WORJ
-FM 107.7 

Mount Dora

Original Call Letters: WFAC (Construction Permit)

Originally Licensed: 1965 

Original City of License: Mount Dora  

Original Frequency: 107.7

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 100,000 watts

Original Location: 

Original Format: MOR


Network Affiliation(s):


Mutual Broadcasting System

  Associated Press
 United Press International


Owner(s):


1965-Frasure Hull, Inc.
1969-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
1978-Sudbrink Broadcasting
1981-Metroplex Communications of Orlando Inc.
1993-Paxson Communications ($5.6 million with WWZN-AM 1440)
1997-Clear Channel Communications


History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WFAC
-1965-Construction Permit
WHIY-1966-MOR/Country Western
  WORJ-1969-MOR/Country Western (Country Western 125 hours weekly)
  WORJ-1971-Progressive Rock 
WORJ-1978-AOR  "Zeta 7"
WJYO-1981-Soft Adult Contemporary "Joy 108",  "Joy of Orlando"
WMGF-1990-Soft Adult Contemporary  "Magic 107.7"

                                                                


WORJ license plate courtesy of Dave Edwards

 

 courtesy of June Myers

At 10 PM on Friday, February 19,1981 "Zeta 7" changed from it's rock roots for easy listening. The disc jockeys cried, and loyal listeners turned their Zeta 7 license plates upside down in protest. That was the day WORJ became WJYO for the "Joy of Orlando". WORJ would move from rock to the sounds of Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, etc.
On his last morning show Thom Robinson asked listeners to memorialize "Zeta7" by turning their license plates upside down on their cars. Program director, David Sousa, recalls "Zeta 7"'s last hours. "It was probably the most terrible day of my life. That was my radio station ...my flesh and blood. It was my child and it had to be shot. We had one bad rating book and management pulled the plug on "Zeta 7"


David Sousa named the station Zeta 7 after the constellation Zeta Reticuli.

WORJ
Personalities



Greg Galloway
-1968-1970
-Frasure Hull, Inc.  Biography

Bob Lyons-1969-News Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp


Wayne Trout
-1969-On air personality/News Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp  Biography    In Memory

Pete Forman-1969-Program Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp

Steve Flesher-1971-Program Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp


Doug Van Allen (Doug Laby)-1972-1977-Operations Manager/Production Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp  



Lee Arnold-1972-1975-Program Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp     

Chalender "Chal" Martina-1972-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp 
Michael Z (Ziegenbein)-1972-1973/1974-1977-In 1973 Michael headed to Lincoln, NE to hold an air-chair and staff engineer position at KFMQ.  In 1974, Michael returned to WORJ/WORL and worked as the Chief Engineer for a couple years, and presided over design and construction of their new *at the time* studios on mercy drive-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp

David Lipstein-1972-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp 

Neal Mirsky-1973-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp

Paul Yeskel-1973-Copywriter-Promotions Director-DJ-Chief booker for The Southern Progressive Radio Network at WORJ-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp. Paul would go on to become president of AIM Strategies, a New Jersey-based service that works with music companies to help promote and market records. In Memory

Doug Clifford-1973-1975-Afternoon News Anchor/Assistant News Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp. 
Rick Namey-1975-1976-Station Manager-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
William W. McGathy-1976-Program Director/Music Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
Steve McMahan-1976-News Director-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp



Brock Whaley (B. Rock)-1978-Sudbrink Broadcasting


David Sousa-1978-1980
-Program Director/Afternoon Drive-Sudbrink Broadcasting
Bill Mims-1978-1980-Evenings/Music Director-Sudbrink Broadcasting. Bill left with the format change to Joy 108.  He went to the sister station in Honolulu.

David Schulz-1978-1980-Midnight-6AM then 10PM-2AM-host of Feature Artist or Feature Album at Midnight as well as "A Space in Time" on Tuesday evenings-Sudbrink Broadcasting

William McGathy-1979-Music Director-Sudbrink Broadcasting
Larry Besler-1979-1980-2AM-6AM-Sudbrink Broadcasting
Chris Wolf-1980-Production Manager-Sudbrink Broadcasting 



Thom Robinson



Frank Reed
 
Biography
  


Pat O'Day
(Jerry Thompson)


Mike Lyons-Mid-days
In Memory

Steve Mack

Chal Martina

Randy Molnar

Bill McGathy

Tom Webb

Marian Van Atta

Hanna Skrobko

Lee Hallock

Dave Murray

Connie Denson



Bob Church In Memory

Jack Curran

Shirley Christmas

Toy Patterson

Vince Ziggenbein

Paul Weiss

Gay Bean Arnold

John Cyr

Al Carroll

Jackie Sanderson

Jimmy Silverman

Bobby Dennis

Diane Silky

Sheila McConnell

Peter David Kaufman



Scott Harris 
Biography   In Memory



Jim Kerr


Johnny Sutton

Donna

Bill Herrington

Geri

Carol Winkler

Charles Odom

Gary Brown

Andy Warden

Lee Morris

Mike Cooper

Rachel

Wayne Osley

Rob Word

Liesel Glaser

Pam Lap

Jerri Hanna

Rudy Markowitz

John Averill

Shirley Jensen

Craig Michaels



Dennis Winslow  Biography

Larry Cox

Dave Matthews

Hanna Skrobko

Zaida Zoller

John Averill

Paul Gerardi
Andy Preston
Elliot Cobbs Mitchell



                   Zeta 7 bumper sticker courtesy of Kevin Coldiron

Zeta 7 window sticker courtesy of Kevin Coldiron


Other Names In WORJ History

Walter Beinecke, Jr.-1969-President-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp

Vernon Arnette-1969-General Manager-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp

Tom Doyle-1969-Operations Manager-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp

Brantley Slaughter-1969-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp   In Memory

S.W. "Happy" Ison-1966-Commercial Manager/1967-Vice President of Sales-Orlando Radio & Television Broadcasting Corp.   In Memory
Emil Corona-1972-President/1979-President/General Manager-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
Jim Moore-1972-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
John Curran-1973-Vice President/General Manager/Sales Manager-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
Don Welsh-1973-Sales Manager-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
Vincent Ziegenbein-1973-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp

Woody Sudbrink-1978-1981-President-Sudbrink Broadcasting

Al Baker-1979-Commercial Manager-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
Don Hildesheim-1979-Chief Engineer-Orlando Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp
Vince Ziegenbein-Chief Engineer 
Lise Ruby-Sales

        
 photos courtesy of Thom Robinson   click photo for full sized view
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                         The WORJ staff                       David Sousa (L) unidentified girl and Thom Robinson

 


"...We were also on the air with tributes and open phone lines the day John Lennon was shot. We organized a candlelight vigil at the Lake Eola Bandshell and broadcast a 2-hour live special that evening in his honor. All the deejays gathered in the control room that night, each one contributing a bit to the show..."


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Here's "...a memo that was actually posted on the studio wall from Harvey Tate, the Zeta7 G.M. at the time who praised the staff for how we handled the Lennon tragedy..." courtesy of Thom Robinson
GMsLetterToStaffOnLennonVigilatLakeEola.jpg (154019 bytes)


Here's "...an article about ZetaFest '80 we staged and produced near Lakeland that summer."
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courtesy of Thom Robinson


St. Petersburg Times article 2-23-1981                              ZETA7 Club Card
                                                                                         
courtesy of Kevin Coldiron    
     
               



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