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December 2006

The Mystery Of Missing Morning Hosts Solved
Lisa Moldovan and Timmy Vee, hosts of the WAOA-FM 107.1 morning show, told their listeners why they were suspended back in September. The offense happened on the day before Thanksgiving of last year. Seems Cumulus Broadcasting was concerned with the possibility of being fined after the pair played the Bob Rivers twisted tune "Who Put the Stump in My Rump," a holiday novelty song about the view of the tree top angel. Vee said a listener complained to the station, and instead of pulling the song from the rotation, he and Moldovan asked their audience if they wanted to hear the song. 

Z88.3 Grows Again 
WPOZ -FM 88.3 has just purchased WWIA-FM 88.5  which is licensed to Palm Bay and serves a portion of the Melbourne market. Z 88.3 currently broadcasts on WPOZ-FM 88.3 Union Park,  WMYZ-FM 88.7 Clermont and WEAZ-FM 88.1, Holly Hill as full power signals. Translators for "Z" are at 90.3 Tavares, 95.9 Mount Dora, 96.9 Leesburg, 102.7 Groveland.

Carole Nelson Returns 
Carole Nelson announced her Sunday talk show on WMEL-AM 920, is headed to a Monday through Friday schedule beginning Tuesday, December 26, from 10 to 11AM.  

WDBO Re-Ups With ABC
News      12-5-06
WDBO-AM 580 Orlando has renewed its affiliation deal with ABC Radio
News for another 5 years.

Jim Turner Signs On For Another Three Years     
Thanks to Mike Murillo for letting us know that Cox Radio and 2004
Marconi Award winner Jim Turner have come to terms on an additional three year contract.  Jim came to WDBO-AM 580 in 1972.

Bowden Enters The Hall
Terry Bowden heard weekdays, 4 - 7 pm on WHOO-AM 1080 "ESPN AM 1080", and WIXC-AM 1060 "ESPN AM 1060", was inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, December 6 at the Orlando Arena. Bowden, has lived in Orlando since leaving his coaching job at Auburn in late 1998. As well as his daily program on ESPN radio he's also a college football analyst for Disney-owned ESPN and ABC Sports. Terry is the son of Florida State coach, Bobby Bowden, and the brother of Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden.

Bye Bye Big Show
The John Boy and Billy Show will be replaced by Dixon and Willoughby beginning January 2 on WHTQ-FM 96.5. Richard Dixon and J. Willoughby, are coming to Orlando from WAPI-AM 1070 in Birmingham, Alabama. They'll also be joined by long time Orlando broadcaster Alan Spector. J. Willoughby is the son of Birmingham Alabama 30 year radio icon John Ed Willoughby. J. Willoughby had been at WAPI for more than eight years.

AM FM License Holdings
To Purchase Two Stations       12-15-06
Ocala based AM FM License Holdings, Incorporated announced it has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase radio stations WRGO-FM 102.7 Cedar Key and WYNY-AM 1240 Cross City, both Florida, from Latham, New York based Pamal Broadcasting, Ltd for an undisclosed purchase price. AM FMís Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Marc "Tyll" Tillery said " we are very pleased to acquire these excellent radio stations from a well respected broadcast group such as Pamal Broadcasting". This makes a first purchase for newly formed AM FM License Holdings which is concentrating on making additional acquisitions in small to medium size markets located primarily in Florida and the Southeast. Tillery said there are no major changes planned for either station since "...these are heritage stations that are well received in their respective markets...". After the sale is complete, Pamal Broadcasting, owned and headed by James Morrell, will own seven stations in the Gainesville- Ocala market (Arbitron ranked #86) including WRGOís AM counterpart WRZN-AM 720 which primarily serves Ocala and Citrus County. WRGO-FM is licensed to Cedar Key, Florida and serves Crystal River, Chiefland, Spring Hill, West Ocala, and West Gainesville, programming an oldies format on 102.7Mhz, operating with 12.5kw. WYNY-AM 1240 is licensed to and serves Cross City, and programs a Classic Country format on 1240Khz with 1kw-unlimited.

Wayne Weinberg Sits In
A well known voice from 1984 until 1994 will return to the WDBO-AM 580 air chair, for a couple of days. Wayne Weinberg will be sitting in for the vacationing Jim Turner on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 26 and 27. Currently, Wayne is the Director of Development for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida.

Programmer Jay Clark to Retire After 45 Years
Veteran programmer Jay Clark is retiring from radio after 45 years in broadcasting. Clark programmed WTKS-FM 104.1, after leaving Cleveland in 1984. Clark ushered the station into its current status as one of the city's most popular adult radio stations. WTKS listeners often heard Clark referred to by Jim Philips as ''Popeye'' because of his passion for sailing. Most recently, he has been the Executive Vice President of Programming for Sirius Satellite Radio. 

Carl Marcocci Passes

The owner of four Tampa radio stations, Carl Marcocci, 68, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday night. Marcocci was leaving a dinner meeting with his station managers to give out bonus checks, according to his partner Steve Schurdell. His car crashed through a fence and struck a building next door. The burglar alarm went off about 7:20 p.m.  His body was found the next morning in his Mercedes coupe. Marcocci's daughter, Sharon Moffatt said Saturday that the family believes her father died of a heart attack, possibly induced by the anguish of his sonís death earlier this year and her own ongoing struggle with cancer. Radio was always a big part of Marcocciís life. He started out as a disc jockey in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked in many different cities, even serving a stint in Korea working for military radio. He married Betty Lou Henderson, in 1962, but they had to keep their marriage secret because Betty Lou was a flight attendant for United Airlines and at that time, stewardesses (as they were called then) were not allowed to be married. At the time of his death, Mr. Marcocci owned the Palm Harbor based oldies station, WJQB-FM 106.3, WXCV-FM 95.3 in Homosassa Springs and WXOF-FM 96.3, Spring Hill as well as WINV-AM 1560,Beverly Hills. Carl is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Marcocci, daughter Sharon Moffatt, son Russell Marcocci, and sister Lucy Jane Clement as well as uncle, Louis Coccoli.
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Brady Ackerman
To Join Bowden As Co-Host    12-26-06

ESPN Radio, WHOO-AM 1080  in Orlando and ESPN Radio WIXC-AM 1060  in Melbourne, part of Genesis Communications I, Inc., have added Brady Ackerman as the co-host for The Terry Bowden Show.  Ackerman currently hosts the top morning drive sports radio show in North Central Florida and serves as an analyst for Sun Sports during college football season as well as the Post Game analysis on all the University of Florida football games. Ackerman has worked in radio in television for the past eight years and writes for Scout.com and GatorCountry.com. Prior to his work in the media, Ackerman worked as an assistant football coach at Valdosta State , Jacksonville State and Adams State .Ackerman was a running back at the University of Florida from 1987-1991 and was a member of the first official SEC championship team in 1991. The Terry Bowden Show is heard LIVE from 4-7pm Monday through Friday on ESPN Radio, WHOO-AM 1080  in Orlando and ESPN Radio WIXC-AM 1060  in Melbourne.

Lakeland Radio Legend Passes   12-30-06

Frank M. "Bud" Kurtz, Jr., of Lakeland, died December 20, 2006, at the age of 79. Mr. Kurtz was an owner-operator of radio stations WVFM-FM 94.1  with partners, Duane McConnell and Herb Todd. After selling the stations, he worked there for an additional eight years. 
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