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Florida Man Leaves Gainesville      6-8-21
Thanks to Doug Clifford for letting us know that JVC Media has pulled "Florida Man Radio" (Orlando) simulcast from WYGC-FM 104.9 and is now simulcasting the Country and Rock format of WXUS-FM 102.3. JVC began the simulcast in November  of 2019.

CMG Hit By Ransomware     6-6-21
On Thursday morning Cox Media Group reportedly suffered a ransomware hack. Stations in Central Florida whose streams are offline include WWKA-FM 92.3, WCFB-FM 94.5, , WPYO-FM 95.3, WOEX-FM 96.5 and WMMO-FM 98.9

WELE Adds Translator      6-5-21
Bethune Cookman University station WELE-AM 1380 will be activating their translator W268DG 101.5 FM this weekend. 

Broadcasters Win FAB Awards      6-5-21
The Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists announced its 2021 award winners. They are;

Amy Green, Trevor Aaronson and Ryan Ellison from WMFE-FM 90.7 for Digital Programming: “Drained: A Podcast About the Massive Plan to Save the Everglades” 
Brendan Byrne
, Matthew Peddie and Ryan Ellison WMFE-FM 90.7 Public Affairs: “Return to Flight” 
Abe Aboraya
for Health Reporting Series: WMFE-FM 90.7 for “Convalescent Plasma”
Tony Marino
, WDBO-AM 580/107.3 FM-Political, Government, Election  2020 Reporting Series
Katrina Scales
, WDBO-AM 580/107.3 FM-Individual Achievement: Reporting
Kevin Rafuse, WDBO-AM 580/107.3 FM-Individual Achievement: Anchor

Happy Birthday      6-4-21
Thanks to Pete Simonson for the reminder that WDBO-AM 580 celebrated it's 97 year on-the-air on Monday, May 24th.

April PPMs      5-19-21
Nielsen PPM ratings for April are in, here.

Radio Insight Reports Exodus At Z88      5-16-21
Lance Venta
of Radio Insight is reporting  "At least six employees have exited Z Ministries and their Christian AC “Z88” WPOZ Orlando in the past two weeks..."  Read the entire article here.

Earthday Birthday Rescheduled      5-16-21
iHeartMedia has announced WJRR-FM 101.1 has rescheduled "Earthday Birthday Number 27 Music Festival" on Sat., Oct. 9.  Acts will include performances from Shinedown, Bush, Candlebox, 10 Years, Dirty Honey, Fozzy and Zero 9:36. The festival will feature multiple live music stages including the The Colours Couture Tattoo and Competition Stage, The Mel’s Bad Girls Club Art Walk and Charity Row, which will include local artists and support Central Florida charities, as well as the Earthday Birthday Number 27 Vendor Village.

Jay Barbree Passes     5-15-21
Jay Barbree was the only journalist to have covered every non-commercial human space mission in the United States, beginning with the first American in space, Alan Shepard  reedom 7 in 1961,  through to the last mission of the Space Shuttle in July 2011. He was present for all 135 Space Shuttle launches, and every manned launch for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo eras. In all, he witnessed 166 human space launches.  In 1958, Barbree was hired by radio station WEZY-AM 1480 in Cocoa Beach, and worked as News Director/traffic reporter, covering the space program as well as hosting "Mobile Mic" . He was 87.    In Memory

Movin' On Up         5-13-21
Tim Robisch is named General Manager for Salem Media Group Orlando. Robisch joins the group from The Media Audit, where he was West Coast Market Manager. Throughout his career Robisch has worked for Katz Radio Group, Cox Radio, Susquehanna, Entercom, Great Plains Media and Beasley Media Group.

Bill Barr Goes Country         5-13-21
Bill Barr, former morning host at WMFQ-FM 92.9 for 37 years, has put on his cowboy hat and joined WXUS-FM 102.3 as midday host.

23 Year Veteran Leaves the Building      5-12-21
Jeni Taylor, Assistant Program Director/Music Director at WPCV-FM 97.5 since 1998. 

Interesting Reading              5-12-21
Media Confidential has a very interesting article on WPOZ. The article is titled;
Orlando Radio: Mutiny At Christian WPOZ Z88.3 FM read it here.

Happy Birthday!     5-10-21
Celebrating today is former WHNR-AM 1360 Account Executive, Von Rommell Fernandes, as well as WMFQ-FM 92.9 morning co-host Bill Barr and on Monday Rick Brady will blow out the candles.   

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