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September 2015

Note Of Passing     9-2-15
It's with sadness we note the passing of long time Engineer at WELE-AM 1380, Doug Wilhite, Jr.

Commercial Free Classic Country       9-4-15
WOTW-FM 103.1 "The Wolf" will be going commercial free starting at 7PM Friday, Sep. 4, playing Classic Country Throwbacks and Icons for 72 hours. 

A.D. Joins WTKS     9-4-15 
A.D. (Rowntree) will join the line-up at WTKS-FM 1014.1. He'll be syndicated out of KTBZ-FM in Houston and heard on Mon, Wed, and Thu nights from 8PM-9PM.

Happy Birthday!      9-4-15
Bill Barber turns 64, tomorrow, Sep 5. Celebrating number 54 on Monday, Just Plain John at WROD-AM 1340/104.7-FM. Congratulations to you both!

Panthers Football Returns     9-4-15
Florida Tech football returns to WFIT-FM 89.5. Jerry Durney and Paul Van Scott return as “The voice of the Panthers.” A pregame show will air thirty minutes before kickoff and the post game show airs at the conclusion.

Russillo Gets A New Partner       9-7-15
At ESPN Orlando 580, WDBO-AM 580, Danny Kanell is named Ryen Russillo`s co-host, succeeding Scott Van Pelt on the 1PM-4PM program.

Congratulations!      9-9-15
WPCV-FM 97.5's Roger Todd, Melissa Moran and Dale Sellers of "The 97 Country Breakfast Cub", have been nominated as the Country Music Association's Broadcast Medium Market Personalities of the Year. The winners will be announced in October and honored Nov. 4 on the ABC network Nov. 4.

Happy Birthday!      9-9-15
WUCF-FM 89.9's Bob Kelley celebrates number 64 tomorrow, Sep 10. The brothers Harper at WMEL-AM 1060, John and Vernon blow out the candles on Friday. Happy birthday to all of you!

The Party Is Over At Midnight     9-11-15   
JVC MEDIA, has announced that at midnight it will debut Smooth Jazz WXJZ-FM 100.9. The station has been stunting with patriotic-themed music. Victor Canales,  JVC Media Vice President/Chief Operating Officer said, "This radio station was designed to be a partner to the community and a complement to our sister station in the market WOW-FM 104.9 (WYGC-FM 104.9). This will be the station that you don’t shut off, morning, noon and night. We are planning a ton of concerts, events and promotions that will really make an impact on the community and bring excitement the streets of Gainesville, this is a really smooth sounding station." Smooth 100.9 FM will broadcast live and local from the newly designed store front window studios in Downtown Gainesville along with sister station WYGC, WOW 104.9FM  

Happy Birthday!     9-12-15
Rick Morton, of WRKT-AM 1300 fame, will hear the happy birthday song tomorrow, the 13th. The love of my life, my partner in life  as well as this website, my wife Wilma will celebrate on Tuesday. Happy birthday to you both! 

Bud Hedinger Celebrates Constitution Day      9-16-15    
Mike Yaffee, Executive Producer of "Bud Hedinger Live" on WFLF-AM 540/102.5-FM, has put together a special event to celebrate Constitution Day on Thursday, September 17th, beginning at 5:30PM. The celebration will take place in front of Orlando City Hall and is open to the public. Bud Hedinger will sing the National Anthem and read the Preamble to the Constitution. There will be guest speakers, including Mike Yaffee, Mark Logas, and others. Mark Logas will be filling in for Bud Hedinger on Friday, September 18th. Mark's guest at 7:12 a.m. is a student from UCF who has devoted her life to helping the homeless. Danielle Saff is sponsoring a petition drive to create a "Homeless Bill of Rights" in Florida and to bring awareness of the many faces in the homeless community, including families and veterans. This is another example of a young person actively taking part in civic engagement and making a positive difference in our community. Former FL Attorney General Bill McCollum joins Mark at 8:12 a.m. to talk about the challenges facing our Constitution and the recent opinions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chad Benson Joins Line-up      9-16-15    
Chad Benson has joined the line-up at WDBO-FM 96.5 weekdays from 3AM-5AM. Radio America syndicates Benson. 

Pope's Visit To Be Carried Locally    9-17-15
WDMC-AM 920 will be covering the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba and the United States. Coverage begins on Sunday, Sep 20, from Cuba. You can check the entire broadcast schedule here
Speaking of WDMC, in May the station moved to new facilities (studio, offices and chapel) to 2020 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Suite 103. The new location is at the northeast corner of Croton and Eau Gallie Blvd. This location is home of Divine Mercy Radio operations.

Congratulations and Happy Birthdays!     9-21-15
First, congrats to Bobby Mitchell who will celebrate 23 years at WWKA-FM 92.3, on Wednesday. Birthday greetings go out to  WOCL-FM 105.9's, Paco on Wednesday as well. Roger Franklin Williams turns 58 on Saturday.

Cobb Joins Marc Radio    9-24-15
Dave Cobb will take over as General Manager of Marc Radio's seven Central Florida stations. Dave will oversee operations at;
WPLL-FM 106.9, WTMG-FM 101.3, WHHZ-FM 100.5, WRZN-AM 720, WWLO-AM 1430WTMN-AM 1430 and WDVH-FM 101.7.

Mark Logas In For Bud Hedinger    9-27-15
On Monday, Sep 28 Mark Logas will be filling in for Bud Hedinger on WFLF-AM 540/102.5-FM. During the 7 o’clock hour, Congressman Dan Webster (R-FL Dist 10) will be on the “50,000 Watt Front Porch” to discuss his intention to run for Speaker of the House. Since January on BHL, Webster has been updating Central Floridians on his committee assignments after he was unceremoniously removed from several by Speaker John Boehner after Webster initially challenged Boehner for the Speaker position. During the 8 o’clock hour, Manny Orozco, the UCF student who stepped into action to save the life of a fellow student, will join Mark to encourage listeners to take CPR training classes and for colleges and businesses to better identify where AEDs (automated external defibrillator) are located. Sadly, the 18 year old student that Manny attempted to save died the next day but Manny gave Michael a fighting chance to live instead of walking away or not knowing what to do.  Manny does not want Michael to be forgotten, so he is campaigning for better education and understanding of the importance of CPR and AEDs.

Sold: WMEL-AM 1300    9-27-15
Rama Communications, Inc has sold WMEL-AM 1300 to the 321 Corporation for $150,000.

Changes At Cumulus      9-30-15
Cumulus Media, the nation's second-largest radio broadcaster, announced Tuesday that it will replace its chief executive next month a change that comes after a year in which the company's share price fell by more than 80 percent. Lewis W. Dickey Jr. will step down on Oct. 13 and be replaced by Mary G. Berner, a Cumulus board member who has served as chief executive of MPA/The Association of Magazine Media, Reader's Digest Association and Fairchild Publications. Lewis Dickey, one of the company's largest shareholders, will become vice chairman. His brother John Dickey will step down as executive vice president. The news, which was first reported by The New York Times, is a blow to the Dickey family, which co-founded the Atlanta-based company in 1997. The family shepherded Cumulus' rise to one of the most prominent radio broadcasters in the country with 460 stations in 90 markets. Cumulus also owns the Westwood One syndication service, the Rdio streaming music service and the Nash country music division, which includes radio stations, television channels and a record label. In recent years, Cumulus has amassed a debt of $2.5 billion while its stock price has fallen by more than 80 percent, closing Tuesday at $0.68. Stations in Central Florida include; WHKR-FM 102.7, WSJZ-FM 95.9, WAOA-FM 107.1 and WLZR-AM 1560.


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