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Smooth 100.9 Drops Soft AC Format   5-24-16
JVC Media owned WXJZ-FM 100.9 has dropped the Soft Adult Contemporary format and is now simulcasting the Classic Hits of the '60s, '70s and  '80s on WYGC-FM 104.9.

Happy Birthdays And Anniversaries
   5-21-16
Happy birthday to to Shannon Burke, tomorrow, "Uncle Russie" Ross celebrates his 42nd year of his radio career as well on Sunday, the 22.  J.J. Duling, currently a Consultant/Strategic Advisor at Tom Kent Radio Network, blows out the candles on Tuesday the 24th, and happy anniversary to WDBO-AM 580 on their 92nd year on the air, Tuesday. 


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Heart Media Purchases Translator    5-18-16
104.5 the Beat” now has a permanent home on translator W283AN on WTKS-HD2 104.5. iHeart Media closed on the purchase from Reach Communications, Inc for $500,000. iHeart had been in an LMA with Reach Communications.


Birthdays This Week       5-16-16
Happy birthday to
WFKS-FM 95.1 Program Director/Afternoon host, Kevin Campbell today. Tomorrow, WOMX-FM 105.1 Morning co-host Jay Edwards blows out the 42 candles on his cake. On Wednesday,  WYKS-FM 105.3's Ryan Dupree celebrates his 33rd.  Happy birthday to you both.

DJ Mo Does Syndication     5-12-16  
"DJ Mo Radio - Fresh New Music & The Hypest Throwbacks!" has joined the line-up at WYPW-FM 99.9 Tampa's, brand new "Power 100" every Sunday at 7PM. DJ Mo Radio can also be heard live on WPRK-FM 91.5 Friday from 5PM-7PM and WRSG-FM 91.5/FM 101.7 in Middlebourne-Sistersville, West Virginia every Friday at 7PM. 

April PPMs Are In 
    5-12-16  
See them here. The WPOZ family of stations are missing and here is why;
Inside Radio has the explanation. Read it here.

Conway In For Hedinger
    5-9-16  
Simon Conway, who is based in Des Moines, will be subbing for Bud Hedinger today and tomorrow on WFLF-AM 540/102.5 FM.

Movin' On Up    5-9-16
Cox Media Group
has added WCFB-AM 94.5 to the stations under the oversight of Operations Manager/Director of Branding & Programming, Stevie DeMann. Stevie has been overseeing WWKA-FM 92.3, WPYO-FM 95.3 and the new Spanish Hot AC WCFB-HD2 107.3  and will continue with those stations as well. 
In addition, Drew Anderssen has been promoted to Operations Manager for WDBO-FM 96.5, WDBO-AM 580 and WMMO-FM 98.9. Anderssen is currently the News Talk Format Coordinator for CMG’s News Talk Stations nationwide and Director of Branding & Programming for WDBO-FM and ESPN 580 AM.
Both will report to Regional Vice President and General Manager for Orlando and Jacksonville, Susan Larkin. 

Birthdays This Week    5-8-16
WWKA-FM 92.3's Bobby Mitchell marks his special day tomorrow, May 9. Von Rommell Fernandes celebrates on Tuesday as well as WMFQ-FM 99.2 Program Director/Morning co-host Bill Barr. Rick Brady blows out the candles on Wednesday. Happy Birthday to you all. 

Stan Anderson Passes
     5-4-16
It's with sadness we report the death of Stan Anderson.
Stan passed on Monday, May 2, at the age of 80 in Bradenton. Stan was an early and major contributor to this site, and for that we are thankful. In Memory
  
Logas In For Hedinger      5-3-16   
Mark Logas will be filling in for Bud Hedinger on Good Morning Orlando, Wednesday, May 4th through Friday, May 6th, on WFLF-AM 540/102.5-FM.  On Wednesday, Mark examines the topic of Global Warming and shares what his UCF students concluded once they researched both sides of the issue. On Thursday, Mark shares his sabbatical research report that confirms students entering college from K-12 know very little about their country or their government. On the first day of class over a one year period, less than half of his students could identify two or more of the Bill of Rights, identify a picture of Ronald Reagan, or correctly answer how many representatives and senators serve in Congress. More shocking is the lack of commitment from elected officials or school leaders to stop the epidemic of ignorance. On Friday, Mark tackles the legacy of Mayor Buddy Dyer and shares what his Valencia students thought about the Orlando City Council after attending a meeting in person.

Happy Birthday!
     4-30-16
Buddy Pittman celebrates number 64 on Sunday. Also blowing out the candles on Sunday will be Frank Scott and Chuck Agostinelli producer for the late, great Gene Burns at WKIS-AM 740. On Wednesday, WCFB-FM 94.5's Program Director, Michael Saunders will celebrate. 

Birthdays This Week 
      4-25-16
Former WJHM-FM 101.9 "Amp Radio" Program Director Bobby Smith celebrates on Wednesday. CFLRadio legend and founder of
Doc Holliday's Phoenix Rising Radio Network celebrates number 55 on Thursday. 

Happy Birthday      4-21-16

Happy birthday tomorrow to CFLRadio veteran and WMMO-FM 98.9 Program Director, Hildi.

Jerry Greene Passes     4-21-16
Longtime Orlando Sentinel Sports Columnist and sports radio co-host/commentator has passed. Jerry was a true "personality" and will be missed. Jerry worked stints at both WQTM-AM 740 and WYGM-AM 740. In Memory

Speaking Of Awards...
    4-20-16
Winners of the 2016
Edward R. Murrow Award for small market Radio Stations include; WUFT-FM 89.1 for overall excellence as well as News Documentary: "Homeless Problem" and for News Series; "Differently Abled!". Congratulations to everyone involved.

WMFE Takes Awards     4-18-16

The news team at WMFE-FM 90.7 won awards in categories including cultural/historical feature and public affairs at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters 2016 radio and TV contest held April 9 at the annual FAPB awards banquet in Orlando. Reporter Renata Sago won second place in the cultural/historical feature category for her piece “Vietnamese Vets Still Fighting the War Forty Years After Fall of Saigon,” which recounts the harrowing journeys of Vietnam veterans and Orlando residents Tuan Tran and his friend Cang Nguyen. In the public affairs category, second place went to Matthew Peddie, host of WMFE’s news and in-depth conversation program, "Intersection", and assistant news director, and Brendan Byrne, program and online content producer, for their Intersection show “Parramore Tackles a Changing Neighborhood.” The Aug. 18, 2015, show focused on how Parramore, Orlando’s historically black neighborhood, is dealing with crime and development, including a soccer stadium, amid an expanding economy.

WPOZ Turns Off PPM Encoder     4-18-16
Inside Radio has the explana
tion for the drop in the ratings for WPOZ-FM 88.3. Read it here.

Latest PPM Ratings 
        4-13-16 
The latest Nielsen PPM ratings for Orlando are in. Read them here.  

Congrats!
        4-13-16  
Congratulations go out to WTKS-FM 104.1's Monsters have come in at number 58 on Talkers Magazine 2016 Heavy Hundred.

WURB Is No More        4-13-16
The FCC has cancelled the license of WURB-FM 97.7, Cross City. A construction permit was granted to Alex Media, Inc. in 2011. Urban One Network, LLC purchased the permit in 2013. The station’s planned key demographic was black Americans ages 34 to 65.

More Birthdays          4-10-16
Birthday greetings go out this week to; "Slats" (Tim Guinane) on Tuesday. On Wednesday, former morning man Timmy Vee, Tracey Young and Shawn Burke all celebrate. And Steve Schiffman will celebrate on Thursday. 


Happy Birthday!         4-9-16
Happy birthday to Voice track artist and former Central Florida Radio personality Kathy Aparo celebrates a birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday Kathy!


New Morning Host for WHOO     4-7-16
Sports/Talk personality Eric Kuselias has signed up to host weekday mornings from 6AM-9AM on Genesis Communications WHOO-AM 1080. As part of the deal multi-platform partnership Kuselias will also be featured in exclusive video, podcast and blogging content via a number of digital platforms, including the company’s SportsTalkFlorida.com. Kuselias will debut on April 11. Eric was most recently heard on NBC Sports Radio.


An Evening with Lt. Col. Ron Mumm     4-7-16
On Monday, April 11, WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM's Marc Bernier will host  Lt. Col. Ron Mumm former lead pilot of the US Air Force Thunderbird team. With incredible stories, Col. Mumm will also take questions from you in the audience during the special 80 minute program. There will be overflow rooms available just in case and Col. Mumm will be available for pictures after the session. We will also be announcing our huge opening Speaker event for September 12th. 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.


Happy Birthday!    4-7-16  
Happy birthday to Program Director at WTKS-FM 104.1, Jack Bradshaw.


Simon Conway Sitting In For Bud Hedinger    4-5-16
Sitting in for Bud Hedinger on WFLF-AM 540/102.5-FM's "Good Morning Orlando"  will be Simon Conway. Conway will be voice tracking from WHO-AM 1040 in Des Moines, Iowa, through Wed.


Just Plain John Is Back     4-5-16
John Barrett has re-joined Southern Stone Communications WNDB-AM 1150/FM 93.5.


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