WDBO-FM 92.3 
Orlando

 

Original Call Letters: WDBO

Originally Licensed: Apr 24, 1948

Original City of  License: Orlando

Original Frequency: 92.3 

Origin of Call Letters: See WDBO-AM 580 

Original Power:  34,000 watts

Original Location: 30 S. Ivanhoe Blvd. E. 

Original Format: Beautiful Music 


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):

1948-Orlando Broadcasting Co., Inc.
1957-Cherry Broadcasting Station of Providence, Rhode Island
1963-The Outlet Company
1982-Katz Broadcasting (Purchased WDBO-AM/FM for $9.5 million)
1986-New City Communications
1997-Cox Broadcasting

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WDBO-1952-
Beautiful Music
WWKA-1983-Country "K92FM"

 


WDBO-FM History 
From Brian Douglas; "Just a couple of comments on WDBO-FM... originally, the station simulcast WDBO-AM 100%.  I know that lasted well into the 1970's, if not longer.  There was no separate FM programming, so WDBO AM/FM were MOR/full-service during this time.  The station transmitted in mono.

 

WDBO-FM  "Takeover"
Dutch
Schaeffer - Ron Kocher - Lon Wagner- On December 21, 1982, three announcers took the station "hostage" for more than three hours in protest of the format change from easy listening to country that would take away their jobs. From the front page of the Orlando Sentinel dated December 22, 1982;
"...About 6:15 p.m., announcers Gary "Dutch"
Schaeffer, 41, and Ron Kocher, 23, locked themselves in the WDBO-FM control booth and told the radio audience they had taken it over in protest of the change, scheduled for January."  "Three hours and 20 minutes later, the station management and the announcers, who had been joined by broadcaster Lon Wagner, 33, worked out an agreement." "Morton Downey, Jr., host of WDBO-AM's "Nightline" talk show, fielded calls from listeners as he took on the role of mediator between the FM announcers and the new management led by (Robert "Bob") Longwell."

 

Names In WDBO-FM History

Joseph Sinclair-1963-Chairman of the Board-Outlet Company

David Shurtleff-1963-Vice President-Broadcast Division-Outlet Company

Carl Hallberg-1963-Vice President/General Manager/Commercial Manager-Outlet Company

Bill Taylor-1963-Program Director-Outlet Company

Fred Bradshaw-1963-News Director-Outlet Company

Chalmers Stromberg-1963-Chief Engineer-Outlet Company

Corey Meyer-1971-Operations Manager-Outlet Company

Frank Scharf-1971-Production Manager-Outlet Company



Dutch Schaeffer

Ron Kocher

Gary Anstaett

Lon Wagner

Robert "Bob" Longwell

Carl Hallberg-General Manager



Dennis Moore



John Weyrick              


 
New Era At WDBO-FM

automation.jpg (56919 bytes)

        automation_2.jpg (59446 bytes)
Click photos for full sized view
WDBO General Manager Carl Hallberg (right) watches as Chief Engineer Corey Meyer programs the Gates-SP-19 automated system in 1971. 
photos courtesy of
John Gordon  In Memory

dennis_moore_carting_up_the_news_john_gordon.jpg (32948 bytes)

De
nnis Moore
courtesy of John Gordon


What's New
  


Biographies
 


In Memory


Sounds


Misc.


Links
 


Chronology


What's News?