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December 2016

Happy 64th WPRK        12-8-16
On Dec. 8, 1952, WPRK-FM 91.5 began broadcasting. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of the first voices heard on the new station. 
In a dedication speech he recorded for the opening, Eisenhower, a former college president who supported campus radio, said the new station "can help to speed and advance the great ideas that keep great men and women free."
Its original programming included works from conservatory students, recorded recitals, announcement of student chores, student debates and religious services from Knowles Memorial Chapel. In 1954, power was upgraded to a 250-watt transmitter and a new antenna was erected on the old Mills Library. 

Kampmeier To Retire-Everett Moves Up      12-9-16
Chris Kampmeier, iHeartMedia's Orlando Region Senior Vice President of Programming will retire effective on December 31. Chris has been with iHeartMedia (Clear Channel) for the past 20 years. Rick Everett, has been named Kampmeier's replacement. Rick has been with iHeartMedaia (Clear Channel) for 19 years and has served as Program Director at WJRR-FM 101.1 and WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM and Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Orlando cluster. 

Happy Birthday!      12-10-16
We want to wish a very happy birthday to a good friend of this website, Frank Reed. Frank is an award wining radio personality as well as a author of Frankly Speaking... Four Decades on the Air and Off a Memoir

Birthday Celebrants     12-13-16
Celebrating tomorrow, WTKS-FM 104.1 member of the "The Monsters" Carlos Navarro and on Sunday Tom Anthony blows out the candles. 

Station Owner Passes       12-15-16
Ray Kassis, President of Astro Enterprises'  WWBC-AM 1510 died unexpectedly on Nov. 9. He was 69 years old. Ray was also a Ham radio operator and was the Brevard County Emergency Coordinator (EC) since 1991. 

Leon Wright Loses Battle       12-15-16       
Gospel radio personality Leon Josey-Wright has died after a long battle with kidney disease. Weright was well known in Orlando for his Gospel music programming.

Movin' On Up     12-16-16
Congratulations to Nick Figueredo at WDBO-FM 96.5 who has been named Director of Branding and Programming for WOKV-AM 690/104.5 FM, Jacksonville, effective immediately. Nick was the Assistant Director of Branding and Assistant Program Director at DBO.

Logas Fills In For Hedinger      12-16-16
Mark Logas will be filling in for Bud Hedinger on "Good Morning Orlando" on WFLF-AM 540/102.5 FM. Colonel Danny McKnight joins Mark on December 19th during the 7 o’clock hour to honor the brave men and women who wear the uniform and to discuss the importance of investing in our military. On Tuesday, Mark’s guests include representatives from MADD, the Victims Services Center, and the FHP, who will be providing crucial information to help listeners safely navigate through the holidays and to explain what to do if someone becomes a victim of a crime. During the 8 o’clock hour, Mike Mannino explains how he's always paid his monthly mortgage, with the cancelled checks to prove it, but still lost his home last month because the mortgage company and bank claimed in court he hadn’t paid since 2007. Even though the mortgage company and bank failed to respond to six court orders to produce documented proof the mortgage hadn't been paid for the past nine years, the judge refused to allow Mike’s cancelled checks into evidence and ruled against him. Now, he’s fighting back and gaining the attention of public officials who want an explanation as to how this happened.

Easy Oldies To Become Kool      12-18-16
This post includes a correction on the eras of music that will be played.  
Flagler Broadcasting's WBHQ-HD2 will launch as "Kool 100.9", playing hits from the 60's and 70's including the British Invasion. The change begins on December 26.

December PPM Ratings      12-22-16
The final ratings for 2016 for Orlando are in. Read them here.

Happy Birthday!      12-28-16 
14 year Central Florida radio veteran and good friend of this site, Brenda Matthews will blow out the candles today.  Mark Logas celebrates tomorrow, Dave Edwards celebrates on Saturday.  Wishing all of you a very happy birthday!   

Busy Birthday Week    12-31-12
Celebrating birthdays this week; Today,  turns 55, tomorrow : WLOF-AM 950's Dick Shane aka Dick Camnitz and Clive Hayward, who joined Scott and Erica on WOMX-FM 105.1, each time he came to "the Colonies" from his home in England. Happy birthday to you all!

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