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Happy Birthday!      7-8-19
Ken Dixon celebrates his 78th today.  WPOZ-FM 88.3's Shadow blows out the candles tomorrow. 

WIWA On Reduced Power      7-8-19
Marc Radio's Spanish Christian WIWA-AM 1160 has requested an STA for the station due to transmitter failure.

Happy Birthday!      7-3-19
Celebrating today is Bob Crews, Program Director at WLKF-AM 1430/96.7 FM.

Tyler on The Move   7-2-19
Brand Manager/Afternoon host Justin Tyler at WRUF-FM 103.7 is on the move to Crested Butte, Colorado to take the position of Marketing Manager with a non-profit.

Happy Birthday!      7-1-19
A good friend of this website, Tony Downes celebrates today.

Cox Media Group Sells        6-30-19
Cox Media Group has sold their Orlando Radio station portfolio, along with their other radio stations nationwide, to a new broadcasting company that is substantially owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC. Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake in the new company, which will maintain the name "Cox Media Group" and will be headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Cox Media Group stations in Central Florida include; WDBO-AM 580
WWKA-FM 92.3
, WPYO-FM 95.3 which will be divested, WDBO-FM 96.5, WMMO-FM 98.9 and WCFB-FM-HD2 107.3. The transaction is subject to FCC approval. 

The End For WLBE       6-29-19
A sad ending for one of Central Florida's oldest stations. WLBE-AM 790 in Leesburg has ended broadcasting as of June 22. WLBE began as WEUS in 1947. The last format was Country. 

Hanging Up My Headphones      6-27-19
From John Barrett  "Over & Out after 38 years. Not necessarily retiring, I will be putting my attention as far as "Radio" in my Online Country Music Station 98FROGFM.COM (and that is something I've been dedicated to for 17 years as a tribute station to 98FROG (98.1) which would have been 30 Years Old this Labor Day), After a long hard look & many months of Soul Searching, Daytona Beach is Home and I don't plan on moving. There are really no VALID LOCAL options here in the Daytona Area as far as Radio (Anything would be a Step-Down and ultimately not much money)...I've been on the big 100,000 watt flamethrowers and there is really nowhere to go after that (Satellite would have been a possible option)...the 128 watt & 250 watt Translators or 1,000 & 5,000 watt radio stations don't excite me!!! So the afternoon of Nov 14, 2018 on WHOG, WKRO, WVYB, WLOV and HOT 94.1 and Nov 15, 2018 at 8:50 AM on The Bennett & Bernier Radio Show on WNDB 93.5/1150 will have been the Last Time I talked on the Daytona Radio Airwaves!!! Not counting On-Line Radio. Thanks You to the many wonderful listeners."

Sold: Translator W231CT         6-26-19
iHeartmedia has purchased translator W231CT-93.1 FM  in Orlando from Circuitwerkes, Inc. for $550,000. iHeart will use the translator to rebroadcast WFLF-AM 540. The additional translator will give WFLF full-market FM coverage. 

Dr. Dave Retires From WNZF         6-2019
The Palm Coast Observer published a great article on David West of Flagler Broadcasting who has retired after 11 years. Read it here.

Moran Of Salem To Retire      6-20-19
Mike Moran Vice President and General Manager for Salem Media Group Atlanta operations is set to retire at the end of July after 15 years. Moran also served as regional VP for Salem’s Cleveland, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa markets.

Salsa Comes To Orlando      6-17-19
WONQ-AM 1030  is now "Viva FM". WONQ had been playing tropical music. Owners Q Broadcasting is bringing the Salsa format exclusively to Orlando and according to George Meir; "The station will be the only 100% Salsa format in the state of Florida and the continental U.S.”

May PPM Ratings         6-15-19  
The May 2019 PPM ratings are in. See them here.    

New PD For WDBO-AM and FM        6-14-19
Cox Media Group Orlando has named Keith Memoly program director for WDBO-96.5 FM and WDBO-AM 580.

Congrats To The Monsters       6-8-19
Congratulations go to the WTKS-FM 104.9 "Monsters" for making Talker's Magazine Heavy Hundred talk show hosts at number 70. 

WNZF Radio Hires Florida School For Deaf & Blind Graduate      6-5-19
On  June 1
st, Trent Ferguson took the reigns as Morning Sports Anchor on WNZF-AM 1580/FM 94.9, replacing the retiring Dr. Dave West.


WNTF Flips     6-4-19
Sources tell us that WNTF-AM 1580 has flipped formats from Caribbean Music/Talk to Haitian Christian.


Happy Birthday!      6-4-19
Many happy returns to
Tom Nefeldt, better known as WLOF-AM 950's T. Michael Jordan, celebrating a birthday today.

WPUL To Add Translator     6-3-19
The FCC has granted WPUL-AM 1590 the right
to construct a translator n Daytona Beach. Southern Stone Communications had petitioned the FCC to deny the construction of translator W264DP at 100.7 FM. Southern Stone argued that WPUL was silent for more than 12 consecutive months. Southern Stone stations include; WHOG-FM 95.7, WVYB-FM 103.3, WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM and WKRO-FM 93.1

Happy Birthday!          5-22-19
Happy birthday today to Shannon Burke, to JJ Duling on Saturday and happy anniversary to WDBO-AM 580 on their 95th year on the air as of Saturday. 

SOLD: WWAB        5-21-19
Ferris Waller (Walco Enterprises) has closed on the sale of Lakeland radio station WWAB-AM 1330. The sale price was $130,000 for the station that currently plays Gospel and R & B. Waller currently owns WHNR-AM 1360  and WKFL-AM 1170.

The Latest Ratings Are In       5-20-19
The Orlando PPM ratings are in. See them here.

Mathew Malone Named PD       5-16-19
Entercom has announced the appointment of Matthew Malone to the role of Program Director for WQMP-FM 101.9 "FM 101.9". 

Happy Birthday      5-8-18
Celebrating on Friday will be former  WHNR-AM 1360 Account Executive,
Von Rommell Fernandes, as well as WMFQ-FM 92.9 morning co-host Bill Barr and on Saturday Rick Brady will blow out the candles.   

Great Place To "Talk" About  Radio       5-7-19
The world's largest broadcast discussion website, www.RadioDiscussions.com has been purchased from Streamline Publishing by Dr. Frank Berry.
Frank is a retired radio and television engineer who worked in the Central Florida and Tampa/St. Petersburg markets for many years. He was the Chief Engineer for many stations including:  WGTO-AM 540, WVFM-FM 94.1, WONN-AM 1230, WQPD-AM 1430, WPCV-FM 97.5 and WQYK-FM/AM. Frank currently lives in Midland, Michigan.

You Can Go Home Again      5-7-19
President and General manager of WMFE-FM 90.7, LaFontaine E. Oliver announced he will be leaving to take the same position at WYPR-FM in Baltimore, MD. Oliver came to Orlando from Baltimore in 2013.  

Happy Birthday!    5-1-19
Buddy Pittman celebrates number 67 today. Also blowing out the candles today is WROD-AM 1340/FM 104.7's Frank Scott as well as
Chuck Agostinelli former producer for Gene Burns at WKIS-AM 740. Happy birthday to you all!


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