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|City||Naples Park, Florida|
|Broadcast area||Lee and Collier Counties|
|Slogan||FM/HD1: Relaxing Favorites|
HD2: The Second Wave
|Frequency||101.1 MHz (HD Radio)|
|First air date||May 30, 1987|
|Format||FM/HD1: Soft adult contemporary|
HD2: Easy listening
|HAAT||298.9 meters (981 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||WAVe V|
|Affiliations||USA Radio News|
|Webcast||FM/HD1: Relaxing Favorites Listen Live|
HD2: Easy listening Listen Live
WAVV (101.1 MHz "Wave 101.1 FM") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Naples Park, Florida. It serves Lee and Collier Counties, including the Fort Myers-Naples radio market. WAVV is owned by Alpine Broadcasting and it airs a soft adult contemporary radio format.
WAVV has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, the maximum for non-grandfathered stations. The transmitter is off Benton Road in the Rural Estates neighborhood of Naples. WAVV broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format.
In the 1980s, Naples resident Norman Alpert received a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to build a new FM station in Southwest Florida. On May 30, 1987, WAVV signed on the air. The station's original city of license was Marco. The studios were on Tamiami Trail East in Naples.
A satellite office was set up in Fort Myers on Colonial Boulevard, later moving to Royal Palm Square, and then to South Tamiami Trail. Around 2008, WAVV changed its city of license, now listed as Naples Park, Florida.
WAVV's playlist was a 50/50 mix of middle of the road vocals and instrumental cover songs. It carries USA Radio News at the beginning of some hours. Weather forecasts come from Fort Myers' NBC Network affiliate, WBBH-TV. WAVV's website says it has been the most listened-to radio station in Southwest Florida for nearly a quarter century.
WAVV is the only locally-owned independent commercial FM radio station in Southwest Florida and was one of the last in the U.S. to broadcast an easy listening format. The station is still owned and operated by the Alpert Family, with Donna Alpert named Chief Financial Officer in the early 2000's. Effective March 2, 2009, WAVV ceased streaming live on the internet. Streaming returned in June 2011. WAVV began broadcasting using HD radio technology in May 2008. Effective August 15, 2013, WAVV again ceased streaming, but in 2019 the stream returned.
In May 2016, WAVV began broadcasting a locally programmed "Good Time Oldies" format on its HD2 subchannel, called The Second Wave.
- Official Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WAVV
- Radio-Locator information on WAVV
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WAVV
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