Station: 690 WAPE (WPDQ/WOKV) Jacksonville FL
Format: Top 40
Branded: “The Big Ape”
Featured Air Personalities: Jack McCoy, Larry Dixon, Teddy Bear (Ted Richards) (CKLW), Jay Thomas (WXLO 99X/SiriusXM)
Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks (Website)
Total Time: 11:31
“That’s Squeaky the Mouse our night time disk jockey“…
WAPE lives on today in Jacksonville, on the FM dial as a mainstream CHR, continuing the tradition started over four decades ago on 690 AM. North Florida isn’t exactly the place you’d expect a major Top 40 station, but then again, WAPE, “The Big Ape” wasn’t your average radio station. Home to many who would go on to eventual stardom elsewhere, this onetime larger-than-life Drake station had a killer signal heard from Florida to the Carolinas, the Bahamas and elsewhere!
Here’s a slice of WAPE from 1971. See if you remember any of the names here.
Bill Bailey, 99.9 WNFY “Y100” Middleburg FL | 1982
“Catfish” Tom Kelly, 99.1 WQIK Jacksonville | September 18, 1996
P.K. on Classic Soul 101.5 WSOL Jacksonville | September 18, 1996
Allan Sands, 690 WAPE Jacksonville
Traine on the Radio, 95.1 WAPE-FM Jacksonville (FL) | Undated