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WOCL
Sunny1059.png O-Rock logo.jpg
City of license Deland, Florida
Broadcast area Greater Orlando/Daytona Beach
Branding Sunny 105.9
Slogan "Orlando's Greatest Hits"
Frequency 105.9 MHz FM
(also on HD Radio)
105.9-2 FM Alternative rock "O-Rock" (HD Radio)
105.9-3 FM WFAN simulcast
Format Oldies/Classic Hits
ERP 96,000 watts
HAAT 484 meters
Class C
Facility ID 10138
Callsign meaning Orlando's CLass (former station branding)
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WJHM, WOMX-FM
Webcast HD1 , HD2
Website www.sunny1059.com HD1 www.orock1059.com HD2

WOCL (105.9 FM, "Sunny 105.9") is a radio station broadcasting in Orlando, Florida. The station airs a Classic Hits format, focusing on music from 1964-1989 with the core being the 1970s. During the months of November and December, they play only Christmas music. It is similar to the format used by sister station WCBS-FM in New York. The station can be heard not only in the Orlando area, but also as far away as the Space Coast in Brevard County, and the eastern shores of Central Florida. To the north, the station can be heard up to Palatka, in Putnam County. It can also be heard in portions of the Tampa Bay Area.

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History

  • 1965: Station launched as WDLF a country music station based in Deland
  • 1977: Call sign changed to WELE-FM after being sold to Joe Gratz, then owner of WELE-AM 1380
  • 1986: Format changed to '60s-'80s oldies as "Class 105.9" with new call letters as WOCL
  • 1988: Format changed to '50s-'70s oldies as "Cool 105.9".
  • 1999: Format changed to Jammin' Oldies as "Power 105-9".
  • October 31, 2000: Format changed to alternative rock as "O-Rock 105-9". For the next seven years, the station varied in the rock genre, starting off as a broad-based alternative rock format, then active rock, and then back to a more modern-based rock format focusing on considerably more new music.
  • January 4, 2008: Station drops alternative rock format and begins playing Bill Drake's "The History of Rock & Roll".
  • January 10, 2008: Station begins airing an oldies/classic hits format as "Sunny 105.9".

While the station was under a modern rock music format, they were also noted for airing the Mr. Bergis prank calls, a series of prank calls to a racist and homophobic man named Richard M. Bergis, who constantly explodes into profanity-laced tirades after the deejays provoke him by calling him multiple times or exposing his racist and homophobic beliefs. These prank calls became an internet phenomenon.

Two talk shows, The Morning After Show and The Jody & Scott Show were turned into music-only shows in mid-2007.

Stunting and 2008 format change

Without warning on Friday, January 4, 2008, at 9 AM, the station dismissed its on-air staff and began the transition to a new format. The alternative rock format was abandoned, and was replaced with Bill Drake's The History of Rock & Roll program. The last song played on O-Rock was Down by 311. WOCL's webpage shows a banner with pictures revolving between country music stars, classical figures such as Beethoven, smooth jazz icons such as Kenny G, and sports.

At 12:40 PM on January 10, 2008, the station began playing a year-by-year montage of snippets of popular culture (including movies, commercials, and of course, hit music) and news stories covering the years from 1964 to 1989. This montage was similar to the one played by WCBS-FM in New York when they relaunched their oldies/classic hits format known as "Greatest Hits" on July 12, 2007. At 1:05:09 PM (Station 105.9), the station launched a "Greatest Hits" hits format branded as "Sunny 105.9". It features a playlist and imaging that closely resembles that of WCBS-FM. The first song played on Sunny 105.9 was KC and The Sunshine Band's That's The Way I Like It.

A MySpace page maintained by CBS indicated that O-Rock will return as an HD-2 channel and stream online. At that time, orock1059.com will relaunch. As of April 2008, O-Rock is now broadcasting on WOCL's 2nd channel, calling itself "O-Rock HD2."

Personalities

  • Downtown Billy Brown, Weekday Mornings
  • Bob Berry, Weekday Afternoons
  • Chris Orion, Weeknights

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