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June 2020

Kingbird Calls It A Career      6-5-20
WKRO-FM 93.1's Jim ''Kingbird'' King has announced his retirement after a career that has lasted for over 50 years. He's been in Daytona Beach for over 40 of those years. In an article by Bo Poertner of the Orlando Sentinel written in 1996; "According to a local magazine story, Jim King became Kingbird on the air one day at a Tennessee radio station when a female sales rep walked in and yelled, "How's the Kingbird today?" It caught on with listeners and stuck." We wish him a wonderful and relaxing retirement. Thanks to John Barrett for the info.

Kingbird posted the following on the station's Facebook page. “Working with a broom handle for a tone arm, spending three days dangling in the air above a used car lot, taking a busload to the Alabama June Jam, sharing a studio with cats and rats to working in the current beautiful facility we’re in today, and everything in between, has made this 50-plus year career in our community an honor and a joy."

Latest Ratings     6-12-20
The May PPM ratings are in. See them here.

Boss Hog Radio Expanding Again      6-12-20
Walco Enterprises, owners of "Boss Hog Radio" WWAB-AM 1330, WHNR-AM 1360 and WKFL-AM 1170 has completed the purchase of WFHT-AM 1390 along with the translator W298BU 107.5 licensed to Avon Park. The purchase price was $150,000.

WWBF Adds Translator      6-17-20
Thornburg Communications is purchasing translator W275AX at 102.9 FM from Glades Media. The purchase price is $40,000. WWBF-AM 1130 will continue to simulcast the classic hits format.

No FM Translator For WLBE      6-18-20

Radio Insight reported that applications for translators on 101.7, 95.7 and then 103.5 by silent WLBE-AM 790's Q-Broadcasting have been dismissed. Reasons include typographical errors in the original application, and applications were prepared by Howard Reiner who “was not then, and is not now, an employee or officer of WLBE,” making him ineligible to file and certify those applications on its behalf. 

WDBO Comes Home      6-24-20 
WDBO-FM 96.5 is moving back to its former frequency at 580 AM. WDBO began simulcasting on 580 AM, 96.5 FM HD2, and 107.3 this afternoon. The 96.5 frequency will become the home of Spanish Hot AC as Éxitos 96.5 FM on Monday 6-29. The ESPN programming heard on 580 AM since 2012 will now air on WCFB-FM 94.5 HD2.

Estee On The Move    6-24-20
Home grown Estee Martin will be in charge at Éxitos 96.5. She will become Program Director and Director of Branding for the Spanish station moving to the 96.5 frequency beginning June 29.


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