WWNZ-740  AM   
Orlando    

Original Call Letters: WORZ

Originally Licensed: Feb 8, 1947 

Original City of License: Orlando 

Original Frequency: 740

Origin of Call Letters: Sounds like; WINS

Original Power: 50,000 watts

Original Location: 

Original Format: News/Talk


Network Affiliation(s):


CBS
CNN
Fox News
NBC 


Owner(s):


1966-Tom Cassel

1971-Susquehanna Radio

1988-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.

1994-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando

1997-Clear Channel Communications


History Of  Call Letters and Formats:

WORZ-1947-Variety
WKIS-1958-Adult Contemporary
WKIS-1971-MOR/Contemporary
WKIS-1973-Pop/Standard MOR
WKIS-1975-MOR
WKIS-1979-News/Talk  "NewsTalk 74"
WWNZ-1988-News/Talk
WQTM-2001-Sports Talk formerly on 540
WQTM-2007-Mexican Oldies "La Preciosa"  ("The Precious One")
WQTM-2008-Modern Spanish Pop 
WYGM-2009-Sports


WWNZ History
Rich Kennedy tells us; "WKIS became WWNZ (in 1988) and was upgraded from 5kw days, 1kw directional nights to a new facility with 50kw  24 hrs (directional). WWNZ midday host Clive Thomas was followed by afternoon host Jim Philips." By 1993, WWNZ-AM and WWNZ-FM 104.1 were simulcasting the AM programming. Paxson Broadcasting sold the FM to Press Broadcasting.


WWNZ Personalities



Ken Charles
-1988-1991-Program Director/Evenings 7PM-10PM/''Desperate and Dateless''-Friday nights-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.



Wayne Trout
-1988
-1995-News Anchor/News Director/Operations Manager-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.    Biography   In Memory


Clive Thomas-1988
-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.  Biography

Leslie Brewington-1988
-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.  Biography


Jim Philips-1988
-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co. Biography


Lynn Levine
-1988
-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.


Carole Nelson-1988-Noon-2PM-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co. Biography
Mark Roberts-1991-Mornings-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.


Ed Hartley
-1992-"Cryin' Lovin' & Leavin'"-weekdays from Noon-3PM/Saturdays 3PM-6PM-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co. 
Cathy Taylor-1992-News Anchor/Host of "Perspectives" a call-in program Saturdays from 4PM to 6PM-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.
Ray Crume-1993-Host "Crume's Sunday Morning Spirituals"-Sundays 6AM to 8AM-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.


Lee Garen-1993-1995
-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.  Biography


Melissa Foxx
(Laurie Turner)-1993-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando  Biography
Dave Riley-1994-News Anchor-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando


Peter King
-1994-1997-Reporter/News Director-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando
Biography
Bethann Shaffer-1994-1997-Morning Drive News Anchor  740 WINS Morning News"--Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando/Clear Channel Communications
Photo courtesy of Curtis Partridge
Gary Anstaett-1995-News Anchor-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando


Bob Sokoler-1995
-Mornings
-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando


Gina Jordan
-1995
-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando Biography


George Crossley
-1996-"In Defense of Liberty"-10AM-11AM Tuesdays and Thursdays-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando                Biography   In Memory
Don Connolly-Anchor/Reporter
Terry LaQuea-Anchor/Reporter/Assignment Editor 
Dave Ross-Assignment editor/reporter/morning co-host with Paul Porter
Gary Anstaedt-Assignment Editor/Reporter
Joe Crews-Assignment Editor/Reporter

Paul Porter
-Morning co-host with Dave Ross and sports. Paul was also the arena voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Storm and USF football teams
Thelma Tharp-"Senior Networking"  In Memory


Jack Nelson
-"MoneyTalk"/"Dollars and Cents"
Greg Dawson-Orlando Sentinel TV critic appeared weekdays TV and answering questions


Kevin Baldinger-News/Traffic  Biography


Craig Eicher


Jerry Eden
-Host of "Singles Syndrome"-Sundays from 6 to 8PM
Doug Guetzloe-"The Guetzloe Report"-11AM-Noon-Tuesday and Thursday


John Martin Biography


Sheila Nardone-News Anchor
Tommy Mayo
Dave King-News Anchor



"The Coach" Marc Daniels
-"The Sports Nut"-6PM-10PM Biography

Diane Scribner-News Anchor


Dan Tressler-News


Ed Kaplan

Other Names In WWNZ History
Mark Brewer-1988-General Manager-Guy Gannett Broadcasting
Allen Wilkerson-1990-Operations Manager-Guy Gannett Broadcasting Co.
Bud Paxson-1994-CEO-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando
Jim Bocock-1994-President-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando
Jenny Sue Rhoades-1994-General Manager-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando


Jim Poling
-1994-Operations Director/Program Director-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando  Biography
David Murray-1994-Chief of Operations/Chief Engineer-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando
Deonne Dardin-1994-General Sales Manager-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando
Judi Pearl-1994-Promtions Manager-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando


Chris Kampmeier-1996-Vice President of Programming-Paxson Communications
John Frost-1996-Vice President of Programming-Paxson Broadcasting
Alan Mason-1996-Senior Vice President of Programming-Paxson Communications
Bill Pasha-Corporate Programming Director-Paxson Broadcasting of Orlando 


Tom Benson-2000-2009
-Program Director-Clear Channel Communications
Dean Chapman-Traffic reporter



Jon Alexander-Producer of "The Philips Phile"  In Memory

Other Programs In WWNZ History
Let's Talk Access-Disability issues talk show-Sundays-10AM-11AM
Florida Marlins Baseball
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Baseball
Allan Colmes-Syndicated


Barry Farber
-Syndicated


Sally Jessie Raphael
-Syndicated 


Dr. Joy Browne
-Syndicated


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