WBJW-FM 105.1  
Orlando

Original Call Letters: WWQS

Originally Licensed: Aug 15, 1967 

Original City of License: Orlando  

Original Frequency: 105.1 

Origin of Call Letters: Owner Robert Rounsaville's wife Betty Jane 

Power: 100,000 Watts

Original Location: 222 Hazard Street

Original Format: Top 40 


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):

1967-American Home Stations, Inc.
1977-Rounsaville Radio
1982-Nationwide Communications
1996-Chancellor Media
1997-Shamrock Broadcasting (Chancellor Media)
1998-Cox Broadcasting 
2000-Infinity Radio (Viacom)
2000-CBS Radio


History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WWQS
-1967-Religious
WWQS-1970-Religious/Good Music
WWQS-1972-Religious
WBJW-1973-Top 40 "BJ105"
WOMX-1989-Adult Contemporary "Mix105.1" 
                                                           "Orlando's new mix,105.1-not too hard, not too light"

WOMX-1997-Hot Adult Contemporary "The Best Mix Of The 80's, 90's and Today"


WBJW History

1973-Rounsaville Broadcasting based in Atlanta, signs-on WBJW-AM 1440 and FM from a small studio near the Dubsdread Golf Course in Orlando. The broadcast tower was located off of Turkey Lake Road near (the as yet to be built) Universal Studio's Florida.

1974-WBJW-FM decides to take on Orlando's Top 40 powerhouse WLOF-AM 950 under the guidance of Jerry Peterson
Tom West
and M.F. Kershner. The slogan "BJ105" came from the owner Robert Rounsaville's wife
Betty Jane Rounsaville.
 
1976-"BJ-105" continues to dominate Orlando radio, taking the number one spot in the ratings, and would stay there for many years. 

1980-"BJ-105" buys
WLOF-AM 950 and it's sister station WLOQ-FM 103.1.  WLOF is retained.  WPRD-AM 1440 and WLOQ-FM 103.1 are sold off separately due to government regulations at the time that allow only one AM and one FM station to be owned by the same person, in the same city at one time.

1982-Nationwide Communications purchases "BJ-105" and WLOF-AM 950 from Rounsaville Communications. "BJ-105" relocated it's tower to Christmas, FL. The tower was built by WOFL-TV Channel 35.

From Dave Edwards "...here's a night shot of BJ-105 located at 222 Hazard Street, same location as all (or most I guess) of the stations on 1440...That would be WABR and on through the years..." "... The parking lot was in back of the building.  The new addition to the building is where the "FM Stereo" sign in the picture is located and was completed around 1977?..." "...There was a window to the front of the operator in the control room with an easterly view, if you could call it a view since in looked into the hedges of the neighboring house. In the picture we are looking N.N.E toward the area where Fairbanks goes under I-4.  After the addition to the building the window remained in place and looked into the program directors office  :-)  Back then, management had a great sense of humor or budget."


WBJW Personalities


Steve Craig (Steve Biddle)-1973-Morning Drive-American Home Stations, Inc.


Steve Mitchell-1973-1974
-Overnight News/On air for both WBJW-AM and FM-American Home Stations, Inc.


Fred Bradshaw-1974
-News-American Home Stations, Inc.


Terry Long-1974-1982-Music Director/Noon-3PM-American Home Stations, Inc./Rounsaville Radio  In Memory



Bill Barber
-1975-Program Director/7PM-Midnight-American Home Stations, Inc.  Biography
Joe West-1979-1981-Nationwide Communications


Rooster Rhodes-1985-1986-Mornings-Nationwide Communications


Crystal (McKenzie)-1985
-Middays-Nationwide Communications


Cat Summers-1985-Nights-
Nationwide Communications


John Martin-1985-Overnights
-Nationwide Communications



Tracey Young-1986-Mid-Days/"Community Tapestry"-Nationwide Communications  Biography


Bill Cross-1986
-"The Breakfast Bunch" -Nationwide Communications

  Bill Cross talks about the final day of "BJ105"
photo and audio courtesy of Clive Hayward

 

John Summers
-1986-1989
-Nights/1988-Host of ''Affection Connection''-Monday-9PM-Nationwide Communications
  Biography

Debbie & Dan-1986-Nationwide Communications

Terry Foxx-1986-1988-Overnights-Nationwide Communications


 
Bethann Shaffer-1989-1990-
News-Nationwide Communications



JJ McKay
Biography


Alan Spector
-"The Breakfast Bunch"  
Biography


Carren Sheldon-"The Breakfast Bunch"



Dennis Winslow-Program Director  Biography
Chris Glendon
Bill Gardner-Mornings/Program Director
Terry Allen

Mitchell Stone-6AM-10AM



Dave Edwards-3PM-7PM  Biography
B. J. Harris



Tom West
-Program Director/10AM-Noon

Rick Stone
Ron Courtney-Midnight-6AM
Mike Creiger
Fast Freddy


Kevin Casey-Assistant Program Director/Afternoons
Larry Jackson
Steve Michaels
Roy Adams-Traffic


Ken Dixon-Production Director  Biography
Charlie Steiner-Sports
Scott Walker
Travis McKay
Jonathan Hart-Weekends
Brad Jeffries
Terry Ross
Tom Collins
Steve Fluker
Jerry Peterson
Bill Thompson In Memory
Jeff Beeching-Junior Achievement Intern


John Martin     Biography
Bob Benjamin (Robert Peterson)


Darrell Hammond


CJ Roquemoore (Curt Creel)-Weekends
Lee Simpson-News
Dave Matthews (David Hesselink)   In Memory
     
Bill Cross, Promotions guy, Tom Hoof,& Alan Spector  taken at a "BJ105 Reunion"        
courtesy of Clive Hayward


Barry Michaels

   

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photos courtesy of Barry Michaels


Other Names in WBJW History




Robert Rounsaville-1973-President-Rounsaville Radio


Carol Lewis (Carol Arvo)-1976-1979-Sales-American Home Stations, Inc./Rounsaville Radio
CA_BJ105_Tag.JPG (281765 bytes)The dog tag that BJ105 gave their employees  for two years of great ratings books.
photo courtesy of Carol Arvo
Melody (Layburn) Lang-1977-1980-Billing-Rounsaville Radio
Joseph Lang-1979-1981-Chief Engineer-Rounsaville Radio

Brian Thomas-1985-1987, 1988-1991-Program Director-Brian programmed "BJ105" and was on-air 2-4pm from May ' 85-May ' 87 and came back to program it again. Brian was the last voice heard on "BJ105",  “Thanks for the memories…it’s been a great ride” when they morphed into Mix 105.1 in the Fall of 89. Brian continued to program "Mix 105.1" until June of 1991. Brian went on to program B97 New Orleans, Q105 Tampa and KFRC-San Francisco. Then in 2006 he became the program director  at  Jack-FM, WCBS-FM 101.1,in New York.  Brian oversaw the return of "New York's Greatest Hits" to WCBS-FM 101.1

Brian White-1987-1987-Program Director-Nationwide Communications

Brian Phillips-1988-Program Director-Nationwide Communications



Rick Weinkauf-1988-2007-General Manager. Rick announced his retirement in 2007  Biography

M.F. Kershner-General Manager
Garry Mitchell


Tom Hoof-Promotions Director
Jim Boyle-Program Director 

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QSL Card courtesy of Larry Flegle

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rounsaville don anglin card.jpg (123794 bytes)

 courtesy Dave Edwards


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