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WTKS-FM
Real Radio 104.1
City of license Cocoa Beach, Florida
Broadcast area Greater Orlando
Space Coast
Branding Real Radio 104.1
Frequency 104.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Format Talk
HD2: Classic Alternative
ERP 94,000 watts
HAAT 487 meters
Class C
Facility ID 53457
Callsign meaning W TalKS
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WFLF, WJRR, WMGF, WRUM, WXXL, WYGM
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wtks.com

WTKS-FM 104.1 is a FM radio station airing a talk radio format. The station is licensed by the (U.S.) Federal Communications Commission to broadcast from Cocoa Beach, Florida (though the studio is located in Maitland, Florida), and serves mainly the Orlando and Central Florida areas.

Most of the programs are designed to appeal to young adults. The station suspends talk shows during weekends to play alternative, indie, and modern rock music. Over the past six years, parent Clear Channel Communications has picked shows from this station to be a part of XM Radio's Extreme XM channel 152.

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Current Shows

Current shows include The Monsters In The Morning, The Philips Phile, The Buckethead Show, SBK Live.

Previous Shows

  • The Shannon Burke Show. Dropped when show was suspended.
  • Lex and Terry (tape delayed from Dallas). Clear Channel moved Lex and Terry to WJRR 101.1
  • The Howard Stern Show, weekdays 6am to 11am(ish). Aired from 1994 to 2004. Syndicated from New York. Clear Channel dropped this show in 2004 from six stations that aired it.
  • The Phil Hendrie Show. A syndication rebroadcast.
  • The Ed Tyll Show. Broadcast locally.
  • LoveLine with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla. Syndicated.
  • Passion Phones. Various hosts over time including Wanda Roland, Susie "Cream Cheese" Cerrone (taking a brief break from her job with Metro Traffic) and Erin Sommers (later syndicated from Miami). Rich Kennedy produced Passion Phones with Erin Sommers which ended up being the #1 Arbitron rated program 12+ in its hour-by-hour ratings (earning an 18 share).
  • G. Gordon Liddy

History

104.1 FM began operations in 1962 as WRKT-FM with an automated Jazz format, the sister station to WRKT-AM 1300 (now WTIR). The station was owned by C. Sweet Smith . In 1967, the station changed format to Progressive Rock with the new calls WKPE; the station was initially automated but eventually added more live announcers. WKPE reverted to the WRKT calls in 1977 with a Top 40 format as "Rocket 104," shifting its format to Adult Contemporary in 1980.

Guy Gannett purchased WRKT-FM in 1981 with the intent of upgrading the 30,000-watt station to 100,000 watts from a new tower near Bithlo and serve the Orlando market. The calls were changed that year to WSSP. A Beautiful Music format was planned, but WSSP initially adopted a Country format as "Brevard's Stereo Country 104." The country format was a temporary measure until the upgrade of the station's signal could be finalized.

The move to Bithlo was completed in 1985, and WSSP became Beautiful Music "WSSPer [Whisper] 104". For a number of years, "WSSPer" was one of the most popular radio stations in Orlando, often ranking as the #1 station 12+ in the market and posting shares as high as 17% in certain dayparts[1]. However, by 1992, the station's ratings were down, and WSSP switched to a Hot AC format as WZTU "U104.1" in the hopes of raising ratings and revenue. "U104.1" failed miserably. Later in 1992, Gannett sold its radio stations in Orlando and Miami to concentrate on its television properties. WZTU was acquired by Paxson Communications Corporation, headed by Lowell "Bud" Paxson (founder of the Home Shopping Network and later PAX TV). Paxson switched WZTU to CHR as WHVE "One O' Four Point One, The Wave," but despite the programming expertise of Bill Pasha of WAPE-FM in Jacksonville, ratings and revenues did not increase; the station came in a dismal 14th place in its first ratings book. The plug was pulled on "The Wave" in August 1992 after only three months.

WHVE changed its calls to WWNZ-FM, simulcasting much of its programming from WWNZ-AM 740 with a few separate shows. Paxson sold WWNZ-FM to Press Broadcasting, which also owned WKCF, in 1993. Press Broadcasting initiated the WTKS calls and the " Real Radio " moniker, which was talk shows during the week ( including Howard Stern for a few years ) and alternative rock on the weekend . The station was sold back to Paxson in 1996 and then came under the Clear Channel umbrella in 1997. On June 21, 2007, Clear Channel announced the request of transfer for their entire Orlando cluster into the Aloha Station Trust upon the consummation of the impending company buyout. In August 2008, the station that was actually transferred, and is also up for sale, is WTKS sister station WJRR.

WTKS held an annual "Kicks for Guns" program in association with the Orlando Police Department where citizens could exchange guns, no questions asked, for shoes. The program made international headlines when the 2007 exchange netted a rocket launcher.[2]

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