WORL-AM 660
Altamonte Springs

Original Call Letters: WORL

Originally Licensed: 1986 

Original City of  License: Titusville

Original Frequency: 650

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 10,000 watts daytime

Original Location: 

Original Format: Business


Network Affiliation(s):


Money Watch Radio Network

Sporting News Radio Network
Salem Radio Network


Owner(s):


1986-Floyco, Inc.
2000-James Crystal Orlando, Inc.
2003-JCE Licenses, LLC
2004-Foster Sports (LMA)
2006-Salem Communications Corp (Station swap-value set in excess of $6 million)
2008-SCA License Corporation (Subsidiary of Salem Communications)

History Of  Call Letters and Formats:

WORL-1986-Business
WORL-1998-Licensed But Silent
WORL-2004-Sports Talk  "WORL 660 The Fan"
WORL-2005-News/Business/Talk
WORL-2008-News/Talk   "News Talk 660

 

              

WORL-AM History
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WORL.
Although never on the air, originally Floyco, Inc., owned by Carl J. Auel, was granted a construction permit for WORL as WGNZ sometime around 1985. Auel had several AM construction permits from around Florida including WWLO-AM 1430 Gainesville and WLVJ-AM 640 Royal Palm Beach (West Palm Beach). The original frequency was 650khz and was assigned to Titusville, Florida. The original authorized power was10kw daytime only operating with an East-West directional pattern. There was no night time authorization due to WSM Nashville being located less than 750 miles from Central Florida and operating on the same frequency. WSM is the dominate clear channel station for night operation on 650khz. Within a year of Auel receiving the construction permit for 650khz, he filed an application with the FCC to change the city of license to Christmas, Florida as that community's first service. A call letter change to WORL was applied for and granted as well since the original WORL-AM 1270 had dropped those heritage calls in favor of becoming business radio WHBS. The application to change the city of license to Christmas was granted, but the station never went on the air on 650khz. Sometime in the late 80s Auel petitioned the FCC to change the frequency to its currently dial position of 660khz with a reduced daytime power of 1kw and the additional of night service, also with 1kw, operating with an East-West directional day and night pattern using three towers. Auel had also specified in his application to once again change the city of license, this time to Altamonte Springs as its first service. The application was denied, but upon a re-filing the application was granted Auel sold the construction permit to James Crystal Enterprises, Inc. (JCE, Inc.) in the late 1990s. JCE placed WORL on the air in 1999 as an all news stations using A(ssociated) P(ress) 24-hour audio news programming. In 2004, Foster Sports took control through a Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) with James Crystal Radio. On June 28, 2004, WORL became "660 The Fan".

2-6-06  Salem Communications has closed even swap of Religious KNIT-AM 1480 in Dallas, Texas for News/Talk WORL-AM 660 with Jim Hilliardís James Crystal Radio. The value placed on the deal was $6 million. Salem is expected to place their conservative Talk format on WORL.

12-13-06 From Brian; "... the WORL calls were first used on 950 in Boston until sometime in the 70's (see WORL-AM 1270) when the Boston station switched to WRYT. After the WORL calls were assigned to 660 in Florida, the Boston station tried to get them back, but 660 would not let them go. The Boston station settled for WROL, which are the calls used to this day.


Names In WORL History

Carl J. Auel-1984-President-Floyco, Inc 



Allan Dempsey-1991-Program Director/Afternoon Host

James C. Hilliard-2000-President/General Sales Manager-James Crystal Orlando, Inc.

Rick Hindes-2000-Chief Financial Officer-James Crystal Orlando, Inc.

Steve Lapa-2000-General Manager-James Crystal Orlando, Inc.

John Trybuleck-2000-Station Manager/Program Manager/2001-General Manager/Sales Manager-James Crystal Orlando, Inc.

Joyce Kaufman-2001-Mornings-James Crystal Orlando, Inc.
Jack Lott-2001-Mornings-James Crystal Orlando, Inc.



Gary Cohl-2003-Sports Director-former WFTV channel 9 sports anchor/2004-6PM-8PM-JCE Licenses, LLC.

Edward G. Atsinger III-2005-President/CEO-Salem Communications Corp.
Joe Gonzalez-2005-General Manager-Salem Communications Corp.



Ron Bisson-2005-Mornings-Salem Communications Corp.

Darren Ryder-2006-General Manager of WORL-AM 660, WTLN-AM 950 and WHIM-AM 1520-Salem Communications Corp.

Nyda Bittmann-Neville-2006-"The Magnolia"-Fridays-11AM-Noon-Salem Communications Corp.

Dennis Miller-2007-10AM-Noon-Syndicated-Salem Communications Corp.


O.K. Walters-2007
-"Central Florida Sports Tonight"-Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays-5PM-6PM-Salem Communications Corp 

Ruth Ackerman-2007-Host of "Gardening Smart"-9AM Saturdays-Salem Communications Corp 


David Koon-2007-General Manager-Salem Communications Corp 


Shannon Burke-2009-2010-Saturdays 2PM-4PM-Salem Communications Corp  Biography


Bill Bokunic-2010
-Cluster General Sales Manager-Salem Communications Corp 
Bill Files-2011-General Manager for Orlando cluster-SCA License Corporation
Charles King-"Charles King Show"/Production Manager

Roger Franklin Williams-Salem Communications Corp 



Jeff Senas-Show Producer/Production Assistant


Jim Turner-Weekend Board Operator/Producer


Bill Rhoden-Church Relations

John Stolz-Director of Ministry Development

Joe Ferraro-Promotions Director


Colin Brady
-Producer  
In Memory

Debrah Hayden-Traffic Manager


Christy Siron-Administrative Assistant


Bruce Cherry-Account Executive


Max Johnson
-News Director/Public Affairs
Dave Santrella-President of Salem's Radio Division

Other Programs In WORL History

Miami Dolphins Football   

Florida Marlins Baseball
Florida State University
Seminole College Football
Tampa Bay Rays-2010-Monday-Friday Games/Weekend Night Games


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