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February 2010

Changes Coming To WEUS   2-1-10
Looks like some changes are in store for WEUS-AM 810. Denver based Communicom Corporation of America had  been operating the station under a Lease Management Agreement with Star Development Group Inc., holders of the license and Communicom has ended their relationship with Star Development.  

WUNA-AM Sold    2-5-10
J&V Communications Inc. is adding another station to its stable of stations in Central Florida. They have just purchased  WUNA-AM 1480 in Ocoee. The seller is Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc. a division of Way Broadcasting which is headed by Arthur Liu.  J&V Communications Inc. is owned by Jesus and Virgen Torrado. J&V Communications Inc. already owns WSDO-AM 1400 Sanford, WPRD-AM 1440 Winter Park, WTJV-AM 1490 De Land and WOTS-AM 1220 in Kissimmee. The price paid was $750,000 cash.

Sunny 105.9 Shuffle  2-6-10
Not only has Rick Stacy taken over as Program Director at WOCL-FM 105.9, but he is now sitting in the morning air chair. "Downtown" Billy Brown is now heard in the time slot left open after Bob Berry was let go back in January of this year.
Joey Mo has another great article on Orlando Examiner. This time: Partly Sunny 105.9?

The Voice Of The Gulf Coast Fishing Scene Dies At 81    2-7-10
Capt. Mel Berman heard on Tampa's WFLA-AM 970 has died after complications from heart surgery. Capt. Mel was on the air every Saturday morning for 25 years. He was 81.

Deland Station Returns To The Air    2-8-10
Off the air since September 4 of last year, WTJV-AM 1490 has returned to the Central Florida airwaves. Three vehicles were damaged but no one was hurt when the 400-foot radio transmission tower came crashing to the ground.

Happy Birthday!    2-9-10
WTKS-FM 104.1, Philips Phile member Jana Banana will blow out the candles on her birthday cake on Thursday. Happy birthday Jana! 

WUFT Adds Spanish Newscast     2-9-10
The University of Florida’s public radio station, WUFT-FM 89.1, will broadcast a student-produced Spanish-language radio newscast starting Feb. 18. The 30-minute “Noticias WUFT” (“WUFT News”), which will air every Thursday night at 11PM, will cover local, state, national and international news, including public affairs, sports and weather.

Changes At  WEUS    2-11-10
Since Communicom Corporation of America dropped out of the LMA with the Tutera family's Star Development Group,  Bobbie Depew who used to hold down the 9AM-11AM slot with music is no longer with the station. Oldies are running in the morning.  Doug Guetzloe, Linnda Durre and George Crossley and crew are all still with the station.

Birthdays This Week     2-13-10
Many happy returns to Cap'n Chris Hill on Monday. WOMX-FM 105.1's Scott McKenzie celebrates his 54th on Thursday and Alan Rock cuts the cake on Saturday, the 20th. Happy birthday to all of you!

Happy Birthday!    2-21-10
This week three well known personalities celebrate birthdays. Carole Nelson cuts the cake on Tuesday. Dr. Ken Rabac celebrates on Wednesday and "Mr. News" Mark Williams will blow out the candles on Thursday. Happy birthday to each of you!

Surfer Dave
Passes     2-22-10
We offer our condolences to the family of  David Marcello Jr., 40, of Cape Canaveral. David was known as Surfer Dave doing weekends at WJRR-FM 101.1.  The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said that a David was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of State Road A1A and Grant Avenue Thursday night in Cape Canaveral.

Another Move At CBS Orlando   2-25-10
Dave Robbins is making a return to Orlando, this time for CBS. Robbins was Head of Programming for Nationwide Communications from 1988 until 1995. At the time he helped flip "BJ105" (WBJW-FM 105.1) to "Mix 105.1" (WOMX-FM 105.1). Ironically, 105.1 will be among the trio of CBS Radio stations he will now oversee. WOMX-FM 105.1, WJHM-FM 101.9 and WOCL-FM 105.9 had been overseen by the manager of CBS Radio's six-station cluster in Tampa. Dave's new position brings him back to Orlando as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for the company's three stations in Orlando, effective Monday. 

The Other Half Of Drake-Chenault Enterprises Passes   2-26-10
Gene Chenault, who with Bill Drake (who died in November of 2008) headed Drake-Chenault Enterprises, died on Tuesday, Feb. 23. He was 90 years old. Thanks to Mark Williams for supplying the link to the LA Times obit for Gene Chenault. LA Times


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