WCTQ - A History
WCTQ-FM 92.1 Venice – Hall Communications (Robert M. Hall, president) acquired Venice’s 3,000-watt WRAV-FM in 1986 from Comco Inc. of Florida (Walter Windsor, president) and, the following year, switched its format to Proud Country WCTQ.
Asterisk Radio, Inc. (Fred Ingham, president) bought WCTQ in 1988 and had boosted its power to 6 kilowatts by the time Jacor took over in 1996. When WSRZ-FM on 106.5 moved to 107.9 in 1999, WCTQ relocated to 106.5. Although licensed to Sarasota, studios at the time were still in Venice at its transmitter site at 282 N. Auburn Road.
Today (2010), the 13,000 watt FM promotes itself as 106.5 CTQ, Bradenton’s Country Station, and broadcasts from studios in Clear Channel’s headquarters at 1779 Independence Boulevard in Sarasota. Its transmitter/tower site is now just north of Palmetto off 33rd Street West.
Some other names from WCTQ history include Tim White (chief engineer 1987-1988; 2006-2009), Dave McClure (GM 1988-2003), Kim Ashley (PD-1988), Scott Douglas (music director-1989), Ron Merritt (PD-1989), Tracy Black (middays 1991-2005; Public Files Director 2002-2005), John Brooks (PD-1993), Ed Couzins (PD-1995), Frank Benny (news-2000), Rob Carpenter & Maverick Johnson (mornings-2000), Wanda Myles (afternoons-2000), Michael J. Foxx (nights-2000), Scott Marino (traffic reporter-2001), Tim & Willy (mornings-2001), Scott Innes (nights-2002), Mark the Shark (2003), Heidi Decker (MD/middays-2005; PD-2009), Maverick Johnson (mornings with Sammi Jo-2005; APD/afternoons 2009), Sammy Cruise (PD/middays-2008), Big D & Bubba (syndicated morning show-2008), and Kurt Anderson (evenings-2009).
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1987 - 2010 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (History)