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July 2017

Happy Birthday        7-1-17
A good friend of this site, Tony Downes celebrates number 56 today. 

"Skid" Slides To Afternoons       7-1-17
Mark "Skid" Lavin has moved from the morning slot to afternoons, and partners with Chad from 3PM to 7PM on WOTW-FM 103.1

Rock Riley On The Move     7-3-17
Rock Riley has just been added to Genesis Communications owned and operated (WHOO-AM 1080) Sports Talk AM 1080 The Team in Orlando and Sports Talk AM 1040 The Team in Tampa. Rock will anchor the afternoon drive program from 3 to 6 on both stations as well as on www.sportstalkflorida.com. Riley will replace Mike Tuck and Jerry O'Neill

Happy Birthday!      7-6-17
On Saturday, Ken Dixon celebrates his 76th. 
WPOZ-FM 88.3's Shadow blows out the candles on Sunday. 

2017 Marconi Award Finalists Announced      7-11-17
Five Central Florida stations are in the running for the prestigious award. In the category of Classic Hits Station of the Year, WMMO-FM 98.9 has been nominated.  Other stations and categories include: Country station of the year; WWKA-FM 92.3,  News/Talk station of the year; WDBO-FM 96.5,  Urban station of the year; WCFB-FM 94.5. The Awards will be presented at the NAB Radio Show September 7, in Austin, Texas  

Christian Music Broadcasters Announce Finalists      7-12-17
Large Market Finalists for 2017 include WPOZ-FM 88.3. WPOZ has won the award in  2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

On The Move         7-12-17
Susan Larkin Vice President/Market Manager for Cox Media Group's 6 station cluster, is headed to Entercom where she will retain the same title, but it’s unknown exactly where she’ll be working just yet.  Her entire team in Orlando and Jacksonville were caught completely off guard by the change as it appears was Cox Media Group Executive Vice President of Radio, Bill Hendrich. There is no word yet on who will run those two Florida markets. Hendrich is now searching for her successor. Entercom says the markets Larkin will be responsible for will be announced when the merger with CBS is complete. She ran 14 stations for CMG in Florida. Larkin is currently on the executive board for the Radio Advertising Bureau and is the radio vice chair for the Florida Association of Broadcasters.

Mark Logas In For Bud Hedinger       7-12-17    
Mark Logas will be substitute host for Bud Hedinger on "Good Morning Orlando" on WFLF-102.5-FM/AM 540 on Thursday and Friday this week. Mark will be talking about the upcoming Orange County Mayor’s race, what he calls Heterophobia and examine if it’s running rampant in some media and government entities in Central Florida, the dramatic move by colleges and universities to indoctrinate students away from Capitalism while encouraging them to incur massive student loan debt, Mayor Dyer and the Orlando City Council’s 12% pay increase in less than four years, and examine why Americans support their favorite sporting team with more passion than their own country. Mark will also share how Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh’s Rush Revere book series is setting the historical record straight from revisionist tampering and encourage listeners to share their experiences with the accompanying curriculum and assignments that are helping homeschool, public school, and even college students learn about U.S. history in an entertaining and informative way. Mark’s guests will be Dean Butler (Almanzo-Little House On The Prairie) who will be talking American values and the series of Little House books and television show live from DeSmet, SD…the heart of Laura country, Dr. Estime, a Clermont doctor with a unique approach to house calls and health care services, and Roger Gannon of Liberty Counsel who will update listeners on the assault on religious freedom by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Listeners are always welcome to call in and share their opinions on the “50,000 Watt Front Porch”.

Happy Birthday       7-13-17
Bob Nyles is celebrating today. Clive Thomas turns 75 on Saturday. Happy birthday to you both.

Broadcasting and Women’s Rights Trailblazer Passes       7-17-17     
From Don Colee; Lee Colee Hamilton was likely the first female broadcast salesperson in Florida. Her obituary, penned herself, says it best:
“Lee never campaigned for women’s equal rights. She just took them. As early as grade school when a publisher offered a bicycle for the most magazine sales in Philadelphia, but excluded girls, Lee signed up under her brother’s name and won the citywide contest. It launched a life-long love affair with work and its rewards.”  Her name was Leanore Dippy when she got her first job at Orlando’s WLOF as an “office girl” and copywriter. The story of how she broke into the all-boys-club of street sales is, I believe, among the best in my book. You can read the full story here: http://www.towersinthesand.com/excerpts/. Lee was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew her.  
In Memory

June Ratings       7-17-17
The Nielsen PPM Ratings for June are in. Read them here.

Changes At WOCL      7-17-17
Tom Benson is reporting that Paco Lopez has been shown the door at WOCL-FM 105.9. Paco had been with the station for the past 7 years.     

Dale Wright Passes       7-19-17
Tom Hutchinson lets us know that his mentor Jimmy Dale Wright, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Dale worked at many Central Florida stations.  
In Memory

It's Official       7-21-17
Bud 94.1-King of Rock,” officially debuted on Thursday July 13th, 2017 at 5:15pm. The format is Active Rock.

Happy Birthday       7-22-17
WOMX-FM 105.1's Alex Diaz blows out the candles tomorrow.

50th Anniversary For Jazz On The Beach       7-22-17      
The man who brought "Jazz on the Beach" to Central Florida Radio, Jack Simpson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his program Saturday. The show can be heard on WUCF-FM 89.9.

Happy Birthday       7-26-17
Taco Bob turns 46 on tomorrow. Pete Simonson and Peter King share a birthday on Sunday. Happy birthday to all of you.

Happy Birthdays This Week      7-30-17
Tomorrow, July 31, former WTRR-AM 1400 PD, Rick Padilla celebrates. On Monday, Jack Dyer, better known as Elvis Gorbechev, turns 72 and Russ Wheeler will "press on regardless" at 82. Domino of WOCL-FM 105.9 blows out the candles on Thursday. Happy birthday guys!

Spring Ratings Are In      7-30-17
The Spring books are in for Gainesville/Ocala, Daytona Beach and Melbourne/Titusville. See where your favorite stacked up, here.

Media Mayhem Wrestling Match     7-30-17
On Thursday, Aug. 17, at The Impact Zone on the back lot of Universal Studios, Brandon Kravitz, producer/host on WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM, will be the Special Manager for Global Force Wrestling superstar Kongo Kong. Mike Bianchi, sports columnist of the Orlando Sentinel and host of "Open Mike" on WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM, will be the Special Manager for Kong’s yet-announced opponent. 

Orlando Magazine Poll Winners         7-31-17
The winners in the Orlando Magazine annual poll are in. Favorite Music Radio Station; 1. WXXL-FM 106.7, 2. WPOZ-FM 88.3, 3. WWKA-FM 92.3. In the Local Radio Show category the winners are; 1. Johnny's House, 2. The Philips Phile and 3. A Corporate Time With Tom and Dan

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