WOKV-FM
Broadcast areaJacksonville metro area
Frequency104.5 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding104.5 WOKV
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatNews/Talk
SubchannelsHD2: Alternative Rock X99.5
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
July 1967; 56 years ago (1967-07)
Former call signs
  • WAQB-FM (1967–1970)
  • WJNJ-FM (1970–1979)
  • WFYV (1979–1987)
  • WFYV-FM (1987–2013)
Former frequencies
104.9 MHz (1967–1979)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID72081
ClassC
ERP98,800 watts
HAAT309 meters (1,014 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
30°16′35.0″N 81°33′51.0″W / 30.276389°N 81.564167°W / 30.276389; -81.564167
Translator(s)HD2: 99.5 W258CN (X99.5)
Links
Public license information
Webcast
Website

WOKV-FM (104.5 MHz) is a radio station in Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States, serving the Jacksonville metropolitan area. It airs a news/talk format branded as "News 104.5 WOKV". The station is owned by Cox Media Group and broadcasts from studios and a transmitter in the Southside district of Jacksonville.

History

WAQB-FM signed on in July 1967 at 104.9 MHz.[2] It was the FM counterpart of WKTX (1600 AM); its effective radiated power was only 3,000 watts, a fraction of its current power, and it simulcast WKTX's middle of the road music format. Around 1970, it changed its call sign to WJNJ-FM.

In 1979, the station changed its callsign again, this time to WFYV. The station changed its frequency to 104.5 MHz, coupled with a dramatic boost in power. WFYV began running 100,000 watts, the maximum permitted for non-grandfathered FM stations, allowing it to be heard throughout Jacksonville's expanding suburbs, from Southeast Georgia to St. Augustine and Gainesville. On March 10, 1980, WFYV became Rock 105 with an album rock format. Over the years, the station gradually shifted towards classic rock.

In 2010, following a format change at rival rock station WPLA, WFYV shifted from classic rock to mainstream rock under the name Rock 104.5, Jacksonville's Best Rock.

On April 10, 2013, Cox Media announced that "Rock 104.5" was going to "retire", effective April 28. On that day, at 10:07 p.m., the station signed off with a live version of "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by a minute of silence. After that, the station began stunting with a 5-minute loop of teasers of potential formats: hot talk as "Raw Talk, 104.5 The Bone", soft AC as "Easy 104.5", country as "104.5 Brad-FM", urban contemporary as "Power 104.5" and Spanish tropical music as "Caliente 104.5". During the stunting, rock listeners were redirected to sister alternative rock station WXXJ (then at 102.9 FM, now 106.5 FM).

The stunting lasted until midnight on May 1, 2013, when WFYV-FM changed to a simulcast of news/talk-formatted WOKV, abandoning all music entirely.[3] WOKV had previously been heard at FM on 106.5 MHz. On May 16, 2013, WFYV-FM changed its call sign to WOKV-FM. The FM and AM frequencies remained a simulcast until WOKV AM flipped to sports on January 2, 2019.[4]

Programming

Weekdays on WOKV-FM begin with Jacksonville's Morning News with Rich Jones. The rest of the weekday schedule is conservative talk shows, including the local Mark Kaye Show along with locally anchored news, traffic and weather reports. WOKV airs syndicated network shows from Brian Kilmeade, Erick Erickson, Sean Hannity, Chad Benson, Clark Howard, Dana Loesch and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Weekends feature programs on money, health, gardening, home repair and the syndicated Bill Cunningham show. Some weekend hours are paid brokered programming. Most hours on nights and weekends begin with world and national news from Fox News Radio.

The HD2 subchannel airs "X99.5", an alternative rock format. It feeds translator W258CN (99.5 FM).

As WFYV-FM, on-air hosts included Lex and Terry, Bubba The Love Sponge and Doug "The Greaseman" Tracht.

On-air incidents

In September 24, 2008, WFYV-FM host Gregg Stepp left the station to take a job in Bakersfield, California, as a Program Director. Stepp was then asked by WFYV-FM management to create a bit that would bring some attention to the station before announcing the return of "The Greaseman" to the Jacksonville airwaves a couple weeks later. Stepp decided to make everyone think he had quit live on-the-air, by giving listeners the idea that station management were planning on firing him but he was quitting before they had the chance. Stepp concluded his bit by saying:

Now I find out that there's another deal in the works with somebody else and they're only minutes away from handing me my walking papers! Well, here's your 15 second notice: Kiss my ass, Cox Radio Jacksonville, and especially you, Bill Hendrich and David Israel! You two empty suits will be lucky if this is the only time this happens to you, and it's gonna be a bright day in Jacksonville when your desks are emptied and radio is free of you. Now, this shows you how much they're paying attention, by the way, because they should have been in here by now, and if they were really listening to the radio stations they'd knew what was going on. So, thanks for nothing, rot in hell Cox Radio. I am gone!

— Stepp's final words

This was followed by 11 seconds of dead air, then music played. It was not revealed until much later that Stepp's "quitting" WFYV-FM was merely a bit.[5]

HD Radio

WOKV-FM carries an HD2-subchannel, branded as "X 99.5." This station carries an Alternative rock format and also broadcasts on translator W258CN. The Station previously broadcast on 106.5 WXXJ as "X 106.5", before swapping frequencies with its sister station "Hot 99.5." Hot 99.5 previously broadcast on the HD2 subchannel and the 99.5 translator, but on August 31, 2023, the station and "X 106.5" swapped frequencies.[6] Hot 99.5 moved to 106.5, rebranding as "Hot 106.5" and changing the call sign to WHJX.

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WOKV-FM". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1969 page B-33
  3. ^ "WOKV Jacksonville Moves to 104.5". May 2013.
  4. ^ Cox to Launch ESPN 690 Jacksonville Radioinsight - November 6, 2018
  5. ^ WFYV DJ Quits live in mid-broadcast
  6. ^ "Cox Confirms Jacksonville Frequency Swap". Radio Insight. August 17, 2023. Retrieved November 23, 2023.