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August 2015

Scott McKenzie Under Hospice Care   8-7-15
WOMX-FM 105.1 morning host Scott McKenzie has been off the air for a bit over a month. He and his family have been in Philadelphia attempting to be accepted into a clinical trial. From Scott's blog at Mix 105.1 "...
the reason I was in the hospital for so long is that this was our final viable attempt. With my body so beaten up by cancer and chemo, it had to work, or we had to face a hard reality." "...Final healthcare arrangements have been made, and now we begin the focus on my comfort as I say my goodbyes." "I’m currently hooked up to an oxygen tank to help me take full breaths, but it’s my dream to be able to make it back in the studio with the other corny goofballs for a brief goodbye, and to hold down that microphone “on” switch one more time."

It's Done     8-9-15
The 50,000 watt flame thrower WMEL-AM 1060 is on the air! They have moved down the dial to 1060 based out of Titusville. Congratulations to John Harper and his entire staff.

Happy Anniversary To Us!      8-9-15
As we begin our thirteenth year on the Internet, I'd like to say thank you to all the folks that have made the site what it is. As always thanks goes to my wife, Wilma, the inspiration and love of my life. Thanks to all the people who have supplied info, bios, photos and sounds and have helped in other ways with this endeavor. I believe radio is such an essential part of our lives and it should be remembered. I hope we are contributing to that in some way. More to come...stay tuned.  

Happy Birthdays!       8-9-15
A belated happy birthday to Doris Ashwell who celebrated her 89th yesterday. Happy birthday today to Larry "Vee" Flegle

“WORJ: Town Hall for the Counterculture”   8-10-15

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, the Orange County Regional History Center – Central Florida’s premiere history museum – will host a conversation with some of the personalities who together made an enduring impact on Central Florida music and culture. WORJ-FM 107.7’s Lee Arnold, Doug Van Allen, Neal Mirsky, Steve Mack, Hanna and Randy Molnar will be on hand to reminisce about making radio history, and to answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $8.00 advance, $10 at the door.  Doors open at 6PM and refreshments will be available prior to the event’s 7PM start. Following the discussion, the History Center’s exhibit Long Way to the Top: Hard Rock in Orlando, 1972-1985, will reopen. 

Scott McKenzie Passes     8-11-15
Scott McKenzie morning show host for 24 years at WOMX-FM 105.1 has lost his battle with cancer. Scott was 59. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Fran Lesser Friedman, and his daughter Lauren. MIX 105.1 says Wednesday morning's show will be in tribute to Scott. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 10:30 am at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Pkwy South, Maitland. McKenzie's family asks that people consider making donations to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Children's Miracle Network and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, in lieu of flowers. 
In Memory
Our condolences go out to his family and friends. 

Steve January, morning host at WRMQ-AM 1140 and Rejoice 103.7 has been named General Manager at WAIG-FM 106.3. congratulations Steve!

Movin' On Up 
Josh Pinkman who began as an Intern at WTKS-FM 104.1is now Producer/Call-screener for "The Philips Phile"

Happy Birthday!    8-11-15
Orlando radio veteran Dave Kelly celebrates today.

Be Part Of A New Guinness Book World Record    8-15-15
Pavlina Osta will be attempting to break another Guinness Book of World Records record. This time it is the "Most interviews on Radio in 24 Hours by an Individual" This is where radio stations interview her for a minimum of 5 minutes. Her goal is 250 interviews (record to beat is 215). All interviews will be done (via phone call) during the 24-hour period (Sept 3 8am through Sept 4th 8am). If your station would like to get in on this feat, contact Pavlina via her contact page. http://www.pavlinaosta.com/#!contact/c1xmz.

Happy Birthday!      8-15-15
Jim Turner, who retired after 40 years at WDBO-AM 580/FM 96.5 will celebrate number 69 tomorrow.
Our favorite "Coffee Talk" lady, Liz Litterello does the happy dance on Tuesday as well as Morning host, "Hunter" on WNDD-FM 95.5. Bobby Sharpe enjoys another one on Wednesday. Happy birthday to all of you.

"Saturday Jazz with Bob Kelley "     8-16-15
Long time Orlando broadcaster Bob Kelley can be heard on WUCF-FM 89.9 on Saturdays as host of "Saturday Jazz with Bob Kelley". Bob handles fill-ins as well as being the writer/producer and host of the WUCF Events Calendar.

Talk Programming Joins WSBB      8-16-15
WSBB-AM 1230/WTJV-AM 1490/WSDO-AM 1400 has added Robert Palmer's "Saving Thousands" and
"The Dave Ramsey Show" to the weekday line-up.

WPOZ Turns 20!      8-16-15
WPOZ-FM 88.3  has celebrated their 20th Anniversary this month. Z88.3 also became a full Class C station. They now  broadcast at 100,000 watts which is the most powerful designation for an FM station in the country. Happy birthday and congratulations!

Bruce Rossmeyer Ride For Children     8-19-15
Camp Boggy Creek proudly announces the Grand Marshals of the "21st Annual Bruce Rossmeyer Ride for Children". Included are award-winning bike builder, 
Paul Yaffe
; Jody Perewitz, the fastest woman on two wheels; and Frank Scott, co-host of "The Frank and Tracy Show" and program director for WROD-FM 104.7 /1340-AM in Daytona Beach. Frank, has been a longtime supporter of Camp Boggy Creek and has served as Grand Marshal for the Ride for Children for many years.

Movin' On    8-20-15
Monica Rix reporter for WDBO-FM 96.5 has been hired by Fox News Radio in New York. Her home base will be in midtown Manhattan. Monica joined WDBO in 2011. Congrats Monica!

WRUF-AM Launches FM Simulcast     8-20-15   
The University of Florida launched an FM simulcast of WRUF-AM 850 on a translator at 95.3, W237EJ Gainesville.

Seminoles Come To WMEL    8-21-15
Florida Seminole football will join the line-up at WMEL-AM 1060 beginning Sept 5. 

Happy Birthday!         8-24-15
Here's wishing news man extraordinaire Bill Bauman, who turns 67 today, a very happy birthday.

UCF Coach Show       8-26-15
"The George O'Leary Radio Show" comes to WYGM-AM 740. O'Leary is the head football coach and interim athletic director of the University of Central Florida. Marc Daniels will be hosting.

WORL Adds Translator        8-26-15
Salem Media's WORL-AM 660 has added a 250 watt FM translator. Thanks to Lenny for the tip.

Ben Griffin Passes      8-29-15
Ben Holland Griffin lost his battle with cancer on Aug 4. Ben was very involved in his community and co-hosted the "Micki Blackburn Realty Welcome Home Hour" on WLBE-AM 790.

Happy Birthday!      8-30-15
To former WORJ-FM 107.7 Program Director, Lee Arnold who celebrates tomorrow.

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