WAOC
Broadcast areaJacksonville, Florida
Frequency1420 kHz
BrandingWay Radio
Programming
FormatChristian Talk and Teaching (WAYR simulcast)
Ownership
OwnerGood Tidings Trust, Inc.
WAYR, WAYR-FM
History
First air date
January 3, 1954 (as WSTN)
Former call signs
WSTN (1954-1960s)
WETH (1960s-1970)
Technical information
Facility ID2706
ClassB
Power2,000 watts day
230 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
29°51′0″N 81°19′50″W / 29.85000°N 81.33056°W / 29.85000; -81.33056
Translator(s)96.5 W243AW (Middleburg)
Links
Websitewayradio.org

WAOC (1420 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian talk and teaching format. Licensed to St. Augustine, Florida, United States, the station serves the Jacksonville area. The station is currently owned Good Tidings Trust, Inc.[1]

FM translator

WAOC programming is also relayed on an FM translator.

Broadcast translators of WAOC
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
(W)
Class FCC info Notes
W243AW 96.5 Middleburg, Florida 250 D FCC FM Query Phillips Broadcasting (owner)

History

1950s

1954

WAOC begins broadcasting as WSTN on January 3. It is initially a 1 kW daytimer.

1970s

WAOC was operating in the early 1970s as WAOC (Americas Oldest City) and broadcasting from a single-wide mobile home situated at the transmitter site out in the woods off SR 207.

1990s

WAOC airs a news/talk format in competition with WFOY. Later in the mid-1990s, the studio moved to the second-highest floor in the National Bank building on Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine. The station was a Country/Western format with local and national news on the half-hour, provided by A.P. teletype wire tickers.

St. Augustine First National Bank Building
St. Augustine First National Bank Building

Its sister station WJQR signs on.

2000s

2002

WAOC is bought by Shull Broadcasting & becomes a sister station to WFOY as "Real Country 1420".

2020s

2021

On May 14, 2021, WAOC changed formats from sports to a simulcast of religious-formatted WAYR 550 AM Fleming Island, branded as "Way Radio".[2] Effective July 27, 2021, then owner Phillips Broadcasting sold WAOC and translator W243AW to Good Tidings Trust, Inc. for $199,000.

Controversy

Kevin Leslie Geddings, known on air as "Kevin Leslie" & also husband of WAOC owner Kris Phillips was sentenced on May 7, 2007, due to an October 2006 conviction of 5 counts of fraud when he served as the state lottery commissioner in North Carolina. Geddings must serve 4 years in federal prison in Jesup, Georgia, as well as pay a $25,000 fine.[3] His conviction was vacated on August 27, 2010. The government was ordered to return the $25,000 fine and $500 special assessment Geddings paid. Source: St. Augustine Record. September 7, 2010.

Previous logos

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WAOC CBSSports96.5-1420 logo.jpg

References

  1. ^ "WAOC Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Jacksonville’s Way Radio Expands To St. Augustine Radioinsight - May 14, 2021
  3. ^ "Geddings gets 4-year prison term, $25,000 fine on fraud conviction". St. Augustine Record. May 8, 2007.