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Sunday Night Vinyl Returns      10-19-18
A program that ran On WTKS-FM 104.1 for 15 years, will return.
"Sunday Night Vinyl" returns with host
Erik Dennison. The program aired from 1995 until 2010. The show returns on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 7PM-10PM.

Happy Birthday!       10-13-1
Happy Birthday on Monday to Kipper McGee former WDBO-AM 580 Program Director, you can wish Orlando radio veteran Alan Spector a Happy Birthday on Tuesday. 

KC Armstrong To be heard In Orlando      10-11-18
Former, Howard Stern show cast member KC Armstrong will be heard in Orlando. The “World’s Most Amazing People with KC Armstrong” is a daily, one-hour show, will be heard on WOTW-HD2, “BUD 94.1” between 7PM-8PM. The show will be syndicated by JVC Media.

Congratulations!        10-8-18
Sandra Carrasquillo was honored with the Lifetime Hispanic Achiever's Award at the Hispanic Achievers Heritage Month celebration in Orlando for her significant contributions to the Central Florida Hispanic community. Carrasquillo is the morning co-host of the new Accion 97.9 FM (WRSO-AM 810), network anchor of Spanish language newscasts on the statewide FNN Hispana service and host of the weekly statewide news and public affairs program "Florida Exclusivo", which is heard on 24 radio stations throughout Florida.

PPM ratings For September      10-8-18
September ratings are in and available here.

Happy Birthday!       10-8-18
Rad Messick former Program Director at WDIZ-FM 100.9 celebrates tomorrow. WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM 's Phil Kincaid, producer of the "Marc Bernier Show" celebrates on Friday. Happy birthday to you both.

Mark Logas In For Bud Hedinger     10-7-18
Mark Logas will be substituting for Bud Hedinger on "Good Morning Orlando" on WFLF-93.1-FM/AM540 October 8 through October 15. Mark will share what it was like as a college professor who teaches government to watch Senator Susan Collins school Americans about our Constitution. Guests who will be stopping by the “50,000 Watt Front Porch” throughout the week will include investigative journalist James O’Keefe, Brandon Tatum, a Black former police officer  and Director of Urban Engagement who will detail how Democrats are losing many Black voters, Roger Gannam from Liberty Counsel with new cases of religious persecution against Christians, and former AG and Congressional House Manager Bill McCollum who will weigh in on the next move Democrats might take against Brett Kavanaugh. Mark has also asked the White House Press Office to invite President Trump to call in during his visit to Orlando on Monday as well. Listeners are always welcome to call in and share their opinions on 93.1FM WFLA.

Welcome "La Z 102.5"     10-5-18
After stunting as "Cool Oldies 102.5" for a couple of days,
Central Florida Educational Foundation, Inc. has decided to add a Spanish Christian format to their portfolio of stations-La Z 102.5. W273CA was being leased by iHeart Media and in 2011 they were broadcasting a smooth jazz format calling itself WLOQ-FM 102.5.

Erica Lee Checks In          10-1-18
It was great to hear from Erica Lee, the 19 year morning co-host with Scott McKenzie at WOMX-FM 105.1. Ms. Lee can be heard on her Podcasts at Erica Lee's Podcasts

Congratulations!     9-28-18
Congratulations go to WDBO-FM 96.5 as winners of the Marconi Award for Large Market Station of the Year and to Morning host Joe Kelley the winner of the Large Market Personality of the Year. The awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. 

For Sale      9-27-18
Two Central Florida station are on the sales block. WLBE-AM-790 in Leesburg and WKFL-AM 1170 in Bushnell are both for sale. 

Holcomb has Left The Building      9-24-18
WRUF-AM 850/98.1 FM  Operations Manager Brett Holcomb is leaving for a new position as Assistant Program Director at WUSF/WSMR in South Florida.

Parker Joins K-Country   9-24-18
Parker takes over as evening personality at WOGK-FM 93.7. He replaces Doug Rockwell.   

Bill Gable Passes    9-20-18
Bill Gable, who in April of 2014 retired after a 46 year career has died from complications of COPD.  He passed on Tuesday, Sep 18 in Windsor, Ontario Canada. In 1986 Bill, along with Frank Reed helped launch WOCL-FM 105.9, first known as WMGG-FM 105.9. The WMGG calls were used to keep the new format and slogan ("Class 105.9") American Media was about to debut a secret. Bill was Program Director as well as doing morning drive. In 1994 Bill would move to WMMO-FM 98.9 doing mornings for Granum Communications. Then in 2001 Bill would move to WLOQ-FM 103.1 and continue morning drive for Gross Communications Corp. Bill began his radio career as a teenager in Allen town, PA. In the 1970s he worked at CKLW which was located n Windsor, Ontario, Canada, serving Windsor and Detroit. He retired in 2014 from his last stop at CFZM-AM 740.

August PPM Ratings     9-12-18
Nielsen PPM ratings for August are here.

Congratulations!      9-12-18
Dana Taylor at WOMX-FM 105.1 has been named Program Director. Over at WQMP-FM 101.9, John O’Connell has been named Program Director and Melissa “Mel” Leigh-Sorrentino has been promoted as Assistant Program Director in addition to her positions of Music Director and Midday host.

WMEL Moves To Internet     9-11-18
Will Standley owner of WKQK-AM 1300 has acquired the assets of WMEL owned by John Harper who has been the owner of the WMEL in different incarnations for over 25 years.

Happy Birthday!       9-9-18
WUCF-FM 89.9's Bob Kelley celebrates number 67 tomorrow, Sep 10. The brothers Harper at WMEL-AM 1060, John and Vernon blow out the candles on Sunday. Happy birthday to all of you!

Mike Bianchi Heard In Jacksonville  9-8-18
WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM's "Open Mike" with Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi is being carried by iHeart owned WFXJ-AM 930 n Jacksonville.

New Morning Show On WNUE     9-5-18
WNUE-FM 98.1 has begun airing a new morning show called "Él y Ella" from 6AM-10AM. The program is hosted by Arnaldo Olivieri "JR el Aire" and Jessica Reyes. The morning show hosts were married for 14 years, have been divorced five-and are back together to share their “uncoupled conversations” on the new program.

WFLF Moves To New Translator        9-5-18

WFLF-AM 540 has changed translators from W273CA at 102.5 FM to W226BT at 93.1 FM. WFLA will simulcast on both 93.1 FM and 102.5 FM until October 1. 

Happy Birthday!      9-4-18
Happy 67th birthday to Orlando legend Bill Barber, tomorrow.

WRSO Becomes Accion 979      9-3-18
iHeart radio has taken over programming on WRSO-AM 810. The station broadcasts a Spanish News-Talk format on 810 AM, 97.9FM and 100.3 HD3.  

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