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Happy Birthday!     1-20-17
WLOF-AM 950's Sir Arthur Knight celebrates his 72nd today.

Gainesville Gets "Connections"        1-18-16
"Connections"
,  the nightly syndicated relationships talk show, has been added by JVC Media News-Talk WYGC-FM 104.9, Gainesville. The show, hosted by Al "Blackjack" Spry, Glenda "G-Love" Chauncy, and Melissa Foxx, consulted by Sabo Media, and also airing on Gabnet.Net, will start airing January 30th at 10PM (ET) on WYGC.

Marc Bernier Celebrates 26 Years         1-18-16
Congratulations are in order to WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM's Marc Bernier, as he celebrates 26 years at the station.     

Judge Turns Down Cumulus Settlement With "Timmy Vee"          1-17-17
David Vickery aka Timmy Vee who was fired after 14-1/2 years with WAOA-FM 107.1 and filed a law suit against Cumulus Media for allegedly having air talent work overtime without pay. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karla Spaulding wouldn't accept the settlement. The proposal would have had Vickery and Cumulus "agree to disagree" and pay Vickery $7,000 for his ratings bonus claim and $3,000 for his costs and attorney's fees. Judge Spaulding denied the motion because the "settlement was not attached to the motion in writing and because the motion did not establish the proposed settlement as reasonable for the plaintiff". 

Latest Ratings      1-15-17
Gainesville/Ocala and Daytona Beach ratings are out. See the latest here.

Happy Birthday!         1-12-17
To a good friend of this website and long time CFLRadio personality,  Mike Murillo.

Bret Baier At Embry-Riddle Speakers Series      1-9-17
The Embry-Riddle University Speakers Series Welcomes Bret Baier, Host of Fox News’ Special Report and Author of "Three Days in January". Baier will join WNDB-AM 1190/93.5 FM's Marc Bernier on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at a new time: 8:15PM.
The Wednesday night edition of Special Report with Bret Baier will originated live from the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus from 6PM to 8PM. The event is free, open to the public and is held in the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Lemerand Auditorium. This event has a special time of 8:15 p.m. Seating will be available beginning at 7 p.m. Overflow viewing rooms will be available with open seating. Click here for a map of campus.

Happy Birthday!          1-8-17
Happy birthday tomorrow, Jan 9, to June Myers.  

Movin' On Up     1-5-17
iHeartMedia has announced WXXL-FM 106.7 current Program Director Brian Mack will add the same position at  WMGF-FM 107.7. Brian is a busy man as he will also become Vice President of Branding,  a newly created role,  for iHeart's nine radio station cluster. 
Jack Bradshaw Program Director at WTKS-FM 104.1 will also take on the PD role at WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM
At WTKS-HD2 104.5"D-Strong" (Dwight Ricketts) will add the position of Program Director to his afternoon hosting duties. Congratulations to all of you.

Happy Birthday!      1-5-17
Laura Diaz, morning co-host at WXXL-FM 106.7 will celebrate on Saturday. 

Congratulations!        1-1-17 
Bobby Mitchell begins "his  43rd year in central Florida radio..I started back in Daytona in 1973 on WMFJ AM (1420) and never looked back. I’ve been on Orlando radio 24 yrs now…"

Happy Birthday!      12-28-16 
14 year Central Florida radio veteran and good friend of this site, Brenda Matthews will blow out the candles today.  Mark Logas celebrates tomorrow, WWKA-FM 92.3's Bobby Mitchell gets the cake on Friday. Dave Edwards celebrates on Saturday.  Wishing all of you a very happy birthday!   

Busy Birthday Week    12-31-12
Celebrating birthdays this week; Today,  turns 55, tomorrow : WLOF-AM 950's Dick Shane aka Dick Camnitz and Clive Hayward, who joined Scott and Erica on WOMX-FM 105.1, each time he came to "the Colonies" from his home in England. Happy birthday to you all!


December PPM Ratings      12-22-16
The final ratings for 2016 for Orlando are in. Read them here.


Easy Oldies To Become Kool      12-18-16
This post includes a correction on the eras of music that will be played.  
Flagler Broadcasting's WBHQ-HD2 will launch as "Kool 100.9", playing hits from the 60's and 70's including the British Invasion. The change begins on December 26.


Logas Fills In For Hedinger      12-16-16
Mark Logas will be filling in for Bud Hedinger on "Good Morning Orlando" on WFLF-AM 540/102.5 FM. Colonel Danny McKnight joins Mark on December 19th during the 7 o’clock hour to honor the brave men and women who wear the uniform and to discuss the importance of investing in our military. On Tuesday, Mark’s guests include representatives from MADD, the Victims Services Center, and the FHP, who will be providing crucial information to help listeners safely navigate through the holidays and to explain what to do if someone becomes a victim of a crime. During the 8 o’clock hour, Mike Mannino explains how he's always paid his monthly mortgage, with the cancelled checks to prove it, but still lost his home last month because the mortgage company and bank claimed in court he hadn’t paid since 2007. Even though the mortgage company and bank failed to respond to six court orders to produce documented proof the mortgage hadn't been paid for the past nine years, the judge refused to allow Mike’s cancelled checks into evidence and ruled against him. Now, he’s fighting back and gaining the attention of public officials who want an explanation as to how this happened.


Movin' On Up     12-16-16
Congratulations to Nick Figueredo at WDBO-FM 96.5 who has been named Director of Branding and Programming for WOKV-AM 690/104.5 FM, Jacksonville, effective immediately. Nick was the Assistant Director of Branding and Assistant Program Director at DBO.


Leon Wright Loses Battle       12-15-16       
Gospel radio personality Leon Josey-Wright has died after a long battle with kidney disease. Weright was well known in Orlando for his Gospel music programming.


Station Owner Passes       12-15-16
Ray Kassis, President of Astro Enterprises'  WWBC-AM 1510 died unexpectedly on Nov. 9. He was 69 years old. Ray was also a Ham radio operator and was the Brevard County Emergency Coordinator (EC) since 1991. 


Birthday Celebrants     12-13-16
Celebrating tomorrow, WTKS-FM 104.1 member of the "The Monsters" Carlos Navarro and on Sunday Tom Anthony blows out the candles. 


Happy Birthday!      12-10-16
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 a author of Frankly Speaking... Four Decades on the Air and Off a Memoir


Kampmeier To Retire-Everett Moves Up      12-9-16
Chris Kampmeier, iHeartMedia's Orlando Region Senior Vice President of Programming will retire effective on December 31. Chris has been with iHeartMedia (Clear Channel) for the past 20 years. Rick Everett, has been named Kampmeier's replacement. Rick has been with iHeartMedaia (Clear Channel) for 19 years and has served as Program Director at WJRR-FM 101.1 and WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM and Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Orlando cluster. 


Happy 64th WPRK        12-8-16
On Dec. 8, 1952, WPRK-FM 91.5 began broadcasting. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of the first voices heard on the new station. 
In a dedication speech he recorded for the opening, Eisenhower, a former college president who supported campus radio, said the new station "can help to speed and advance the great ideas that keep great men and women free."
Its original programming included works from conservatory students, recorded recitals, announcement of student chores, student debates and religious services from Knowles Memorial Chapel. In 1954, power was upgraded to a 250-watt transmitter and a new antenna was erected on the old Mills Library. 


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