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May 2014

Bubba To Be Heard In Orlando      5-1-14       
WRSO-AM 810/FM 93.1 will fire up their translator with the return of Bubba The Love Sponge to Orlando on Monday, May 5. A familiar voice will be heard as part of the Bubba show, Shannon Burke, who joined the Bubba show a year ago. 

Movin' On Up      5-1-14    
Wolf Bowers has been named Program Director at WYGC-FM 104.9 "WOW-FM". Wolf also handles morning duties at the station.

On The Move      5-1-14    
Dyann, currently doing middays at WBXY-FM 99.5 will move to middays, 10AM-3PM on WMFQ-FM 92.9 "All the Hits Q92" beginning Tuesday May 6.

Historic Volusia County Station Has Signed Off         5-8-14
After a bit more than 25 years, WPUL-AM 1590, Volusia County’s only Black-owned radio station has signed off. Read the article from the Daytona Times here.

Happy Birthday!      5-8-14
Birthday wishes go out to; on Saturday; former  WHNR-AM 1360 Account Executive, Von Rommell Fernandes, as well as WMFQ-FM 92.9 morning co-host Bill Barr and on Sunday, Rick Brady will blow out the candles.

Jo Jo Kincaid Joins Wow FM         5-9-14
JoJo Kincaid will begin afternoon drive on Monday May 12th at WYGC-FM 104.9. Kincaid said; “I am so excited to come home to Gainesville, be near family and friends, and join the outstanding JVC Media family! I have been blessed with a career where I have FUN every day and play awesome music for great people!”  JoJo continues, “I’m ready to join Program Director and morning man Wolf Bowers and make WOW FM the market leader.  Let’s get COOKIN’!”  

WWFL Fined For Failure To Respond        5-9-14
The FCC has fined Onda Mexicana Radio Group $8,000 for "failing to fully respond to a Notice of Violation." The fine against WWFL-AM 1340 follows a notice in January of the proposed fine which the FCC received no response. The case began in 2012 when the Tampa office of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Violation to Onda Mexicana for violations found during inspections. The commission says Onda Mexicana didn’t submit a response.
Follow-up; The original violations included a lack of proper fencing, lack of station log, lack of Public File, lack of Chief Operator, lack of EPM, and studio location not as authorized. The owner claims he eventually responded to the Tampa office, but the FCC says it was not complete and not sent where he was told to respond.

WELE Donation To Bethune Cookman University OK'd         5-15-14   
The FCC has conditionally granted the renewal of the license of WELE-AM 1380. From the FCC documents; "...the Station has had an exceptionally troubled history in the last several years. F. Douglas Wilhite (“Wilhite”), the sole shareholder of the Licensee, was convicted in 2010 of two felonies (child abuse and neglect of a child causing great bodily harm). The Licensee went into bankruptcy in 2011 and emerged from bankruptcy in 2012. The Licensee also faced a litany of complaints of consumer fraud, leading to a civil penalty for violations of the Florida Sellers of Travel Act in 2010. In light of Wilhite’s criminal record, we cannot make a determination that Wilhite and the Licensee are qualified to hold, or assign, the Station’s license. However, compelling public interest determinations support actions that will allow a donation of the Station’s license and related assets to Bethune-Cookman University (the “University”). Wilhite will derive no financial benefit from the donation. Our action here will result in Wilhite’s full withdrawal from broadcasting and will ensure that the Station may operate in the public interest under the University’s control. Accordingly, we will follow Commission precedent that finds that such public interest considerations support a grant of an assignment application where a character issue is resolved against a licensee or is pending. And while Wilhite's felonies would normally make renewals subject to a hearing to determine his qualification to hold a license. The donation to the college and Wilhite's withdrawal from ownership with no compensation led the Commission to grant the renewals with the condition that Wilhite not benefit from the transfer.

April PPM's         5-15-14
How did Orlando stations stack up in April? See the April PPM ratings here.

Happy Birthday!         5-15-14
WOMX-FM 105.1 morning crew member Jay Edwards celebrates number 40 on Saturday and WYKS-FM 105.3 mid-day host/production director Ryan Dupree celebrates his 31st on Sunday. Happy Birthday guys!

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!         5-21-14
Happy birthday to Shannon Burke on Thursday, May 22, to JJ Duling on Saturday the 24th, and happy anniversary to WDBO-AM 580 on their 90th year on the air as of Saturday. 

Burke Leaves Bubba Morning Show         5-21-14
Shannon Burke has left the Bubba The Love Sponge Morning Show, but still hosts his own mid-day show on RadioIO.

WNDB-AM To Be Heard On 93.5         5-22-14
Like so many other AM stations across the country, Southern Stone Communications is putting their WNDB-AM 1150 signal on an FM translator. SSC has purchased W228CT, frequency 93.5, from Cornerstone Community Radio, Inc. for $18,000.

WPRK Gets New GM         5-22-14    
WPRK-FM 91.5 has a new General Manager. His name is Greg Golden. Greg took the post back in February and has also been named as the Interim General Manager of Student Media at Rollins College. 

Nick Carioti Show On The Move      5-24-14
"The Nick Carioti Show" has moved to WPRK-FM 91.5 from WRSO-AM 810. Nick will continue to interview some of the most interesting people in the entertainment industry, as well as playing a variety of music.  Nick Carioti's weekly show will be broadcast live, every Sunday morning from 6AM to 8AM.

Jerry Butler Moving To MusicMaster       5-24-14     
Jerry Butler aka JJ Thomas who has been programming WRUF-FM 103.7, WRUF-AM 850, WRUF-TV, WUFT-FM 89.1, and WUFT-TV in Gainesville, has taken the position as Music Scheduling Consultant with MusicMaster. MusicMaster was founded by Joe Knapp in 1983 and is one of the largest Windows-
based music scheduling software for radio and television stations. 

A Milestone For Uncle Russie      5-25-14
On May 22, "Uncle Russie", Russ Ross celebrated his 41st year in broadcasting. In an email from Russie; "...And they thought it wouldn't last! I had a special anniversary program on WLBE-AM 790  (heard weekdays from 4 to 6pm), with a special interview with Joey Dee of Joey Dee and the Starlighters. My very first radio boss, Gary Van of WACK-AM 1420 in Newark, New York also called to say congratulations. I haven't seen him in about 38 years! We would like to add our congratulations as well. 

David Isreal Returns       5-28-14
David Isreal is returning to radio. David left Cox Media in 2011 to move to his farm in the mountains of North Carolina. David was a nominee for Program Director in 1994 and 1995 at WOMX-FM 105.1 and WOCL-FM 105.9. David will be the new Operations Manager for the Total Traffic and Weather Network in Miami.

WJQB Being Rebranded      5-28-14
"True Oldies 106.3" WJQB-FM 106.3 will soon become WGHR-FM 106.3, "Greatest Hits Radio". The switch comes with the loss of Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies” channel is being closed by Scott. "Hits 106" will pick up Westwood One's Good Time Oldies Network.  

WBVL Changes Hands       5-30-14
The Broadcasting Group, Inc. has picked up WBVL-FM 99.7 from Latinos Broadcasting Organization for $40,000. The $40,000 figure is the depreciated fair market value of the equipment. 

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