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Big John "Passes On To Glory"     5-15-22 
Big John, former tire store owner, Volusia County Council Member and former radio station owner and host has passed. John had an amazing life and will be missed by folks in Volusia and Flagler Counties.
In Memory

Movin' On Up      5-13-22
Tommy Bodean has been named Brand Manager and air personality for the University of Florida's country WRUF-FM 103.7.  

Birthdays This Week    5-9-22
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. 

New Buyer For WMOP/WGGG     5-9-22   
Hitmaker Music Group, has sold WMOP-AM 900 and WGGG-AM 1230 as well as translator W221DX at 92.1 FM. Gainesville.  Urban One Broadcasting Network is paying 
$225,000 for the facilities.

New Morning Show At The Buzz        4-30-22
WHHZ-FM 100.5 replaced Ashley O with the syndicated Dave and Mahoney in mornings, 

Linda Byrd To Retire     4-30-22
iHeartMedia/Florida Division President Linda Byrd has announced her retirement. As a company leader for four decades at iHM, Byrd has contributed to the success of nearly 50 different markets and countless employees. She'll transition out of her current post into an advisory role on July 15 and will continue to report to iHeartMedia Markets Group President Hartley Adkins. One of the duties in her advisory capacity will be the continued involvement in iHeartMedia's Hispanic footprint, where the company says she's made significant contributions.

WPYO Becomes “El Zol 95”   4-29-22
Spanish Broadcasting System takes over WPYO-FM 95.3
“El Zol 95” will begin broadcasting on Monday morning, May 2, 2022 at 6AM. WPYO had been simulcasting WDBO-AM 580 until the sale by CXR Radio (Cox Media Group) for $12.5 million.

March PPM Ratings      4-22-21
Nielsen PPM ratings are in. Read them here.

Happy Birthday!       4-22-21
Happy birthday  to CFLRadio veteran and WMMO-FM 98.9 Program Director, Hildi celebrating today.

New Morning Team At The Wolf        4-19-21
JVC Media announces a new morning show on WOTW-FM 103.1 "The Wolf". Susie Korgul will join Chad to form "The Morning Wolfpack". Susie is a familiar voice on the Central Florida airwaves as she was the
Music Director/Mid-day host at WOMX-FM 105.1, WBVD-FM 95.1  and the syndicated "Mike Harvey Show"

WPOZ To Rebrand? No Says Hoge     4-18-21
HisAir.com received this statement from WPOZ CEO/President Jim Hoge: “In the last 24 hours we have become aware that Radio Training Network, Inc. (RTN,) the licensee of WCIE “The Joy FM” in New Port Richey (Tampa) FL, has purchased a signal in our coverage area.  Therefore, for us to rebrand to the same name would be greatly detrimental to their ministry.  With that said, Z88.3 will remain Z88.3 for the foreseeable future.  We welcome RTN to our coverage area and look forward to a robust competition between brethren.”

Adios WNUE!      4-18-21
According to Radio Insight Entravision owned WNUE-FM 98.1 will end the Salsa format this weekend.
Radio Training Network will be taking over WNUE, and it will become another Christian formatted “The JOY FM” station. Radio Training Network programs WJLF 91.7 FM, Gainesville and WHIJ 88.1 FM in Ocala with their Contemporary Christian format.

Joe Kelly Doing Well      4-17-21
Good news from WDBO-AM 580/107.3 FM morning host Joe Kelley. His surgery was successful and he's on the mend. 

Movin' On Up      4-17-21
Vinny Foo Program Director at  WTMG-FM 101.3 will take the post of Program Director at WHHZ-FM 100.5 as well. Vinny replaces Kevin McKay (Kevin Mangan) who left last year.

Happy Birthday!       4-12-21
A good friend of this site, "Slats" (Tim Guinane) blows out the candles today. Celebrating tomorrow are Tracey Young and Shawn Burke and on Wednesday Steve Schiffman celebrates. Hope you all have a wonderful birthday.

Matt Holiday Moves In         4-9-21
Cox Media Group is bringing in Matt Holiday to take afternoons and become the music director at WPYO-FM 95.3. Matt will replace Marc "Nailz" Dixon, who left last month. 

Joe Kelly On Medical Leave      4-9-21
WDBO-AM 580/107.3 FM morning host Joe Kelley will be away from the mic for the next month or two as he goes in for a surgical procedure.

Happy Birthday      4-1-21
Celebrating tomorrow WKTK-FM 98.5's Storm Roberts and WJRR-FM 101.1's  Pat Lynch

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