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April 2007

WDBO Wins Another Murrow Award   4-2-07 
WDBO-AM 580 has won the 2007 Radio and Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for spot news. The station won for team coverage of the fire at Gatorland Nov. 6.

The Imus Issue Sparks Hard Feelings In Orlando  
WTKS-FM 104.1's Shannon Burke Show ended early Wednesday after Soul Brother Kevin stormed out of the studio during a debate on the Don Imus issue. After the argument Burke continued the show before he left the studio thirty minutes early. As of this morning Shannon and Kevin are back on the air.  Scott Maxwell has the full story here.

Rama Communications Fined $15,000   
After a yearlong review,  Orlando-based Rama Communications Inc., owners of WTIR-AM 1300 in Cocoa Beach has lost an appeal to the Federal Communications Commission to reduce a $15,000 fine. The company was fined for failing to maintain emergency alert system equipment and failing to maintain security around its antenna on the radio station property. Inspectors visited the studios in January of 2006 after two complaints.  They discovered an entrance gate to the station's antenna field was torn down and the required additional fencing around the antenna itself had not been installed.  It was also noted that the emergency alert system had been installed, but the wiring had been removed.  The FCC also found that the logbook for the equipment had not been maintained.

More Baseball On The Air  4-13-07
Oops, we left out Devil Rays Baseball which is available on
WONN-AM 1230

No More Imus - So What Now?  4-13-07
WAMT-AM 1190
has been the latest home for "Imus In The Morning" now with his firing WAMT will be running Mancow for the next week.  Beginning the week of April 23 they will begin a live local morning show from 7AM-9AM.  Details  will be available soon. Stay tuned... 

PD Goes To Work For PD
Brian Scott, the Program Director for  WLKF-AM 1340 Lakeland and  WONN-AM 1230 in Winter Haven is leaving broadcasting after 15 years, for a career in law enforcement.

No More Imus - So What Now?  Part Two 
Imus' flagship station WFAN-AM in New York city will be moving their afternoon team of Mike Francesa and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo into mornings on a temporary basis replacing the ousted Don Imus. What does this have to do with Central Florida Radio?  Chris Russo hosted the only nightly radio sports talk show in Orlando (pre-Orlando Magic) on WKIS-AM 740 from March 1984 to March 1987. 

"The Voice of Deland" Passes    4-23-07

Donald V. Ammon, died April 9, 2007, in Port Orange. Mr. Ammon retired as a program manager for radio stations WOOO-AM 1310, WJBS-AM 1490, WDLF-AM 1490 and WETO-AM 1490 all in Deland. He was 80 years old. Born in Donora, Pa., he moved to this area in 1955 from Pittsburgh. He attended Ashland University and the University of Akron, both in Ohio, and Stetson University. Don was also a past president of  Shoestring Theater in Lake Helen was also the person who wrote the theater's newsletter and frequently worked as an actor and director.

New Local Voice Takes Over For Imus
WAMT-AM 1190 has replaced the fired Don Imus and "Imus In The Morning" with a local voice. "No Kidding" with Scott Kid will air from 7AM until 9AM on WAMT after Mancow which starts at 6AM.

Remember WORJ?   
Lee Arnold of WORJ-FM 107.7, has announced he now has an Internet radio station at www.worj.com.  Lee states "It's my idea of what the station would sound like musically if it was still on the air in Orlando." He's looking for feedback as well.


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