From Coastal Breeze News On Facebook:
The building housing transmitters for two Marco Island Christian radio
stations burned to the ground Wednesday morning forcing both off the air.
Firemen were called to Curcie Rd between Marco and route 41 at 12:23 am
Wednesday to find the building engulfed. No persons were present when the
fire occurred. Cause of the blaze is not known.
WCNZ AM 1660 and WVOI AM 1480 were using the building at the time of the
blaze. WVOI was Marco’s first station beginning in 1984 as WWWO and
operated with 1,000 watts during daylight hours. Later the station received
permission from the FCC to operate day and night and change call letters to
WMIB. Later in 1993 it became WODX and finally WVOI in 2002. The station
was home to many radio personalities including Joe Klimus, Steve Reynolds,
Paul Lethbridge and Bob Ladd all heard at one time or another on the
morning shows with Klimus and Ladd also broadcasting high school football
WVOI operated from studios at various locations over the years including
South Collier Blvd next to the theater, Manatee Road, Elkcam Circle and rt
41 between Marco and Naples and at Bonita Springs. As of late the station
was operating from studios at Green Bay Wisconsin.
WVOI suffered damage during Hurricane Irma and was operating at 250 watts
when the fire occurred. WCNZ was operating with 10,000 watts daytime and
1,000 watts at night. Both stations were broadcasting programs from the
Relevant Radio Catholic network.
The current owners of both stations, Immaculate Heart Media Inc have not
decided the future of the stations as yet.
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