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October 2007

Could Grace Be Joining Doc?  10-1-07
I have no "official word", but it sure sounds like Doc's former partner at WXXL-FM 106.7, Grace Vasquez will be joining Doc and Skid on the WWKA-FM 92.3  morning show by the end of this month. 

Rozzie Franco
Joins WDBO  
As I was listening to WDBO-AM 580 over the weekend, I heard a familiar voice. The "cub reporter" from WNDB-AM 1150 Rozzie Franco has joined the staff of WDBO as a part-timer. Good luck Roz. 

Happy Birthday!   
Phil Kincaid ("Dr. Phil") producer of the Marc Bernier Show on WNDB-AM 1150 turns 31 on Friday, October 12. 

George Crossley Is Back    
George Crossley has returned to the Orlando air waves as host of "The People Power Hour" Saturdays, 2PM-3PM on WAMT-AM 1190. George is the current president of the Central Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. I remember he and Clive Thomas having some of the most heated arguments over the Central Florida showing of the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ'. 

Radio Voice Of High School Football Dead At 47     
WIXC-AM 1060
broadcaster Keith Lippert, died of a heart attack on Friday night just hours before he was to broadcast a high school football game. Lippert was known as "the radio voice of high school football in Brevard County." The game featured Space Coast High at Melbourne High. Lippert, was 47. He also hosted  "Friday Night Locker Room with Keith Lippert".  He was treated at the scene and then transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at a location to be announced. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations toward a scholarship it is creating for aspiring sports radio broadcasters. Funeral arrangements are being handed by Wiley-Baxley Funeral Home in Rockledge. There will be a service for Keith on Saturday, October 20, at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home (1200 S. U.S. 1) in Rockledge at 10:00 a.m.

Melissa Missing No Moore  
Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel reports that former WWKA-FM 92.3 morning co-host Melissa Moore has taken an offer from Hubbard Broadcasting's KSTP-FM 94.5 "KS95" in Minneapolis. She will be co-host of the morning show with their morning man Greg Thunder. She will be introduced to Minnesota on November 5.

Dunaway Departs WJHM     
DJ Kaye Dunaway of  WJHM-FM 101.9 is no longer with the station. She joined WJHM-FM 101.9 in May of 2006.

Bob Mervine
Orlando Business Journal Staff Writer Bob Mervine died Wednesday October 17, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at Florida Hospital Altamonte. Mervine, 60, covered hospitality and tourism and media for OBJ since joining the staff full time in August 2001. Prior to that time, Mervine worked as a publicist for Walt Disney World and for The Villages. He previously worked as a broadcast journalist as well. In the years he was with OBJ, Mervine won a number of regional and state awards, including a Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade award, as well as being part of the OBJ team that won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for the 2004 hurricane coverage and its impact on local businesses. "We are greatly saddened at the news of Bob's death, but want to thank all those in the community who phoned or e-mailed during his hospitalization," says Editor Cindy Barth. "We always knew Bob was a well-known figure about town, and we know he will be sorely missed by all those who had the opportunity to meet and to know him." A memorial service and tribute to Mervine will be held Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel, 9801 International Drive. Attendees are asked to remember him by wearing Hawaiian shirts to the service.

Happy Birthday Chris Russo 
Chris Russo, now at New York's WFAN-AM 660, former WKIS-AM 740 sports host turns 48 today.

Ken Marks
Moved To Vice President/General Manager  
Gross Communications owners of WLOQ-FM 103.1 announce 12 year veteran Ken Marks has assumed the position of VP/GM. Marks succeeds Rick Weinkauf, who announced his retirement after 40 years in broadcasting. Beginning November 1, Marks will oversee WLOQ-FM 103.1 as well as the company's publications Orlando Leisure Magazine and CEO Magazine. During Marks' 12 years with the company, he has served as a Marketing Consultant, National Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager and Director of Sales.

More Moves At WLOQ  
Jennifer Rabaja, who has recently carried the title of Local Sales Manager, will now assume all local sales management responsibilities for WLOQ-FM 103.1

Changes, Changes and More Changes  
Damon Free, Music Director and night time jock at WAOA-FM 107.1 has left the Melbourne station. WBVD-FM 95.1, Melbourne, Program Director Michael Bryan, who also programs WXXL-FM 106.7 Orlando, takes on an oversight role as brand manager. Program Director Nick Sanders is leaving WPOI-FM 101.5 "The Point" in Tampa as  on October 31, after Cox Radio eliminated his position. He joined the station in 1999 as Program Director/Morning host when it was Rhythmic Oldies WFJO-FM 101.5.    You might remember Nick from his time at WOMX-FM 105.1.

Doc and Grace Together Again  
Looks like the "K92 Morning Crew" is complete now. Grace (Vasquez) has joined Doc and Skid on the morning show at WWKA-FM 92.3.

Matthew Bronson
Named GM  
WMEL-AM 920 President has announced Matthew Bronson will become the General Manager for "The Talk To Me Station."
In making the announcement WMEL founder John Harper said; "Matthew has the experience, drive and knowledge of the local market that we are looking for at WMEL to take us to the next level in broadcasting talk, news and sports along the Space and Treasure Coasts."

Here Come The Ratings  


1. WPYO-FM 95.3

2. WDBO-AM 580 T. WMGF-FM 107.7 T. WPOZ-FM 88.3 5. WCFB-FM 94.5 6. WJHM-FM 101.9 
T. WWKA-FM 92.3  8. WMMO-FM 98.9 9. WRUM-FM 100.3 10.WLOQ-FM 103.1 T. WXXL-FM 106.7 12.WTKS-FM 104.1
13.WOMX-FM 105.1 14. WJRR-FM 101.1 15. WMFE-FM 90.7  16. WHTQ-FM 96.5 17. WFLF-AM 540  18. WNUE-FM 98.1
19. WPCV-FM 97.5 20.WOCL-FM 105.9 21. WQTM-AM 740  22. WEUS-AM 810 23. WRLZ-AM 1270 24. WTLN-AM 950
25. WRMQ-AM 1140 T. WUCF-FM 89.9   27.WOKB-AM 1600 28. WHOO-AM 1080 T. WLAA-AM 1680 T. WPOI-FM 101.5  

31. WDYZ-AM 990               


1. WOGK-FM 93.7

2. WSKY-FM 97.3 3. WNDD-FM 95.5 4. WTMG-FM 101.3 5. WKTK-FM 98.5 T.  WTRS-FM 102.3 
7. WRUF-FM 103.7  8. WMFQ-FM 92.9 9. WYKS-FM 105.3 10. WJHM-FM 101.9 11. WCFB-FM 94.5 12. WRZN-AM 720
13.WOCL-FM 105.9  14. WXXL-FM 106.7 15.WKZY-FM 106.9  16.WMGF-FM 107.7 17. WTMN-AM 1430 T.  WXJZ-FM 100.9
T. WOCA-AM 1370 T.  WRGO-FM 102.7 19. WBXY-FM 99.5 T. WDUV-FM 105.5 T. WDVH-AM 980 T. WRUF-AM 850
23. WHHZ-FM 100.5 24. WMOP-AM 900 25. WIFL-FM 104.3 T. WOMX-FM 105.1 T. WRUM-FM 100.3 T. WVLG-AM 640

Happy Anniversary!  
Erica Lee celebrates her 17th year on the air at WOMX-FM 105.1 on Monday, October 29. Congratulations Ms. Lee.

Takes To The Air
Orlando's second radio station, WLOF-AM 950, began broadcasting at 6:30AM on Oct. 26, 1940 with 250 watts of power and a range of 50 miles.

"O-Rock 105.9" Celebrates Seven Years  
Today marks the seventh anniversary of WOCL-FM 105.9 as "O-Rock". 105.9 has a long history in Central Florida. The station originated as WOOO-FM 105.9. We have the entire history of the frequency beginning here.           


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