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David Wagenvoord Passes    4-23-14
Thanks to Skip Joeckel for letting us know that David Wagenvoord President of Wagenvoord Advertising Group Inc. , owner of the Tan Talk Radio Network and the author of the best-selling barter book, "No Cash, No Problem." Dave died April 21, 2014 at the age of 82. True to his legend, Dave even bartered his own funeral!

Happy Birthday!     4-21-14
We wish the Program director at WMMO-FM 98.9, Hildi a very happy birthday tomorrow, the 22nd.

New Alternative For Gainesville/Ocala      4-19-14
WHHZ-FM 10.5 has become "100.5 The Buzz, North Florida's Rock Alternative". WHHZ picked up the Active Rock format back in 2010. Program Director Kevin McKay told All Access, "The move to a more Alternative lean only made sense to us. In a market such as ours, it only seems right. Alternative is seeing explosive growth right now and we think "The Buzz" is well poised to take advantage of that."

Terry Dollar Passes    4-18-14
Thanks to Laura Caradonna-Seitner for letting us know of the passing of WCKS-AM 860's Terry Dollar on March 22. we have his obituary here.
In Memory

Congrats To WPOZ For Coming In At #1 Again     4-18-14
The March 2014 PPM ratings are out and WPOZ-FM 88.3 has returned to the number one position.

Oops, We Goofed      4-15-14
We reported yesterday that Mark Levin was out at WDBO-FM 96.5. We are mistaken. Nick Figueredo tells me "...It is true that we are airing Mike Calta on News 96.5, but it is a limited engagement and we are still airing
Mark Levin at 9PM. 

Levin is Out At WDBO     4-14-14
The man formerly known as "Cowhead" has changed his moniker and will debut on WDBO-FM 96.5 beginning tonight. Mike Calta is being syndicated by Cox Media out of their Tampa station, .WHPT. Mark Levin is being replaced by Calta.

Happy Birthday!     4-12-14
Birthday greetings go out to "Slats" (Tim Guinane) celebrating today. Tomorrow, WAOA-FM 107.1 morning host Timmy Vee, WMGF-FM 107.7's Tracey Young and WMMO-FM 98.9's Shawn Burke will all celebrate. And to Steve Schiffman who will celebrate on Monday. 

101.9 Amp Radio Gets A New MD    4-11-14
Jill Bucco has joined 101.9 Amp Radio (WJHM-FM 101.9) as Music Director and afternoon host. Jill comes to Amp Radio from Tampa at WRBQ.

Alan Spector Returns    4-5-14
Congratulations to Orlando radio legend Alan Spector who joins Clear Channel Orlando as a fill-in news anchor for "NewsRadio 102.5 WFLA" (WFLF-AM 540/FM 102.5) and the Florida News Network.

Happy Birthday!     4-2-14
Celebrating birthdays today are Pat Lynch of WJRR-FM 101.1 and Storm Roberts of WKTK-FM 98.5

Bowers Comes To Mornings     3-31-14
JVC Media
, one of the leading independent and locally owned radio broadcasters dedicated to bringing live and local back to radio, announces the addition of market vet Wolf Bowers to mornings on "104.9 WOW FM", (WYGC-FM 104.9).  Wolf Bowers is a radio legend with over 30 years of experience in markets from Tampa to Lincoln, NE.  Wolf is an icon in North Central Florida, most notably holding down multiple dayparts on "102.3 My Country FM (WTRS-FM 102.3) for nearly two decades. Bowers will begin live on the air on Tuesday April 1st and adds, “I am so excited to join the team at 104.9 WOW FM and JVC Media to help launch the most exciting station ever in North Central Florida!  I get to play all of my personal favorite songs… get ready for a morning show that plays great music, has a ton of fun and does radio the old way, for the listeners”. He'll also host weekends on co-owned Country WTRS-FM.

More Changes At K92    3-29-14
Midday host "Dakota" (Ashley Stegbauer) will be doing double duty beginning Monday, March 31. According to Operations Manager Stevie DeMann,
Dakota, midday personality, will be moving to mornings and working with AJ Maguire. She will replace Ashley Figueroa
will be moving to Nashville. According to DeMann, “The reason the name Dakota came about on K92 was because we already had an Ashley (Figueroa). This move also allows us to carry on a Superbrand within our Superbrand – The "AJ & Ashley" brand. AJ and Ashley (Dakota) will have some light-hearted fun on-air with this next week to make the audience aware and then we will be off and running!” The new Ashley (Dakota) will continue working middays after her morning shift until a replacement can hired.

Schumann To Leave K92      3-28-14
J.R. Schumann, the program director/afternoon personality at WWKA-FM 92.3, will be leaving the station today, Mar 28. J.R. is headed to Dallas. Operations Manager Stevie DeMann and Jeff Garrison will program the station until a replacement is hired.  

Nick Cannon Coming To Ocala      3-27-14
“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon is heading to Ocala on April 16 as part of a tour promoting his “White People Party Music” album. JVC Media of Florida is working with Cannon to help raise money for the Ocala-based Interfaith Emergency Services. WMFQ-FM 92.9  is promoting the contest in which the local school that collects the most non-perishable donations will be honored with Nick Cannon as its “principal” for the day. Cannon will do the morning announcements, meet students, sign autographs, and play an exclusive music set for the winning high school.  

New Ocala Station      3-22-14
WGMA-FM 99.7
has taken to the air in the Ocala area. The station owned by Ricardo
Arroyo's RDA Broadcast Holdings, LLC plays adult standards from Westwood One.. The General Manager of the station is O.K. Walters who left WLBE-AM 790 earlier this year.

Happy Birthday!     3-22-14
Celebrating on Sunday will be; WFIT-FM 89.5's Jeanne Kelly and former WDBO-AM 580 veteran, Mark Hellinger. On Monday, a member of the
Georgia Radio Hall Of Fame, Dennis Winslow will blow out the candles. Happy birthday to all of you!


Len Weiner On The Move     3-20-14
Genesis Communications
Vice President of programming Len Weiner has been named Program Director at Sports Talk WAXY-AM 790/FM 104.3 in Miami.
Len oversaw stations WIXC-AM 1060, WHOO-AM 1080 and WAMT-AM 1190 since 2011.
 


Happy Birthday!     3-18-14
Happy birthday wishes go out to WPOZ-FM 88.3 morning co-host Ellis B. Feaster.


President's Speakers Series    3-16-14
Marc Bernier presents Congressman Ron Di Santis Tuesday night, March 18 at 7PM at the latest Embry-Riddle President's Speaker Series. The Town Hall meeting will be carried live on WNDB-AM 1150. Get answers to your questions on Ukraine and the election, the missing 777, the future of our nation's debt and Obamacare. Doors open at 6PM in the Gale Lemerand auditorium, in the Willie Miller Instructional Center on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.


"Girls with Guitars" Coming To Ocala     3-12-14
WTRS-FM 102.3 is bringing a free, acoustic concert to town called "Girls with Guitars" featuring country artists Jamie Lynn SpearsKatie Armiger and Jordan Anderson. "Girls with Guitars" will be held at the historic Marion Theatre in Downtown Ocala on Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at 8PM. 

Congrats To The Monsters           3-11-14
TALKERS
magazine puts out their list of  "The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America" each year. Locally, Russ Rollins and The Monsters at WTKS-FM 104.1 have made the list again this year.  

Birthdays This Week       3-9-14
Celebrants this week include; On Monday, Kevin Fennessy, who is now the Senior Account Executive at  WFOY FM/AM, and WAOC FM/AM in St. Augustine. On Tuesday, a good friend of this site, Don Gould blows out the candles. Happy birthday to you both.

Morning Co-host Leaving K92     3-8-14
Half of the morning team of AJ and Ashley at WWKA-FM 92.3 will be leaving the station at the end of March. Ashley Figueroa will be moving to Nashville,  to follow her dream to live in Nashville and be closer to her family. Program Director JR Schumann is looking for Ashley's replacement.

Amp Radio Gets New Morning Host     3-8-14
Dustin Kross has been named the new Assistant Program Director/Morning Show Host at WJHM-FM 101.9 "AMP Radio.” He comes in from Jacksonville's “RadioNow 97.9.” This is not the first trip to Orlando for Dustin. He has also worked at WOCL-FM 105.9.

WNDB Adds FM Translator      3-6-14
Southern Stone Stone Communications, owners of WNDB-AM 1150 has purchased W228CT, Daytona Beach from Cornerstone Community Radio, Inc . for $18,000.  The translator will rebroadcast the WNDB signal.

Up, Up And Away!          3-4-14
Former WSKY-FM 97.3
afternoon News Anchor/Assistant News Director/Weekend Talk Host Doug Clifford is now Assignment Editor for the Gainesville Television Network


The Rollett Report     3-4-14
On Wednesday, March 5th, Best-selling author and marketing expert Greg Rollett, CEO of Celebrity Expert Marketing, will launch his brand new radio show, The Rollett Report. The show, aimed at small business owners and entrepreneurs, will air every Wednesday from 6PM-7PM on WFLF-AM 540/102.5 FM  immediately following the Dave Ramsey Show.


Frank Reed Interview     3-3-14
HisAir.net
has an interview with our friend Frank Reed. Frank, who does the morning show at 
KLTY-FM 94.9 in North Texas, recently became an author of Frankly Speaking... Four Decades on the Air and Off  A Memoir. The book is both interesting and inspirational.


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