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February 2008

Scott Pritchett
Named Melbourne Market Manager      2-1-08
Scott is moving from Jacksonville to Melbourne as Market Manager for Clear Channel. He has been promoted from Director of Sales of the Jacksonville cluster for CC.

Programming Staff Named At  "Sunny 105.9" 
WOCL-FM 105.9 which recently flipped from Modern Rock to Classic Hits has announced its programming staff. Jeff Cushman, Program Director at CBS owned sister station WOMX-FM 105.1, has been named PD at WOCL as well. Cushman leaves his air shift at WOMX to focus on programming duties for both stations.  Former "O-Rock" PD Bobby Smith takes the afternoon shift at WOMX and is also named Assistant Program Director of both WOMX and WOCL.

Clear Channel
Revenue Forecasts Down   2-3-08
Clear Channel Radio President and CEO John Hogan has ordered managers to immediately cut spending and cease hiring new personnel. Hogan blames it on a "revenue shortfall" for the first quarter of 2008. In a memo obtained by the 
San Antonio Business Journal Hogan has called for a freeze on hiring, stating in the memo: "Do not hire any additional new employees" and "are not to replace any departing personnel" without specific approval at the executive vice president level".

Dave Laing
Injured In 2 Car Accident     2-4-08
WNDB-AM 1150 morning co-host of "Wake Up Daytona" Dave Laing was injured after a head on collision over the weekend in Daytona Beach. More details soon.
Thanks to Mark "Mr. News" Williams for the following details on Dave's accident.  
"Dave was southbound and was stopped for a Daytona Beach fire truck. Northbound was also stopped... but someone failed to tell the driver of a large work van. It flew across the median and smacked his Ford Bronco head-on. In a conversation with him Friday afternoon, Dave said he was wearing his seatbelt. The  airbag deployed, but the impact forced his right leg into the bottom of the dashboard. Daytona Beach Fire-Rescue had to cut him out of the wreckage. That took about 20 minutes to complete. He was placed on a backboard and his head-neck immobilized and taken to Halifax Medical Center. Dave will undergo surgery Tuesday morning for a broken right leg below the kneecap. As of today (Monday) he was resting at home and pretty much on "happy pills."  Cards can be sent to Dave Laing/WNDB Radio, 115 N. Palmetto Ave, Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114.

Mel Taylor
Returns       2-10-08
Former WOCL-FM 105.9 alumni, Mel Taylor will be back on the air in Orlando. Tomorrow morning she joins LT and Crash on WJRR-FM 101.1 and then back in the air chair at 8PM for her new regular shift replacing Dickerman.  

WKZY Morning Host Leaves   2-12-08
WKZY-FM 106.9 Gainesville morning host Britton Jon has left the station. No word on where he's headed.

Talkers Magazine Names “Heavy 100” For 2008     2-14-08
Talkers Magazine has named the "100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts In America" for 2008. Coming in at number seventy are Russ Rollins and the Monsters at WTKS-FM 104.1. Coming in at number 78 another WTKS-FM 104.1 host; Jim Philips. In at number eighty three is Daytona Beach station WNDB-AM 1150 afternoon talker Marc Bernier

Veteran WROD Morning Man Gone      2-15-08  
Bill Matthews who has handled mornings at WROD-AM 1340, was let go after 19 years. Cadillac Jack Stevens takes over the AM show beginning Monday 2-18.

Another Mix Birthday     2-15-08
Here's a Happy Birthday wish to WOMX-FM 105.1 morning show co-host Scott McKenzie who turns 52 on Monday, February 18. Happy Birthday Scott! 

Paul Proly Named VP/General Manager     2-20-08  
28-year radio vet Paul Proly has been named VP/General Manager for ESPN affiliate WHOO-AM 1080 and WAMT-AM 1190 Orlando, as well as Sports WIXC-AM 1060 in Melbourne. Most recently, he held the position of General Manager at ABC/Disney's WDYZ-AM 950 for the past 5 years. Genesis VP Sandra Culver commented "Paul brings a great deal of experience and market value to our company. He has a great track record in Orlando and Tampa as a manager a seller and a valuable employee. We are delighted to partner with him in central Florida."

Carole Nelson
WMEL-AM 920 afternoon host Carole Nelson  will celebrate
her (my wife says I can't tell Carole's age) birthday on Saturday, February 23. Happy Birthday Carole! 

Gina Jordan  Leaves WDBO     
I've been missing a very familiar voice to Central Florida - Gina Jordan. I'm hearing that Gina has left WDBO-AM 580 and moved back to Tallahassee. Her family is still there and she has moved back to be closer to them.

Available On HD FM Channel    
Cox owned WHTQ-FM 96.5 is broadcasting the signal of WDBO-AM 580 on their HD-2 channel. The signal will reach more of Central Florida in digital quality, free from the lightning crashes and any other interference. Right now it's in the testing stage.

Scott Maxwell
Time Shift       2-27-08
Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell will be joining Jim Philips and crew on WTKS-FM 104.1 at 5:15 pm on Wednesdays.

Game Show Radio
Is On The Air 
If you like trivia WAMT-AM 1190's Game Show Radio is for you. You can listen to Curtis Earth along with Steadman airing mornings from 9am-10am.

Walter Windsor Dead At 89   2-29-08
Walter Windsor, best known as the General Manager of WFTV Channel 9, has died. Even though he was better known for his work in TV in Orlando, he also was very involved in radio in Central Florida as well. We have added an obituary here
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