WZNE - A History
WZNE-FM 97.9 Clearwater – Plough Broadcasting (H. Wayne Hudson, president) took its Tampa Bay AOR 98 Rock WQXM and flipped it to Top 40 Z98 WZNE in 1983.
Plagued with poor showings each time the ARB numbers were released, Plough sold the station in 1984 to DKM Broadcasting. Sandusky Broadcasting acquired the outlet in late 1985 and, the following year, flipped the station to Classic Rock 97.9 WKRL. Offices and studios were moved from the Starkey Road transmitter site to an office complex in the Feather Sound area, north of St. Petersburg.
Names from WZNE history include Gary Kines (GM-1983), Steve Davis (PD/music director-1983), Gary Ballinger (1983, 1985), Chris Trane (1983), Johnny Sommer (1984), Wayne Osley (promotions-1984), Dale Tilley (sales manager-1984), Lynn Deppen (chief engineer-1984), Don Hibbetts (GM-1985), David Papandrea (sales manager-1985), Bob Kaghan (PD/promotions-1985), Cynthia Clarc (music director-1985), Roger Cristy (news director-1985), and Lloyd Berg (chief engineer-1985)
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