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On The Move     2-13-19
On Valentines Day,  at high noon, WMYZ-FM 88.7 will move from Clermont to The Villages.  The new 35,000 watt facility will be licensed to The Villages and cover Leesburg, The Villages and Ocala with a crystal clear signal.  This move was made possible because Clermont is now completely covered by the 100,000 watt upgrade of  WPOZ-FM 88.3, Orlando.  

Help Wanted     2-13-19
From Heather Walsh; "I am a Producer at Arrow International Media, a film and television production company based in London, UK and I am currently working on a feature length documentary entitled Moon Shot: The Forgotten Films which will be the centerpiece of the Discovery Channel’s Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations.  To help tell the story of the Apollo 11 launch I am looking for radio broadcasts from the days leading up to the launch and the launch itself (16th July 1969) which may talk about the crowds that were gathering in Cocoa Beach to watch the Saturn V rocket take off.  I believe there were huge traffic jams and people camping by the roadside and I’m looking for any material that may include descriptions of this..." If you can help, drop me a note and I will pass it along.

Happy Birthday!       2-11-19
WTKS-FM 104.1 Morning Host, Russ Rollins celebrates number 54 tomorrow. WLBE-AM 790 Morning Host Ron Bisson turns 67 on Friday as well as "Capn'" Chris Hill turns 55. Happy birthday to all of you!

Bruce Williams Passes At 86      2-11-19
"The Bruce Williams Show" ran for 29 years in syndication and online. Bruce answered listeners phone calls until he retired in 2010. Bruce died on Saturday at his home near Tampa. In Central Florida Bruce was heard on WDBO-AM 580 and WLBE-AM 790In Memory

Ganoudis Has Left The Building      2-9-19
JVC Orlando's, General Manager, Chris Ganoudis has joined the Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

BBQ 4 The Blue Family Picnic     2-8-19
Orlando’s New Country + All Time Favorites WOTW-FM 103.1 The Wolf, and Bud 94.1-The King of Rock (WOTW-HD2) are pleased to announce the return of the annual BBQ 4 The Blue Family Picnic.  This FREE event for all Central Florida law enforcement officers, support staff, and their families is Saturday February 16th, 2019 at Freedom Park in Ocoee.  The BBQ 4 The Blue Family Picnic features FREE BBQ and food from local restaurants, beer for those 21 and up from City Beverages, live music, and family fun. 

Dr. Frank A. Franco Passes     2-6-19
Dr. Frank Franco passed on Feb 3. Dr. Franco was a co-founder of
City Broadcasting Co. Inc. the company that purchased WMMY-FM 95.1 and WMMB-AM 1240 in 1962. Read more here In Memory

Academy Of Country Music Award Nominees       2-5-19      
Cox Media Group's WWKA-FM 92.3 has been nominated in the large market category in the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards. Hall Communications WPCV-FM 97.5's Roger Todd, Julie Kay and DJ Thee Trucker, are Medium Market Personalities of the Year nominees. The 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held Sunday, April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

WIXC Flips To Regional Mexican       2-5-19
NIA Broadcasting, in a joint sales agreement with Genesis Communications I has flipped WIXC-AM 1060 to Regional Mexican. They are now broadcasting NIA's Caliente format simulcasting Tampa's WTMP-FM 96.1/WMGG-AM 1470/101.9 FM.

Tom Taylor To Be Honored       2-1-19
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is presenting its Spirit of Broadcasting Award to veteran radio industry reporter Tom Taylor at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Taylor will accept the award Monday, April 8, at the NAB Show Opening. He retired at year-end after covering radio for three decades. Taylor’s journalism career included serving as editor of the daily “Tom Taylor NOW” newsletter, launched in November 2012, published with partners Robert Unmacht and Kristy Scott. He also was editor of Inside Radio, M Street Journal/M Street Daily and the TRI newsletter from Radio-Info.com. The second-generation broadcaster is the son of Bill Taylor, a former radio/TV personality at WDBO-AM 580 in Orlando and radio GM in Charlotte.

Very Special Happy Birthday      2-1-19
Nineteen year veteran WOMX-FM 105.1 morning show co-host Erica Lee will celebrate her (my wife Wilma says I can't tell Erica's age) birthday on Feb. 2. Happy birthday Erica! 

Drew Anderssen Gets New Assignment      2-1-19
Continuing as Cox Media Group’s news, talk, and sports format coordinator, Drew Anderssen is appointed senior operations/program manager for the company’s Atlanta news/talk outlet, WSB-AM. Anderssen previously oversaw programming, news, digital, and social media planning as OM/PD at co-owned WDBO-FM 96.5

Where You Can Listen To The Super Bowl          1-31-19
If you can't be near a TV for the Super Bowl on Sunday, you can listen to it on the radio. In Daytona Beach WELE-AM 1380, in Gainesville WRUF-AM 850/98.1 FM, in Orlando WDBO-AM 580 on the Space Coast WIXC-AM 1060.

New Sports Program On FM 96.9 The Game      1-30-19
Sports talk WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM “FM 96.9 The Game” announced the launch of the new “In the Zone with Brandon Kravitz and The Shot Doctor” program to air in afternoon drive beginning on February 11.  The program will star Brandon Kravitz along with “The Shot Doctor” Austin Pistulka who serves as the executive producer.  iHeartMedia RVP of programming for iHeartMedia North Florida Rick Everett says, “We’re extremely excited about the new era of ‘FM 96.9 The Game.’  When you’re looking for the best live sports talk, this is the place to tune in.”  Kravitz says, “For the last several years, I’ve been honing my craft and working towards this goal.  I plan to bring a fresh approach to afternoon drive, while engaging with our interactive audience.  I cannot wait to link back up with The Shot Doctor – we have chemistry from two years of doing afternoon drive together in the past and I look forward to picking up where we left off and taking it to the next level.”

Happy Birthday!      1-29-19
Celebrating today, Bud Hedinger celebrates number 72. Elliott Cobbs Mitchell also celebrates his 72nd today.

Happy Birthday!      1-25-19
Marc Tyll a major contributor of information to this website celebrates number 58 today.
WORJ-FM 107.7's Elliot Cobbs Mitchell celebrates on Tuesday.

Proclaim Media Group has closed on the sale of WYND-AM 1310/96.1 FM. Clarence and Andrea Williams are the new owners. 

Happy Birthday       1-18-19
WLOF-AM 950's Sir Arthur Knight celebrates his 74th birthday on Sunday.

Congrats To Marc Bernier        1-18-19
Marc Bernier came to Daytona Beach and WNDB-AM 1150/FM 93.5 in January of 1991. Congratulations on your 28th year here.

Gainesville/Ocala Winter Ratings        1-17-19
The Winter ratings are in for the Gainesville/Ocala, Daytona Beach and Melbourne-Titusville-Cocoa markets. Read them here.

Bob Kelly Hosting "Midday Jazz"        1-17-19
Veteran voice Bob Kelley will be celebrating his 4th year at 89.9 Jazz & More WUCF-FM 89.9 coming up in February and he is the new host of  “Midday Jazz”   M-F 10AM to 1PM in addition to his "Saturday Jazz" each Saturday 3PM-7PM.

Spector Joins Morning Show      1-13-19
Alan Spector as become full-time co-host and news anchor on WFLF-AM 540/93.1FM's "Good Morning Orlando".

Bill Wathen Passes      1-9-19
William "Bill" Wathen passed on December 28, in Daytona Beach. Bill worked at both WNDB-AM 1150 and WROD-AM 1340.
In Memory

Happy Birthday      1-9-19
June Myers celebrates today.

Kilmeade Joins WSKY      1-8-19 
Brian Kilmeade has joined the line up on WSKY-FM 97.3. He will be heard from 10AM-Noon, replacing Laura Ingraham.

Happy Birthday      1-7-19
Lady Laura Diaz former morning co-host at WXXL-FM 106.7 blows out the candles today.

Foxx Joins "Good Morning Orlando"      1-5-18
Melissa Foxx is joining  Melissa will be the call screener and a contributor on the show. She will also host "Connections"  on Thursday nights at 9PM-10PM. 

WPOZ Welcomes Cindy Simmons          1-3-19
Cindy Simmons has joined Christian “Z 88.3” WPOZ-FM 88.3. Cindy has mid-day duties from 10AM-2PM. Simmons is best known for her 12-year run at hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR-FM Atlanta.

Congratulations To Jamie Dupree       1-3-19
Jamie Dupree is celebrating 30 years with the Cox Media Group and locally on WDBO-FM 96.5. Dupree suffers from a rare neurological disorder called tongue protrusion dystonia, the condition kept him off the air for two years. In June, listeners were re-introduced to Jamie Dupree as his voice is created from his past recordings and paired with text-to-speech programming, allowing "Jamie Dupree 2.0" to get back on the radio.

Orlando December PPM Ratings          1-3-19
Nielsen PPM Ratings for December for the Orlando market are here

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