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December 2011

#1,  One More Time   12-2-11
Congratulations to Jim Hoge and Dean
O'Neal and the rest of the staff at WPOZ-FM 88.3 for coming in at #1 again.

Happy Birthday!   12-2-11
Birthdays this weekend include former WKIS-AM 740 talker, Gene Burns turns 71 tomorrow and programmer extraordinaire Tom Benson celebrates on Sunday. Happy birthday, gentlemen.

Frank Vaught Passes    12-4-11
Frank Vaught, 81, passed in Winter Park on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, after a long battle of post esophageal cancer complications. Frank was a TV sportscaster for channels 2 and channel 6 in Orlando. Frank also worked at WKIS-AM 740, WHOO-AM 990, WMMA-AM 990, the Gator Football network games and WHTQ-FM 96.5
12-5-11 Frank got into management of broadcast companies such as J&V Communications and Metro Broadcasters, Inc. For more on Frank's TV career see RogerSimmons.com.

Happy Birthday!      12-6-11
Al Spry and Launa formerly part of WJRR-FM 101.1's "Fiasco", now at WFUS-FM 103.5, celebrate birthdays on Thursday. Happy birthday to you both.

Mike Murillo Headed To The Big Apple    12-6-11
Mike Murillo has left WDBO-AM 580/WDBO-FM  96.5 and is headed to New York City and the newest News Radio station, FM News 101.9 WEMP. Congratulations to Mike on his move to the number 1 market in the country! Mike will be joining sister, Michelle at the station.

More Doug Clifford      12-7-11
In Gainesville, Doug Clifford's interview show "One Hour Of Hope", now in it's 12th year, can now be heard on WSKY-FM 97.3  Saturdays 11PM-Midnight and WKTK-FM 98.5 Sundays from 11PM-Midnight.

Melony Torres Returns    12-9-11
Melony Torres will return to Orlando after a stint as Music Director and night-time personality at CBS owned WSJT-FM 98.7 in Tampa. She will join WJHM-FM 101.9  as Music Director/Mid-day host.

Brody Bids Adieu    12-9-11
Brody (Nate Halegua) has left the afternoon shift at WXXL-FM 106.7. No replacement has been named yet.

Happy Birthday!  12-10-11
We wish, a good friend of this website, Frank Reed who just celebrated 20 years at KTLY-FM 94.9 in Dallas,  a very happy 61st birthday, tomorrow. 

Happy Birthday!      12-12-11
Happy birthday to Stan Anderson on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Goliath Radio Is Involved Locally     12-12-11
WELE-AM 1380 host Big John has joined forces with WESH-TV as a location for the annual "Share Your Christmas" food drive. The studios of WELE, known as "The Dog House", in Ormond Beach will be one of the drop off points. 

Congratulations And Goodbye      12-12-11
One we missed. Thanks to WDBO's Patrick Johnson for letting us know that Marva Hinton married in November and moved to Miami with her new hubbie.

Happy Birthday!      12-12-11
Happy birthday to Stan Anderson on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Larry McKay Has Left the Building       12-17-11
WAOA-FM 107.1 Program Director Larry McKay has left the station.
Program Director Larry McKay has left the station.

Happy Birthday!      12-18-11
Today's birthdays include Tom Anthony. Happy birthday Tom!

Happy Birthday!      12-26-11
Birthday wishes go out this week to WQBQ-AM 1410 morning show host Bobbie DePew on Tuesday. Celebrating on Wednesday, a good friend of this site, Brenda Matthews (Gardener). On Saturday, Dave Edwards celebrates number 54. Happy Birthday to all!

Voluntary Transfer      12-26-11
After settling with creditors, Daytona Beach based Black Crow Media has voluntarily transferred their licenses to Southern Stone Communications, LLC. The stations include; WNDB-AM 1150, WKRO-FM 93.1, WHOG-FM 95.7 and WVYB-FM 103.3

WAMT To Drop ESPN Deportes   12-26-11
WAMT-AM 1190 has been stunting for the past week or so.  Looks like the format will be News and Talk, similar to WWBA-AM 820 in Largo.

Don Miller Returns    12-28-11
Don Miller, who has been on hiatus,  will return to WEUS-AM 810 on Jan 3. 

Genesis Names Orlando Market Sales Manager   12-28-11
Genesis Communications has announced Julie Pappas is the new Orlando Market Sales Manager. Julie brings along 22 years of award winning sales experience. Ms. Pappas is a 1989 graduate of the University of South Florida and resides in Orlando.

Happy Birthday!    12-29-11
Reagan Smith will celebrate on New Years Day. Happy Birthday Reagan!

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