WMMZ-FM 93.7                                                                                 "Z93" 
Ocala


Original Call Letters: WMOP

Originally Licensed: Nov 7, 1960

Original City of License: Ocala  

Original Frequency: 93.7

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 4,200 watts

Original Location: 311 Robertson Bldg

Original Format: Top 40


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):


1960-A.B. ("Ben") Letson  
1985-Dix Communications, Inc.
1986-Ocala Broadcasting Corp.


History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WMOP-1960-Pop
WFUZ-1973-Big Bands/Easy Listening
WFUZ-1981-Block Programming (Easy Listening-Day/Country-Night)
WFUZ-1985-Adult Contemporary
WMMZ-1986-Top 40  "Z-93"
WOGK-1994-Country  "K-Country 93.7 FM"


WMMZ History
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WMMZ.
WMMZ-FM began broadcasting on November 7, 1960 at 93.7 mHz, with 4,200 watts, co-owned with country giant legend WMOP-AM 900. The format was Pop and remained with that format until 1973 when WMOP-FM increased its power to 100,000 watts and changed its call letters to WFUZ--named to honor the area's police officers. Kirk considers the development of the FM station in this area as one his greatest accomplishments.
At that time, WFUZ became Ocalaís first and only Easy Listening station with special Big Band programming in the afternoons. Big Daddy Miles Foland, a long time broadcast legend in Cincinnati, had retired to Ocala years earlier and was the afternoon air talent on WTMC-AM 1290. WFUZ's owner, "Country" Jim Kirk, lured Big Daddy away from WTMC to host the afternoon Big Band show on the new 100,000 watt WFUZ. Programming on WFUZ remained easy listening until 1983 when it was decided to switch the nighttime programming to country to better compete against another FM country station that recently commenced 24-hour operations. However, the daytime on WFUZ remained Easy Listening until 1985. Thatís when Country Jim decided it was time to sell the FM, and a switch was made to full-time Adult Contemporary. The new owners, Dix Communications, constructed a new transmitter plant and studio in 1986. The call letters were changed to WMMZ and it became a cult following CHR known as "Z-93". The New CHR "Z-93" remained a hit until it all came to an end in March of 1994. Thatís when Dix Communications decided to take 93.7 in a different direction. So a new general manager and staff was hired. The call letters were once again changed, this time to WOGK, and the format became a mix of modern and classic country, known as "K-Country, 93FM". 


WMMZ Personalities

Dave Tyler-1991-Mornings-Ocala Broadcasting Corp.

Bill McCown-1991-Program Director-Ocala Broadcasting Corp.

Chuck Britton    Courtesy of Drew Durigan

"Kemosabe" Joe Johnson

Kelly "Dream" Weaver

Lori "The Rock 'n' Roll Madam" Knight

Jodi "Dusty" Thomas

Bobby Cook

Jim Cauley

Chris Van Dyke

John "Birdman" Bird

Frank Stevens (Frank J. Vela, Jr.)

Steve Mack-Program Director

Mark Moralis-News Director-Ocala Broadcasting Corp.
Jack Webb
"Shawn-o-matic" Shawn Scott 
Nate Graham


Other Names In WMMZ History

A.E. "Gene" Turner-1960-Station Manager/Chief Engineer-A.B. ("Ben") Letson Ownership  
David Dix-1986-President


Marc Tyll-1987-Program Director-Ocala Broadcasting Corp.  Biography
Chris Colson-General Sales Manager-Ocala Broadcasting Corp.


Shane Reeve

Reynold Hawk-General Manager


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