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November 2008

"One Night With Elvis"  11-3-08
A concert to benefit The Russell Home for Atypical Children will take place Saturday November 29, 2008 at the Haines City Community Theatre, 801 Ledwith Ave. Haines City, FL 33845. Doors open at 6:30pm. Showtime 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 for all seats, and are limited to the first 300 people. Contact: Jeremy_elvis@msn.com or call 813-810-1253 or visit www.essentiallyelvis.com and click on the “One Night With Elvis” tab. See the poster here. 

Blow Out The Candles
Kevin Baldinger, the man you hear all over town, will celebrate his birthday tomorrow 11/4. Happy Birthday, Kevin!

For Sale Sign Up WELE-AM 1380 
Station WELE-AM 1380 is for sale. Doug Wilhite announced Monday during the program that replaced the "Premier Travel Show" that the station is for sale and the reasons why. The asking price: $2.5 million. We're working on a full report.
Read and listen to more about the WELE controversy here.

Bobbie Depew
Moves Down The Dial  
The Bobbie Depew morning show has moved from WAMT-AM 1190 to WEUS-AM 810. WAMT has replaced her show with a sports oriented morning show. WAMT is branding itself as a sports and talk station now.

Mark Williams
Blog Returns 
WNDB-AM 1150 and Black Crow News Director Mark Williams has updated his blog on his appearances on the Nancy Grace program. Mark has been a fixture on Grace's program in the search for Caylee Anthony. Read it here.

Former WHNR Owner Busted  
Frankie Grover, former owner of WHNR-AM 1360 has been charged with one count of unauthorized transmission on a radio frequency. The Polk County Sheriff's office detectives, working with the FCC, the Lakeland Police Department and the States Attorney's Office, served search warrants on Grover's operation at the Kingston Lakeside Inn Motel in Lakeland. He was booked in to jail on Friday. Grover is out after posting a $1,000 bond. Broadcasting without an FCC license is a third degree felony. They also seized all the equipment.

Flagler County Broadcasting Grows Again
Flagler County Broadcasting LLC, is purchasing WROO-FM 92.7 based in Green Cove Springs. The sale is from the Aloha Trust. FCB has filed an application to move the license to Beverly Beach. FCB already owns WNZF-AM 1550 and WNZF-FM 106.3 in Bunnell. 

It's Format Flippin' Time Again 
WIXC-AM 1060, formerly ESPN radio, then Classic Country has flipped formats once again. Today the format is "Real American Music"- adult standards. Stay tuned for more on this story...

Reminiscing Radio "Oldies of the 50's and 60's" 
WPGS-AM 840 is adding real oldies to it's weekday programming. This is not off some satellite service, but local radio. If you are not within the stations signal, they have an internet stream. Check it out at http://www.talkstar840.com

WMMO Lets Go Of Two Longtime Personalities  
WMMO-FM 98.9 has shown the door to two of its longtime voices. Jerry Steffen, who has been with the station since 1990 and  Jay Francisco who has been with the station since 1994 were both let go earlier this month. 

New FM Coming
WTPC-FM 92.7 will be coming to Beverly Beach. Flagler County Broadcasting, LLC has purchased WROO-FM 92.7, Green Cove Springs (Jacksonville) from the Aloha Trust (Clear Channel) and will move the station to Beverly Beach in early 2009. Flagler County Broadcasting, LLC owns WNZF-AM 1550 and WNZF-FM 106.3. The format has not been announced.

FCC Fines Black Crow 
WNDB-AM 1150's signal was "wandering"  up and down the dial of a standard car radio operated by FCC field agents, and was interfering with stations located on 1070 kHz and 1230 kHz. The station was improperly attenuated.
Black Crow blamed vandals at the transmitter site for some of the engineering problems. The FCC gave the engineer three hours to either fix the interference or sign off. Black Crow had a number of rebuttal arguments and explanations, and after paying $12,000, it asked for mercy on the remaining $11,000, partly on the basis of its good record. The FCC did give the company a discount for past compliance, reducing the balance owed from $11,000 to $6,004, resulting in a total fine of $18,400. 

Nielsen Company To Enter Radio Ratings Service
The Nielsen Company, announced that starting in 2009 they will provide audience measurement and radio ratings in 50 small- and mid-sized U.S. markets for Cumulus Media stations. Clear Channel Radio will subscribe to the syndicated service in 17of the markets in which the service will be offered as well.

Happy Birthday!
We'd like to send along Birthday wishes to WTKS-FM 104.1 "Philips Phile" member Oddo. Have a happy, Oddo!

WIXC to Become "Brevard's Big Talker"   
Looks like the next format will be News/Talk for WIXC-AM 1060. The date is Dec. 8. The line-up includes; The Wall Street Journal Report from 5AM-9AM, Laura Ingraham 9AM-Noon, Bill O'Reilly Noon-2PM, Dave Ramsey 2PM-4PM, Todd Schnitt 4PM-6PM and Michael Savage from 6PM-9PM. 

Get Ready For Bubba   
All Access is reporting that Bubba The Love Sponge will be "coming" to Orlando. Cox owned WHTQ-FM 96.5 is the place.

Dixon, Willoughby and Spector Gone
Cox Radio announced this morning that Todd Clem, better known as Bubba The Love Sponge will be taking over mornings on WHTQ-FM 96.5, in January. That leaves morning show producer Alan Spector, and Co-hosts Dixon and Willoughby looking for work.

Birthdays This Week   
Happy Birthday to WTKS-FM 104.1's head of the "Philips Phile", Jim Philips turns 61 on Tuesday, Tuddle of the "Monsters" celebrates his 29th on Wednesday and WXXL-FM 106.7 morning co-host, Johnny Magic turns 45 on Saturday. Happy Birthday guys!

WELE Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing
As being reported in the Daytona Beach News Journal, Ormond Beach Police said there is no evidence that the management at WELE-AM 1380 did anything criminal when it failed to return money to listeners who purchased tickets from "The Premier Travel Show". Sgt. Kenny Hayes, Ormond Beach Police Department spokesman told Lyda Longo of the News-Journal; "We saw no criminal intent on the part of the owner of the radio station." "For criminal charges to apply, police would have to prove that agents of the radio station knowingly sold packages that were worthless or knowingly misrepresented the packages which resulted in monetary gain to the business. No such proof was found in any of the cases. On the contrary, police determined that the radio station did in fact have business relationships with companies providing vacation accommodations or travel services and had good faith belief that the vacation packages were redeemable as advertised." Police said listeners who have not received refunds for their tickets could try to pursue the matter in civil court. See our original Closer Look.

Happy Birthday!
Marc Bernier, afternoon talker at WNDB-AM 1150 celebrates a birthday on Sunday, November 30. Happy Birthday Marc!


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