WTMG-FM 101.3 
Williston

Original call Letters: WJRQ

Originally Licensed: 1983

Original City of License: Williston

Original Frequency: 92.1

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 

Original Power: 1,700 watts 

Original Format: Urban Contemporary/Hip Hop


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):


1983-Jim Johnson Enterprises, Inc.
1984-Arkelian Broadcasting, Inc. ($1.3 million)
1987-Gulf to Bay Broadcasting Corporation 
1992-Bogi Broadcasting
1994-Gainesville Broadcasting of Connecticut, Inc.
2001-Pamal Broadcasting, Ltd.  ($4 million with WWLO-AM 1430)
2004-Jablamo, LLC ($8 million with WYNY-AM 1240, WKZY-FM 106.9, WLUS-AM 980, WTMN-AM 1430, 
                                    WRZN-AM 720
, WHHZ-FM 100.5, WDJY-FM 101.7 and WTMG-FM 101.3)
2011-Marc Radio Gainesville, LLC ($2,550,000 seven station cluster sale*)


History of Call Letters and Formats:


WJRQ-1983-Country  "Country 92"
WLLO-1986-Beautiful Music   "Willo 92"
WFEZ-1987-Easy Listening    "E-Z 92"
WFEZ-1988-Country    "Z-Country 92.1"
WFEZ-1988-Churban/CHR
WFEZ-1992-Urban Contemporary/Hip Hop
WTMG-1996-Urban Contemporary/Hip Hop "Magic 101.3 Blazin' Hip Hop and R&B"


History Of WTMG
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WTMG.
WTMG-FM began operations in 1983 as WJRQ-FM which was owned by Jim Johnson who had been a legendary broadcaster and innovator in Tampa Bay radio. In 1986 the station became WLLO-FM ,"Willo 92 Under The Willow Tree". Arkelien sold WLLO in 1987 to well known Orlando radio news director, Reagan Smith and his Gulf to Bay Broadcasting Corporation. Smith changed the call letters to WFEZ-FM 92.1 for "EZ 92" and left the format easy listening. However, WFEZ was experiencing the same difficulty as WLLO in that the format was attracting the 55+ demographics which was virtually impossible to sell in Gainesville. In 1988 Smith decided to switch the format back to its original country roots and started calling it "Z-Country 92." Since Smith was operating the station absentee, no one locally at WFEZ was in charge. The station suffered in its ability to attract any meaningful advertising revenues, only billing approximately $2,500 per month with operational expenses exceeding $6,000 monthly with a bare skeleton crew. The monthly power bill alone was over $1,500. Smith decided he needed to do something fast, so Jacksonville radio executive Marc Tyll was hired as the station’s general manager and given the responsibility of turning WFEZ around. Tyll had worked in Ocala and Gainesville years earlier and was most recently the General Sales Manager at Jacksonville’s WJAX-AM 690 and WAPE-FM 95.1. Tyll ascertained the situation and determined a complete station overhaul was due. It was determined the previous success 92.1 had experienced as a country station was impossible to repeat since the market now had three FM country stations and it didn’t make since to compete directly against the big FM stations. Tyll determined there was a void in the market for "Churban contemporary", (A hybrid radio format which mixes CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) with Urban (Hip Hop, R&B) ,and quickly changed the format to hot adult contemporary during the day and "Churban" during the night and weekends. Tony Downes, WFEZ mid-day on-air personality, who had a long history with urban contemporary and dance formats, was promoted to Programming Director and Operations Manager and the format overhaul planning and implementation began. After about three weeks into the new format, Downes approached Tyll and asked to go full time Churban, stating early research was showing a strong following for the Churban/dance music instead of the adult contemporary which was played during weekdays. Tyll thought it over and consulted with Smith about the proposed format adjustment and it was decided to go along with Downes proposal, so WFEZ became full-time Churban as "Hot 92.1". The ratings soared and quickly gained listeners from Gainesville in the 18-49 adult demographic. "Hot 92.1" was even taking away listeners from long time CHR legend WYKS-FM 105.3 "Kiss 105". Former WRUF-FM 103.7 Gainesville "Studio 104" producer and radio host, Professor Chuck Woods, joined "Hot 92.1" as a programming consultant and host of the "Saturday Hot Mix." As "Hot 92.1" ratings climbed and billing progressed to an all time high, Smith promoted Tyll to Vice-President in addition to being the station’s general manager and general sales manager. 


* Pamal Sells Gainesville/Ocala Cluster  4-19-11
Pamal Broadcasting Ltd. of Latham, NY has agreed to sell its seven radio stations in the Gainesville-Ocala market. The deal is between Pamal subsidiary 6 Johnson Road Licenses, Inc. and MARC Radio Group of Winter Park, Florida. MARC includes broadcasters Mike Schweitzer, Bob Longwell, and Tom Hauff. Shawn Portmann will serve as President of the Gainesville-Ocala Market Cluster. MARC does not own any other stations. The deal includes; WTMG-FM 101.3, Williston, WHHZ-FM 100.5, Newberry, WKZY-FM 106.9, Cross City, WDVH-FM 101.7, Trenton, WRZN-AM 720 licensed to Hernando, WDVH-AM 980 and WTMN-AM 1430, both licensed to Gainesville. The final sale price was $2,550,000.


Names In WTMG History



Reagan Smith
-1987-1993-President-Gulf to Bay Broadcasting Corporation  Biography



Marc "Tyll" Tillery-1988-1993
-Vice-President and General Manager Biography



Tony Downes
-1988-1993-Program Director/Operations Manager-Gulf to Bay Broadcasting Corporation  Biography

Frank Vela-1988-1993-Chief Engineer-Gulf to Bay Broadcasting Corporation

Brad Driggers-1988-1990-Gulf to Bay Broadcasting Corporation 

Avis Asbell-1988-1990-Gulf to Bay Broadcasting Corporation 

Bob Matthews-1988-1990-Program Director-Gulf to Bay Broadcasting Corporation 

Eric Jewell-1993-General Manager-Bogi Broadcasting

Ken Dawson-1993-2001-Owner-Bogi Broadcasting

Tom Joyner-1995-2010-Syndicated Morning show host-Gainesville Broadcasting of Connecticut, Inc./Pamal Broadcasting, Ltd./6 Johnson Road Licenses, Inc./Jablamo, LLC

Jake Russell-2001-2004-Vice President-Pamal Broadcasting, Ltd.



Russ Allen-2009-Program Director-Jablamo, LLC/2012-Cluster Director of Programming-Marc Radio Group 
TonyC-2009-Nights-Jablamo, LLC


Rickey Smiley-2010-Syndicated Morning Show-Replaced Tom Joyner-Marc Radio Group


DJ Q (Quran Pettyjohn)-2013-Assistant Program Director/Music Director-Marc Radio Group



Big G-Marc Radio Group



Bobby V-Marc Radio Group


DJ Babyface-Marc Radio Group


DJ Codeman-Marc Radio Group


DJ Flo-Marc Radio Group


Kandy Kay-Marc Radio Group


Klarc Shepard-Marc Radio Group


The Real Jett Jackson-Marc Radio Group
Ozzie Oz

Young Mills

Da X Man

Chris Ryan

Scott Hinds-Program Director

Terence Brown-Assistant Program Director

Elo



Balling B.

D. J. Mentality



DJ Terrah
Jamie "Babyface" Pendleton-Program Director
Don "D.C." Cody


Alexandra Marie
Leroy The Love Toy-Production Director/Interim Program Director


Lady Reign-Marc Radio Group


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