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Happy Birthday!      12-14-19
Celebrating today WTKS-FM 104.1 member of the "The Monsters" Carlos Navarro and on Sunday Tom Anthony blows out the candles. 

"Stan-A-Claus" Is Coming To Town      12-14-19
WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM's "Open Mike" with Mike Bianchi will have a special guest on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 7AM-9AM. Stan Van Gundy,   the NBA TV analyst and former Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons coach will sport his Santa suit, encouraging listeners to drop by the iHeartMedia studios in Maitland to donate new unwrapped toys or cash for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida to benefit children in need.

Changes Coming To WNDB Mornings          12-14-19
WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM begins “This Morning with Gordon Deal” on Monday at 7AM. Marc Bernier will join Gordon’s show with local news and commentary daily beginning January 6th

Morning Co-Host Retires             12-13-19   
WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM's Chuck Bennett has retired from radio after a 45 year radio career. 

Mike Harvey Hangs Up The Headphones        12-13-19
Nationally known Mike Harvey has announced that, after more than 35 years as host of his nightly Classic Hits program, "The Mike Harvey Show", and the "Saturday Weekend Party with Mike Harvey" on Westwood One, will be hanging up his headphones on December 31. Mike was heard on CFLRadio stations, including , WROD-AM 1340, WSHE-FM  weekday mornings on WEBG-FM 100.3

Rickey Smiley Returning To Orlando      12-13-19
Cox Media Group (CMG) has announced that REACH Media, Inc’s nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show will replace “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” when Tom Joyner retires at the end of 2019. "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" will air weekdays from 6AM to 10AM on WCFB-FM 94.5

"The Cats Roundtable" Coming To FMR      12-13-19
Florida Man Radio, WDYZ-AM 660/105.5 FM Orlando and WYGC-FM 104.9 High Springs/Gainesville/Ocala is adding
John Catsimatidis' "The Cats Roundtable" show. The program premieres on Sunday December 8th.

Congratulations!     12-12-19
Carol Ellingson will be taking on air duties at WPOZ-FM 88.3 as well as Social Media Director. Carol served as Promotions Director since 2004. 

Happy Birthday!       12-11-19         
We want to wish a very happy birthday to a good friend of this website, Frank Reed. Frank is an award wining radio personality as well as an author.

Happy Birthday      12-7-19
Central Florida Radio veteran Al Spry celebrates tomorrow. Also tomorrow WPRK-FM 91.5 celebrates 67 years on the air.

Moody On The Move      12-5-19
Kaylan Moody, Music Director/Morning Host at WHHZ-FM 100.5 will be leaving "100.5 The Buzz" on Dec. 20 to relocate to Nashville to pursue a career in the record label industry.

What are the real reasons behind the teacher shortage?         12-3-19   
Marc Bernier of WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM will explore this issue through various talking points in a community discussion with DSC’s top expert and district faculty about the state of education in the classroom. The program will take place at the News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, 221 N. Beach St. Doors open at 6PM. Program begins at 7PM and is free and open to the public.

Happy Birthday      12-3-19
Celebrating tomorrow; WTKS-FM 104.1 host Jim Colbert and Tom Benson (Benintende) host of Media Confidential, former Operations Manager/Program Director at WFLF-AM 540 and Program Director at WWNZ-AM 740.

Orlando PPMs       11-29-19
The November PPMs are in. Read them here.

WKTK Joins The Holiday Music Bandwagon      11-28-19
More Holiday Music comes to WKTK-FM 98.5 now through Christmas Day.

Happy Birthday        11-28-19
Celebrating this week are; WXXL-FM 106.7 Morning Show host Johnny Magic turns 56 tomorrow and on Saturday, WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM's Marc Bernier turns 64. Happy birthday to you both.

More Christmas Music        11-27-19
Joining the "Holiday Music" bandwagon is WLRQ-FM 99.3. Beginning Friday, WPOZ-FM 88.3, WMYZ-FM 88.7 will begin paying Christmas music on Friday.

Christmas Comes To Orlando Radio         11-23-19
WMGF-FM 107.7 is the first station to go all "Holiday" music for 2019.

New Head At WMFE/WMFV      11-22-19
The board of trustees of WMFE-FM 90.7 Orlando and WMFV-FM 89.5 Gainesville-Ocala has appointed Erika Pulley-Hayes as President and CEO, effective January 13. She succeeds LaFontaine E. Oliver, who departed in July to lead NPR member station WYPR/Baltimore. 

Moira Seeking Political Office     11-20-19
Lynn “Moira” Dictor has thrown her "hat into the ring" as a candidate for Seminole County Tax Collector. Dictor, a radio-talk show personality known to Central Florida listeners as Moira from her 20-year stint on the Philips Phile on Real Radio 104.1 (WTKS-FM 104.1) in Orlando, is one of four candidates, two Democrats and two Republicans, seeking to challenge Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg in the 2020 elections. Dictor is one of the Democrats. Dictor, 59, of Lake Mary, also has been a news reporter and anchor, news director, and talk show host. She is a 2019 recipient of the Harvey Milk ally award from The LGBTQ Center, and is on the board of directors of A Gift for Teaching. She’s also served as president o the Congregation of Reform Judaism.

Stevie DeMann Joins JVC       11-15-19 
Stevie DeMann has been named JVC’s Director of Programming for their growing collection of Florida radio stations. DeMann, with a successful career in cities including Baltimore, Orlando, Boston, and most recently serving as Operations Manager for Cox Media Orlando, will oversee 103.1 The Wolf (WOTW-FM 103.1) Orlando), Florida Man Radio 660AM/105.5FM (WDYZ-AM 660/105.5 FM Orlando / WYGC-FM 104.9 Gainesville), Bud FM (WOTW-HD2 Orlando),  Q92.9  (WMFQ-FM 92.9 Ocala), US102.3 (WXUS-FM 102.3 Ocala), and Y100.1 (WXUS-HD2 Ocala) beginning November 25th. 

SOLD: WBZW       11-6-19              
Orlando Radio Marketing Inc. is purchasing WBZW-AM 1520/100.7-FM in Apopka. The seller is Salem Media Group, the price is $185,000. The sale includes the Construction Permit for translator W264DU-100.7-FM.

Ed Tyll Returns       11-5-19
JVC’s Executive Vice President Shane Reeve announced “The Ed Tyll Show” has joined Florida Man Radio,
WDYZ-AM 660/105.5 FM. Ed Tyll was a host at WTKS-FM 104.1 and WEUS-AM 810. Ed's show will air weekdays from Noon-2PM. 

Florida Man Radio Expanding        11-5-19
JVC Media of Florida announces the first radio affiliate of Orlando’s Florida Man Radio.  Building on the rapid success and overwhelming positive response from listeners and clients for Florida Man Radio, WDYZ-AM 660/105.5 FM, Florida Man Radio will begin broadcasting on WYGC-FM 104.9 serving the Gainesville  and North Central Florida area on Monday November 11th, 2019.  This is the first of many stations in the state of Florida that JVC will be targeting for affiliation.  Florida Man Radio debuted in September anchored by long-time Orlando talk legend Shannon Burke, the nationally syndicated Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, radio veteran Scott Ledger, American journalist, author, and former television host Bill O’Reilly, and Attorney Justin Clark.

Happy Birthday       11-4-18
Birthday wishes go out to Kevin Baldinger who celebrates today. Pioneer talk show host at
WDBO-AM 580, Pat Flannagan blows out the candles on Friday. Happy Birthday to you both.

October PPM Ratings     11-3-19
The latest Orlando ratings are in. Read them here.

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