1925. It was the year of The Great Gatsby...Sears opening its first store, Chrysler introducing its first automobile, Nashville's WSM radio signing on the Grand Ole Opry and Jacksonville residents tuning in to the NBC radio network on its first station, WJAX on AM 930.
Two years later WMBR joined the airwaves with CBS programming on 1460. But, it took another 13 years before a local newspaper — The Metropolis — signed on WJHP, 1320, with its local programming augmented by the Mutual Radio Network.
WPDQ, 600, introduced the Florida-American Radoio Network to northeast Florida in 1942.
In 1958, WAPE, called The Big Ape, set fire to the coastline from Florida to the Carolinas with a 50-thousand watt signal and a music format called Top 40. Every station break was punctuated with the scream of a Tarzan-like ape.
Radio built its reputation and success upon the personalities of the men and women behind the mike. Their names became legend...Tommy Tucker, Ted Chapeau, Ed Bell, Marshall Rowland, Ken Knight, Virginia Atter, Greaseman , Willie Martin, Johnny Shaw, the Devil's Son-in-Law, and the live bands led Toby Dowdy, Jimmy Strickland...Johnny Jelinick.
Today there are scores of AM and FM stations in our coverage area, from one end of the dials to the other, broadcasting music, commentary, religion, auctions, as well as traditional news, weather, traffic reports and sports.