Radio geeks tend to also be highway-numbering geeks and phone geeks, too, so it’s only appropriate to observe that as recently as a quarter-century ago, Florida’s population was still small enough that a single area code, 305, covered everything from the Keys all the way up to Orlando – and it took only two other codes, 813 on the west coast and 904 up north, to cover the rest of the Sunshine State. (Those two codes had themselves split off from 305 way back in Florida phone history, 813 in the early 1950s and 904 in 1965.)
Today, it takes 17 area codes to do the same job, and our focus in this week’s update is on “407,” the code that split off from 305 in 1988 to serve everything from Palm Beach up to greater Orlando. (Maybe you’ve heard of its most famous number, “407-W-DISNEY”?)
Like the other old-line Florida area codes, 407 has split multiple times since then: its southernmost reaches along the “Treasure Coast” and into Palm Beach County split again in 1996, with the coast getting 561 (and splitting again later on to create 772 in Vero Beach and Fort Pierce). The most recent split was a weird one: “321” was created in 1999 to serve the “Space Coast” in Brevard County, and it serves both as a split there (replacing all 407 numbers in that county) and as an overlay code in the rest of 407-land.
Today’s update, however, focuses on the area that went to 407 in 1988 and stayed there – and you can not only hear those Orlando IDs here, you can see the relevant towers over at Tower Site of the Week.
And stay tuned…we’re covering 407-land for two more installments before we move on to sample the glories of 863, 813, 727, 941 and 239 before turning north again into 352 territory!