History

WAPG-AM 1480 Arcadia – WAPG (Arcadia-Punta Gorda) was originally a one kilowatt daytimer licensed to Arcadia in Desoto County, and put on the air in 1955 by Arcadia-Punta Gorda Broadcasting Company (H.F. McGee, president). Other owners included Arcadia-Punta Gorda Broadcasting Co. Inc. (H.D. Ryals, president-1959), Dakos Broadcasting, Inc. (William Dakos, president-1981), and Gulf Dunes Broadcasting, Inc. (Dennis Hedlund, president-1989).

During its 35 years on the air, WAPG’s formats included country, Top 40, and religion. The station became WOKD in 1990.

WOKD-AM 1480 & WOKD-FM 98.3 Arcadia – WOKD-FM went on the air in the spring of 1977, co-owned with Arcadia’s WAPG-AM by Arcadia-Punta Gorda Broadcasting (Murray Benton, president/GM/sales manager/chief engineer). It was a 3-kilowatt stereo FM and aired a country format from studios at the transmitter/tower site at 201 W. Asbury Street in Arcadia.

Dakos Broadcasting, Inc. (William Dakos, president) acquired the AM/FM combo in 1981, and then Gulf Dunes Broadcasting, Inc. (Dennis Hedlund, president) in 1989.

In 1990, the FM’s country format moved to WAPG-AM, which adopted new calls as WOKD-AM. The FM became classic rock WXKT. The calls turned out to be short-lived, however, and the station reverted back to WOKD in 1991.

Dakos Broadcasting re-acquired the WOKD combo in 1993 and the calls flipped to WKGF AM & FM. Both stations aired a simulcast contemporary Christian format.

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.

WZTK-AM 1480 Arcadia – Heartland Broadcasting Corp. (Hal Kneller, president) acquired Arcadia one-kilowatt non-directional news/talker WKGF-AM and flipped the calls to WZTK in 1999. Offices and studios were located at the transmitter/tower site at 201 Asbury Street in Arcadia.

Heartland sold WZTK to Integrity Radio of Florida, LLC (George S. Kalman, president) in 2003 and, the following year, the calls became WFLN.

WFLN-AM 1480 Arcadia – Integrity Radio of Florida, LLC acquired Arcadia’s WZTK from Heartland Broadcasting in 2003 and, the following year, switched the calls to WFLN.

WFLN’s offices and studios are located at 201 Asbury Street in Arcadia. Even though it is the city’s only radio station, it targets residents of all of Desoto County, as well as Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte in Charlotte County, and broadcasts 24-hours a day non-directional with 1,000 watts of daytime power.

NewsRadio 1480 WFLN airs a news/talk format featuring local personality Jack Welsh doing Arcadia Morning, Don Finkle on the Veteran’s corner, Local Attorney Paul Bennet Soucy and popular nationally syndicated personalities Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes, and Dr. Joy Brown. The station also airs Tampa Bay Bucs football, Orlando Magic basketball, and live play-by-play of Desoto High School football.

In June 2015, Integrity Radio of Florida, LLC announced it had sold WFLN to Fiorini Broadcasting, LLC.