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April 2020


Happy Birthday      4-1-17
To Storm Roberts of WKTK-FM 98.5 and WJRR-FM 101.1's  Pat Lynch both celebrating today.

Jim Ivey aka Johnny Gee Passes       4-4-20
James Ivey, former 1960s Orlando radio personality known as 'Johnny Gee' and later innovative business owner, died in Orlando on Thursday, April 2nd at age 78 from complications of Parkinson's disease.
In Memory

WPUL Goes Silent After Fire        4-4-20
WPUL-AM 1590/100.7 FM has filed for an STA with the FCC until repairs can be completed on the transmitter that was damaged during the fire that took place on March 11.

Boss Hog Radio Expanding       4-10-20
Walco Enterprises, owners of the Boss Hogg Radio Network, WHNR-AM 1360, WKFL-AM 1170, WWAB-AM 1330 have purchased WFHT-AM 1390 /107.9 FM in Avon Park. Ferris Waller purchased the station from Jhonson Napoleon for $150,000.

WPOZ and JVC Partner To Simulcast Easter Sunrise Broadcast       4-10-20
JVC Media announces a partnership with heritage Orlando radio station WPOZ-FM 88.3 to broadcast Z88.3’s Stay-at-Home Easter Sunrise Service. Barring a miracle, U.S. churches will be closed for in-person Easter services this year due to the Coronavirus crisis.  While Easter service has long been a springtime celebration that brings together the faithful, church leaders have scrambled to maintain these traditions without bringing large numbers of people together. WPOZ radio Orlando has answered the call.  One of WPOZ’s most cherished traditions is their Easter Sunrise Service.  Jim Hoge, President and CEO of WPOZ said, “Though this year may look different, we’d still love to stay safe and celebrate together with you and your family, and we will provide this important service through our radio station to our listeners and we are honored to do it.” When the staff of JVC Media approached Executive VP Shane Reeve about broadcasting an Easter service on their own stations, Reeve immediately reached out to market leader WPOZ for advice.  “Jim Hoge and the entire staff of WPOZ couldn’t have been more accommodating and helpful.  All of us in the radio business know that this is what we are built for; serving our community and sticking together when times get tough,” Reeve added. The idea grew into a broadcast in all JVC markets. “When Shane Reeve told me about this, I said we need to air services in Ocala, Gainesville, and Long Island as well.  This is not the time for competition.  This is the time to up our game and help our communities worship through technology and radio which is always there for you.  I am so proud of the WPOZ and JVC teams for putting this together. Special thanks to WPOZ’s Jim Hoge for allowing us to broadcast this programming,” said John Caracciolo, President and CEO of JVC Media. This Easter Sunday, stay home, brew a cup of your favorite coffee, then step outside and enjoy the sunrise with your loved ones as Ellis and Tyler from Z88.3 Mornings host a special service to celebrate Easter together. The broadcast will be heard in Orlando on WPOZ-FM 88.3 and WOTW-FM 103.1, in Gainesville-Ocala, on WXUS-FM 102.3, and on Long Island, NY on LI News Radio 103.9 FM

DJ Mo Radio Expands Again           4-10-20
DJ Mo of WPRK-FM 91.5 has picked up a new station affiliate, WLSL 92.7FM Saint Leo University Radio. Other stations you can catch Mo on include WYPW Power 90.1 (Brandon-Tampa, FL) - Sun- 8PM-12AM EST, WRSG Knights 91.5 (Middlebourne-Parkersburg, WV) - Fri-7PM-8PM & Sun-11PM-12AM EST and WASP Superstation 104.5 (Huntington, Ashland, WV-KY)-Weeknights 9PM-11PM EST. 

JVC Offering Free Advertising Time      4-10-20
JVC Media is offering free advertising time for local businesses on its radio stations in New York and Florida. A special advertising line has been established in each market where the company operates that businesses can call and leave a 30-second voicemail showcasing their business. JVC staff will then produce the message and play it back on air free of charge.  JVC Florida stations are; “Florida Man Radio” WDYZ-AM 660/FM 105.5 which is also simulcast and on WYGC-FM 104.9, Gainesville-Ocala. JVC also owns country “103.1 The Wolf” WOTW-FM 103.1 Orlando. In the Gainesville-Ocala market the company owns CHR “Q92.9” WMFQ-FM 92.9, country “US 102.3” WXUS-FM 102.3 and “True Oldies Y100.1,” which airs on the Ocala translator W261BA at 100.1. For the company’s Florida markets the special advertiser line is branded as “Quarantine Speed Advertising.”

Happy Birthday    4-11-20 
A good friend of this site "Slats" (Tim Guinane) blows out the candles tomorrow. Celebrating on Monday are Tracey Young and Shawn Burke and on Tuesday Steve Schiffman celebrates. Hope you all have a wonderful birthday.

WPUL Returns     4-14-20
WPUL-AM 1590/100.7FM has returned to the air in South Daytona after the fire of March 11.

WBZW Becomes Creole Haitian WNDO      4-15-20 
Orlando Radio Marketing has closed on the sale of WBZW-AM 1520/100.7 FM from Salem Media Group. The new call letters are WNDO-AM 1520 featuring a Haitian format. 

More Morning Show      4-16-20
The WWKA-FM 92.3 morning show with Obie Diaz and Ashley Stegbauer extended their show from 6AM-Noon. Melissa Quinones will be on the air from Noon-3PM.

Shannon Burke To Be Heard on Long Island      4-16-20
JVC Media announces the "Florida Man Friday Happy Hour" with Shannon Burke on WDYZ-AM 660/101.5 FM, 104.9FM will be simulcast each Friday afternoon on JVC’s News/Talk WRCN-103.9 LI News Radio from 3PM-6PM. 

The Latest Ratings Are In      4-18-20
The latest ratings for Orlando are in. See them here.

Barry Michaels Has Left the Building        4-19-20
WXUS-FM 102.3 and Morning host Barry Michaels have parted company. 

The Dr. Is In          4-27-20
JVC Media continues to add exclusive COVID-19 content with the addition of Infectious Disease expert Dr. Rajeev Fernandez. Dr. Fernandez is the only US based physician to investigate this outbreak in China and lends incredible insight and knowledge. The Doctor will be heard on the Shannon Burke Show
Wednesdays at 5:30PM on Florida Man Radio WDYZ-AM 660/105.5 FM Orlando and WYGC-FM 104.9 in Gainesville.

Frank Stevens Passes      4-29-20
Frank Stevens (Frank Vela, Jr.) 

Frank J. Vela, Jr., 64, of Crystal River, FL passed away April 25, 2020. Private cremation is under the direction of Brown Funeral Home & Crematory in Lecanto, FL. In Memory

New Programming Coming To WELE      4-30-20
WELE-AM 1380 will be adding two new local talk shows to its on-air lineup beginning next week. Charles W. Cherry II, former "Daytona Times" Publisher and owner of WPUL-AM 1590 will host “Free Your Mind” which ran for more than 10 years on 1590 . The program will premiere on May 5. Free Your Mind will  air Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 1PM. “Moving Forward with Quanita May” will join the line-up on Wednesday beginning May 6 at noon. Ms. May is the Daytona Beach Zone Three City Commissioner.

Happy Birthday!
     4-30-20
Buddy Pittman celebrates number 68 tomorrow. Also blowing out the candles tomorrow will be Frank Scott and Chuck Agostinelli producer for the late, great Gene Burns at WKIS-AM 740. 


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