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Burke And Bubba Back In Orlando Again      8-23-19
Shannon Burke and Bubba Clem are returning to Orlando radio. They will be part of the line up on the new WDYZ-AM 660/105.5-FM beginning on Sep 3. Joining Bubba and Burke will be Scott Ledger and Justin Clark on "Florida Man Radio".

WRSO Add Another Translator      8-23-19  
WRSO-AM 810 known as "Accion 97.9", has added another translator.
W231CT-FM 94.1 covers Altamonte Springs to Sanford.

Channel Q To Expand T Orlando         8-22-19
Entercom Communications' LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network will be available in Orlando in late Aug on WQMP-FM 101.9-HD2.

Movin' On Up       8-21-19
Cox Media Group has named JC Campese as Director of Sales for the CMG Orlando Radio cluster. In his new position Campese will oversee sales operations for  WCFB-FM 94.5, WWKA-FM 92.3, WPYO-FM 95.3, WDBO-AM 580, WDBO-FM 96.5 and WMMO-FM 98.9.

Musical Chairs At Salem     8-20-19
Salem Media has moved "The Word" from WTLN-AM 950/94.9 FM to WDYZ-AM 990/101.5 FM replacing the Spanish Christian formatted "La Nueva 990".  

Jerry O'Neill Retires    8-19-19
Jerry O'Neill long time CFL sports radio host has called it a career.  O'Neill retired from WYGM-AM 740/FM 96.9 in Feb 2019 and announced his retirement after 18 years as announcer for UCF Football.

Happy Birthday!       8-17-19
Birthdays this week include; The "Coffee Talk" Lady Liz Litterello (who can be heard Sunday mornings 9AM on WEJF-FM 90.3) celebrates a fabulous birthday tomorrow as does WNDD-FM 95.5's Hunter.
Bobby Sharpe celebrates on Monday. Happy birthday to all of you.

Spring ratings Are In      8-15-19
The Spring 2019 ratings are in for Ocala/Gainesville here.

The End Of An Era       8-15-19
Gene Martin is ending his show after 27 years on Central Florida airwaves. The show recently has been heard on WMFV-FM 89.5 form 10AM-Noon will end on Aug. 30 as his contract runs out. Gene began his show on WRZN-AM 720 in March of 1992, where he spent 19 years. Then Gene moved his show to WDLN-FM 104.9 in Dunnellon. He then moved to "The Boulevard"  WKSG-FM 89.5 in 2014. WKSG became WMFV after the sale of the station in 2018.

Calder Adds Jobs      8-14-19
Director of Branding and Programming at WPYO-FM 95.3, Will Calder is will add the job of  Program Director for Tampa's WPOI-FM 101.5 and WSUN-FM 97.1.

Happy Birthday!       8-8-19
Birthday greetings go out to Doris Ashwell on her 93rd birthday. "Larry Vee" Flegle celebrates number 71 tomorrow. Also celebrating tomorrow is CFLRadio.net. We will begin our 17th year on the Internet.

WAJD Gets Fined    8-5-19
WAJD-AM 1390/98.9 FM owned by Gillen Broadcasting was fined by the FCC  after it found the station was running its 5,000 watt daytime power at night. It's licensed nighttime power is 51 watts.

The Word Moves Up The Dial    8-5-19
Salem Media has moved their Religious formatted station WTLN-AM 950 to the 50,000 watt WDYZ-AM 990 position. Salem has applied to swap the call letters.

OK 93.5 Gets New Owners       8-4-19
Regional Mexican formatted W228DF-FM 93.5 aka "Ok 93.5" which is broadcast on JVC owned WOTW-FM 103.1 HD3 has been purchased by CFL Broadcasting Network led by Javier Sanchez. The sale price is $400,000. 

Happy Birthday!      7-30-19

Celebrating today are
Pete Simonson and Peter King. Tomorrow, former WTRR-AM 1400 PD, Rick Padilla blows out the candles. Jack Dyer, better known as Elvis Gorbechev, turns 74 on Wednesday and pressing on regardless, Russ Wheeler will celebrate number 84.

JVC On Buying Spree       7-22-19
JVC Media of Florida, LLC is purchasing translator W209BW in Dunnellon. The seller is Radio Training Network. The price was $5,000.

Latest Orlando PPM Ratings          7-19-19
The latest PPM numbers are in. See them here.

Marconi Finalists Announced    7-18-19
Congratulations to Marconi Award finalists; WMMO-FM 98.9 for Classic Hits Station of the Year and WDBO-FM 96.5 for News/Talk Station of the Year. The
Winners will be announced at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show during the radio Show in Dallas on Sep 26.

SOLD: WORL     7-18-19
JVC Media is purchasing WORL-AM 660/105.5 FM "The Answer" from Salem Media. The sale price is reported to be worth $900,000. 

Happy Birthday!      7-8-19
Ken Dixon celebrates his 78th today.  WPOZ-FM 88.3's Shadow blows out the candles tomorrow. 

WIWA On Reduced Power      7-8-19
Marc Radio's Spanish Christian WIWA-AM 1160 has requested an STA for the station due to transmitter failure.

Happy Birthday!      7-3-19
Celebrating today is Bob Crews, Program Director at WLKF-AM 1430/96.7 FM.

Tyler on The Move   7-2-19
Brand Manager/Afternoon host Justin Tyler at WRUF-FM 103.7 is on the move to Crested Butte, Colorado to take the position of Marketing Manager with a non-profit.

Happy Birthday!      7-1-19
A good friend of this website, Tony Downes celebrates today.

Moran Of Salem To Retire      6-20-19
Mike Moran Vice President and General Manager for Salem Media Group Atlanta operations is set to retire at the end of July after 15 years. Moran also served as regional VP for Salems Cleveland, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa markets.

Salsa Comes To Orlando      6-17-19
WONQ-AM 1030  is now "Viva FM". WONQ had been playing tropical music. Owners Q Broadcasting is bringing the Salsa format exclusively to Orlando and according to George Meir; "The station will be the only 100% Salsa format in the state of Florida and the continental U.S.

May PPM Ratings         6-15-19  
The May 2019 PPM ratings are in. See them here.    

New PD For WDBO-AM and FM        6-14-19
Cox Media Group Orlando has named Keith Memoly program director for WDBO-96.5 FM and WDBO-AM 580.

Congrats To The Monsters       6-8-19
Congratulations go to the WTKS-FM 104.9 "Monsters" for making Talker's Magazine Heavy Hundred talk show hosts at number 70. 

WNZF Radio Hires Florida School For Deaf & Blind Graduate      6-5-19
On  June 1
st, Trent Ferguson took the reigns as Morning Sports Anchor on WNZF-AM 1580/FM 94.9, replacing the retiring Dr. Dave West.


WNTF Flips     6-4-19
Sources tell us that WNTF-AM 1580 has flipped formats from Caribbean Music/Talk to Haitian Christian.


Happy Birthday!      6-4-19
Many happy returns to
Tom Nefeldt, better known as WLOF-AM 950's T. Michael Jordan, celebrating a birthday today.

WPUL To Add Translator     6-3-19
The FCC has granted WPUL-AM 1590 the right
to construct a translator n Daytona Beach. Southern Stone Communications had petitioned the FCC to deny the construction of translator W264DP at 100.7 FM. Southern Stone argued that WPUL was silent for more than 12 consecutive months. Southern Stone stations include; WHOG-FM 95.7, WVYB-FM 103.3, WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM and WKRO-FM 93.1


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