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WFOY
WFOY 102.1Newstalk logo.png
Broadcast areaSt. Augustine, Florida
Frequency1240 kHz
Branding102.1 WFOY News Sports & Talk
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatNews/talk
AffiliationsCBS Radio News, Florida's News Networks, Florida Gators Radio Network. Jacksonville Jaguars Radio Network
Ownership
Owner
  • Matthew Kraycinovich
  • (Local Matters Broadcasting, LLC)
History
First air date
February 11, 1937
Former frequencies
1210 kHz (February 11, 1937-March 29, 1941)
Call sign meaning
Fountain Of Youth (original owner)
Technical information
Facility ID60271
ClassC
Power500 watts
Transmitter coordinates
29°51′1″N 81°19′49″W / 29.85028°N 81.33028°W / 29.85028; -81.33028
Translator(s)102.1 W271CJ (St. Augustine)
Links
Webcastmixlr.com/wfoy
Websitewww.1021news.com

WFOY (1240 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News/talk format. Licensed to St. Augustine, Florida, United States, the station is currently owned by Local Matters Broadcasting.[1] The station is repeated in St. Augustine on translator W271CJ (102.1 FM).

History

Considered to be the oldest radio station in St. Augustine,[2] WFOY signed on at 15:45 on Thursday, February 11, 1937 on 1210 kHz at a power of 100 watts, despite claims that the station started July 7, 1936 (more likely the 1936 date is when the construction permit was issued).

WFOY was originally owned by the operators of the Fountain of Youth park, where the station remained until March 12, 2003 (although the park and radio station parted owners). With the NARBA shift of 1941, WFOY shifted from 1210 to 1240 kHz (the new home of all stations formerly on 1210). Over the years WFOY gained power increases to 250 watts (first in the daytime only, then continuously) and then 1,000 watts (again, daytime only at first, then continuously). When WFOY vacated its property to move to the WAOC building, it had to reduce power to 580 watts to avoid interfering with WIYD/1260 in Palatka and other stations on or around 1240.

In August 1965, WFOY added FM service on 97.7 MHz, which was primarily a simulcast of WFOY. With Shull Broadcasting taking possession of WFOY & WFOY-FM in April 1984, the FM became WUVU "View 97.7 FM" with a rock format. WUVU was sold in 1992 when it increased power to 50 kW and shifted frequency to 97.9 MHz. Today, this station is WKSL "97.9 KISS FM" and is owned by iHeartMedia. FM service returned to the site in 1993 when Flagler College's WFCF/88.5 began broadcasting.

Shull Broadcasting bought competing AM station WAOC/1420 in 2002 and sold off WFOY's property at 1 Radio Road in St. Augustine to developers. WFOY moved its studios and transmitter to the WAOC building at 567 Lewis Point Road Extension from where WAOC, WAYL and WSJF transmit. WFCF moved to its own property where it was able to increase power to 10 kW (Class C3) up from the previously authorized 6 kW (full Class A). On July 1, 2006, the station began streaming on the Internet.

Also in 2006, an article appeared in the St. Augustine Record about Shull Broadcasting's sale of the station (along with WAOC) to Florida-based Phillips Broadcasting, a minority-owned broadcasting company owned by Kristine Phillips.

On August 5, 2021, Phillips Broadcasting filed an application with the FCC to assign its authorization to operate WFOY and W271CJ to Local Matters Broadcasting.[3]

One week later, on August 12, 2021, Phillips Broadcasting owner Kristine Phillips died after a long illness.[4]

On December 2, 2021, radio industry publication AllAccess.com reported that Phillips Broadcasting closed on the sale of WFOY and W271CJ to Local Matters Broadcasting for $1,000.[5]

Famous alumni

Programming

WFOY had been an affiliate of CBS Radio from 1940 to 2006 and rejoined the network in 2012. Today it broadcasts a news/talk format including Dave Ramsey, Dan Bongino, Chris Plante, Gordon Deal and other talk programming. WFOY is the radio home of the St. Augustine High School Yellow Jackets football team.[6] WFOY is an affiliate of the radio network of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.[7]

Translator

Broadcast translators of WFOY
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info Notes
W271CJ 102.1 St. Augustine, Florida 148291 250 132 m (433 ft) D 29°51′1.9″N 81°19′48.3″W / 29.850528°N 81.330083°W / 29.850528; -81.330083 FCC LMS Was briefly W272CT on 102.3 before becoming W271CJ on 102.1.

See also

References

  1. ^ "WFOY Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "Kris Phillips, owner of St. Augustine's WFOY radio and voice of St. Johns County, dies".
  3. ^ "Assignment of Authorization" (PDF). United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  4. ^ "Kristine Louise Phillips Obituary".
  5. ^ "Pair Of West Virginia FMs Donated".
  6. ^ "Newstalk 102.1 FM WFOY".
  7. ^ "Jaguars Radio Affiliates".

Coordinates: 29°51′1″N 81°19′49″W / 29.85028°N 81.33028°W / 29.85028; -81.33028