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July 2007

Carole Nelson Returns To WMEL  7-4-07
After re-negotiations with WMEL-AM 920 Carole Nelson will be returning to the air waves from noon to 1PM each week day.  The new time slot will allow Carole to do more remote broadcasts. 

Johnny Magic Gets A New Partner 
Jayde joins the Johnny Magic Morning show on WXXL-FM 106.7

Jill Strada
Exits Power 95.3 
WPYO-FM 95.3 Program Director/Music Director Jill Strada is on the move to the Big Apple and "Hot 97" WQHT-FM New York City as Assistant Program Director/Music Director

Follow-up File: Big John Seeks To Reconcile   7-9-07
Jerry Kenney sent a note to remind me that Big John made a statement of reconciliation to end the controversy back in June. In a statement Big said;  "While I do not apologize for my views of the mayoral candidate, have now been enlightened and seek to reconcile with all African-Americans who may have been offended by my remarks."  John said that, at the time, he was unaware of the history of degrading comments comparing black people with primates and how it would be especially hurtful to older blacks. He learned this lesson in recent private discussion with Bethune-Cookman University President Trudie Kibbe Reed and Harry Burney, an entertainer who grew up in Daytona Beach. "We didn't ask him to make an apology," Burney said. "But we asked for statement of reconciliation to the people in our community, who are just stunned by the "monkey" metaphor. It's just not something we're comfortable with. It's driving wedge in the community that doesn't need to be there."

Need A Football Fix?  7-23-07

WMEL-AM 920 will be carrying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers games this fall as they join the Bucs radio network.

Stronger Signals For Two Genesis Stations 
WHOO-AM 1080 recently received a power increase to 19,000 watts and WIXC-AM 1060 recently received a power upgrade to 50,000 watts. Both stations are owned and operated by Genesis Communications, Inc.  Genesis also owns WHBO-1470 AM "SportsRadio 1470AM" and WWBA-AM 1040 "NewsTalk 1040AM" in Tampa, and "TalkRadio"  WAMT-AM 1190 in Orlando.

Jim Turner Celebrates 35 Years At WDBO  7-26-07
WDBO-AM 580's morning man Jim Turner will be celebrating his 35th year with the station. Jim began at WDBO as the afternoon personality and moved to mornings after Perry Moore left the station. The anniversary show begins at 5AM and audio and video will be broadcast on wdbo.com.

Brady Ackerman Goes Solo    7-26-07
Brady has served as co-host to the "Terry Bowden-Brady Ackerman Show" since this past December and will now host the show himself. The program airs form 3 to 6PM Monday through Friday on both WHOO-AM 1080 and WIXC-AM 1060. Terry Bowden is leaving the area to join FSU as an observer to the football program. Terry will still be heard on WHOO-WIXC twice weekly as college football commentator during the Ackerman Show. Terry also will continue as a radio analyst for Westwood One college football games.
Brady is a former Gator running back and is a college football analyst for Sun Sports Television Network. Brady also co-hosts Arena Football League games for the Sun Sports Network. Brady brings many years of experience in radio to the ESPN affiliated stations.

K92 Drops Moore  7-28-07
Thanks to John Knott for this info. 
Melissa  Moore is the latest radio casualty. WWKA-FM 92.3 has let the female voice of the morning show go. Moore joined the station in the summer of 2000. The firing came as a shock, but station management said "they want to take the show in a different direction."  Ellis B. Feaster and Mark "Skid" Lavin will continue in the mornings.

Fred Klein Passes    7-29-07
Barbara Barri has informed us of the death of Fred Klein. Fred has supplied loads of information, pictures and great stories to this website. Read about his day as a "nude model" at WLOF-AM 950, as Sean King, his very funny tale of his time at WCKS-FM 101.1 as well as great photos from "CK101"  and  photos and memories of WKKO-AM 860. We will have more details as they become available. To hear airchecks of Fred you can got to ReelRadio.

Relive Those Golden Days Of WORJ     7-31-07

Join Orlando's WORJ-FM 107.7's original Program Director and DJ, Lee Arnold this Thursday (August 2, 2007) at 3:00 PM EDT for Gary Wright on The Southern Progressive Radio Network Live from BeeJay Recording Studios. Originally broadcast on WORJ on August 5th, 1975.  32 years ago almost to the day!  Listen here www.worj.com.

Fred Klein's Obituary From Lancaster Online   7-31-07

Frederic Ferree Klein, 71, died Saturday, July 28, at the Lancaster General Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Fred was born on February 4, 1936 in Lancaster. He was preceded in death by his parents, Professor Frederic Shriver Klein and Florence H. Klein of Lancaster. Klein graduated from Manheim Township High School, and attended Mercersburg Academy. He also studied at Franklin and Marshall College. He was a veteran of the US Air Force during the Korean War. In the early 60s he obtained his first job at WGAL radio on an afternoon jazz show. He made a switch to rock-n-roll at WLAN radio in 1963. He continued to work along the East Coast as a DJ/Radio announcer including stints in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida. In 1987, he returned to Lancaster and was employed by Friendly Transportation. Fred's interest was always music, especially jazz, big bands, and later, rock-n-roll. He also was especially fond of animals, and he made many contributions to the Lancaster County Humane League. He was a life-long member of his family's Shriver Homestead, an historic Civil War museum in Union Mills, Maryland. He is survived by his sister, Joan Klein Weidman of Millersville, and three children, Joseph Shriver Klein, John Wayne Klein, and Julie Anne Klein. He has six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Fred's name may be sent to Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21158, or the Parkinson's Disease Association, 1250 Hyland Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305. Arrangements entrusted to Auer Memorial Home and Cremation Services, Harrisburg.

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