WOKV was once known as WAPE. This "flamethrower" was built on a "homebrew" 50 kW transmitter, made by Cyril Brennan and Billy Benns. The "Mighty 690" was dominant along the southeast for many years.
WOKV began as WAPE. originally licensed 5/27/59 at 690 kHz at 25 kW, daytime only. Night operation was added in 1964.
||The original WAPE site on Westover Road. The night site at Baldwin, FL held six towers.|
||This was the classic transmitter, built in 1959 and upgraded to 50 kW in 1964..|
In an attempt to protect their true identities, it was decreed that all WAPE air talent had to wear a disguise while at work.
|The water pond for the transmitter was actually was a pool that was constructed to go under the wall and into the station lobby|
|The Ape and friend wave to folks from the pool site.|
My thanks to Wayne Woolard for sharing his pictures of his WAPE days. There is a schematic of the transmitter ... but it needs some "stitching."