WVOZ (AM)

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WVOZ
CityAguadilla, Puerto Rico
Broadcast areaPuerto Rico
BrandingRadio Voz
SloganLa Poderosa
Frequency1580 kHz
Translator(s)W286DL 105.1 MHz (Aguadilla)
First air dateMay 6, 1981
FormatNews Talk
Power1,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
ClassB
Facility ID72452
Transmitter coordinates18°20′32″N 66°25′8″W / 18.34222°N 66.41889°W / 18.34222; -66.41889Coordinates: 18°20′32″N 66°25′8″W / 18.34222°N 66.41889°W / 18.34222; -66.41889
Callsign meaningVOZ
Former callsignsWCQC (1981-1987)
WMTI (1988-1994)
WGFE (1994)
WMTI (1994-2002)
WTCV (2002)
WMTI (2002-2004)
WEKO (2004-2015)
WMTI (2015-2016)
WGFE (2016)
WMTI (2016)
AffiliationsCNN en Español
OwnerGrupo AM Puerto Rico
(Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi)
Sister stationsWAPA
WMIA
WISO
WTIL
WXRF
Websitewaparadiopr.com

WVOZ (1580 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk format. Licensed to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, it serves the Western Puerto Rico area. The station is part of the WAPA Radio News Network and it is currently owned by Grupo AM Puerto Rico, managed by Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi. The station is shared with translator station W286DL 105.1 FM also in Aguadilla.

History[edit]

WVOZ (as WCQC) was founded in 1981 by Cuban station engineer Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi. The station was originally licensed to Morovis, Puerto Rico and It was the first station nationwide to operate an experimental synchronous booster at Manati, P.R. in 1987. Blanco-Pi had to sell the station on 1991 to acquire WAPA 680 AM in order to expand the NotiRadio Network. The experience he acquired with WCQC's experimental synchronous booster made him possible to expand the NotiRadio network using this technology.

Sale to International Broadcasting Corporation[edit]

In 1988, WCQC was sold to International Broadcasting Corporation, changing the callsigns to WMTI and would become a full service radio station. In 1994, the station changed to WGFE, branded as Radio G-FE, later switched back to WMTI. In 1996, WMTI was sold to Wanda Rolon, and broadcasts religious programming. 2 years later, in 1998 the station was sold back to the previous owner, International Broadcasting Corporation, joining the Cadena Radio Voz network. In 2003, the station once again changed its call letters to WEKO, and would become Radio Eko, focusing on a local basis. In 2014, WEKO starting religious programming from Faro de Santidad and in 2015, the WMTI callsign returns on the 1580 AM dial. On June 22, 2016, WMTI went silent due to transmitter repairs and technical reasons.

WAPA Radio returns to 1580 AM[edit]

Blanco-Pi purchases WMTI back in August 1, 2016, the day that WMTI is Silent, preparing its return to the WAPA Radio News Network. On November 11, the station changed its callsign to WVOZ. On March 13, 2017, after 1 year off the air, WVOZ resumes operations from its new transmitter in Morovis, broadcasting the full WAPA Radio News Network schedule.

WVOZ moves to Aguadilla[edit]

On March 27, 2017, WVOZ filed an application that would change its city of license to Aguadilla and will move to the existing facility of WI3XSO, which shut down on May 7, and cancelled its license on May 8, 2017. The construction permit to move their city of license from Morovis to Aguadilla was granted on December 28, 2017. The city of license to Aguadilla was granted on December 28, 2018.

Translator stations[edit]

Broadcast translators of WVOZ
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
FCC info
W286DL 105.1 FM Aguadilla, Puerto Rico .25 FCC

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