information and instructions to the public. All three transmitters will operate on the same frequency and broadcast content 24 hours a day. At startup the content will consist of specific Emergency Preparedness information and messages with real time emergency instructions inserted as situations occur/warrant. Ultimately, we may expand the content to cover a broader range of topics of interest to our citizens. The project is scheduled for completion, testing and acceptance no later than September of this year. Obviously we may have portions of the system operational prior to then. Once we establish the frequency and locations we will forward the information to you as requested. The stick for the Ulmerton Road stick is easily viewed (mounted on a telephone pole behind the chain link fence that houses County vehicles, located a few blocks east of the Home Depot).
940 (MIS) Pinellas County Emergency Management; Palm Harbor; the third transmitter (1700 Curlew Rd.) seemingly came up early November, 2001, per fair signal in Safety Harbor per the editor. See 940 kHz Pinellas County Emergency Management, Largo entry for extensive details and history. Update December, 2009: After these transmitters moved to 1690 kHz, the editor drove the signal to confirm active. While it is active on 1690, it is not at the Curlew location but rather in the US-19/Main Street (Countryside) area of Clearwater.
940 (MIS) Pinellas County Emergency Management; St. Petersburg; the second transmitter (3101 5th Ave.) came up early November, 2001. See 940 kHz Pinellas County Emergency Management, Largo entry for extensive details and history.The antenna is on a wood telephone poll in an open lot on fire station property, however this transmitter has been inactive since at least 2009.
960 (LPR) Tropicana Field (WFLA audio), St. Petersburg; per D. Potter, April, 2003, back on with the beginning of the regular Devil Rays season. Per Potter in 2002: "... On the air again this year as advertised... As has been the case in recent years, the signal seems to have a lobe to the NW, i.e. when driving across the dome on 1st Ave. N, the signal is wiped out on the east side by 970 WFLA's splatter but readable on the NW side at equal distances." Carrier current operation within the dome facility, active since the Tampa Bay Devil Rays debut in March, 1998 (simulcast 970 kHz WFLA, the local Devil Rays flagship station). (This frequency was initially referenced in the April 2, 1998 St. Petersburg Times sports section.) Appears to pull the plug shortly after each game. Originally active on 900 kHz during Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey) games that were initially held here, then relaying WFNS (910 kHz) audio. WFLA frequently aired Devil Rays promos, advising listeners to tune to 960 while at the facilities. Presume inactive; as the flagship station is no longer WFLA.
1020 (LPR) "WUTZ" University of Tampa; See 1080 kHz entry.
1030 (TIS) Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista; similar to 810/900 EPCOT outlets. Presumaby inactive, as not heard June, 2000 by G. Bishop.
1060 (TIS) "St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport " WPIM363; this one has fallen silent since probably at least early August, 2007 once again. Last reactivated in September, 2005 after several months silence. Began in June, 1995. Strong signal, male voice parking information. Blue signs were posted on from approaches Ulmerton/688, the Bayside Bridge and the airport entrance. Noted poorly in Bradenton -- about 35 miles south, daytime--in November, 1996. As of January, 2012, the antenna and transmitter box, attached to a telephone pole, remains at the edge of the parking lot across from the airport.
1060 (TIS) "AM 1060", MacDill Air Force Base (Tampa); first observed operating with the 1993 AirFest. The 1994 cart was nearly two-minutes long w/ complete schedule of events. The cart mentioned that this low power signal is operated by the 6th Fixed Airbase Wing. Reactivated 5/28/94 w/ nonstop loop tape, later inactive again. Male voice cart, "This is a test of AM 1060, testing 1-2-3-4-5 5-4-3-2-1" aired for weeks after the event. For AirFest '97, a male loop, referencing 828-4163 for additional information aired, however inactive when on base during the 1998 and 1999 shows, and appears to be inactive.
1060 (LPR) "WJAY - La Poderosa", Coral Springs; via T. Simon, August, 2000: "I noticed in a magazine a listing for a "WJAY - La Poderosa" on 1060 in Coral Springs (Broward County), and with a 954 area code phone number. Format is Spanish tropical... "La Poderosa" is WWFE, 670 kHz's slogan here... I haven't heard it myself, so I don't know if it's a micro or carrier current station (or maybe a legit operation we've all missed)" No WJAY [in Florida] appears in the FCC database.
1080 (LPR) “WUTT” University of Tampa; this carrier-current operation is on 1080 kHz (no longer 1020), and confirmed active in October, 2009 by the editor. Signal gets out a few city blocks beyond the campus, and is still audible, threshold, a little beyond Kennedy at Dale Mabry intersections. Per UoT’s website: “The student-run radio station, provides students with an opportunity to gain radio experience. In addition to offering eclectic programming for any musical taste, WUTT also airs student engineered and produced programming. Students may register for a practicum in broadcast and management to receive course credits or may participate as volunteers. Contact the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.” UoT is at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.,Tampa, Florida 33606-1490. See stale 1020 “WUTZ” entry.
1100 (TIS) Department of Transportation WNNC526; this is listed on the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau web site. Since the calls associated with this are the same ones assigned to other mobile transmitters on other frequencies, no location (if any and/or if active) is stated.
1100 (MIS) "Shores Information Radio", Daytona Beach Shores; first noted by D. Crawford, July, 1997. Male loop, mentions that the station is run by a "coalition", including the county commission and City of Daytona Beach Shores. City information, weather, phone numbers, etc. referenced. Signal extends well along I-95 north of the Ormond beach exit, also well south of Port Orange per the editor's observations in August, 1997. Inactive per D. Crawford, May, 1999 check.
1120 (LPR) "Radio Dimension Nouvelle", Miami; closed by the FCC in November, 2009. See case EB-09-MA-0194. Located at 777 NW 106th St., Miami. No doubt the same as once heard by T. Simon near Homestead, who stated: "Noted a very strong signal whilst playing around with the Sony ICF-2010 last night [October 21, 2003]. Kreyol, thought I heard a mention of "Miyanmi" (Miami), then some English music as if they were tracking a CD. Can't say for sure what it was, but it was lighting up almost all the lights on the signal strength meter. She seemed to be talking about "Dieux d'Israel" ("God of Israel"), so suspect a religious micro of some sort. Subsequent logs confirm Christian programming.
1140 (TIS) WPGN232, Florida City; never heard, but listed in the FCC TIS dB as licensed to Florida Power & Light Co., set to sexpire February 9, 2005. Purpose unknown.
1160 (LPR) “WJJD”, Calvary, Georgia; formerly located in Tallahassee, Florida with “Classic Country” format. A Part. 15 compliant station, inactive since June, 2005, when the station proprietor deactivated in preparation for a move to Calvary, Georgia (across the Florida state line). Reactivation of 1160 kHz as well as new 1700 kHz is planned later in 2005, per their now defunct web page.
1180 (TIS) Department of Transportation WNNC526, unknown location(s); the editor noticed this channel entry in the FCC dB. The call sign is generic for all FDOT transmitters which are mobile, thus deployment of this one is unknown (if even active).
1200 (TIS) Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista; see 1030. Presumably inactive, as not heard June, 2000 by G. Bishop.
1200 (TIS) Cypress Gardens TIS, Winter Haven; long-inactive (since mid-'80's) per John Santosuosso.
1210 (LPR) 'Talking House' (various), Hillsborough County; a December 12, 1998 Bay New 9 feature referenced an unidentified realtor, who purchased 20 transmitters operating on 1610 kHz and this in-band channel.
1280 (MIS) WQCA448 City of Miramar; T. Simon reports in November, 2005: “I can confirm [this] it is indeed on the air per a couple of weekends ago… with info. on [Hurricane] Wilma, and a sign near the city building in East Miramar (near US 441) stating "Hurricane Info 1280 AM", nice signal.” FCC dB shows WQCA448 calls licensed June, 2005 through January, 2015. WQCR308 is listed as the assigned calls from June, 2005 until November, 2005.
1300 (TIS) IFAS/Florida Sea Grant WPMG813 [I-95 Welcome Center], Yulee; see 1680 kHz "Florida Welcome Center", Yulee entry. This University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Florida Sea Grant-sponsored TIS broadcasts looped information regarding the dangers of potential zebra mussel mollusk infiltration into Florida for border-crossing tourists on I-75, Jennings (1610 kHz) and I-95, Yulee (1300 kHz), with a third (unknown frequency) to be added on I-10 at the Alabama border. Confirmed the Yulee site is acrive in June, 2001. Transmitter is located at the Florida Welcome Center near Yulee, on I-95 southbound. Long looped babble about the snail perils, etc. by man. No signs noted to promote tuning to this. There are two information slicks amongst the brochures regarding the snails. Signal noted as far north as St. Marys Road, GA.
1300 (LPR) “Vybe Radio”, Miami; slogan per the station’s temporary URL, which also states the format is “dacne, 80’s, 70’s, house, trance” music. Discovered by M. Cooper, August, 2005. The station operator claims to be a Part 15 station, using multiple transmitters, with techno and old R&B music, occasional PSA’s. “Programming was techno until about 5 p.m. when they started playing old R&B. Back to techno when I heard them again around 9 p.m. They claim to be a network of legal Part 15 stations and mentioned 1300 and another station on 1580, though I didn't recognize the name of the city for the latter. Signal was quite strong in downtown Miami… (as well as) between Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami. As I got to North Miami (79th St exit of I-95, and heading east) they were (dropping off)… so transmitter location must be in downtown Miami-Coconut Grove area (or further south).”
1320+/- (TIS) Spaceport USA, Kennedy Space Center; Now inactive, though our communications contact at NASA indicates he may attempt to resurrect this and return to at least some launch audio relays. Ex-1610, highway signs reflecting the change as well. In the past, this station has aired live space shuttle (STS)-to-control audio prior to launch, for visitor stand listening. Confirmed active again for STS-121 launch on 4 July, 2006, by D. Crawford. Then with long gaps between segments.
1420 (LPR) “Radio Godgive”, Orlando; appears to be inactive as of November, 2006. Noted on 11 February, 2006, but antenna no longer located at the building D. Crawford traced it to awhile back (just off Lancaster on Winegard). The station seemed to move further west now, judging from the signal. July, 2005: per D. Crawford, [then] located the station in the Pinecastle area on Winegard, just south of Lancaster at the Haitian Church of the Brethren, where a sign outside of the building stated “Radio Godgive.” See inactive 89.5 MHz “Magique FM” entry.
1440 (LPR) "WKQV," Parkland; moved in-band, July, 2006. See 1620 kHz entry for station background. Had not been heard for several years from near or distant, and presumed inactive until R. Wyman heard it back on, broadcasting from a Classic Car show at Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs July 29, 2012, programming appeared to be 100% automated. Appears to be most active otherwise Sundays 9 pm to midnight, per one source. .
1500 (TIS) NOAA Weather (KIH63, Orlando relay), Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee rest stop; active briefly in 1989 from I-4 rest stop near Buena Vista. Signs remained up for a couple of years after deactivation. NOAA QSLed John Santosuosso.
1500 (TIS) DoT WPKU228, Lake Worth Service Plaza, Florida Turnpike; per D. Crawford, July, 1998: information about Palm Beach County road work, “... is your gas gauge nearing empty?” and Highway Advisory Radio tags. Gives phone number 1-800-749-PIKE, as well.
1510 (TIS) DoT WPUR527, Charlotte County; update per D. Potter, November, 2003: the new six-lane bridge is open, transmitters are silent.discovered independently the same time by T. Ham and R. Nervous in August, 2002. Also heard in September, 2002 by the editor, and this channel has now been dedicated to northbound traffic only, while 1640 is newly established for southbound information (see entry). Lots of blue/white signs and bulb signs, alerting motorists to tune to these for Peace River Bridge construction updates. The same generic calls used for 1510 and 1640. They are adding additional lanes. Approximately five miles of coverage, with multiple transmitters set up along the construction zone and preceding the construction zone two miles north on I-75, and two mile south on I-75. Loop includes call sign, purpose of station and warning of delays and lane blockage. Multiple transmitters in the median (at least five for each direction channel).
1510 (TIS) City of Lakeland WPZW713 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport; per the editor, March 2011: good signal on I-4 between FL-570 and US-92, weak eastbound by US-98 with loop regarding the Sun 'N Fun Fly-In, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Lakeland area lakes and tours, etc. Per broadcast band listings from Rich McVicar's FCC License Grant Yahoo! Group, via R. Wyman, April, 2004: presume the calls reflect a new license in conjunction with an STA (4175 Medula Road is on the entry), thus this would be the the former WPEP788 "Sun-N-Fun Radio", Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Active for the 2003 events as of April 2 per J. Santosuosso, for the Sun-N-Fun Fly-In. Also, has been active for the Wings & Strings fall event and referencing upcoming live broadcasts of on-site FAA seminars. Coverage has consisted of events at the weeklong annual Lakeland Sun-N-Fun Fly-In, discovered by D. Crawford April 14, 1996. Activated in 1995 so that Sun-N-Fun could comply with the American With Disabilities Act. "People who are hearing-impaired and rely on hearing aids cannot listen to public address systems because of a conflict in frequencies. The radio station allows them to be in touch with everything going on at the Fly-In", per "The Ledger" (Lakeland) on April 9, 1997. Per D. Shallbetter, Chairman (45 Sioux Lane, Lantana, FL 33462, e-mail email@example.com), power is a mere one watt, and (in 1997) was 24 hours for the duration, mostly live till 10 p.m. local with some taped interviews. Ran a loop overnight. Also, live sessions are scheduled for Certified Flight Instructor Seminars (at least nine sessions up to the 1998 Sun-N-Fun events). In addition, Shallbetter will participate in the year-round activities at the FAA Production Studio (a full-fledged TV production studio). Anyone who wants to volunteer may contact Shallbetter.
1540 (TIS) Sea World, Orlando; confirmed inactive by G. Bishop, December, 2007. Last heard in December, 2003 by Bishop, plugging Discovery Cove, audible over a half-mile from the park. Previously noted by the editor with a loop, referencing discovery.com, "you can touch a shark."
1540 (MIS) WPZP574 Escambia County, Pensacola; per G. Thomas, “… is on the air here in Pensacola with hurricane preparedness info. Checking the FCC website, this station apparently became active on February 13, 2005, but I sure haven’t heard it before today (March 2nd). Listed 10 watts but puts out a nice signal.” Listed as “temporary” on the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau site.
1570 (LPR) “Radio Free Pensacola”; per G. Thomas, March, 2006: an guerilla poster was noted on a on a light pole in a Pensacola shopping center which said, "Radio Free Pensacola, 1570 AM and 107.7 FM GOD, GUNS, GUTS" and included a cross (Christian) symbol. However, nothing heard on either frequency, and there are no locally-licensed stations active on either channel. See same entry under 107.7 MHz.
1570 (TIS) DoT WPLW619, Pensacola; per G. Bishop, January, 2003: this call in use on 1570, 1580, 1590, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1690 for I-10/110 destruction. See 1640 for details, and the abovce link for a map of transmitter locations.
1580 (TIS) Wootens Nature Tours, Ochopee; noted by Paul Zecchino in the NRC DX News vol. 63, No. 26 (May, 1996), incorrectly listed as "Everglades City" location, with a three minute loop describing nature tours, alligator viewing and swamp boat rides. Range then reported at approximately 10 miles. However, inactive per the editor's observation (at their parking lot) in June, 1999. H. Johnson visited the attraction in November, 2003, and was told the transmitter broke six or seven years ago, not to be replaced due to cost.
1580 (TIS) DoT WPLW619, Pensacola; per G. Bishop, December, 2006, loud hum. Audible with looped information for eastbound I-10 traffic crossing the Escambia Bay Bridge, including the alternate routing on US-90. ID as WPWL619. Strongest at Exit 16, Davis Highway (FL-291). Inaudible on the east side of the bay. No placards or message boards showed this frequency. This call in use on 1570, 1580, 1590, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1690 for I-10/110 destruction. See 1640 for details, and the above link for a map of transmitter locations.
1590 (TIS) DoT WPLW619, Pensacola; inactive, October, 2006 per G. Bishop. Last confirmed active, per G. Thomas, February, 2005, with male speaker. per G. Bishop, January, 2003: this call in use on 1570, 1580, 1590, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1690 for I-10/110 destruction. See 1640 for details, and the above link for a map of transmitter locations.
1590 (MIS) City of Pinecrest WQFS221; listed in the Wireless Telecomm Bureau as lisenced since 9/20/06. Finally confirmed active via J. Fritz, March, 2012 with a loop consisting of a city council PSA, a sax-driven 1940's instrumental followed by a local barbershop harmiony group, The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest.
1590 (LPR) radio.cadillac.com, Hialeah; see 1700 kHz entry for details. Billboard located on the Palmetto Expressway.
1600 (TIS) “weather information radio”, near Ocala; J. Santosuosso noted this in October, 1996. Signs are on both sides of the Interstate which read to tune to AM 1600 (not 1610 or 1620) for weather. Location is just south of Route 200, between exits 67 and 68, where there are rest stops. Nothing heard, however, on 1600/1610/1620 kHz.
1609.5+/- (LPR) "Excel Telecommunications", Clearwater; first noted by the editor in November, 1995 close to 1608 kHz (later closer to 1610 kHz) with one minute loop by man, promoting Excel Telecommunications followed by Century 21 Realty, giving address for office and phone numbers 581-7641, 585-7118 (home recorder) and 586-3514. This was run by Ron Griffith from his home at 1761 Kenilworth Drive, Clearwater, FL. While it is one of the realty radio transmitters (seven at his disposal, but the only one currently active), it iwas unique in that it is promoting his telemarketing company and operating from his own home. A "tune to 1610" sign was is in his front yard, appropriately. Antenna remained for several years after the station went silent.The owner was contacted and promptly QSLed my request.
1609.93+/- (MIS) City of Tarpon Springs WPLY701; reactivated by November 18, 2008 per G. Myers observation, but modulation is low. Previously inactive since mid-2007, but according to the St. Petersburg Times feature by Rita Farlow, Times Staff Writer, Thursday, May 8, 2008 “The skies over Fred Howard Park will be dark this Independence Day. City commissioners decided Tuesday that money earmarked for the annual fireworks display could be better spent. Specifically, commissioners agreed the $22,500 budgeted for the display should go toward replacing the city's AM 1610 radio station, which relays emergency information to residents and has been broken since late last summer. The damage to the equipment is irreparable and it needs to be replaced, said interim City Manager Mark LeCouris. Initial estimates show a new radio system would cost between $20,000 and $25,000 for equipment and installation — roughly the same amount as the pyrotechnics, said city spokeswoman Judy Staley. If the city immediately puts the money toward a new system, it could be up and running by June 1, the start of hurricane season, LeCouris said. "This is an opportunity right now to get started on it," he said.” This began broadcasting on April 2, 1997 and was always off-frequency, closer to 1609.83 kHz. Since September, 1998, sometimes relaying KHB32 NOAA Weather Radio, Riverview (162.550 MHz). Other times with original messages, which are frequently updated with information on community events and emergencies; thus far with a male voice on all. Varying from 1609.76-1609.93 kHz. Chief Harry Leonard explained that the primary purpose of this is for emergency announcements--live or taped--during the ongoing Stauffer Chemical Co. property remediation (removal of various chemicals, including phosphorus). The property, and transmitter/stick are located at 877 Anclote Road. Plans may include coordinating transmitter use for natural disaster emergencies as well. Power is 10 watts. Also present when I talked to Chief Leonard was a representative from Federal Signal Corporation, the private firm that installed the equipment. First day of broadcast was Wednesday afternoon April 2 ("We wanted it on in time for our staff meeting...") An April 5, 1997 St. Petersburg Times feature on the cleanup project referenced this station, mentioning that flyers were mailed to area residents detailing how--when a siren went off--they should tune to 1610. A map showing a primary and secondary 'fallout' radius was also published. Near local signal noted by the editor in June, 1998 as far as just west of St. George Island State Park, daytime.
1610 (MIS) City of Clearwater WPXD855; inactive as of May 1, 2003, per the editor. Discovered by G. Myers, March, 2003. Began broadcasting in March, 2003, only temporary. Per Doug Matthews, Public Communications Director for the City of Clearwater [in an April 9th e-mail to G. Myers]: "... We plan to continue using the station through the end of May, at which time the equipment will be returned to the manufacturer..." Usually running brief looped annoncements on traffic and parking conditions, and identifying incorrectly as "WPXD 1610 AM." Fairly decent signal, and right on frequency (unlike the City of Tarpon Springs' TIS). Why the FCC granted a licence to 1610 kHz instead of 1620 is a pot smokers dream. According to the March 25th St. Petersburg times: "To help beachgoers navigate through the traffic jams, Clearwater officials have set up a radio broadcast on 1610 AM that gives drivers traffic updates, alternative routes and parking information. The city has budgeted $6,000 to broadcast recorded messages for 90 days. It began broadcasting Friday [March 21, 2003]." And indeed the FCC shows a brief license period, expiring on September 13, 2003. "It's certainly worth a try, especially in light of all the construction that is going on," said Garry Brumback, Clearwater assistant city manager. "With downtown as under repair as it is, we are willing to try almost anything to make the lives of both our citizens and our tourists easier."
1610 (LPR) unidentified, Hillsborough County; first noted 30 March, 2008 while driving to Brandon on the Crosstown Expressway. I noted this when first hitting the frequency just past Ybor City. Weak, with nonstop Spanish modern Christian vocals, peaking around Causeway Blvd., if you want to call it peaking. Signal still present just SE Brandon, but much weaker. No ID or any voice announcements, including through top-of-hour. Initially I presumed it to be crossmod/mixing products from one of the Tampa Bay Hispanic stations, but not parallel any of these, including 820 kHz in Largo (Pinellas County). Upon the drive home, around 2330, maybe a weak trace in the same area it peaked, but quicikly overtaken (if them) by the Tampa International Airport TIS. My guess is it's not in Ybor or urban Tampa (bad frequency with the loud TIS), and based on the peak, I bet it's something due east o Brandon-proper, closer on even across the Polk County line.
1610 (MIS) Marion County WPQD502, Ocala; listed on the FCC database as licensed from June, 2000 through June, 2005. Unconfirmed.
1610 (TIS) DoT, Duval Co./St. Johns Co. line; December, 2003: mobile sign noted northbound on I-95 by R. Gitschier.
1610+/- (TIS) Department of Transportation, Cypress Creek Toll Plaza (Florida Turnpike), Pompano Beach; frequently-changing carts (sometimes male and female) regarding construction, temporary operation. Measured at 1609.89 once. Inactive.
1610 (LPR) “WDCX,” ("Druid Hills Radio"), Dade City; note: this Part. 15-compliant station has been testing on 1710 in the fall on 2009 and may be relocating on that channel. See entry. FLPRS received the following update from John H. Mouw, Manager of Classroom Technology and Media Services, University Technical Services at Saint Leo University, regarding this Part 15-compliant station: WDCX is an alternative news and talk station operating on 1610 kHz from sunrise to sunset in Dade City. WDCX provides programming that disappeared from commercial station WDCF 1350 who’s programming changes by the day depending on who Tan-Talk in Clearwater is ripping off. Our programming includes but is not limited to: TalkStar Network, Beyond The Grassy Knoll, featuring The Vyzygoth, American Sunrise, Alex Jones and much more including sports and weather updates. The weekends also include Old time Radio shows and the Subgenius "Hour of Slack." WDCX-Part 15 operates using a FCC Certified Part 15 Hamilton Rangemaster transmitter and covers much of Dade City and areas toward San Antonio. There are future plans to link multiple transmitters to increase the coverage area. In addition to broadcasting on 1610, the station also streams on Shoutcast. WDCX’s web page can be found at: http://www.freewebs.com/wdcx and those wishing to submit program material for airing may do so by emailing the Program Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail at: Post Office Box 2263, Saint Leo, FL 33574. See 87.9 MHz and 104.5 MHz. Ex-102.9 MHz.
1610 (TIS) DoT WNNC526, I-75 Hillsborough County; two DoT transmitters active on I-75 as of June, 2007 for road embankment revamp project. One transmitter appears to be north of the I-4 interchange and has been running open carrier only (overtakes Tampa International’s TIS just east of downtown). The southern transmitter is located in the median near mile marker 259, airing a looped female with construction times, call sign and (interestingly) the sounds of trucks passing. Inactive by March, 2008 recheck while in the same area.
1610 (TIS) DoT WNNC526, Hillsborough County (various locations); last active near I-75 and I-4 with calls announced, per D. Crawford, July, 2006. As many as four DoT transmitters have been active at different locations for months during the snail-like I-4 Expansion Project. As of November, 1999, the first eastbound blue 1610 sign appears near M. L. King/9th Street, with additional transmitters near the I-4/I-75 interchange; near the Branch Forbes Road exit; and just west of the S.R. 39 exit. Running the same male voice cycle (very long). At times, has sporadically included brief information on the Lakeland Sun-N-Fun Fly-In (see dedicated 1610 entry), such as during the 1997 event. See also 880 kHz entry.
1610 (TIS) DoT, Lake Wales; by early 2002, no longer active with resurfacing completed. First noted by the editor in January, 2001. Brief cycling announcement by female, opening with "Thank you for tuning to 1610 AM Radio..." and referencing State Road 60, five miles of construction, milling, painting and drainage modification. Location is about three miles west of Lake Wales on State Road 60. A bulb sign and mobile blue highway advisory radio sign are displayed. Location is likely to move westward as the resurfacing project progresses. Fairly strong signal, heard in Winter Haven when at the initially-discovered location.
1610 (TIS) Pinellas County (mobile); last active at the Tierra Verde/Madelaine Key (Fort DeSoto Park) causeway; noted signs for this in early May, 1996 (flashing bulb signs referring to the frequency). This transmitter was formerly used at South Pasedena's Corey Bridge repair project, where an orange sign was posed on both sides of the road. Ongoing south Pinellas County barrier island bridge refurbishing was scheduled through 1997, thus this transmitter could reappear, if it’s really functional any more.
1610 (LPR) "Rowlett Radio" William Monroe Rowlett Elementary School, Bradenton; discovered by the editor in December, 2009. Noted a rapidly rising signal while heading southbound on US-41 north of Cortez Road. A male loop regarding school events, meetings, local businesses (mostly on Cortez), an upcoming RSA meeting (whatever that is), etc. I ate lunch at the Chili's on US-41 and asked the two 20-something hottie hostesses if they knew about a "Rowlett" school nearby. Yep, one gave me the directions and said it is a county magnet school (head south on US-41 and turn right on 30th Ave., then right at 9th St. East.). Indeed, Rowlett is the site of this, with a short loaded stick at the south end of the parking lot. The loop appears to be updated often based on the content, and the opening of the loop ID's as Rowlett Radio. Signal gets out about a mile or so.
1610 (LPR) Electa Lee Middle School, Bradenton; Pt. 15 school station located at 4300 53rd Ave. W. as per a reporter on the Tampa board of radio-info.com, November, 2010.
1610 (LPR) Pt. 15 operation, Altamonte Springs; active mid-00's but per the operator, no longer in service. See 87.9 instead.
1610 (MIS) City of Ft. Lauderdale WPZK221; listed on the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau page as granted on January 27, 2004. Confirmed active via D. Crawford, December, 2004, running a loop with phone number, URL, etc. Per the City URL: “The City of Fort Lauderdale has launched a Public Information Radio System located at 1610 AM on the radio dial. The station will provide residents and visitors with public service announcements and up-to-date information about traffic, weather, parking, special events and more. The station, which is part of the Highway Advisory Radio System or “HARS,” is currently broadcasting information related to the Florida Marlins Championship Celebration and Boat Parade, including traffic restrictions, boating advisories and parking information. The boat parade will take place on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 4:30 p.m. along both sides of the New River from Stranahan House west to the Las Olas Riverfront. The parade will be followed by a celebration at Las Olas Riverfront, located at 300 S.W. 1st Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Following the Florida Marlins Championship Celebration and Boat Parade, residents and visitors in the City of Fort Lauderdale are encouraged to continue to tune in to 1610 AM to hear updates and advisories 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The station will broadcast information related to traffic and transportation, parking, boating, parks and recreation, public services and utilities, and festivals and special events including the upcoming Greater Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the 17th Annual Fort Lauderdale Sound Advice Blues Festival. In addition, in the event of an emergency, 1610 AM will broadcast critical safety and security updates. The range of 1610 AM covers approximately a 5-mile radius from the transmitter’s location in Holiday Park. The City of Fort Lauderdale will also utilize four portable informational signs which can be strategically placed around the City to advise motorists to tune to radio station 1610 AM for the most up-to-date information. For more information about 1610 AM, please contact the City of Fort Lauderdale Public Information Office at (954) 828-4748.”
1610 (MIS) unidentified, possibly Broward County. New or one of the existing 1610's? NOAA Weather Radio feed as noted by B. Harrison. DFing pending.
1610 (MIS) City of Sunrise WPDA943; confirmed still active per the editor in June, 1997, with “This is a test of radio frequency 1610, 1-2-3-4, this is a test of radio frequency 1610 male loop. Thanks D. Crawford, October, 1996 observation. See also WNUJ665 entry on 530 kHz.
1610 (TIS) Department of Transportation, Canoe Creek Service Plaza (13 miles south of US-192 on the Florida Turnpike, near St. Cloud); referring as Highway Advisory Radio with male loop with bridge construction information, pitch for buying gas at service plazas, gave information phone number 800-749-7453. Transmitters at these facilities appear to be permanent installations (i.e., not the mobile DoT units). All have signs announcing their existence, with flashing amber lights to indicate there is new information. This data per D. Crawford, October, 1996, still active July, 1998.
1610 (TIS) "WKQV," Parkland; see 1620 kHz entry for details; 1610 is the alternate channel.
1610 (TIS) Department of Transportation, Boca Raton; per T. Simon, July, 2000: looped construction widening project information for the Turnpike, near Glades Blvd. Computer generated signs with "Tune to 1610 AM" on the approach. Possibly the same one (if so, moved with construction progress) as heard by J. Santosuosso, January, 2001 on the Florida Turnpike between Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Should not be confused with the old 1500 kHz sites which are still operational. The cynical TIS warns you about doubling the speeding fines. At times you literally do not move at all.
1610 (TIS) Department of Transportation, Sawgrass Expressway, (toll plaza just north of I-595 interchange, near Ft. Lauderdale); per D. Crawford, October, 1996: usual format, but special emphasis on financial consequences of running the toll booth, i.e. $100 fine, and giving excuses why the speed limit isn’t 70 m.p.h. yet. Carrier-only noted in the area, July, 1998.
1610 (LPR) radio.cadillac.com, Hollywood; see 1700 entry for details. This frequency noted by T. Simon, April, 2001, with a looped jingle referencing "Radio Cadillac, with Rex and Roy..." Located on the Turnpike, near Hollywood.
1610 (TIS) Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Hollywood; formerly here, moved to 1670 kHz. See also the 1610 WPMN326 entry on 1610.
1610 (TIS) Broward County Aviation Department WPMN326; unknown site (see Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport entries on 1610 and 1670 kHz). Listed on the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau URL.
1610 (LPR) “Radio Simcha,” North Miami Beach; per David Citron’s “South Florida Radio Pages,” [June, 2005], “… Simcha, host of the Sunday morning Jewish radio program “Bagels With Simcha,” has established his own Part 15 low-power radio station, Radio Simcha (1610), in North Miami Beach. Part 15 stations can only be heard for a couple of blocks and do not require a license. "It's 100% legal" says Simcha, who scrupulously followed the FCC regulations authorizing this very-low-power station. Bagels With Simcha, his regular weekly program, is heard from 10 AM 'til noon Sunday mornings on WLVJ (1040) all over south Florida.”
1610 (TIS) Miami International Airport WQDT910; reactivated, as heard by D. Crawford on February 17, 2007 with female English mentions of "16-10" and "1-800-xxx-xMIA" phone number; presumed inactive for a long while, as last entry in log is October, 2004. First heard by D. Crawford, October, 2004, running English male loop with mentions of Miami-Dade and 1610, maybe Spanish section also but tough copy. FCC TIS dB lists as licensed as of August 18, 2004. Per C. Dunne, also in October, 2004, this [was] running a six-second looped, “You are listening to 1610, Miami International Airport, Miami-Dade County, Florida. This is only a test.” See also 530 kHz entry. Former calls were listed as WQAW405, but new calls listed effective October 28, 2005 and with Special Temporary Authorization status.
1610 (TIS) Department of Transportation, Miami; heard during the November, 1995 Jiffy Lube 300 NASCAR Race with traffic info.
1610 (TIS) "Radio Recovery", Homestead; shortly after the devastating 8/24/92 passing of Hurricane Andrew, the US Army established this emergency TIS which remained active for several weeks, relaying info in English/Spanish/Kreyol and I believe a native Central American dialect for displaced residents. IDed as "Radio Recovery, the Voice of Task Force Andrew." Signal was ultimately heard on sunrise skip and nights throughout Florida and beyond. WINZ (940 kHz) also briefly rebroadcast Radio Recovery tapes on 50 kW emergency authority power at night. While long inactive, it's certainly very likely a similar operation would appear in the event of a future natural disaster elsewhere.
1610 (TIS) unidentified, Monroe County; in September, 1996, R. Scotka heard a weak signal, man mentioning, “This station is owned and operated by Monroe County... 50 watts.
1610 (TIS) Department of Transportation, Manatee County; the roving Manatee/Sarasota County I-75 FDOT transmitters are currently (September, 2009) in the median just north of SR-64 and SR-70 with a female loop regarding construction between SR-70 and Kay Road overpass. Previously on I-75, near Fruitville Road (Exit 210). A sign was noted by the editor in August, 2007, northbound on I-75. Female loop regarding lane closures due to Palmer Blvd. overpass construction that is scheduled to be completed by January, 2008. The roving mobile(s) is back on as of December, 2006. Noted by P. Zecchino with”Test Message One: 1-2-3-4-5” then female regarding canal rehab by FDOT. Mile Marker 308 area (Bee Ridge and Clark Road exits on I-75 median). Heard clearly until MM 195. One was active in June, 2001, located on I-75 near Bee Ridge Road. Pretty strong. FDOT has deployed up to two mobile transmitters along I-75 between Manatee and Sarasota counties for several years, where the latest construction is.
1610 (TIS) FDoT, Florida/Alabama line; per G. Bishop, November, 2013: no signal, but a new-looking sign on I-10 just into Florida advising travel advisories on 1610. Not sure if really a new sign, or just very well maintained. Clearly somebody expects there to be a station on 1610 for emergency advisories. Previously listed, WQDM482, I-10 near the Alabama/Florida border;. License issued September 5, 2005.
1610 (TIS) DoT WPLW619, Pensacola; per G. Bishop, February, 2005: “New since hurricane Ivan (9/16/04). Transmitter is just east of mile marker 34 on I-10, on the north side of the westbound lanes. Westbound traffic advisory for trucks. Only Pensacola deliveries are permitted across the bridge, all other trucks must use the detour route, exiting at Exit 31.
1610 (TIS) DoT, Milton; possibly new, unrelated to the Florida Welcome Center, Pensacola (see). Heard by G. Bishop in December, 2006, very weak while crossing the Blackwater River with sidesplash from WNRP (1620 kHz). Airing the same construction message as 1580, 1640, 1650 and 1690 DoT TIS’s on this observation.
1610 (TIS) Hurlburt Field Radio; used for "information on natural disasters and severe weather info." First noted 11/8/94. See also Eglin AFB outlet on 530. Information per G. Bishop. In early January, 1996, this station emitted weird "open car door chime" or Windows ding.wav-ish tones nonstop. Per Keith Rhodes, the station is inactive due to a lightning hit only six moths after activation. Funding has not been appropriated for repairs.
1610 (LPR) "MusicBox 1610", Tallahassee; if active (listed on HobbyBroadcaster.net as Pt. 15 using a Hamilton RangeMaster with Oldies/Cross Country format, launched September, 2007).
1610 (MIS) Manatee Information Radio, Crystal River; First logged December, 1994 by D. Crawford in Gainesville. Currently (June, 1998) running a 10-minute female loop, opening with "Welcome to Manatee Information Radio...". Per 4/13/93 St Petersburg Times article: plans called for airing 10-minute cart, with hope of getting singer Jimmy Buffett to record a six-minute portion of the tape (note: see “Florida Bay Research Radio” 1610 kHz entry), dedicated to biological info about manatees. KIE653 call letters/numbers were allocated for the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on 1610 kHz, while another was reported to be planned on the same frequency by the Crystal River Chamber of Commerce, which was granted $8,750 for the project, presume ultimately the same station. Blue signs on the US-19 north/south ends of Crystal River city limits refer to "Manatee Information" on 1610. Has sporadically been noted inactive or running carrier only since; last report of activity was February, 2007 by G. Bishop. Not appearing in the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunication Bureau listing.
1610 (TIS) Anastasia Island State Recreation Area WPAC848; confirmed active by the editor in November, 2011 with female loop (just under two minutes) with mention of riptides, Island Beach Camp and Grill Store, annual park pass, windsurfing, eco-tours, kayaking and visiting nearby Ft. Mose (pronounced Mo-say). Signal getting out about five miles. Appeared around October, 1993 as first observed by D.Crawford, subsequently heard on CanavDX-93. Subsequently heard often at night at my Clearwater location, and even observed at least as far north as North Carolina! Location is near St. Augustine.
At the entrance of Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine, FL (Photo 2011: Terry L Krueger)
1610 (TIS) Cape Coral Bridge; reported in M. Hardester's list, never traced by the editor, however.
1610 (TIS) radio.cadillac.com, Tampa; ad campaign apparently over, as this has gone silent since late March, 2002 per G. Myers. This frequency first heard in February, 2001 by G. Myers, with the same loop as the 1700 kHz transmitter on US 19 in Palm Harbor (see detailed entry). Very good on Kennedy (i.e., by Ferman On Kennedy auto dealership) from downtown to Dale Mabry where Tampa International's TIS takes over. Particularly strong at Ashley and Madison, where the Tampa Visitors Bureau is located. Also hrd from Gandy and Dale Mabry and Waters and Florida, best west of downtown. By early April, 2001, switched to loop referencing the website.
1610 (TIS) Tampa International Airport WYZ235; one of the oldest TIS's in Florida, inactive for awhile in due to interference problems, reactivated 10/21/93. Always runs a male loop with parking/terminal information. As of June, 2007, revamped equipment and spewing a huge signal across much of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
1610 (TIS) Canaveral National Seashore KIE710 (and) KIE711; there were two TIS's here till the mid-or-so '80's, one on the north end and one on the south. Presume never to be heard again.
1610 (TIS) Gulf Islands National Seashore KID751, Santa Rosa Island; once reported as active from this island, but confirmed inactive by the editor in June, 1998 per observations between Apalichicola and Dauphin Island, Alabama (and no antenna at the likely site: the Fort Pickens sector enty).
1610 (LPR) "WOWL" Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton campus; a former three watt operation, the station moved to 91.7 MHz (see entry) in late 1997.
1610 (TIS) St. Petersburg Municipal Pier KNFH965; operated by the City of St. Petersburg briefly around 1984.
1610 (LPR) ”Radio Independance”, Ft. Myers; independently noted since late May, 2004 by D. Potter and T. Simon, Haitian Kreyol format, not to be confused with the south Miami-Dade operation. Heard again by the editor in August, 2007 and upon returning home, confirmed the station slogan after searching the web and finding www.radioindependance.com. A linked program site, “Carl’s Corner,” also references a “RTA 88.7” and “Radio Verite Sou Tanbou” on 95.03 (sic) FM., but not clear what these entries are.
1610 (TIS) J N "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge KIE665, Sanibel Island; inactive per T. Simon, June, 2003. Previously aired long looped female Refuge information, not parallel 530 (see entry). Strong signal far beyond the Refuge.
1610 (LPR) Bonita Bay Housing Development, Bonita Springs; ran a powerful promo TIS around '90-'91, heard well from I-75, per D. Potter. Inactive per editor observations.
1610 (MIS) WQEY818 City of Palm Coast; per the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau site: Address P O Box City State 2 Commerce Blvd., Palm Coast, FL 32164, May 23, 2006 issue date, expiration date: May 22, 2016. Discovered by R. Gitschier, July, 2006, who tells FLPRS: “… A city government station, sometimes playing National Weather Service and also a school informational loop. At night it can be heard in Bunnell Center. This essentially is in response to the locals clamoring for a local station for information, especially during emergencies. There are no local Flagler County commercial AM’s or FM’s yet, so we have to patiently wait for Daytona/Orlando stations to throw us a bone…”
1610 (MIS) City of Deltona; noted in November, 2004 by D. Crawford and confirmed as the City of Deltona by J. Nesmith. Programming is a relay of NOAA Weather Radio Orlando (162.475 MHz), interrupted by periodic local announcements by male and female voices.
1610 (MIS) WPRF526 Town of Melbourne Beach; July, 2011: independent local sources confirm this one is no longer active. Was active since approximately September, 2000 in coordination with the Melbourne Beach Volunteer Fire Department (which installed a warning siren system in June, coupled to a 45 foot pole on the east side of the fire station). When in operation, the station will continuously relay NOAA Weather Radio, Melbourne. When necessary, to provide information about an emergency, Town officials can record a special message. Confirmed active by D. Crawford in September, 2000 with NOAA audio and slightly off frequency at 1609.95 kHz, and June, 2002 with no ID inserts.
1610 (TIS) National Veterans Cemetery, Bushnell; J. Santosuosso reports in July, 2008 that there is a sign outside of the visitor’s center indicating to tune to 1610 for information. However, not active, at least yet provided it is new.
1610 (TIS) Duke Properties and Investments "Talking House", Port St. John; see 1620.06 entry.
1610 (TIS) Spaceport USA, Kennedy Space Center; all entries of this here are wrong; see 1320+ entry.
1610 (TIS) Everglades National Park, Shark Valley Visitor Center; appears to be defunct, as H. Johnson notes that the sign is no longer posted (and still inactive). This was inactive after Hurricane Andrew. However, it reactivated since at least fall, 1996 as heard by D. Crawford. Heard in June, 1997 by the editor, with male loop and DTMF tones punctuation. Presumably the same station noted since December, 1997 with a female recording referencing the 50th Anniversary of the Everglades National Park, US-41, observation tower, Florida Bay, etc. and measured at 1610.05. According to the Gulf Coast Visitor Center Park director in September, 1998, the transmitter was damaged by lightning. Due to a high visitor response to the tapes, they hoped to reactivate and planned to approach Gloria Estefan to record a brief segment, much like the old Jimmy Buffett excerpt on Florida Bay Research Radio (1610 kHz).
1610 (TIS) Everglades National Park, Gulf Coast Visitor Center, Everglades City; the "10,000 Islands" loop used to operate off frequency, closer to 1611 kHz, until fall of 1998 when corrected. However, upon visiting the Visitor Center in September, 1998, the editor was told by the park director that a lightning strike destroyed the transmitter and it will not be replaced. Also confirmed per H. Johnson in November, 2003 as gone, with no signs remaining.
1610 (LPR) "La Unica 16-10/Radio RCH/Haitian Community Radio", Homestead, FL; this iconic station was busted! FCC Case Number EB-08-MA-0179, agents raided this one at 225 NE 8th St., Suite #2. But back on as of November 21, 2008 as per D. Crawford’s observation. Noted by the editor with a big signal extending to mid-Key Largo and the southeastern portions of The Everglades as of September, 2008 per the editor. In August, 2007, noted a live, accented English ID as, “You are listening to Radio R-H-C operating under FCC Part 15 rules, oh boy!”. Reportedly using a Pt. 15 compliant Hamilton Rangemaster-1000 transmitter, but is in need of an audio processor to correct the overdriving we all notice. At least two of the ID's anyway, and also reported by H. Johnson in December, 2003 as calling themselves "Haitian Community Radio." They also now have a banner promoting this frequency and an SCA. Huge, massively overmodulated signal noted late afternoon May 31, 2003 at Florida City with Kreyol vocals. Recheck a short while later, in Spanish with tejano and modern Mexican vocals, male DJ. Bearing on the portable was due east/west this at about one mile north of the Card Sound Road exit on US-1. Despite the huge signal (obviously very close), the signal vanished only a couple of miles south of the Card Sound exit. During the Spanish programming, a sole but clear "La Unica 16-10" ID was noted. By 2030 EDT on May 31, they reverted back to Kreyol programming. The next morning, June 1 at 0730 EDT, Kreyol church services were in progress. And at 0830 EDT, English black church revivals and English preacher were in progress. Then upon my return home early afternoon June 5, this was noted with Spanish again, and several clear "Radio R-C-H" slogans. The signal dropped out on the Turnpike before SW 112th Avenue. So, this one is running Kreyol, Spanish and English blocks for the migrant workers in the vicinity, possibly even 24/7. Though the signal range is fairly small, I wonder if this accounts for some of the non-New England unidentified Kreyol logs in the past. Radio RCH is a network, with stations such as this relaying their programming.
1610 (LPR) "Radio Tropicale", Miami; noted regularly since mid-1996 by D. Crawford, with Kreyol programming, Radio Tropicale references. Signal has been audible past 9 a.m. local. Noted by the editor in June, 1997 while on the Palmetto Expressway/826, peaking around the US1 exit. Strong, running impassioned Kreyol radio drama complete with soud effects (presumably a transcript or satellite feed). Weak at the Broward County line. However, this may be inactive now, as untraced since the last quarter of 1997.
1610 (LPR) "WKCR" Miami-Dade Community College, Miami; noted by the editor on the Florida Turnpike from around SW 152nd St., peaking around (or just south of) SW 88th St. Anglo male dj with 70's disco music program. Referenced an event at Miami-Dade Community College (south campus). Confirmed as the student station by Tony Simon.
1610 (TIS) DoT (or Miami-Dade County) Miller Drive construction TIS, Miami; observed July, 1997 by D. Potter. Located in the vicinity of 40th St. and the Florida Turnpike extension. Wiped out "WKCR"'s (see) fade-in as one heads southward.
1610 (LPR) Miami Beach Botanical Gardens; seems there is or was something active here, probably a re-purposed Talking House transmitter. A web page advertised "Emergency Radio Battery Check Nighttime Event" May 23, 2010 sponsored by subtropics.org on the Gardens grounds.
1610 (TIS) WPKJ773 Polk County Division of Emergency Management Radio Information System, Lakeland (mobile); discovered by D. Potter, early April, 1998 near Highland City with a 3-4 minute female loop of mostly FEMA information for victims of ongoing flooding. No relation to the Sun-N-Fun Radio or DoT operations nearby. Additional details courtesy of Polk County radio communications specialist Richard Sharp: the transmitters are licensed only for 600 and 1610 kHz (not additional 520 or 1600 kHz as previously reported from another source). Power is 10 watts nominal, though the transmitters are capable of 60 watts, are battery powered and can operate for two-to-three days, or alternatively AC powered. Both stations are remote controlled to allow for quick updates. The transmitters were deployed in Osceola county to assist after the February, 1998 tornado and also in the Feldhaven/Nalcrest area of east Polk County after a March, 1998 tornado struck. Either this or the fixed location activated during Hurricane Georges (late September, 1998) passing, and after Tropical Storm Harvey (September, 1999). See below (fixed location) as well.
1610 (TIS) Polk County Emergency Broadcast Station, Lakeland; activated late October, 1996. Began operations with the following message: “Good day. This is a test of the Polk County Emergency Broadcast Station. For those of you receiving this message, this is only a test. In the event of an actual emergency, this system would be used to broadcast emergency messages and direction. Once again, this is only a test.” (Message is followed by DTMF tones.) Per J. Santosuosso, the location is on Ewell Road, behind the Medulla Fire Department #2. Transmitter is rated at 60 watts. Per David Cash of the Polk County Emergency Management Division: they are aware of nearby 1610 activity by the DoT as well as the annual Sun-N-Fun (see 1610 entry) broadcasts, and will cooperate. This agency also plans on taking delivery of a second and portable unit soon, frequency undetermined. This test may end soon, but future tests are likely. Address for reports: David Cash, Polk County Emergency Management Division, Polk County, P.O. Box 1458, Bartow, FL 33831. As of editing, is running an open carrier only, continuously. Per Keith Rhodes, a trailer has also been delivered, which includes variable transmitting capabilities (see WPKJ773 entries on 600 and 1610 kHz). The purpose of this equipment is for easy deployment in the event of evacuation or shelter information for evacuees from neighboring coastal areas.
1610 (TIS) WPEP788 "Sun-N-Fun Radio", Lakeland Linder Regional Airport; see 1510 kHz.
1610 (MIS) City of Cape Coral WQGU312; per the editor: On September 15, 2008, while driving through J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge's loop road, I tuned to 1610 to check for the defunct park TIS. Noted a weak signal so I got the ICF-7600GR out and had a much-improved signal. A very long loop -- around 10 minutes - opening with male, "You are listening to Cape Coral Emergency Advisory Radio... call sign (could not copy though it didn't sound the same as the FCC listing). Loop content consisting of how evil hurricanes are, all with melodramatric audio clips from fearful residents and city officials with wind soud effects throughout. See also 33,420 kHz WQGH907 entry.
1610 (TIS) Florida Bay Research Radio WQO743, located at US 1 mile marker 111, on the mainland (north of Key Largo); Produced by the Florida Sea Grant . Frequently updated loop with Florida Bay environmental information (mangroves, manatees, etc.) and a couple of related short messages by singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett (including a telco quality sound-byte of his song,“Margaritaville”) and high school students. Plans to use NOAA weather, too. Began operation 22 March 1996. Power 10 watts, vertical antenna on 50 foot pole. QSL from Jay Humphreys, email@example.com, Florida Sea Grant Communications Director, University of Florida, Gainesville. A CNN feature on the station was aired during the 1996 Democratic National Convention, per Humphreys. Audible to at least Lower Matecumbe Key. Per June, 1997 observations by the editor, this one (was) offering a nice saltwater fish identifier book for anyone who filled out a Florida Bay Research Radio survey sheet at the Key Largo Visitors' Center (mile marker 106). I promptly filled one out (extra copy on hand) and got my book One segment was also using Buffett's "Banana Wind" instrumental as the background music. Per T. Simon, March, 1998, a Norman Schwartzkopf segment is now included as well. Listed as KNNY473 on the Wireless Telecommunication Bureau web page. Noted running carrier only in November, 2001 by D. Crawford as well as in June, 2000 by the editor.
1610 (TIS) WPLX293 IFAS/Florida Sea Grant [I-75 Welcome Center], Jennings; this University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Florida Sea Grant-sponsored TIS broadcasts looped information regarding the dangers of potential zebra mussel mollusk infiltration into Florida for border-crossing tourists on I-75, Jennings (1610 kHz) and I-95, Yulee (1300 kHz), with a third (unknown frequency) to be added on I-10 at the Alabama border (but see 1680 Pensacola entry for latter). (Note: one UF-related website lists 1610's location as Becker, which is two miles north of Yulee on I-95, so 1300 vs.1610 sites are pending confirmation -- and see 1680, Yulee entry.) This entry is possibly inactive based on not hearing on I-75 drives past the vicinity the past two years by the editor.
1610 (TIS) WQGS506 Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy; discovered by D. Potter, July, 2007, who noted this one in mid-Gainesville around I-75, running male and female loop with information on Payne's Prairie. Call mentioned by seeming second man, though not copied but listed in FCC Db as WQGS506. Decent signal getting out from their HQ off US-441, just north of Micanopy in southern Alachua County. Suspect this one is quite new, FCC gives issue date of April 2007. http://www.floridastateparks.org/paynesprairie/. Per T. Burke, November, 2008: The transmitter is located directly behind the sign advertising the frequency at the south (Micanopy) end of the ecopassage. The message is quite extensive, long enough that it cannot be fully listened to while at highway speeds through the prairie area, advertising the "Glory of Alachua" and promoting the birds and other wildlife that can be observed there (complete with sound effects). The signal barely (on my car audio) extends past the prairie area itself, making the once-a-minute "Find us on US 441, just north of Micanopy" refrain rather ridiculous (if you can hear this message, you're here already).
1610 (TIS) Hamilton County Emergency Management WPJY891, Jasper; inactive, per the editor on a May, 2006 check. First heard 10 August, 1996 by D. Crawford, at Gainesville, Florida, with test loop: “Testing. This is a test of an information and emergency broadcast system, owned and operated by Hamilton County, Florida, Emergency Management, operating on a frequency of 1610 kHz AM with an output power of 60 watts. This station is located in Jasper, Florida. I repeat, this is only a test of an information and emergency broadcast system. End of test.” Since September, 1996, the station has been heard alternating an ID loop with Waycross and Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina NOAA VHF weather radio relays, or heard running DTMF tones. Possibly inactive per observations from April, 1998.
1610 (TIS) WQO504 Louisiana DoT, Baton Rouge; southbound I-110 between Route 408 and US 61. See also 1630, 1650 and 1670 entries.
1610 (MIS) WPQX600 Oconee County, Watkinsville; Georgia-accented female, loop with advice for severe weather kit, call sign, www.gsp... URL given, etc. Measured at 1609.98. D. Crawford, February, 2007.
1610 (TIS) Causeway Information Radio, greater New Orleans; noted at Fort Morgan, Alabama in June, 1998, by the editor. Moved to 1700 kHz (see entry).
1610 (TIS) Perry Area Convention & Visitors Bureau WPKW668, Perry, Georgia; confirmed active and with a big signal. Heard in Warner Robins, Georgia (about 10 miles NE or Perry) with a long, looped male text that referenced “Thank you for visiting Perry… we hope you enjoy our Southern hospitality…” and mention of area attractions, including the Museum Of Aviation and Georgia Sports Hall Of Fame, two phone numbers and two URL’s. Female time/date stamp between cycles.
1610 (TIS) Columbus Consolidated Government WNQB789, Columbus (Georgia); not located in Greater Florida, but audible in the area so listed thusly. Local tourist information, professionally produced by the Columbus Visitors' Bureau, announced telephone (706) 322-1615. Previously known as "Walgreens Radio" prior to actual identification in February, 1996. Confirmed inactive by the editor in May, 2008 when staying in Columbus.
1610.1 (MIS) WQCV448 Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina; usual squeky-voiced female, 843 telephone number. Logged by D. Crawford, February, 2007.
1620 (LPR) "Radio Buen Samaritano", Ft. Myers; see 97.7 MHz.
1620+ (LPR) ERA Buxton Properties, Largo; first noted October, 2001 by G. Myers. A realty radio transmitter, however it is being deployed not at a home that's for sale, but by the Realty office to promote their business, located near Belcher Road and East Bay Drive. Signal gets out a couple of miles. Man and woman loop. Slightly off-frequency, measured by the editor at 1620.11. Realty company remains, but appears to be silent as of March, 2004.
1620 (LPR) “WKQ Riverside Community Radio”, Tampa; per the proprietor, November, 2004: “First station solar power. Spanish music and news. WKQ [is] Part 15 LPAM on 1620 kHz service to Spanish community, radio residents and the general public. Weather as broadcasted by governments radio station NOAA. WKQ professional broadcast automation system. The transmitter equipment authorization by Federal Communication Commission Part 15 Low Power AM communication device transmitter. WKQ operates by Ochoa Communications.” First noted by the editor in May, 2004. The proprietor requests that I clarify he has no affiliation with any other non-compliant Part 15 stations in Tampa.
1620 (LPR) "WBUL The Underground", Tampa: the University of South Florida (also on channel 6 in the residence halls). Per S. McHale, May, 2004: the antenna is atop the Marshal Hall Center (student union building). The antenna is visible from the MLK courtyard. Signal gets out well beyond campus grounds ( about a mile).
1620 (LPR) Alamo Car Rental, Tampa; was once active with a very weak signal. Located at rental center near rear of Tampa Int'l Airport property.
1620 (LPR) "Radio Free Ybor", Tampa; operated very professionally. Initial log was October 6, 1993, with first log actually made by John Santosuosso on October 2, second day of ops, running music-only tests. Signal was ultimately heard as far away as Maryland.. The owner demonstrated this legal Part 15 station for the City of Tampa’s possible use as a TIS in the Ybor district for three months. But ultimately, the City did not express interest in operating a TIS in Ybor.
1620 (LPR) “WSLU” Saint. Leo University, Saint. Leo; (also on channel 96 in the residence halls). The transmitter is a FCC Part 15 Certified Hamilton Rangemaster driven with a high level broadcast processor, located on the roof of the Daniel Cannon Memorial Library. The signal covers the campus and extents outward about a mile. The student-run station airs news and events of interest to Saint Leo University as well as alternative music and jazz. Syndicated programming includes Between The Lines, This Way Out and more. You can listen to WSLU at http://wslu.saintleo.edu Saint Leo University is located on State Road 52, 4 miles east of I-75, in the Town of Saint Leo. This information was kindly provided in February of 2009 by John H. Mouw, Manager of Classroom Technology and Media Services, Department of Instructional Technology, Saint Leo University.
1620 (TIS) DoT, Polk County; as of February, 2007, located at Mile Marker 27 on I-4 with rapidly-talking male loop, referencing how to report road rage and website of www.I4polk.com. The I-4 DoT transmitters (sometimes as many as four) have been active and mobile with the construction for years.
1620 (TIS) DoT, Polk County; as of February, 2007, located at Mile Marker 53 with the same text as the DOT transmitter at Mile Marker 27, only a female voice.
1620 (LPR) unidentified, Mulberry; July, 2005: a legal Part 15 station, with Country format, is reportedly active here.
1620 (TIS) DoT WPZS817 State of Florida, Lakeland; administrative update on February 28, 2006 applied, so this one does not seem to be dead. per broadcast band listings from Rich McVicar's FCC License Grant Yahoo! Group, via R. Wyman, April, 2004: this one is for an STA that was cancelled on April1, 2004, then WPYX399. Presume it could operate under an STA until a new license is issued. See also 530 kHz entry. Per J. Santosuosso, this is not active.
1620 (LPR) "Radio Keenanm", Orlando [formerly Kissimmee]; as of November, 2002, this station relocated to an ethnic record store in the 45th Street and US-17 vicinity, south of downtown. Station name/slogan was finally confirmed by D. Crawford, September, 2002. August, 2002 update, per D. Crawford: "1620 located successfully today using Scotka loop plugged into the 2010. Unlike some previous reports, it isn't located at a residence; the stick, a small center-loaded vertical on a wooden pole, is in the middle of a fenced yard behind the business [address omitted to protect the guilty, but on South John Young Parkway]... There is a house a block south with what appears to be a CB antenna on it, thus probably the previous location error... I've heard what seems to be satellite-fed programming on this one previously; the stack of DSS dishes on [another tower] gives away the evident source. I have yet to figure out the ID on this one; I got about an hour of it on tape while loitering around the neighborhood and will review it." Per C. Johnson, May, 2002: "For about the last six weeks or so, a pirate has been operating... Now on 24 hours a day on 1620 kHz. At times very overmodulated, probably 100 watts or more, audible for 15 miles or more. Actually heard in Oviedo one morning, about 30 miles or so. Has caused a legal Part 15 station at Pleasant Hill Elementary School to cease operation (the principal used to read the announcements to parents dropping off their children on it, a 1-2 minute loop in English/Spanish). A call to the FCC five weeks ago did nothing. The language appears to be a French derivative, probably Haitian/Creole..." Affiliated with Radio RCH network. Backup transmitter tends to vary to high side of 1620 kHz.
1620 (LPR) Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Kissimmee; per C. Johnson, temporarily inactive do to interference from a nearby unlicensed station. Airs 1-2 minute loops in English and Spanish and announcements for parents dropping off children, when active.
1620 (TIS) Highway Advisory Radio, Florida Turnpike, unknown location (possibly near St. Cloud, where a state-registered entry is listed in Bill Harm's TIS web page); noted from November, 1997 by D. Crawford. Male loop, "This is Highway Advisory Radio, 1620 AM..." and references the Turnpike, Florida Highway Patrol, trucks use rightmost lanes, service plazas open 24 hours, call boxes, and the usual 1-800-749-PIKE number. Alternating with mechanical woman's voice with time/date/day-of-week twice. Confirmed not from the Okahumpka or Minneola service area on the Florida Turnpike, somewhere further south. Probably the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's WPKU228 entry.
1620 (TIS) Orlando Centroplex; blue TIS signs have been posted for years on I-4 near this downtown auditorium, but only on February 3, 1996 was this noted active (albeit with a carrier only) by D. Crawford.
1620 (MIS) WQEY255 City of Delray Beach; listed on the FCC dB as active, July, 2006. Confirmed active by W. C. Deegan, August, 2006: “I've mentioned hearing a second program on 1620… clearly a repeating loop of NOAA Weather Radio with mentions of Palm Beach County. After about a half hour the loop finally was interrupted with local programming which included an ID of 1620 Delray Beach Emergency Radio, WQEY255. Announcements regarding closing, cancellations and such, were made by a male in English, a female in Spanish, and a male in French [suspect Kreyol – editor].” See also 1700 kHz entry for the City of Delray Beach.
1620 (MIS) WQFA906 City of Hallandale Beach; listed on the FCC dB as active, July, 2006.
1620 (MIS) WQFD819 City of Plantation; listed on the FCC dB as active, July, 2006. Confirmed active September, 2006 by D. Crawford. Male/female loop with www.plantation.org, hurricane preps segment, park services, phone numbers.
1620 (LPR) "WKQV," Parkland; sporadically active. Moved to 1440 kHz in of July, 2006 to avoid potential interference issues with TIS stations in the area. Moved from 1610 to 1620 kHz in early March, 2004 per D. Crawford observation. Reported as having moved to a fishing camp near Coral Springs, but quickly confirmed as dis-information. Uses a wire off of a 40-foot tower. Very professional, good studio equipment, includes "Payphone Call Challenge" with give-away prizes. First noted in March, 2002 by T. Simon, airing "KQV" Oldies format, with 50s-60s jingles that apparently came from KQV in Pittsburgh, and playing stuff like the Tornadoes' "Telstar", with recorded announcement giving 954 area code (Broward County) number. Signal was quite good in Boca. With all the micros down this way, it's still a rarity to find one on the AM band.
1620 (MIS) City of Coral Gables; discovered by the editor in August, 2007 with music bed and looped female referencing how to dispose of used motor oil, several URL’s, “And now here’s what’s happening in Coral Gables…”, street addresses, etc.
1620 (MIS) WQCA305 City of Hialeah Gardens; update via the editor, September, 2008: audio fixed compared to August, 2007 observation. Long English/Spanish loop, but mostly Spanish. First confirmed November, 2005 by T. Simon. New as of January 14, 2005. Located at the SE corner of intersection between 122nd St. and 97th Ave., per FCC dB. But another FCC doc lists as set to expire July 30, 2005.
1620 (TIS) Rickenbacker Causeway Radio WPKT270, Miami; noted by the editor in September, 1998. Spanish female followed by English male loop, touting the need for all bridge users to buy a Resident or Commuter Pass. Good signal in the downtown area. Not active per June, 2000 observation by the editor (the blue signs remain).
1620 (LPR) "Jam Radio", Miami; relayed local "Base 9-1-9" pirate at times (See 91.9 MHz), also local WINZ-FM and MTV. Active around New Years 1988.
1620 +/- (LPR) "WFAM", Miami, active briefly June 1990, rock music programming, announcing phone 305-952-4273 (answering machine).
1620 (TIS) Talking House, Key Largo; located at a house on north Key Largo, near Blackwater Sound. Male loop with 305-852-8585 phone number, description of property, Realtor URL, "...only a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Blackwater Sound...", etc. Fair in the Winn Dixie parking lot, where discovered by the editor. Worth checking for future locations and avoidance when working other 1620 kHz signals.
1620 (TIS) unidentified Key Largo; noted June, 2003 by the editor. Only audible on US-1 around the Lake Surprise and the CR-905 Card Sound Road/US-1 junction. Male loop, impossible to make out any details in the line noise. Something -- probably the same one -- has been sporadically noted in past years by various people in this area and previously listed separately with these details: "Highway Emergency Assistance Radio" noted by attendees of CanavDX-93 w/ long string of 354 prefix phone numbers, and again something noted here with Monroe County tourist board-type information in February, 1994. Confirmed again active July, 1998, audible south of Key Largo and intermittently up to Card Sound Road/US-1, just south of Florida City. Alternating Spanish/English loop, with a 354-2468 number. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau branch of the FCC (see link at the top of this page) lists WNZI289 and WPDP219 as licensed by Monroe County, possibly the source(s) of this.
1620 (LPR) “Sandy Springs Radio”, Sandy Springs, Georgia; an allegedly Part 15 operation, apparently not affiliated with the City. While one dubious reporter claims this is a operating via a series of linked-audio transmitters, other reporters state that it is a single transmitter.
1620 (TIS) unidentified, Macon, Georgia; a presumed municipality (Macon, or nearby) heard by M. Cooper and B. Whaley in November, 2004 with NOAA Weather Radio relay. Not listed on the FCC’s Wireless Telecom dB. Untraced by the editor while traveling west (I-475 bypass) in May, 2006. Status unconfirmed.
1620 (TIS) DoT, Mobile-area; noted by D. Crawford late January, 1998 with looped message. Confirmed inactive June, 1998 by the editor (WPHG, Atmore, Alabama jams the frequency day/night throughout the Florida Panhandle).
1620.06 Duke Properties & Investment "Talking House", Port St. John; . per D. Crawford, "First talking house I've noted in the Brevard Co area, run by Duke Properties and Investments, weak, semi-readable through the Orlando pirate, about 3.6 miles distant right off the receiver end of the 330 degree longwire... I drove down to the transmitter site, off Fay Blvd near Grissom, good signal just for 2-3 blocks on the car radio, usual red/white sign in front yard. [The Realtor I contacted] also advised of a second transmitter on east end of Curtis Blvd, which turned out to be on 1610 kHz but it didn't get out as well locally as the 1620 and is totally inaudible at the home. Listed here and on 1610 for future relocation sites avoidance alert.
1620.15 (LPR) “RFI” Miami-Dade County; variable frequency. Haitian Kreyol format, unknown location. Heard since late October, 2003 sporadically in the evenings. Not the same as "Radio Keenanm" (see entry) in Orlando, as noted at the same time on occasion, and not parallel. Frequency has varied from near 1620 to about 1620.3 kHz.
1630 (MIS) WQPJ336, Nocatee Radio AM 1630, Nocatee; first noted by D. Crawford in October, 2012, and confirmed in the FCC dB. Welcome greetings and call signs. This is located about half-way between Jacksonville and St. Augustine.
1630 (TIS) Palm Beach International Airport WPLP691, West Palm Beach; noted by the editor with a male and female three-minute loop of parking information and call sign referenced as of September, 1998.
1630 (TIS) unidentified "Highway Advisory Radio System", Palm Beach County, heard in November, 2012 by G. Bishop, who says,"This is the oddity, and I revisited it [a few days later] with no further data. This is not for the radio system on I-95, about 2 miles west of me. Yet on I-95, I could not hear it, implying that it is not for the Turnpike, either, but only implying. I heard no specific messages, no indication of location."
1630 (LPR) “WTHR”, Jacksonville; initially widely heard (as an unidentified) relaying of 162.55 MHz NOAA weather station KHB39 in 1993, 10 watts. In 1995, appeared as “WJTS”, usually with evangelical music programming, and referencing their then parallel 107.9 MHz. D. Crawford initially contacted this station in November, 1995. See also 107.9 MHz. Inactive.
1630 (MIS) WQMY912 Citrus County, Lecanto (site 1). Listed in the FCC dB as licensed since 2010. Needs to be confirmed as active. Coordinates: 29° 0' 0.0" N, 82° 42' 0.0" W.
1630 (MIS) WQMY912 Citrus County, Lecanto (site 2). Listed in the FCC dB as licensed since 2010. Needs to be confirmed as active. Coordinates: 28° 49' 26.0" N, 82° 29' 34.0" W.
1630 (TIS) Polk County Emergency Broadcast Station WPKJ773, Davenport; listed in the Wireless Telecomm Bureau as pending (July, 2007). But see also 600 and 1610 entries. Unconfirmed.
1630 (TIS) Alabama DoT, Alabama/Florida boreer; Alabama operates stations along I-10 from about 5 miles west of the Welcome Center at least as far as Spanish Fort on 1630. Good signals whenever checked along that stretch of highway. All carrying NOAA weather radio out of Mobile on November 8, 2013, per G. Bishop.
1630 (TIS) DoT, Milton-Pensacola; per G. Bishop, February, 2004: presumed DoT transmitter here, relaying NOAA weather. Very local and located while on I-10 between Milton and Pensacola. Probably not the 1630 (listed as between Navarre and Gulf Breeze). Possibly testing a new transmitter/location.
1630 (TIS) DoT WPLW619, Pensacola area; again active, per G. Thomas, October, 2006. This call in use on 1570, 1580, 1590, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1690 for I-10/110 destruction. See 1640 for details, and the above link for a map of transmitter locations.
1630 (MIS) WQHF575City of Wilton Manors; listed in the Wireless Telecomm Bureau as pending (July, 2007), confirmed active by B. Harrison, August, 2007 with public information loop alternating with NOAA Weather Radio audio.
1630 (MIS) City of Hollywood; confirmed active in September, 2006 by B. Harrison. Identifies as “WQEY 1630 AM” with English and Spanish looped information. FCC dB lists two sites: Driftwood Park, located at the NW intersection of Charles St., and the Hollywood Beach Communications Center.
1630 (LPR) WPXX385 and/or WPYM991 "Radio Hialeah", Hialeah; discovered by T. Simon, September, 2003. English/Spanish ID by Mayor Raul Martinez. Featured info no the opening of a new police substation/e-library, city events and road repair, all in English and Spanish. Quite strong, audible in Doral (15 miles away). Also said they wold provide emergency information if needed. FCC Wireless Bureau has two entries for this with different calls. Unsure if two transmitters are in use, or an error. Possibly located at 4200 W. 8th Avenue, near Goodlet Park, per M. Hardester.
1630 (LPR) “KONK”, Key West; as heard by D. Potter, May, 2009, just after activation. (Note: various, presumed inaccurate KeysNet features reference this as being on 1480 or 1680 kHz.) Per a February 24, 2010 feature, it is reported this is now on WKIZ licenced commercial station (1500 kHz). No word if it replaces or is in parallel to this Part 15 station. As detailed in this feature from the Florida Keys Keynoter, Saturday, May 30, 2009 (By Margaret Menge) Old time radio returns to Key West KONK 1630 AM starts broadcasting: talk all day, music all night - There's a pattering up the piano keys - and a high 'ting a ling, ting a ling' - and a coming down the other side...and at the bottom it runs into the beginning of a Blues song and a voice takes off into the night: "Just like fine champagne, She takes all my pain, a-Way... [ting a ling, ting a ling on the piano, strum strum on the geetar..]" At the end of the song you hear the voice again, all ground up with gravel like the sole of an old shoe: "K-O-N-K talk radio. Ta-day. Yeahhhhhh..." That's the sound of KONK 1630 AM, which began broadcasting on Tuesday, May 26, the first day Key West was back to work after the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Everything looked about as it had on White Street before the weekend. But the street sounded different. Walking up the eleven hundred block on the way to Mattheson's Fourth of July for a burger you could hear it coming through the speaker outside the building -- the one across from Fausto's Food Palace with the big blue Conch Republic flag hung in front. Two old Conchs were talking about the semi pro football team that used to play here, and the semi pro baseball team that used to play here. One guy's talking about how he got the name 'Papa' and how that turned into 'Papalito'... and it's like listening to two of your uncles out on the front porch on a Saturday afternoon. Exactly like that. Walk in the front door of the little yellow building that looks like a house and you can see them over on the other side of the room, through the glass, facing one another and talking into the heads of the big, black microphones on expandable arms. There's Paulie Walterson on the right, the drummer for the local band Bubba System. He's the host of the show "Bubba Talk," interviewing a man named Daryl Leto -- known as 'Papalito' -- the owner of Papa's Painting. In the main room is Guy deBoer -- tall and tan and wearing a light yellow shirt. He looks like he just walked off a golf course. But it's not the case. "I've had twelve hours of blur," he tells the Keynoter. There's a brown-skinned guy sitting on the couch against the wall, who deBoer introduces as "Cowboy." Cowboy is reading the Blue Paper, as if this is just like any other day. It's not. KONK 1630 was supposed to start broadcasting last week Thursday. But things happened. "AT&T completely dropped the ball," says deBoer. They were supposed to put five static IPs at the studio, he says, and one on the tower on the top of Key West Chemical on Simonton Street. Instead, they put five on the tower and one at the studio. It's already a weak signal, stretching thinly over the island of Key West. But this mistake made the signal even weaker. It comes through the car radio scratchy as you drive farther away from White Street. But this, of course, is part of the charm. A little scratchiness and the listener is reminded that No, you're not listening to Clear Channel. It's something very, very different. Something that might crack you up if you were the guy trying to make it work. "You have to understand where I've been for the last three to four months," says deBoer. "It's been technical hell." Everything that could have gone wrong, he says, did -- from the AT&T tangle (deBoer backs down a bit on AT&T and says the servicemen were the nicest, the best. It was just the system they were working with..) to a host canceling in the two weeks before the launch,...and another one the night before(!) And yet, and yet,..things seem pretty OK in here today. There's Cowboy, reading the newspaper. He's not Cowboy, as it turns out, but Cao Boi, the Asian healer guy from the 2006 "Survivor" who came to this country at the age of a 11 as a Vietnamese refugee. He was saved from starvation by a McDonald's cookie, someone tells me later. Cao Boi came to Key West this spring, walking down the Overseas Highway from Florida City. DeBoer promptly assigned him his own show, which will be heard on Saturday afternoons. David Bethune, the founder of the Key West-based computer software company Trellis, is at work on one of the computers. He hosted his own show this afternoon. Three people called in, on this, the first day the station could be heard on the AM dial. Only one was a friend. Gary Eck, the sound engineer, is moving about in back, programming music that will carry the station through the night. And what music. James Slater is singing his anthem "Key West Address" and below that in the list on the Windows Media Player screen are songs by Tony Roberts - like "I am a Soldier" - and Spin Doctor songs the station was given permission to use by Chris Barron himself (the group's lead singer). There's old reggae in there, Blues and some interesting 'trop rock.' The emphasis is on music by locals. "We're trying to stay home. We're trying to keep local flavor," says Eck. He's got "shotguns" or promos for the talk shows thrown in every few songs. Theo Glorie has a show, as does Michael Shields and Barbara Bowers. Who else? Richard Grusin, Ericka Biddle, Mitch Jones, and Sir Peter Anderson. Michael Shields will talk about the arts, and will do live interviews with local artists and performers; Theo Glorie's show is "Topics and Tropics." All manner of guests will likely be coming and going from 1106 White St. "I saw the world come in an out today," says Eck, a long-time sound guy who met Guy deBoer when they worked together briefly at Island 107 on Stock Island. "All of Key West will come rolling through these doors," he says, throwing an arm out toward the street. Could be. We'll see. Here's to some interesting listening along the way… And: New radio station in Key West: KONK 1630 AM to compete with US 1 Radio (By Sean Kinney) May 3--Guy deBoer has a plan to offer Key Westers a new talk radio station with a focus on community voices and local engagement. "We'd like to be known as the voice of Key West," deBoer says. And, as the station "where you hear the voices of Key West." DeBoer is launching KONK 1630 AM and is planning on a May 15 kick-off date. DeBoer does not have a Federal Communications Commission broadcast license and said that he doesn't need one. For stations that limit their broadcast power to one-tenth of one watt, no license is required. "Which is not a commercially viable product except when you live on an island without mountains," he said. It doesn't hurt that we're surrounded by saltwater, which also conducts radio signals. "It's totally legal. I personally am going to expect my competitors to call the FCC and complain." DeBoer has a number of local personalities on board including techie Mike Mongo, the Secretary General of the Conch Republic, Peter Anderson, Richard Grusin, formerly of "Cruisin' with Grusin" on US 1 Radio, and Theo Glorie, owner of the Coffee Plantation, a coffee shop on Caroline Street. DeBoer says his radio station is different from others in that it is focused on Key West and focused on showcasing all aspects of the community. "We're going to do it local and it's going to be a big open door policy. We're the little station with a big voice. We're going to cover every segment of the marketplace. We're talking all day long." DeBoer provided a point of contrast for his approach to news coverage by mentioning Bill Becker's popular "Morning Magazine" show on US 1 Radio, an interview show focusing on local politics. He says that Becker is limited to 90 minutes and has a preset guest list that is somewhat formulaic. "Us, on the other hand, are going to be covering every aspect of Key West. I'm going to have 15 Bill Beckers." Right now, deBoer is getting things lined up at his new studio at 1106 White St., right across the street from Fausto's Food Palace. He has also been going around town testing his signal strength, which, although not that widespread, deBoer says will be strong. The listening area will center around the 130-foot tower on top of Key West Chemical on Simonton Street and cover all of Key West and extend up to Key Haven. "We will have a quality signal," deBoer says. He even mentioned climbing up to the top of the radio tower to check on hardware and only described the situation, with a laugh, as "interesting." At first, deBoer plans on broadcasting Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the remaining time filled with rebroadcasts of recorded segments. He also intends to stream live to the Internet with an option to view an in-studio Web cam at www.konkam.com. "We will be expanding on these ideas and we will be expanding with different formats," deBoer told the Keynoter. DeBoer, a member of the family that co-owns Manley-deBoer Lumber Co., returned to Key West in 2005 after a 25 year absence. He worked around the country in the newspaper and magazine industries, including as the associate publisher of the now-closed New Miami Magazine. DeBoer says that given the state of print journalism, he wasn't interested in starting his own publication here. But, he noted: "Radio isn't doing well either." He says that's because of the corporate structure that dominates the industry is "not connected to the community anymore." On that note, "I think the community is really going to respond," he says. "We're here to talk." DeBoer was reluctant say how much capital he's starting with, but said that he put a "sizeable investment" into the business. He's making a go at it in an economic climate that doesn't appear favorable to radio stations. Faced with hard times, US 1 Radio, which bills itself as the most-listened-to station in the Florida Keys, recently got rid of about six part-time employees in an effort to cut costs. On a national level, Clear Channel, the largest radio company in the nation, has reportedly laid off nearly 2,000 employees just this year. Linda Russin, who owns Island 107.1 FM based in Key West, said that radio is a good way to disseminate your message but that developing an advertising base is the hard part. "Some people with businesses want to advertise and some want to cut back. To have an advertiser on your station, you develop a relationship. That doesn't happen overnight." DeBoer said that his Key West-based radio product will be appealing to advertisers because it is targeted to a small market. "For the business side, the reason why radio is failing is because it has very little contact with the local community. I believe...if all we're doing is talking primarily about Key West and the Keys, people will listen. We're in a small market. We know who the radio people are. All of these businesses I can walk in. If they take the time to listen...I believe we'll be very competitive. We don't need a large advertising base to survive."
1630 (LPR) "WSGN", Birmingham, Alabama area; heard frequently since at November, 1997 on 1620 kHz, as heard by D. Crawford, with live programming, male dj -6 GMT time checks and references to Birmingham, "WSGN News", a contest, 610 (?) and 100.1 FM frequencies together. (It is possible that some of these ID's are vintage recordings of the 1960's-licensed WSGN, 610 kHz, Birmingham.) Active local Tuesday nights only, 1900-2200 local. Changed frequency by February, 1998 due to expanded band WPHG, Atmore, Alabama's activation on 1620 kHz the last week of January, 1998.
1630 (TIS) WQO504 Louisiana DoT, Baton Rouge; eastbound I-10 at Exit 151 Route 415. Ex-670 kHz. See also 1610, 1650 and 1670 entries.
1640 (TIS) State of Florida, Hamilton County; the editor noted a large, blue sign on I-75 southbound (May, 2006), just across the Georgia-Florida state line (just before the Florida Welcome Center), promoting 1640 for visitors. However, no trace of any signal here or on 1610.
1640 (MIS) Ft. Myers Beach Information Radio, Ft. Myers Beach; update by the editor, “September 15, 2008. Weak at Estero, but much stronger of course at Lighthouse Park on the easternmost end of Sanibel Island. Roughly five-minute loop with male, segments in order: traffic link at www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov; wildlife; pedestrian right-of-way; The Mound House Calusa Indian mound park on Connecticut Street, 765-0865 and www.moundhouse.org; sea turtle nesting months and 481-5566 to report a nest; stingray inury; emergency weather information via this station and the Ft. Myers Beach website; idle speed zone markers; "You are listening to Information Radio for the Town of Ft. Myers Beach on 16-40 AM with call sign WPSH372." A RealPlayer audio link to the loop is on the home page of this community, the Town of Ft. Myers Beach. First reported by T. Simon in August, 2001, with boating information, what to do if you accidentally hook a sea turtle, how to protect nature in Estero Island, etc. Signal rather strong in Sanibel Island. And from the aforementioned website: "The Marine Resources Task Force has been trying to find ways to educate the public about the environmental issues that affect our community. One of their early attempts was an educational brochure that outlined some of the major ones: sea turtles, marine mammals, littering, sea grass protection, etc. The brochures were printed and distributed to boat rental agencies and other areas with public access. At best, the brochures had a moderate impact. MRTF learned from this experience and sought ways to reach the public in a more direct manner... This station will be a looping broadcast on AM frequency 1640 with a professionally recorded message containing environment information. Strategically placed signage on the island will let motorists know the station exists. This will be a low-maintenance way of educate the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The message can also be updated for emergency messages during the hurricane season." Antenna is atop the City Hall building, per S. McHale. Also heard by the editor August, 2007.
1640 (LPR) "La Primerisima 1640 A-M", Tampa; November, 2002 update: inactive. The stick remained for many months, but is now gone and the web design/hosting company it operated from on the 2nd floor is no longer here. The banner was once replaced with a new one, touting "1490 La Primerisima, Bradenton, Pura Salsa." This is advertising licensed WWPR, 1490 kHz, which has switched from pop oldies to essentially the same format as 1640 carried: salsa and tropical music, minimal Spanish announcers. As for 1640: it is (was?) a low power operation emitting from the Arena Plaza ar 3434 W. Columbus (Columbus at Himes). The clean signal covered a small area with nonstop Latin music. According to their web site, which was initially located in March, 2001, "La Primerisima la que te lo que te gusta en vivo en el Internet las 24 horas al dia sin Internet" with pure salsa format. The web site include(ed) photos of studio equipment, a custom logo van, signs and store front. Original banner sign was on the guard rail of the second floor, in front of the office of the primarily web design/hosting company. The antenna (was) mounted on an approximately 30-foot support, attached to the back of the building.
1640 (TIS) WQOX737 Suncoast Parkway (SR-589), Mile Marker 33, Spring Hill, Pasco County (sic); per G. Bishop, March, 2009 update: a huge OC on 1640 at MM34 on the Suncoast. So, yes, it’s coming. August, 2008: there is a large sign just south of MM30 on the Suncoast Parkway for highway information radio on 1640. The sign seems new, and there is no 1640 as yet. I did not see similar signs along I-75 or I-4, but it was dark or raining hard, respectively. Calls and site per FCC Wirelesss Telecom site.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Wildwood; at Mile Post (MP) 304. This and all below Turnpike DoT entries courtesy of Michele Burgh, Public Information Coordinator with the Florida Turnpike, P.O. Box 9828, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310-9828, in October, 2004 (courtesy of D. Crawford). Most of these have been confirmed active by FLPRS reporters. Some sporadically relay the closest NOAA Weather Radio between or instead of traffic updates.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Slavia; November, 2008: discovered by D. Crawford, confirmed by C. Cook. Generic “Dial 511 while driving in the Orlando area” loop without any location clues. Per FCC, located at off ramp at FL-417 and Red Bug Road, and shares callsign WQEY603 with Turnpike TIS in South Orlando. No idea why FCC would put two 1640’s (Casselberry) so close together. Also noted by the editor February, 2011, mixing with the MP 259 Turnpike station between International Drive and near downtown Orlando on I-4 with male and female loop.
1640 (TIS) WQOX737 Florida’s Turnpike-Polk Expressway at MM 18.6 eastbound lanes, Auburndale. FCC coordinates 28° 4' 17.5" N, 81° 49' 58.6" W. Heard on the Polk Expressway in January, 2013. FCC dB as typical shares multi-transmitter call signs in the same geography. Generic compu-female loop made for Turnpike use along Miami-Dade County, the very same loop heard on at least a couple of Turnpike TIS’s in October, 2012, referencing exits between Miami and Florida City; lots of good that does up here. Signal is not as good as the Lakeland transmitter, in fact the Lakeland transmitter co-channels pretty well in downtown Lakeland on Florida Avenue to I-4.
1640 (TIS) WQOX737 Florida’s Turnpike-Polk Expressway at MM 8 westbound lanes, Lakeland. FCC coordinates 27° 59' 47.3" N, 81° 56' 3.9" W. Heard by the editor in January, 2013. Growingly strong signal from the I-4 western terminus junction of the Polk Expressway to my exit at Florida Avenue where it was huge. Compu-female loop regarding lane closure and resurfacing on FL-570 (a/k/a the Polk Expressway). Problem is, the resurfacing is not on this portion of the Expressway, but rather on the eastern half, where the second transmitter is not carrying this message.
1640+/- (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, near Orlando; at I-4, MP 259. Per D. Crawford, October, 2006, measuring at 1639.85.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Canoe Creek ; at MP 229
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Ft. Pierce; at MP 152.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Stuart; at MP 133.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Lake Worth; at MP 94.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Deerfield Beach; at MP 71.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT; Pompano Beach; at MP 65
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Miramar; at MP 46.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT, Sweetwater; at SW 8th Street. MP unknown.
1640 (TIS) Sawgrass Expressway, Sunrise; at MP 4.
1640 (TIS) Florida’s Turnpike DoT; Miami; February, 2006. Intersection of Florida Turnpike (SR821) at SW 288th Street. MP unknown.
1640 (MIS) Lee County, Ft. Myers
area; October,, 2012. Compu-woman “This is the Lee County Traveler Information System. This
system is currently under test. Travel information will soon be available.”
Heard briefly fair-poor on I-75 southbound, after FDOT Peace River TIS’s began
to fade. Also heard much better while returning home on CR-82 as I neared Ft.
Myers but not peaking, as I jumped on to I-75. R. Grabow confirms this is located near I-75 at Exit 136 (Colonial Blvd.), no signage noted.
1640 (MIS) Lee County, Ft. Myers
area two transmitters). “Live” female cycled read, “This is a Traveler’s Information System test
by the Lee County Bridge Incident Management System”, with an also mention of “Lee County Emergency Management System.” Also confirmed by R. Grabow, who provides this site
1640 (TIS) DoT, Charlotte County (five transmitters); October, 2012: I-75 at Peace River, Charlotte County. Permanent signage with flashing ability, at least five, noted southbound I-75 beginning near Exit 170. Compu-woman voice, generic message to tune to if the lights are flashing. Surely multiple transmitters in synch, as the audio was present for miles south. Indeed, the FCC dB shows five entries under the generic FDOT WQMZ864 calls. Years ago, when the Peace River Bridge was being re-constructed, at least two transmitters were deployed in this area. See below. And R. Grabow confirms five transmitters are in use.
1640 (TIS) DoT WPUR527, Charlotte County; update per D. Potter, November, 2003: the new six-lane bridge is open, transmitters are silent. Heard in September, 2002 by the editor, and this channel has now been dedicated to northbound traffic only, while 1510 (see entry) is newly established for southbound information. Lots of blue/white signs and bulb signs, alerting motorists to tune to these for Peace River Bridge construction updates. The same generic calls used for 1510 and 1640. They are adding additional lanes. Approximately five miles of coverage, with multiple transmitters set up along the construction zone and preceding the construction zone two miles north on I-75, and two mile south on I-75. Loop included call sign, purpose of station and warning of delays and lane blockage. Multiple transmitters in the median (at least five for each direction channel).
1640 (TIS) Lee County Traveler Information System, Ft. Myers; thanks to Ryan G. for reporting spotting a couple of new signs for 1640 kHz, "...the kind that flash when there's info. A pair of TIS transmitters are running (I hear them overlapping, out of sync) with a synthetic female voice, looping: "This is the Lee County Traveler Information System. You are encouraged to buckle up and drive safely. Traveler information will soon be available."" Not sure if Florida DoT or actually county-licensed.
1640 (TIS) WQMQ746, Charlotte County and WQMZ864 listed in the FCC dB in November, 2010 with various site coordinates (presume mobile transmitter or transmitters) on I-75 between Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.
1640 (MIS) WQDC927 City of Casselberry; new, as of June 28, 2005 license issue. Still active February, 2007 per G. Bishop and the editor with NOAA Weather Radio audio and looped City Council, etc. segments dropped between. First confirmed active in October, 2006 by D. Crawford, with short male loop, seemingly alternating with short/useless NOAA Weather Radio or similar, “... on 1640 AM, WQDC927…” came through clearly at Turnpike location reception. Initial licensed as WQCZ410.
1640 (LPR) "Sun Country 1640", Longwood; per the proprietor, Dan O., January, 2003: FCC Part-15 compliant (100 mW), located in the Wekiva neighborhood area. Began operations in January, 2001 with Classic Country (50's-early 90's), and NOAA Weather Radio during severe weather. Operates 24/7. Began as a yardcast for personal use, until neighbors began reporting listening. A radio version of the local Neighborhood Association newsletter is also broadcast each month. Transmitter: Main-Realty Electronics, Inc. "Talking House" model. Back-up: Vertronics 1290K AM kit.
1640 (LPR) "WFUN", Orlando; confirmed active since August, 2000, by one of our Orlando-area contributors. Sponsored by Horizons of Marriott Vacation Club. Airs travel tips and plugs for the Club given in canned format with overly-perky man and woman, chatting informally and teasing each other. They even have listener "phone calls" which are obviously staged -- the whole thing is made to sound live and spontaneous -- but then the tape loop starts over! Also, fairly slickly-produced singing ID's with their pseudo-call letters. Not a great signal anywhere, but seems to peak in the heart of the International Drive tourist area. Ads for this station are on the trolleys that run tourists up and down International Drive. Transmitter located on the roof of the Courtyard Marriott Club on International Drive, near the Convention Center, per M. Manis, in the Central Florida Listener's Group (April, 2001).
1640 (MIS) City of New Smyrna Beach WPPD221; as of October, 2006, despite reported as license set to expire January 1, 2005, active per D. Crawford. Previously active, though somewhat irregular. First heard by D. Crawford since mid-December, 1999--initially relaying NOAA Weather Radio, Melbourne, Florida--and subsequently running local programming. Includes references to the city Chamber of Commerce, promos for residents, merchants, and visitors to New Smyrna Beach, beach regulations/tolls, Canaveral National Seashore, etc. DTMF tones at the beginning and end of voice loop. Also heard by the editor in Pinellas County local nights. Per the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau web site (see link at the top of the page), this license was granted on October 28, 1999. Closer to 1639.95 per D. Crawford, June, 2002.
1640 (XPR) WF2XGJ Lockheed Martin Corp., Palm Beach; denied/dismissed June 14, 2010 per FCC dB. Presume some type of digital data-type experimental.
1640 (TIS) DoT WPLW619, Pensacola; per G. Bishop, back on as of December, 2006 observation. Last heard January, 2005: received at the I-10/110 interchange, general information on the continued project for that area. This call in use on 1570, 1580, 1590, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1690 for I-10/110 destruction plan. Some transmitters may not be active at any given time, per his observations, and currently running the same loop though not in sync. No sign of previous WPVZ483 on 1690, noted 12/23/02. Highway signs point only to 1690, and message refers drivers to incorrect/broken URL www.i10-i110.com for information. And I bet we do have fully wireless internet before this little "highway improvement" is completed in 2006, and can check from our cars. But until then, it's not much use. Suspect that 1690 is still in Milton, and the 1650 is in the vicinity of exit 10 on I-10. No determination on where 1640 might be. Could well be down at the Civic Center, south end of I-110. Cross-reference other frequencies entries, see the map link (above) for actual location of transmitters.
1640 (MIS) WQJM409 Village of Key Biscayne; entry on FCC dB as of November, 2010. Status unconfirmed.
1640 (LPR) “Surfside Radio”, South Strand, South Carolina; from their URL: “Surfside 1640 AM operates under part 15.219 of the FCC rules & is transmitted via multiple FCC certified 100mw AM transmitters synchronized into a local area AM broadcast network serving the South Strand. As our station grows, more coverage is anticipated.”
1640 (MIS) WPVB565 and WQBS681 Beaufort County Emergency Management, Beaufort, South Carolina; two entries in the FCC dB November, 2010. Listed on FLPRS since it's coastal South Carolina.
1640 (TIS) Andersonville National Historic Site, Andersonville, Georgia; http://www.theradiosource.com/articles-case-study-andersonville.htm indicates there are three transmitters directing visitors to this Civil War-era POW grounds and museum, located a few miles west of I-75 in south-central Georgia. A map indicates one transmitter is at the Historic Site, and the others are just south of Cordelle on I-75 and near Perry on I-75 (with signage promoting the Historic Site and 1640 kHz).
1640 (TIS) Andersonville National Historic Site, I-75 near Perry, Georgia; see the Andersonville entry (above).
1640 (TIS) Andersonville National Historic Site, I-75 near Cordelle, Georgia; see the Andersonville entry (above).1640 (LPR) "Chris Radio", Atlanta, Georgia; if active (listed on HobbyBroadcaster.net as Pt. 15 using a Talking House transmitter with Talk format).
1650 (LPR)" Woodridge Estates Homeowners Association", Clearwater; an unmodified Pt. 15 Talking House transmitter. Sporadically tests (since February, 2011) with a brief loop by male, stating this is for propagation and DX listener purposes.
1650 (TIS) WQQJ297, Florida Dept. of Transportation, Tampa. as of mid-June, 2013, this one (and/or the below) became active, berginning only with a carrier save for brief fragment of compu-female audio that pops up only every 20 minutes. Then relaying KHB-32 NOAA Weather Radio, and one day only, with a male short loop regarding I-275 construction at the Howard Ave. exit; back to NOAA after that. ! Checking the FCC’s Wireless Telecom Bureau page today, February 27, I stumbled upon no less than four new Tampa Market TIS’s, two listed as active (though not heard yet) and two listed as pending approval status. This one is listed as status: active. Grant Date: 01/04/2013. Expiration: 01/04/2023. Site: 1 Address: HAR-01 I-275 at Exit 39. City: Tampa, FL. County: HILLSBOROUGH. Coordinates: 27° 56' 54.0" N, 82° 31' 52.6" W. And…
1650 (TIS) WQQJ297, Florida Dept. of Transportation, Tampa. See above (ste 1). Site: 2 Address: HAR-02 I-275 at Exit 44 City: Tampa, FL. County: HILLSBOROUGH. Coordinates: 27° 57' 25.3" N, 82° 27' 45.2" W. Site 1 is at the exit located just east of the I-275/Howard Frankland Bridge, which is the Memorial Highway exit. Site 2 is the downtown exit, and near where the FL-618/Selmon Expressway toll road extension link to I-275 is under construction.
1650 (TIS) WQQY809 Florida Dept. of Transportation, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg. Site:
1 Address: Skyway Bridge North. City: Saint Petersburg, FL. County:
PINELLAS Coordinates: 27° 40' 0.0" N, 82° 41' 0.0" W. As of July 1, 2013, these three are updated in the FCC dB with call signs and listed as active. And indeed, early August, 2013, I noticed a good signal with nonstop NOAA Weather Radio KHB-32 (no local TIS identification inserts) while in downtown St. Petersburg, looping southward. Driving US-19 to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, indeed active now with this one peaking between the bridge proper and the apex. Signal again very strong nearing the Manatee County toll booth (northbound), which is transmitter site 2 (below).
1650 (TIS) WQQY809 Florida Dept. of Transportation, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Terra Ceia. Site: 2 Address: Skyway Bridge South. City: Terra Ceia, FL. County: MANATEE Coordinates: 27° 35' 0.0" N, 82° 36' 0.0" W. Confirmed active in August, 2013 with NOAA Weather Radio KHB-32 relay nonstop (as is Site 1 in Pinellas). Antenna/transmitter visible just past the toll booth northbound, east side. The FCC entry for the two Skyway Bridge entries include a third .pdf with primary radius pattern maps. Site one looks like it’s in the water, but I’m guessing it’s at the north end of the rest stop exit. Site two appears to be near the toll entrance. Both transmitters are being installed by Vaisala Inc. , (listed as Raleigh-Durham Office 2880 Slater Road, Suite 200, Morrisville, NC 27560). Their website www.vaisala.com has a sub-page with several versions of TIS models, as well as a Statement of Eligibility document, also in .pdf format. “Proposal for Submittal” status on their doc, so how long until this appears is not certain. But I’ve always been surprised no TIS’s were activated after the USCGC Blackthorn vs. tanker Capricorn, and the freighter MV Summit Venture vs. Sunshine Skyway Bridge disasters (both in 1980), not to mention the occasional severe fog and high wind issues on this otherwise stunningly beautiful big bridge.
1650 (TIS) WQQY809 Florida Dept. of Transportation, Palmetto. Site: 3 Address: I-275 @ Highway 41 City: Palmetto, FL County: MANATEE Coordinates: 27° 35' 9.0" N, 82° 32' 26.0" W.As of early August, 2013, this one isn't active per the editors' drive across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to the US-19 exit in Manatee County. However as of January 14, 2014 this has been brought online per Mark F. who confirms it is running the same audio as Site 1 and 2 but the beacon sign is still covered with a tarp. These have been announcing WQQJ297 which is assigned to the two Tampa I-275 transmitters. The editor's theory is the sites were set up by the same contractor, and they simply didn't update the Skyway transmitters audio identification after bringing the Tampa transmitters online a few weeks earlier. See Skyway sites 1 and 2 for more details.
1650 (TIS) WQRX888 Florida Dept. of Transportation, North Port; Site: 1 Address: Site 1, I-75 & Toledo Blade, MM 179.5 City: North Port, FL County: SARASOTA Coordinates: 27° 5' 56.0" N, 82° 9' 20.0" W
1650 (TIS) “Honda Radio”, Clearwater; April, 2006. update: silent after only a week or so. Original report was via a tip on radio-info.com's Tampa Bay board posted by: FloridaBear1776: “There are two frequencies looping at low fidelity a commercial about the difference between a Honda Prelude and a Platypus. One is on 1650 kHz and is heard only around the U.S. 19 - East Bay interchange. The other is on 1690 kHz and seems to be reaching out for several miles. I assume the Honda people or a dealership is behind this, but why is one of the signals showing up all over the place?” Follow up by the editor: my office happens to be located very near the US-19 and East Bay intersection, Largo, so I took a short lunch drive, and indeed 1650 kHz is there. Threshold level on the car radio at about two miles range. There is a large Viacom billboard on the south end of the Honda AutoWay Honda parking lot on US-19 northbound -- the closest dealer, on US-19, just north of East Bay, at 17275 Us Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764-7524 -- though I'm not so sure it isn't coming from one of the two other billboards a few hundred feet south (southbound US-19), as the signal peaks better there. In any case, the sign at the dealership promotes Honda for southbound traffic, and the northbound side advertises the unaffiliated Harley dealer on the property nearby. Nothing on the Honda board promotes the radio signal, unless I missed it while driving. The other two billboards on the opposite side of the road also do not promote any Honda product. No trace of 1690 kHz. Audio times to exactly 60 seconds consisting of stupid banter between the Platypus car (bad, faux Aussie accent) and the other model, US accent.
1650 (MIS) City of Greenacres WQFM352; listed in the Wireless Telecomm Bureau as licensed since 8/16/06. Unconfirmed.
1650 (MIS) WQDW634 City of Melbourne; via D. Crawford, November, 2005: “Now active, noted weak with very slight subaudible het, full ID and callsign every cycle by woman, says active 24-hours, followed by uselessly short segment relaying live 162.55 MHz NOAA Weather Radio fragment, man with stuff about parking, mentions of Eau Gallie Blvd., etc. The subaudible het source is better on the west wire but no audio (Orlando running open carrier, maybe), this one better on the coastal/north wire.” WQDW634 calls listed with November, 2015 expiration as well as WQDM898 with April, 2006 expiration. The following is the official press release, as supplied to FLPRS (apologies for dropping paragraph breaks): The Melbourne Police Department recently began daily radio broadcasts to provide current information to motorists. The department's 'AM Alert' radio station is broadcasting at 1650 on the AM radio dial to provide traffic updates as well as a variety of other information to assist those who travel on Melbourne roadways. A primary goal of the low-power radio station is to pass along five minutes of information daily to better inform those who live and work in Melbourne. Sgt. Sean Riordan, head of the traffic enforcement unit, is to work closely with Public Information Specialist Angela Bozorth to provide current traffic information at 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. each weekday morning. "So many times traffic information that motorists rely on comes from Orlando radio. AM Alert gives motorists the option of finding out exactly what is going on in Melbourne," said Bozorth. "We don't play music or have contests. Our sole goal is to provide information." The station does carry weather broadcasts from the National Weather Service. The radio station is to also be used to deliver current information during emergencies. The station was first used during the recent impact of Hurricane Wilma. Updated information was aired to keep Melbourne motorists informed about topics including the status of public shelters and availability of sandbags. The station was installed in mid-October at the Melbourne Police Department facility on Babcock Street by Information Station Specialists, a company located in Michigan. Police personnel have been trained to create, record, and edit the broadcast information both at the Babcock facility and by way of telephone calls from remote locations. "The ability to access the airwaves from virtually anywhere with a phone is a wonderful tool the police department will be utilizing to keep Melbourne motorists better informed," Bozorth said. CONTACT: Angela E. Bozorth, Melbourne Police Department Public Information Specialist, 288-0167/Cell - 409-3324/Office - 242-7851/Fax - firstname.lastname@example.org Issued by the City of Melbourne Public Information Office, 953-6282, email@example.com (Please copy any replies to Alan Dixon WPUC720@juno.com.
1650 (TIS) WQBV776 Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Miami; noted by B. Harrison, August, 2007 with continuous NOAA Weather Radio KHB32 relay, no ID, strong near Doral. According to R. Wyman, June, 2006: new signs were just put up and a test message is being broadcast. Main coverage area is South and West sides of MIA, near the 826/836 interchange. January, 2005. Reported as “shall transmit only non-commercial voice information pertaining to traffic and road conditions, traffic hazard and travel advisories, directions, availability of lodging, rest stops and services, stations, and descriptions of local points of interest. Location: Marriot at Intersection of Highway 836 and Marriot Miami, 7th Ave, Intersection of Highway 836 and 7th Ave Miami.”
1650 (MIS) WQEL638 City of Orlando, Site: 1 Address: 110 N Andes Ave; per FCC dB, license issued July 25, 2005. Formerly WQDC703. This is a series of four synched transmitters (see other entries for locations and 33,420 kHz WQIN663 entry). Confirmed active by D. Crawford, October, 2006, fully bilingual alternating English and Spanish loop segments, giving 321/407 phone numbers, www.cityoforlando.net URL, Red Cross promo, hurricane prep info. The following story ran in the June 1, 2007 Orlando Sentinel. I guess the already long loop will get longer by adding Creole, Vietnamese and Arabic. Per the Orlando Sentinel via C. Cook, May, 2007: Mark Schlueb Sentinel Staff Writer - Orlando is expanding the reach of its emergency radio station as part of the city's preparations for hurricane season, which begins today. The city launched its 1650 AM (WQDC) radio station with federal grant money in 2005, in the wake of the harsh summer of 2004, when hurricanes repeatedly swept through Central Florida. But the station signal is so weak that its recorded public-service announcements and weather information can't be heard by listeners in distant corners of the city. Within the next two months, Orlando will spend $105,000 to buy and install four relay stations that should allow radios all over the city to receive the signal, Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Thursday. Emergency announcements, now broadcast in English and Spanish, also will be broadcast in Creole, Vietnamese and Arabic soon. "With a projection of a 75 percent chance that hurricane season will be above normal, now is the time to prepare. We cannot be complacent," Dyer said during a briefing on the city's preparations. City officials also have formed closer relationships with foreign consulates in Orlando to strengthen communication with international tourists who might be vacationing here when a storm hits. Crews also have been trimming trees and making sure storm drains are clear. Thursday's presentation at the Emergency Operations Center -- the nerve center for police, firefighters and public-works crews during hurricanes -- detailed the city's preparations. But it was more about encouraging residents to get themselves ready. "The city itself is ready to go, but we want to make sure our citizens are equally prepared," Dyer said. City officials and community leaders urged residents to put together disaster kits with food, water, flashlights and other supplies, and to volunteer with the city or the Red Cross. "When a disaster strikes, it strikes us all. We have to be prepared," emergency manager Manny Soto said. Denise Stalls, vice president of environmental affairs for the Orlando Utilities Commission, said the utility also has been making preparations. Those primarily involve "hardening" OUC's electric distribution system by removing tree limbs that could damage lines and replacing some traffic signals with more durable mast arms.
1650 (MIS) WQEL638 City of Orlando, Site: 2 Address: 4801 Silver Star Road.
1650 (MIS) WQEL638 City of Orlando, Site: 3 Address: Fire Station 5 1818 S Orange.
1650 (MIS) WQEL638 City of Orlando, Site: 4 Address: Fire Station 13 3464 5th St.
1650 (TIS) unidentified possible DoT, Orlando area; October, 2003: not discovered until westbound on I-4 and fading near Haines City per D. Crawford. Untraced on the return. Male voice.
1650 (MIS) WPQJ971 "Radio 1650 AM", Boca Raton; February, 2006 update, per W. C. Deegan: “Over the weekend I reported here that [this] MIS was apparently operating on lower than normal power. Early in October it was off, then came back with a much improved signal from earlier. This continued even through hurricane Wilma, until sometime prior to my report of reduced power. It seemed the station was reverting. Now, here's the rest of the story. Boca Raton is in the process of installing a new MIS system. This will include two synchronized transmitters on 1650 kHz. One will be located near its previous location of the fire station at Glades Road and U.S. Hwy 1 in the eastern part of the city. A second transmitter will be at a new location, the fire administration building near Town Center Mall on Glades Road just west of I-95 in the western part of the city. Both will be equipped to operate at 10 Watts -- though the current transmitter is operating at about half that. The activation of the new system is waiting on Bell South installation of a leased line to feed the common audio to the two transmitters. When completed the new system will be able to carry more than the previous repeating loop, such as weather radio broadcasts, and I presume other live content as appropriate, produced by the same department that currently operates Boca's cable TV channel. It was a technician in that department from which I obtained this information. Right now a portable transmitter is operating near the FCC listed site at Glades and US-1, which is about 2.5 miles from me. The fire station there is being replaced which necessitated removing the transmitter from the side of the building and using a portable arrangement in the interim. The strong signal I had heard was test transmissions from the new site on Glades and I-95, less than a mile away. When the leased line is installed both will be activated. The portable transmitter will eventually be installed permanently once new fire station construction is completed. The content of the MIS is already enhanced with weather radio, but only from one transmitter at a time. FCC license data is in the process of being updated to reflect the new two transmitter system and presumably will show the coordinates of each. It is not clear if either or both new transmitters will operate at their full 10 watts capability or at about 5 watts as now. The dual transmitter arrangement will give me a DFing challenge right here in town -- one under a mile northwest of me the other two-and-a-half miles to the north-northeast. The new western transmitter will be easily heard along I-95 all through the Boca vicinity as well as from the Turnpike, where the old transmitter would likely not have been audible or spottily at best. The eastern transmitter will continue to be audible along US-1 and presumably off shore. If they don't keep them dead on frequency, what one will hear between the two could be interesting -- my own subaudible hetrodyne. First reported in July, 2000 by the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, as using this slogan, 10 watts for emergency usage. Also, referenced on the official City of Boca Raton web page's monthly bulletin.
1650 (MIS) WQFF542 City of Lauderhill; new as of September, 2006 as reported by B. Harrison, who heard the station in Coral Springs and forwards the following South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Septemember 18th feature: “Lauderhill has launched a radio station, joining a trend of cities hitting the airwaves to better inform their residents. The station, WQFF542, AM 1650, was created to deliver announcements and updates during emergencies. In the case of hurricane Wilma last year, city information wasn't always immediately updated, Lauderhill Fire Chief Edward Curran said. "There were conflicts of information out there," said Curran, who also is the city's emergency management coordinator. "We felt this would be a good way to get to our residents immediately." Lauderhill joins other municipalities with stations, such as Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Weston and Boca Raton. Other media can falter during emergencies, but "one thing that seems to be a mainstay is the radio," said Leslie Tropepe, a Lauderhill spokeswoman. The station started in July, and cost the city $33,900 for licensing, an antenna, transmitter and software. WQFF542 is expected to keep running during power outages because the city has a generator, Baker said. The station's 6-foot-high antenna is mounted on a concrete pole, so it reaches 30 feet high and gives a signal of three to five miles.”
1650 (MIS) City of Aventura; reported by D. Crawford, November, 2005. “Occasional readable peaks, noted while looking to see if Boca had returned to the air yet (it apparently has not). Pretty slick for an MIS, some produced PSA-type content, items about the city website (www.cityofaventura.com), employment opportunities with the city (call 305-466-8955), telephone ring FX, one mention of the Library of Congress, single DTMF tone between items.”
1650 (TIS) DoT WPLW619, Pensacola; per G. Bishop, January, 2003, still active December, 2006, per G. Bishop, audible on both sides of Escambia Bay. This call in use on 1570, 1580, 1590, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1690 for I-10/110 destruction. See 1640 for details, and the abovce link for a map of transmitter locations.
1650 (TIS) WQO504 Louisiana DoT, Baton Rouge; westbound I-10 at Exit 163 Siegen Lane. Man and woman loop, referencing construction, attractions, LSU and the Baton Rouge Visitors Information Bureau. This according to J. D. Stephens, in "Bill's Ultimate TIS Digest" (volume 1, May 1, 1998). Formerly on 790 kHz. Reception reports to Brian Wolshon, Ph.D., P.E., Louisiana State University Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6405, who welcomes reception reports. Listed in accordance with the Greater Florida re-annexation policy for all territories east of the Mississippi. See also 1610, 1630 and 1670 entries. The permanent call letters for the set are reportedly WPLR917.
1660 (TIS) WQEG758 Orange County Expressway Authority, Orlando; per D. Crawford, April, 2007: Generic HAR noted on FL-408 near Crystal Lake, construction info but no ID, signs noted on Mills Ave. alerted, limited range through co-channel skywave, good signal at peak. Not usual DoT format, so probably local Expressway Authority operation. Licensed per FCC dB since Jaunary 26, 2006.
1660 (TIS) FDOT Miami-Dade, I-75/Florida Turnpike junction vicinity. Compu-woman, signage to tune to northbound on the Turnpike.1660 (TIS) FDOT, western Broward County. Once on I-75/Alligator Alley, blue signage for this appears near the Glades Road and US-27 exits. It’s a huge signal that carries across the center of the state, fading completely just before the Big Cypress National Preserve eastern boundary.
1660 (LPR) "Nostalgia Radio", Miami; allegedly a Pt. 15-compliant station; located by the editor in December, 2003. Confirmation of activity and specific location not determined as of editing.
1670 (MIS) City of North Miami Beach WQFL554; listed in the Wireless Telecomm Bureau as lisenced since 8/10/06. See also nearby City of Miami Beach WQBV751 also licensed to 1670. Unconfirmed.
1670 (MIS) WQBK679 (or WQBV751?) City of Miami Beach; since December, 2004, Format is similar to the City of Boynton Beach and DoT, Palm Beach County entries (see below), confirmed active with NOAA-Miami relay and mixing with Boynton’s NOAA Palm Beach County relay per D. Crawford, December, 2004. See also 1670 kHz City of North Miami Beach!
1670 (MIS) DoT, Palm Beach County; in this general vicinity, noted in January, 2004 by J. Santosuosso. Relaying NOAA Miami. Gave an FM frequency, but not able to copy while driving. Per R. Wyman, "The construction site along I-95 [in Palm Beach County] is using a network of portable towers that contain message signs, radar, cameras, and TIS every few miles. The towers are linked by WiFi to the construction HQ. Work crews can monitor real-time images, vehicular speeds and lane occupancies, plus they can remotely change the message signs and TIS. Each tower actually has a unique Internet address for secure access... So, this long-winded explanation may identify the circumstance of having NOAA broadcasts on TIS frequencies. The I-95 project encompasses the Boynton Beach area, and about a dozen towers are in place through the construction corridor. I've never heard a Boynton-operated TIS, but this may explain the use of the freq in that area." See below WPTK330 City of Boynton Beach entry.
1670 (MIS) “Community Advisory Radio”, Palm Beach Gardens; per D. Crawford, July 4, 2007: continuous short loop giving ID, frequency, website, "remember, we're 1670 AM"; info sheet at: http://www.pbgfl.com/home/Docs/AdvisoryRadio.pdf . Per G. Bishop, November, 2012, this station was IDing both as “Community Advisory Radio” and “Community Access Radio.”
1670 (MIS) WPTK330 City of Boynton Beach; per R. Scotka, December, 2004: “I took my Sony 2010 along to work today and went back to the site instead of straight home this afternoon (12/14/04) and found it to be located on or around a 200-ft. tower in a commercial/municipal complex just to the east of I-95 about equidistant between the Boynton Canal and Gateway Blvd. There is an FCC placard at the north gate (FCC #1202499) and I entered the compound at the open east gate and despite numerous posted "No Trespassing" signs was not confronted by anyone there when I pulled into the parking lot. There is a permanent building east of the tower and two trailers to the south of the parking lot, many items easily associated with a city street/muni dept. (no signs at the gates to that effect) scattered about and a signpost on the way in indicating the intersection of Gateway Blvd and SE 3rd Street, but it must be a cast-off, as the streets outside the property in the vicinity were on the order of NW 15th Avenue and NW 5th St., et al. Only one antenna, a tall, white whip about 35-feet up on the south leg, appeared to be able to handle the frequency with the majority being microwave dishes, cell and UHF/VHF designs. There is a stand-alone 20-foot pole with a similar whip just to the north of the building as well. I didn't want to press my lack of welcome too much by venturing to that spot. Guard dog warning signs being a powerful disincentive, even for this intrepid, bad neighborhood DF trekking veteran. The station uses the Palm Beach ID of KEC50 and the 162.475 MHz frequency though does post many weather bulletins in common with the Miami-Dade station, and they do announce that it all originates from the NWS offices in Miami, though the majority broadcasts are Palm Beach County and south-central Florida area oriented. (The 162.450 and 162.550 MHz signals are quite readable from here in Margate and it seems that the Palm Beach County station being relayed uses a synth male voice and Miami uses the synth female voice a lot of the time except for generalized/regional bulletins.) I could see where the Miami ID might slip in, though did not note it during either of my forays to the site locale.” See also the DoT 1670 kHz entry, another possible NOAA relay that could remain active. The station uses the Palm Beach ID of KEC50 and the 162.475 MHz frequency though does post many WX bulletins in common w/the Dade station and they do announce that it all originates from the NWS offices in Miami though the majority broadcast are PBC and south central Florida area oriented. (The 162.450 and 162.550 MHz sigs are quite readable from here in Margate and it seems that the PBC station being relayed uses a synth male voice and Miami uses the synth female voice a lot of the time except for generalized/regional bulletins.) I could see where the Miami ID might slip in, though did not note it during either of my forays to the site locale. See also the Dot 1670 kHz entry (may also remain active with NOAA relays). Confirmed as also with NOAA Palm Beach County audio in December, 2004 by D. Crawford, mixing with the City of Miami Beach with NOAA-Miami relay.
1670 (MIS) WQFL543 City of Coral Springs; noted this entry on the FCC's Wireless Telecomm Bureau in June, 2006. Update, January, 2013: via B. Harrison, they were running their city info audio loop but it was completely inaudible from a harsh audio tone that was also on the feed. He sent the city an email pointing this out and, in several days' time, the city info loop w/tone was replaced by the South Florida NOAA Wx Radio feed. The audio is good once again so the technical problem was clearly caused by the equipment that runs the city info audio loop. So for the record: rebroadcasting South Florida/Miami NOAA Weather Radio as of January 15, 2013. First cnfirmed active as of July 3, 2007, per B. Harrison monitoring at listed transmitter location, 3800 NW 85th Avenue. See also 1700 kHz. I believe that the long rumored Municipal Information System in Coral Springs, FL is nearing reality. Per B. Harrison, May, 2007: In a City Commission Agenda Item dated March 27, it was announced that a contract in the amount of $41,975 had been awarded to Information Station Specialists, Inc of Zeeland, Michigan for an ALERT AM Advisory Radio System to be installed and functional in time for this summer’s hurricane season.
1670 (MIS) City of Pembroke Pines; heard by D. Crawford, July 4, 2007, male with good radio voice loop, talk about "this magnificent exhibit" with 954-986-5027 phone number, prefix listed as Hollywood, number turns out to be Donnith H. Fletcher Art and Cultural Center, Pembroke Pines.
1670 (TIS) Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Hollywood; since June, 1998 with parking and airport information, male voice loop. Ex-1610 kHz. Portable bulb light sign advertising the frequency noted at the I-95/I-595 interchange in December, 1998. See also WPMN326 entry on 1610 kHz.
1670 (TIS) WQO504 Louisiana DoT, Baton Rouge; westbound I-12 at Exit 6 Millerville Road. Ex-820 kHz. See also 1610, 1630 and 1650 entries.
1680 (TIS) "Florida Welcome Center", Yulee [FCC licensed as Jacksonville, WQBN524 generic multi-site call]; per R. Gitschier, December, 2003: very long loop, and nothing noted on 1300 kHz (despite a "boaters tune-in" sign on the FL/GA line of I-95 at the St. Mary's River). Editor's comment: could this be the replacement for 1300 Khz IFAS/Florida Sea Grant WPMG813 (see entry)?
1680 (TIS) WQBN524 Florida Welcome Center, Jennings; not active as of October, 2005 per D. Crawford. Also listed as WQAT436 on the FCC's Wireless Telecom Bureau web page as of December, 2004. Ex-1610 kHz (see entry)?
1680 (MIS) WQEI665 City of Oakland Park; License as of February, 2006 under these calls. Formerly listed as license issued on November 30, 2005, then as WQDY502. Confirmed active in September, 2006 by B. Harrison. Identifying as “Emergency Advisory Radio,” “WQEI,” and “1680 AM” as well as lengthy NOAA Weather Radio inserts. Transmitter site: 2100 NW 39th St.
1680 (MIS) City of Miami Dept. of Fire Rescue WQCF602; listed in the Wireless Telecomm Bureau as lisenced since 3/31/06. Presume the same as WQEE645 City of Miami once listed on 1680. Unconfirmed.
1680 (MIS) WQCY420 Village of Wellington; license issued June 22, 2005.
1680 (MIS) WQBV597 City of Sanibel; the News-Press reported on September 15, 2008 that "They're [Sanibel] adding a radio frequency, 1680 AM, that will broadcast important information to Sanibel residents during an emergency." However, not hear in mid-September, 2008 while the editor was on the island. Back in December, 2004, this appeared on FCC dB as pending. January, 2005: listed as 800 Dullop Road, at the Sanibel Causeway Weigh Station.
1680 (MIS) WPUV867 Weston Community Information Radio Station; with a continuous recorded loop, and "This is WPUV867, Weston Community Information Radio Station." Per R. Wyman, October, 2002.
1680 (TIS) WQBN524 Florida Welcome Center, Pensacola; listed on the FCC's Wireless Telecom Bureau site as of December, 2004. Status uncomfirmed.
1650 (TIS) “Honda Radio”, Pinellas County; see (other) 1650 kHz entry.
1690 (MIS) WQKP882, Pinellas County Traffic Management; Clearwater; listed in the FCC dB on 940 kHz as at 1700 block of Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor, but in December, 2009, confirmed in Clearwater, at least now. After these transmitters moved to 1690 kHz, the editor drove the signal to confirm active. Seemingly inactive.
1690 (MIS) WQKP883 Pinellas County Traffic Management; St. Petersburg; (3101 5th Ave.) came up early November, 2001. See 940 kHz Pinellas County Emergency Management, Largo entry for extensive details and history. Confirmed reactivated in April, 2010 by the editor. Appears to be inactive now though though with eight entries in the FCC dB now, we'll keep it in bold.
1690 (MIS) WQKP883 Pinellas County Traffic Management; Pinellas Park; Intersection of 82nd Ave. and 50th St. N.
1690 (MIS) WQKP882 Pinellas County Traffic Management; Clearwater; Intersection of Roosevelt Blvd. and 49th St. N. This and the Largo transmitter reactivated in late April, 2013 after the contractor came down to look at the broken network. As of Maym, 2013, they are putting out huges signals, especially the
Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater (Bayside Bridge approach, south end). My contact a
few weeks ago said the contractor was going to look at this broken network to
see if be fixed in April. Currently running a telco audio compu-man loop, “From
the Pinellas County Traffic Management Center, you are listing to WQKP882 and
WQKP883, operating on 16-90 AM.” Audio from the Roosevelt site slightly
over-driven. The Largo (Ulmerton Road) site remains off-frequency, always has
been around 1690.03-05. A hunch this one is getting out very well, so I emailed
the Florida DX News group, and indeed D. Crawford -- opposite side of the
state from me in Titusville – was hearing at least two (one on channel, and at
least one slightly off-channel), that’s about 130 miles. And while mobile on
May 4, the signal was weakly audible on a poor quality car radio at the St. Leo
University, St. Leo, about 40 miles. Also audible fair in north Tampa on
Fletcher Avenue, near the University of South Florida campus. Transmitters were initially operated by Pinellas County Emergency Management, but after a state of disrepair and partial reactivation, they were eventually transferred to the Transportation department. See also 1710.532 kHz entry.
1690.05 (MIS) WQKP882 Pinellas County Traffic Management; Largo; 9685 Ulmerton Rd. Ex-940 kHz (see entries). By mid-November, 2009, this appeared as a huge digital blob on 1690 kHz (see entry), as if the digital feed of KHB32 NAOA Weather Radio was not connecting properly, with occasional recorded ID dropping. Eventually, by the end of the month, the audio was fixed but the signal is still somewhat overmodulated and causing an audible het against the other two. Heard as far away as Titusville, Florida shortly after activation.
1690 (TIS) WPVZ483 DoT, Milton; per G. Bishop, December, 2006, transmitter appears to be near Exit 26. Previous details: heard from east of Milton through exiting I-10 at Davis Highway, with information on westbound I-10, including the truck detour/alternate route through Milton to US-90. Excellent signal, ID as WPWL619. This frequency is on many signs westbound along I-10, beginning at FL-87. On my last trip to Pensacola, sometime in late 2005, the stick for this one was off the north shoulder of I-10, just east of the Blackwater River. At that time, it was not audible in Fort Walton Beach. The relocation of the transmitter probably coincided with the renewed good reception in Fort Walton Beach. Of the four active stations, this one is the most probable for a long range reception. This is especially true for anyone on the west coast, south of New Port Richey with an open water path. See also 1570, 1580, 1590, 1630, 1640, 1650, 1690 Pensacola area entries.
1690 (MIS) City of Lake Worth WQFX549; listed in the Wireless Telecomm Bureau as lisenced since 10/30/06. Confirmed active by D. Crawford, July 4, 2007 with male short loop with call sign, city, "24 hrs a day" noted in fairly brief, weak fade-up.
1690 (TIS) DoT, unidentified; apparent DoT operation, male loop, mentioning Interstate-95, ended with usual female day/date/time hack. Weak through 1700 kHz splatter, per D. Crawford, January, 1998. Unconfirmed whether this is from Florida or elsewhere (Brett Saylor, in the National Radio Club's "DX News" Vol. 65, No. 17, reports an unidentified North Carolina TIS with a similar format here).
1700 (LPR) "WAMi", Anna Maria Island; this Pt. 15 station was featured in the local press in late 2011. They reportedly serve the island community from studios in Holmes Beach on 1700 AM and via streaming at http://wamiradio.com/. According to the Anna Maria Island Sun, Vol. 12, No. 11 (December 28, 2011), "WAMi Radio, [is] a project of Casey and Robert Herman, [and went on the air] at 1700 on the AM band at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 (2011)." The format is commercial-free music from local musicians and information. The editor drove down to Anna Maria Island mid-morning Saturday, March 10, 2012 to confirm this one is in fact active. The signal range is puny and low on modulation. Surely he's Part 15 or at least close enough. The weakest trace of the signal is audible on Manatee Avenue (SR 64) at Village Green Parkway, as a near zero-beat carrier against the otherwise inaudible and presumed Miami station on 1700, guessing WAMi is the one very slightly off but impossible to confirm on a crappy Hyundai car radio. The signal is long-gone by the time one drives to the northern half of the island. In fact, signal seems to peak just south of the Manatee apex on Gulf Dr. N. (heading toward Bradenton Beach). I didn't bother DFing (too much traffic with events in progress) nor did I bother to call the listed number on the website. Format was auto-pilot nonstop local musicians' soft vocals and blues, no announcements during my 2.5 hours on the island. Pleased to catch this one, as there's no way it would make it to my occasional Ft. DeSoto listening site, much less Clearwater.
1700 (LPR) "Surf 17 - Surf 1700 AM", Flagler Beach; thanks D. Crawford who discovered a pickup truck with signage promoting this one while in St. Augustine, August, 2013, and drove through Flagler Beach via A1A and there it was, audible only 2 or 3 blocks radius during full night reception with three or so full power medium wavers in before/after. Peaked at intersection of FL-A1A and FL-100. Legal Part 15, eclectic Oldies mix and streamed. See http://www.flaglerbeachradio.com/blogs/surf1700 and http://www.flaglerbeachradio.com/profile/dj-surfin-vern.
1700 WQEV986 Orlando International Airport Travel Information Station; discovered by D. Crawford, May, 2006 with a short, looped male ID, call sign and usual airport B.S.
1700 (MIS) WQEP387 City of Jacksonville; new since March, 2006 and confirmed active by D. Crawford, with 904 area code, security restrictions reference by male voice, telco audio.
1700 (LPR) “Caribbean Voice of Palm Bay”; the following feature was published in Florida Today on January 14, 2006. The FCC dB does not list a “WCPB” construction permit, nor does it seem probable a station would be granted a license on 1700 kHz when there is an existing station near Miami on the same channel: “Check out 1700 AM on your car radio next month when you're in South Brevard. You could find the "Caribbean Voice of Palm Bay," a new station with call letters WCPB. A nonprofit corporation, CVP, has approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the city to build a 40-foot tower and begin broadcasting. The low-powered, 24-hour station would address what some call "a big need" in the area with a growing population of transplants from the western Caribbean. Spokesman Hiram Octave Grandiot said programs on the station will be in Creole, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. CVP includes representatives of the Brevard Caribbean American Sport and Cultural Association, formed in 1989 to sponsor educational and sports activities, and the Caribbean religious community. Ella Austin, the treasurer of the BCASCA and a former Dominica resident, said there is a growing population in the Palm Bay area from the islands of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Dominica, Haiti, Grenada and Barbados. The 2000 U.S. Census showed 2,700 people living in Palm Bay who claim the West Indies as their ancestry. "We're not getting much publicity -- or news about the Caribbean islands," Austin said. The Rev. Jean Hugues Desir at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palm Bay confirmed a growing Haitian community. He said many, especially the elderly, don't read newspapers or go to the library because of language and other barriers. "A radio station is easier to listen to," he said. "They need to be informed and taught." The Rev. Jonas Philistin of Haiti, pastor of the New Birth Church of Palm Bay, said some people didn't get the basics they needed immediately after the hurricanes. The station would help, he said. "They didn't understand the news they heard." Grandoit said the station would be "committed to empower the multi-ethnic community of Palm Bay, Malabar, West Melbourne, Melbourne." He said organizers also plan health fairs, community forums, career development, cultural and social events. Grandoit said there will be advertising on the radio, paid for by donations, and volunteers will run the station. He said CVP will seek program sponsors.”
1700 (TIS) radio.cadillac.com (ex-"Fontana Plaza Micro Radio"), Palm Harbor; finally went silent by late March, as presumably have all others nationally. A marketing campaign by GM/Cadillac, consisting of low power transmitters coupled to billboards and/or next to dealerships. There are reportedly about 45 of these contracted nationally. The audio switched by April, 2001 to the Cadillac promotion, and appears to be associated with billboards nationally (see 1590, and two 1610 entries). Tracking history follows: First noted by the editor on February 24, 2001 with looping spoofed Clinton voice, promoting stores in the "Fontana Plaza," inlcuding the Lucky Supermarket, Baskin Robins (joke about how he [Bill] took Monica there, and she got a stain on her dress from spilling ice cream), Cruisin' Auto Parts, Spotty's (?) Restaurant, Save On Drugs, the Fontana Indoor Swap Meet, and Western Bingo. The Plaza location was announced as "on Sierra Avenue and Fontana Plaza East." Opening loop ID included (over piano): "At 1610 AM you're tuned to Fontana Plaza Micro Radio... preset your car radio to 1610 AM... so next time you're in the area, you can hear the joke of the day, speaking of which..." into lame Clinton joke about building homes like Carter did upon leaving office, with "stonewalls." Also, the next time you take a trip to the Plaza (as long as it's not Linda Tripp), etc. Well, I have never heard of any of these stores, streets or a Fontana Plaza in this area. And indeed a quick check of the maps for north Pinellas, and phone book for north Pinellas and south Pasco Counties show nothing. I drove around the traffic mess between Alt. US 19 and US 19 trying to locate this. It appears this is coming from -- or at least very near to -- Ferman BMW (US-19, Palm Harbor), where the signal seemingly peaked (overmodulating). No signs or visible antenna. So what gives with the original Fontana Plaza Micro Radio loop? I can only guess that this is one of those micro advertising transmitters, purchased from someone in Fontana, CA. Whoever turned it on didn't bother to record a new announcement loop before activating. However, someone must have figured out how to tune it up to 1700 kHz, from the apparent former 1610 announced frequency. And activating it on 1700 in this area makes sense, being that the City of Tarpon Springs TIS on 1610 is loud and clear in the area. Signal still there on US 19 at Gulf To Bay, but pretty much gone southbound US 19 after that. At home, very weak traces of it using the Scotka loop, not enough to have copied it from here, though audible enough to tell it's a looped recording. BUT WAIT! G. Myers, Clearwater, reports hearing a similar (Clinton) format on 1610 (see entry) since February 23, while on I-4 east of Tampa, and subsequently heard by the editor. The signal was eventually overtaken by the I-4 expansion radio TIS's. A call to Ferman On Kennedy's marketing people claimed it was not them. However, since early April, 2001, the audio here and on 1610 switched to a loop referencing seemingly radio.cadillac.com web site.
1700 (MIS) WQEY255 City of Delray Beach; new, to activate by mid-to-late June, 2006 for emergency weather use of course, this per R. Scotka, but unconfirmed as active. See also 1620 kHz entry for the City of Delray Beach. Confirmed active.
1700 (MIS) WQFA769 City of Coral Springs; noted this entry on the FCC's Wireless Telecomm Bureau in June, 2006. Still not activated as of September, 2006, per B. Harrison monitoring at listed transmitter location, 3800 NW 85th Avenue. See also 1670 kHz.
1700 (LPR) "WTYB Tybee Island Community Radio", Georgia; per a friend vacationing on Tybee in December, 2011 (who checked for this at my request, both days and nights), this one appears to be inactive. This is or was a Part 15-compliant [legal] station on this wonderful little island that the editor has visited, but unfortunately did not know about when he was there a couple of years ago. From the station website: “Tybee Community Radio is, as the name implies, your radio station, so it's [sic] format and programming will evolve in the direction that our community steers it, while still at the same time maintaining itself as a useful companion to visitors who are vacationing on our charming island, or simply spending a day at the beach. An overview of the objective of WTYB is to establish the promotion of local musicians, organizational causes, political views, local commentaries… Local and national news, weather, tides, traffic, parking and other useful info will be presented four times an hour in condensed form, proving itself to be the most up-to-date information available which directly concerns the interest of Tybee Island.” Contact listed was: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1700 (LPR) “Resort Radio 1700”, Calvary, Georgia; slated to activate in 2005. See 1160 “WJJD” entry for details, or http://www.expage.com/radiomall.
1700 (LPR) "Causeway Information Radio", greater New Orleans; formerly 1610 kHz. Per D. Potter, August, 2005, a video clip from CNN during Hurricane Katrina showed a flashing “Tune to 1700” sign. The 1610 signal was noted by the editor in 1998 with a looped male announcement, referencing phone number "835-3117 or *27" for motorist assistance, and mentioning callboxes. There are reportedly two or three transmitters on each side of the Lake Point Chartrain Causeway Toll across Lake Pontchartrain, operated by the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission.
1710 (LPR) “WDCX,” Dade City; December, 2009: this Part 15-compliant station planning on moving to this channel from 1610 kHz. See 1610 entry for background and history. See also 87.9 MHz and 104.5 MHz.
1710 (LPR) unidentified, ESE of Gainesville; this mystery signal reappeared in February, 2011 after 1.5 years' seeming silence per D. Crawford relaying "Sunny 105.9" WOCL (transmitter in Deland). Crawford first discovered this one in November, 2009. Weak signal, best on greyline, with continuous audio of licensed 100 kW FM WKTK, Crystal River, Florida (98.5 MHz). The WKTK transmitter site is actually southwest of Gainesville. No known local AM station is picking up the WKTK audio (thus seemingly eliminating any transmitter mixing products).
1710 (LPR) "Radio Fenique", Orlando; per D. Crawford, November, 2008: looks like Radio Summum is now Radio Fenique, and all references to Orlando have been removed. it has a good link for a web feed: http://www.radiofeniqueinter.com/Radio_Fenique_Inter_-_Contact_u.html. The editor located their initial website, which stated: “Radio Summum is an Internet Radio Station also, a Low Power Station on 1710 am dial, in Georgia, Jacksonville & Orlando, Florida, following the FCC Rules while using the part 15 device. Our Mission is to serve the Community by providing our listeners with a combination of Local, National and International programming : Gospel, Education, News, Commercial and different types of music from around the globe.” A sub-page lists 1710 kHz is active in Orlando and Jacksonville, FL, and Lawrenceville, GA. But there is other 1710 activity here as well: see Radio Voix de la Lakay, Winter Haven entry.
1710 (LPR) "Radio Summum", Jacksonville; see 1710 kHz “Radio Fenique” Orlando entry.
1710 (LPR) "Radio Summum", Lawrenceville, GA; see 1710 kHz “Radio Fenique” Orlando entry.
1710 (LPR) “Voix de la Lakay”, Winter Haven; measured to 1710.036 and DFed to a multi-story condo complex by D. Crawford in May, 2008. “Sometimes relays other stations, such as: noted with DTMF tones switched over to a relay of Radio Classique Inter, which is a local "station" carried on the Orlando 106.7 FM SCA channel (it also IDs simply as "Classique FM" at times). Badly mixed and overmodulated English and French ID’s, 863 area code phone number. “Lakay” confirmed with a phone call to the station. This station is totally unrelated to “Radio Summum” between what I've heard at home and what I observed up close. There evidently is a transmitter in Broward somewhere on this frequency as reported by others (often in Caribe English).
1710 (LPR) The Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network, Inc., Goldenrod; as of March, 2007, this group is considering a Part 15 compliant AM operation, using an SStran transmitter, to compliment their streaming services. See 96.1 MHz "Rhythm 96" entry.
1710.532 WQKP882 / WQKP883 Pinellas Country Traffic Management; this one was discovered in mid-December, 2013 while at Honeymoon Island State Park, running the same audio as those on 1690 kHz. Clean and big signal pointing ENE. The signal abruptly ended mid-afternoon, and thus far has not returned. A transmitter being repaired and intentionally or accidentally tuned up to 1710 kHz? Further monitoring pending.
25,870 (LPR) WFLA, Tampa; inactive, not heard since late 2002 or early January, 2003. This remote broadcast cue unit operat(ed) 24 hours-a-day, relaying News Radio 970 WFLA (970 kHz) audio in real time (without the seven seconds delay on locally-originated programming). The station occasionally boasted this as their "shortwave" frequency--and indeed it is sometimes heard worldwide--E-skip and maximum usable frequency allowing. Readily QSL's as well. Mode is narrow band FM.
25,910 (LPR) WJFP, Palm Beach; remote broadcast cue, widely heard, often 24-hours and parallel to 26,470 (see entry). Narrow band FM cue. Status unknown.
26,100 (LPR) WJXX channel 25 TV, Jacksonville; reported by Alan Roberts in the CIDX bulletin. Narrow band FM cue. Status unknown.
26,150 (LPR) WTVT-TV, channel 13 TV, Tampa; remote broadcast cue transmitter, narrow band FM mode. Sometimes active in parallel to 26,450 kHz. Unheard in ages, probably defunct.
26,150 (LPR) WFOR channel 4 TV, Miami; reported by Alan Roberts in the CIDX bulletin. Narrow band FM cue. Status unknown.
26,200 (LPR) WTSP channel 10 TV, St. Petersburg; reported by Alan Roberts in the CIDX bulletin. Narrow band FM cue. Unheard in ages, probably defunct.
26,250 (LPR) unidentified; Alan Roberts, St. Lambert, Québec, reported “News Channel 3 Central Florida” in March, 2006 and claimed it was WEAR-TV, Pensacola (which is not in Central Florida). WEDU, the PBS affiliate in Orlando?
26,250 (LPR) WPLG channel 10 TV, Miami; reported by Alan Roberts in the CIDX bulletin. Narrow band FM cue. Status unknown.
26,310 (LPR) WQAM, Miami; May 13, 2005 “license modified” per FCC dB.
26,350 (LPR) unidentified, Miami-area; narrow band FM cue transmitter, heard by D. Crawford on an E-skip opening in July, 1997 with Spanish format, store remote, into pop music (thus presume not a TV station). No listing in online databases. Status unknown.
26,410 (LPR) WQAM, Miami; May 13, 2005 “license modified” per FCC dB.
26,450 (LPR) WTVT-TV channel 13 TV, Tampa; first noted October, 1997 by the editor, narrow band FM cue. Sometimes active in parallel to 26,150 kHz. Unheard in ages, probably defunct.
26,470 (LPR) WJFP, Fort Pierce; another cueing transmitter, relays WJFP's (91.1 MHz) audio intentionally for distant listeners, 75 watts, often 24-hours. Mode is narrow band FM. Format is the "Jam" and gospel (along with sister 107.1 MHz--see 25,910 kHz entry). Status unknown.
33,420 (MIS) WQIN663 City of Orlando, 110 N Andes Ave; active status with these calls per the FCC dB, March, 2013. Heard for several years, this is apparently the feed or auxiliary feed for the four Orlando 1650 kHz MIS collectively assigned the calls WQEL638 (ex-WQDC703). Audio includes Melbourne NOAA Weather Radio between local segments.
33,420 (MIS) WQGH907 City of Cape Coral, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd; active status with these calls per FCC dB, March, 2013. Not confirmed but suspect it is the feed or auxiliary feed for the City of Cape Coral WQGU312 1610 kHz MIS.
87.5 MHz (LPR) WMTX-FM, Clearwater; "Mix 96" 95.7 commercial station discovered by the editor, using this out-of-band frequency with a low power mono transmitter for studio cueing purposes during Airfest 96 at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa on April 14, 1996.
87.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; reported by K. Simon, August, 1998 with reggae format, stereo. Heard by the editor in September, 1998. Stereo. Inactive from October, 1998.
87.5 MHz (LPR) "Freedom Path Radio", Savannah, Georgia; noticed this one listed at 87.5 (surely a pirate, if active) in Savannah:http://www.ontheradio.net/fpjr though his own website does not reference anything terrestrial radio http://www.freedompathradio.com/. Frequency would seem low if accurate.
87.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando. This one was reported in November, 2011 on the radio-info.com's Orlando message board, with religious Spanish audio. Confirmed by M. Cooper mid-November with Spanish Christian format, somewhat low audio, possibly TV audio feed, stronger on the east side of Orlando vs. downtown. (NOTE: the former channel 6 TV station switched to digital as per requirement in 2009, therefore it is not the 87.75 audio from them -- and they are a national network English affiliate anyway).
87.7 MHz (LPR) “One Love Radio”, Winter Haven; from The Ledger, published: Thursday, February 12, 2009, reporter Anthony Davis: “A Winter Haven man was arrested Wednesday after he was discovered making an illegal radio broadcast, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies and along with representatives from the FBI, FCC, Winter Haven Police Department and State Attorney's Office, served a search warrant at 214 Lee Ave. N.E. about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. The warrant was served after it was discovered that an illegal transmission on the frequency of 87.9 FM was coming from the home, the Sheriff's Offcie said. In January, the FCC notified the Sheriff’s Office it had received complaints of interference with the audio broadcast of channel 6 television in Orlando. Channel 6 broadcasts audio on 87.7 FM. An unlawful broadcast was found to be coming from the Winter Haven address. Investigating detectives learned that Anthony Davis, 32, was operating the illegal station, “One Love Radio,” featuring reggae music, out of the Lee Avenue residence, which is his home. Detectives seized the broadcasting equipment. Davis told detectives he is employed as a security guard with Freeman Security located in Haines City. Davis was arrested and charged with unlawful transmission of radio frequency, a third-degree felony. Davis also was charged with driving with a suspended license and using an unassigned tag. Davis admitted broadcasting illegally, the Sheriff's Office said.”
87.75 MHz (LPTV) WTAM-LP, channel 6, Tampa; heard in July, 2000 by D. Crawford with rap music, mono. I re-confirmed this one in late August, relaying local cable feed of the satellite "The Box" rap/urban music channel (local, in that some commercial inserts included Tampa and Sarasota-area stores). As of February, 2011, this is listed as active per a Wiki entry as WTAM-LD with TV Informa 30 Spanish-Mexican network feed, so digital now, meaning no analog audio remaining on 87.75.
87.9 MHz (LPR) "Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park”, Live Oak; discovered by M. Cooper and B. Whaley in November, 2004 on I-75 northbound, just south of Lake City. Live concert with gospel bluegrass, no identification. An Internet search by D. Potter located the key paragraph on the Music Park’s website (referencing a March concert event), “When we arrived Friday morning, the campgrounds were already starting to swell with assorted festivarians. The music had already begun at 10:00 a.m., and as we hurried to set up camp, we were pleasantly surprised to discover the festival arrangers were broadcasting the performances live from the Main Stage on a low frequency radio network. This was to become especially appreciated throughout the ensuing weekend since we no longer had to choose between libations and performances.” So, this appears to be active during at least some of the outdoor concert/camping events.
87.9 MHz (LPR) “New Raman Reti Temple, ISKON of Alachua”, Alachua; Per D. Potter, November, 2005: “unmonitored in past six weeks or so during trips to Alachua. Have checked their web site and it is no longer listed, seemingly replaced wholly by audio streaming and podcasts. Looks like a unique LPFMer is no mas.” Discovered by D. Potter, January, 2005: “ Happened upon my trusty GE Superadio, which to my surprise (and some chagrin) had batteries in it. Turning the radio on and giving it a twirl, I happened upon subcontinental vocal music thundering in... The songs were of epic length, and after some listening I picked out the distinctive "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare..." chant. The light bulb went on. I knew that there was a large Krishna compound to the NE of the town of Alachua. So as luck would have it, I was about 5 miles or so from the station. Though I did not get a positive ID, the temple's website indicates that the station is 24/7, apparently including Krishna spiritual programming and music. Audio is also streamed via the Radio Krishna Network site. Signal gets out about 10 miles or so to the south. See http://temple.krishna.com/alachua/
87.9+/- MHz (LPR) Cotee River Elementary School, New Port Richey; located on Plathe Road, and noted by the editor from March, 1999. Brief, looping recording by a male school official, followed by students with school and local park events. Mono, and slightly off-frequency (variable).
87.9 MHz (LPR) "B-87.9", Plant City; heard by the editor in Tampa (and audible, but weak in central and south Pinellas County) since the end of February, 1998 a with stereo signal. Format consisted of current dance and oldie dance/disco remakes and remixes, was irregular.
87.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa (?); someone noted here by the editor in mid-October, 2004 one mid-afternoon briefly in central Pinellas County. Unsure if this is from Hillsborough or Pinellas location. Clearly an unlicensed operation, with male jock intro’ing a punk rock song as “Cover your f**king ears.” Punk and Alt format, stereo, but very weak signal, untraced since.
87.9 MHz (LPR) Bally's Fitness, Tampa; this fitness center in north Tampa is running a Part 15 compliant transmitter for members to listen to while working out. Strong in the parking lot, with music or local TV audio. Mono. December, 2001.
87.9 MHz (LPR) "Mélodie FM", Tampa; September, 2003: appears to be inactive now. Raided by the FCC th week of August 17, 2003, but reactivated with a slightly lesser signal by August 29th! Has run 24 hours weekends, sometimes shorter schedule weekdays. Noted since June, 2003, then sometimes 24/7 schedule with Haitian Kreyol programming of music and talk, sometimes live. Strong signal that made it to Pinellas County. Interfering with "87.9" oldies LPR, which was on the channel well before this one activated.
87.9 MHz (LPR) "87.9," Tampa; visted by two FCC agents on August 27, 2003, voluntarily ceased operation and surrendered their transmitter. This staton was discovered by the FCC as a result of monitoring 87.9 MHz after closing down "Mélodie FM" (see entry) the previous week to see if they would reappear. Since January, 2003, experimented on different channels such as 89.3 MHz to prevent interference with another microbroadcaster on 87.9 MHz. First noted while in Tampa by the editor in November, 2002 co-channel with "87-X." Signal pretty much gone just past the Bayside Bridge overpass, though bits and pieces still there, and more audible further north on US-19/Countryside area. The format of this one is 60's pop and soul, lots of Motown-era tunes, some old-time radio drops, such as reverbed "nonstop music" noted. Stereo. Per the proprietor: "... Having lived in Philly during the 60's and 70's, I was exposed to a lot of great music. Unfortunately here in Florida, the musical format on commercial radio from that era is terribly [unrepresented]... I have collected music for many years and probably have one of the best collections from that era. Currently I have about 1,500 songs (very few heard on commercial radio) playing at random with more being added on a regular basis... Saturday nights will be geared to 70's disco (many club songs, not heard on commercial radio) and Sunday nights will eventually feature Doowop. My station... is run by Otsjuke software (www.otsjuke.com). It is for my enjoyment and anybody else within hearing range who enjoys the Sound Of Philadelphia, a good cheesesteak and a lager (Yuengling Beer)."
87.9 MHz (LPR) "87 X" (formerly “Radio Free Ybor City”), Tampa; Update, June, 2003: inactive now, possibly not to return. In August, 2003, reactivated after a few weeks' inactivity, from a new north Tampa location (ex-Seminole Heights) and weaker, but same format. "They are probably using the same transmitter but do not have as tall a tower [judging from] lack of coverage that they are currently running" per R. Nervous. Note: this, along with "The Party Pirate 102.1 FM" and "Lutz Community Radio" (96.7 MHz) were jointly raided by the FCC and US Federal Marshals on November 19, 1997 (see the November 20 and 22, 1997 Tampa Tribune for details), but has returned to the air sporadically from clandestine locations since the raid with a techno/alternative format under new operators. Originally ran all night, especially on weekends, with a hardcore punk/rave/ska format. Began broadcasting from a Ybor City house in March, 1995 and was first raided by the FCC on February 22, 1996. However, the station returned to the air a day later. Signal of the original station was 30 watts, stereo. Then, the editor monitored this one on 87.5, splattering as high as 88.1 MHz, but stablized at 87.9 MHz. The station has relocated at least twice since the initial FCC raid, and broadcasts from the Seminole Heights area. Community events are occasionally scheduled. The Tampa Low Power Broadcasting Company was formed in early 1998 to lobby though legal petition and community channels for the resurrection of 87X. A Tampa Tribune feature (November 19, 1998) says the FCC tracked down their mobile operation on October, 1998 and seized the transmitter at a house in Seminole Heights, according to a station spokesman.
87.9 MHz (LPR) "Radio Restauración 87.9 WRET-FM", St. Petersburg; inactive since early October, 2000 and suspect visited by the FCC. First noted by the editor in August, 2000 with a strong, stereo signal, slightly off frequency (low side). Broadcasts from a Hispanic church on 10th Ave. N., near 9th St., ground plain antenna mounted atop a huge (70 or 80 feet) mast. Occasionally with "WRET-FM" slogan as well. Modern Spanish Christian vocals, live announcers, announcing a phone number over the air. Sporadic brief English segments with English Christian vocals. Activated around 8 p.m. to midnight weekdays, and mid-morning weekends. Probably the same station that was briefly heard in mid-November, 1999 in stereo, with all-Spanish format of contemporary Spanish Christian vocals, live announcements, "87 punto 9" identifications and announced a Central Avenue area location.
87.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Land O Lakes/San Antonio area; noted by the editor, first appearing on SR-52 eastbound, peaking around the Ehren Cutoff Road (about mid-way between US-41 and I-75), but never a great signal, and suspect this is either north or south of approximately this location which is mostly cattle ranch land. This one is “new” having never been reported by anyone I’m aware of. Format – today at least – was satellite-fed Republic Broadcasting Network, with paranoid/conspiracy “patriot” talk show, a break at the bottom of the hour with network spots for campingsurvival-dot-com and a company selling “survival seeds” to grow post-Holocaust.
87.9 MHz (LPR) "Dade City Community Radio"; see 1610 kHz “WDCX” entry. Formerly on 102.9 MHz. Active since 1999. Noted May, 2013 by the editor with Internet audio from Antioch Radio Network (”Old-Time Radio”), top of hour ID as “You’re listening to AM 17-10 and 87.9 FM, the Antioch Radio Network…” Then into a radio network crime serial drama from 1949 as introduced. Signal remained pretty good throughout Dade City-proper, though definitely best on the western side. See also 104.5 MHz located closer to downtown. 1710 kHz is in reference to the Illinois source (Antioch), see: http://radio.macinmind.com/network.php
87.9 MHz (LPR) Joyland Drive-in, Dade City; see 93.1 entry (87.9 is the former channel).
87.9 MHz (LPR) “WGBC – Blazin’ 87.9 Da Biz”, Lakeland; Polk County Sheriff's office release: News Date: 11/7/2008 PCSO Detectives Shut Down Illegal Radio Station Operating Out of Motel Polk County Sheriff's Bureau of Special Investigations detectives, working in conjunction with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), the Lakeland Police Department, and the State Attorney's Office, served search warrants on three rooms at the Kingston Inn Motel located at 910 East Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland, and arrested a Lakeland man today after they discovered he has been illegally transmitting a radio broadcast on frequency 87.9 FM MHZ for several months. According to the affidavit, on September 13, 2008, one of the detectives saw a flier advertising a party sponsored by "Blazin' 87.9 Da Biz." With the assistance of the FCC, the transmission source of 87.9 FM was located at 910 East Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland, but the FCC showed no license for broadcast for that radio station or that frequency. Throughout the months of September and October, detectives observed and listened to Frankie Grover, DOB 4/24/55, of 1017 North Lake Parker Avenue in Lakeland, the former owner of WHNR AM, running live web cam internet broadcasts of 87.9 FM simultaneously with radio broadcasts, which featured morning talk shows, live interviews, and R&B, soul, gospel, and blues music. Due to Grover's self-proclaimed 30 years in the radio business and prior ownership of WHNR AM in Winter Haven, he knew or should have known the broadcast of 87.9 FM without an FCC license is a 3rd degree felony under Florida law. On November 7, 2008, detectives served search warrants at the three rooms (1377,1378, and 1379) he has been renting for $450 per month at the Kingston Inn, which served as his business, and seized all of his equipment. Grover was booked into the Polk County Jail on one count Unauthorized Transmission of Radio Frequency and was released the same day after posting $1,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing.Grover has one prior arrest in Polk County, in 1991, for one count Assault and one count Battery.
87.9 MHz (LPR) "Rare Sixties Radio 87.9", Lakeland; alternate frequency to 89.3 (see entry). A February, 2011 report on the Orlando board or radio-info.com had a very professional signal with Oldies audible between Davenport and Lake Wales. Could it be this one reactivated?
87.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Pierce; noted by J. Gualda, June, 2005, with overmodulated audio, format of Haitian Kreyol music and talk, mentioning Ft. Pierce and Port St. Lucie. Good signal over Indian River and St. Lucie counties.
87.9 MHz (LPR) "WERS-MP Radio Salvation", Lake Worth; since July, 2003, moved from 88.3 MHz due to 88.1 MHz interference. Hispanic Christian programming, running mW power now, for the neighborhood only.
88.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando, January, 2010: there is a probable Haitian pirate on 88.1 along Kirkman Road, somewhere between Sand Lake and Old Winter Garden roads. Noted by Sirius user who had his in-car re-transmitter set to 88.1; the pirate breaks through it in that area. Not a great frequency choice with the local 88.3.
88.1; the pirate breaks through it in that area. Not a great freq choice with the local 88.3.
88.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lake Worth; Kreyol, per K. Simon, January, 2000. Closed at 7:00 a.m. one day.
88.1 MHz (LPR) "AJ FM 88.1", Homestead; noted by D. Crawford, November, 2001. reggae/hardcore, Jamaican DJ who named the station after himself, also promotes rental DJ services on the side.
88.3 MHz (LPR) "The Pride FM, The Heart of Kenwood" (a/k/a "The Pride of Kenwood"), St. Petersburg; Raided by the FCC with the assistance of the St. Petersburg Police Department at 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2010, although the station was not transmitting at the time. According to a St. Petersburg Times article, published September 1, "The Pride of Kenwood" transmitted from a rental property house at 2351 5th Ave. N. (almost exactly where the signal peaked for me), using a 25-foot antenna, which was confiscated by the FCC. There were no arrests and the equipment owner cooperated. The case has been referred to the State Attorney's Office.Licensed non-commercial WMNF (88.5, Tampa) initiated the complaint with the FCC after local listeners complained about the interference. First heard by the editor on August 14, 2010, per tip from R. Foxworth that there may be a new pirate in this area. First heard just off of 22nd Avenue N, early afternoon. Drove the area, but did not DF the exact location. It's just off of 5th Ave. N -- between 22nd and 24th St. N -- but not sure if it's a block north or south of 5th Ave. N. It's here that it peaks well on the vintage RadioShack Pro-60 handheld with no antenna. All 20's/30's era bungalow homes in this area, lots of trees. Format? "The Pride FM, The Heart of Kenwood" and (I think) WKWV. Yes, pro-gay. All disco-ish songs (Donna Summer, Madonna, Kool & the Gang, Shaka Khan, Michael Jackson and more-recent urban/dance). Live male DJ. Very professional. Brief segment interviewing some lesbian shrink about her mental services and how at least three shows will be recorded about coping with being gay/lesbian in a world that hates said, and will then go live for the show hopefully after. Station phone number announced for requests (withheld here). Fairly small signal, almost completely gone on US-19 northbound at 38th Ave. N. When I first tuned in, he mentioned "We're back on the air" so either they were off for technical reasons for awhile, or he was referring to coming up for the day. Per the St. Petersburg Times (November 19, 2010), Thomas Morey, 38, was charged with unauthorized transmission to, or interference with, a public or commercial radio station. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting $5,000 bond.
88.3 MHz (LPR) “Kimpton Farms Christmas Radio”, Largo; [slogan is my designation]. Update December, 2010: Unfortunately, this station and the lights display are no longer functioning effective with the 2010 holiday season. Construction along Belcher Road and the fact that the proprietor will be moving are the reasons. George, the proprietor of this station, contacted FLPRS in December, 2007 and provided the following details: “My broadcast are seasonal. The audio transmitted is the audio output of the computer program that runs the display. More info about Kimpton Christmas display can be found at my site www.kimptonchristmas.com. My initial observations were: noted the following in St. Petersburg Times holiday lights display listings: "Kimpton Farms, 20 homes along Kimpton Place. Tune your radio to 88.3 FM and listen to Christmas songs synchronized to about 250,000 lights spread among 20 homes. Off Belcher Road between East Bay Drive and Ulmerton Road. 6-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday." Indeed, picked up fragments at Belcher northbound and Ulmerton. Also, fragments audible within a few blocks of my home, about a mile direct line NW of the location. Fairly impressive lights display, with two small, home-made 88.3 signs along the way in the cul-de-sac. Based on the detached antenna my PRO-60 handheld scanner, as well as the house with the most lights and an 88.3 sign on the edge of the property (this one had little lights on the border), presume the location of the transmitter is 4017 Kimpton Place. Nonstop Christmas songs, with some homes synchro'ed (not sure how that is done -- no wires across the road -- WiFi signal link?). Stereo, but the transmitter has a 60-cycle hum audible when between tracks with a long enough gap or slow fades. Bet it's a lower end Ramsey kit. The first 88.3 sign upon entering Kimpton Place has an old "88.5 RADIO ACTIVE" (WMNF FM) bumper decal on the reverse side of the board.
One of several signs Kimpton Farms Christmas Radio posted in the neighborhood (Photo 2007: Terry L Krueger)
88.3+/- MHz (TIS) Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Ponce Inlet; no longer active per visit in October, 2001. The staff said the transmitter broke and it won't be replaced; the sign on the parking lot fence has been removed. Last heard on a visit in August, 1997 by the editor, airing a pleasantly Southern-accented female loop, just over a minute in length on or very near 88.3 MHz, mono mode. A sign on the chain link fence in the parking lot incorrectly listed the frequency as 88.0 MHz. The signal barely extended beyond the parking lot. A clarification on the frequency vs. sign status from the Curator, (paraphrasing): the signal may [have been] slightly off from the originally-intended 88.0 MHz frequency after a transmitter repair a couple of years ago. However, observations have always had it at or near 88.3 MHz since the late 80's.
88.3 MHz (LPR) “Rocket 88.3”, Ft. Pierce; per J. Gualda, July, 2006. Format is Soul/Oldies/Blues/Rock, located in the White City/Ft. Pierce area.
88.3 MHz (LPR) "Radio Salvation", Lake Worth; low power Spanish-language Christian station, active since January, 2003. Moved to 87.9 MHz due to 88.3 MHz interference.
88.3 MHz (LPR) "Visitor Information Radio", Pompano Beach; discovered by T. Simon, August, 1998. Heard by the editor the same month with a 50-second male loop, announcing "... right here at Sands Harbor in beautiful Pompano Beach and surrounding areas...". Very low power, but good level on US-1 at Atlantic Blvd.
88.3 MHz (LPR) "Happy Days Restaurant", Pompano Beach; low power parking lot service for curbside listening with 'classic rock' and sometimes live programming, active evenings mostly. First located by Russ Scotka from Margate.
88.3 MHz (LPR) “Base 88.3”, Miami; once active in Miami-Dade County.
88.3 MHz (LPR) "Fiebre Latina 88.3", Miami; West Calle Ocho area, stereo, CD tracks with long salsas, technolatinos. Strong at the Turnpike, but pretty much faded by Avenida Reagan to the east. No announcements. Confirmed still active in September, 1998 and observed using this identification by the editor. However, not heard in June, 2000 by the editor and suspect inactive or moved due to licensed Spanish gospel WIRP, Pennsuco now on the channel.
88.3 MHz (LPR) "88.3 L. P. Evans Radio", Miami; the Miami Herald's "Neighbors" section recently featured an article about a company called Drive-Buy Broadcasting, which sells micro-transmitters for businesses to advertise themselves on the radio. A photo that included this station name is presumably a reference to the area Nissan dealer. Suspect inactive or moved due to licensed Spanish gospel WIRP, Pennsuco now on the channel.
88.3 MHz (LPR) "Esserman Radio", Miami; low power propaganda FM at Esserman Acura (next to the Miami International Mall on NW 107th Ave.), and also bordering SR 836. Weak, extolling the virtues of Esserman's Acura sales and service staffs. Since June, 1998. Suspect inactive or moved due to licensed Spanish gospel WIRP, Pennsuco now on the channel.
88.3 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #11. "In an age where Drive-In movies are perishing, the $wap Shop has only been growing, and now sports no less that 13 different theatres in this large flea market by day/drive-in by night complex. I might add that these are very micro transimtters, audible only from within the complex-proper. There are two cases where the same frequency is used for two different movies/theatres. You can park in one theatre, see one movie, and peek at the adjacent theatre at te same time. For added effect, I brought along an old Drive-In movie theatre speaker I bought at a consignment shop, and hooked it up to the DX-392." (T. Simon, December 30, 1997)
88.3 MHz (LPR) unidentifed, Miami-area; black gospel, per C. Dunne, February, 1997.
88.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; T. Becker reports that licensed WIRP 88.3, Pennsuco (West Miami), was preceded by a 500W automated pirate from atop a 600-foot downtown building to chase away many pirates before WIRP's testing; it very effectively covered all of Dade County for a few months. The ERP was reduced and the antenna was relocated after a private complaint from TV6 (which saw herringbones on their downtown studio video air monitors), and was removed from the air a few months later after official complaints by both FIU's 88.1 applicant (not yet on the air but envious) and an 88.5 high school station in Broward County which falsely claimed interference. The operator apologized, the complaints were dismissed, and WIRP commenced operation shortly thereafter on a clear channel.
88.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale area; hardcore gangsta rap near I-75/I-595. Stereo, strong. July, 1998.
88.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lake Worth; Kreyol format, noted since October, 2000 by K. Simon in the Lake Worth Road area. Moved to 92.5 by March, 2001.
88.5 MHz (LPR) Trail Drive-In, Lake Worth; audible about a half-block from the theater, per K. Simon.
88.5 MHz (LPR) "McRadio", West Palm Beach; McDonalds restaurant, Belvedere Road, two blocks west of US-1. With the "special at the Golden Arches," fades two blocks away, per K. Simon, January, 1999.
88.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lake Worth; noted irregularly since August, 1999 by L. Vencl and K. Simon. Emitting from a church, airing Spanish gospel format.
88.5 MHz (LPR) Trail Drive-In, Lake Worth; at Lake Worth Road west of Congress Ave. Gets out over a mile.
88.5 MHz (LPR) "WMTL", Lake Worth; see 90.5 MHz.
88.5 MHz (LPR) "R-C-H", Florida City; while not heard in June, 2003 by the editor, note the 1610 kHz "La Unica 16-10/Radio R-C-H" entry! FM was heard by D. Crawford with Haitian format of konpas, stereo, live call-ins, "Er-Se-Asch" identifiers, July, 1998. Possibly the same one noted by the editor in June, 1997. Then with Kreyol, konpa music, peaking around SW 216th St. on the Florida Turnpike. Presumably the same "R-C-H Haitian Community Radio" group quoted in an August 15, 1999 Tampa Tribune article as participating in an environmental campaign to block industrial development of the area around the old Homestead Air Force Base.
88.5 MHz (LPR) Drive-In Christian Church, Daytona Beach Shores; see 680 entry.
88.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Unidad Cristiana/WRUC", Orlando; (see 88.9 MHz and 91.7 MHz).
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; reportedly a very low power signal, near Edgewater High School, running Christian format programming, unconfirmed. Information via Rick Harrison, January, 1996.
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; unauthorized relay of WUCF-AM carrier current 640 outlet, set up by WUCF's student chief engineer around 1985 timeframe. Located on top of the UCF Library building, running about one watt. Engineer was fired by the broadcasting department chairman as a result. Not to be confused with the legitimate WUCF-FM on 89.9 MHz.
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lake Worth; inactive June, 2002, per K. Simon. Was audible on the Turnpike from Lake Worth up to PGA Blvd. Mono and overmodulated. Keyol announcers with English house, Kreyol konpa and Spanish Latin music. Since July, 1998 and was active mostly weekends.
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; noted in December, 2002 by R. Nervous, not related to WAYA. Strong on I-95 and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Live dj's, live phone calls and in stereo. Hardcore gangster rap (uncensored), live in the evenings and automated in the mornings, and appear to be 24/7. "A station ID was heard but it was garbled and they mentioned something about Jamz 105.1 FM, that's all that I could make out."
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified/"WAYA-FM 88.7 Stereo"/"F-M Sur", West Palm Beach; Latin format active here since at least March, 1999, weekends only, per L. Vencl. Previously, this frequency was the home for "WAYA," airing Latin music and commercials for the Latin community. Closed by federal agents in April, 1998. Had been active since January, 1998. "F-M Sur" slogan heard by K. Simon in January, 1999, possibly the same station, and see also the Lake Worth entry (mybe also the same).
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; per R. Scotka, November, 2004: non-stereo FM, DJ'd mostly nights w/mixed bag of rap/R&B/reggae. Automated CD changer...[DF'ed to a location just off of Powerline Road]. Antenna, a base loaded whip with short radials, was barely 20' in the air. No sign of operators. Possibly the same as the unidentified, North Lauderdale area station heard September, 2002, with reggae music with no announcements, noted pre-dawn and through afternoon, interfering with licensed WDNA. And in January, 2004, rap and a promo for a show noted on this channel by J. Santosuosso. Strong at Commercial Blvd. and Federal Hwy.
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lauderhill; raided by the FCC on October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0186.
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Delray Beach; raided by the FCC on October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0181.
88.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Broward County; mono, English Afro-American sermon, on the eastern Sawgrass Expressway extension. July, 1998.
88.7 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #5. See 88.3 MHz for details.
88.7 MHz (LPR) "Citi-FM", Miami; Haitian Kreyol, strong, takes calls. Discovered by H. Johnson, December, 2003.
88.7 MHz (LPR) "88 point 7", Miami; huge mono signal heard by the editor from Key Biscayne in June, 1997. Nonstop rap and Jamaican 'toasting' music, Afro-American dj taking continuous calls atop the alleged music. Covers central/north Miami-Dade County local quality per further observations. Presume the one that was raided in July, 1998 by the FCC in "North Miami".
88.7 MHz (LPR) Radio Unica, Miami; in the West 29th Street vicinity, believed to be an STL/cueing transmitter, as audible in a small area of Hialeah near Unica's temporary studios. Believed inactive since the move to the new facilities.
88.7 MHz (LPR) "The Real FM", Boca Raton; raided by the FCC in December, 1997 at Palmetto Park and 441. Operated for about three months with an urban format. Relocating and may return.
88.9 MHz (LPR) "Radio Unidad Cristiana/WRUC", Orlando; Spanish evangelical and cultural programming. Moved early summer, 1997 from original 88.7 MHz do to activation of Clermont-Orlando "La Mega, Tu Poder Hispano" (Spanish format) on 88.7 MHz. Plans on moving soon to 91.7 MHz (see).
89.1 MHz (LPR) Dade City Motor Cross; located at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. As of November, 2010: operates race information and some music during race days, usually Thursday and Saturday. Per John M., "I located what appears to be a Comet 5/8 wave antenna on the sports booth... A sign at the ticket booth advertises the signal at 89.1." Noted by the editor in May, 2013, with an unstable frequency, low modulation and nonstop Classic Rock with gaps between, as if iPOD sourced. John M. indicates he may be looking at repairing this for them.
89.1 MHz (LPR) Auburndale Speedway; auto racing.
89.1 MHz (LPR) "WGES", Miami; per L. Vencl, November, 2003: "located at... S.W. 8th Street... format: Latin music, all Spanish. Just west the Florda Turnpike off of SR 41. On top of building, using two vertical dipoles.... This operation is causing interference to WXEL 90.7 FM Licensed in Palm Beach County. Anywhere within 7-8 miles near the building, WXEL is not receivable. Bandwidth occupation is excessive, only making the interference that much more apparent. Field strength measurement below is with 1/4 wave dipole at 12 feet away. I did hear a call sign for this station, and it sounded like "WGES", which happens to have a CP in Key Largo (Genesis Broadcasting Corp.) several miles south of this location. I may have heard it wrong, but in either case, a CP for 90.9 MHz could not happen at that location anyway." Heard days later by H. Johnson, who reports it in the same vicinity with mono signal, "Urban and Top 40, taking calls with requests. Spash from the 88.9 serious jazz station. When the announcer keys the mike, it mutes the music."
89.1 MHz (LPR) “89.1”, Ft. Lauderdale; located by R. Scotka in November, 2004 at a warehouse on NW 1st. Street. The tower is on the NE part of the roof at the corner of NW 8th Ave. and NW 1st Street. Essentially, the 89.1 group is using a 75' triangular mast with 4 VHF dipoles all oriented to the west. Lots of announcements pertaining to a full bar, fumbled air checks, fouled up mixing, etc. Previously noted with live DJ hosted with mixed bag of rap/R&B, theme rotating around sexually explicit lyrics and romantic themes. DJ "Chico" at the helm with ads for a nude revue at "Club 84", usually answering callers with “Wassup, 89?"
89.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified (ex-"Flavor FM"), Lauderhill; per R. Nervous, May, 2004: this space is still being taken up by a station. Very strong and stereo, although I can't be certain that this is the same station that I heard almost a year ago. They are off the air during the day (maybe due to the new law that went in effect in Florida) but appear after 5 p.m. from my observations. They are still doing rap with live dj's and seem to really play a lot of sped-up hip hop songs with live phone calls. As of summer, 2003, they were no longer using the Flavor slogan, also began using stereo and 24/7. The format also changed to hardcore, uncensored rap (live shows) in the afternoons and more of an Urban Top 40 format in the morning with two hosts (City XM radio was noted with Urban Top 40). They also were taking calls on-air and announcing numbers in the afternoons, along with commercials and weekend events. Range is over five miles. Formerly (from November, 2001) mono mode with mostly Jamaican format; broadcasting from an upscale Inverrary apartment. Not determined if any relation to the 91.9 MHz "Flavor 91.9" entry. Status unknown, but not the same location as the “89.1” entry from Ft. Lauderdale.
89.1 MHz (LPR) "Vibes FM", Oakland Park; raided by the FCC on January 15, 1999. Heard by the editor in July, 1998 with nice Indian-flavored Jamaican house music, English announcers.
89.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; raided by the FCC on Septemberr, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0146.
89.1 MHz (LPR) "89.1 FM", Ft. Lauderdale; per a Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel feature by Rafael A. Olmeda (July 30, 2000), this station, operated by "The Wiz," began broadcasting in January, 2000, and voluntarily closed on July 14, 2000 (a day after FCC raids in South Florida). Format was hip-hop, R&B, jazz, gospel and talk, with local commercials for small businesses. Discount cards were distributed to businesses, as well. The station returned to the air in late July, but was raided by the FCC at 7:30 a.m. on August 23, 2000 (per the Sun-Sentinel's August 25th follow-up feature).
89.1 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #1 and #8. See 88.3 MHz for details.
89.1 MHz (LPR) Pro Player Stadium, Miami; carrier current operation. From their official website: "Assisted Listening Devices -- Headsets and receivers for our multi-channel LPB Radio-Aide are available for no charge at the Access Service Center located on the 100 Level (Section 155). Either a driver's license or credit card will be required as a deposit. Guests who choose to bring their own headset and receiver may access the system on the standard FM broadcast band (88-108MHz/FM Channel 89.1)."
89.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; heard January, 1998 by Jay Novello from downtown. Clean mono signal with rap, 70's R&B, preacher comedy routine, racey patter by the announcers. (Affiliated with or a frequency change from the 88.7 MHz Miami entry? Similar format/mode.) Possibly the station that was raided in July, 1998 by the FCC.
89.1 MHz (LPR) "WORC Ocean Reef Club Radio", north Key Largo; off the air by January, 1998 after a visit by the FCC, but returned by February, 1998 to 104.7 MHz, then 104.5 MHz. The operators have also reportedly filed for a license after a visit by the FCC, and claim to have operated several 100 mw transmitters distributed over CATV in various locations, thus making it appear that the signal was strong. They are also on CATV channel 6 with lots of clients, and sell commercial spots for $200 a season. First noted in passing by the editor in June, 1997, while traveling north of US-1 on Card Sound Road, signal vanishing before Homestead. Cool format of lounge lizard 50's/60's music (Dean Martin, Patsy Cline), commercials for private businesses as far south as Islamorada, ID'ing as WORC and WORC Ocean Reef Club Radio. An Internet "BigYellow" search reveals a listing for this as "WORC-FM, 15 Barracuda Lane, Key Largo, FL 33037-3733, 305-367-0000". The Ocean Reef Club is an exclusive (mildly put) private domain on northern Key Largo. From their URL at (with many grammar and typo corrections made): http://www.worz.us/wst_page2.html (August, 2007): Ocean Reef Public Radio is WORZ-LP 104.3 FM and the audio for Ocean Reef & Anglers Cable channels 5 & 77, North Key Largo, Florida. Ocean Reef Public Radio first went on the air November 16th, 1994 on the Ocean Reef Community Cable TV channel as the audio radio station WORC FM. we also aired on 104.5 FM under part 15 of the FCC rules. The station was only heard for the most part on the ORCA cable TV channel. In June of 1999 the Ocean Reef Club leased WORC FM, Inc. with the option to purchase. WORZ was also put on the club audio cable TV channel (channel 77) at that time. At that time WORZ gave a experimental radio station the right to re-air our station on the FM channel so we could be better heard at Ocean Reef. In May of 2001 the club notified WORC FM that they were not going to continue to lease the station and did not want to purchase that station. In June of 2001 Ocean Reef Public Radio was reformed to file for a FCC station license. That file was denied, in January of 2003 and new application was refilled with the FCC the same month with new owners and directors. On December 16th, 2004 WORZ-LP 104.3 FM Ocean Reef Public Radio, Inc. was issued a FFC Construction Permit to build a Low Power FM Radio station on 104.3 FM (Channel 282). On December 28 the Ocean Reef Public Radio notified the FCC that the station was built and applied for our FCC License To Cover FCC form 318. The License To Cover was granted on June 7th, 2004! WORZ-LP is a 501(c)(1) corporation. We depend on donations from our sponsors and others to operate. WORZ-LP 104.3 FM. Ocean Reef Public Radio, is owned by Frank Patterson, WORC FM, INC and other stockholders listed in our public file. Our public file can be seen at our studio location by appointment from October 15th to May 30th. All other times, a copy can be found at the Ocean Reef public library when open. Steven Laros - On Air & Sales 305-367-0097 (Closed May 1st to Sept. 30th) - Tom Schmaus - Sales (305) 367-0097 - John O'Donnell - Site Mgr.305-367-0097 - Leo Ashcraft - FCC Engineer Station - Fax (305) 393-8364. It took ten long years to get this license. The station is run with the most up to date equipment of the industry. We are going to be HD Radio with in the next few years. RDS transmission will start later in 2007. We will be able to do a lot more than just giving you news and information! The web will air WORZ starting December 2007 for Members of Ocean Reef & Anglers Club Only. The fee for member sign up is $25.00 for the first year and $5.00 every year after. You will need to send a copy of your current Ocean Reef Club or Anglers club membership card to WORZ 104.3 FM 24 Dockside Lane PMB 438, North Key Largo, Florida, 33037. If you are listed in the ORCA directory than we can take a check and call you at home with your sign on ID and password. All supporters will get a sign on ID and password at the time of signing up for sponsorship!
89.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Land-O-Lakes; still active as of May, 2004 per a source who wishes anonimity. Per Nervous, this mono station was first heard in December, 2001. Airing pop/CHR format music, fairly weak, around the Dale Mabry and Erlich Road area.
89.3 MHz (LPR) Fun-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop, Tampa; according to a November, 2007 Tampa Tribune feature, there are four functioning screens, sometimes showing separate movies at the same time. The drive-in and swap shop is located at 2302 East Hillsborough Avenue, 813-237-0886. Reference was made to audio on 89.3 MHz, but since multiple screens are used, it is presumed three other channels are used. Anyone know what they are?
89.3 MHz (LPR) "L E O Radio", Tampa; discovered by D. Crawford in May, 2003, identifying as "L E O Radio" in generic American English, right around I-4 and Ybor only, didn't get out well at all. PSA with instructions for picking up and dropping off students at unidentified school on 60th (or maybe 16th) street(?), read by female high school student sounded like. Then into Christian choral music of some sort. Voice mod was xlnt, but music was terribly overmod and hard to make out.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "Jammin' 89.3", Tampa; reappeared late-August, 2003 sporadically, same format, and active again over the 2003 holidays as of editing. Previously not noted since late October, 2002. Was back on the air from a reportedly new location, initially in mono, as of December, 2001. Formerly "Power 89.3 FM -- Urban Community Radio" (switched slogans by July, 2002). Per contributor Nervous, in November, 2001, this station was reportedly visited by the FCC at the transmitter location (a restaurant), and a Notice of Apparent Liability was mailed. First noted briefly by the editor late March, 2000, but reactivated May, 2001. Announced schedule is from Friday afternoons until 6 a.m. Mondays. Stereo, sometimes automated with 70s-80s-90s urban dance, disco and "Old School Power Mix." Lineup has included Caribbean programming by Kzee Sundays 2-4 p.m. and "Caribbean Connection" by Don Jays (who also hosts similar fare on "102.1 FM" St. Petersburg [see entry]). Initially noted airing live audio of BET (Black Entertainment Network), about two seconds behind local Time Warner cable TV. Announcer mentioned being previously active on another frequency (not specified). See also "WZAG" 106.1, 104.3, 98.3 entries.
89.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa Bay; noted by the editor in mid-June, 1998 in Pinellas County, though location undetermined. Nonstop (repeating) hip-hop/rap vocal only. Stereo.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "87.9," Tampa; Philly/oldies format. See 87.9 MHz for details.
89.3 MHz (LPR) “89.3”, Tampa; see 97.3 MHz entry.
89.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; per the Tampa Tribune, October 14, 2006: “...The weak radio signal that carried the spicy and flavorful sounds of Haitian Creole music came to a white-noise end late Thursday night, as authorities pulled the plug on the broadcast and jailed the DJ. The music emanated from a small transmitter tucked inside an apartment north of Tampa. The signal, at 89.3 FM, didn't travel far. But it was heard, indirectly, by federal communications regulators who received a complaint about the unlicensed station. Charged with making an unauthorized transmission of a radio broadcast - a third-degree felony - was 20-year-old Marjorie Voltaire. She was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies, armed with a Federal Communications Commission complaint and a search warrant, stopped by Voltaire's home at 13410 La Place Circle, Apt. 127, while music was being aired, they said. The unemployed native of Haiti was held on $2,000 bail. Voltaire declined to be interviewed Friday. "She was doing fairly regular transmissions," said sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said. "It was just music, Creole music. She was providing entertainment for Creole music fans, but without a license." Seized was about $10,000 worth of broadcasting equipment, including an antenna and electronic gear. From outside the apartment, Callaway said, the antenna looked like any other television dish. The month-long investigation continued Friday, he said, and other people might be arrested…. Locally, pirate radio stations rise and fall based on who has money to buy transmitters and whether they can afford to keep them running. They broadcast mostly from undisclosed locations, often from spare rooms in their homes or from college campuses. They don't want to draw the attention of government officials who can bring criminal charges. Equipment costs can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. In Florida, dozens of private radio broadcasters send signals into the air, mostly on weekends.” This station was reported by T. Burke, September, 2006, while driving on Linebaugh between Dale Mabry and the Vet. Extremely overmodulated. Also heard on Hillsborough, from about Armenia to the Expressway with a sort of island hip-hop in English, and other programming in Kreyol. The songs had a long delay between each track -- CD changer? Note: this channel has has a long history of various Kreyol activity.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "Radyo Galaxie", Tampa; see 106.1 MHz.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "WPRT Frecuencia Musical 89 punto 3", Tampa; raided and closed by federal agents on April 14, 1998. According to the April 15th Tampa Tribune, equipment was seized at the Iglesia Pentecostal Luz Radiante, at 910 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The station formerly broadcast--often up to 24 hours daily--with salsa and merengue, usually automated daytime, though sometimes had live identifications mid-day including "WPRT Ybor City" slogan. Evenings with well-produced live programming. Possibly ex (see) 92.1 MHz.
89.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; heard from February, 1997. Runs evangelical format in Spanish, definitely locally-produced and originated programming. Appears to be roughly south of Sligh Avenue and west of I-275, active daily late afternoons till at least midnight. English church service also noted on this frequency in May, 1997. See other 89.3 Latin entries.
89.3+/- MHz (LPR) "89 point 3 WMLT", Clearwater; now inactive, noted sporadically from August, 30 1997 by the editor. Identified as "89.3", "89.3 WMLT", or "MLT". Mono signal with badly overmodulated audio of hip-hop, rap and male announcer 'rapping' atop the songs with no mixer equipment. Frequency varied and is closer to 89.4 MHz. Traced the signal to the North Greenwood area of downtown Clearwater. Signal covers all of downtown Clearwater and downtown Dunedin. Was active evenings, especially weekends, and the transmitter was noted left on all day (carrier only) once. Probably the equipment merely self-destructed, vs. FCC action.
89.3 MHz (LPR) Molly Goodhead's restaurant, Ozona; low power, was active during business hours, with (mostly) Jimmy Buffett CD's piped over various speakers. The owner showed me the small bar antenna hanging out of the second floor window, as well as another receiving antenna at their restaurant directly across the street. The signal gets out a few blocks on a decent radio, stereo mode. Inactive after the owner sold adjacent property he planned to promote, transmitter status unknown.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "WOLD", Oldsmar; irregular, with 60's-80's Classic Rock. Seems to be inactive now. Often automated, sometimes with live identifications, such as "You're listening to WOLD, downtown Oldsmar, Top of the Bay" and time checks by the proprietor.
89.3 MHz (LPR) Cox Broadcasting, St. Petersburg; detected by the editor in October, 1996 through at least 1998, then with (former) WSUN (620 kHz) audio coverage of a Tampa Bay Lightning match. Signal is clean and mono, but only covers a few blocks at best from the then Koger Center broadcast facilities. Presume this is/was a remote studio-to-transmitter cue, but why it’s on from their facilities isn’t clear.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "WSAI" (possibly St. Petersburg); inactive. Since at least November, 1995, a station appeared here--usually in the evenings--with Caribbean music format and an Afro-American type male announcer, identifying as "WSAI". Signal seemed to be strongest in the Gateway vicinity of northern St. Petersburg, full stereo. "SAI" as in Saint Petersburg?
89.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Seminole; November, 2001 update: not heard by the editor or contributor "Nervous" for several weeks. Inactive? (I'll have to drive by sometime to see if the mast is still there.) First noted by the editor since early April, 1999. In July, 2000 DF'ed by the editor to a nice subdivision home located in unincorporated Seminole (west of Lake Seminole and north of Park Blvd.). Nonstop classic punk rock songs format, along with a few urban, alternative, American Indian and reggae tracks (possibly at times cycling via MP3 or similar). No identifications ever noted. Often active daily from mid-afternoon though late evening/eves. Stereo, good quality, and probably running more power than appears due to rather small antenna.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "Old-Town Radio", Kissimmee. See 89.5 MHz and 660 kHz entries.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "Rare Sixties Radio", Lakeland; confirmed raided by the FCC in November, 2003 and now silent. This reactivated - at least sporadically -- as of June, 2002 per J. Santosuosso. Was inactive as of October, 2001. Reported by R. Bechtel, November, 1999, and confirmed by J. Santosuosso and D. Potter. Subsequently confirmed active since at least October, 1999. Stereo, with automated all late-50's/early-60's rock music, sporadic announcements, referencing the song and vinyl record labels. Includes recorded identifications, along with vintage commercials, station identifications and even listener testimonials by oldie musicians (i.e., a former member of the The Sevilles who lives in Clearwater). Power variable, but often with a nice signal throughout the area. First moved briefly to the alternate frequency of 87.9 MHz January 1, 2000, but returned to 89.3 days later. Noted with huge signal in the Lake Alfred/Winter Haven/Lake Wales area by the editor in January, 2001. Suspect the location is somewhat ESE of Lakeland-proper. The format (all the way down to the vintage commercials) is nearly identical to the former "Old Towne Radio" (see 660 kHz), however, a reliable source indicates the operator morphed this into a licensed operation on AM in Kissimmee which -- until a few years ago -- ran the oldies format before being sold and switching to current Spanish. See also 89.5 MHz unidentified Kissimmee.
89.3 MHz (LPR) "CHAZ 89.3" (and/or) Jim Bob's Gas and Shrimp, Chassahowitzka; December, 2001: I saw a very new-looking bumper sticker on a late model pickup truck in St. Petersburg: “CHAZ 89.3 Chassahowitzka, Fla.” (black lettering on white background). At first, I thought it was Canadian call letters, till I saw the smaller city/town underneath the calls/frequency. Could this be the same as the following old entry?: Jim Bob's Gas and Shrimp, Chassahowitzka; an irregular low power operation with "Jay's Karaoke" (Friday and Saturday nights), "Dave's Fishin' Report" and a wet T-shirt contest (Sundays). Stereo.
89.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Jacksonville; per A. Nonny Moose, July, 2001: odd stereo open carrier, seemingly strongest on the northside, but audible most everywhere in Jacksonville. Presumably unrelated to the Construction Permit for a religious translator in St. Augustine, as inaudible in that area.
89.5 MHz (LPR) "Magique FM", Orlando; DFed to a small strip center ( July, 2001), with mostly Haitian businesses such as Rapide Transfert, at Oak Ridge Road and Winegard. Actual business hosting the station unconfirmed. Their tethered stick is maybe 60-feet high behind the building. Lots of konpa music, live announcer, long commercial blocks. Stereo. See 91.7 MHz old entry, as well as "Radio New Star" on 91.7. First reported June, 2001 by Mr. A. Nonny Moose, and possibly the same one as briefly-active stations on 90.1, 91.3 and 93.9 MHz, previously.
89.5 MHz (LPR) “Swan Lane Christmas Radio”, Safety Harbor; [slogan is my designation] confirmed active on a December 15, 2006 drive-by. The address is 2121 Swan Lane. Transmitter brought up at 5:55 p.m. EST, a few minutes after the “tune to” sign lights were turned on, with nonstop Christmas music; stereo. Two handmade signs with electric lights border are on the property. Truly Part 15: the signal just covers the small corner lot, and is lost after about 600 feet. In the St. Petersburg Times, December 11, 2006: “Bob and Maggie Morrison decorate their house and yard with lights and lighted displays, featuring more than 10,000 lights, all set to music. Ten songs are programmed to the lights, and visitors can listen either on the Morrisons’ speakers or by tuning their car radios to 89.5 FM. Two of the most popular songs are Winter of Wizard and Christmas in Sarajevo, “which really make the lights dance,” Bob Morrison writes. A computer controls 48 plug-ins connected by more than 4,000 feet of extension cords. Lights are on from 6 to 10 p.m. through Friday [December 15th] and from 6 to 11 p.m. thereafter. Santa will make an appearance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Christmas eve.”
89.5 MHz (LPR) “Old-Town Radio”, Kissimmee; update: still here, as heard by D. Crawford, July, 2012 (seemingly streamed programming) and previously in January, 2007 with usual 50’s/60’s oldies, stereo; first noted on FL-417 southeast side, overtaking the gospel station [“Rock-It Radio” -- TLK] all the way to Celebration, then back along US-192, peaking right in front of Old-Town. Heard by the editor in early February, 2006 while passing through the area (I-4 at Exit 64A and 64 – US-192 area). Sounded just like “Old -Town Radio” to me, and subsequently confirmed, alternate to last 95.9 MHz. Initial log, per a reporter, December, 2005: “I heard [this] on 89.5 MHz with coverage running about five miles, peaking near Old Town on 192. It is all oldies, with a few jingle drops from old-time radio stations. It reminded me a lot of the oldies pirate heard over in Tampa/Clearwater (where I live) last year on 87.9 MHz and 89.3 MHz. The station was on until 11 p.m., and then would go quiet, still with the carrier on. It looks like it might be the same guy who you [Terry Krueger] have noted on 660 kHz and 95.9 MHz [and 89.3 MHz “Rare 60’s Radio”]. I heard the station every day I was in the area, November 20-27, 2005.
89.5 MHz (LPR) USA International Speedway, Lakeland; active whith auto racing coverage during scheduled events. Confirmed active by the editor in October, 1997 (open carrier only as no major events were taking place then). A large red and white sign, referencing this frequency, is located at the gates. Originally reported as on 89.3 MHz.
89.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; per R. Nervous, November, 2002: apparently emanating fron the downtown area. Live dj's, announces a phone number. Stereo, slightly overmodulated from time to time. Format is hardcore gangster rap in the evening, and in the morning they were playing more of an R&B style.
89.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Plantation; raided by the FCC on October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0173.
89.5 MHz (LPR) "One Love FM", Sunrise area; stereo, reggae/dance hall/house music and studio number announced. September, 1998.
89.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified; Ft. Lauderdale; busted by the FCC in June, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0109 for details.
89.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; per H. Johnson, December, 2003. Rap/Urban format, no ID.
89.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Oakland Park; The operator turned himself in, according to BSO Case Number BS12-6-1857 and the following, from the BSO website: "...The man, who disrupted the soothing sounds of classical radio station 89.7 FM with the unexpected beats of rap music, turned himself in at Broward Sheriff’s Main Jail on Aug. 8, 2012. Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from a listener of WKCP Classical South Florida. Instead of hearing the usual symphonies and sonatas, the station’s airwaves were blaring with the sounds of rap music and “vulgar speech and lyrics.” Investigators obtained an address to a warehouse where the illegal operation was being housed and served a search warrant in mid-July. Though the suspect, Romayne Davis, 32, was not on the premises at the time, detectives recovered a computer, transmitter and other radio broadcasting equipment. He had been renting the warehouse and broadcasting his signal from 89.5 FM since March 2012. This past Wednesday, Davis, the DJ of Joker Boy Entertainment, turned himself in to face one count of unauthorized transmission/interference with a public radio station. He has since been released on bond."
89.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Walton Beach; per G. Bishop, a micro-broadcaster was active here during the summer of 1997, but closed after an FCC inspection.
89.9 MHz (LPR) "WVPB La Voix des Palm Beaches", Lake Worth; presumably inactive, but a now-dead web site was located on April, 2003 by D. Crawford for this.
89.9 MHz (LPR) "89.9 Brisas del ???", Tifton, Georgia; discovered by the editor in May, 2006: on the I-75 return home pass, 24 May: Spanish audio popped up around Exit 75, a few miles north of Tifton. Signal peaked to good level at Tifton. Mention of "Chiapas" and Mexican instrumentals, one female canned "89 punto 9 Brisas del --- " at 1:30 p.m. ET, just before the signal was lost a couple of miles south of Tifton. No LPFM listing on www.fcc.gov/lpfm, assuming they didn't miss entering something on the database. If not, then this must be a Tifton-area pirate.
90.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Amor, Poder y Gracia", Tampa; raided and closed by federal agents on April 14, 1998. According to the April 15th Tampa Tribune, equipment was seized from a home at 1210 E. 24th Ave. The station was heard from December, 1996. Strong signal from east Tampa through downtown, active late afternoons (earlier on Sundays) onward with Spanish evangelical format, locally-produced. Includes 'underwriting' spots for local Latin businesses, and announces two studio numbers. Often noted with simple "Radio Amor" slogan. Also noted airing Kreyol language Christian-oriented phone-in talk and music program Saturday nights.
90.1 MHz (LPR) Manatee High School, Bradenton; reported by a poster on the Tampa radio-info.com board, September, 2011. School address: 902 33rd Ct. West.
90.1 MHz (LPR) "Temple Radio 90.1" Temple Baptist Church, Lakeland; located on possibly the first day of broadcast (November 10, 1998) by J. Santosuosso, on Lakeland-Highland Road, back on since October, 2000 after a period of inactivity. A sign in front of the church advertises the station, which has a very limited range under Part 15 compliance (signal dies just beyond the church, but the audio is very clean). Looped announcement, advising caution when picking up children at the affiliated school, along with business sponsorship segments. Untraced for sometime. In the past, primarily active when church and classes are in session, then sometimes with live coverage for the nearby facilities.
90.1 MHz (LPR) "Info Radio", Gainesville (mobile); detected by D. Crawford in August, 1997 near the Gainesville Oaks Mall, evidentaly a mobile operation, but the signal disappeared before Crawford was able to locate it. Two-three minute male loop, advertising the "Portable Info Radio Broadcaster... We can turn any vehicle or business into an FM broadcast station..." Said to call 352-379-5927 24 hours/day for more information. When called, the outfit refers to itself as "GTI", with a voice-mail essentially the same as the on-air message.
90.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Margate/Coral Springs; noted September, 2002 with Kreyol format, island music and live kreyol news. Great signal.
90.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami; raided by the FCC on October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0178.
90.1 MHz (LPR) "------ FM", Miami; huge stereo signal throughout all of metro Miami-Dade County with Kreyol programming of konpa, many ads (including "Big Moma Creole" restaurant). ID's uncopiable, but always ended in "FM" (English phrasing).
90.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Florida City; a few blocks from the 90.9 operation, January, 1998. Presume the station that was raided in July, 1998 by the FCC.
90.5 MHz (LPR) "Radio Melodie FM", Orlando; a new one, heard by the editor in February, 2009. Haitian kreyòl programming, live local dj taking badly-patched call-ins wit no limiters or processing, Haitian pop vocals, short live-read store commercial plugs. At first the ID's sounded like Radio Etoile (Star) FM, but closer listens seemingly as Melodie. Barely audible near Lake Ivanhoe, but peaking with a big signal on I-4 near the John Young Parkway exit, so located in southwest Orlando. In this area, the signal was bleeding down on 90.3. Probably doing the same on 90.7 but the local station here blocked that.
90.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; reported by D. Grubbs in the Central Florida Listeners' Group, May, 2001. No voice announcements, all-reggae in the John Young Parkway/S.R. 50 vicinity. Audible for only one to two miles, active late afternoons (6 p.m.+).
90.5 MHz (LPR) "WMTL", Lake Worth; per the operator in July, 1999, this is now inactive and will not return due to a direct lightning strike; cannot afford repair costs. Since May, 1999, rock music and harder format nights. Had moved around frequently, previously appearing on 96.5, 91.5, 91.7, 88.7, 88.5 (where it was long-active, appearing when WKPX, Plantation signed off) and 88.3 MHz, according to K. Simon.
90.5 MHz (LPR) The Boardwalk at Inverrary, Sinrise; served a Notice of Unlicensed Operation after a September 5, 2008 visit by the Miami office of the FCC. Served to MSRH Boardwalk, LLC per Case Number EB-08-BS-0137.
90.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; strong around I-95 and Commecial Blvd. with Spanish format, per K. Simon, October, 2000.
90.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Immokalee; noted by the editor in June, 2000 in mono mode with nonstop Kreyol preacher. Audible as far south on State Road 29 as the first panther crossing sign. Spills over on 90.3 and 90.7 in downtown Immokalee.
90.5 MHz (LPR) "The Underground", West Palm Beach; here since August, 1998. Weak signal, alternative format. Ex-96.3 MHz, maybe under a new owner since the location has moved slightly. Increased power in October, 1998, stereo.
90.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; per K. Simon, this one was first noted late October, 1999, with an all-reggae format and no announcements. Strong WXEL (90.7 MHz) interference.
90.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; mono, since March, 1998. Spanish, Latin music format.
90.7 MHz (LPR) “Energy FM”, Miami; raided on June 14, 2006 by the FDLE goon squad. Haitian Kreyol programming. According to local channel 4 TV, one Bertral Pierre was charged with operating a station without a license.
90.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified; Miami; visited by the FCC on September 11, 2008. Reference FCC Case Number EB-08-MA-0152.
90.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; raided by the FCC on October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0175.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; Haitian Kreyol operation discovered by the editor in September, 2005. Stereo. Audible through downtown Tampa on the Crosstown Expressway and south. Still audible in Brandon, though poorer with adjacent-channel splatter. Kreyol DJ, kompas, and later with a preacher.
90.9 MHz (LPR) Manatee High School, Bradenton; reported active by a poster on the Tampa radio-info.,com board in November, 2010. Located at 902 33rd Ct. W.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; first heard by our anonymous contributor in March, 2001. Mono, with non-stop Jamaican reggae, ska, etc. No announcements heard. Good signal, originating from the west side of town. Licensed WMFE-FM is only one channel down, on 90.7 MHz. Unclear if related to rap format noted October, 2001 by D. Crawford.
90.9 MHz (LPR) “Radyo Zantiy Entènasyonal”, Palm Bay; raided by the FDLE on May 11, 2006. Per D. Crawford, November 16, 2005: “Shaun W. was able to hear this one quite well in Indialantic; suspect actual location is Palm Bay, across the river from him on the mainland, based on the local demographics. He dubbed an mp3 and sent it to me for decipherment, and the ID seems to be Radio Antilles Internationales (Radyo Zantiy Entènasyonal) from one quick/mumbled ID. Running konpa, lots of local voice ads (all Palm Bay, best I could tell), some evangelical, and even some Christmas music already. There is an identically named station in Haiti proper, but this doesn't seem to be a relay, and there's no web feed from the island to check. (Initial report in November, 2005 indicated a Haitian Kreyol station operating here.)
90.9 MHz (LPR) "The Heat FM--90.9 WFLX", St. Petersburg; first heard here by the editor since late November, 1998. Stereo, with overdriven signal and a format of urban, Caribbean dancehall and rap. Announced schedule as 6 p.m. to 12 midnight (and confirmed, varying somewhat). Vanished after a few months until November, 2000, when reactivated on new 102.1 as "102.1 WFLX -- Southside Radio." See also 99.1 MHz Southside Radio, St. Petersburg, which is/was presumably affiliated or the same operator.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; per R. Nervous, June, 2002: hip-hop with live DJ's in the afternoons and a strong signal in mono. Appears to be a 24/7 operation. Good quality sound and gave out a local phone number, but they were not taking calls on the air. Also, gave out a Hotmail e-mail address to take requests of questions.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, south Palm Beach County; heard December, 1998 by D. Crawford around Yamato Road with Spanish call-ins.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Coral Springs; per Bob B. in June, 2004: a Gangsta Rap format station with no heard slogans or announcers is operating here, and causing considerable adjacent-channel interference with licensed WXEL on 90.7 MHz.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; busted January, 2009. Case Number EB-08-MA-0230. One of the below?
90.9 MHz (LPR) “Passion FM”, Ft. Lauderdale; per B. Harrison, Haitian Kreyol format. “Their web page does not list the location but one phone number listed to call is a (954) number. One section of their web site lists the frequency as “90.1” but the other pages list it as “90.9”. Most of the web pages have a “Coming Soon” sign posted which leads me to believe they are a new pirate and just throwing the web site together. Confirmed program with their live internet feed (http://radiopassionfm.com/).” There also appears to be a Spanish station possibly nearer to Pompano Beach.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; DFed to a Sunrise Blvd. location in February, 2004 by R. Scotka and assistant, airing Jamaican and EZL R&B tunes, live announcements. Appears to be aimed at the Caribbean part of the county, Lauderhill et. al. with a pretty good signal over most of west-central to northwest portions of the county.
90.9 MHz (LPR) "Action Radio", Ft. Lauderdale; stereo, noted by the editor in September, 1998 with Caribbean dance hall/house format, sometimes identifies as "Action 99" as well, with on-air calls and commercial spots. Some interference from 91.9 Mhz "Flavor 91.9" micro. Per a Ft. Lauderdale Sentinel-Sun feature by Rafael A. Olmeda (July 30, 2000), a station on this frequency was raided on July 13, 2000. No slogan was referenced, however I am presuming this is the victim based on the location vs. my past approximate location reception.
90.9 MHz (LPR) "90.9 FM", Ft. Lauderdale; per the Miami Herald (July 23, 2000), gangster rap format, live dj's, promotions for local gatherings. Raided by the FCC and Broward County Sheriff's Department in June. The location was at a warehouse near NW 6th St. and 22nd Rd. The staff escaped, however, and briefly returned to the air in mobile manner from a van. Then on July 13th, the signal was traced to a location in the 2200 block of NW 19th St. Again, equipment (30-foot antenna, a transmitter, CD players, etc.) was confiscated, but the air staff was gone. Expected to return again, be it mobile or fixed.
90.9 MHz (LPR) "The 909", Ft. Lauderdale; per an area contributor in November, 2001: located in a Prospects area junkyard, using a pair of stacked vertical dipoles at 30 feet. Call-ins, rap format, 3-4 mile radius.
90.9 MHz (LPR) "The Underground", Sunrise area; stereo, alternative/hardcore format, live announcers. July, 1998.
90.9 MHz (LPR) "W.I.C.S.", Hialeah; per T. Simon, March, 1999: sign in front of the Immaculate Conception School advertises this Part 15 station (the sign has 'periods' between the letters). Reportedly staffed by students, and appears to be active during school hours.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; Rap/Urban format, no ID, per H. Johnson, December, 2003.
90.9 MHz (LPR) "Energy 90.9", south Miami; per T. Simon, September, 1998.
90.9 MHz (TIS) "Dadeland Radio WDLD", Kendall; very low power commercial operation, heard mostly in the parking lot of the Dadeland Mall. Male and female in English, advertising several of the Mall's tenants in an approximately eight-minute loop, and ofering discounts and tie-ins to customers who hear ads on Dadeland radio. This is set up by a company called Mall Radio, which aparently specializes in TIS's for shopping malls. Thanks to T. Simon for the background information.
90.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Florida City; a few blocks from the 90.3 operation. January, 1998.
90.9 MHz (LPR) "WROC", Davie; hard rock format, confirmed January, 1998. Began in October, 1997, over-deviated signal. Presume the station that was raided in July, 1998 by the FCC.
90.9 MHz (LPR) "WLUV-FM", Homestead; gospel, closed by the FCC June, 1998.
91.1 MHz (LPR) "91.1", Ft. Lauderdale; stereo, noted in September, 1998 by the editor with reggae/house/dance hall format, simple "91.1" identifications. Most announcements with heavy reverb. many of the same store ads as 89.5 MHz "Action Radio". Presume the sam one DFed by R. Scotka and assistant in February, 2004 to a NW 42nd Ave. location, just off 441/SR-7. "Pretty strong and bled over onto 90.9 when we passed by... they played rap and UC mostly, with rapidfire call-ins [from] listeners... [didn't use] any sort of established name short of "91.1" -- using their frequency as a self-reference."
91.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami-Dade County; Jamaican house/rap, audible at Sawagrass Expressway at 441. Maybe the same one noted in the southern part of the county with fast English merengue. July, 1998.
91.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach area; stereo, noted by the editor with gangsta rap, live dj, June, 1999.
91.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; noted by the editor on 9 February, 2008 per C. Cook phone tip, with nonstop gangsta rap, poor level while in the SR-436/I-4 vicinity. The next day, excellent in the parking lot of the ham radio convention at the Central Florida Fairgrounds east of Orlando on SR-50. Signal remained excellent until near FL-429 when it began to break up some, so it appears to be in extreme east Orlando or near Ocoee. A long history of gangsta rap stations on this channel, as documented in separate entries on this page. Similar format heard a year later, fading north of the Fairgrounds. Same station? Presumably the one busted by the FCC, as per this feature: Police Bust Alleged Gang-Promoting Radio Station Men Worked Station Out Of Bedroom WESH.com via BO-MSNBC.com: , Sat., March. 7, 2009 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Gang units with the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested two men they said were illegally broadcasting a gang-promoting radio show. The sheriff's deputies said they took down an illegal, vulgar gang-promoting radio station and arrested the man behind the microphone on Friday. Police said 20-year-old Balthazard Senat's pirate radio station had illegally tapped into 91.3 FM. DJs behind the microphone had their own rules and regulations as they broadcasted from a bedroom at a home on 30th Street off South Orange Blossom Trail. The radio station's "Street Heat" broadcast could be heard anywhere in Orange County. Police said Senat had been cursing and using derogatory language on the air for about three months. "There are no sentences in this stuff that they're putting out that didn't have vulgar language, didn't have some demeaning language towards women, towards people," said Sgt. Mike Gibson. Gibson said the radio show covered "where to buy drugs, where to buy prostitutes and what gang to be a member of." One listener wasn't a fan and helped shut the station down by calling authorities. Detectives worked with the Federal Communications Commission to track down the home. "Violence toward women, just a very violent form of entertainment that we don't need in this area and these kids don't need to hear it," Gibson said. The FCC monitored the airwaves and spotted a cable and antenna in a tree leading right into the home. Inside, investigators found Senat smoking marijuana while on the air. He and DJ Christopher Robert Roth were both arrested and charged with unauthorized transmission and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. "They're promoting violence," Gibson said. "When you promote violence, the robberies go up, the homicides go up, people become victims of crimes."
91.3 MHz (LPR) "91.3", Orlando; per R. Nervous, October, 2002: now interfering with WPRK (91.5 MHz) just south of the downtown Orlando area. This station is doing the same thing that "The "Crump" 91.7 MHz station was doing when they were located on 91.3 MHz. First noted by the editor in September, 2002. All English Caribe format, with program blocks of old reggae and soca, and dancehall in the evening. Lots of recorded commercials, all by staff with Caribbean accents, live announcers. Stereo, with a very big and clean signal. The signal begins to break up at the EPCOT/Downtown Disney area on I-4. Appears to have moved to 93.5 MHz (see "93.5" entry).
91.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; July, 2005, per D. Crawford: another new Orlando Haitian Kreyol, playing short fragmented konpa loop repeatedly, strong downtown.
91.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; July, 2005, per D. Crawford, heard co-channel with the Orlando Haitian Kreyol station, airing Heavy Metal music format.
91.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; noted by D. Crawford, July, 2002 from the Florida east coast (storm "anvil scatter" reception), porn-rap format. New, or "Crump" (see entry) reactivation?
91.3 MHz (LPR) "91.3/Crump 91.3/WDME", Orlando; D. Crawford, August, 2002: noted IDing as just "91.3." Per R. Nervous, from April, 2002, moved to 91.7 MHz, presumably to stop interfering with WPRK on 91.5 MHz. as of January, 2002, in mono and on extended schedule, per R. Nervous. noted by the editor in July, 2001 with urban/rap, live dj, "WDME" slogan ID. Presume ex-"Underground" and before that, "Dogg Pound Radio." Our anonymous contributor in Orlando informs us of this station (active since at least August 15, 2000) on the west side of town, possibly the Pine Hills area. Black soul/urban/disco format. Confirmed identification by D. Crawford, December, 2000. Most active daytimes and weekdays, and sometimes they leave the carrier open for hours on end without music, and lately very irratic. Formerly on 91.7 MHz (see frequency for additional information). Interfered with WPRK, the Rollins College 1 kW licensed station.
91.5 MHz (LPR) "WRAD", Jacksonville; per R. Nervous, October, 2002: the FCC apparently just visited a Jacksonville station located on 91.5 FM, "WRAD." There was not an Notice of Apparent Liability issued, but they just dropped by and there were no seizures.
91.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Polk City; noted by D. Crawford, May, 2004. Appears to be located south of Polk City. Mono, with French [apparent] Internet feed, audio interruptions. Also heard by J. Santosuosso with Spanish programming, so appears to be a new multi-ethno operation.
91.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Delray Beach; per R. Scotka, June, 2002: mono, with Kreyol programming, bad hum. Posibly the same guys that were using 103.9 MHz for awhile. Also, located by T. Simon, July, 2002 in the US-1/Atlantic Blvd. area, using twoOMB circular polarized antennas on top of an office building, deviation +/- 120 k/c, bery distored, mono with Kreyol format. Very good and guessing 500 watts input.
91.5 MHz (LPR) "WMTV," West Palm Beach; heard December, 2001 with Christmas yule music.
91.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified (formerly "WASP" was here, but moved to 93.3 MHz), North Palm Beach area; again reactivated May, 1999 per L. Vencl. confirmed active January, 1997 by J. Santosuosso. Format of rock music, parody commercials. Audible on the Florida Turnpike about one mile south of Palm Beach County line, fading out just about at the south end of the county. Reportedly raided and closed by the FCC, running 40 watts into a J-pole near North Lake Blvd. and Alt. A1A, near Singers Island. Reportedly raided by federal agents in December, 1998.
91.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; noted by the editor in January, 2014, located on the east side of downtown with a strong signal throughout much of the city. Signal lost on I-4 at Longwood heading NE, and lost midway southbound on FL-429. Mostly soca/reggae automated, but also with a live DJ, no board mixing, hosting a clean rap music segment with mentions of local club sponsors and appearances as heard on a Saturday in the 5 pm hour, then back to automated reggae from 6 pm. Presumably the same one as heard by D. Crawford in December, 2013 and as http://firemixradio.com. Historically a very busy channel for unlicensed operations in Orlando.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "The Crump/Caliente/WDME", Orlando; per R. Nervous, November, 2003: $10,000 forfeiture was issued against "Crump". And May, 2003: "Even after all of the fines and prison time handed out by the FCC in the last couple of weeks in Orlando, Crump 91.7 FM is still on the air. Their signal is a little weaker but still broadcasting and now they are saying that they are on Satellite Radio. Several times Monday night 05/19/03, the DJ was saying that they are broadcasting on a local Orlando satellite radio station. He was encouraging all of the listeners of Crump to buy an XM satellite radio so that they could hear the station 24/7. They don't start the local "pirate" on 91.7 FM until around 5 in the afternoon, but I have heard it on during drivetime in the mornings as well. Apparently, they turn the local broadcast off, when no one is in the station. I have also heard this station at times running MP3's with no DJ's just before 5 PM, probably just before a live dj goes into the studio to broadcast, so they run automated at certain times as well... He mentioned something about an option to select Orlando stations and then find Crump." From April, 2002, moved to 91.7 MHz, presumably to stop interfering with WPRK on 91.5 MHz. Also, now in stereo, and confirmed the same station using the "WDME" slogan as well. (See 91.3 MHz.)
91.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; a Haitian Kreyol, with konpa music and announcements here, as first discovered by D. Crawford, 11 February. Quickly DF'ed this to just a couple of blocks from the former "Radio Godgive" (see 1420 kHz) site. Located at a run-down duplex at Lancaster and Lee Lan (or Lee Ann, depending on which city street sign is the typo). The stick is poorly secured (typical Haitian craftsmanship) to a dead pine tree. Stereo, but very bassy. The editor photographed the antenna from a rundown mercado parking lot located next door.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Magique FM", Orlando; noted by D. Crawford, May, 2000 (then on 95.9 MHz, then 89.5 MHz) with Haitian French and Kreyol format, zouk and kompas music. Another Haitian since appeared here (see entry).
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio New Star," Orlando; slogan for this one finally culled in July, 2001. Kreyol programming, first noted when approaching Orlando with Kreyol gospel, but later with konpa, live DJ and commercials. Finally, a nice ID (English phrased) as "Radio New Star - Star 91.7 FM" as well as several "New Star" references later. DFed to a small strip center on South Orange Blossom Trail. Stick not visible from South Orange blossom Trail due to the restaurant and a sabal palm. Really big signal all over Orlando, even audible east of the town of Christmas on SR-50. Untethered stick antenna, maybe 50-feet up, behind the strip center. Stereo.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Clientele FM", Orlando; heard by D. Crawford, July, 2002. An unidentified was heard here October, 2001, with "Radio Magique FM" active the same time on 89.5, so not the same.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "91.7 Underground" (formerly "97.1 Dogg Pound Radio"), Orlando; mono. Gangsta rap format (occasional live dj's), peaking from I-4 around the 441/South Orange Blossom exit, however still audible throughout Casselberry/Altamonte Springs. Reportedly raided by the FCC January 27, 1998, but noted active since November, 1998. Returned to new channel of 91.3 MHz.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Unidad Cristiana/WRUC", Orlando; future plans to move here. See 88.9 MHz and 88.7 MHz.
91.7 MHz (LPR) WY2XKK, Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation; an FCC authorized experimental license operation, listed at 50 watts, with geographic coordinates placing it on the Reservation land, in the extreme southeast corner of Hendry County (just north of I-75 "Alligator Alley"). If active, I was unable to hear it while on Alligator Alley, or State Road 29 south of Immokalee in June, 2000.
91.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Boynton Beach; rap station, reported by L. Vencl, July, 1999.
91.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, south Palm Beach County; heard in December, 1998 by D. Crawford with Mexican-sounding music format between Yamato and Palmetto Park Roads.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Fromage", Palm Beach; listed on the Konpa Online web site, but unclear as to the source. July, 1998.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Holiday Fantasy of Lights," Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek; update per K. Wolff, April, 2007: Tradewinds Park stopped holding this event a few years ago, so the station is permanently off the air. It was active every year on this frequency throughout the 90’s. Originally reported by T. Simon, Christmas season, 2000: "Tradewinds Park is offering a 'drive-thru' nighttime Christmas Lights display (admission fee). At the entrance, signs read "TUNE TO 91.7 FM FOR CHRISTMAS MUSIC." Format consists of unannounced Christmas songs of all genres. Pretty low power signal, as another micro was cutting in during my drive through. Was also audible from the Turnpike, in the area immediately next to the park, and kept pumpin' the Xmas tunes well after the park had closed and the lights had been turned off for the day."
91.7 MHz (LPR) "The Voice of Peace/'LChaim FM", Ft. Lauderdale; presumably "L'Chaim FM", Ft. Lauderdale; Hebrew, noted on a Sunday only per D. Crawford, November, 2001 (who first heard this in January, 2000). Hebrew and Yiddish language, with both Israeli-Hebrew and Filistin-Arabic vocals. Also airing local restaurant and travel agency commercials. Strong mono signal in north Broward, audible up to Boca Raton. A Miami Herald feature (July 23, 2000) briefly quoted the operator of the station, a native of Israel. Broadcasts from a rented warehouse. Likely the same: a Hebrew format station was here, but closed as a result of FCC action after "The Call" WMKL, Miami complained of co-channel interference. This per the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (April 5, 2003), which stated than one Shlomo Malka was fined $35,000.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Christian Contemporary Rock Radio", Ft. Lauderdale; Christian metal, promos for concerts, etc. at local churches, live identifications. July, 1998.
91.7 (LPR) unidentified, Miami; busted February, 2009. Case Number EB-08-MA-0131
91.7 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #10. See 88.3 MHz for details. (This is the first screen you'll see as you drive in the complex.)
91.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; a report of a Hasidic station operating here--exact frequency not confirmed--in June, 1998.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Fever", Miami; either raided or went silent due to FCC activity on July 28, 1998. Mono. Disco format, advertising, phone number announced. Jingles include "Catch the Fever, It's contagious" and "Miami's hottest dance connection", rather slick production. Best in south Miami and west of Miami International. July, 1998.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "New School Bus", Miami; community-involved, associated with "Hoodstock", a local hip-hop festival, operating out of a converted school bus. Per a Miami Herald feature (August 17, 1997, by Jordan Levin), the station was operated by Raul Medina, Jr., the bus located aside his residence coupled to a 20 foot antenna. Reportedly closed by the DEA and FCC.
91.7 MHz (LPR) "WOWL", Boca Raton; Per the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (April 5, 2003), this has been inactive since March, 2003 due to a co-channel complaint by "The Call" WMKL, Miami. The University plans on attenuating the signal and returning to the air. Supposedly, carrier current operations can only "leak" 200-feet from the transmitting site, per the article. Florida Atlantic University's low power statation was originally on 1610 kHz, but move here in late 1997. Via a call to the station, it was confirmed that the FM power (was) "less than one watt" (reportedly up to two watts ERP now), and the antenna is atop the library. Their web page is quite nice!
91.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami; via R. Nervous, December, 2003: "Along the I-95 corridor from N. Miami to S.Hollywood, I picked this one up. No station identification, just a dj playing techno dance music (nice change from all of the rap in the area). Identified himself as Special K. No station ID's during the break. Horribly overmodulated sound, barely listenable but in stereo. Obviously he is not using a limiter/compresser or he is not sure how to set it. The audio was awful, but he came in clear when he spoke or when there was a bass line."
91.7 MHz (LPR) "Community 91-7", Miami; long inactive, but one of the early FM'ers. Luther Campbell's 1989 operation, which promoted his Pac Jam Teen Disco.
91.7 MHz (LPR) SupaRadio, Miami; ex-104.7 MHz, closed by the FCC August, 1999.
91.9 MHz (LPR) “Listen to the Lights”, Titusville; in conjunction with a Christmas display. Noticed out-of-place open carrier with stereo when driving home from one of infinite series of trips to Lowe’s December 20, 2009. Strong at home on west wire. 2108 GMT, suddenly came to life with “Christmas Attic” by Trans Siberian Orchestra. Drive-by located “Listen to the Lights on 91.9” sign in yard about a mile from the house; gets out a mile before Vero tropo starts breaking through.
91.9 MHz (LPR) "9-1-9 WUPT-FM", Ft, Myers; it is believed that the station referenced at the FCC's document regarding closing and a fine is this staton. A December 14, 2003 feature by Mark Krzos in the (Ft. Myers) News-Press, details this station, which "For nearly a year... has been broadcasting hip-hop and R&B music that no other station could get away with. Turn it on and you might hear songs about explicit sexual acts, DJs using language that could make a longshoreman shudder and hundreds of kids calling in with song requests and shout outs. Other times you'll hear soulful, romantic ballads." Some commercials are aired. "The signal in downtown Ft. Myers is clear, but it begins to break up around Cypress Lake Drive in south Ft. Myers. "
91.9 MHz (LPR) "Unique Marketing Tool", Deerfield Beach (mobile); noted in July, 1998 by T. Simon. A yellow minivan, parked, with the words "Tune In To 91.9" on it. A looped male, extolling the virtues of this Unique Marketing Tool (he apparently rents the mini transmitter for events, and may also sell them). Barely audible from even a few feet away from the vehicle.
91.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; first heard in January, 2000 by R. Scotka. Located in the Oakland Park vicinity, vertically-polarized antenna. Lots of nonstop Bob Marley, etc. Has since been traced with alternative rap and some Caribbean music, no announcements. Dominates the frequency on US-441(Route 7) from Plantation to Commercial Blvds.
91.9 MHz (LPR) "Flavor 91.9", Ft. Lauderdale; stereo, noted by the editor in September, 1998 with mostly hardcore rap, a few Caribe-flavored house songs, non-Caribe black announcer with on-air calls and promoting his Flavor Productions and Promotions, with phone numbers announced. Promos for Ft. Lauderdale-area merchants and station remotes. Former "Radio Paradise" or the newer unidentified 91.9 MHz entry?
91.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Hollywood; via S. White, March, 2006: heard late afternoons and evenings, broadcasting the internet radio station 3DSJ.com over this frequency. Plays a variety of music from standards to pop classics.
91.9 MHz (LPR) "Radio Paradise", Broward or Miami-Dade County; Kreyol and Caribe English, detected by J. Santosuosso in January, 1997 from near downtown Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) local daytime with Carib type music, "Radio Paradise" ID's and announced frequency as "91.9", appeared to be secular (a religious station--WSCF-FM--operates from Vero Beach here). Fair signal from this location with some cutting in and out and interference from unidentified stations. See "Radio Classic" entry, also on 91.9 MHz.
91.9 MHz (LPR) "Talking Trolley", Ft. Lauderdale Beach (mobile); noted by T. Simon, August, 1998. "Talking Trolley - Tune To 91.9 FM" is displayed.
91.9 MHz (LPR) Coral Springs Elementary School; running one watt or less with a loop tape of school information, mono. March, 1998.
91.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; per H. Johnson, December, 2003, smooth jazz and R&B, no announcements.
91.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Homestead; Spanish contemporary Christian music format, no announcements. July, 1998.
91.9 MHz (LPR) "Always Live, Always Different, Always Good", Miami; per T. Simon, June, 2004. "Old Skool" R&B with "Laid-Back Mondays" (Soft Soul). Announcer is "Chico The Leo" (a play on legal WHQT-105.1's "Chico The Virgo"). Slogan is always "Always Live, Always Different, Always Good."
91.9 MHz (LPR) "Radyo Classic", north Miami; listed on the Konpa Online web site's "radio" link. Listed as, "everyday, 24-hours, 91.9 FM, Zig, Boujois, Pip, Top Feeling, #1 Konpa radio in town". Confirmed active by the editor in June, 1997 with Kreyol--usually with simple "Classic" ID's--and konpa. Suspect same as "Radio Paradise" entry on 91.9 MHz. Still active July, 1998, with English Carib format, stereo.
91.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; stereo, urban and reggae-tinged songs, live dj, on-air calls answered as "9-1" but no formal sogan heard by the editor in Homestead. June, 1999.
91.9 MHz (LPR) "Base 9-1-9", Miami; definitely affiliated with the "Base" operations in Tampa (per monitoring and conversations). But see 88.3 MHz!
91.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified; North Miami; visited by the FCC on September 11, 2008. Reference FCC Case Number EB-08-MA-0165.
92.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; first in February, 1996, secular Spanish format (merengue, salsa) with stereo signal in the downtown vicinity, no announcements heard to date. Also noted by the editor sporadically through October, 1996 when in the vicinity. Note: this frequency has been effectively squelched since December, 1996 by the FCC, which has granted WYUU-FM (92.5 MHz, Safety Harbor) a 150 watt repeater from downtown Tampa, call sign W221BA. See also 89.3 MHz.
92.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ocala; unconfirmed reports of a pirate here in February, 2003.
92.1 MHz (LPR) "Lynks Radio", Miami; reported as active since the mid-2000's, closed in 2007, and reportedly back on the air in June, 2012 via Kevin Raper in ABDX via DX Listening Digest. But unconfirmed. Format said to be soca/reggae.
92.1 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #3. See 88.3 MHz for details.
92.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; busted November, 2008. Case Number EB-08-MA-0212/0214. One of the below? Also on 103.9 MHz.
92.5 MHz (LPR) "The Life/Light", Sunrise; per an area contributor in November, 2001: "The Life" or "The Light," operates 24/7 with live DJ and call-ins during the afternoon and evening, automatic the rest of the time. Signal gets out 1-2 miles. Located on W. Oakland Park Blvd. in a commercial building. Uses a two-day vertical dipole array.
92.5 MHz (LPR) "92.5", Ft. Lauderdale; since June, 1998 per T. Simon, running reggae, live dj's.
92.5 MHz (LPR) "Mix", West Palm Beach; reported here in February, 1999 by T. Simon, now using this slogan after appearing here, with Latin format. Formerly on 101.3 MHz.
92.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lake Worth; ex-88.5, Kreyol format, Lake worth road area.
92.5 MHz (LPR) "92 punto 5", Lake Worth; heard since March, 1999 by K. Simon, with Cuban/Latin format, Spanish announcers.
92.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified; Pompano Beach; visited by the FCC on September 18, 2008. Reference FCC Case Number EB-08-MA-0156.
92.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; the editor noted a fairly strong stereo signal with poor processing in January, 2004. Nonstop Haitian Kreyol kompa songs, non-segued. Signal good at I-275 and the Dale Mabry exit, traces audible in south Tampa and on the Gandy Bridge but in all locations with serious splatter from 92.5 MHz WYUU. May or may not be the same as the station first noted by D. Crawford, November, 2002. Nonstop Kreyol kompa music format, stereo. Bad frequency choice, with WYUU on 92.5 MHz. DF'ed to a small block home around East Annie Street at North 27th Street, near Busch Gardens. The antenna is a simple pole running up a large tree on the side of the house.
92.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Haines City; very weak with Oldies, seemingly in a trailer park, per a poster on the Orlando board of radio-info.com February, 2011.
92.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Deltona vicinity; the station that seemingly has no formal slogan but sometimes mentions "the greatest hits of all time with Charlie J" noted on 9 February, 2008 while on I-4 near the SR-50/Colonial Drive exit. Poor with oldie rock hits, lost once on Colonial Drive. Per C. Cook, this moved from 93.5 MHz after a gospel translator activated. He also indicated this is strongest NE of Orlando, possibly coming from somewhere near Deltona; this is generally active Saturdays from local 10 a.m. to around midnight and Sundays.
92.7 MHz (LPR) WFBO-LP relay, Palm Coast; the FCC closed this unauthorized relay of the 93.3 MHz LPFM signal in April, 2007 after receiving a compliant about an unauthorized station operating on 93.5 MHz (this channel was not detected by the FCC field agents – but 92.7 MHz was). The agents interviewed the station's general manager and president, who admitted that he was broadcasting on 92.7 MHz without a license. He explained that, because WFBO-LP on 93.3 MHz was not heard very well on 93.3 MHz from his new studio location, he began operating on 92.7 MHz in January 2007. The general manager/president stated that he knew the signal on 92.7 MHz got out approximately 1,000 feet and that he could not turn the transmitter any lower than a few watts. He voluntarily unplugged the transmitter, which was not FCC certified, before the agents departed the studio. For full details, see Case Number EB-07-TP-064.
92.7 MHz (LPR) "92.7 Blaze", Orlando; heard by the editor, October 2001. Tentative slogan, stereo with techno and urban format, live dj. Fair along I-4 through downtown and just east. Related to "Crump" (see 91.7, etc.)?
92.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Dominica 92.7", Kissimmee area; per M. Bittenbender in August, 1999, heard with mostly Hispanic music, though occasionally even playing English adult contemporary tracks, and tentatively this identification slogan, and first heard in April, 1999. Irregular, though usually 8 a.m. to sunset, audible up to downtown Orlando.
92.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Maximum,", Orlando area; Kreyol, kompa, signal not so great, per D. Crawford, July, 2002. Previously, there was an unidentified zouk station here in 1999-2000. See 93.5 MHz entry.
92.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Maranatha/WFMA", Orlando; presumed the one reactivated--but with no confirmed identification--by D. Crawford, December, 1999. As Radio Maranatha, this station operated with all-Spanish Christian and cultural format, Saturdays/Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday 1 p.m.-10 p.m. local. Applied for a Special Temporary Permit from the FCC, but was denied. Inactive now.
92.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach area; reported February, 2003 with Spanish, stereo. Not WAVW-Stuart, which remains Country format. No ID.
92.7 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #7. See 88.3 MHz for details.
92.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami-Dade/Broward border; not sure of location, but heard on Krome Avenue, mid-Miami-Dade, but signal not as good closer to Broward. However, one commercial for the Marabou Café, 9940 Pines Blvd, which googled is in Pembroke Pines. Other commercials, live African American DJ, Old School rap and old reggae like Jimmy Cliff. Mono. “Big FM” and/or the Miramar ska station could well be former versions of this current one, I suppose.
92.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miramar area; old ska music format, audible at I-75 at Miramar, gone by Turnpike at I-75 interchange. July, 1998.
92.7 MHz (LPR) "Big FM", Ft. Lauderdale; heard from January, 2000 per R. Scotka. Commercials, reggae format and programming. Circular polarization antenna with a clean signal, located in the Oakland Park vicinity. Per a Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel feature by Rafael A. Olmeda (July 30, 2000), a station on this frequency was raided by the FCC on July 13, 2000. No station slogan was quoted; however, based on previous observations, this is presumably the victim.
92.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale area; since April, 1998 with Greek music format. Stereo, good in the Sheridan Road area, audible into northern Miami-Dade and co-channel with the ska station in July, 1998.
92.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; presume the station that was raided in July, 1998 by the FCC in "Coconut Grove."
92.8 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; noted on FL-50 east of Orlando by D. Crawford, October, 2001. Seemed to be right between .7 and .8, with ranchera music splatter on both channels.
92.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Melbourne; we catch wind in May, 2004 of a pirate here. Unfortunately, the reporter fails to provide details [in this source] of the station format or, for that matter, backing official FCC petitioned evidence of the alleged claims that Clear Channel is out to get them. Read on for one highly biased side of the story: "Our LPFM station, WCEE [sic -- TLK] 93.1 in Melbourne FL, has been on air about 14-months. Since then, we are harassed on a regular basis by the Big Media stations in town. In their `Mafia Mentality` they have gone as far as filing petitions with the FCC against us. Well, they have sunk to a new ``all-time low``. Almost a month ago, a pirate station went on air locally on 92.9 FM --- right next to us on the dial! After repeated calls from listeners, and with the assistance of a company called Signal Finders, we traced the pirate right up to his apartment door. Guess what? The pirate people are `employees` of the local Clear Channel station group. We have since been informed by others that it is a deliberate attack. They are eight times our power and are squashing our signal hard. We are losing listeners and most importantly sponsorships because of their actions. Our attorney has filed a formal complaint with the FCC. In addition, I fax the Tampa FCC office daily, hoping for a response or action. The pirate is still on and the FCC has done nothing. As you can see we are very frustrated." (Randy Bennett, May FMedia! via Glenn Hauser's " DX Listening Digest").
93.1 MHz (LPR) Joyland Drive-in, Dade City; per J. Mouw, August, 2012, this is the new channel (formerly 87.9 MHz) and with new equipment. Active during movie times. Also, runs open carrier (as heard by the editor in Kay, 2013) sometimes when the movies are not active, such as when observed during the Saturday flea market.
93.3 MHz (LPR) "SKWAT-FM", Gainesville; traced by D. Crawford, December, 1999. Monophonic with accoustic/Delta blues-style music. Small coverage area southeast of UF campus. Finally identified in March, 2000.
93.3 MHz (LPR) "The Big Z", northern Palm Beach County; active with very low power (reportely 100 mW or less) after being raided by the FCC in February, 1999. ("WASP", Palm Beach Gardens was previously reported reactivated here in late January, 1998, same power and format as ex-91.5 MHz.) "The Big Z" was raided by the FCC in February, 1999, per L. Vencl, and served a Notice of Apparent Liability in October 25, 2002. Inactive now.
93.3 MHz (LPR) “Fame 93-3”, West Palm Beach; heard in February, 2005 by R. Nervous between Okeechobee Blvd. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., drowned out by licensed 93.1 MHz. Stereo with live announcer and sweepers stating that “You are listening to Fame 93-3 FM – your only local connection to R&B and Hip Hop in the Palm Beach Counties [sic].” Possibly the same one with an Urban format as noted here by T. Simon, January, 2004.
93.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; heard by a contributor in December, 2001 along Commercial Blvd. from the Sawgrass Expressway down to Powerline Road (about a 10 mile stretch). Stereo, mostly Caribbean/Jamaican music and DJ of the same. Interfereing with licensed WTMI on 93.1 MHz.
93.5 MHz (LPR) Smyrna Baptist Church, Pensacola; per the Pensacola News Journal, April 27, 2004: this station was closed by the FCC for operating without a license (allegedly applied for an LPFM license). Located on US 29, south of I-10, with a range "from Molino to north Pace and throughout much of Pensacola."
93.5 MHz (LPR) “Clientell/Downtown Radio/Underground Radio”, Orlando; using both slogans. Remains active, per C. Cook, January, 2007, who reports that signal is strong in downtown Orlando west to Pine Hills, east to about Hwy. 50 and the East-West Expressway. Also heard by the editor in February, 2007. They had a web site through December 28, 2006, but it is down now. And, in November, 2006: reported by D. Crawford with hardcore/porn rap, no live announcements noted, some ads for a gangsta fest at the Orlando Fairgrounds, etc, best signal in west-central Orlando. One mention of “Clientele Productions” or similar; recall the same outfit being associated with previous Orlando rappers. Also heard by D. Crawford, January, 2007 on FL-417 east side only. A may 7, 2008 Orlando Sentinel feature on how this station was causing interference included a photo of a radio with RDS display showing “93.5 FMCLIENTELL RADIO” (spelled this way).
93.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Deltona area; note: this moved to 92.7 MHz (see entry) after a gospel translator activated in mid-2007 on this channel. Per D. Crawford, January, 2007: “Poor to fair and in/out in northeast area only until the hip-hopper overran it as we moved south along FL-417, 70s (ABBA, Carly Simon, Sugarloaf), one "playing the classic hits" or similar non-ID announcement noted by male, no ads, otherwise continuous music. FCC database doesn't show any legal LPFM, doesn't match anyone's format except maybe Key West, no ads would seem to rule out latter though. Probably the same as noted by C. Cook, February, 2007 with, “Greatest hits of all time with Charlie J., here’s another hour of hits” with 60’s/70’/80’s hits. IDing top-of-hour. Fair signal in Oviedo, goes away towards Orlando, stronger north of Oviedo/Sanford. Guessing maybe in the Deltona/Daytona area. [Wonder if it’s an XM or Sirius audio patch – editor.]
93.5 MHz (LPR) "Roar 94", Orlando; presume this entry is the one that was busted by the FCC on November 20, 2001. According to the "Orlando Weekly" (December 13, 2001), this station was broadcasting from a location on Lee Road, and operated by "Copafeel," who also ran his second station on 93.9 MHz (see "93 Dance" entry). The feature states that the Federal agents occupied the facilities for six hours and took computers, Internet and radio equipment as evidence. First noted by the editor in October, 2001 as an unidentified, with urban and hip-hop format. Slogan finally noted on second trip through Orlando the same month. Live announcers, studio and prosepective advertising phone numbers (separate) announced, commercials for local nightclubs, barber shop, etc. Odd slogan, but that's what they were saying (see also "Raw 93.9 FM" entry). Very big, stereo signal throughout much of Orange and Seminole counties. Stereo.
93.5 MHz (LPR) "93.5", Orlando; seems to be ex-91.3 MHz, running "Zed Explosive Vibrations" carts like heard on the former channel. Reggae, soca and ska format, proprietor 'Zed X'. This, or another, confirmed active in April, 2000 by D. Crawford, with reggae and Caribe house music, commercials and call-ins to announced number. It had a very strong, monophonic signal.
93.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; noted by D. Crawford, October, 2002. Kreyol, format, maybe ex-92.7? Kompa, salse, live DJ.
93.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; first heard by A. Nonny Mouse in December, 2001. Tex-Mex/ranchero style music, however the actual language may be Brazilian Portuguese [hmmm, maybe "forró" -- the folk music style of NE Brazil? -- Editor].
93.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Brevard County; discovered in September, 2006 by D. Crawford, airing nonstop Christian praise vocals, sporadically active during the day, stereo. Signal drops off on the north end of Titusville, thus appears to be in the Port St. John or Merritt Island area. No new licensed FM translator is listed in the FCC dB as of this writing.
93.5 MHz (LPR) "93.5 FM Community Radio", Pompano Beach; per L. Vencl, May, 2002: plays Dance, Trance, Break beats, reported as "The Slam" however the operator clarifies that the station is properly known as "93.5 FM Community Radio" and serves the vicinity. Coverage is about four miles.
93.5 MHz (LPR) "R-T-H-M Community Radio/Rhythm 93.5", Hialeah; Classic Dance/Disco format, with some salsa sprinkled in. Same voice-over announcer as the old "Mega 98.7" station.
93.5 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #2 and #6. See 88.3 MHz for details.
93.5 MHz (LPR) "Startime Radio", Ft. Lauderdale; mono. Heard by the editor with reggae/house/dance hall format, life call-ins and phone number along with commercials. September, 1998.
93.5 MHz (LPR) "KRAP, Crap Radio", north Miami-Dade County; mono, first reported in October, 1997, audible to around Griffin Road on the Florida Turnpike. Alternative format along with comedy cuts; dj "Johnny Vomit" noted by D. Crawford, December, 1998. No trace of the Caribe station (see entry) on the same frequency.
93.5 MHz (LPR) "WYBE-FM 93.5", Miami; per T. Simon, listed in the Greater Miami phone book, confirmed active with dance music, no announcements heard in December, 1997.
93.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Homestead; note by th editor in June, 2003 with huge signal on the Turnpike around SW 112th Avenue northbound. Spanish preacher. Signal lost by SW 40th Street northbound.
93.7 MHz (LPR) "Floor Covering International", Lakeland (mobile); per John Santosuosso, franchise owner Dick Risley operates a realtor-type transmitter from his van with two 30-second commercial messages. The van has a sign on it to tune to this frequency. Currently, the transmitter is not working, but the operator plans to repair it.
93.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Pompano Beach; busted by the FCC in April, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0069 for details.
93.9 MHz (LPR) “93-9 FM – Club Rush Radio”, Orlando; new or morphed one back on this channel, but possibly two stations here (R&B and mostly reggae – the reggae was without announcements) per C. Cook, January, 2007. Subsequently noted with ads, including for Southeast Records. Nonstop reggae, R&B. Signal strong in downtown Orlando west to Pine Hills, east to about Hwy. 50 and the East-West Expressway. And per D. Crawford, January, 2007: playing Spanish reggaetón and English R&B, lousy audio, maybe even telco fed line, mono, eventually taken over by 7-watt WJFP translator. Possibly the same, noted with zouk, mono in the Alafaya vicinity, evening, not afternoon. Also heard by the editor, February, 2007 with reggae, local store ads, no ID.
93.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; possibly unrelated to the above. Per C. Cook, Sundays-only with church services from different churches. Closes by 5:30 p.m. local, and around 6:00 p.m. the reggae station starts. Weak in Oviedo. February, 2007.
93.9 MHz (LPR) "93 Dance", Orlando; presume this entry is the one that was busted by the FCC on November 20, 2001. According to the "Orlando Weekly" (December 13, 2001), this station was broadcasting from a location on Lee Road, and operated by "Copafeel," who also ran his second station on 93.5 MHz (see "Roar 94" entry). The feature states that the Federal agents occupied the facilities for six hours and took computers, Internet and radio equipment as evidence.
First heard in October, 2001 by the editor with "93 Dance" live slogans. Early in the morning, running automated with nonstop techo instrumentals. Huge signal, heard on I-4 past Sanford and west past International Drive. Noted July, 2001 running live white boy dj, phone calls sloppily patched in, taking calls via cell phone too. Mostly techno and white rap stuff, clear and simple "93.9" ID's. Stereo. Per A. Nonny Moose, July, 2001: ["93-Dance] is getting pretty professional. They now have live dj's with scheduled airshifts, run a lot of informal plugs for local businesses (clubs, music stores, audio stores, etc.) and take phone calls on-air. Slogan is tentative, and active almost exclusively weekends. Active since May, 2001, then nonstop dance/techno, but not the 102.3 MHz station (see entry), which has been active the same time as this. "95 Live" (see entry) has also appeared on this channel sporadically, from 95.9 MHz.
93.9 MHz (LPR) "Raw 93.9 FM," Pine Hills; (see entry). Per a may 12, 2003 FCC press release, Rayon Sherwin "Junior" Payne was sentenced to nine months prison plus pending fines for repeated viloations of Secion 301. As of June, 2002 per R. Nervous: was still mono, no limiters but now with live DJ's. Live cals, Orlando number. Sometimes automated. Reactivated mid-January, 2002, as per R. Nervous observation, on the air in the evening and in mono with a big signal. Busted by the FCC on November 20, 2001, per the "Orlando Weekly" (December 13, 2001 edition). According to the feature, the station was operated by Rayon "Junior" Payne (on-air name: NSX), who is a friend of "Copafeel" (see 93.5 "Roar 94" and 93.9 "93 Dance" entries). Returned to the air in September, 2001. Had been alternating between 95.9 MHz and here since April, 2001 due to a Sebastian station on 95.9 interfering, calling itself "95 Live" for awhile. Another micro has appeared (since May, 2001) on 93.9 MHz, to complicate matters.
93.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Myers; urban and rap format and live dj, reported active by R. Scurra in August, 1999, fairly small coverage area near downtown. Per S. McHale, inactive now, possibly thanks to an FCC visit.
93.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Jacksonville; per a board on radio-info.com, January, 2010, a heavy metal format with no announcements is active and audible only in the Regency Mall vicinity.
94.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Pompano Beach; raided by the FCC on October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0177.
94.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; Malibu Lodging Investments, LLC dba City Inn Hotel, Miami, Florida, NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATION Case Number: EB-08-MA-008 Document Number: W200832600040: The Miami Office received information that an
94.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; noted running a remote from a white van at I-95 at 140th St. SW flea market in late September, 2003. Center push-up pole stuck through the van roof. One kW input, 430 watts ERP. Amazing photos of this were submitted to the editor by the person who DF'ed it.
94.3 MHz (LPR) "Accent FM", north Broward County; French/Caribe format, mostly zouk music format. Per D. Crawford, November, 2001.
94.3 MHz (LPR) "94.3", Miami; either raided or went silent due to FCC activity on July 28, 1998. Noted from June, 1998 by L. Vencl with an ID, stating that they're serving "Weschester, Sweetwater and Kendal...". Same format as 91.7 MHz, plus salsa.
94.5 MHz (LPR) "The Trick", Broward County; per R. Nervous, November, 2003: strong signal heard clearly from North Dade to Middle Broward along the I -95 corridor. There was one ID that stated, "You are listening to The Trick," but I didn't hear any other ID's during my visit. Live on air DJ is playing rap and takes live call ins and had an announced schedule in the mornings from 6 AM - 8 AM and evenings from 7 - 9 PM although I heard him well past 10 on Tuesday night. Signed off on Wednesday morning right at 8 AM, as he stated that he had to get out of the crib to go to a meeting and announced the schedule at that time. This station really doesn't play songs but asks listeners to "ride" which means to get on the air and respond to what the DJ is saying. He throws a little backbeat on the air and then talks over it and asks questions like, "Can I get your cootchie?", then the caller responds, "Come and get my coochie!". I have to admit I was laughing hard in the car. Thank god, I didn't wreck.
94.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; busted by the FCC in April, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0086 for details.
94.5 MHz (LPR) "Radio Reggae", North Miami; reportedly closed by the FCC the fourth week of July, 1998. Was active since late November, 1997 with Caribe format, live programming. Heard by T. Simon playing a NOAA Radio recording as the "forecast".
94.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Jacksonville; Florida and FCC agents shut down a “pirate” on July 21, 2005. The raid was prompted by a complaint to the FCC by Clear Channel Radio.
94.7 MHz (LPR) "Free Radio Gainesville", Gainesville; returned to the air mid-May, 1999 after a spring break, but now very sporadic only during special fundraising or political events. Station flyers often appear throughout town, i.e.on the University of Florida campus vicinity, also at fine eateries such as Leonardos by the Slice and Burrito Brothers. According to FRG, the FCC revoked the fine issued to the operator. (This station was closed by the FCC in November, 1998.) Per D. Crawford, FRG returned to the air by the beginning of March, 1999 with a reduced signal. Programming ranges from canned "Counterspin," mostly hardcore/bootleg club tape music and poetry, with live disc jockey airshifts. Station-sponsored community/charity events are frequent. First visited by the FCC on June 3, 1998. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGOT-LP for information on what this one has legally morphed into with an FCC-issued Construction Permit.
94.7 MHz (LPR) “Latina”, Savannah, Georgia; multiple reports of this one since June, 2008, apprarently located near downtown. Mono, in Spanish with cumbia format, local commercials for clubs and “La Voz Latina” local Hispanic newspaper.
95.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Avon Park. Hip hop, small signa, per February, 2011 poster on the Orlando board of radio-info.com.
95.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Kiskeya", Lake Worth area; apparently new since June, 2001, with nonstop Kreyol music, no announcements, per K. Simon. ID per D. Crawford, May, 2002.
95.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; raided by the FCC on June, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0062.
95.3 MHz (LPR) "Mega Mix 96.3", Ocala; see 95.9, 96.3 MHz. See also 100.7 MHz "WJND-LP MegaMix 100.7" entry.
95.3 MHz (LPR) "Phoenix FM", Pompano Beach; Haitian Kreyol format, positive on-air attitude and very friendly DJ's. Reported May, 2002. Possibly the same as heard by D. Crawford, November, 2001. Possibly a second station of similar format closer to the Miami-Dade area, but uncertain.
95.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; established by "95 Live" air personalities (see 95.9 "95 Live" Pine Hills entry), reportedly continues under new operators on this frequency, per the web site.
95.3 MHz (LPR) "Radio Superstar", Miami-area; Kreyol format. Kreyol with English announcers. Presumed the station that was raided in July, 1998 by the FCC.
95.5 MHz (LPR) "Irie 95.5", Jacksonville; February, 2003: Forfeiture Order (File No. EB-02-TP-463; NAL/Acct. No. 200332700006; FRN 0007-7679-73) issued by the FCC sites Ian R. Walker with operating this station. First observed by our roving contributor in January, 2001. Mono, huge signal covering all of Duval County, and portions of Clay County south of Orange Park. Plays reggae/ska/rasta type music, Jamaican-accented DJ's, occasional informal plugs for local businesses, and announcing a studio number for call-ins. Professional sounding with regular DJ shifts.
95.7 MHz (LPR) "Peace In Da Hood Radio", Ft. Myers; raided by the FCC and local law enforcement in early June, 2010. According to the News-Press.com of Ft. Myers (June 4), DJ Shortdogg and DJ Joker were operating nearly 6,000 time the Part. 15 legal limit from a house on Welch Street. Format was R&B, shifting to "vulgar and uncensored" rap in the afternoons, and airing commercial spots.
95.9 MHz (LPR) "Caliente 95", Belleview; per D. Crawford, January, 2007: still active, usual powerhouse signal up I-75 to FL-326 with salsa. First noted in July, 2002, strong between Dunnellon and Belleview, all the way past Wildwood on the Turnpike. Programming of nice old boleros on scratchy discs. Strong signal, perfect stereo audio. Presumed descendant of the original Belleview 103.3 station.
95.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Clermont area; per our anonymous rover, this one was discovered in mid-December, 2000 in western Lake County. Relays Dr. Gene Scott (the whacky preacher) with satellite-quality audio. Signal appears around US 27 on Hwy. 50, and then east down 50 about two miles. Never a full-quality signal, even at peak there is a little noise. Not audible in downtown Clermont (even in more elevated areas). Translator? Or unlicenesd?
95.9 MHz (LPR) "The Heat FM", Citrus County; Mono mode. Reported in November, 1997 and confirmed by D. Crawford and J. Santosuosso in December. Strong signal, best near Crystal River but noted as far away as Archer, Wildwood and Otter Creek, and Ocala. Mostly contemporary and classic Top 40, live dj's, recorded ID's, including "Playing a wide variety of today's hits, we're the all new Heat FM."
95.9 MHz (LPR) "Old-Town Radio", Kissimmee; alternate channel to 89.5 MHz (see). Operated by a shopkeeper since September, 2003, running very low power and mono with oldies, doo-wop and classic rock for shop owners at Old Town. Airs "The Saturday Night Cruise" oldies show, lots of retro station promo/ID drops, Wolfman Jack sound bytes, etc. See also 660 kHz. Old-Town's official page is at http://www.old-town.com/.
95.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Oviedo area; first reported in July, 2000 by contributors to the Central Florida Radio Board (see link at top of this page). Format is heavy metal, and covers a large area, interfering in some areas with "95 Live" (see entry).
95.9 MHz (LPR) "Radio Magique FM", Orlando; see 91.7 MHz.
95.9 MHz (LPR) 95 Live, Pine Hills; busted by the FCC on November 20, 2001, per the "Orlando Weekly" (December 13, 2001 edition). Presumably the same operator (Rayon Sherwin "Junior" Payne) sentenced to nine months prison (see FCC document link under 93.9 MHz "Raw" entry). According to the feature, the station was operated by Rayon "Junior" Payne (on-air name: NSX), who is a friend of "Copafeel" (see 93.5 "Roar 94" and 93.9 "93 Dance" entries). Returned to the air in September, 2001. Reportedly previously visited by the FCC, but was active fairly regularly weekends at reduced power and seemingly concentrating on the immediate neighborhood, instead of trying to be a "superpirate," according to A. Nonny Moose. Observed reactivated in May, 1999 by D. Crawford with "The Big D" (or "The Big G") slogan, overmodulated and initially stereo. First reported here by M. Kuziv with rap format, February, 1999. In March, 1999, a station on this frequency was reportedly warned by the FCC. Susequent web site since January, 2000 gives the background on this operation. July, 2000: in mono and apparently Internet streaming, with Orlando, Miami and toll-free numbers announced. Located in the Fairbanks area using three folded dipoles configured in a direction of SSW, per L. Vencl. April, 2001: has been alternating to 93.9 (see entry), due to a new station on 95.9 in Sebastian that is interfering. And to complicate matters, another micro has appeared (since May, 2001) on 93.9 MHz.
95.9 MHz (LPR) "Radio Alcance/WRNA", south Orlando; discovered by D. Crawford in December, 1995 with an all-Spanish evangelical format, slogan "El Pequena Gigante de Orlando". Announces phone numbers. Uses a Ramsey FM25, one watt into 30 foot high vertical dipole. Mailing address (not location): 721 W Lancaster Road, Orlando, FL 32809. Usually active nights and weekends. Signal fades in on I-4 near the US 27/Haines City exit, also noted heading east on the Bee Line Expressway fading out about 10 miles east of the Greenbelt/417 junction. Occasional dual English/Spanish identifications heard. On cursory checks, unheard and may be inactive.
95.9 MHz (LPR) Rum Runner Caribbean Restaurant & Lounge, Orlando; a transmitter was located by the FCC, broadcasting from this establishment, in October, 2002 and subsequently closed down. For details, see Case Number EB-03-TP-187.
95.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Palm Beach County; per Jerry T., April, 2008: what sounds like a Haitian station, but it appears to be coming from mid-county. It’s pretty powerful. It’s at the edge of listen ability in North Palm Beach (where 91.5 WASP was). I'd guess that the transmitter is somewhere between Okeechobee and 45th; when I get to Wellington, its almost gone again.
95.9 MHz (LPR) "Noventicinco", West Palm Beach; noted by K. Simon August, 1998, Spanish, with Cuban music.
95.9 MHz (LPR) "The Edge", Palm Beach County; per a reliable contact, this is now operating (April, 2000) mainly on the weekends. Good signal in central-north Palm Beach County. Rock-and-roll, with several dj's, who occasionally do live shows. Announces a phone number, and they will put callers on the air to talk about most anything.
95.9 MHz (LPR) "WSUB", West Palm Beach; October, 2002 update: still active, rock to jazz, weekends only, intentionally relatively small coverage area for the local community. Some local volunteer dj's and satellite-fed programming. Reportedly ex-88.7, 96.9 and 106.1 MHz.
95.9 MHz (TIS) Lion Country Safari, West Palm Beach; good signal since January, 1998 in the vicinity. Airs recordings on how humans should behave within the park.
95.9 MHz (LPR) "95.9 Radio Irie", West Palm Beach; another West Palm Beach-area station, reported by K. Simon, November, 1998 with reggae and no announcements.
95.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified; Ft.Lauderdale area; noted by D. Crawford, November, 2001. Soul/black gospel format.
95.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Sunrise; busted by the FCC in March, 2009. See EB-09-MA-0059.
95.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Miami; busted JFebruary, 2009. Case Number EB-09-MA-0038.
95.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami Beach; per Case Number EB-08-MA-0151, 190 ME 199th St. was visited by FCC agents on August 13, 2008.
96.1 MHz (LPR) "Rhythm 96", Goldenrod; March, 2007 update: they continue streaming on-line as www.RHYTHM96.com and have launched a sister station www.OLDSKOOL101.com. They may plan on activating a Part 15 compliant AM on 1710 kHz, likely using an SStran 100mW transmitter. February, 2006 update: this station was visited by the FCC on October 31, 2003 and immediately went off the air. Equipment was removed with no resistance by the operator, and a $17,000 fine was waived as a result. In August, 2003 reported by C. Johnson after he spotted cardboard promo signs in the vicinity. Covered University Blvd. from end-to-end, about four miles or so, but weak on each end. They freely gave their mailing address and phone number on the air, and asked listeners to visit their web site. Schedule was to be noon till 9 p.m.
96.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Whitfield" Sarasota; first reported by a poster on the Tampa board of radio-info.com with Grant Hudson (Formerly of Clear Channel - Sarasota) doing local weather on 96.1 " Radio Whitfield", also with PSA's. Heard near the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. Presumably emitting from the Whitfield Estates neighborhood, located just north of the airport. Confirmed active by the editor on October 23, 2010. Signal gets out well, audible on University Parkway westbound a couple of miles west of I-75, peaking between Lockwood Ridge Road and US-301 while on University. Signal completely lost by downtown Bradenton on US-41. Format of mostly 70's/80's T40 hits (Eagles, Maria Carey) with canned liner ID's by male voice.
96.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Delray Beach; per K. Simon, April, 2006: Pirate pirate was taken off by Florida. Deptartment of Law Enforcement (not FCC, per Palm Beach Post story). Same as the looped "We're sorry you've reached a station that is unavailable at this time, please try again later" audio noted earlier in April?
96.1 MHz (LPR) "96.1 Radio Supersonica", West Palm Beach; reported by K. Simon, November, 1999 with Kreyol format. English slogan identification at times.
96.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; reported by L. Vencl, May, 1999 with Latin format, strong.
96.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; per T. Simon, new since October, 1998. Urban/Contemporary format and no announcements (not "Mixx-96" or the licensed private "Cool 96" Freeport, Grand Bahama station). using a Comet antenna, poorly installed, stereo. Irregular.
96.1 MHz (LPR) Morroso Speedway, (northwest of) West Palm Beach; since June, 1998, mono with a low level rock music background and normal level live voice race announcements. Also used as an "intercom" for the racecar drivers. Clean signal around the track, located off of Beeline Highway, one mile west of Pratt & Whitney, or about 15 miles west of Military Trail. Causes some interference with "WILD" in the immediate area.
96.1 MHz (LPR) "WILD" ("Ecos de Ritmo"), West Palm Beach; reportedly raided by te FCC at 4:00 p.m. July 31, 1998, though only closed down, with no citation issued. Big mono signal first noted by the editor in June, 1997. Spanish, with live dj, many ID's as "Ecos de Ritmo" and occasionally "W-I-L-D" (in English phrasing), Spanish tropical and dance vocals. A February, 1998 press release on WILD includes: "Without the presence of WILD 96.1, Palm Beach County will be saturated by the strong 6000 watts signal of Cool 96, an international radio station from the Bahamas beyond the FCC's control... Our format is 100% community requested providing the Palm Beaches with a diverse format ranging from international music to Top-40 dance...". Reportedly, they have no plans to return until they obtain a license.
96.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Broward County; maybe Broward or Palm Beach, live dj, gangsta rap and urban, sloppy stereo, heard in Delray Beach by the editor in June, 1999.
96.1 MHz (LPR) "WLYN" Lynn University, Boca Raton; per L. Vencl, May, 2002: "Has been off the air for about two years now. I called them, and they indicated that their antenna went bad, and no plans to return on the air. They are now only on CATV in-house." Was running only a watt with campus coverage in stereo since March, 1998. Very professional, good variety of programming. They have been active before, but had a limited staff.
96.1 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #12. See 88.3 MHz for details.
96.1 MHz (LPR) "Mixx-96", Miami;. reportedly raided by the FCC the fourth week of July, 1998, but again active. Mostly Caribbean dancehall format, commercials. Has been sporadically active since March, 1998 amidst rumored 'ownership' conflicts since the original controller passed away. Confirmed still active in June, 2000 by the editor with a huge signal covering much of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
96.1 MHz (LPR) “R-C-H 2000”, Homestead; unconfirmed but there is a dead link for this on http://radiorch.net/ (see also 1610 kHz “R-C-H” entry). Purely presumed Homestead area, if is/was active.
96.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, St. Petersburg; noted by the editor in October, 2008 with a huge signal covering all of the southern half of Pinellas with automated dub reggae (all dub, all clean lyrics). No voice announcements, IDs or ads -- yet. Mono mode. Seems to be somewhere just south of downtown.
96.3 MHz (LPR) “96.3 FM,” St. Petersburg; fell silent by June, 2006, presumed the result of FCC and/or FDLE action. Began running live programming by March, 2005, and identifying simply as “96 point 3 FM.” Appeared in March, 2004. Discovered by the editor, located in south-central St. Petersburg with a large stereo signal, overdriven audio. On I-275, it peaks between 31st Ave. S. and the I-375 split exits. Nonstop Jamaican dancehall songs (Sean Paul, etc.), also long blocks of ska and reggae. Suspect 50-75 watts, as audible into south Clearwater.
96.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, St. Petersburg; reported by a poster on the Tampa radio-info.com board, September, 2011. From south St. Peteresburg.
96.3 MHz (LPR) "96.3", Clearwater; inactive. Believed to be the same operator as 99.9 MHz "WZRT Z-100" (see entry), first appearing evenings irregularly in early December, 1998. Initially reported on 96.5 MHz and identifying as "Z-Rock," and confirmed by the editor, operating at 96.3 MHz stereo from the same area as before. Short-range signal with modern and classic rock format, live announcer and an overall amateur presentation.
96.3 MHz (LPR) "96.3", Pinellas Park; began broadcasting the last weekend of October, 1997, ceased operations in the fall of 1999. Was generally active weekends only with a very clean stereo signal; format of mostly 80's metal, with an occasional Christian metal segment.
96.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; ethno-Haitian, silent as of the week of July 2, 2006, along with the 102.1 Haitian Kreyol, presumabed due to coordinated FCC and/or FDLE action. Discovered by the editor on 11 February, 2006. Located this new one in stereo, but only a marginal signal with nonstop Kreyol talk show, male host, occasional calls patched through and most with bad caller radio feedback. Signal remained about the same until lost just after the Howard Frankland Bridge approach, westbound. No Kreyol operations previously detected on this channel in Hillsborough County though could be any one of the many other unidentifieds that have briefly popped up. Indeed, FCC docs from July, 2006 show a notice was served to Jean-Harry Pierre-François, as per case EB-06-TP-200, Document W2006327002.
96.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; unclear if related to the above, but also on this frequency: allaccess.com reported: “Florida Pirate Slapped With Fine. Junior Lahens Charles of Tampa has been fined $10,000 by the FCC for operating a pirate station on 96.3 FM. Lahens was issued a warning on July 25, 2006 and a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture on February 7, 2007 and did not respond to the Commission's notice.” See also FCC File Number: EB-06-TP-139, NAL/Acct. No.200732700009, FRN: 0016041352 which Mr. Charles’ air name as “DJ African” and had been operating the station from his home since April, 2006. The FCC received a complaint on May 15, 2006, and subsequently DF’ed and visited the station in June.
96.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; noted by the editor in July/August, 1997 with big stereo signal throughout Pinellas County, random repeat-sequencing modern urban/soul vocals nonstop, no voice announcements, 24-hours. Inactive on this frequency after a few weeks. (Was) located just northwest of Tampa International Airport.
96.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Sarasota. Reported June, 2011 on the Tampa radio-info.com board. Caribbean format (also reported as Haitian Kreyol), located in the Whitfield area near the airport (see also 96.1 "Whitfield Radio" and unidentified 103.1). Possibly ex-103.1. But see 99.9 MHz where it is believe this one most recently moved to.
96.3 MHz (LPR) "Companion Radio", Sarasota; noted by the editor in August, 1999 with an odd format or all-1930's and 1940's vocals standards, no announcements. Mode is mono, and the signal range is short, best around US-41 and Beneva Road (near the Sarasota Square Mall). Believed to originate from a nearby large retirement/assisted living complex. Also on 98.1 and 99.1 MHz, but all three frequencies air similar but non-simulcast programming, which also includes yoga-style exercise shows. Thanks R. Marino for providing me with the sporadic hourly identifications on these in November, 1999. He adds that these have been active for several years here. (Note: this is a satellite subscriber service geared to assisted living facilities, and it seems a low power transmitter(s) are a package option; see 96.3 MHz "Companion Radio" Lakeland entry.)
96.3 MHz (LPR) "Mega Mix 96.3", Ocala; reported in January, 1998 as on the air after 5 p.m. daily with dj "New York", dance music, announcing phone number and selling t-shirts. Strong on the southeast section of town. According to DJ New York, they have voluntarily left FM in June, 1998, but [then] invited listeners to 'tune-in' via their Internet site. Originally on 95.3 then 95.9 MHz. See also 100.7 MHz "WJND-LP MegaMix 100.7" entry.
96.3 MHz (LPR) "Companion Radio" (Meadowview Life Center), Lakeland; discovered in August, 1997 by D. Potter--source unknown--a low powered signal from the Lakeland Mall I-4 exit. Location tracked down by J. Santosuosso, D. Crawford and the editor in October, 1997, emitting from this nursing home. Confirmed as well by the staff. Format is bite-sized classical music and 40's music a la in-store Muzak, recorded ID's (presumed satellite-fed or tapes). Often times just an open carrier, such as upon our visit. Barely audible beyond the facilities.
96.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Sebring; small signal, Classic Country, per poster on the Orlando board of radio-info.com.
96.3 MHz (LPR) "The Underground", West Palm Beach; went on the air on March 20, 1998, but temporarily went silent after four days due to interference from WPOW. Moved to 90.5 MHz in August, 1998.
96.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified; West Palm Beach; Kreyol, as of January, 2002 Kreyol here per K.Simon and others. But as of September, 2003, format change (or new station in its place) with a strong mono signal, heard from south of I-95 and Okeechobee Blvd., north just past PGA Blvd. wher it starts to fade. Appears to be 24/7, live in the afternoons with hardcore, uncensored rap and hip-hop, live calls. Automated in the mornings and afternoons with R&B and Urban, mixed with some hardcore hip-hop. All per R. Nervous. Presumably the same one heard with rap, spot for a store on Military Trail as per J. Santosuosso, January, 2004.
96.3 MHz (LPR) "Radio Fromage FM", Homestead; all-Kreyol with live church services and konpa, live dj with seemingly "Radio Fromage F-M Stereo" slogan. Huge signal all the way to northern Key Largo, per the editor's observations in June, 1999.
96.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, McIntosh; per D. Crawford, October, 2005: “monophonic signal noted briefly in McIntosh (north of Ocala) while on I-75, overriding Orlando but fading out already by the time I stumbled across it; two Freddy Fender songs heard, no announcements.”
96.5 MHz (LPR) "96.5 The Circuit", St. Petersburg; discovered by C. Harris in October, 2002. Fairly weak in north St. Petersburg, with thrash metal and techno, live ID's as "96.5 Comminuty Radio" and "96.5 The Circuit."
96.5 MHz (LPR) "Mad Dog Radio WMDR 96.5", Sarasota; unheard on FM, however, their active RealAudio web site indicates they began in mid-1997. Format is modern hard/thrash tunes.
96.5 MHz (LPR) TECO Arena, Ft Myers/Estero; via D. Potter, October, 2003: per the October 24th "Naples News" pre-season preview of the Florida Everblades (a minor- league hockey team), all home games of the ECHL affiliate are broadcast on LPR at the Arena. The Everglades are a minor-league affiliate of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes, who hold their training camp at the nice, new-ish TECO Arena, which is located just east of I-75 at Exit 123. Games are also streamed on the web, with most games on 770 kHz WWCN, Ft. Myers. Per D. McHale, May, 2004: "This is actually my doing and has been in operation since October, 2002... The transmitter is located above the bar (Breakaways Sports Pub), with a J-pole antenna visible above Section 111/112... TECO Arena is the largest hurricane/emergency shelter in the area and has extra steel reinforcement of the roof structure, which makes radio reception difficult within the building. Some of the local broadcaters will use the internal transmitter as a cue channel for remote broadcasts. Normally, the transmitter runs Part 15 levels during sporting events with a raw radio feed [for fans to listen to}, turned on before the game starts, and turned off shortly thereafter. It's also occasionally powered up by the tech crew when working to listen to music around the building. All processing and control of the transmitter is through the same Peavey MediaMatrix, which handles the sound system and the fire alarm for the main arena."
96.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, St. Petersburg; discovered in February, 2003. This one ceased a few days after being listed on this web page, and thus far not located on a new channel.. Big stereo signal covering central Pinellas County, with automated PC-programmed format of pop/Modern Rock/Classic Rock tunes. The editor noted a canned "Rock On!" drop between songs once.
96.7 MHz (LPR) "Absolute Radio", Seminole; discovered by R. Baker in early April, 2010 and subsequently DFed to a home licened to an amateur radio operator. The station was active for only a few days, though audible as away as the High Point area in Pinellas County. No announcements, just streaming of the UK Classic Rock format station Absolute Radio (1215 kHz and FM channels), London. As of early May, the station does not appear to have reactivated or changed FM channels.
96.7 MHz (LPR) Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office; deploys a low power (Part 15-compliant) mobile stereo transmitter which even has RDS capability. It is available for disaster emergencies or public events. Noted on December 1, 2007 by the editor at a charity event held at Ft. DeSoto county park. A volunteer was reading names, stats and ranking by age group for a marathon charity event held at the park. Audible best and briefly near the apex of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
96.7 MHz (LPR) “96.7”, Clearwater; I noted this stereo signal from my Pinellas home (Clearwater/Largo area) on January 8, 2006. Urban, soul and disco-era, mostly lighter stuff (Usher, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Paula Abdul, Toni Basil, etc.) about 2-5 seconds gap between songs. I DF’ed the station to a residence on February 25, 2006. The operator kindly allowed me in to view the transmitter/board/equalizer. The station – Part 15 compliant – is sporadically active as an educational tool for his small boys, who also occasionally read promo’s for local businesses (no cash compensation) that air the station in their stores. Occasional news at 9 p.m. local is also read by the children. The transmitter is one of the higher-end digital displays Ramsey units, built from kit, and the antenna is also a Ramsey (it looks like the Comet). Reports and comments can be sent to P.O. Box 17481, Clearwater, FL 33762, or email@example.com. 96.7 MHz (LPR) "Flavor FM 96.7", St. Petersburg; appears to be inactive, since fall of 2005. Previously, reactivated mid-April, after about a six-week silence. A station was reported to the editor as operating here in December, 2002, the exact home this is located at was DF'ed on May 17, 2003 by the D. Crawford and myself. Confirmed active by the editor with a weak stereo signal on January, 4, 2003 withnonstop Old School soul music, very enjoyable format when sticking to this (some Urban/rap segments and brief live announcements noted as well). Since April, 2003, has shifted to include Urban and clean hip-hop format, especially after mid-afternoons (useless from that point onward). Also heard by R. Nervous one day earlier with 50's-60's Adult Contemporary oldies, sounding like a computer program running MP3's, with some clipping. But later heard with R&B format... pre-recorded [male voice] ID that was dropped in over music, which made it hard to comprehend, but I caught "... 96.7 FM -- your weekend music station -- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays"..." The editor further confirmed the canned recordings, and also has noted a live Afro-American announcer, who gives clear "Flavor FM 96.7" slogans and "The Flavor of St. Petersburg, Flavor 96.7 FM". I believe (and possibly coincidentally) "Flavor" was briefly one of the slogans used on the "WFLX" (St. Petersburg) micro that operated on 90.9, 99.1 and 102.1 MHz channels (see "WFLX"/"Southside Radio"/"The Heat"/"102.1" entires).
96.7 MHz (LPR) "Lutz Community Radio", Lutz; See 102.9 MHz active entry. This, along with "The Party Pirate 102.1 FM" and "87X" (87.9 MHz) were jointly raided by the FCC and US Federal Marshals on November 19, 1997. (On February 25, 1998, a Federal court found the operator guilty and sentenced him to up to 28 years in prison and/or up to $3.5 million in files.) On July 14, 1998, the proprietor was sentenced to six months house arrest (complete with an electonic monitor) [which, I suppose, could theoretically create government-generated and sanctioned mobile radio frequency interference], 36 months' probation, $7,500 fine and a $975 special assessment fee. This was possibly the most interesting operation ever to appear, one that is difficult to classify. To quote the station's promotional brochure, "... If you are tired of being played for a fool by an elitist dominated media that refuses to provide the information you need to cast a meaningful vote, tune your radio to 96.7 FM while in Lutz, Florida. Learn a lot from the many talk shows produced by ordinary, patriotic Americans (right-wing extremists) that originate on shortwave radio and satellite TV. These men and women have a plan to foil the absolute (complete) takeover of America by the New World Elitists. There's even a fine presidential candidate that you're not supposed to find out about..." Programming was mostly from the Colorado-based "USA Patriot Network" relayed via satellite, and WWCR programs relayed via shortwave at night. Originally used 100.1 MHz, and audio was in stereo, but switched to mono on 96.7 MHz. The station was visited by FCC agents on October 31, 1995, but broadcasts continued. The initial raid was on March 7, 1996, and Federal Marshals and FCC agents confiscated the broadcasting equipment. However, the station reactivated (with a weaker signal) less than 24 hours after the raid from a (presumably) spare transmitter. Stereo mode resumed in November, 1996.
96.7 MHz (LPR) 'Tattoo You', Ybor City (Tampa); a Ybor City district tattoo parlor (located in the back of a T-shirt/sex toys store) irregularly operates a low powered transmitter for promotional purposes. Confirmed active in January, 1996 by John Santosuosso, relaying the satellite Eagle Radio Network and pop/rock music. Barely covers the Ybor district.
96.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Weeki Wachee area; noted by D. Crawford, May, 2000. Stereo, with Death Metal music.
96.7 MHz (LPR) "96.7", Gainesville; a new one, reported by D. Crawford early December, 1997. Hard core/punk/hemp-ska music, live dj with the only identifications noted simply as "96.7". Mono signal. Was active through at least June, 1998, but inactive as of this editing.
96.9 MHz (LPR) Salon de Asemblea de los Testigos de Jehova/Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Plant City; still active (carrier only when driving pas on I-4 in February, 2007 as per the editor’s observation). Per a contributor in December, 2000, a strong open carrier was initially noted near Exit 14 on I-4. Subsequently heard with instrumental easy listening and occasional light classical music, no announcements. The church was confirmed as the location of this one in January, 2001 by the editor. Heard with mono signal and Spanish sermons. Possibly intended for listening within the facilities, which are located on the frontage road on the north side of I-4 at Exit 14. Signal gets out only a mile or so.
96.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; strange mono carrier present since late 2000, peaking near downtown Tampa, but audible well Ybor City on I-4 eastbound. Never any audio, and confirmed present by several others. Reappeared by July, 2001, per A. Nonny Moose.
96.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; inactive. Urban format audible in downtown area only, confirmed activated July, 1996 per e-mail tip from operator to the editor. See also 99.1 MHz.
96.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Sunrise; per radioandrecords.com, this station was closed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in October, 2006. Sitho Bains of Lauderdale Lakes was charged with one felony count of interference with a public radio station and posted a $1,000 bond. The rain followed an interference complaint by the operator of W245BC, a translator airing religious programming on the same channel.
96.9 MHz (LPR) "WOLF-FM", Ft. Lauderdale; moved around July, 1998 to 103.9 MHz. According to their web page--which was launched in January, 1999--they are now apparently no longer active on FM.
96.9 MHz (LPR) "The Pipeline", Plantation; no formal programming (classic rock, country, 80's metal, rap, pop and mainstream alternative). Simulcasts WNN Motivational Radio from a local station Wednesday afternoons. Generally on a 24-hour schedule, uses a 200 CD Sony changer. The station indicates it's been active since early 1997. Reportedly visited by the FCC on January 12, 1998, but returned six days later. Digital Optimod used. Maybe the one heard by the editor in September, 1998 with hardcore thrasher tunes.
96.9 MHz (LPR) "Seabreeze 97", West Palm Beach; still active January, 2002, per K. Simon. Rap, no identification noted. Possibly ex-88.7. Since March, 1998. Reactivated September, 1998. Since October, 1998, a station reported here by T. Simon with reggae; and open carrier in May, 1999 per L. Vencl. All the same?
96.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; stereo, non-stop heavy metal with no talk or identification. Good audio quality. Range is about 10 miles. March, 1998.
96.9 MHz (LPR) "Star 96-9", Miami-area; per C. Dunne, April, 1997. (Believed not to be the Tavernier-awarded license.) Same as "Beach Radio 96.9" (see)?
96.9 MHz (LPR) "Beach Radio 96.9", Miami; reggae and house music, per August 17, 1997 Miami Herald feature by Jordan Levin. Believed closed by the FCC in July, 1999. Same as "Star 96-9" (see)?
96.9 MHz (LPR) "Foundation Radio", Orlando; Per L. Vencl: by late September, 2002, the FCC located and warned this station, which went silent, briefly. However, as of Ocotber, 2002, they appear to be permanently silent and the webcast is also down. Per R. Nervous, new since June, 2002 discovery. Stereo, big signal to International Drive, clean with limiters, no overmodulation (almost sounding commercial, except for the ads that were running). Very tight production, DJ announced they were doing "Old School Music" (dance songs from the mid-80's, Top 40 and rap 12" signals) froj 5-8 p.m., and after that, another DJ was going to be coming on.
97.1 MHz (LPR) “9-7-1”, Orlando; noted by the editor and G. Bishop, February, 2007 with hip hop and gangasta rap, promos for local hip hop band appearances, live slogan ID. Very strong near downtown.
97.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; per R. Nervous, June, 2002: no identification heard, but picked it up south on I-4 near Kirkman Road. Very overmodulated and hard to listen to. Distorted mono sound and it almost sounded like an Internet rebroadcast. Undetermined if the same as the Longwood entry.
97.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Longwood area; per a July 15, 2003 FCC press release: the Tampa Field Office visited this station in 2000, and seized the equipment in 2001. Defendant Richard I. Rowland refused to pay the forfeiture, and a court-ordered civil judgement to collect $10,000 plus costs was issued. The station was previously hard, relaying web or satellite-fed "patriot militia" programming (parallel parallel shortwave) as reported here by members of the Central Florida Listeners Group.
97.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Impacto/WFRI", Orlando area; reported by an anonymous source in February, 1997. Active Tuesday through Friday after 3 p.m. local, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Spanish evangelical and cultural programming. Inactive.
97.1 MHz (LPR) "Nasty Rapper", Lake Worth; reported active July, 2000 by K. Simon.
97.1 MHz (LPR) "Le June Auto Wholesale Radio Network", Miami; alias "La Red de Radio de Le June Auto Wholesale", and "La Estacion de Radio de Le June Auto Wholesale", located near Miami International Airport on Le June Road by the Holiday Inn. Somewhat-warbled loop of lame sounding female in English and Spanish, interviewing two of the big honcho men at the car dealer in poor English and Spanish, and not sounding spontaneous or unscripted. (Two big banners tell drivers-by to "Tune to 97.1 To Find Out How You Can Get A Free Gift".) Causing interference to licensed WFLC-97.3 MHz around the Le June Road area, June, 1998.
97.3 MHz (LPR) "97-3", Orlando area; confirmed active by D. Crawford, July, 2000. All-Caribe/soca format, live programming, commercials and reportedly on a 24/7 schedule. Initially began on 97.1.
97.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; stereo. Discovered by the editor in October, 1996, then on 89.3 MHz and operated sporadically for a few months with mostly modern and classic rock, live announcements only once heard, and referenced itself as simply “89.3” before eventually resurfacing on 97.3 MHz. Noted in August, 1997 mid-afternoon with off-air taped classic radio shows ("The Great Gildersleeves", "Johnny Dollar", "Sgt. Preston & Yukon King" and "The Adventures of Superman"--hosted by Stan Freeberg--with commercial breaks crudely edited out), no live announcements. Then located east Westshore Blvd. between El Prado and Bay-to-Bay (the Bel Mar Shores area). Fades by downtown and Tampa International Airport. Has since relocated off of Henderson, sometimes with alternating 70's metal/rock, live TV audio relays or taped local AM radio audio. Appears to be inacitve as of editing.
97.5 MHz (LPR) “Pirate Radio Network”, St. Petersburg; see 99.9 MHz.
97.5 MHz (LPR) "Hot 97.5", West Palm Beach; idependently reported by R. Nervous and J. Santosuosso in January, 2004. Very strong on the Turpike with light rap, Old School rap and R&B. More hardcore rap in the morning, which sounds computer automated as some tracks are tinny. Mono.
97.7 MHz (LPR) "Fuego 97", Summerfield; per Ocala.com: By Austin L. Miller - Staff writer - Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. "The owner of an unlicensed radio station and an employee were taken into custody Tuesday by federal authorities and sheriff's deputies. In early April, the Federal Communication Commission received information that a radio station, 97.7 FM, was operating without a license. Federal officials said the station, if left unchecked, could cause interference with other radio stations and aircraft flying in the area. FCC agents came to Marion County and learned that the radio station was located at 1706 SE 150th St. in Summerfield. They went to the property, where they saw a double-wide mobile home and a single-wide mobile home with a radio tower behind it. No one was home, so the agents left. The Property Crimes Unit of the Marion County Sheriff's Office began listening to the radio station and observing people entering and leaving the property. The station was playing Mexican music and advertising Hispanic businesses in the area, officials said. Authorities requested a search warrant, which was granted Tuesday. Photos from inside the state-of-the-art station show a sign for "Fuego 97." Luis Alfredo Galindo and Juan Ramon Nieves were arrested and taken to a Sheriff's Office substation for an interview. Nieves, 64, said he was the owner of the station, for which he did not have a license. He said the station had been in existence for about a year. Nieves was charged with operating an unlicensed radio station and was taken to the Marion County Jail. He has since been released on $5,000 bond. Galindo, 41, said he worked for Nieves. He was charged with unauthorized transmissions or interfering with a radio station. He remained in the jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bond." So researching further, I find they applied for a permit for the tower but was denied by Marion County Zoning Commission (see #8): http://sire.marioncountyfl.org/sirepub/cache/2/5w4e2gfoiyi5bsux3l1lvibr/14394806262013034037775.PDF. And the reference here to "WJRN" links back to 103.3 MHZ "Radio Maranatha" in nearby Belleview (see entry).
97.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Palm Coast; stereo. Per R. Gitschier, October, 2007, a two-person FCC team silenced a Haitian-programmed unlicensed FM station here. The station operated at 97.7mhz FM Stereo, and seemed to cover a fair swath of Flagler County, from his observations. The FCC also allegedly visited two AM stations and one LPFM station as well on their four day swing through this area. First observed by R. Gitschier, January, 2006 with Haitian Kreyol with drama and talk, music, live DJ. Some programs seem like they're taken off perhaps an Haitian television program (dramas). Signal good in Flagler Beach, a bit picket-fencing, but solid like a rock in Palm Coast, notably driving Belle Terre Parkway from FL-100 northerly for two to three miles. Haitians used to lease an hour Sundays on WFBO-LP, 93.3, but no longer.
97.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified ('Bhangra Man'), Gainesville; stereo. First heard by D. Crawford, February, 1999. Hidu-influenced house music CD's (Trinidad/Guyana-type), low power and bad hum, but better signal since May, 1999 and with more soca and reggae, afternoons, but untraced since late 1999.
97.7 MHz (LPR) "La Voz de Buen Samaritano", Ft. Myers; as of the editor's June, 1999 check, no longer here due to licensed WCCL, Punta Rossa's activation with classical music format, though suspect this is active on a new frequency. Was mono, first noted by T. Simon in May, 1998, then identifying as "Radio Buen Samaritano" with a Christian music format, and referencing "1620 kilociclos" (but untraced). Noted by the editor in September, 1998 with promotions for local Hispanic churches in Ft. Myers and Coral Springs and medical talk segments between modern Christian Spanish vocals. The live announcer was still referencing 1620 kiliciclos (again unheard).
97.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale area; heard by D. Crawford, November, 2001. Continuous Greek pop tracks with no announcements.
97.7 MHz (LPR) "La Tejanisima", Homestead; per T. Simon, January, 2004: "Stereo, with Mexican music. Covers South Dade area. Homestead Mexican population has been without a station that caters to them since WOIR/1430 was sold to religious interests."
97.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Hollywood; per R. Nervous, December, 2003: "Mono, strong signal on the Palmetto up to South Hollywood and played the usual hardcore rap and live phone calls. I've heard the voice before, reminds me of the old 90.9. Did not give a station name but used the call numbers frequently. Also ran ads for some upcoming nightclub events in the area."
97.7 MHz (LPR) "Hot 9-7", Miami; returned to the air with reduced power in September, 1998, per T. Simon, in mono,with urban format. Originally located in the Liberty City area and raided by the FCC on July 28, 1998. Format was 70's soul with some reggae oldies, well-mixed, with live jock chatter and community fundraising events. According to an August 9, 1998 Miami Herald feature, a rally was held on August 8th in front of the (former) station at 6680 NW 18th Avenue. Previously reported here as "Heart 9-7" or "Heart 9".
97.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; busted by the FCC in April, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-029 for details. Two property adjacent addresses are listed.
97.9 MHz (LPR) "Free Radio New Orleans", Louisiana (within the tentacles of Greater Florida); airs ecclectic block programming, both locally-produced and syndicated.
97.9 MHz (LPR) "WWID - The Drive", Auburn, Georgia; if active (listed on HobbyBroadcaster.net as Pt. 15 using a Hamilton Ramsey FM100B with Classic Rock/Deep Cuts).
98.1 MHz (LPR) "Companion Radio", Sarasota; see 96.3 "Companion Radio" Sarasota entry for details. Also on 99.1 MHz.
98.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; raided by the FCC on September, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0132.
98.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami Beach; busted February, 2009. Case Number EB-08-MA-0209.
98.3 MHz (LPR) "Z-98/WZAG", Tampa; (see 104.3 and 106.1 MHz entries). Switched here, as of mid-December, 1996 in an attempt to operate on a channel that skirts outside Tampa market stations. Inactive. Sporadically appeared, urban and R&B format. Past alternates were 104.3 and 106.1 MHz. Frequency also referenced in the March 27-April 2, 1997 "Weekly Planet" feature. The same operator appeared briefly oon 89.3 MHz as "Power 89.3" (see entry).
98.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Pinellas County; the editor noted a mono signal here, one night only as of editing, in mid-January, 1996 Related to (see) 102.9, 99.1 or 106.1 MHz unidentified entries?
98.3 MHz (LPR) "Base 98 Underground Radio", Tampa; mono, discovered by the editor, hugely successful urban black format, and a signal that covered much of Hillsborough County--with operator ties to previous "Base" Miami operations--possibly the most commercially successful pirate operation. Mostly rap format, took calls via rigged phone line number announced on the air, ran commercial spots for several black businesses and aired programs dealing with community social causes. Was on this frequency for several months from two locations before being busted for the second time by the FCC. The first location was on Laura Street, parallel to I-4 downtown, then the operation moved to the Sulphur Springs area after being raided by the FCC on 10/19/93. Initially operated at 90.1 MHz (then identifying as "Base FM") as discovered by the editor in August, 1993.
98.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; reported from March, 1997 with a self-described "urban" format, just west of downtown. Covers a couple of miles, per reports. Not sure how well it could get out, what with the WYUU "U92" oldies repeater from downtown, and WKTK, Crystal River dominating.
98.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Pompano Beach (Collier City area); noted by R. Scotka in November, 2004 with a non-stereo FM with local flavor rap/thug DJ mixes, lots of mentions of Broward and Pompano in sessions. Automated [when DF'ed, station located in a warehouse area on NW 31st. Ave.]. Antennas a set of VHF dipoles on small poles in roof mounts. Couldn't snag a parking space for fear of blocking the car business so couldn't look for operators.
98.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Oakland Park; busted by the FCC in June, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0111 for details.
98.7 MHz (LPR) see 102.1 MHz and 106.1 MHz “WZAG” entries.
98.7 MHz (LPR) "98.7 FM Energy", Miami; per Radio World, January 24, 2012, The FCC fined Robenson Thermitus (who's air name was “DJ Oneway”) $10,000 for operating an unlicensed radio transmitter on 98.7 MHz in Miami. The FCC's Miami Enforcement Bureau followed up on a July, 2011 complaint, traceding the signal to an FM transmitting antenna mounted in a tree. The station was also transmitting an RDS display of “98.7 FM Energy,” according to the commission.
98.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami; raided by the FCC on October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0185.
98.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami; busted February, 2009. Case Number EB-09-MA-0006.
98.7 MHz (LPR) "Mega 98", Hialeah/Miami Lakes area; noted by T. Simon in March, 1998. Mix of Miami classic dance tunes, salsa and English announcers. The ID at the top-of-the-hour: "M-E-G-A, Coral Gables-Miami", but seems to be in the Hialeah/Miami Lakes area, based on signal.
98.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lake Worth; per K. Simon, someone here in Kreyol, April, 2006.
99.--- MHz (LPR) “Driving For Jesus Radio”, Tampa; D. Harris--while on a business trip to Tampa in late September, 1996--spotted an old white Ford station wagon (Squire Estate-type, fake wood side panels with Hillsborough tags) which had a roof-mounted Radio Shack VHF antenna (double paper clip type). As he pursued the car, he noted professionally painted signs on the rear window and tailgate to tune to 99.--- (exact frequency not recalled) for evangelical programming. Harris did, and found a clean stereo signal audible for at least a half mile before the car was lost in traffic on Hillsborough Avenue. Programming was evangelical music tapes. Harris also noted a microphone dangling from the inside rearview mirror, presumably for spontaneous commentaries (or, “hey mother------, stop tailgating me”). Anyone spotting this vehicle is asked to provide the exact frequency!
99.1 MHz (LPR) “Scout Radio” at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation, located west of DeFuniak Springs; noted in June, 2004 by G. Bishop, who supplies the following details: "Entering the camp, there’s a big sign “Listen to Scout Radio 99.1.” The station itself seems to be a Part-15 operation, clearly something new and fun for summer camp. Selections varied from Christian rock to both Elvis [Presley and Costello, with], “Hound Dog” and “Oliver’s Army.” Everything was somewhat overmodulated, and lots of dead air, exactly the kind of thing one would expect in a learning environment. The signal carried about four miles, as measured on the way home. It’s probable this is audible along I-10 for a short distance, between mile markers 76 and 84. No word on daily hours, or if this is just for this week, or if it will be active next week for the campers, too. It was not on the air 6/8/04, when I had a chance to do a bandscan at Spanish Trail. IDs were given only as “Scout Radio." [My son] speculates that the transmitter is in the staff area of the camp, an area not open to camp visitors. No sign of a stick anywhere else I could go."
99.1 MHz (LPR) “Hot 99-1”, Tampa; Tampa Tribune, December 10, 2005 - By Valerie Kalfrin: TAMPA - They called themselves "the sound from the underground," guys who love club music and hip hop. They had a turntable, microphones, CD players and mixers, advertisements for a Tampa nightclub and live banter during a rush-hour show they called "Traffic Jams." What they didn't have was a broadcasting license, Tampa police say. Working with the Federal Communications Commission, police pulled the plug on the pirate station at 99.1 FM on Thursday, ending a broadcast heard since November 20 from Largo to Seffner, Tampa police Capt. Paul Driscoll said. "It went from right in the middle of a song to just a little hum," Driscoll said Friday. According to police, Infinity Broadcasting of St. Petersburg reported the broadcast to the FCC, which alerted police. The FCC tracked the signal to an antenna atop Palm Avenue Baptist Tower, a high-rise apartment building at 215 E. Palm Ave., Driscoll said. FCC technicians then tracked the signal's origin to 4402 Melton Ave., down the street from St. Joseph's Hospital, where the unlicensed broadcasters had installed an antenna and cable through the wall of a rear second-story office. Police served two search warrants on the office and seized about $20,000 worth of equipment, Driscoll said. The antennae appear to have been installed without the building managers' knowledge, he said. As of Friday, police were still investigating and had made no arrests. Driscoll said he expects charges to be filed. A person who makes unlicensed radio transmissions or interferes with a public or commercial radio station can be charged with a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Police had listened to the station for a few moments a day since Nov. 22. They heard profanity - which the FCC prohibits - an advertisement for Club 112, a nightclub at 901 N. Franklin St., and a call-in number for requests, Driscoll said. No one answered the phone at the club on Friday. The FCC declined to comment. Roland Martino, 32, who owns the Melton Avenue building, said the unlicensed station used an office near studio space rented by a rock band. He said a man had contacted him months ago seeking to rent the space and viewed it with a key Martino's office loaned to him. Martino thought the man might have copied the key. Florida, especially Miami, is a "hotbed for pirate radio activity," which can interfere with air-traffic control signals and other stations, said Dennis Wharton, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington. People seem to take to the airwaves when their programming is "not on the dial," said Rob Lorei, news director of WMNF, 88.5 FM. Heard by the editor on December 9, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. with the usual urban format, but not present at 1 p.m. recheck, so suspected they were busted before noon this day. Indeed word came in to FLPRS at 9:00 p.m. on December 9th that the station was raided by the FCC and other agencies mid-morning. First reported by various contributors on radio-info.com’s Tampa Bay board in November 21, 2005 (first day of operation per the announcer). Mono. Uncensored rap, live African-American announcer responding to Tampa Bay area callers, “Underground Radio” slogans. Listeners/callers responding from Brandon to St. Petersburg, so apparently running a lot of power. Confirmed by the editor, local level in Clearwater, and also heard quite well on I-75 as far south as the Ruskin exit. No processing, limiters or mixing, terrible audio when the announcer spoke. Read quite a few live liners for local ghetto nightclubs and house recording/dubbing studios.
99.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Sonique", Tampa; reactivated late September, after a few days of silence, coinciding with an FCC sweep in Tampa Bay, but fell silent only a few weeks later. Reported December 31, 2001 by T. Wood, visiting in Tampa. Big stereo signal, rebroadcasting a Voice of America (Haitian) Kreyol news segment. Since confirmed by the reporter with "Radio Sonique" slogans and continued Kreyol programming. First heard by the editor a few days later, with a signal at least marginally covering central to north Pinellas County, with nonstop Soukous music. Located at a home on West State Street at North Habana. Stack array antenna in the back yard.
99.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Galaxie", Tampa; see 106.1 MHz.
99.1 MHz (LPR) unidentifed, Tampa; stereo, first noted by the editor from mid-October, 1997 24 hours/day with "American Dissident Voices" (National Vanguard) extreme wing transcription programs continuously aired. Strong throughout urban Tampa, fairly weak in central Pinellas County. Appears to have gone inactive or at least very irregular a few days after the FCC's November 19, 1997 Tampa micro-broadcasters raids.
99.1 MHz (LPR) "Southside Radio", St. Petersburg; first heard by the editor late June, 1999 with gangsta rap and hip-hop, live male dj, stereo. Located in the extreme southeast area of the city, some song requests are "sponsored" by area businesses. Inactive after a few months, however see 102.1 MHz "WFLX - Southside Radio," which may be affiliated or the same proprietor. "WFLX" was originally on 90.9 MHz, identifying as "The Heat FM -- WFLX." .
99.1 MHz (LPR) "99.1" Pinellas Park; noted June, 2000 by the editor with mono mode, with classic rock CD tracking. Active late afternoons through early evenings. Occasional live announcements by male. New? Or the same as the unidentified Pinellas Park/north St. Petersburg inactive entry also on 99.1 MHz?
99.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, St. Petersburg; irregular, mono mode, briefly heard by the editor late November, 1997 with unidentifed 'conspiracy/New World Order' talk programming, not the same programming as the Tampa "American Dissident Voices" fare. Signal was best just south of downtown. Not the same (at least location) as the briefly-active Pinellas Park 99.1 MHz entry.
99.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Pinellas Park/north St. Petersburg; inactive, though noted with mono signal in early November, 1997 by the editor; began with continuously replaying a syndicated "Lovelines" program, taped off-air from "98 Rock" (WXTB FM, 97.9)--circa just before Labor Day weekend--per station promos and ads left in. The format briefly switched to urban dance/pop music recordings, nonstop. Related to 'White Trash Radio' 98.3, 102.9 and 106.1 MHz entries, or the St. Petersburg 99.1 MHz?
99.1 MHz (LPR) "Companion Radio", Sarasota; see 96.3 "Companion Radio" Sarasota entry for details. Also on 98.1 MHz.
99.1 MHz (LPR) "WDOG", Palmetto; first noted by the editor in February, 1999. Clean, strong stereo signal, presumably active evenings only, as not noted daytime. Well-mixed hip-hop music, fairly sparse live identifications by operator ("... dj Buddy Lee, that's my new name..."). Moved briefly to 102.9 MHz. Appears to be inactive, however, see 102.1 "Hot 102" entry.
99.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Hollywood; according to APBNews.com, (September 3, 1999), a station was closed by authorities on August 31, 1999 for allegedly interfering with Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport radio frequencies. The station format was all-Caribbean music-talk. This editor never traced this station during frequent visits to the area.
99.5 MHz (LPR) “Radio Galaxie”, Homestead; noted by the editor in August, 2007 and pretty sure not the same as the “Radio Cinque Etoile” entry, as this one is definitely in Homestead. Huge signal, somewhat overmodulated but stereo. Kreyol live programming, many advertisements for local businesses in Homestead, one in Kendall. Signal pretty much lost in north of Kendall nearing US-41, on Krome Avenue. Slogan is tentative, sounding like “Gak-SEE” but probably Galaxie, which for reasons still unknown is a popular slogan for ethno-Haitian stations.
99.5 MHz (LPR) "Radio Cinque Etoile (Radio Five Star)", Miami; seems to be the slogan of this one, which is in Kreyol. Ex-94.3 MHz since May, 1998.
99.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Homestead; raided by the FCC in August, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0140.
99.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Delray Beach; shut down by the Paml Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the FCC in early September, 2007 after a licensed broadcaster filed a complaint. Formerly broadcast in Kreyol, Spanish and English from a residential duplex on NW 48th Avenue.
99.5 MHz (LPR) "Dance 99-5" East Hialeah/Miami Springs area; aired disco/70's/80's Miami dance-pop. Busted by the FCC in February, 1998, reportedly after the operators appeared on a WPLG-TV 10 micro-radio feature, where his ham radio callsign was viewable.
99.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Naples; per FCC File No. EB-02-TP-276, NAL/Acct. No. 200232700017 (March 24, 2003), one Homere Hyppolite of 4843 Devon Circle, Naples, FL 34112 was visited on May 14, 2002 by Tampa Office field agents and delivered a warning letter. He apparently voluntarily surrendered his transmitting equipment at this time, which also appears to have been the first FCC visit. On July 15th, an NAL was issued with a fine of $10,000. Due to claimed financial hardship, the fine was reduced to $2,000. Hyppolite stated he was only testing the equipment, and never intended to operate a radio station at his residence. "However, when the FCC agents interviewed him on May 14, 2002, he told them that he was operating the station as a service to the community." Though not confirmed, I presume the format was Haitian kreyol language, based on the name of the person fined.
99.9 MHz (LPR) “Pirate Radio Network 99.9 FM”, St. Petersburg; as of Friday, April 4, 2005, temporarily inactive. A St. Petersburg Times feature [April 6, 2005] stated that the FCC knocked on Bob Noxious’ apartment door (he did not answer), and he voluntarily shut down after their departure. An FCC NOAL via certified mail may be pending. A fundraising event for PRN was scheduled for April 24th, 3-7 p.m., at the Globe Coffee Lounge, 532 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. PRN moved to 99.9 MHz in mid-February, 2005, previously on 97.5 MHz. Per R. Nervous, February 13, 2005: The signal is much stronger [on this new frequency], but the quality is still about the same, they seem to be running a CD changer due to long breaks in between songs. [programming sources are live, 5-disc CD changer, MP3 feeder or “The Pirate Radio Network” Internet streaming]. It is a stereo broadcast (due to the tuned stereo light) but because of the poor quality I think what actually gets out is in mono. Previously from Nerv: ”There is a new pirate in downtown St Petersburg… Pirate Radio Network (that's what they are calling themselves) and they are using the old slogans from the old 102.1 FM in Tampa. They left a flyer on my wife's car after the Snoop Dogg show on Tuesday night. I tuned them in on Thursday and could barely pick them up north of 22nd Ave N and 4th! They are apparently broadcasting from somewhere in downtown St Petersburg but their signal is spotty and they are fighting 97.5 WPCV in Winter Haven [then on 97.5 MHz – editor], a better location would probably help them get out more. Apparently on the flyer the station is being run by Bob Noxious and Friends from the old Party Pirate. When I heard it the signal was overmodulated but in stereo. Interference from the legal 97.5 might have been causing some of the distortion though.” Indeed, it's there -- audible (mere fragments) at 34th St. (US-19) and Central Ave. over the 97.5 WPCV-Winter Haven Country station that otherwise dominates the channel near-local elsewhere in the county. Signal fairly good on Central at 22nd St., as per Nerv. But better a few blocks east while on Central. Seems to actually be in the Old NE neighborhood just north of Baywalk. Great signal around 1st St. NE at 9th Ave NE and 1st St. NE at 5th Ave., for instance. But interestingly, the signal seems very directional. Whereas weakly audible at 34th St. and Central, it was audible all the way up 4th St. to the Gandy Blvd. intersection (completely lost the signal there). Horizontally polarized Yagi or TV antenna? As for the format -- alt/thrasher/punk -- very Party Pirate 102.1 sounding, which makes me wonder if L. D. "Doug" Brewer is still live streaming The Party Pirate and this is merely an Internet relay. His web pages http://www.ldbrewer.com/pirate/pirate/index.html do not seem to have an actual audio stream I could find any more, despite the program schedule, etc. Note that "Bob Noxious" is listed as having an air slot on Thursdays. Signal is stereo, but not the cleanest. Some of the canned promos and liners should offend the locals -- especially the Uhuru movement. Favorite song was a lounge lizard cover of Rage Against The Machine's "Guerilla Radio." Also played a track from the Linkin Park/Jay-Z mix-it-up CD and the classic Wall Of Voodoo "Mexican Radio." Transmitter/amp power is reportedly roughly 40 watts, 24/7.
99.9 MHz (LPR) "WZRT Z-100", Clearwater; noted briefly from the second week of July, 1998. Mono with live programming ("classic rock, the best of the 70's, 80's and 90's"), and taped segments of the syndicated "Lovelines" talk show. Announced a phone number, and claimed to be Tampa Bay's and Florida's first and only digital FM station, with regular programming set to begin on July 25th. Per a phone call, the on-air host also told me the station was licensed by the FCC, running at 55 watts and will eventually go to 3,000 watts and with a 250-foot tower near 49th St. and 62nd Avenue. (The actual WZRT call letters are licensed to a station in Vermont, per the FCC's search engine.) But in reality, the station was traced to an apartment complex near the Bay Area Outlet Mall. See 96.3 "Z-Rock" entry.
99.9 MHz (LPR) 'Rocky Point music radio', Tampa; had been active 24 hours with automated cart or multi-disc CD player with nonstop pop/rock music (several seconds gap between tracks), never any ID's, and had been active since at least early summer, 1995. The location was DFed a residence near the Rocky Point area, which will remain confidential. Signal got out a couple of miles, roughly; full stereo. Since March, 1996, the station dropped to an irregular broadcast pattern, possibly due to FCC activity in the Tampa Bay area. A few months later, a broadcast of similar nature from the same area was monitored on 104.1 MHz. In December, the editor confirmed, by drive-by monitoring, that the 104.1 MHz signal was originating from the same site as this (former) frequency. See 104.1 MHz for additional information.
99.9 MHz (LPR) "WECX - 99.9 Eckerd College Radio", St. Petersburg; stereo "radiating cable" low power signal with a volunteer student staff, alternative format, irregular hours during college session. Audible from I-275 up to about Exit 5 (27th Ave. S.). Formerly on 530 kHz.
99.9 MHz (LPR) "The Freedom", Bradenton; unconfirmed air signal, but this page was reported by J. Mouw in November, 2012. Listed as a Top 40 format.
99.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Sarasota; reported on the radio-info.com Tampa board in February, 2012 as having moved here, ex 96.3 (maybe related to 103.1, too) with Caribbean (mostly Haitian Kreyol) format, seemingly Pt. 15.
100.1 MHz (LPR), “Z-100”, Tampa; detected in October, 1996 near University Square. Continuous music, well-produced (but still amateurish) “Z-100” drops between songs. Puny signal, suspect a University of South Florida student operation. Stereo.
100.1 MHz (LPR) see 96.7 MHz Lutz Community Radio entry.
100.1 MHz (LPR) City of Stone Mountain, Georgia; per an anonymous source and friend of the editor: "This is the City of Stone Mountain Radio Communication Bulletin Board, operating on 100.1 FM, low-power radio." No call letters given and no indication of any FCC license. Signal radius is about five miles in all directions from transmitting antenna on an old telephone pole next to city police station. Audio is a loop of several announcements (often several weeks out of date) read by off-mike female, including promotion of events at local non-profit arts center. Blocks reception of "Sunny 100.1 FM" licensed to Canton, approximately 30 miles away. The editor also has a report that this station is running about 10 watts, and was installed with help from a couple of local amateur radio club members. Though FLPRS rarely includes entries beyond southern Georgia, this one is too unusual to not include.
100.3 MHz (LPR) Playtime Flea Market, southwest Jacksonville; per D. Harris, this is active, running two 1960’s vintage Lafayette signal generators into one watt Ramsey amps, with Radio Shack omni FM antennas at nine-foot height. See also 101.3 MHz entry.
100.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified; reggae format, similar to "Startime Radio" on 92.5 MHz. Located north of Oakland Park Blvd. area, good coverage. Reported May, 2002.
100.3 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #9. See 88.3 MHz for details. (This is the original theatre of the 13, from its days as the Thunderbird Drive-In [neon sign still up on it], the largest screen of them all, per T. Simon.
100.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; activity possibly here per C. Dunne, June, 1997.
100.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Immokalee; forwarded via B. Whaley: allaccess.com reported: “The Collier County Sheriff’s Office shut down a Haitian pirate radio station in Immokalee, Florida on Friday [March 23, 2007], the department announced… The raid at 402 15th St. SE shut down the pirate, which had been operating without a license at 100.5 FM. Julien Pierce and Jackson Delva were charged with third-degree felony charges of unauthorized transmission or interference with a public or commercial radio station licensed by the FCC, which carries a maximum five years in prison.”
100.5 MHz (LPR) "Radio New Star", Immokalee; inactive, per S. McHale, May, 2004. Last reactivated, or at least the format and approximate slogan reappeared, as of January, 2004 per H. Johnson. "Radio Star" slogans, also reference to "Kiskeya" (see old "Radio Kiskeya" entry as well). Mostly Haitian Kreyol, but some English Christian vocals. Dead air between songs, dead air between songs. Heard on State Road 29 as far south as Sunniland. Also on this channel: the 100.5 MHz rap/hip-hop station. In February, 2003: Forfeiture Order (File No. EB-02-TP-260; NAL/Acct. No. 200232700022; FRN 0007-4959-97) by the FCC indicates Josue Alusma of Naples was cited for operating this station, dated January 31, 2003. First noted February, 2002 by H. Johnson with Kreyol programming of music and live announcers in stereo, good signal and modulation. Slogan is "Radio New Star" and "Radio New Star, All the Way." Possibly a reincarnation of "Radio Kiskeya" (see entry) that had a huge signal and big Haitian community following.
100.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Naples; according to a WINK-TV feature on December 26, 2003, this new one is active a with rap and hip-hop format, and aired commercial spots, including Club Neptune's. Inactive as of February, 2004 per H. Johnson.
100.5 MHz (LPR) "Radio Kiskeya", Ft. Myers; most-recently heard by the editor in June, 2000 with clean stereo signal (used to be mono) north of Ft. Myers, and again audible east of Naples on I-75. First confirmed active per T. Simon in Naples, June, 1998, after a Konpa Online entry, purporting this to be "The first full time Haitian radio station in Southwest Florida" with music, live news and talk programming 24hours/day. Noted as far north as Gasparilla Island in August, 1999. Signal seems to peak closer to Ft. Myers than originally listed Immokalee. A November, 2003 report states that a Tori Javier Lipscomp was notified by the FCC in April that he'd have to fork over a $10,000 fine for operating an unlicensed station. Lipscomb never filed a response to the FCC's Notice of Apparent Liability, and he must now pay the fine within 30 days of November 10, 2003.
100.5 MHz (LPR) "The New 100 FM", Port St. Lucie; since May, 1998. Stereo with professional, live format of mostly urban R&B, clean and solid signal in the Port St. Lucie/Ft. Pierce vicinity.
100.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; new, hip-hop format, March, 2002 per K. Simon.
100.7 MHz (LPR) "WJND-LP MegaMix 100.7", Ocala; according to their website (see also 95.3, 95.9 and 96.3 MHz "MegaMix entries). Note: a licensed WJND-LP now reportedly on this channel. Update via the Ocala.com, written by Christopher Currry and posted there on November 6, 2007: James Dispoto played dance and Top 40 tunes on MegaMix 100.7, the low-power FM radio station he operated from his home. Dispoto didn't get the county regulatory approval he needed to run the station and erect a tall radio tower. An appellate court has sided with the county. There was a time when perhaps the highest point in the High Pointe neighborhood southeast of Ocala was a radio tower in the Dispoto family's backyard. Starting in 2003, the tower broadcast the signal of MegaMix 100.7, a low-power FM radio station that played dance and Top 40 music. James Dispoto, who went by the on-air moniker "DJ New York," was the station manager and main disc jockey. After complaints from some neighbors along Southeast 60th Street, a battle ensued with Marion County. The county prohibits the operation of radio stations in residential neighborhoods without a special use permit and the construction of a radio tower in excess of 50 feet without required zoning approval. The family previously said the tower stood at 100 feet; the county estimated it stood 130 feet high. The Dispotos' argument was that, because James Dispoto's mother, Elaine, has an amateur radio license, county officials would violate Federal Communications Commission regulations if they ordered the tower down. The tower is down, the radio station is silent, and the legal battle has played on. But on Friday, the county scored another win. In a 3-0 ruling, a panel of judges from the 5th District Court of Appeal upheld the temporary injunction that a circuit judge had issued ordering the Dispotos to take down the tower. The appeals panel rejected the argument that the county violated an FCC regulation "requiring state and local governments to make reasonable accommodations for antenna structures related to amateur service communications." The opinion said FCC regulations "gave no specific height below which a local government may not regulate" and provided no detail about what state and local governments had to do to make "reasonable accommodations." The ruling also said the FCC does not require local governments to make any accommodations if a residential neighborhood's covenants and restrictions prohibit ham radio antennas. That is the case in the Dispotos' neighborhood for any antenna that "extended more than 10 feet above the building it served," according to the ruling. Elaine and James Dispoto declined comment Monday. They said they did not know the appeals court had issued a decision and had not had a chance to talk with their attorney. Marion County zoning director Mike May could not be reached for comment.
100.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Dunamis", Kissimmee/Buenaventura area; in December, 1996, a low power Latin format (Spanish, with salsa music) was active. Has since moved to (see) 104.5 MHz.
100.9 MHz (LPR) "The Bomb", Stuart; reported active since January, 1999, with a dance format, professional dj's. Good coverage, sometimes overmodulated audio.
100.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Okeechobee; released July 7, 2006 by the FCC: On July 7, 2005, the Enforcement Bureau's Tampa Office received information concerning an unauthorized broadcast station operating on 100.9 MHz in Okeechobee, Florida… On September 1, 2005, the Tampa Office received information from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office regarding the Sheriff's Office investigation of the unlicensed radio station operating on 100.9 MHz in Okeechobee. The detective investigating the case was acquainted with Venters. The detective monitored the broadcasts on 100.9 MHz and heard a disc jockey talking whose voice sounded similar to Venters. he detective interviewed a witness who lived next door to the property where the unlicensed radio station was located. This witness stated he had met a man that worked in the shed behind the residence and knew him as "Adam Vent." The witness stated that "Adam Vent" had asked to borrow a ladder to erect an antenna in the yard. The detective showed the witness a photograph of Venters and the witness identified the photograph as the same person he knew as "Adam Vent." Another witness interviewed by the detective, the owner of an electronics shop, stated that Adam Venters had approached him and sold him advertising time on a radio station. This witness stated that Venters would call him so he could listen on the unlicensed station when the advertisement was broadcast. The witness provided a cancelled check made payable to "Adam T. Venters." The detective interviewed a third witness who operates a night club and employs Venters at the night club. This third witness stated that Venters had provided advertising for the night club on a radio station at no cost. This witness provided a telephone number for Venters that was the same number the detective had heard the disc jockey broadcast on the radio station. The detective's report stated that a search warrant was served on July 13, 2005 on the residence and the shed containing the unlicensed station. The detective stated that Venters called the Sheriff's Office and left a message for the detective with a contact telephone number that was the same as the one broadcast by the disc jockey. The detective stated that he conducted a non-custodial interview with Venters on July 15, 2005. The detective stated that in that interview Venters admitted to operating the radio station, stating that he worked for the true owner of the station whom he identified only with a nickname, that he (Venters) had been involved in the operation of the station from its beginning, and that he (Venters) collected money from advertisers and artists to play their material on the radio station.
101.1 MHz (LPR) “Flava-FM”, Ft. Lauderdale; per the Adam Jacobson feature in the Miami Herald, August, 2004: this is active and bills itself as “Miami’s Number One Caribbean Station” with Jamaican/Caribe format. Location per the feature.
101.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Nouvelle Vision", Pompano Beach; per R. Nervous, May, 2004: still on the air and they do live phone- in shows in the afternoons and play the same music style. Very weak signal from south Ft Lauderdale into the Hollywood area on I-95. I'm not sure where this one is originating from, but it cannot be heard in the Cypress Creek area of Ft Lauderdale. From October, 2003: Kreyol streaming feed, see also 104.7 MHz Delray Beach, per network source directly. Possibly the same as what was reported here in January, 2002 per K. Simon, and by T. Simon, August, 1998 with Kreyol programming.
101.1 MHz (LPR) “Ground Zero Radio,” SE(?) Florida; only clue to this one, as of April, 2007, was the website which announced they were raided by the FCC and off the air at http://www.freewebs.com/groundzeroradio/ Any readers have more details?
101.1 MHz (LPR) "Nation", Coconut Grove; raided by the FCC on July 28, 1998. Identifications as "Nation--your all-digital community radio" a few times a day. Playing seven and 12-inch mixes of dance music. Since May, 1998.
101.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; raided by the FCC in September, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0172/0206.
101.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Hollywood; busted by the FCC in April, 2009. Case EB-09-MA-0071.
101.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; raided by the FCC in October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0191.
101.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; busted by the FCC in June, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0116 for details.
101.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; raided by the FCC in October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0191.
101.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Broward County; busted February, 2009. Case Number EB-09-MA-0022.
101.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach; since at least November, 1997, reactivated most-recently in September, 1998. Stereo, often 24 hours. Used a four-bay antenna/tower. Reportedly visited by federal agents on four previous occasions.
101.3 MHz (LPR) "Ciento Uno puno Tres", West Palm Beach; noted by K. Simon, August, 1998. Spanish, including Sunday church services. Moved to 92.5 MHz by February, 1999.
101.3 MHz (LPR) Playtime Flea Market, southwest Jacksonville; see 100.3 MHz entry.
101.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lake Worth; 101.7 looed "el contien biendo" or similar repeated.
101.9 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #13. See 88.3 MHz for details.
101.9 MHz (LPR) "Vibez 101-9" Miramar; closed in October, 2005 by the FCC and FDLE, according to a December 27, 2005 Miami Herald article. According to the Herald, a company called In Vibration operated “Vibez” and also applied for FM licenses in Perry and Cedar Key, Florida. However, the company defaulted on application fees and both Construction Permits expired. Per an earlier Miami Herald feature (August, 2004), this station served the Jamaican community. First reported by per L. Hudson, November, 2003.
101.9 MHz (LPR) "Galaxy FM", Pompano Beach; Haitian format, programming is always overmodulated and sounds like crap. Reported May, 2002. Slogan per D. Slam, June, 2002.
101.9 MHz (LPR) Radio Swing, Miami; reported October, 1998 with meremgue and salsa Spanish format.
102.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, central Pinellas County; first noted by the editor February 7, 1999 testing mid-day with nonstop techno dance music (mostly instrumental), varying audio levels and carrier-only at times, and a few times since this date, often with carrier-only. Stereo. (Not "The Party Pirate," which was present when this one left the air.) Located in the Clearwater/Largo area.
102.1 MHz (LPR) "WKMJ", Pinellas Park; from the Tampa Bay Times online: "Published: November 15, 2013. Pinellas Park police say they’ve taken an pirate radio station that was operating within the city off the air. Late this afternoon, officers and Federal Communications Commission investigators arrested Kervenson Joseph, 27 of Kenneth City, who they say was listed as the CEO of pirate radio station WKMJ 102.1 FM. Joseph was charged with unauthorized transmissions to, or interference with, a public or commercial radio station licensed by the FCC, which is a third-degree felony. Officers seized the radio transmitter and antenna at 6251 Park Blvd Suite 9-F Pinellas Park. The business has been secured and the radio broadcast has been terminated." The Tampa Bay page of RadioDiscussions.com posts indicate this [had] been active for a month or so.
102.1 MHz (LPR) "102.1 FM" (formerly "The New Hot 102 -- WFLX" etc.), St. Petersburg; confirmed closed and one Donald Donovan Jackson served with a NAL (File No. EB-03-TP-035, NAL Acct. 200332700023, FRN No. 000-890-9301) on August 10, 2004. Pending fine reduced to $3,000 based on hardship. The FCC observed and ultimately visited the facility on several occasions. Previously observed by the editor on some days in stereo, other times in mono. Noted late November, 2000 on this new frequency after having been inactive for several months, and formerly on 90.9 MHz (then identifying as "The Heat FM -- WFLX"). Format of mostly Jamaican house music, a few classic reggae and urban. Same announcer as when on 90.9, and with bad reverb and loops. Was identifying as "102.1" and/or "WFLX," but one "Southside Radio" noted which would seemingly indicate the same proprietor (or affiliation with) "Southside Radio," another St. Petersburg operation (more urban) that was on 99.1 MHz. Since late February, 2001, format switched to mostly old ska, reggae and classic soul and "The New Hot 102" slogan began, seemingly an ownership change. From fall of 2001, they had greatly reduced power, but by spring of 2002, signal back to the usual strong level, active all weekend, most evenings and occasionally weekday mornings onward. And, for the first time, noted on a Sunday (March, 2002) with Kreyol gospel programming, also then in mono mode (though stereo usually used in the past). Located in a storefront that houes a cell phone reseller, planned parenthood office, etc. at 21 9th St. South, (M L King), Suite 200-D (at Central) Nice stacked antenna atop the building, which eventually came down in 2003.
102.1 MHz "WHGE" Hunter's Green Elementary School, New Tampa; a feature in the May 21, 2004 edition of the Tampa Tribune by Michele Sager: "Parents waiting to drop off their children in the morning at Hunter's Green Elementary can listen to a new station on their radios. The school's radio station, WHGE, 102.1-FM, began broadcasting last week. The station simulcasts the student-produced television show from 8 to 8:15 a.m. Listeners get a daily dose of patriotic songs, weather, sports reports and school news. Eventually the station will add a looping track of expanded information that will run throughout the school day. The low-watt station can be heard within a 1-mile radius of the school." (Note: Part 15-compliant, not a pirate -- Krueger).
102.1 MHz (LPR) "The Party Pirate 102.1 FM", Temple Terrace; last noted active in mid-November, 2000 with a remote from a lounge on Fletcher Avenue, and afternoons/evenings since. This, along with "87X" (87.9 MHz) and "Lutz Community Radio (96.7 MHz) were jointly raided by the FCC and US Federal Marshals on November 19, 1997. Much of the broadcasting equipment--including the 150-foot tower--were dismantled by Das Federales (see the November 20 and 22, 1997 Tampa Tribune for details). The original owner of 102.1 returned--via cyberspace-- "The Pirate Radio Network" via his web site with a live audio stream of essentially the same programming as before. While sporadic "Pirate Radio 102.1" transmissions were made after the raid, this station reappeared in mid November, 1999 (alternative music format, different operators) with full force, justifying the return based on the FCC's decision to allow a low power station in Texas to legally operate. It has been silent since January, 2000. The original station first appeared on the 102.1 MHz channel in November, 1995 with a huge stereo signal and broadcasted on a regular schedule, covering much of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, initially with nonstop rock music (switching to nonstop Christmas music from November 29th). The station began in July, 1995, using 98.7 MHz stereo.
102.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Tampa; silent as of the week of July 2, 2006, along with the 102.1 Haitian Kreyol, presumable due to coordinated FCC and/or FDLE action.. This was a new Haitian Kreyol with continuous music, seemingly in mono, noted April, 2006 by the editor. Probably a new one vs. reactivation of “Essense FM” (see entry) in light of the timeframe. Per my observations, this is roughly in the same area as the 96.3 MHz Kreyol (NE Tampa, just off I-75).
102.1 MHz (LPR) "Essence FM", Tampa; seemingly inactive since spring, 2003. First noted by the editor in early May, 2002. Kreyol format of live kompa, zouk and folk songs, frequent slogans, including "Essece FM stereo-stereophonique" (however, transmitting in mono). Many of the songs were via vinyl/turntable, also audio limiting not present, thought the transmitter itself is clean. Does not seem to be the former "Radio Galaxie" (see 103.1 MHz), however there may be ties. Located in the west Tampa area. Announcer noted briefly greeting listeners in poor Spanish, though all programming otherwise is Haitian Kreyol.
102.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Fe", Tampa; first noted by the editor on May 26, 1998 with a fair signal in Pinellas County, stereo but tinny audio. Format was a mix of traditional Latin (Cuban, tejano) vocals and a few Spanish Christian songs and extensive scripture readings. Live announcer with frequent station slogan, phone number for call-ins and announces a late afternoon through evening schedule. Closed by the FCC in late summer, 1998.
102.1 KHz (LPR) unidentified, Sarasota; a reliable source indicates there is an active station here (as od December, 2010) but the format and slogan are not confirmed.
102.1 MHz (LPR) "Hot 102", Palmetto; August, 2003: a long-inactive Manatee County pirate is back, though suspect not the original operator (probably a friend, though): "Hot 102.1" was noted with a killer signal (audible up through south-central St. Petersburg). Format is (while I listened, 4:50 p.m.+ Friday, August 15th) urban and current rap (Ashanti, Papa Doc, R Kelly, B2K...). Announced a phone number followed by many 'shout outs' by girls-in-da-hood, mostly in the Port Manatee area (station was previously DF'ed by myself in the Palmetto area). The host was "Boy DJ" but he mentioned "Big Dog" is on Wednesdays (so apparently this is a seven-day operation). Often uses the slogan "All New Hot 102.1" as well as "Ghetto Radio" (the latter especially when the phone line is activated). Stereo, clean though very compressed audio with heavy bottom-end. Noted one 'commercial' for a nightclub. Previous update was November, 2001: then untraced for 3-4 months (last heard by the editor 3-4 months ago with a malfunctioning transmitter, distoreted carrier only), also untraced recently by contributor "Nervous." Discovered by the editor in November, 1999. Stereo, with a format of mostly gangsta rap/hip-hop and some 80's black pop. Live dj, who also gives the studio number (Palmetto exchange) on the air. Located near downtown Palmetto, with a signal that covers all of Bradenton, and has been weakly audible in south St. Petersburg. Believe to be the same as defunct "WDOG," which was on 99.1 MHz (see entry), then briefly on 102.9 MHz.
102.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Boca Raton; a February, 1998 unconfirmed report has a station operating here, at least at times relaying the Pirate Radio Network.
102.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lauderhill; raided by the FCC in January, 2009. See Case Number EB-09-MA-0039.
102.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Orlando; heard in April, 2001 by an area contributor. Nonstop instrumental dance/techno tracks, strong in the Conway-Belle Isle-Englewood areas, less strong south and west of there, where the Melbourne station starts to break through.
102.3 MHZ (TIS) WAEM, Miami (downtown); inactive and no longer appears in the FCC license database. Stereo, low-powered, vertically-polarized outlet that began in late 1993. Covered virtualy all of Miami-Dade County. Loop in six languages (German, Spanish, English, Kreyol, French and Portuguese) with anti-car attack tips and "Welcome to Greater Miami and the beaches. A message in your language is coming up." Originally used experimental callsign 930513NA. Licensed to the State (of Florida) Department of Management.
102.3MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; raided by the FCC in September, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0145/0168.
102.5 MHZ (LPR) unidentified, Miami-Dade County; noted by the editor in June, 2003. Spanish vocals, heard on Card Sound Road and Homestead and even then, very poor.
102.9 MHz (LPR) "Dade City Community Radio" see 87.9 MHz.
102.9 MHz (LPR) "Power 102", Plant City; reported by R. Bechtel, November, 1999. Recorded identifications and format of urban and dance vocals. Fairly weak signal.
102.9 MHz (LPR) "Lutz Community Radio", Lutz; now operating with very low power under FCC Part 15 requirements with satellite-fed programming. This per correspondence to the editor from Mr. Kobres. See 96.7 MHz entry, and visit Lonnie Kobres Micro-broadcaster homepage for details on how to support the proprietor, whose Federal case is in appeal.
102.9 MHz (LPR) "WHRR - Hot Rats Radio", Clearwater; stereo, irregular with anything from 60's-80's rock, Blues, classic Cuban music or sometimes NOAA Weather Radio relay during tropical cyclone conditions. Clean stereo signal, moderate range. Uses a Veronica transmitter fed into an amp, with simple 5-disc CD unit. Silenced during Hurricane Jeanne (September, 2004) due to antenna loss, but returned to the air with a new antenna several weeks later; remains a highly irregular operation. The transmitter is the former original and then back-up transmitter used by a now long-defunct Pinellas low power station.
102.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Pinellas County; briefly heard in early January, 1996. A huge mono carrier has sporadically appeared here, strongest in the Pinellas Park/north St. Petersburg area. Related to (see) 98.3, 99.1 or 106.1 MHz unidentified entries?
102.9 MHz (LPR) "WDOG", Palmetto; see 99.1 MHz entry.
103.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Galaxie", Tampa; moved here in early December, 2001 after being raided by the FCC in the early fall. Signal is now weaker. Noted by the editor in September, 2000 on 103.9 MHz (previously traced in June, 2000 on 106.1 MHz). Moved to 106.1 MHz in April, 2000, before that on 89.3 MHz (from May, 1999), and originally on 99.1 MHz (first heard there by the editor in February, 1999). Live Kreyol announcers, often nice konpa and Caribe zouk music, also some Kreyol Christian preaching and talk programming. Airs a few commercials for local businesses in the urban Tampa and Tampa Shores areas. Signal maked it to Pinellas County on a real radio. Gone, now.
103.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Sarasota; a report on the Tampa board of radio-info.com that a station is active, in the vicinity of the airport, Caribbean format. See also 96.3 and 99.9.
103.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Plantation; reported in December, 2006 on radio-info.com as broadcasting a Hispanic format, audible in the west Ft. Lauderdale and Plantation area.
103.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Lauderdale; noted by R. Scotka, December, 2001. Mono, Caribe format.
103.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami; raided by the FCC in October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0176.
103.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; raided by the FCC in November, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0212/0214. Also on 92.5 MHz.
103.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Hialeah; Spanish ballads, per T. Simon, June, 1998.
103.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Myers; per allaccess.com, via B. Whaley, November, 2005: The FCC shut Jason Green’s pirate FM down in Ft. Myers two months ago, but NBC affiliate WBBH-TV is reporting that the station was back on the air on 103.3 FM. The station reports that the FCC took $2,000 worth of equipment, but that the station has returned to the air while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FCC plan to find the new facility and raid it again. Green has been fined by the FCC in the past, but has not paid the fine. The same source initially reported in September, 2005: according to the Ft. Myers News-Press, a pirate was shut down by state and federal agents. The News-Press says the illegal broadcasts at 103.3 MHz was playing uncensored hip-hop and entreaties to listeners to boycott Clear Channel events and to commit acts of violence against Clear Channel employees and the police. The complaint by Clear Channel named the station operator as Jason Green, calling himself “J. Styles” on the air. Green has been fined $10,000 in the past by the FCC for pirate activity.
103.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, operated from 2217 Fowler St., Ft. Myers. Busted by the FCC after an FAA interference complaint in March, 2008. Spurious signal was deteted by FCC field agents on 119.00 MHz. Alexandre Pierre Abelard, a/k/a Abelard Pierre appears to be in a heap of trouble for this one. Format was presumed Haitian Kreyol. See Case Number EB-03-TP-092 for the details.
103.3 MHz (LPR) "Radio Vision FM", Immokalee; and slogan appears to be this -- and located in the Immokalee area -- per H. Johnson, March, 2002. Discovered by the editor in 2000 (I think) with all-Kreyol programming, stereo. Fair at the Alico Road exit on I-75, peaking around Exit 25 (almost the same signal range and peak as "Elite FM" on 106.1 MHz). Heard mention of "Cote FM" and "Action." Possibly the same transmitter as again noted in February, 2004 by H. Johnson.
103.3 MHz (LPR) "Radio Maranatha", Belleview; per the editor, not heard on a couple of passes through this area in June, 2002 (or several months before when in the area), so presumed inactive. As of July, 2000 using this format with a Spanish and (mostly) Christian format, previously identified as "WJRN Estereo Tempo 103.3." Reactivated in March, 2000, per our contact. Raided October 1, 1999, and the transmitter was reportedly confiscated by the FCC. First reported here in November, 1997, previously with a Latin Mexican/tropicales Spanish format under the old slogan. May have used 96.7 MHz prior to appearing on 103.3 MHz.See also 97.7 MHz "Fuego 97" entry.
103.5 MHz (LPR) "Radio X", Daytona Beach; operated on the mainland side of the city as "Radio X" from the spring of 1981 until 1988 or 1989, with a Collins 310Z-1B (20 watts) transmitter into a vertical. The operator was "Bruno the Human Pineapple" and his format was 60's/70's/80's alternative, punk and hardcore. BTHP was one unique fellow, and he provided the editor with his first FM QSL verification card, along with a neat flyer that was distributed throughout town. In hindsight, BTHP was clearly 20+ years ahead of the current FM micro-radio movement. Bruno checked in with FLPRS (amazingly, almost 18 years after I last visited him while he was on the air from his clandestine location). I am pleased to reprint, with permission, Bruno's recollections of those days: "I was Bruno the Human Pineapple. I used that pseudonym in the early '80s, and was referred to as such in an article in the Embry-Riddle Avion (which I never saw). I had used the pseudonym Bruno in 1977-1980 when I made a hobby of stealing Andy Kaufmann's immigrant-schtick and calling in to local radio stations, especially WROD (the evening-time Robert W. Bingo show) in 1978. I later altered the voice into a Mexican accent for a bit as the leader of the Bunnell Liberation Front and got a small amount of airtime on Doug Montgomery's morning show on WROD in 1979 (I think) and more time on WDAT 1380's morning show, hosted by "The Janitor." I also made two very lengthy appearances on the Janitor's show in 1979 and 1980 as leaders of the Munchkin Army. I don't remember the name of leader of the first Munchkin invasion, but he was superceded by the far more ruthless Darth Munchkin, who seemed to have a sinus problem that forced him to breathe very loudly through his mouth whenever he was not speaking. In general I had made myself known as Bruno to local radio people, however, and this was the name by which the operator of OLD-Radio 104.1, a professional radio man who had worked at WDAT, knew me when I bought his equipment. (It was he who had advised me about how much unlicensed broadcasting one could get away with.) When I started broadcasting Radio X in the spring of 1981, I generally did not use any name. However, I did elaborate the name Bruno by adding "the Human Pineapple" (just for weirdness and because a strange hat I had made, I thought, resembled a pineapple) whenever somebody wanted to write something about the station and asked me what name to use. I am primarily interested in corecting the statement that the station was originally known as "Station X." I do not think I ever used that name, although I have a vague recollection of correcting someone who referred to the station that way. In fact, I had fantasized about pirate radio and had thought up the name Radio X two or three years before I even knew that it would actually be feasible. My last broadcasts were in 1988 and maybe even 89, and featured, in part, hardcore music brought in by friends of an acquaintance fom the local community college..." [Bruno the Human Pineapple, February, 2000]
103.9 MHz (LPR) “----- F-M Stereo”, Tampa; noted by the editor in January, 2005 from Clearwater, decent signal and in mono (despite the “Stereo” references). A new (?) Haitian-Kreyol pirate, presumably in Tampa. Slogan is something like ("Sonique [Sound]," "Musique [Music]," "Tropique, [Tropic]," or "A-ee" [whatever that might mean]) followed by “F-M” or “F-M Stereo” (in English). There used to be a "Radio Galaxie" Haitian pirate on 103.9 (supposedly visited and closed down by the FCC, per my sources), but this doesn't sound like "Galaxie" phonetically -- too many syllables in Gal--ax--ie. This one is currently live, taking phone calls, announcing a phone number (in Kreyol, so I cannot copy) and mentioning streets in central Tampa for presumably local businesses or where callers live. At one point, he mentioned "... mille kilowatts, ha, ha!" ("1,000 kilowatts... ha, ha"); obviously, he was joking just as his laughing would indicate, as I am sure it's more like 100 watts or less, not a thousand. Probably the same station heard in November, 2004 with [then] stereo, nonstop Haitian Kreyol vocals. Rather poor signal, peaking just west of State Road 60 at the I-75 exchange, however unsure of location.
103.9 MHz (LPR) "Radio Galaxie", Tampa; stereo, noted by the editor in September, 2000 here (last traced in June, 2000 on 106.1 MHz -- inactive on this frequency-- not sure if off or moved to anothr channel -- as a result of FCC sweeps across the state in June and July). Moved to 106.1 MHz in April, 2000, before that on 89.3 MHz (from May, 1999), and originally on 99.1 MHz (first heard there by the editor in February, 1999). Live Kreyol announcers, often nice konpa and Caribe zouk music, also some Kreyol Christian preaching and talk programming. Airs a few commercials for local businesses in the urban Tampa and Tampa Shores areas. Signal makes it to Pinellas County on a real radio.
103.9 MHz (LPR) "Chik-Fil-A Radio", Tampa; per an anonymous contributor in July, 2000: located at the restaurant at the Waters Crossing Shopping Center (FL-589 and Waters Ave.). Tape loop begins with several seconds of horrible noise, then a few brief announcements ("...come on in for a Chik-Fil-A sandwich..." and "Join us on kid's night...") followed by an almost equal length of dead air, the entire cycle about 60-90 seconds. Seems to get out about a half-mile.
103.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Jacksonville; one Gabriel Dorcely was busted by the FCC.
103.9 MHz (LPR) "Y-USA Yesterday's Radio 103.9", Greenacres City; formerly on 105.5 MHz, satellite feed from Old Time Radio. Moved due to WTPX, Jupiter's appearance. January, 1998.
103.9 MHz (LPR) “Da Grind”, Wilton Manors; DFed by FCC agents from the Miami office on September 5, 2008 and served a Notice of Unlicensed Operation, Case Number EB-08-MA-0148, served to one Constantinos Rigalos.
103.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lauderhill; noted in February, 2002 by R. Scotka. Kreyol format with kompas music, local Haitian community store commercials, live phone calls and political/social talk programming. Mono, good signal. DF'ed to an apartment building on 46th Avenue.
103.9 MHz (LPR) "Radio Ellada", Hollywood; Since at least early 2000. Per a contributor in November, 2000: this one often is active 24 hours -- but sometimes with a day or two of inactivity -- with Greek programming. Community calendar of events, commercials from Greek restaurant, grocery and real estate businesses, and Greek music make up the bulk of the format. "Been off for months" per K. Simon, January, 2002.
103.9 MHz (LPR) "WOLF-FM", Ft. Lauderdale; see 96.9 MHz.
103.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Hialeah; December, 2003, per T. Simon: "Have been hearing a very interesting one on 103.9 which mixes Urban Pop with "Lost" Adult Contemporary tracks.....Heard "Trouble" by Lindsey Buckingham , followed by a slew of current/recent R&B hits. Have heard other interesting Adult Pop 'Deep Cuts' that don't come to mind now; this one by far is the most interesting of all that are available on the radio dial for now. No announcements heard. Reception is fair in Hialeah (slightly north Miami-Dade County)."
103.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; Spanish religious, southwest Miami per T. Simon, June, 1998.
104.1 MHz (LPR) 'Rocky Point music radio', Tampa; inactive. Operated on this frequency since October, 1996 near Tampa International Airport. Aired alternative/modern rock music in an automated format, full stereo. Formerly on 99.9 MHz (see entry). The transmitter sight was confirmed as at the same location, per monitoring, as the 99.9 MHz operation in mid-December, 1996. During the Christmas holidays, the format changed to automated seasonal music.
104.1 MHz (LPR) Sunshine Speedway, St. Petersburg; auto racing when events were in progress, very low power coverage. Signal improved to about a mile radius since August, 1997. The Speedway closed in the fall of 2004 to make room for an Interstate exchange overpass.
104.1 MHz (LPR) “Radio Paradise”, Miami; nothing known about this one save for the placeholder at which claims this is Radio Paradise 105.1 FM Atlanta, Georgia and 104.1 FM Miami, Florida, along with a Miami-Dade phone number and looping midi instrumental audio, also a photo of the antenna and apparent proprietor.
104.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami; noted in March, 2001 with anti-Clinton raves by "Jake the Black Man" or similar. Probably the same one noted with "Dixie-Crats" commentaries and music a few months earlier here. As of October, 2002, per L. Vencl: antenna is atop a 1,000-foot tower serving most of Miami/Ft. Lauderdale [licensed] FM broadcast stations. Allegedly funded by the "Black Republican Party" and reportedly running 2,000 watts into some sort of dipole near the top of the tower. They also run one of those 200-CD changers and they do a remote UHF link for the talk-through and station ID's between songs. They are mono, and very much overmodulated/over-deviated, and cause problems for 104.3 FM in West Palm Beach ("Sunny 104.3"). Allegedly submitted a bogus FCC special authorization to the tower owner, and they in fact have been visited by the FCC.
104.1 MHz (LPR) "Real FM", Miami; update per T. Becker, December, 2007: Real FM was actually located at 86th Avenue and Bird Road; it ran 100W from a J-Pole on a 40' mast on the roof of a four-story office building, maybe 100' AGL. The station was, indeed, terminated by a Commission visit but the transmitter was returned to the operator after some discussion. Programming was live and automated Christian R&B, both English and Spanish. First reported by T. Simon, with contemporary Christian format of music and live programming. Promoted events at the Alpha & Omega Church on Miller Drive. Possibly the station that was raided in July, 1998 by the FCC.
104.1 MHz (LPR) "WBLO", North Lauderdale; rap/hiphop format, reportedly raided by the FCC in July, 1998.
104.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Pembroke Pines area; super-clean stereo signal with slick Kreyol live programming with dj, konpa and Haitian tropicale vocals. Peaking on I-95 at Pembroke Pines, lost near the Sunrise exit due to 104.3 MHz slop.
104.3 MHz (LPR) "Z-98/WZAG", Tampa; see 98.3 MHz. See also 106.1, 104.3, and "Power 89.3" entries (same operator).
104.3 MHz (LPR) "Radio Citadelle", Naples; stereo. Per H. Johnson, March, 2002: "This one is slick with Kreyol programming and ads for businesses in the Naples area. Seems to be in the south part of town, nice signal out by the tomato fields along the Tamiami Trail."
104.5 MHz (LPR) Dade City Community Radio; see 87.9 MHz.
104.5 MHz (LPR) "Eagle Radio", Melbourne; per Mr. A. Nony Moose, this was discovered in June, 2001. Broadcasting from Community Christian School on Aurora Road. Their sign plugs the frequency. A two-minute tape loop that begins with a seven-note interval signal on chimes. Male voice reads announcements relating to schedules and enrollment for the school, ending with a brief inspirational thought. Signal gets out well for about a mile to mile and a half -- basically the entire length of Aurora Road from U.S. 1 to Wickham Road (breaks up near either end).
104.5 MHz (LPR) "On the Spot Radio", Orlando; July, 2000: a contributor reports this frequency is "being used by this company to demonstrate and promote their low-power FM transmitters. Audible only right smack in downtown Orlando; a few blocks in either direction, the normal dominant tropscatter from WFYV, Atlantic Beach takes over. In their sales pitch, they claim "there are only a dozen On the Spot frequencies in Orlando, and when they're gone, they're gone." Sounds like sales hype to me to pressure potential clients into action; after all, if their demo xmtr is typical of the coverage they offer, you could cram a lot of them into Orlando with no interference to each other!"
104.5 MHz (LPR) "Radio Dunamis, La Poderosa (WRFD/Super X)", Kissimmee/Buenaventura area; active since at least June, 1997 here (see 100.7 MHz entry). Phone number announced, jingles, mostly Christian tropicales with live dj's. On cursory checks, unheard and may be inactive.
104.5 MHz (LPR) "XTC", Miami; see 91.7 MHz "Fever" entry.
104.5 MHz (LPR) Radio Soleil ---", Ft. Myers; silenced by an anonymous contributor, who cleverly stapled a nail-gun into their feedline. This station was interfering with a licensed station. Located in a building on the north end of Fowler Avenue, eminating from a Kreyol grocery store. The J-pole antenna [was] clearly visible from the roadside. First noted by the editor in June, 1999 with somewhat sloppy stereo signal, drifting down slightly with all-Kreyol programming consisting of live announcers, konpa and hybrid Haitian songs. A lady identified as "Radio Soleil ---," the second word seemingly one syllable and beginning with a "c" or a "k" but not copiable. Good signal in Ft. Myers, fading before Naples but again audible on I-75 east of Naples (similar pattern as Radio Kiskeya on 100.5 MHz). Seemingly inactive (or moved, or morphed into one of the other newer Haitians on 90.5, 103.3 and 106.1 MHz), as untraced in June, 2000.
104.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami-Dade County; Spanish tropicales. South Miami, per T. Simon, June, 1998. Possibly the same one noted by the editor in June, 2003 on Card Sound Road and Homestead poorly with Spanish vocals.
104.5 MHz (LPR) "WORC-FM Ocean Reef Club Radio", Key Largo; still active, June, 2003 per the editor. Noted by the editor in June, 2000 on this frequency--ex 104.7 and 89.1 MHz (see latter for station details)--with mono signal, lounge lizard format, recorded commercials. Signal was approximately the same coverage range as the old 89.1 days, audible about a mile north of the Card Sound Bridge. Update: this is now a licensed LPFM, WORZ-LP and on 104.3 MHz now. Licensed to Ocean Reef Public Radio, Inc. since January 20, 2004.
104.7 MHz (LPR) "WERU" Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; formerly carrier current on 710 kHz, now reportedly here but unconfirmed. Not heard on a check near the campus in October, 2001 by the editor.
104.7 MHz (LPR) “Radio Kol B’Shalom”, Ft. Lauderdale; per a August, 2004 feature by Adam Jacobson in the Miami Herald, this station is active with Hebrew programming that consists of local store spots and Hebrew religious music. See also 91.7 MHz Hebrew entry.
104.7 MHz (LPR) "Blaze FM", North Miami; per L. Vencl, June, 2002: location not confirmed yet, jingle "We have bigger balls, and we drag 'em.". And per same source, May, 2002: Heard simulcasting with the Orlando "Blaze." Not sure about Orlando, but "Blaze FM" (which was always in North Miami) returned to the air after an FCC raid, possibly a nw location. "The FCC was doing a sweep a few weeks ago, I suspect they got finally past the gated community guards and busted them. They were on a 20 story condo, running 1 kW into a dual dipole. They got out! And that is why some thought it was in Broward County." Per the R. Nervous achives, January, 2002: apparently running 24/7 and playing Hip Hop (censored), R&B and some reggae as well. I'm not sure if they are connected with the "Blaze FM" [92.7 MHz] in Orlando, but they did mention on one of their bumpers that they are all over the West(?) coast. They also were advertising for a nightclub event coming up and mentioned the DJ's of 92.5 in Ft Lauderdale were going to be joining them for the party. 92.5 was off the air at the time I caught the broadcast. In mono but strong, picked it up in Doral (weak there) but apparently seems to be emanating in the Hollywood/Ft Lauderdale area. Could be related to the T Simon observation back in 1998.
104.7 MHz (LPR) "Radio Nouvelle Vision", Delray Beach; October, 2003: Kreyol streaming feed, see also 101.1 MHz Pompano Beach, per network source directly.
104.7 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami-Dade County; since July, 1998, WLRN's (91.3 MHz) audio has been observed by C. Dunne, rebroadcast on this channel. The frequency is not listed on the FCC database, nor is it one of the several known WLRN translator frequencies scattered throughout the Keys. A new translator, or something unauthorized?
104.7 MHz (LPR) "WHHN Hip Hop Nation Radio", Miami; not a big signal. Urban, Hip Hop, and classic R&B format per T. Simon, December, 1997. Possibly the station that was raided in July, 1998 by the FCC in "Hialeah".
104.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, West Palm Beach area; still active January, 2002 per K. Simon. Kreyol, not the same as the 96.1 station, reported March, 2000 by K. Simon.
105.1 MHz (LPR) "Misión Posible 105.1 FM -- Estereo Cristiana", Naples; according to the Bill Burnett in the Amateur Radio Newsline of November 8, 2002, this station was raided by the FCC after complaints of interference to a licensed broadcast station on April 20th and 30th. The station was operating from the Tree of Life Church by Richard Muñoz, pastor of a Spanish-language ministry called Misión Possible Ministries. The article states that Muñoz claimed he purchased the transmitting equipent from an individual who told him an application was filed with the FCC, and Muñoz believed he could continue operating the station until a license was issued. Muñoz apparently leases space from the church, per the article. A Notice of Apparent Liability was issued to Muñoz on June 5th for a $10,000 forfeiture, though the station continued active for a period of time after this date. The station was first heard by H. Johnson, March, 2002. Spanish Christian format. Also references to Stereo Cristiana, Estereo Cristiana and Voz Cristiana.
105.5 MHz (LPR) "SHE 105.5", Hollywood/Pembroke Pines area; per S. White, October, 2002: identifies itself as "SHE 105.5" and plays mostly 70's/80's rock. Heard mostly evenings Mondays through Thursdays, late afternoon through night Fridays, an ususally on all weekend. Announces a request 954 area code request line. Voice promos often heard, such as "Going back to the old school" and "Stand back.. we don' know how big this thing is gonna get."
105.5 MHz FM: "Tiger Radio," Part 15 station located at Tamarac Elementary School, Tamarac. Per K. Wolff, April, 2007: in the afternoon (around 3 pm), played a looped tape of the principal reading school announcements. It had a reputation for not updating very often. Quite weak; could be heard across the street with a decent radio. Still active when I graduated in 1999, I think - definitely in 1998. Status unconfirmed.
105.5 MHz (LPR) "$wap Shop Theatres", Miami; Theatre #4. See 88.3 MHz for details.
105.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami-area; closed by the FCC in October, 1997 for allegedly interfering with Miami International Airport flight control frequencies.
105.5 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami; busted by the FCC in April, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0074.
105.5 MHz (LPR) "Yesterday's Radio", Greenacres; (see 103.9 MHz).
105.9 MHz "Radio Myakka 105.9 FM", Naples; per H. Johnson, November, 2003: not trace of this. Possibly a victim of the fall FCC sweep in this area. Appears to be the slogan per the editor's listening to audio provided by H. Johnson. Haitian Kreyol format, commercials, reference to Ft. Myers. First noted March, 2002 and seemingly located in north Naples
106.1 MHz (LPR) "Radio Galaxie", Tampa; see 89.3, 103.9 MHz.
106.1 MHz (XPR) WA2XNY, Tampa; stereo. Has gone silent since January, 1999, after previous downtime, format and staffing changes. Will they return before the license expires? When active, covers Hillsborough and most of Pinellas County. Noted by the editor from November 25, 1998 with a format change to nonstop techno noise. According to the October 15-21, 1998 "Creative Loafing" the station ("Rayo 106.1" slogan quoted) is running at 57 watts (licensed for 100 watts) with a 100-foot tower near Ybor City. Programming is driven from a PC, or alternatively, a five-CD changer. Most of the programming work (was) via Alex Torres ("the unofficial General Manager"), "Speedy Gonzalez" (of WMNF fame) and his son, "Speedy Jr.," that is, prior to the switch to techno music. Initially thought to be an unlicensed operation, this is an experimental broadcaster (airing digital and analog signals), owned by Veltek Industries, Inc. All-Spanish format, with sporadic recorded English identifications first noted in early December, 1997 giving the Experimental class WA2XNY calls and referencing a two-year license (identifications initially were as "WAXNY" only), issued on September 22, 1997. The automated, modern tropicales, merengue, salsa and Latin hot hits format briefly switched to live programming with personalities and promotions--then with "106.1 FM" or "La Baila" slogans--until the FCC issued a cease-and-desist order, prohibiting the station from airing commercials and live programming (as per Experimental regulations). (Note: an unidentified station was briefly heard in April, 1997 by the editor with a Spanish format of Latin Miami "techno" music and some tejano ballads, sporadic canned DJ song intro's, though possibly no relation to this entry.)
106.1 MHz (LPR) "Z-98/WZAG", Tampa; (see 98.3 and 104.3, and 89.3 "Power 89.3" entries -- same operator).
106.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified (dubbed 'White Trash Radio' by the editor), Largo; first heard by the editor on 12/26/95 relaying WFLA (970 kHz) nonstop, mono. The editor direction-found the source the following day at an exceptionally seedy apartment complex on the southeast corner of Ulmerton Road at Clearwater-Largo Road, using a three to four foot vertical antenna atop a pole roughly 30 feet high in a sick magnolia tree behind the apartment. The station relayed other local stations (WHTP 102.5 MHz and WXTB 97.9 MHz) for reasons unknown, and also began sending in stereo mode coinciding with the FM broadcast relays from December 29th. Signal got out well--about 10 miles radius when in mono, a little less in stereo--per driving observations. A driveby of the location on January 21, 1996--over a week after the station was last heard--confirmed that the antenna had been removed and the occupants of the apartment had moved (new slum dwellers were moving in). Fortunately, a quick 35mm photo was made of the stick prior to their demise. Related to (see) 102.9, 98.3, or 99.1 MHz unidentified entries?
106.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, north St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park vicinity; heard briefly From November 30, 1996 with local mono signal near Gandy Blvd. at US 19, relaying WFLA-TV 8 audio and local 820 kHz the following day. Signal heard to at least downtown Clearwater area. 'White Trash Radio' (see 106.1 MHz) reactivated from a new location, or a new one? See also 98.3, 102.9 MHz unidentifieds.
106.1 MHz (LPR), unidentified, Jacksonville; active since at least 1999 with 50's/60's/70's soul, per a Jacksonville contact.
106.1 MHz (LPR) "Elite FM", Ft. Myers; inactive per H. Johnson, November, 2003, possibly the result of the FCC's fall sweep of the area. All-Kreyol programming, clean mono signal. Fair at the Alico Road exit on I-75, peaking around Exit 25 (almost the same signal range and peak as the Kreyol station on 103.3 MHz). Lots of station slogan ID's, commercials for Haitian stores in the area, political discussion and konpa music.
106.1 MHZ (LPR) unidentified, Port St. Lucie; “PSL shuts down illegal radio station. By Allyson Bird: Palm Beach Post Staff Writer. Thursday, January 25, 2007. Police raided a tidy home with pruned palms in the yard and a 50-foot antenna on the roof Wednesday night. Acting on Federal Communications Commission intelligence, they shut down an illegal Haitian radio station, 106.1 FM. Police met two FCC agents from Tampa at 7:30 p.m. The agents' car zeroed in on the radio signal with antennas built into the roof and a GPS that showed the signal's strength on the dashboard. Police in raid gear filed into the home at 1573 Southwest Nervia St. just before 8 p.m. as uptempo songs with Creole words spilled from the house to Port St. Lucie listeners tuned in. Police Sgt. Derek Brieske said the operators likely profited from advertising money. Wednesday marked Port St. Lucie's first radio station bust. A man sat in front of a computer in a back room, apparently working as the station deejay. Police did not take him into custody after the homeowner, 37-year-old Roubens Maignan, took full responsibility for the station. Police charged Maignan with unauthorized transmissions. He remained at Brieske said Maignan had a previous out-of-state armed robbery arrest, which was later dropped. He cooperated with Wednesday's investigation and told police he did not know the station was illegal. Two FCC agents made their way to his door, wiping their feet and readying their cameras. Maignan's wife and daughter pulled up to the house during the search. An adult cousin took custody of the 5-year-old girl and an 11-year-old daughter who was in the home when police first arrived. Maignan's 19-year-old son squealed his Honda into a neighbor's driveway as the evidence technician loaded the station equipment into a crime-scene van. Officers ran over to Jean Louis Prophete, who they charged with resisting arrest without violence. He was not charged in connection with the radio station. By then the music had stopped. At 9 p.m. Brieske took hold of the station microphone. "This is the special investigations unit of the Port St. Lucie Police Department," he said. "This is an illegally operated radio station. It's being shut down." 106.1 FM fell to static.”
106.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Port St. Lucie; a station was closed by the FCC in early September, 2007. No additional details known.
106.1 MHz (LPR) "WSUB", West Palm Beach; reported here by T. Simon in February, 1999, but back to 95.9 MHz (see entry).
106.3 MHz (LPR) "The Base", Orlando; raided by FCC agents with the assistance of Orlando Police Department at aproximately noon December 11, 1996. The Tampa field office of the FCC received 'complaints' from WCOL (105.9) and WXXL (106.7) in Orlando which ultimately prompted the closure.
106.3 MHz (LPR) "Noveau Monde Radio", Pompano Beach; Haitian Kreyol format, covers Pompano/Deerfield area. Reported May, 2002.
106.5 MHz (LPR) "Mix 106" or "Radio Irie", West Palm Beach area; stereo, 10 mile range with reggae format. March, 1998. Urban contemporary format also reported here June, 1999. Also with "Radio Irie" slogan in July, 2000.
106.9 MHz (LPR) Ft. Walton Beach (mobile); per G. Bishop. August, 2006: Spotted an ad on a delivery van… for UBuildIt, which included the direction to "tune to 106.9" now for information. Nice signal from 40' away, just no audio. Range seemed to be about 300' to where the normal FM fuzz emerged from the dead air…”
106.9 MHz (LPR) "106.9 FM", Boynton Beach; per the Palm Beach Post (April 6, 2003), one Phito Thelot was quoted as operating this station, which the FCC is aware of. Kreyol format, serving the community. Thelot contends he has permission to operate until a license is issued. Good luck, Phito.
106.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Miami-Dade County; noted June, 2003 by the editor, very poor with traditional Cuban vocals in Homestead and extreme south Miami while on the Turnpike.
107.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Ft. Lauderdale; urban format, no talk. Mono, with a range of about 15 miles. March, 1998.
107.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Lauderdale Lakes; busted by the FCC in April, 2009. See case EB-09-MA-0064.
107.1 MHz (LPR) "WOMB, The Womb", Miami Beach; began broadcasting in April, 1997. Raided by the FCC in July, 1998. Returned in October, 1998, but raided again the following month. Since then, WOMB has migrated to a successful Internet site, with a dance/techno/ambient format.
107.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Opa-Locka; per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 2006: the FAA also discovered the transmitter location of a pirate station in Opa-locka that was heard in aircraft cockpits: 107.1 FM, which played hip-hop and Haitian music. The case was turned over to the Federal Communications Commission two weeks ago, and the station has been silenced.
107.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Homestead area; noted by the editor in June, 1999 with a big stereo open carrier only. Something new? Or the same as the Cutler Ridge station?
107.1 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Cutler Ridge; near the Cutler Ridge Mall, announcing a request line number, reggae format. January, 1998.
107.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Delray Beach; busted by the FCC in June, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0115.
107.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Delray Beach; raided by the FCC in October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0171.
107.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Delray Beach; soul format, audible briefly on the Turnpike near Delray Beach. July, 1998.
107.3 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Boynton Beach; raided by the FCC in February, 2009. See Case Number EB-09-MA-0032.
107.5 MHz (LPR) "Dunbar Community Radio", Ft. Myers. Update, June, 2012: per a June 8, 2012 Radio World release, the FCC was notified this one remained active after the first visit, and the station was again visited by the FCC and local law enforcement, resulting in a $15,000 fine. From radio-info.com, December 16, 2011: "Al Knighten's "Dunbar Community Radio" at 107.5 not only ran music, it aired PSAs and public affairs shows for the Dunbar area. WBBH-TV says local leaders such as the chairman of the Ft. Myers Citizens Police Review Board actually hosted a talk show, and at least one Ft. Myers council member had been on 107.5. Ft. Myers Police Captain Dennis Ead admits that the station was "providing a service...but the bottom line is that it's illegal." Florida has an unusual state law that allows law enforcement to take action against unlicensed radio operations, shortening a process that could take many months under the FCC's cumbersome procedures."
107.5 MHz (LPR) "Nueva Tropical - WTEN/WKEL", Naples; inactive as of November, 2003 per H. Johnson, possibly the result of the fall FCC sweep in this area. Detected March, 2002 by H. Johnson. Commericals for local Latin businesses, tropical and salsa music, live announcers, very professional. Two identifications, transcribed by the editor from audio clips provided: "Singular, singular, singular. Esta es la Nueva Tropical estereo, 107 punto 5, 107 punto 5." And [heavily-accente English man opening], "This is WTEN -- WKEL, Naples, con lo mejor de tu musica favorita, 107 punto 5." the FCC's database lists a LPFM application (no applied-for or granted call letters listed) for 107.5 MHz at nearby Bokeelia, licensee: First Baptist Church of Pine Island. However, that doesn't appear to have any connection to this station, which is presumably unlicensed.
107.5 MHz (XPR & TIS) WLGD "Disney Radio", Columbia City; inactive on checks in June, 2001, and does not seem to be listed in the FCC dB any more. Was active since at least early 1993, "Florida's In-car Welcoming Station" with an aproximately 15 minute loop promoting the theme park and syndicated weather. Location given as Columbia, Florida (actually Columbia City). Full stereo, signal range was 35-40 miles. Formerly listed with experimental calls KA2XXZ, 250 watts directional. Moved from 107.9 MHz mid-1997 with the activation of WLQH, Chiefland on 107.9 MHz. Used Yagi antenna on 130-foot tower, beaming the signal up the north approach of I-75 from near the I-10/I-75 interchange. Was licensed to Ranch & Grove Holding Corporation.
107.7 MHz (LPR) “Radio Free Pensacola”; per G. Thomas, March, 2006: an guerilla poster was noted on a on a light pole in a Pensacola shopping center which said, "Radio Free Pensacola, 1570 AM and 107.7 FM GOD, GUNS, GUTS" and included a cross (Christian) symbol. However, nothing heard on either frequency, and there are no locally-licensed stations active on either channel. See same entry under 1570 kHz.
107.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Jacksonville; per A. Nonny Moose, July, 2001: "On the west side of Jacksonville, in the vicinity of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the Navy's ATIS is clearly audible here. it's rock-solid near the base itself. The weird thing is, I don't think it's an image -- Jax Navy ATIS should be on the UHF aero band -- I can't find and VHF listing for it. And the signal did not sound at all distorted -- very clear and perfectly modulated -- not like an AM image on FM. Maybe a pirate translator...?"
107.9 MHz (LPR) “WJTS”, Jacksonville; 30 watts mono; see 1630 entry. Currently inactive per station operator.
107.5 MHz (XPR & TIS) WLGD "Disney Radio", Columbia City; see 107.9 MHz.
107.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, Immokalee; per H. Johnson, February, 2004: campo (Spanish) format here, no slogan noted. Stick near SR 29 and 9th St. in town.
107.9 MHz (LPR) unidentified, North Miami; raided by the FCC in October, 2008. See Case Number EB-08-MA-0189.
108.5 MHz (LPR) "Power 108.5", Largo; I spotted an old Ford Explorer locally in May, 2010 with stenciled lettering: FYITB.com INTERNET RADIO 108.5 IM WE ARE OFF THE DIAL ALL LOCAL ALL THE TIME. Traced the vehicle plate to a residence between Belcher and US-19, but have not confirmed any active transmission in this, the aero navigation band!
112.3 MHz (LPR) "WHAT", Tampa; for a couple of years, rumors have circulated from independent sources regarding an aero band (VHF) operation. Finally, in December, 1996, a source documented a bumper sticker (black lettering on a white background) on a car at a Tampa mall parking lot, proclaiming "WHAT 112.3 FM. Tampa Bay's ONLY ALTERNATIVE Radio."
156.8 MHz (LPR) US Coast Guard HU-25A Guardian ("Falcon") jets; special marine broadcasts are possible here. In November, 1994, the USCG confirmed--in a phone call made by the editor--a local TV report that one of their aircraft was broadcasting on this frequency (Marine VHF channel 16) over the central Gulf of Mexico during Tropical Storm Gordon. The broadcasts consisted of marine weather for errant boaters. Falcons are twin-jet (turbofans), built by Dassault-Breguet Atlantique (France); 41 were at one or another in service with the USCG. Each is "equipped with extraordinarily complete navaids, SLAR, IR and UV scanners, recon cameras, steerable TV with laser illumination at non optical wavelengths, linescan, pollution control system and video recorder of objects up to 50 miles (80 km) from the flightpath" per "Modern Fighting Aircraft" by Bill Gunston.
PARTS UNKNOWN (archival reports which do not reference specific frequencies or fit anywhere else)
Emergency Broadcast Services (mobile), Brevard County; this converted old RV is always at the annual Orlando hamfest, but I never bothered walking through it until the 2008 show. I was surprised to discover that they deploy a 1 kW FM broadcast band transmitter, functional on any FM BCB channel. They have three vehicles (EBS-1 is the monitoring and communications command post, but also equipped with a broadcast small studio). When I got to the back of the RV, I immediately spotted an old Optimod and Marti unit and -- boom -- I knew something FM broadcast was happening here. When I inquired, I was told about the 1 kW unit, which I was told is housed in another vehicle (EBS-2 is the motor home the staff would stay in, EBS-3 is a converted commercial basket truck that deploys the antennae). I was told there was no transmitter in EBS-1, that it is in one of the other units and fed to the tower truck via the Marti (though I saw something that was displaying an LED 89.3 MHz frequency, which I was told was a "modulator" and not a transmitter). I didn't have a portable radio on me to see if anything might have been modulating on 89.3, and forgot to check on the car radio by the time I departed. The pamphlet distributed states the transmitter is in EBS-1. Photos and a good description of their mission statement is at http://www.ebs1.us/. Friendly folks they are, with all good intentions in the event of the next big hurricane.
Ft. DeSoto Park, Pinellas County A feature in the February 20, 2006 St. Petersburg Times, regarding Ft. DeSoto Park [county-owned, southern Pinellas County, Florida] proposed upgrades, included the following: "... Also still in the proposal are expanded menus at snack bars, ice cream carts touring the park, and a low-power FM radio station for park information, as exists in many state and national parks..." Presume they really meant "AM" as few -- at best -- state and national parks operate FM TIS's. A community firestorm of protests against all the proposed park upgrades has since resulted in the county retracting most, if not all of the proposed changes. A follow-up feature in the St. Petersburg Times referred to the transmitter as “low-frequency” so AM is indeed most likely what is (or was) proposed.
According to the Paul Dale & Associates [now defunct] web page listing, over 125 company-built low power FM transmitters [were] in use at (mostly) Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County schools.
Several private sources are using mobile FCC Part 15 low power transmitters to promote their products or causes. These included "Miller FM", an outfitted Miller Brewing Company beer truck ("Miller Lite--Live FM" painted on the sides), which appeared at various sports and entertainment events across the country, and corporate advertising billboards. Even the Seattle band Pearl Jam has toured with a small van, which relayed live "Pearl Jam Radio" concert audio on FM outside of the venues. So, be on the lookout for such unusual and roving catches in your town. Frequencies used vary based on local open channels, of course.
It is not impossible to hear some unusual federal government activity on any given frequency. An airborne source is the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 193rd Special Operations Wing (EC-130J "Commando Solo" aircraft) based in Harrisburg. They conducted PsyOps under the moniker of "Radio Democratie" on 1035 kHz and FM in 1994. The 1035 kHz broadcasts were heard in Florida--and beyond--by several listeners, including the editor. And in January, 2010, the 193rd deployed over Haiti after the earthquake, on 1030 kHz, 92.4 FM and 104.1 FM. In addition, some interesting clarifications on the 990 kHz "Spice Islands Radio" operation during the 1983 Grenada invasion were obtained at Tampa's MacDill Airfest '97, during a tour of one of the 193rd's aircraft: the 193rd was responsible for this operation (after the government station was destroyed). Contrary to false rumors spread by at least one popular and defunct DX program [Radio Netherlands], claiming that this broadcast from a US naval vessel, the transmissions were entirely via the airborne EC-130. Also, some of the former Radio Grenada staff assisted in programming content. The EC-130's were upgraded with a new vertically-deployed antenna (500 pound weighed), which "dramatically improves" medium wave coverage. There are six EC-130's in the 193rd, which have seen their most-recent action broadcasting over the Florida Straits (since May, 2003, rebroadcasting Radio Martí to Cuba on a brief test at 530 kHz, then later in the summer on a regular schedule – hurricanes permitting – every local Saturday afternoon/evening, usually beginning at 6 p.m. local until midnight on 530 kHz and various TV channels). From February, 2006, these broadcasts began testing on days other than Saturdays. “Commando Solo” also operated over Afghanistan (October, 2001), and previously the Kosovo area in 1999. At least three EC-130's were dispatched to Brindisi air base (Italy) on September 10, 1997 for deployment over Bosnia, in order to jam Serb Radio-Television. Previously, the 193rd was actively deployed over Haiti and Somalia, however they usually train over Wake Island. The medium wave and FM transmitters are 10 kW rated and tests on a frequency-of-choice, usually limited to 250 watts (medium wave). During the first Gulf War, their operations were limited to gathering signals only, though Mid-east jamming missions have been conducted. 1997 was the first year that the EC-130E was open for a full public walk-through at MacDill Air Force Base, revealing multi Collins 851 receivers, a dedicated jamming transmitter ("white noise" and "bagpipes" options on the panel), shortwave, medium wave, TV and FM transmitters/receivers. The crew number is (up to) 11. The J model replaced the E by 2006, again with three air-frames in service, and essentially all of the transmitting equipment in the J’s was transferred from the previous model. But by the end of 2006, a “private” firm took over broadcasting from the 193rd SOW. The audio feed for Radio Martí was (and still is, in the “private” aircraft relays) picked up live from satellite. Later reports confirmed only TV Martí was being rebroadcast. The 193rd flew specially-fitted Lockheed Constellations prior to converting to EC-130's. According to the crew, present at MacDill Airfest 2007, the “private” firm, Phoenix Air, based at Cartersville Airport, Bartow County, Georgia, was trained by the 193rd prior to deployment over the Straits of Florida, and the FM channel used was 94.7 MHz. The 193rd began replacing their airframes with the 130J model, beginning in late 2001. As of early 2005, licensed 50 kW FM’er WPIK, Summerland Key, 102.5 MHz (near the Cudjoe Key Air Force Station’s aerostat blimps that once transmitted TV Martí) entered into a relay agreement, simulcasting Radio Martí, but this ceased with ownership change in late 2005, now with a Hispanic format. TV Martí is believed to operate or operated on analog channel 13 (via the EC-130), and via the aforementioned aerostat balloon on possible channels 14, 18, 50 and 64. WTVT-TV, Tampa (then on analog NTSC channel 13) expressed concern about interference when the broadcasts commenced, though no reports of interference were documented. TV Martí began broadcasting on March 27, 1990 via the aerostat balloon, Cudjoe Key. The balloon was destroyed in December, 2005 as a result of Hurricane Dennis, but transmissions eventually resumed via Phoenix Air, reportedly on (or also on) channel 20. The editor paid an unauthorized "visit" to the Phoenix Air headquarters at Cartersville Airport, Cartersville, GA in 2009, photographing some of the aircraft and their corporate exterior offices across the road from the airport, before being intercepted by a private security vehicle, which he successfully evaded in traffic. The Cudjoe Key blimp site permanently closed March 15, 2013 due to lack of Department of Homeland Security funding. But in late summer, 2013, WFFG, 1300 kHz, Marathon, began relaying Radio Martí from local 5-7 pm Monday through Saturday, and a few weeks later, WMFM, 107.9 MHz, Key West (100 kW) began relaying Radio Martí 24/7, per T. Simon.
Signage at the gate of the Radio Martí transmitting site (1180 kHz) at Marathon, FL (Photo 2008: Terry L Krueger)
And, from July of 1998, the US Navy began relaying various Armed Forces Network satellite feeds from several worldwide locations on frequencies such as 4,278.5, 5,446.5, 6,458.5, 7,811 and 12,689.5 kHz (along with several other channels, all upper sideband). The source of the aforementioned frequencies was confirmed by my monitoring as emitting from the shortwave facilities of NAR, Saddlebunch Keys, Florida (widely and incorrectly reported as from Boca Chica or Key West). The Saddlebunch site was closed in September, 2012. Other current and former sites include(d) relay facilities in Isabella, Puerto Rico, Iceland (both now inactive), Guam, and Diego Carcia in the Indian Ocean. The purpose is (was) to allow for reception aboard US Navy vessels where reception is supposedly not always possible for the satellite feed reception. The Saddlebunch Keys site is the same location as the Radio Martí and former Voice of America broadcasts on 1180 kHz (now 100 kW) several years ago, when the (current) Marathon site was being refurbished. The Marathon upgrade included replacing the Cold War-era metal portable trailer with a permanent block house structure. A brief dummy load test on 640 kHz was also conducted from this site, per a then-VoA engineer I met at the Marathon transmitter site. Another source claims the frequency was 530 kHz, but this source did not supply supporting documentation. See also the 1610 kHz entry for the US Army’s "Radio Recovery" in Homestead, a portable unit once operated in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.
A blimp (Tethered Aerostat Radar System -- TARS) used as a low-level surveillance platform above Cudjoe Key, FL. The same type of blimp was used to transmit TV Martí until 2005 (Photos 2012: Terry L Krueger)
FLORIDA DX NEWS
A growing list of original archival documents by Terry L Krueger, including band scans, photos, audio recordings and more can be found at: Florida DX News.
RADIO/TV HOBBY LINKS & SEARCH ENGINES
Digital Syndicate (Part 15 Radio sales and information)
DX Listening Digest (Glenn Hauser's essential and frequent mostly radio topics digests)
Worldwide DX Club (European shortwave radio news)
Hughes Ominous Valve Works (because it's just, um, weird)
Master List of Pt. 15 Radio Stations In North America (excellent source for stations beyond Florida)
G3USF's Worldwide List of HF Beacons
W4RFD's Scanner & Amateur Frequencies
High Frequency Beacons (from HFUnderground)
Christmas Lights in SE Florida
Florida City AT&T tropo scatter page
Dead DXers (you know you've achieved the Hall of Fame once you make the cut here)
DX*F - DX Arsehole Florida the site where medication, radio listening, and statistically-noisy fluctuations between fantasy and reality all come together for a truly unique radio hobby experience
Elliott Broadcast Services, FCC Database, BRS Radio Directory, FCCInfo.com and Radio-Locator, am-dx.com Western Hemisphere List (all are licensed-station search databases); FCC Field Notices (NAL’s, fines, etc.)
FCC Daily Digest (press releases) and FCC Docs Search Engine, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (the FCC's TIS database), FCC LPFM link
AirNav (navaids listings), World Aero Data (NDB’s & VOR’s by call letters) and VFR Maps
LWCA North American & Caribbean Beacon List
Cityfreq.com scanner frequency database by State/City
Freqs of Nature (wireless mic channels and much more)
NEWS, WEATHER. MAPS & OTHER REFERENCES
Earth and Moon Viewer (live-time day/night animations)
FLORIDIANA, NATURE, HIKING & HISTORY
MyFlorida.com (official Florida portal for information and state sponsored propaganda)
Coastal Fortifications on the Gulf of Mexico (beautiful photo-history tours)
Fairchild Tropical Garden and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (nice botanical sites)
Florida Keys Road Trip Mile-Marker Guide
Son Anderson Artifacts (excellent SE US pre-Columbian arrowheads and artifacts)
MUSIC & RELATED BOOKS
Beatle Brunch (Joe Johnson's excellent source of Fab Four news) and Bruce Spizer (“Beatles On Apple,” etc. author); McCartney Rarities; US Apple 45's; Capricorn Records Discography; Rare Beatles (Perry Cox)