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August 2007

Richard Ryan has been "Comin' Home" For 5 Years      8-1-07
WLBE-AM 790 in Leesburg will celebrate another anniversary on Saturday. "Comin' Home" with Richard Ryan which airs at 1PM, will be celebrating his 5th year on the air. Ryan interviews local as well as national celebrities. The anniversary show, airing Saturday,  will include a montage of some of his past interviews. Ryan's wife  Marianne is the executive producer of the program.

Happy Birthday To Us       8-3-07
This month marks the 4th year for www.cflradio.net. It amazes me how many folks have shown an interest in the website. We will continue to keep the information about the folks and the stations as accurate as possible with help from so many folks.  Thanks to all the people who have helped make the site a true history of Central Florida Radio. Now blow out the candles and we'll get back to work.

Bye Bye Black Bean      8-13-07
I really wish I had some insight in the parting of company between Clear Channel's WTKS-FM 104.1 and "Blackbean" (Carlos Navarro), but I don't. The folks at CC and the Monsters are all very tight lipped. As soon as we know you'll know. Stay tuned...

Gene Burns
Celebrates 40 Years As A Talk Show Host      8-14-07

Gene Burns, who spent over 14 years in Orlando, will celebrate forty years as a talk show host. This is in fact his 45th year in the broadcast industry, today at KGO-AM 810 in San Francisco. KGO will present a special broadcast this afternoon from 2 pm until 4 pm (PDT) honoring the man and his accomplishment. Gene started in news at WWHG-FM 105.3 in Hornell, New York. For more on Gene read an Interview with Radio Phenomenon Gene Burns.

Happy Birthday! 
Jim Turner just celebrated 35 years with WDBO-AM 580 now Jim celebrates his 61st birthday on August 16. Happy birthday Jim.

WMMB Drops Duncan
Clear Channel owned WMMB-AM 1240 has let morning show host Scott Duncan go. CC says they want to take the morning show in a different direction. That direction looks back to their previous morning host. WMMB has announced that Bill Mick who hosted mornings before leaving for California two years ago will take over the mornings once again. Before starting at WMMB-AM, Mick hosted a morning show on WMEL-AM 920.

WWBC To Increase Power    
Thanks to Paul Walker  for letting us know that WWBC-AM 1510 in Cocoa will be increasing power. From Paul's email; "I heard from their owner, and they tested their 50KW for a month while doing a proof of performance on their 50KW Directional Antenna Pattern. The FCC has given them Program Test Authority to go to 23KW until final approval for 50KW is made. From 750W on one tower to 50KW on two towers, not bad.. the two tower pattern is very tight, to protect 1520 WHIM in Apopka."

Rick Weinkauf
WLOQ Radio, Orlando Leisure Magazine, and CEO Magazine announced the retirement of Vice President/General Manager, Rick Weinkauf.  Rick has spent 40 years in the broadcasting field, 29 of those years here in Central Florida at WBJW-FM 105.1 (BJ105), WOMX-FM 105.1 (MIX 105.1) and the last 7 years at WLOQ-FM 103.1 (Smooth Jazz 103.1), and the magazine division of Gross Communications Corporation.  Rick is in the process of searching for his next challenge, and improving his golf handicap.  Rick has been married for 43 years and has two grown children and one grandson living in Orlando.

Where Are You?     
Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Blackbean aka Carlos Navarro, will be making an appearance on the Fox TV show "Prison Break". Still much secrecy surrounding his departure.

Children's Miracle Network and Shands Children's Hospitals Radiothon    
WKTK-FM 98.5 and News/Talk WSKY-FM 97.3 celebrate seven years of making miracles happen with the Miracle Makers' Radiothon. The 2007 Miracle Makers' Radiothon, sponsored by Gainesville Nissan and U Build It, will be held Aug 22-25. Hosts from both stations will be on-air to raise funds and awareness for the Children's Miracle Network and Shands Children's Hospitals. The Miracle Makers' Radiothon will share inspirational interviews with patients, their families, UF physicians and Shands HealthCare providers. Listeners are encouraged to call in and make a donation to benefit Children's Miracle Network. More than $262,000 was pledged during the 2006 event. Be sure to tune in for all four days! Tune in and make a pledge.

Ellis B. Feaster
Leaves the Morning Show    
Ellis B. Feaster is the latest casualty at WWKA-FM 92.3. What direction will K92 go? We'll have to wait and see. Stay tuned...

The Gator Country Radio Show Is Back      
ESPN Radio 900, WMOP-AM 900 Ocala and ESPN Radio 1230 WGGG-AM 1230 Gainesville, will be broadcasting sports talk with a decidedly Gator slant. Beginning  Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 Gator Country Radio will be heard from 8AM-10AM Monday through Friday. The show will be hosted by Mark McLeod.

Drew And Crew Collecting CDs and DVDs     
To show support to our men and women serving in Iraq, starting at 11:00am this morning Drew Garabo of The Morning After Show  on WOCL-FM 105.9 will be at Daytona Mitsubishi collecting CDs and DVDs to be taken to Iraq and hand delivered to our men and women in uniform by the one and only Bret Michaels of the band Poison! Bret is going to do a special concert in a few weeks for our troops in Iraq and he wants to deliver as many CDs and DVDs as he can to our soldiers. 

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