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June 2007

WELE Demands Apology  6-1-07
Doug Wilhite, the president of Wings Communications, said in an on-air statement on WELE-AM 1380 that NAACP spokeswoman Cynthia Slater misspoke by calling Big John a racist.  "In our society, to label someone as a racist is serious business,"  Wilhite said.  "It should be reserved for the Imuses of the world who truly do have a racist mindset.  Big John clearly does not."   Ms. Slater refused to apologize, saying there was no need.  "I do know what he said on the radio, and what he said was racist," she said Thursday night. "I don't need to apologize to Big John."

More On Big John  6-2-07
The Daytona Beach NAACP leaders have been joined by the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance to pressure sponsors of "Big Talk with Big John" to have radio host Big John fired. The groups also plans to contact the Federal Communications Commission. Big John (his legal name) appeared Friday night on the "Hannity and Colmes" Fox News show to talk about his remarks. John said he's received many messages of support.  Doug Wilhite, president of Wings Communications, which owns WELE-AM 1380 is continuing efforts to get either the Rev. Al Sharpton or Rev. Jesse Jackson here to mediate the situation.  Wilhite issued an apology to anyone who was offended, calling John's remark "in poor taste," but "not racist."

Changes At  O-Rock?
WOCL-FM 105.9's Scott of the Jody and Scott Show is now solo on O-Rock in the afternoon. We'll be updating this info as it becomes available. 

102 Jamz Names New Sales Manager    6-19-07
Kevin Hemmings will replace Scott Schwartz as General Sales Manager at WJHM-FM 101.9.  Kevin comes to CBS Radio from Clear Channel where he held the same post at Miami's WMIB, WIOD-AM and WINZ-AM.

Michael O'Shaughnessy To Appear On "Nat Chat" This Week    6-21-07

The founder of The Millennium Woman Foundation, Michael O'Shaughnessy, will be the guest this Saturday on "Nat Chat" heard on WELE-AM 1380 from 10-11AM.  O'Shaughnessy also holds world records for crossing the Loch Ness Lake, English Channel and Irish Sea by paddleboard. He is also a two time Guinness World Record holder for paddling from Cuba to US and the English Channel world records.  

News From The Beach   6-21-07
WSBB-AM 1230
, now known as "1230 The Beach" playing oldies has named George Winslow as General Manager after Tony Welch exits.  In other station news Cadillac Jack Stevens will join the line-up at WSBB.  Beginning July 9,  Jack will be manning the afternoon drive slot from 4-7PM.  Kris Earl Philips is the morning man heard from 6-10AM. 

Carole Nelson
Gone From WMEL  6-24-07
Carole Nelson has left the microphone of her daily show on WMEL-AM 920. "Talk to Me with Carole Nelson" which began airing on Sundays in October of 2006 and was moved to weekdays 2-3PM by December of 2006. 

Dick Sollom
Passes    6-29-07
Rick (Saylor) Morgan let me know about Dick Sollom's passing.  

Richard G. "Dick" Sollom passed away June 1, 2007 at age 67.  Dick was born April 3, 1940 in Grand Forks, ND. He moved to Orlando in 1974. He served in the U.S. Army, worked in radio as part of the team of Rick and Dick. Dick is survived by his sister, Shirley Foster and, her husband Porter L. Foster, Jr. of North Dakota.   
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