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September 2018


WRSO Becomes Accion 979      9-3-18
iHeart radio has taken over programming on WRSO-AM 810. The station broadcasts a Spanish News-Talk format on 810 AM, 97.9FM and 100.3 HD3.  

Happy Birthday!      9-4-18
Happy 67th birthday to Orlando legend Bill Barber, tomorrow.

New Morning Show On WNUE     9-5-18
WNUE-FM 98.1 has begun airing a new morning show called "Él y Ella" from 6AM-10AM. The program is hosted by Arnaldo Olivieri "JR el Aire" and Jessica Reyes. The morning show hosts were married for 14 years, have been divorced five-and are back together to share their “uncoupled conversations” on the new program.

WFLF Moves To New Translator        9-5-18
WFLF-AM 540 has changed translators from W273CA at 102.5 FM to W226BT at 93.1 FM. WFLA will simulcast on both 93.1 FM and 102.5 FM until October 1. 

Mike Bianchi Heard In Jacksonville  9-8-18
WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM's "Open Mike" with Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi is being carried by iHeart owned WFXJ-AM 930 n Jacksonville.

Happy Birthday!       9-9-18
WUCF-FM 89.9's Bob Kelley celebrates number 67 tomorrow, Sep 10. The brothers Harper at WMEL-AM 1060, John and Vernon blow out the candles on Sunday. Happy birthday to all of you!

WMEL Moves To Internet     9-11-18
Will Standley owner of WKQK-AM 1300 has acquired the assets of WMEL owned by John Harper who has been the owner of the WMEL in different incarnations for over 25 years.

August PPM Ratings     9-12-18
Nielsen PPM ratings for August are here.
 

Congratulations!      9-12-18
Dana Taylor at WOMX-FM 105.1 has been named Program Director. Over at WQMP-FM 101.9, John O’Connell has been named Program Director and Melissa “Mel” Leigh-Sorrentino has been promoted as Assistant Program Director in addition to her positions of Music Director and Midday host.

Bill Gable Passes    9-20-18
Bill Gable, who in April of 2014 retired after a 46 year career has died from complications of COPD.  He passed on Tuesday, Sep 18 in Windsor, Ontario Canada. In 1986 Bill, along with Frank Reed helped launch WOCL-FM 105.9, first known as WMGG-FM 105.9. The WMGG calls were used to keep the new format and slogan ("Class 105.9") American Media was about to debut a secret. Bill was Program Director as well as doing morning drive. In 1994 Bill would move to WMMO-FM 98.9 doing mornings for Granum Communications. Then in 2001 Bill would move to WLOQ-FM 103.1 and continue morning drive for Gross Communications Corp. Bill began his radio career as a teenager in Allen town, PA. In the 1970s he worked at CKLW which was located n Windsor, Ontario, Canada, serving Windsor and Detroit. He retired in 2014 from his last stop at CFZM-AM 740.

Parker Joins K-Country   9-24-18
Parker takes over as evening personality at WOGK-FM 93.7. He replaces Doug Rockwell.   

Holcomb has Left The Building      9-24-18
WRUF-AM 850/98.1 FM  Operations Manager Brett Holcomb is leaving for a new position as Assistant Program Director at WUSF/WSMR in South Florida.

For Sale      9-27-18
Two Central Florida station are on the sales block. WLBE-AM-790 in Leesburg and WKFL-AM 1170 in Bushnell are both for sale. 

Congratulations!     9-28-18
Congratulations go to WDBO-FM 96.5 as winners of the Marconi Award for Large Market Station of the Year and to Morning host Joe Kelley the winner of the Large Market Personality of the Year. The awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. 


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