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Bill Gable Passes    9-20-18
Bill Gable, who in April of 2014 retired after a 46 year career has died from complications of COPD.  He passed on Tuesday, Sep 18 in Windsor, Ontario Canada. In 1986 Bill, along with Frank Reed helped launch WOCL-FM 105.9, first known as WMGG-FM 105.9. The WMGG calls were used to keep the new format and slogan ("Class 105.9") American Media was about to debut a secret. Bill was Program Director as well as doing morning drive. In 1994 Bill would move to WMMO-FM 98.9 doing mornings for Granum Communications. Then in 2001 Bill would move to WLOQ-FM 103.1 and continue morning drive for Gross Communications Corp. Bill began his radio career as a teenager in Allen town, PA. In the 1970s he worked at CKLW which was located n Windsor, Ontario, Canada, serving Windsor and Detroit. He retired in 2014 from his last stop at CFZM-AM 740.

August PPM Ratings     9-12-18
Nielsen PPM ratings for August are here.
 

Congratulations!      9-12-18
Dana Taylor at WOMX-FM 105.1 has been named Program Director. Over at WQMP-FM 101.9, John O’Connell has been named Program Director and Melissa “Mel” Leigh-Sorrentino has been promoted as Assistant Program Director in addition to her positions of Music Director and Midday host.

WMEL Moves To Internet     9-11-18
Will Standley owner of WKQK-AM 1300 has acquired the assets of WMEL owned by John Harper who has been the owner of the WMEL in different incarnations for over 25 years.

Happy Birthday!       9-9-18
WUCF-FM 89.9's Bob Kelley celebrates number 67 tomorrow, Sep 10. The brothers Harper at WMEL-AM 1060, John and Vernon blow out the candles on Sunday. Happy birthday to all of you!

Mike Bianchi Heard In Jacksonville  9-8-18
WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM's "Open Mike" with Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi is being carried by iHeart owned WFXJ-AM 930 n Jacksonville.

New Morning Show On WNUE     9-5-18
WNUE-FM 98.1 has begun airing a new morning show called "Él y Ella" from 6AM-10AM. The program is hosted by Arnaldo Olivieri "JR el Aire" and Jessica Reyes. The morning show hosts were married for 14 years, have been divorced five-and are back together to share their “uncoupled conversations” on the new program.

WFLF Moves To New Translator        9-5-18

WFLF-AM 540 has changed translators from W273CA at 102.5 FM to W226BT at 93.1 FM. WFLA will simulcast on both 93.1 FM and 102.5 FM until October 1. 

Happy Birthday!      9-4-18
Happy 67th birthday to Orlando legend Bill Barber, tomorrow.

WRSO Becomes Accion 979      9-3-18
iHeart radio has taken over programming on WRSO-AM 810. The station broadcasts a Spanish News-Talk format on 810 AM, 97.9FM and 100.3 HD3.  

Dave Laing To Retire        8-31-18 
Dave Laing whose CFLRadio career began 40 years ago at WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM retired today. Enjoy your retirement Dave! Listen to Dave's appearance on "Bennett and Bernier Morning Show"
 

Happy Birthday!        8-31-18     
Former WORJ-FM 107.7 Program Director, Lee Arnold celebrates today. Lee keeps WORJ alive at worj.com. Happy Birthday, Lee!

Election Night Coverage       8-25-18
Mark Logas will be anchoring Decision 2018: The Florida Primary Election on WFLF-AM 540/102.5-FM on Tuesday evening between 7PM and 10PM. Newsman Alan Spector will be providing live updates throughout the evening along with FOX News Radio and FNN (Florida News Network).  Governor George Allen will visit the "50,000 Watt Front Porch" to discuss the national political scene, Bishop E.W. Jackson will stop by to talk about Democrats losing Black voters and how minority groups are benefiting from President Trump's economic policies, and former Congressman and FL Attorney General Bill McCollum will share his insight into key state races and what President Trump might face if Democrats take the House of Representatives in November. Phone lines will be open for listeners to share their opinions as the election results come in. Complete coverage of the election results will continue Wednesday morning on "Good Morning Orlando with Bud Hedinger, Deborah Roberts, and Michael Yaffee".

WYND Gets A New Owner       8-23-18
WYND-AM 1310 has been sold to Clarence A. Williams, CEO of
Proclaim Media Group, LLC. Tucker’s wife, Co-owner/Vice President is selling the station. 
The reported sale price for the station and the translator is $235,000, plus a time brokerage agreement before the sale closes. 

Buddy Tucker Passes      8-23-18
We just leaned the owner of WYND-AM 1310, Buddy Tucker had passed away at age 90 in
Mobile, Alabama in December of 2017. We have added his obituary here.

WPRK Returns      8-19-18
Rollins College station WPRK-FM 91.5 has returned to the air. Their tower was damaged by Hurricane Irma back in September of 2017. After WPRK found a new place for the antenna, a pair of nesting bald eagles made it their home.      

Mark Logas In For Bud      8-16-18
Mark Logas will be substituting for Bud Hedinger on Good Morning Orlando on WFLF-102.5-FM/AM540 on Thursday and Friday this week and also next Monday. Mark will share what it was like as he attempted to gain access to the Charlottesville Downtown Mall this past Sunday to spend money with local merchants on the 1st anniversary of the violent protests. He’ll also have an update on the new Civics Literacy Requirement for all AA and AS degree seeking students enrolled in Florida colleges. Listeners are always welcome to call in and share their opinions on the “50,000 Watt Front Porch”.

Happy Birthday!       8-16-18
Today, WDBO's morning host for 40 years, Jim Turner celebrates number 72, today.
The Coffee Talk Lady Liz Litterello celebrates a fabulous birthday on Saturday as does WNDD-FM 95.5's Hunter. Bobby Sharpe celebrates on Sunday. Happy birthday to all of you.

Congratulations!      8-12-18
Congratulations to a good friend of this site and a major force in Central Florida Radio history, Frank Reed. Frank has been nominated for Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Help Wanted        8-9-18     
The evening shift is open at WOGK-FM 93.7 in Ocala. 

Tyler Joins WRUF        8-9-18 
Justin "Tyler" Clapp is the new Brand Manager and Afternoon Personality for WRUF-FM 103.7.

Latest PPM Ratings      8-9-18
The July ratings are in for Orlando. Read them here.

Happy Birthday          8-7-18
Happy belated birthday to Jana (Sutter) who celebrated yesterday. Happy 92nd birthday to WKIS-AM 740's Doris Ashwell celebrating tomorrow. Celebrating on Thursday,
Larry Vee aka Dr. Larry Flegle turns 70. 

New Facebook Group For WYRL and WMMB         8-7-18
This is a group dedicated to two sister radio stations that were in Melbourne Florida back in the late 70's and early 80's. WYRL-FM 102.3 played country hits and country classics and WMMB-AM 1240 was a top 40/Rock Station. It was a golden time in radio when live remotes were a big deal and DJ's were actually in the studio playing records. Check it out here

Happy Birthday To Us        8-4-18
Today we celebrate our 15th year on the Internet. Doesn't seem possible. It would not have been possible without my wife Wilma and all the folks who continually add content. Thank you so very much to everyone involved and here's to 15 more. 

New Midday Host At WQMP       8-3-18
WQMP-FM 101.9 has announced "Mel" (Melissa  Sorrentino) has joined the station as Music Director and midday host. 

Lou Joseph Obituary Added         8-2-18
Jim Burns has let me know that Lou Josephs (
Joseph Louis Buczynski) had passed in July of 2016. I have added his obituary on our In Memory Page.


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