WSTU
CityStuart, Florida
Broadcast areaMartin County, Florida
Frequency1450 kHz
SloganMartin County's Heritage Station
Programming
FormatTalk radio
AffiliationsABC Radio
Ownership
OwnerTreasure Coast Broadcasters, Inc.
History
First air date
December 1954 (1954-12)
Call sign meaning
STUart, Florida
Technical information
Facility ID74076
ClassC
Power1,000 watts unlimited
Transmitter coordinates
27°12′53″N 80°15′24″W / 27.21472°N 80.25667°W / 27.21472; -80.25667
Links
Websitewstu1450.com

WSTU (1450 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format. Licensed to Stuart, Florida, United States, the station is currently owned by Treasure Coast Broadcasters, Inc. WSTU went on the air in December 1954. Les Combs was the original owner. In 1969 the station was sold to Harvey L Glascock, whose family owned the station until 1997 when it was sold to American Radio Systems. After a brief ownership by a Broward County businessman, it was sold to Barry Grant Marsh and David Pomerance. Marsh had been Operations Manager of WSTU for many years under the Glasscock family. The station was purchased by Treasure Coast Broadcasters in 2001. When WSTU went on the air, Stuart went from the biggest city on Florida's east coast without its own radio station to the smallest city on Florida's east coast with its own radio station. WSTU had a strong local news commitment from the very first, and continues that to this day under News Director Tom Teter, who has been with the station since 1980.[citation needed] Teter has won many awards for news excellence from UPI and AP including Best Newscast in Florida and Best Spot News Reporting. From the earliest days the Martin County community viewed the station as more of a public utility than a privately owned radio station.[citation needed] WSTU was also one of the first radio stations in Florida to broadcast high school sports on a regular basis and continues to broadcast high school football, basketball and baseball. Hamp Elliot did the play-by-play for many years followed by Teter who handled the play-by-play for more than 20 years. Rick McGuire now does much of the play-by-play. This summary[clarification needed] written by Tom Teter.[1]

For a period of time, WSTU (1450) AM radio station program schedule included a Saturday Night Dancing 'Bongo' Party from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., hosted by Walter Oden. On weekday afternoons in the 1960s, the station played the 'pop' tunes and encouraged teens to call in and request a song to be dedicated to a friend or 'sweetheart,' which was then announced and played on-air.[2] This radio show is credited with easing the path to school integration in the late 1960s.[3]

References

  1. ^ "WSTU Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "Historical Vignettes: Martin County teens in the rock 'n' roll era". www.tcpalm.com. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  3. ^ Gould, Janie. "'Saturday Night Bongo Party' introduced white kids to rhythm and blues in Martin County". news.wqcs.org. Retrieved 2019-08-19.