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June 2019

Dr. Dave Retires From WNZF         6-2019
The Palm Coast Observer published a great article on David West of Flagler Broadcasting who has retired after 11 years. Read it here.

Hanging Up My Headphones      6-27-19
From John Barrett; "Over & Out after 38 years. Not necessarily retiring, I will be putting my attention as far as "Radio" in my Online Country Music Station 98FROGFM.COM (and that is something I've been dedicated to for 17 years as a tribute station to 98FROG (98.1) which would have been 30 Years Old this Labor Day), After a long hard look & many months of Soul Searching, Daytona Beach is Home and I don't plan on moving. There are really no VALID LOCAL options here in the Daytona Area as far as Radio (Anything would be a Step-Down and ultimately not much money)...I've been on the big 100,000 watt flamethrowers and there is really nowhere to go after that (Satellite would have been a possible option)...the 128 watt & 250 watt Translators or 1,000 & 5,000 watt radio stations don't excite me!!! So the afternoon of Nov 14, 2018 on WHOG, WKRO, WVYB, WLOV and HOT 94.1 and Nov 15, 2018 at 8:50 AM on The Bennett & Bernier Radio Show on WNDB 93.5/1150 will have been the Last Time I talked on the Daytona Radio Airwaves!!! Not counting On-Line Radio. Thanks You to the many wonderful listeners."

Sold: Translator W231CT         6-26-19
iHeartmedia has purchased translator W231CT-93.1 FM  in Orlando from Circuitwerkes, Inc. for $550,000. iHeart will use the translator to rebroadcast WFLF-AM 540. The additional translator will give WFLF full-market FM coverage. 

The End For WLBE       6-29-19
A sad ending for one of Central Florida's oldest stations. WLBE-AM 790 in Leesburg has ended broadcasting as of June 22. WLBE began as WEUS in 1947. The last format was Country. 

Cox Media Group Sells        6-30-19
Cox Media Group has sold their Orlando Radio station portfolio, along with their other radio stations nationwide, to a new broadcasting company that is substantially owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC. Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake in the new company, which will maintain the name "Cox Media Group" and will be headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Cox Media Group stations in Central Florida include; WDBO-AM 580WWKA-FM 92.3, WPYO-FM 95.3 which will be divested, WDBO-FM 96.5, WMMO-FM 98.9 and WCFB-FM-HD2 107.3. The transaction is subject to FCC approval. 


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