WTJV (1490 AM) is a radio station licensed to DeLand, Florida and serving the Daytona Beach area. WTVJ is a simulcast of WSBB 1230 AM in New Smyrna Beach and is owned by J & V Communications, Inc.[1]

WTJV
CityDeLand, Florida
Broadcast areaDaytona Beach, Florida
SloganThe Voice of Volusia County
Frequency1490 kHz
First air date1948 (as WDLF)
FormatAdult Standards (WSBB (AM) simulcast)
Power1,000 watts
ClassC
Facility ID25123
Transmitter coordinates29°1′5.00″N 81°17′59.00″W / 29.0180556°N 81.2997222°W / 29.0180556; -81.2997222
Former callsignsWDLF (1948)
WJBS (1949-1959)
WETO (1959)
WJBS (after WETO up to 1980)
WXVQ (1980-2000)
WNDA (2000-2005)
OwnerJ & V Communications, Inc.
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteAM 1490

HistoryEdit

The station went on the air as WDLF in 1948 with a pop format. Stetson University bought the station the following year and changed the calls to WJBS, reflecting the initials of university founder John B. Stetson. (The university would again own the station between 1984-1987.)

Stetson sold the station to Rudi Gresham's WXVQ, Inc. which changed the calls to WETO and the format to adult standards. After WETO, the station again became WJBS for a time before taking the calls WXVQ (XV being the Roman numeral 15) in 1980. In 1984, Stetson re-bought WJBS (see above) and sold it to Great Lakes Broadcasting in 1987 for $325,000; the station adopted an oldies format.

Another sale came in 1991, this time for $175,000 to the Green Broadcast Group, and the station flipped to a News/Talk format that same year. Daytona Beach broadcasting group Black Crow bought the station in 2000 to simulcast its News/Talk property there (WNDB), and WXVQ was changed to WNDA. The station was sold again in 2005 to Spanish broadcasters J&V Communications who changed the calls to the current WTJV.

On September 4, 2009 a truck backed into one of the tower's guy wires, taking the tower down and knocking the station off the air. No one was injured, but three vehicles were damaged. The station was silent until March 2010, when J&V Communications replaced the fallen tower with an 85-foot Valcom antenna and went back on air.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WTJV Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.

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