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September 2009

The Pirate Morphs Into ESPN   9-3-09
WSJZ-FM 95.9 "The Pirate" has flipped from classic rock to all sports as WSJZ-FM 95.9 "ESPN 95.9".

Happy Birthday, Goodbye and Good Luck
Pat Duggins of WMFE-FM 90.7 celebrates his 48th birthday and after 24 years will be leaving Orlando to take the News Director position at Alabama Public Radio. So Pat, we wish you a happy birthday, goodbye and good luck.

No Injuries as Radio Tower Falls
The 400-foot radio transmission tower utilized by Deland station WTJV-AM 1490  came crashing to the ground last night at Earl Brown Park. The area is used for parking at Spec Martin Memorial Football Stadium in Deland. Reports indicate a Jeep leaving the area caught one of the tower's guy wires with it's bumper. The tower swayed, buckled and and crashed to the ground. At least three vehicles were hit by pieces of the tower. The land that the tower sat on was leased from the City of Deland. The site had been home to Deland radio stations since 1948. The West Volusia Beacon has photos as well as more on the story.

Birthdays This Week
WMEL-AM 1300 owner/brothers John and Vernon Harper blow out the candles, Friday, September 11. Rick Morton celebrates on Sunday, Sept. 13.  Happy Birthday gentlemen!

Where Will You Hear Football This Season?   
Florida Gators             
WFLA-AM 540  WRUF-AM 850   WMOP-AM 900    WWBF-AM 1130   WONN-AM 1230   WMEL-AM 1300  WSJZ-FM 95.9  WRUF-FM 103.7

Jacksonville Jaguars
WYGM-AM 740   WRUF-AM 850    WMMB-AM 1240    WELE-AM 1380 

Tampa Bay Bucs
WWJB-AM 1450    WXCV-FM 95.3    WTKS-FM 104.1

Miami Dolphins
WIXC-AM 1060   WMMB-AM 1240    WOCA-AM 1370   
WYGC-FM 104.9    WOCL-FM 105.9 

The Seminoles 
WIXC-AM 1060   WHOO-AM 1080

Sunday and Monday Night Football From Westwood One
WIXC-AM 1060

Fantasy Football Forecast Saturdays 
WIXC-AM 1060-Noon

NFL Preview with Boomer Esiason 
WIXC-AM 1060-Sunday 12:30PM-1PM

Hollywood and WMEL
In 2007, a movie was filmed in part at the WMEL-AM 920 studios. The movie Titled "I'll Believe You" is being released again on "pay per view". It is now available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Netflix. It will also be available for immediate streaming on both Netflix and Amazon. Learn more about it here.

Happy Birthday!
A very special Happy Birthday to my partner, inspiration and love of my life, Wilma. She is an integral part of this site and my life for the past 30 years. Happy birthday and thank you.

BCU Station Fined  
WRWS-FM 99.1, Bethune-Cookman University's LPFM was fined by the FCC in the amount of $18,000 last January after an inspection found they had no EAS decoder and was operating a Studio Transmitter Link without a license. The FCC has reduced the fine to $9,600. The amount of the fine is being challenged.  

New Local Host On Morning Edition
Tom Parkinson will be joining WMFE-FM 90.7's local broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition". Tom comes to WMFE by way of Kent, Ohio.

Lex and Terry Cause a Stir With Legislators
The Independent Florida Alligator newspaper reports, two Florida Legislators are unhappy with the Lex and Terry show heard on WRUF-FM 103.7. Read the entire article here.

People Power Hour Moves and Expands
Beginning Monday,
September 21, George Crossley's "People Power Hour"  moves to the 6PM-8PM time slot on WEUS-AM 810

Missing The Fiasco
If you were a fan of "The Fiasco with Pat Lynch and Taco Bob", you can relive some of those days of yesteryear at
www.imissthefiasco.com. You'll find photos, audio and a message board.

Happy Anniversary 
WWKA-FM 92.3's Bobby Mitchell will celebrate the start of his 18th year on the air at K92FM on Wednesday. Congratulations Bobby!

Pat Lynch and Taco Bob Update
Heard from Pat Lynch. "...Taco and I are both alive and well, working in fields unrelated to radio in order to support our families.  We hope to have an announcement soon regarding a return to the air in Central Florida. Keep checking our Facebook pages for updates." You can also keep checking back here for more. 

Doug Clifford
WSKY-FM 97.3's Doug Clifford is celebrating his 10th anniversary as afternoon news anchor. Doug is also the host of "One Hour of Hope",  on Sunday mornings from 9AM-10AM. The program focuses on "left-of-center"  political and environmental concerns. Doug has interviewed many progressive authors including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Naomi Klein. Doug has also worked at WORJ-FM 107.7 in the 1970's.

Lights Out For Wake Up Daytona 
Doug Kosarek has taken his "Wake Up Daytona" morning drive program off of WELE-AM 1380. The syndicated "Imus in the Morning" will replace the "live and local" morning show. Stay tuned for info on where "Wake Up" lands.

WPGS Is In The Groove
WPGS-AM 840 has become part of the network of the non profit  "Smooth Jazz - The Groove" network. You'll be hearing jazz on this AM station. More details to come. Stay tuned...

Congrats To Tyler McKenzie
WPOZ-FM 88.3's morning co-host Tyler McKenzie and dad Thomas welcome their second child, Ella Jay. Congratulations!


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