WTRS-FM 102.3 Ocala Florida Jeff Daniels 1991

In the early 1990s, 102 Proud Country WTRS was the big Country FM in North Central Florida.  This was the first station I worked at, after making the decision to pack up my 1978 Oldsmobile and move to Florida from Oregon, sight unseen!  I picked Ocala as the place I wanted to settle, then pestered every PD and GM in town for a job.  A few weeks later WTRS hired me to do 7-Midnight.

Jeff Kormendy aka “Jeff Daniels” was our morning man.  He had a good voice and lots of potential.  At WTRS, we were basically doing “New Country” a year before the format became recognized and cloned in markets all over the U.S.  Lots of current music, upbeat, with loads of personality and phones.  It was a fun place to work!

This aircheck was made from my residence, 6 miles south of Ocala.  I used a Realistic AM/FM/CD/Cassette portable stereo and Sony LN90 tape.  No outdoor antenna was required.


4 thoughts on “WTRS-FM 102.3 Ocala Florida Jeff Daniels 1991

  1. Kellie

    Do you know where Jeff is now a days? We were really good friends for almost 3 years when he worked for WTRS..however we lost touch and I would really like to know where he is now. Any ideas? Thanks! It was great to hear his voice again on your sound bite of him!

  2. Drew

    Hi Kellie,

    I haven’t seen or talked to Jeff since 1992. Last I heard, he was working at a small station up north. Indiana, I think (?) This would have been around 1996 or so when I was doing nights on WOTS-1220 in Orlando.

    Did you ever hang out at the WTRS station events? Haw Hee’s? Painted Horse? If so, I might know who you are! 🙂


  3. Dedicated server

    WTRS-FM was converted to a country format in 1978, and became one of West-Central Florida’s most popular stations. In 1983 the station was sold to its then-owner, Asterisk Communications, who upgraded the WTRS signal from 3,000 to 50,000 watts and in 1988 moved the station to new studios in Ocala.

  4. Drew Post author

    WTRS also had an AM station on 920. Interestingly enough, Asterisk never did anything with it. Rather than position WTRS-AM as a local Dunnellon station, they simply simulcast the FM 100% of the time. Because of the 920 in Atlanta, WTRS-AM was licensed for daytime operation only. When sign off time came, the transmitter would just shut off abruptly. No mention of sign off, no national anthem, nothing.

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