WPCV-FM 97.5 
Winter Haven

Original Call Letters: WINT 

Originally Licensed: Feb. 7, 1963  

Original City of License: Winter Haven  

Original Frequency: 97.5

Origin of Call Letters: Slogan: Polk County's Voice

Original Power: 12,000 watts

Original Location: 100 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven

Original Format: Country  


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):

1963-Angelo Fazzari and Bruce Parker
1965-Bruce Parker
1970-Recreation Broadcasting Of Central Florida 
1973-Joe Garagiola ($225,000)
1976-Leonard Marks and Herbert Stewart
1981-Hall Communications

History of Call Letters and Formats:

WINT-1963-(Simulcast of WINT-AM 1360)
WXKL-1965-Variety/Country
WHFL-1970-Contemporary 
WPCV-1973-Country  "Polk County’s Voice"   "Your Hometown Country Station"


History Of WPCV
WPCV was put on the air in 1963 by Angelo Fazzari and Bruce Parker as WINT-FM 97.5 the sister station to their WINT-AM 1360. In 1973, Recreation Broadcasting sold WHFL-FM 97.5 for $225,000 to NBC Sports personality Joe Garagiola who had recently purchased WONN-AM 1230 in Lakeland. In 1976, WPCV as well as WONN were sold by Garagiola. WPCV-FM also outgrew its original slogan ''Polk County's Voice''. The station was called  during the 1970s because that's where most of its listeners were. But the station later moved its transmitter and increased its power to better cover Central Florida. ''There have been several different phrases used to describe the call letters over the years,'' said Rowbothan. ''Another owner referred to it as the 'World's Powerful Country Voice' to play on the 'world' thing - at that time there was Circus World, Sea World, Disney World.''

 


WPCV Personalities



Dave Day-1985-1998-variuos air shifts/1998-Promotions/2015-Midnight-5AM-Hall Communications
Joe Donelan-1987-1989-Hall Communications


Tom O'Brien-1995-2014-5AM-10AM-"The 97 Country Breakfast Cub"-Hall Communications


Melissa Moran-2008
-5AM-10AM-"The 97 Country Breakfast Cub"-Hall Communications


Nic Allen-2015-Weekends-Hall Communications


Sheila Nardone (Sheila Hunter)-News Anchor



Grant Starr-7PM-Midnight-Hall Communications


Doug Rockwell-Hall Communications
Joe T  (Joe Trevette)-Hall Communications
John Henderson-Mid-days-Hall Communications
Bob Helmick-Program Director-Hall Communications


Roger Todd-5AM-10AM-"The 97 Country Breakfast Cub"-Hall Communications


D.J. Thee Trucker (Dale Sellers)-5AM-10AM-"The 97 Country Breakfast Cub"-Hall Communications


Jenny Taylor-Weekdays-10AM-3PM-Hall Communications


Sara Michaels-3PM-7PM-Hall Communications


Chris Kelly-7PM-Midnight-Hall Communications


Johnny Cotterill-Saturdays-Hall Communications



Daniel-Saturdays-Hall Communications



Eric Clark-Hall Communications


Chris Wolfe-Weekdays-7PM-Midnight-Hall Communications


Bob Page-Weekends-Hall Communications


Jesse James-Overnights-Hall Communications


Mike James-Operations Manager/Program Director-Hall Communications


Ricky Reynolds-Weekends-Hall Communications


Kevin Baldinger
-Traffic
-Hall Communications
Biography
Lionel Cartwright-Hall Communications      Courtesy of Drew Durigan

Other Names in WPCV History


Joe Garagiola-1973-1976-Owner   
In Memory
Chris Harwell-Operations Manager
Frank Berry-Engineer
Hal Paul-Sales
Sal Porta-Sales
Garland Burt-Station Manager
E.C. "Pat'' Morgan
Herb Stewart-General Manager


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