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Sulome Anderson Joins Marc Bernier At Embry-Riddle      9-24-17
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.

Happy Birthday!        9-22-17
Paco Lopez former mid-day personality at WOCL-FM 105.9 celebrates tomorrow. 

Rush Replaced On WNDB        9-22-17
Dennis Prager has joined  Southern Stone Communications' line up on WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM, replacing Rush Limbaugh.

Chris Lash Returns       9-22-17
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 WPCV         9-19-17    
"Julie 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 Manager.

Towers Down       9-19-17
Rama Communication's two towers have been damaged by Hurricane Irma. R
egional 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. 

Irma's Wrath       9-17-17
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.

SOLD:         9-13-17
WIGW-FM 90.3 has been sold to On This Rock Communications by Penfold Communications, Inc. for $150,000.

Stations Knocked Off By Irma      9-12-17
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 92.9WXUS-FM 102.3 and WYCG-FM 104.9. In the Lakeland/Winter Haven, the translator at 107.9-FM which relays WPOZ-FM 88.3. 

Birthdays This Week      9-10-17
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 WRKT-AM 1300 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            9-10-17
WDBO-FM 96.5 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 stations. 

More Irma Radio Coverage             9-9-17
"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        9-8-17
WPOZ-FM 88.3 was the large market winner at the annual Christian Music Broadcasters Awards

August PPM Ratings        9-8-17
August 2017 PPM ratings are in. Read them here.
      

Genesis Communications Strikes Deal With Bay News 9 For Irma Coverage      9-8-17
Genesis 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 Irma       9-8-17
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     9-8-17   
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.

Embry-Riddle Fall Speaker Series Returns    9-7-17       

Hurricane Coverage     9-6-17  
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.” 

Movin' On Up      9-6-17
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.

Antenna Change At WMFE          8-30-17  
WMFE-FM 90.7 is about replace its 37 year old antenna beginning today.  HD-1 (90.7-1) news channel and the HD-2 classical music channel (90.7-2) will be off the air during the changeover. The process will take three to four days.

Happy Birthday!        8-30-17     
Former WORJ-FM 107.7 Program Director, Lee Arnold celebrates tomorrow. Lee keeps WORJ alive at worj.com. Happy Birthday, Lee!

Mick Dolan Joins "Bud 94.1"       8-23-17

Bud 94.1, Orlando’s King of Rock, has announced their first air staff member, veteran Orlando rocker Mick Dolan.  Mick spent years at Orlando’s legendary WDIZ-FM 100.3, WJRR-FM 101.1, and WLOQ-FM 103.1. Mick joins Bud 94.1 from Salem Media Group where he did news and traffic reports.

Mike Tuck Guests With Bianchi       8-23-17
On Mike Bianchi's "Open Mike" from 6AM-9AM on WYGM-AM 740/96.9FM, Mike Tuck will be the guest tomorrow, Aug 24. 

Kevin Fennessy Passes      8-23-17
Broadcast Professional Kevin Fennessy passed away on August 14, after suffering a stroke and additional heart problems.
In Memory

WNZF Seeks STA     8-21-17
Flagler Broadcasting has requested Special Temporary Authority for WNZF-AM 1550 to use it's 1,000 watt auxiliary transmitter while it's main transmitter is replaced or repaired. 

Happy Birthday!      8-21-17
iHeart Media's Katherine Brown celebrates tomorrow. Bill Bauman turns 69 on
Thursday. 

Happy Anniversary To Us     8-21-17
It is the 14th anniversary of www.cflradio.net. None of these pages would have been possible without the support of my "head cheerleader", the love of my life, my wife, Wilma. And thanks to everyone who contributed pictures, info, sound clips (and other contributions) to the site and keeping this a true history of Central Florida Radio. There's a whole lot more to come, so stay tuned...   Bob

Happy Birthday!      8-19-17
Celebrating tomorrow is Brian Mack, Vice President of branding for iHeart Media Orlando and Program Director for both WMGF-FM 107.7 and WXXL-FM 106.7

Classic R&B Comes To WNTF    8-17-17
Bithlo's WNTF-AM 1580 has returned Classic R&B to Central Florida. Comedian "D. L." Hughley is heard from 3PM-7PM weekdays.

Mark Logas In For Bud Hedinger     8-17-17      
Mark Logas will be substituting for Bud Hedinger on "Good Morning Orlando" on WFLF-102.5-FM/AM540 on Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23. Mark will talk about the situation in Charlottesville from the perspective as someone who once ran the NBC television affiliate’s newsroom in that town and what he encountered in dealing with city government and race issues. Mark will reunite with special guest Carole Nelson, Central Florida radio/television news pioneer, after working together over 30 years ago at Channel 6. They’ll be talking about what it was like for Carole to set the standard as the first radio/television female news reporter and anchor in the City Beautiful. Sgt Kim Montes will also join Mark on Tuesday to share important information about new traffic laws and what to do if you are involved or witness a hit-and-run or road rage incident. On Wednesday, Bishop E.W. Jackson, a Black civil rights leader, joins Mark to share his support of President Trump’s position that both sides are to blame for the violence in Virginia and UCF College Republicans’ President Karis Lockhart will detail how the largest university in Florida doesn’t practice what it preaches in regards to free speech and tolerance. Listeners are always welcome to call in and share their opinions on the “50,000 Watt Front Porch”.

Today Was The Day      8-17-17
Today around 12 Noon, Radio Training Network, which purchased WDVH-FM 101.7 from MARC Radio Group, for $230,000, made the switch from "I Am Country" to Christian Adult Contemporary "Joy FM".  WKZY-FM 106.9, owned by Marc Radio, flips to "I Am Country" playing classic country simulcasting WDVH-AM 980/W231DH-FM 94.1

Happy Birthday      8-16-17
Happy 71st birthday to former WDBO-AM 580/FM 96.5 morning man Jim Turner. The Coffee Talk Lady Liz Litterello celebrates a fabulous birthday on Friday as does WNDD-FM 95.5's Hunter.
Bobby Sharpe celebrates on Saturday. Happy birthday to all of you.

Radio "Crazy Man" Changes Stations      8-14-17
'Big Jon' has moved from WKSG-FM 89.5  to Classic Rock WFJV-FM 103.3

Hungry For Hip-Hop      8-13-17
The third annual, three-hour “Hungry for Hip-Hop” concert presented by WTKS-HD2, “104.5 The Beat” will take place on Aug 24. “Beat” on-air personality Viva La Koi will host. Proceeds will benefit Pathlight HOME, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing and economic opportunities to Central Florida’s homeless.

WPUL Looks For Extension       8-12-17    
WPUL-AM 1590 owner Glenn Cherry
has applied for an STA to operate until he can find an alternate site to enable it to return to the air by August 21st as required to retain its license.

July PPM Ratings       8-9-17
July PPM Ratings are in. Read them here.

Birthday Celebrants     8-7-17    
Doris Ashwell
celebrates her 91st tomorrow and Larry Vee aka Dr. Larry Flegle turns 69 on Wednesday.

Happy Birthday         8-6-17
Jana Sutter Assistant Program Director/Music Director/Mid-day Host at WXXL-FM 106.7 celebrates today.

Moran Is Leaving The Building     8-4-17
WPCV-FM 97.5 morning co-host Melissa Moran will be leaving the station on August 9. Melissa will be focusing on her voice-acting and voice over business. Melissa came to the station in 2008.  

WRGO Becomes WXCZ       8-4-17
After being sold to WGUL-FM Inc. (Betty Marcocci and Steve Schurdell) WRGO-FM 102.7 has changed call letters to WXCZ. The format remains Classic Hits.


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