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Birthdays      12-13-18
Celebrating tomorrow, WTKS-FM 104.1 member of the "The Monsters" Carlos Navarro
and Stan Anderson.  

WTKS To Broadcast Orlando Apollos Football      12-12-18
iHeart Media has announced the new Orlando Apollos football games will be broadcast on WTKS-FM 104.1. The Apollos are part of the newly formed Alliance of American Football. WKMG-TV 6 Sports Director Jamie Seh will handle the play-by-play and will she will also host the team's weekly radio show "The Orlando Apollos Coach’s Show" with Head Coach Steve Spurrier, Thursdays at 7PM on WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM.

Sold: WLOV-FM      12-11-18

Southern Broadcasting of Pensacola, Inc. (based in Athens, GA) is purchasing WLOV-FM 99.5 in Daytona Beach Shores. Susan Hall has been the licensee since 2012. A price of $450,000, has been agreed upon with $200,000 in construction costs to be paid by Stone and debt forgiveness is also tied to the agreement. A subsidiary of Stone's group, Southern Stone Communications of Florida, LLC has been running the station under an LMA.

Lady Laura Diaz Heads To Tampa
WXXL-FM 106.7's morning co-host, Lady Laura Diaz has been chosen to take over mornings in Tampa at WMTX-FM 100.7 "MIX 100.7" beginning on Jan. 3, 2019.

Happy Birthday!      
Al Spry celebrates today. A very good friend of this website, Frank Reed celebrates his birthday on Tuesday. 

Free Jingle Jam Country Christmas Concert        12-3-18
WOTW-FM 103.1
, "103.1 The Wolf"-Orlando’s New Country and All-Time Favorites invites you to a FREE Country Christmas concert, dubbed Jingle Jam, this Saturday December 8th on Church Street in Downtown Orlando!  This FREE all ages event stars CMA and ACM Award Winners Thompson Square, with Smithfield, Brown and Gray, and many other acts!  Jingle Jam is presented by Bud Light and the Downtown Development Board and benefits Fisher House of Orlando.
The Wolf’s Jingle Jam, with a stage directly on Church Street located on the corner of Church and Garland Avenue in the Church Street District, kicks off at 4pm with FREE music all afternoon and is open to all ages.  Harry Buffalo and Hamburger Mary’s will have drinks available for purchase on the street and food service available in Church Street District restaurants.  Exclusive raffle prizes like autographed guitars and concert tickets will be available which benefits Veterans and their families at Fisher House of Orlando.  

Happy Birthday      
Jim Colbert the former morning co-host and new afternoon host at 3PM on WTKS-FM 104.1 celebrates on Tuesday.
Tom Benson, Senior Radio Producer at WFLF-AM 540/93.1 FM as well as publisher of Media Confidential blows out the candles as well.

PPM Ratings for November       
The latest PPM ratings for Orlando are here

Birthdays This Week
WXXL-FM 106.7's morning co-host Johnny Magic celebrates number 55 tomorrow. WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM morning co-host/afternoon host Marc Bernier will blow out the candles on Fri.

Happy Birthday
Recently retired "Philips Phile" host, Jim Philips celebrates his 71st tomorrow. 

WPOZ Playing Christmas Music      11-23-18
WPOZ-FM 88.3 has joined the stations playing Christmas/Holiday Music. WKZY-FM 106.9 is playing a Country Holiday song approximately every hour.  

More Holiday Music
WMGF-FM 107.7 has joined WKTK-FM 98.5 and WLRQ-FM 99.3 in playing Holiday Music.

Happy Birthday!       11-19-14
Celebrating today; former WTKS-FM 104.1/
WYGM-AM 740 alumni Oddo and Paul Walker of Walker Broadcasting.

Holiday Music Begins
If you're looking for Holiday music to get you in the mood, 
WKTK-FM 98.5 and WLRQ-FM 99.3 are playing your tunes.

Marissa Clark Has Left The Building  
Cast member of "Johnny's House" on WXXL-FM 106.7, Marissa Clark has left the station after 5 years. 

Jim Philips Last Program Date Announced      11-14-18

iHeartMedia Orlando has announced the retirement of veteran talk host Jim Philips. The final live “The Philips Phile” will air from 3PM-7PM on Tuesday, November 20 on WTKS-FM 104.1 "Real Radio". The station will also celebrate Philips retirement with a special “Phinal Philips Phile” tribute show on Wednesday, November 21 from 3PM-7PM. Philips has hosted “The Philips Phile” on WTKS for more than 30 years.
After Philips’ retirement, “The Jim Colbert Show” (former Monsters co-host "Dirty Jim") will air on WTKS from 3PM-7PM beginning Monday, November 26.

Ron “Charles” Gitschier Passes      11-11-18   
Ron Charles (Gitschier) passed away at the age of 56. Ron built Flagler County's first radio station WNZF-AM 1550/FM 106.3 10 years ago.  Ron was a proud retired Navy veteran of 23 years, according to the news release, and moved to Flagler County in 2003. “Ron was heard on the "WNZF Local Morning News" every day for the past 10 years,” Flagler Broadcasting Vice President/General Manager David Ayres said. "There’s a thousand things that can wrong with four radio stations and Ron always kept things running smooth. As a radio reporter he had great relationships and liked everybody he met. Ron was also instrumental in keeping all four radio stations on the air during severe storms and hurricanes. Our entire staff is devastated over this sudden loss. Everybody who knew Ron loved him and he will be greatly missed.” Services for Ron Charles are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, at Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, with a 1PM reception and a 3PM service. In Memory

Election Night Coverage     11-5-18

Mark Logas will be anchoring "Decision 2018: The Mid-Term General Election" on WFLF-AM 540/93.1 on Tuesday evening between 7PM and 10PM. Radio journalists Larry Spilman and Melissa Foxx will be providing live updates throughout the evening along with FOX News Radio and FNN (Florida News Network). Governor George Allen will visit the "50,000 Watt Front Porch" to discuss the national political scene, Bishop E.W. Jackson will stop by to talk about Black voter turnout in this important election, Roger Gannam from Liberty Counsel will discuss how the election results could impact civil liberties cases being brought forward to the Federal Courts, and former Congressman and FL Attorney General Bill McCollum will share his insight into key state races. Phone lines will be open for listeners to share their opinions as the election results come in. Complete coverage of the election results will continue Wednesday morning on "Good Morning Orlando" with Bud Hedinger, Deborah Roberts, and Michael Yaffee".

Happy Birthday       11-3-18
Kevin Baldinger blows out the candles tomorrow.

Embry-Riddle SpeakER Series       11-3-18
On Monday, Nov. 5, WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM's Marc Bernier will host
"The Pilot Shortage 2.0 - Where Are We Now?", a panel discussion led by Dr. Ken Byrnes. The audience will hear the latest on the nationwide pilot shortage. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share insights. The event begins at 7PM, and doors open at 6PM in the Capt. Willie Miller Building's Gale Lemerand Auditorium.

SOLD: WKFL-AM       11-3-18
Ferris Waller is acquiring the silent WKFL-AM 1170, licensed to Bushnell.
A $10,000 down payment is being paid by Waller to WKFL owner Talknsports, Inc. The remainder of the $30,000 sale price due at closing. Waller, who resides in Plant City, is well-known in Central Florida as the owner of WHNR-AM 1360 (Boss Hogg Radio) in Cypress Gardens, serving the Lakeland-Winter Haven market; and as the owner of the Plant City Farm & Flea Market. Waller will begin operating WKFL immediately via Time Brokerage Agreement.

Former Rep. David Jolly to Host Daily Show        11-2-18 
Genesis Communications has hired former Congressman David Jolly to host a new radio show, "David Jolly: Unbiased and Unplugged", which debuted on  October 31 from 1PM-3PM on WIXC-AM 1060 Melbourne-Titusville. The program will consist of political commentary, discussion with guests and listener calls.

October PPM Ratings      11-2-18
Nielsen PPM Ratings for October 2018 are here

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