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Eric Metaxas Airs In Central Florida      4-20-15       
Author, columnist and TV personality Eric Metaxas joined the Salem Media Group and will be heard on two Central Florida stations.
WLKF-AM 1430 will air his show from 10PM-Midnight and Salem's WTLN-AM 950 will air the program from 3PM-4:30PM weekdays.


Nielsen March PPMs     4-16-15
Where did your favorite station rate in March? go here to find out.


Welcome John Boyle     4-16-15
Cumulus Media welcomes John Boyle as the first Program Director of the all-new 95 Rock (WSJZ-FM 95.9), Brevard's Rock Station. Boyle was previously Promotion Director and Director and Producer of Artist Performance Videos for Entercom Sacramento's six-station cluster. Prior to that, he held Program Director positions in San Luis Obispo, CA (KZOZ), Bakersfield, CA (KKXX), and Lansing, MI (WWDX).


Congrats To Dawn Campbell       4-15-15
Cox Media Groups' Dawn Campbell  is named to Radio Ink magazine’s 2015 list of Future African-American leaders. Dawn is the Assistant Director of Branding & Programming as well as  for WCFB-FM 94.5 & WPYO-FM 95.3 and Promotions Manager for WCFB as well.


Bobby Smith
On The Move     4-14-15
CBS Radio has named WJHM-FM 101.9's Bobby Smith as its new program director at WRDW-FM 96.5 “96.5 Amp Radio” in Philadelphia. Congratulations Bobby!


Jarvis Smith Passes      4-13-15 
 
In Memory


Jay Love Returns      4-12-15
Jay Love is back on Orlando Radio. He is the New Host of the "Classic Dance Showcase" on WOCL-FM 105.9 on Saturdays 7PM-12AM. Welcome back Jay!


Happy Birthday!      4-11-15
A good friend of this website, "Slats" (Tim Guinane) celebrates tomorrow. On Monday, former morning man Timmy Vee, Tracey Young and Shawn Burke. Tuesday sees
Steve Schiffman blow out the candles. Happy birthday to you all!


More Changes At WOTW     4-10-15
"The Wolf", 
WOTW-FM 103.1 will be adding Cumulus Media’s NASH programming Kickin’ it with Kixand American Country Countdown to the schedule. See "A Closer Look" for more.


Happy Birthday!       4-9-15
Voice track artist and central Florida Radio personality Kathy Aparo celebrates a birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday Kathy!


America's Morning Show Joins The Wolf         4-9-15
Starting next Monday, 4-13-15, WOTW-FM 103.1, "The Wolf", will be waking you up with "America's Morning Show". Blair Garner, Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks,  Robin Meade and Erika Grace Powell are all part of the crew. This show replaces Bubba The Love Sponge in the AM.


Former Producer To Take Plea Deal         4-6-15
Chand Worob, former producer at WNDB-AM 1150, will enter a no contest plea to child porn charges on Wednesday according to the Daytona Beach News Journal. Under the agreement, Worob will be sentenced to five years in prison followed by 10 years sex offender probation and must register as a sex offender.


WAMT Flips        4-6-15
WAMT-AM 1190 has flipped from News/Talk "Gotta Know Now" to an ethnic (Haitian) format.  


WSJZ Becomes 95 Rock     4-1-15
Cumulus Media, Inc. has announced WSJZ-FM 95.9 has flipped from Sports to Rock. The former Sports station signed on as the all-new 95 Rock, Brevard’s Rock Station. WSJZ-FM and sister station WLZR-AM 1560 were previously programmed as a Sports combo. WLZR will continue programming as "Sports Radio AM 1560 The Fan", the Space Coast’s CBS Sports affiliate. The new on-air lineup for 95 Rock will feature: Mornings with Bubba the Love Sponge, followed by Marci Wiser in Middays, Pyke@Night, and Loveline for Late Night. 

Cumulus Media, Inc. announces that WSJZ-FM Melbourne turned up the volume today at 6:00pm Eastern as the former Sports station signed on as the all-new 95 Rock, Brevard’s Rock Station. WSJZ-FM and sister station WINT-AM were previously programmed as a Sports combo. WINT-AM will continue programming as Sports Radio AM 1560 The Fan, the Space Coast’s ESPN Radio affiliate. The new on-air lineup for 95 Rock will feature: Mornings with Bubba the Love Sponge, followed by Marci Wiser in Middays, Pyke@Night, and Loveline for Late Night. 95 Rock also begins its search for a new Program Director/Afternoon Drive host. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply at cumulusradio.jobs@cumulus.com (EEO) Troy Hanson, Corporate Program Director/Rock Formats for Cumulus said: “We are delighted (yep, I’m bringing that word back) to bring Rock back to Melbourne with Brevard’s Rock Station 95 Rock. The Space Coast is ready to wake up with Bubba and his talented crew, and will now get a full dose of great bands like Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Guns n’ Roses, The Black Keys, AC/DC, Nirvana and more.”

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Cumulus Media, Inc. announces that WSJZ-FM Melbourne turned up the volume today at 6:00pm Eastern as the former Sports station signed on as the all-new 95 Rock, Brevard’s Rock Station. WSJZ-FM and sister station WINT-AM were previously programmed as a Sports combo. WINT-AM will continue programming as Sports Radio AM 1560 The Fan, the Space Coast’s ESPN Radio affiliate. The new on-air lineup for 95 Rock will feature: Mornings with Bubba the Love Sponge, followed by Marci Wiser in Middays, Pyke@Night, and Loveline for Late Night. 95 Rock also begins its search for a new Program Director/Afternoon Drive host. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply at cumulusradio.jobs@cumulus.com (EEO) Troy Hanson, Corporate Program Director/Rock Formats for Cumulus said: “We are delighted (yep, I’m bringing that word back) to bring Rock back to Melbourne with Brevard’s Rock Station 95 Rock. The Space Coast is ready to wake up with Bubba and his talented crew, and will now get a full dose of great bands like Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Guns n’ Roses, The Black Keys, AC/DC, Nirvana and more.”

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Birthdays This Week        3-30-15
Celebrating birthdays this week include WWKA-FM 92.3's Jason on Wednesday. On Thursday, WJRR-FM 101.1's Pat Lynch. Happy birthday to you both. 


New morning Show For Salsa 98.1      3-29-15
Arnaldo Olieveri "JR al Aire" and Mariela Chopite  are the new morning drive team at WNUE-FM 98.1 beginning tomorrow. "Naranjito" Jorge Velasquez and two-time Emmy award-winning journalist Javier Ceriani, known as "El Aguila" will also join the show. "En Candela" will also feature special reports from Miami and Puerto Rico.


Reese Returns      3-26-15
Dallas Reese is back in the Program Director saddle at WKRO-FM 93.1 for the second time in four months. Reese joined WKRO  in December, and left in early 2015. Reese is back in Daytona Beach with additional responsibilities as Program Director for Classic Rock WHOG-FM 95.7 and an air-shift that has yet to be  determined.


McCracken On The Move       3-26-15
Gerry McCracken, former Program Director at WKRO-FM 93.1 has been named the new Operations Manager for the Cumulus five station cluster in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The stations include Country formatted, Classic Rock, Talk and Sports stations.


Congrats To The Monsters      3-25-15
The WTKS-FM 104.1 morning team, "The Monsters" have made the 2015 Talkers Magazine Heavy Hundred, coming in at #58.  Congratulations guys!


Happy Birthday!       3-24-15
Dennis Winslow celebrates a birthday today.  


"1380 The Cat" Offers Aid To Orange Ave Businesses    3-20-15     
Bethune-Cookman University will use its radio station, WELE-AM 1380, to help increase awareness and foot traffic to several businesses on Orange Avenue in Daytona Beach. The university, along with former station owner Big John, will partner with the Orange Avenue Merchants Association to offer free advertising spots to association members. Businesses along Orange Avenue have witnessed decreased traffic due to the inconveniencing of the construction and lack of parking. This promotion will run throughout the construction period.


Bubba Is Out     3-18-15
JVC Media has announced that Bubba The Love Sponge has been dropped from mornings on WOTW-FM 103.1. "The Wolf" is playing music in the morning.


Feb PPMs Are In   3-18-15
WXXL-FM 106.7 takes the number one spot for Feb. See all the ratings here.


Happy Birthday!    3-18-15
WPOZ-FM 88.3 morning co-host Ellis Feaster celebrates his 53rd today. 


Mark Starling On The Move     3-17-15
WDBO-FM 96.5's news man Mark
Starling has been named News Director/Morning Host at WWNC-AM 570 in Asheville, NC beginning on March 29.


Sold: WROD     3-16-15
Miracle Media Group, who took over WROD-AM 1340/FM 104.7 on Jan. 1 of this year on a Lease Management Agreement, is in the process of purchasing the station from Volusia Broadcasting Company, LLC for a purchase price of $300,000.

Aladdin Joins Power 98.3     3-13-15    
WPYO-FM 95.3 welcomes Aladdin "Prince of the Airwayz" as the new night personality. Prior to his coming to Orlando, Aladdin worked at WPGC 95.5 FM in Washington, D.C.

Orlando City Soccer Coach's Show Airs on WTKS   3-11-15      
Each Tuesday night Orlando's soccer team coach will appear on WKS-FM 104.1 at 8PM. Hosts Jeff Radcliffe and Tom Traxler welcome guests from the Orlando City technical staff.

Salem Announces Format For Former Disney Station    3-10-15
Salem
Communications Chief Executive Officer and Director, Edward Atsinger, announced WDYZ-AM 990 would adopt their Spanish-language Christian Teaching and Talk format. Salem paid $1.3 million for the station.

Happy Birthday!     3-9-15
Celebrating on Tuesday, Kevin Fennessy, who is now the Senior Account Executive at  WFOY FM/AM, and WAOC FM/AM in St. Augustine. On Wednesday, a good friend of this site, Don Gould blows out the candles. Happy birthday to you both.

Unemployed No More     3-6-15
Timmy Vee has found new employment. Tom Benson at Media Confidential is reporting that Vee, who has a long history of working with no-profits while at WAOA-FM 107.1, will be working to form a foundation with the local Hyundai dealership.

Permit Cancelled     3-3-15
The FCC has denied the appeal of Urban One Broadcasting, LLC, owners of WURB-FM 97.7 in Cross City. Urban One Broadcasting purchased the construction permit from Alex Media in 2013 for
$325,000. The Construction Permit was set to expire on July 21, 2014. In Order to get the station on the air UOB was even willing to downgrade the signal.  


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