WKTK-FM 98.5
Crystal River

Original Call Letters: WRYO

Originally Licensed: 1976

Original City of License: Crystal River

Original Frequency: 98.5

Origin of Call Letters:  

Original Power: 100,000 watts

Original Location:

Original Format: Contemporary Christian


Network Affiliation(s):


Owner(s):


1976-Cape Christian Broadcasters of Florida, Inc.
1985-Comco, Inc.
1986-Entercom


History of Call Letters and Formats:


WRYO-1976-Religious   "Heavenly Sounds Radio"
WKTK-1983-Contemporary Christian  "Koast-To-Koast"
WKTK-1986-Adult Contemporary
WKTK-1989-Contemporary Hits
WKTK-1990-Hot Adult Contemporary
WKTK-1992-Soft Adult Contemporary
WKTK-1996-Adult Contemporary


History Of WKTK
Thanks to Marc Tyll for this history of WKTK
WKTK-FM
began operations in 1976 as religious station WRYO known as "Heavenly Sounds Radio". The station was conceived by William Lamon who owned a religious station in Cape May, New Jersey-WRIO-FM 102.3. The idea was that Mr. Lamon would bring Christian programming to West Central Florida. After retiring in the mid 1980s, Mr. Lamon decided to sell WRYO to Comco, Inc., a radio group recently formed by former WFTV-TV channel 9 General Manager, Walter Windsor. Comco acquired mostly AM stations located throughout Florida and parts of Alabama, but acquired 100,000 watt WRYO at the request of WKIQ-AM 1240 General Manager Gary Granger. Comco had purchased WKIQ, Inverness, about a year earlier and originally planned to move WRYO's studios from the mobile home it occupied in Homosassa Springs to the WKIQ studio location in Inverness. The plan was to change the format from Religious to Contemporary Christian and the station would remain a Citrus County radio station. One Sunday while Gary Granger was lying on the beach in Saint Augustine, he envisioned WRYO as a powerful FM station covering Florida coast-to-coast. Granger began to put a proposal together for Walter Windsor that involved constructing a new 1,400 foot tower about 20 miles North of Citrus County and a studio move to Gainesville. This enabled a signal that could be heard from the Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean, and would provide a city grade signal over Gainesville and Ocala. Windsor went for the idea and the plan was implemented. Comco purchased the old WGGG building located off N. E. Waldo Road in Gainesville, gutted the building and built a complete new FM studio. On Easter Sunday 1986 at midnight, all religious programming ceased on WRYO and in its place were three days of ocean waves commemorating the new Coast-To-Coast image. The new call letters WKTK "Koast-To-Koast" went into place about six months earlier. Three days later, beginning Thursday morning, WKTK-FM 98.5  had its first "Thousand Dollar Thursday" and began regular programming. Listeners would listen all day for the money song. When they heard it, caller number 9 would win $1,000. The following Wednesday was also known as $100 Wednesday. WKTK went through a few minor format adjustments over the years going from A/C to CHR, then Soft A/C and now back to Mainstream Adult Contemporary, and Walter Windsor sold WKTK to Philadelphia based Entercom four months after the upgrade was complete in 1986. Gary Granger left the station in 1999 and now is Market Manager for Clear Channel Communications in California.


Names In WKTK History

Bill Lamon-1976-1985-Owner-Cape Christian Broadcasters of Florida, Inc. 



Walter Windsor-
1985-1986-President-Comco, Inc. In Memory

Gary Granger-1985-1999-General Manager-Comco, Inc.

Les Howard-2002-Program Director-Entercom

Greg Southard-2007-Program Director-Entercom

Dick O'Neil-General Sales Manager /2008-Vice President/General Manager-Entercom



Kathy Hess-2013
-Morning co-host with
Storm Roberts-Entercom



Storm Roberts
-5AM-10AM



Bob Harmon
-Weekends-2PM-7PM-Entercom



Kathy Aparo



Tony Downes   Biography

Nick Allen-Program Director

Britton John-Program Director

Steve Mack

John Land

Jim Quinn

John Boyer

David Hand (Reeves)



Ce Ce Taylor-Weekdays 10am - 3pm

Camille Somers

Bruce Cherry-Program Director



Chris Wells-Mornings-5AM-10AM



Chris "The Corn Chip" Malone
-Weekdays 3PM-7PM



Greg Ryan
-Program Director/3PM-7PM


Chris Malone-Program Director



Scott Miller
-Weekends 8AM-2PM

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1995 Gainesville Sun article courtesy of Bill Watson
 
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