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WPOI
City of license St. Petersburg, Florida
Broadcast area Tampa Bay Area
Branding 101-5 the Point
Star 101.5 HD2 (HD2)
Slogan The Best of the '80s and More
Frequency 101.5 MHz
First air date 1970s
Format Adult Hits
Modern AC (HD2)
ERP 95,000 watts
HAAT 470 meters
Class C
Facility ID 66013
Callsign meaning POInt
Former callsigns WKES
WILV
WFJO
Owner Cox Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1015thepoint.com

WPOI (known as "101.5 The Point") is an FM radio station in Tampa, Florida playing an adult hits format with a playlist from the late 1970s to 1999. Prior to October 2007, they played music from the 1980s as well as the late 1970s and the early 1990s. This is why its tagline is: "The best of the '80s and more". Songs that have been added to the radio station include songs like "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day, "Smooth" by Santana, and "Ironic by Alanis Morissette".

The station plays 8 songs by U2, 8 by Prince, 7 by Aerosmith, 7 by R.E.M., and 6 by The Police, these being the artists they play the most. Other artists they play multiple songs by consist of artists like Bon Jovi, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Eurythmics, Billy Idol, The Cranberries, and Van Halen. They also play artists with one or two hits, such as a-ha, Animotion, Gary Numan, Dexys Midnight Runners, Flock of Seagulls, Bow Wow Wow, Eddy Grant, and After the Fire.

Corey Dylan is the station's morning drive DJ. Prior to October 2007, the station ran jock-less at all times except for morning and afternoon drive. Currently Joe Elliot serves the afternoon drive, Jess Andrews is on in the evening during the week, and Brian Black spins on Saturday evenings. Elliot also hosts Sunday School Alternative on 97X as "Joel."

Former jockeys include Jeff Callahan, Dick Reins, and Gina Riley. Other jockeys have also popped in at random times including Keith Conners from WWRM.

The station's HD-2 channel is known as "Star 101.5" and plays more current hits mixed with a few from the playlist on its regular frequency.

Criticism

The station has been criticized by listeners for playing the same music over and over with very little variety. WPOI's playlist primarily consists of well-known songs that were former No. 1 hits on the Billboard Top 100, which puts strict limits on the variety of songs it can play.

The station also comes under scrutiny by listeners for use of the positioner "The NEW 101.5 The Point", despite the station existing in the Tampa market for at least eight years. (Co-owned WWRM also has used the moniker "The NEW Magic 94.9" since 2001.)

Interesting Facts

Corey Dylan hosts "The Nearly Impossible Question Contest" at 6 a.m. weekdays followed by conversation by the listeners at 7 a.m. where Corey talks about a world matter usually involving relationships where listeners can call in and talk to her about something that has happened in their life, then at 8 a.m. Corey launches 80 minutes of non-stop 80's to start the work day.

In September 2007, 101.5 started a contest called "The $101,000 Song of the Day." In this contest, right before 80 minutes of non-stop 80's begins, Corey announces a song that you need to listen for. The song was guaranteed to play at least once before 7 p.m. When that song played and you were caller 101, you automatically won $1,000. If it played twice before 7 p.m. and you were caller 101, you automatically won $5,000. On top of that, you were asked to give a lucky four digit number, if it matched the pre-selected code in the computer, you won $101,000. Up to this day, no one has won that much money.

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