WKGF AM & FM - A History
WKGF-AM 1480 & WKGF-FM 98.3 Arcadia – In 1981, Dakos Broadcasting (Dr. William N. Dakos, president) bought Arcadia’s WOKD AM & FM. Gulf Dunes Broadcasting (Dennis Hedlund, president) acquired the stations in 1989 and changed the calls to WKGF in 1992. After failing to make the required monthly note payments, an expensive court battle was on, eventually resulting in the stations being returned to Dakos in 1993.
The AM, a one-kilowatt daytimer, and the FM, a two-kilowatter, programmed a contemporary Christian format simulcast from the transmitter/tower site at 201 W. Asbury Street in Arcadia.
In 1996, Dakos sold the combo to Hall Communications (Arthur J. Rowbotham, president). The AM switched to a news/talk format and remained in Arcadia, while the FM moved its studios to Lakeland as adult contemporary WWRZ. In 1999, it was re-licensed from Arcadia to Ft. Meade.
Heartland Broadcasting Corp. (Hal Kneller, president) bought WKGF-AM and changed the calls to WZTK in 1999.
Other names in WKGF history include Bill Fowler (GM-1993), Richard Holdsworth (operations-1993), G.W. “Gibby” Sullivan (sales manager-1993; GM/PD/promotions-1994), Bruce Michaels (music/news director-1993), Jeri Sullivan (music director-1994), and Dick Parrish (chief engineer-1994).
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