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Jerry O'Neill Comes Home       11-13-17
Jerry O'Neill has returned to the station where he began in Orlando, (then WQTM-AM 740) now WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM. He is co hosting with the Shot Doctor from 3PM-6PM.

The Goat FM Comes To Gainesville/Ocala       11-11-17
Florida SportsTalk, LLC is rebranding WMOP-AM 900, Ocala; WGGG-AM 1230, Gainesville; translator W221DX at 92.1 FM; and WGOT-LP, Gainesville to "Gainesville Ocala All Talk" (The GOAT FM) so that “our branding more accurately reflects our voice, impact, and prominence in the communities we serve.” Your favorite personalities will remain, with one addition; Chip Morris has joined the team and you will begin to hear Chip’s voice on the air and as a representative in the community.

Happy Birthday      11-4-17
Central Florida Radio fixture Kevin Baldinger celebrates today.

October PPMs      11-2-17
The October PPM ratings are out. Read them here.

The End Of The WDBO-AM Studios        10-30-17
The old studios of WDBO-AM 580 have been demolished. Added a photo form Mike Esposito.

World Series Baseball         10-27-17
Baseball's World Series can be heard on WDBO-FM 96.5. Game 3 is tonight at 7PM. 

Lookin' For Classic Country?            10-21-17
John Elliot, CEO of Suncoast Radio's WLQH-AM 940/ 93.3FM  and WZCC-AM 1240 lets us know that Classic Country has come to his stations. The format will be simulcast across all three stations, WLQH-AM 940 Chiefland and its translator currently on 93.3 and WZCC AM 1240 in Cross City. for more on the "flip" read here.

“On the Air: The History of Black Radio in Orlando”      10-14-17
A DeLand native, JoJo O’Neal studied radio and television broadcasting at the University of Central Florida and has been a full-time radio personality since 1984. JoJo can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Star 94.5, (WCFB-FM 94.5) Orlando’s No. 1 radio station for “Today’s R&B and Throwbacks.” Since April 2016. On October 18, 2017 she will host "On The Air: The History Of Black Radio in Orlando. A panel will include; Monica May (Star 94.5), Chris Hill (Aquarius One Broadcasting), and Shanti Persaud (the owner of WOKB). This new series of programs from the Orange County Regional History Center is named in honor of the late Joseph L. Brechner, an award-winning journalist, community leader, and freedom-of-information advocate. The series focuses on the media in Florida’s history. Programs take place from 6PM to 7:30PM at the Orlando Public Library (Albertson Room, 3rd Floor) and are free.

Former CIA Director Appearing With Marc Bernier 
The next event in the ERAU Speaker Series in Daytona Beach will be October 23rd featuring the former CIA Director James Woolsey. Series Moderator and 93.5/1150 WNDB talk host Marc Bernier interviews Woolsey about US foreign policy involvement, his support for President Donald Trump, and a Q&A session with audience participants is included. Doors open at 6PM, with the program starting at 7PM. The program is free and open to the public.

Happy Birthday!       10-13-1
Happy Birthday on Sunday to Kipper McGee former WDBO-AM 580 Program Director, you can wish Orlando radio veteran Alan Spector a Happy Birthday on Monday. 

Kris Earl Phillips Passes        10-10-17
It's with great shock and sadness I must report Kris Earl Phillips passed away on Tuesday, October 3. Kris was the kind of guy who was never afraid to offer a helping hand. He was 66 years old. You can read tributes on his Facebook page.

Happy Birthday!       10-9-17
Rad Messick former Program Director at WDIZ-FM 100.9 celebrates today. WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM 's Phil Kincaid, producer of the "Marc Bernier Show" celebrates on Thursday. Happy birthday to you both.

WIPC-AM Changes Hands      10-5-17
Robert Cubero has taken full control of WIPC-AM 1280,
“Radio Esperanza 1280”, from Carl Czuchaj and Bonnie Karp his partners in the Super W Media Group. The deal includes the right for Cubero to sell WIPC’s studios and antenna site.

Jim Philips To Stay           10-5-17
WTKS-FM 104.1 afternoon host, Jim Philips announced in June that he would retire in January of 2018. On yesterday's show he announced he has signed a new contract that will allow him to work 4 days a week through next year. 
Here's Jim's Announcement

Latest PPM Ratings            10-3-17 
The September PPM ratings are in. Read them here

WPUL Requests Additional Time         9-30-17 
WPUL-AM 1590
owner Glenn Cherry says his station has “sustained damage and is still off the air”-because the equipment is “fried.” 

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