WOTW
Broadcast areaGreater Orlando
Frequency103.1 MHz (HD Radio)
Programming
FormatStunting
Subchannels
Ownership
Owner
WDYZ
History
First air date
1966 (as WLOQ)
Former call signs
WLOQ (1966-2011)
WHKQ (2011-2014)
Call sign meaning
W O-Town's Wolf (former branding)
Technical information
Facility ID25403
ClassC2
ERP22,000 watts
HAAT227 metres (745 ft)
Links
WebcastFM/HD1: Template:;istenlive
HD2: Listen live
HD3: Listen Live
WebsiteFM/HD1: 103.1 The Wolf
HD2: Bud FM
HD3: True Oldies Y100

WOTW (103.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Windermere, Florida, and serving Greater Orlando. The station is owned by JVC Media, LLC, and is currently stunting.

The studios and offices are on Lucien Way in Maitland.[1] The transmitter is on West Story Road in Winter Garden, at Veterans Memorial Park.[2]

WOTW broadcasts in the HD Radio format. Its HD2 subchannel carries a mainstream rock format known as "Bud FM". WOTW-HD3 simulcasts sister station WXUS-HD2 from Ocala. The HD3 format is branded as "True Oldies Y100.1" (in reference to the Ocala translator W261BA (100.1 FM) that also rebroadcasts WXUS-HD2 in Dunnellon).

History

Smooth jazz as WLOQ

In 1966, the station first signed on as WLOQ.[3] Its original city of license was Winter Park. The station was powered at only 3,000 watts, a fraction of its current output. It was housed in the Langford Hotel. For its first couple of decades, WLOQ aired a middle of the road and easy listening format. In 1977, Gross Communications, headed by Herbert P. Gross, bought WLOQ.[4] Herbert Gross later passed control of the station onto his son, John.

Through the 1990s and 2000s, WLOQ was a smooth jazz station. As the large national radio companies bought most of the major stations in the region, WLOQ was the last independently owned FM radio station in Greater Orlando; in 2011, CEO John Gross decided to retire for medical reasons and put WLOQ up for sale.

Spanish CHR as WHKQ

In 2011, WLOQ was sold to the TTB Media Corporation.[5] At midnight on August 1 that year, WLOQ signed off after 35 years with "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, and WLOQ's smooth jazz format moved exclusively online. The station then began stunting with an all-Elvis Presley format as "Elvis 103.1." On August 3, at 9 p.m., the station flipped to Spanish Contemporary as KQ103, launching with 20,000 songs in a row.[6]

On August 1, 2011, WLOQ changed its call sign to WHKQ. The WLOQ branding and smooth jazz format continued as an internet radio station, at WLOQRadio.com. The WLOQ branding was revived in August 2011 on an FM translator, W273CA (102.5 FM) in Orlando, simulcast from the HD Radio signal of WMGF, owned by iHeartMedia. Eventually, iHeart ended the smooth jazz format on the translator, although it continues on WMGF's HD2 signal and online.

Country as WOTW

On September 5, 2014, JVC Media, a New York-based broadcasting company that has been expanding its portfolio of radio properties in Florida, acquired WHKQ from TTB.[7] That same month, two websites were registered possibly showing JVC, upon closing the sale, may flip WHKQ to country music as My Country 103.1 to go up against longtime country leader WWKA, owned by Cox Radio. Other websites registered showed WHKQ possibly flipping to Dance music as Party 103.1.[8] JVC has also requested to change the station's call letters to WOTW.[9]

JVC's purchase of WHKQ was consummated on December 15, 2014 at a price of $10 million. That night, at midnight, after on-air staff members bid farewell and began redirecting listeners to Spanish Tropical-formatted WRUM, WHKQ began stunting with simulcasts of other stations owned by JVC. The new WOTW call letters took effect on December 16. On December 19, at noon, the stunting switched to sounds of a radio static, a heartbeat, and wolves howling. At 1:03 p.m. that day, the station officially flipped to country as 103.1 The Wolf. The first song on WOTW was "My Kinda Party" by Jason Aldean, the first of 10,000 songs in a row to launch the format.[10][11]

Defunct logo of WHKQ
Defunct logo of WHKQ

In May 2017, JVC announced that WOTW would activate its HD Radio signal, signing on an HD2 sub-channel to air a mainstream rock format, branded as Bud 94.1 (in reference to recently acquired translator W231CT, which had previously simulcast WRSO). The sub-channel/translator signed on at 5:15 p.m. on July 13.[12][13] On September 30, 2019, W231CT was acquired by iHeartMedia and began to simulcast WFLF. Bud 94.1 was rebranded Bud FM and still continues to be available on the HD2 subchannel.[14]

Stunting towards new format

On July 25, 2022, it was reported that JVC applied to change WOTW's call letters to WFYY effective August 1, signaling a possible format change coming for the station. Multiple domains were registered for the station back in late June, including some with the branding of "Fly 103.1", suggesting a rhythmic-based format under that name, especially as new JVC Florida Director of Programming Stevie DeMann had spent much of his career in the format, previously programming WPYO and WJHM in Orlando.[15][16] On July 29, at midnight, after playing “The Cowboy Rides Away” by George Strait, WOTW dropped the country format and began stunting with a loop of "Jam on It" by Newcleus while promoting a change to come August 1 at noon.[15]

Popular culture

Fictional radio station WOTW is prominently featured in the 2019 science fiction film The Vast of Night.[17]

References

  1. ^ 1031TheWolfOrlando.com/contact/station-info
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WOTW-FM
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1968 page B-40
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 page C-52
  5. ^ "WLOQ sold because of CEO's medical retirement" Orlando Business Journal, 2011-07-18.
  6. ^ "103.1 WLOQ Orlando Sold; Now Stunting With Elvis" Lance Venta, radioinsight.com, 2011-08-01.
  7. ^ JVC Media Acquires KQ103 Orlando from Radio Insight (September 5, 2014)
  8. ^ Country Wolf Howling Into Orlando from Radio Insight (September 24, 2014)
  9. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  10. ^ 103.1 The Wolf Debuts from Format Change Archive December 23, 2014
  11. ^ Twitter - 103.1 The Wolf
  12. ^ Bud 94.1 Orlando Officially Signs-On
  13. ^ WOTW-HD2 / W231CT Orlando - Bud 94.1 First Day - July 13 2017
  14. ^ WFLA Orlando Expands to 94.1; Bud Moves to HD2 Only
  15. ^ a b "103.1 The Wolf Orlando Enters Stunt Mode Ahead Of Upcoming Format Change". RadioInsight. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  16. ^ DOMAIN INSIGHT 6/22: IS ORLANDO’S WOLF LOOKING FOR NEW PREY?
  17. ^ "The Vast of Night Is the First Must-Watch Movie of the Coronavirus Era". May 29, 2020.