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April 2011

Mark Samansky
In Fight Of His Life   4-4-11
Former morning co-host at WDIZ-FM 100.3, Mark Samansky of Baxter & Mark, has suffered a cerebral aneurysm and a stroke on Saturday. Mark has been in Denver, Colorado working at syndicator Dial Global.
Mark Samansky Passes   4-4-11
As I was posting this news I have learned that Mark passed Saturday night (4-2-11) at St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver.

Rock100DIZ.com and Mick Dolan On Mark Samansky    4-4-11
We are sad to report news today out of Denver, Colorado that Mark Samansky of the "The Baxter and Mark Morning Show" that was heard in Orlando, Fl. on "Rock 100" WDIZ-FM 100.3 from 1983 to 1991 has passed away. It was reported by All Access that Mark Samansky was fighting for his life following a stroke and cerebral aneurysm on 4/2/11. Mick Dolan former long time promotions director of "Rock 100 WDIZ" and current on air personality with www.Rock100DIZ.com stated that Mark was one of the original Orlando "crazy" radio personalities that were around before the term “Shock Jock” was coined.
According to Mick, “Mark knew the wrong thing to say, at the right time”.  Many current Orlando radio personalities owe Baxter and Mark a lot as the originators of some of what you hear in Orlando radio…good and bad!  Baxter and Mark were with the WDIZ several years in Orlando hosting events at the old Fern Park Station (also known as "The Caboose") and emceeing concerts with their Baxter and Mark Band as well as hosting charity events and movie nights on TV35 (the current Fox 35). Bigdawg (AKA Carl Graddy) of the current www.Rock100DIZ.com morning show confirmed with the Denver Coroner Office and St. Anthony’s Central Hospital that Mark Samansky passed away on April 3rd at 6:24 Mountain time. Mick Dolan is available to all broadcast outlets for comment on the passing of Mark Samansky. Please contact www.Rock100DIZ.com at Phone: 1-407-304-0488. Services at this time are still not announced.

, Inglis    4-5-11
WOGF-FM 104.3, Inglis debtor-in-possession Nature Coast Broadcasting, Inc. is selling the silent station to Citrus County Association For Retarded Citizens, Inc. The sale price is $200,000 cash. For more on the sale and the real story go here.

Nick Cannon Is Coming   4-6-11
Nick Cannon, host of "America's Got Talent", Top 40 WXRK-FM 92.3 morning man and husband of Mariah Carey, will serve as host of a new weekly countdown show to be broadcast on WJHM-FM 101.9 beginning April 23. The show will feature a mix of music and celebrity interviews. 

Tate Luck Named APD    4-6-11
Central Florida Educational Foundation, Inc. owners of Christian AC WPOZ-FM 88.3, announced the addition of Tate Luck as Assistant Program Director. Luck comes to Central Florida from Nashville.

Happy Birthday!    4-9-11
CFL Radio alum Tracey Young, WAOA-FM 107.1 morning co-host, Timmy Vee  and WMMO-FM 98.9 morning host Shawn Burke will cut the birthday cake on Wednesday, April 13. Steve Mitchell (Schiffman) blows out the candles on Thursday. Happy Birthday to each of you.

Baxter On Baxter and Mark    4-10-11
Alan Baxter talks about "Baxter and Mark" on his blog "The Baxter and Mark Chronicles.

JJ Duling Is Blogging     4-11-11
Why I'm Not Ready To "Give It Up! Get Out Of Radio!" is the latest installment of former WSHE/WEBG-FM 100.3 JJ Duling's blog. You can follow JJ here.

A Tribute to Mark Samansky    4-13-11
"Cinco De Marko", a tribute to Mark Samansky will happen at the Shovelhead Lounge (900 S.17-92 in Longwood) on May 5th, 2011. There will be special guests from the old WDIZ-FM 100.3 days, musicians and more.

Duling Joins Tom Kent Radio    4-15-11
J.J. Duling has reached an "exclusive strategic alliance" with the Tom Kent Radio Network for "the integration and implementation for research and development of new programming." Tom Kent says Duling's "expertise in research and programming is exceptional."

Bubba The Race Track Owner    4-16-11
Bubba the Love Sponge and his group of investors closed Wednesday, April 13th on the famed Ocala Speedway. Ocala Speedway is the oldest track in Florida. "I obviously bought this place as a investment, but also want to give back to the racers. I myself  have raced here and other tracks in Florida and outside of Florida for over ten years...". "...the new name of the track will be Bubba Raceway Park", Bubba said. A grand re-opening will take place on Friday May 13.

Bisson Is Back!    4-18-11
Ron Bisson veteran morning host at WWKA-FM 92.3, as well as other stations in Orlando, has returned to morning broadcasts on WPGS-AM 840, Mims and WKFL-AM 1170, Bushnell. His program, "Ron Bisson's Real Country USA" is a production of the American Military Entertainment Network. Ron and show co-hosts Dana and Jeff round out the show.

Pamal Sells Gainesville/Ocala Cluster      4-19-11
Pamal Broadcasting Ltd. of Latham, NY has agreed to sell its seven radio stations in the Gainesville-Ocala market. The deal is between Pamal subsidiary 6 Johnson Road Licenses, Inc. and MARC Radio Group of Winter Park, Florida. MARC includes broadcasters Mike Schweitzer, Bob Longwell, and Tom Hauff. Shawn Portmann will serve as President of the Gainesville-Ocala Market Cluster. MARC does not own any other stations. The deal includes; WTMG-FM 101.3, Williston, WHHZ-FM 100.5, Newberry, WKZY-FM 106.9, Cross City, WDVH-FM 101.7, Trenton, WRZN-AM 720 licensed to Hernando, WDVH-AM 980 and WTMN-AM 1430, both licensed to Gainesville. The final sale price was $2,550,000.

The Name Has Been Changed    4-20-11
"We Love Brevard" hosted by Paul Delaney, returns to WMEL-AM 1300 with a new name "The Paul Delaney Show". Paul is heard every Saturday from Noon to 1PM. This Saturdays broadcast will be live from the Melbourne Arts Festival.

On The Road Again    4-22-11
Downtown Billy Brown
who went to country station WFUS-FM 103.5, Tampa, after being let go from WOCL-FM 105.9 in 2010 has been let go after almost a year. Billy had signed up as Assistant Program Director/Music Director. Radio-Info is reporting  Clear Channel will have Colorado DJ Val Hart voice track for now. WFUS is also the home of former "Fiasco" member Launa.

Congrats To XL106.7   4-22-11
WXXL-FM 106.7 is the new #1, says Chris Huff. The Clear Channel station has scored a new "PPM-best". 

WDBO Wins Another      4-22-11
WDBO-AM 580, Orlando has won the 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for large market Audio Newscast. WDBO has also won Best Overall award in Radio Division 1 in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters competition. Ken Tyndall was honored for Individual Achievement, while the station's website was considered the best among major market news radio stations in Florida. WDBO also earned a first place award for continuing coverage of the Alan Grayson campaign. WDBO was a finalist for best newscast of at least 15 minutes, for spot news coverage of the search for Nadia Bloom and for an investigative report by Drew Petrimoulx.

Happy Birthday!     4-22-11
Happy Birthday to WXXL-FM 106.7 mid-day host Hildi Brooks and tomorrow April 23 WHTQ-FM 96.5 morning show host Bubba The Love Sponge (Todd Clem) will celebrate his birthday. Happy birthday to you both!

New Morning Show On The Hog    4-24-11
WHOG-FM 95.7 debuted a new morning show on Thursday. The Black Crow Media Group morning show, based in Huntsville, AL, is the Go Fish Radio Network with Fish and Rob. Frank Scott and Tracy Dillon along with producer Stix have been moved to afternoons.

Happy Birthday!     4-26-11
A very happy 50th to Doc Holliday (Jeff Duncan) veteran morning host at WWKA-FM 92.3 and 17 years at WXXL-FM 106.7.

"Cinco De Marko": Tribute to Mark Samansky    4-28-11
"Cinco De Marko", a tribute to Mark Samansky will happen at the Shovelhead Lounge (900 S.17-92 in Longwood) on May 5th, 2011. Members of Diablo Canyon will appear at the event. Special guests will be joining the guys onstage for some southern rock jammin'... Plus many of your favorite rock and roll radio personalities, past and present, will be on hand for the festivities.

Happy Anniversary!      4-28-11
Congratulations go out to Bob Kelley who will celebrate 20 years at WLOQ-FM 103.1 this month. 

Mike Lyons Tribute    4-28-11
The Florida Record & Radio Reunion Group, represented by one of the country's leading music promotion people, Tom Mazzetta, announces an open reunion event on May 7th in Orlando, Florida. The party will be held at McWells Restaurant & Bar, 4757 South Orange Avenue, Orlando. Proceeds from the reunion will benefit "The Mike Award", honoring longtime radio veteran, Mike Lyons. This honor is presented to the most deserving local high school student in the fields of Communication & Journalism. The reunion celebration is open to veterans of the Florida Record & Radio industries, no matter where you currently reside or when you were involved involved in the Florida music scene. Admission to the event is a non-refundable $20.00. PLEASE respond with your RSVP and payment ASAP!! 
Checks & Money Orders Only Please to:
NIWOT, CO 80503
(O) 303 652 0326
(C) 720 318 8796
***McWells 407 855 4006 

WORJ Calls Return To Florida     4-29-11
The Marconi Broadcasting Foundation is paying $10K for WORJ-FM 104.5, licensed to Weirsdale, southeast of Ocala. The seller, of the LPFM, is Weirsdale Women in Broadcasting Association. 

Happy Birthday!     4-29-11
Buddy Pittman celebrates his 59th birthday on Sunday, May 1. Happy Birthday, Buddy! 

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