Lookin' For Classic Country?
John Elliot, CEO of Suncoast
Radio's WLQH-AM 940/ 93.3FM and WZCC-AM
1240 lets us know that Classic Country has come to his stations. The
format will be simulcast across all three stations, WLQH-AM 940 Chiefland
and its translator currently on 93.3 and WZCC AM 1240 in Cross City. for
more on the "flip" read here.
the Air: The History of Black Radio in Orlando”
DeLand native, JoJo O’Neal
studied radio and television broadcasting at the University of Central
Florida and has been a full-time radio personality since 1984. JoJo can be
heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Star 94.5, (WCFB-FM
94.5) Orlando’s No. 1 radio station for “Today’s R&B and
Throwbacks.” Since April 2016. On October 18, 2017 she will host
"On The Air: The History Of Black Radio in Orlando. A panel will
include; Monica May
(Star 94.5), Chris Hill (Aquarius
One Broadcasting), and Shanti
Persaud (the owner of WOKB). This new
series of programs from the Orange County Regional History Center is named
in honor of the late Joseph L. Brechner, an award-winning journalist,
community leader, and freedom-of-information advocate. The series focuses
on the media in Florida’s history. Programs take place from 6PM to
7:30PM at the Orlando
Public Library (Albertson Room, 3rd Floor) and are free.
Former CIA Director Appearing With Marc
The next event in the ERAU Speaker Series in Daytona Beach will be October
23rd featuring the former CIA Director James Woolsey. Series Moderator and
93.5/1150 WNDB talk host Marc Bernier
interviews Woolsey about US foreign policy involvement, his support for
President Donald Trump, and a Q&A session with audience participants
is included. Doors open at 6PM, with the program starting at 7PM. The
program is free and open to the public.
Happy Birthday on Sunday to Kipper
McGee former WDBO-AM
Director, you can wish Orlando radio veteran Alan
Spector a Happy
Birthday on Monday.
Kris Earl Phillips Passes
It's with great shock and sadness I must report Kris
Earl Phillips passed away on Tuesday, October 3. Kris was the kind of
guy who was never afraid to offer a helping hand. He was 66 years old. You can read tributes on
his Facebook page.
Rad Messick former Program Director
at WDIZ-FM 100.9 celebrates today. WNDB-AM
1150/93.5 FM 's Phil Kincaid,
producer of the "Marc Bernier Show" celebrates on
Thursday. Happy birthday to you both.
Robert Cubero has taken full control of WIPC-AM
1280, “Radio Esperanza 1280”,
from Carl Czuchaj and Bonnie Karp his partners in the Super W Media Group.
The deal includes the right for Cubero
to sell WIPC’s studios and antenna site.
Jim Philips To
WTKS-FM 104.1 afternoon host, Jim
Philips announced in June
that he would retire in January of 2018. On yesterday's show he announced
he has signed a new contract that will allow him to work 4 days a week
through next year.
Here's Jim's Announcement
Latest PPM Ratings
The September PPM ratings are in. Read them here.
WPUL Requests Additional Time
WPUL-AM 1590 owner Glenn Cherry says his station has “sustained
damage and is still off the air”-because the equipment is “fried.”
More Irma Trouble
Florida Broadcasters owned WONQ-AM
1030 has asked the FCC for post-hurricane Special Temporary Authority
as they report “severe damage to transmitter facility”.
WXCZ-FM 102.7 has been authorized to move to 103.3 and increase
power from a C3 (25,000 watts) to a C2 (50,000 watts) which will enable
them to have a better signal in Crystal River. WFJV-FM
103.3 in Crystal River will then move to 107.5
this should happen by the end of this week.
WMFE Purchasing WKSG
WMFE-FM 90.7 is in the process of
buying WKSG-FM 89.5 from Daystar
Public Radio Inc. The purchase will
include the broadcast tower, the station’s antenna, and the Silver
Springs 14.45 acres on which the tower stands. WKSG
broadcasts originate from a studio in downtown Ocala. Eventually, the
station will have new call letters and a new format. The
sale price is $900,000. The FCC
accepted the application for transfer of license on Sept. 25.
“Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida
Hal Bodecker of the Orlando Sentinel writes
about the upcoming Donn R. Colee Jr. presentation Wednesday, October 4, 6 p.m. at the
Orlando Public Library. Read the article here.
On The Move 9-27-17
Lance Venta at Radio Insight is
reporting that Genesis
1080 WHOO (WHOO-AM 1080) Kissimmee is amending its plans to move to the site
of Star Over Orlando’s 810 WRSO (WRSO-AM 810)
Orlovista and will now diplex with
sister 1190 WAMT (WAMT-AM 1190) Pine Castle/Sky Lake. As part of the move WHOO
will change city-of-license to Winter Park and drop from 19kW day/190W
night to 6kW day/55w night. WHOO has been operating from the WAMT site
under an STA with 1.5kW day/11w night since the land of its former five
tower array was sold in 2015.
Sulome Anderson Joins Marc Bernier At
On Monday evening, September 25th is the
second of the Fall
SpeakER Series at Embry-Riddle. Join Marc Bernier for a discussion and audience
question and answer session with Sulome Anderson, daughter of former
captured war correspondent Terry Anderson. Sulome through her own journey
as a war correspondent, explains all in her book, “A Hostage’s
Daughter”. A book signing follows the discussion. Doors open
at 6PM, and the conversation with WNDB-AM
1150/93.5 FM's Marc
Bernier begins at 7PM. The event is free and open to the public.
It will take place in the Gale Lemerand Auditorium in the Capt. Willie
Miller Building on the campus of Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach. Students and
veterans are encouraged to attend. For more
information contact Marc Bernier (386) 226-7285.
Lopez former mid-day personality at WOCL-FM
105.9 celebrates tomorrow.
Rush Replaced On
Dennis Prager has joined Southern Stone Communications' line up on WNDB-AM
1150/93.5 FM, replacing Rush Limbaugh.
Veteran programmer Chris Lash has signed on to
program and operate Radio Gainesville Adult Hits WGVR-FM
103.3. WGVR will feature Cloudcast Radio's Sunny Radio
"Where Its Always in the 80's" format. The
new station is highlighted by the "John and Heidi Show" weekday
mornings, as well as industry vets Caleb James, Kent Jones, John Rivers
and more on weekends.
New Morning Co-host At
K" (Julie Kansy) will
join WPCV-FM 97.5's "97.5
Breakfast Club" in
Lakeland in early October. Julie is a former Cumulus Operations
Rama Communication's two towers have been damaged by Hurricane Irma. Regional
Mexican “La Gigante 1240” WKIQ, Eustis.
The tower site is adjacent to Lake Eustis. Rama
has requested a 90-day Special Temporary Authorization for WKIQ to be
silent. Loss of power silenced WLAA-AM
1600 and WOKB-AM 1680
Unity Broadcasting is also asking for silent STAs for its two AM stations
in Winter Garden, WLAA-AM
1600 and WOKB-AM 1680.
In Bithlo, WNTF-AM
1580 could be off the air several
months as it assesses the damage and begins the cleanup and repairs.
WLAA-AM 1600 and WOKB-AM
1680 and WNTF-AM 1580 are all off the
air while they repair damage from hurricane Irma. WPRK
-FM 91.5 is also off the air due to a bent antenna.
WIGW-FM 90.3 has been sold to On This Rock
Communications by Penfold Communications, Inc. for $150,000.
Stations Knocked Off By Irma
Hurricane Irma knocked a good number of stations off the air. In Orlando WRUM-FM
100.3, WOTW-FM 103.1, W227CP at 93.3
FM “G-Praise” gospel format. In Melbourne, Titusville/Cocoa, WAOA-FM
107.1, WHKR-FM 102.7 and WLZR-AM
1560. In the Gainesville/Ocala area:
WMFQ-FM 92.9, WXUS-FM
102.3 and WYCG-FM 104.9. In the
Lakeland/Winter Haven, the translator at 107.9-FM which relays WPOZ-FM
Birthdays This Week
WUCF-FM 89.9's Bob
Kelley celebrates number 64 today, Sep 10. The brothers Harper at WMEL-AM
1060, John and Vernon
blow out the candles on Monday. Rick Morton, of
fame, will hear the happy birthday song on Wednesday. The love of my
life, my partner in life as well as this website, my wife Wilma
will celebrate on Friday. Happy birthday to all of you!
Another Award For WDBO
Orlando, FL was named News/Talk Station of the Year at the 2017 National
Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Radio Awards. The
prestigious awards recognize radio's outstanding personalities and
More Irma Radio Coverage
"News 96.5" WDBO-FM 96.5 is
offering continuous coverage which bean
last night. WMGF-FM 107.7 will be
simulcasting Irma coverage from WESH-TV 2.
Congratulations To WPOZ
was the large market winner at the annual Christian
Music Broadcasters Awards.
August PPM Ratings
August 2017 PPM ratings are in. Read them here.
Genesis Communications Strikes Deal
With Bay News 9 For Irma Coverage 9-8-17
Communications and Charter Communications have teamed up to bring radio
listeners coverage of Hurricane Irma as it travels across the state of
Florida. AM 820 News in Tampa and WIXC-AM
1060 "AM 1060 News on the Space Coast" will carry the
popular all news cable channel as supplemental
programming to its local coverage over the weekend and through early next
week. The simulcast will also be heard on Genesis owned web publication
News Talk Florida.
WNDB Daytona Beach Coverage Of
WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM will begin
"Irma" coverage tomorrow morning at 7AM. News will be updated throughout
the weekend, until the danger passes.
WFLF Irma Coverage This Afternoon
Mark Logas will
be anchoring live team coverage of “Operation Storm Watch: Hurricane
Irma” on WFLF-102.5-FM/AM540
this afternoon between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The
WFLF-102.5-FM news team will be providing
important information for listeners including any mandatory evacuations,
interviews with people from emergency management, meteorologists from
AccuWeather, FOX News Radio, and WOFL-FOX 35, and up-to-the-minute news
with Alan McBride throughout the afternoon. Listeners are welcome to call
in and share information where supplies are available or where supplies
have run out.
Genesis Communications, which owns and
operates WWBA-AM 820 Tampa and WIXC-AM 1060
will provide continuous coverage of the Hurricane Irma event expected to
impact the state of Florida beginning
this weekend. The company will provide extensive coverage with its on air
talent and news team. It also will continue to update consumers through
its digital web publication, News Talk Florida.
Articles and Videos will be available and updated with the most current
information. Steve Kyler, Director of Content, stated, “This is a very
dangerous situation. Our obligation is to keep residents and visitors
updated with the latest news and information as this weather related issue
unfolds. Genesis has two very powerful radio stations covering both coasts
that enable us to bring most Floridians outlets that will keep them
informed of the circumstances. We also provide local and state programming
with talent that is located here in the state.”
Cox Media Group Orlando has named Paul Curran
Market Vice President, effective immediately. Paul has been serving as
Vice President/General Manager of WFTV and WRDQ-TV; he is adding oversight
of Country WWKA-FM 92.3, News-Talk WDBO-FM
96.5, Classic Hits WMMO-FM 98.9, Urban
AC WCFB-FM 94.5, Top 40/Rhythmic WPYO-FM
95.3, Spanish Adult Hits WCFB-HD2,
Sports WDBO-AM 580 , CMG Local
Solutions and Cox Events Group.