WNDB-FM  94.5 
Daytona Beach

Original Call Letters: WNDB 

Originally Licensed: Mar 1947 

Original City of License: Daytona Beach  

Original Frequency: 94.5 

Origin of Call Letters: Owner and location; News Journal and Daytona Beach

Original Power: 44,000 watts   

Original Location: 128 Orange Ave.

Original Format: Beautiful Music


Network Affiliation(s):


ABC 


Owner(s):


1948-News Journal Corp. 
1972-Quality Broadcasting, Inc. (co-owned with WDNJ-FM 94.5, Daytona Beach)
1977-Broadcast Management Corp.
1982-Root Communications
1992-New City Communications
1996-Black Crow Broadcasting, Inc.
1997-Cox Broadcasting


History Of Call Letters and Formats:


WNDB-1948-Beautiful Music
WDNJ-1972-Beautiful Music (Bonneville's "Just Beautiful Music")
WWLV-1988-Soft Adult Contemporary "Love 94.5" 
WWLV-1990-Adult Contemporary
WCFB-1992-Country "B94.5"
WCFB-1995-Urban Adult "Star 94.5"   "Star 94 Today's R&B and Classic Soul"


WNDB History 
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1947-WNDB was the first FM radio station in Daytona Beach. It was part of the Daytona Beach News Journal's holdings. WNDB added an AM station in 1948. 



   

        

 







WNDB-FM Takes To The Air on March 31, 1948
This is where WNDB-FM originated on Orange Ave in Daytona Beach where the format was beautiful music until 1990 when it became "Love Songs" consisting of Lite contemporary top 40 love songs. Soon under Root Communications it became mainstream adult contemporary before finally switching to country in 1992 known as "B94.5" under the current call letters WCFB, later being sold to NewCity Communications and finally to current owner, Cox Radio.
Photo from The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Marc Tyll updates some history of WNDB-FM;  
1972-The
Daytona News Journal sold WNDB-AM 1150 along with the FM station to
Delray Beach broadcaster Victor M. Knight owner of Quality Broadcasting, Inc.  Quality also owned WGGG-AM 1230 in Gainesville around the same time.  WNDB-FM became WDNJ (for Daytona News Journal) and in 1977 became WWLV.  That same year Knight sold both stations to a guy named Thrope, however, I don't remember his first name nor the company name. Thrope sold to Root Communications.  


Names In WNDB History



Herbert M. Davidson-1947-1972-President-News Journal Corp.

Jerry Stone-1947-General Manager/Commercial Manager/Program Director-News Journal Corp.

William R. Steadman-1947-Program Director/Program Manager-News Journal Corp.

F. A. Scott-1947-Chief Engineer-News Journal Corp.

Chester Smith-1948-Sales-News Journal Corp. 

Steve Hunter-1948-News Director-News Journal Corp.

Bob Patillo-1948-Sports Director-News Journal Corp.

Jean Davis-1948-Women's Director-News Journal Corp. 

Cecil Brown-1957-News-News Journal Corp. 
R.Y. Huffman-1958-News-News Journal Corp. 


Ken Lueck-News Journal Corp.

William H. Deem-Station Manager-News Journal Corp.

Kenneth Hoff-Commercial Manager-News Journal Corp.

Robert E. Smith-Operations Manager/Program Director-News Journal Corp.

Bob Loughran-News Director-News Journal Corp.

Bill W. Martin-Chief Engineer-News Journal Corp.

Jim Martin-News Journal Corp.
Harry Johnson-Program Director-News Journal Corp.
Steve Searle-Chief Engineer-News Journal Corp.


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