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WFHT-AM 1390 Avon Park – Odyssey Broadcasting (Michael Cardillo, president) acquired Avon Park’s gospel WAVP-AM 1390 (The People’s Station) from Anscombe Broadcasting Group in late 2005, and switched its calls to WFHT in 2006.

WFHT programmed an adult standards format (Music with Class in the Heartland) featuring music from the all-time greats, like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the more contemporary Norah Jones, Michael Buble, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick, Jr.

In October 2009, WFHT went silent, but returned to the air with a talk format (Talk with Attitude) in early 2010, featuring talk show hosts Erich ‘Mancow’ Muller, Neil Boortz, Michael Savage, Lou Dobbs, Mark Levin, and Phil Hendrie. That year, the FCC also transferred WFHT’s license from Odyssey to Financial Professionals International, Inc.

Napoleon and Betsy Jhonson (Azure Media, LLC) acquired WFHT in 2011. Four years later, they flipped the station’s format to urban contemporary as Kiss 107.5 (after its FM translator). In early 2020, the station was sold to Walco Enterprises LLC, and joined other Walco stations in Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Bushnell under the Boss Hogg Radio format. It also reverted back to the WAVP call letters.

Today (2020), offices and studios for the one-kilowatt (.077 kilowatts at night) station are located at 801 U.S. Highway 27 South in Avon Park, while its transmitter site is on North Pioneer Road, off County Road 17A, east of U.S. 27.

Other names from WFHT history include Ron Zimmer (GM-2008), Dave McCoy (GM-2010), Frankie Grover (GM-2015), and Ferris Waller (Walco Enterprises LLC-2020).


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