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Jim Philips Last Program Date Announced      11-14-18
iHeartMedia Orlando has announced the retirement of veteran talk host Jim Philips. The final live “The Philips Phile” will air from 3PM-7PM on Tuesday, November 20 on WTKS-FM 104.1 "Real Radio". The station will also celebrate Philips retirement with a special “Phinal Philips Phile” tribute show on Wednesday, November 21 from 3PM-7PM. Philips has hosted “The Philips Phile” on WTKS for more than 30 years.

Ron “Charles” Gitschier Passes      11-11-18   
Ron Charles (Gitschier) passed away at the age of 56. Ron built Flagler County's first radio station WNZF-AM 1550/FM 106.3 10 years ago.  Ron was a proud retired Navy veteran of 23 years, according to the news release, and moved to Flagler County in 2003. “Ron was heard on the "WNZF Local Morning News" every day for the past 10 years,” Flagler Broadcasting Vice President/General Manager David Ayres said. "There’s a thousand things that can wrong with four radio stations and Ron always kept things running smooth. As a radio reporter he had great relationships and liked everybody he met. Ron was also instrumental in keeping all four radio stations on the air during severe storms and hurricanes. Our entire staff is devastated over this sudden loss. Everybody who knew Ron loved him and he will be greatly missed.” Services for Ron Charles are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, at Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, with a 1PM reception and a 3PM service. In Memory

Election Night Coverage     11-5-18

Mark Logas will be anchoring "Decision 2018: The Mid-Term General Election" on WFLF-AM 540/93.1 on Tuesday evening between 7PM and 10PM. Radio journalists Larry Spilman and Melissa Foxx will be providing live updates throughout the evening along with FOX News Radio and FNN (Florida News Network). Governor George Allen will visit the "50,000 Watt Front Porch" to discuss the national political scene, Bishop E.W. Jackson will stop by to talk about Black voter turnout in this important election, Roger Gannam from Liberty Counsel will discuss how the election results could impact civil liberties cases being brought forward to the Federal Courts, and former Congressman and FL Attorney General Bill McCollum will share his insight into key state races. Phone lines will be open for listeners to share their opinions as the election results come in. Complete coverage of the election results will continue Wednesday morning on "Good Morning Orlando" with Bud Hedinger, Deborah Roberts, and Michael Yaffee".

Happy Birthday       11-3-18
Kevin Baldinger blows out the candles tomorrow.

Embry-Riddle SpeakER Series       11-3-18
On Monday, Nov. 5, WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM's Marc Bernier will host
"The Pilot Shortage 2.0 - Where Are We Now?", a panel discussion led by Dr. Ken Byrnes. The audience will hear the latest on the nationwide pilot shortage. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share insights. The event begins at 7PM, and doors open at 6PM in the Capt. Willie Miller Building's Gale Lemerand Auditorium.

SOLD: WKFL-AM       11-3-18
Ferris Waller is acquiring the silent WKFL-AM 1170, licensed to Bushnell.
A $10,000 down payment is being paid by Waller to WKFL owner Talknsports, Inc. The remainder of the $30,000 sale price due at closing. Waller, who resides in Plant City, is well-known in Central Florida as the owner of WHNR-AM 1360 (Boss Hogg Radio) in Cypress Gardens, serving the Lakeland-Winter Haven market; and as the owner of the Plant City Farm & Flea Market. Waller will begin operating WKFL immediately via Time Brokerage Agreement.

Former Rep. David Jolly to Host Daily Show        11-2-18 
Genesis Communications has hired former Congressman David Jolly to host a new radio show, "David Jolly: Unbiased and Unplugged", which debuted on  October 31 from 1PM-3PM on WIXC-AM 1060 Melbourne-Titusville. The program will consist of political commentary, discussion with guests and listener calls.

October PPM Ratings      11-2-18
Nielsen PPM Ratings for October 2018 are here

Saga Purchases Four Gainesville/Ocala Stations     10-30-18
Saga Communications, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of WOGK-FM 93.7, WNDT-FM 92.5, WNDD-FM 95.5, and WNDN-FM 107.9, from Ocala Broadcasting Corporation, LLC.  All the stations serve the Gainesville-Ocala, Florida radio market. The price was $9.3 million.

UCF And WYGM Renew Partnership     10-29-18
iHeartMedia/Orlando and University of Central Florida Athletics have extended their partnership to keep WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM "The Game" as the flagship station for the UCF Knights' radio broadcasts. The new three-year deal begins with the 2019-20 school year and runs through 2021-22. Next year will mark the 25th consecutive year of Knights' athletics on The Game. Under the new agreement, UCF Football and UCF Men's Basketball will take precedence over any other live event on the two outlets.

Venus To Be Topic Of Next  ERAU Speaker Series    10-29-18
Following the  popularity of both “The Jupiter Experience” in 2017 and “The Mars Experience” in 2016, the ERAU Speaker Series moves onto the planet Venus with the words, music and images of this mysterious planet.  Come with your questions during a fascinating Q&A session with our panel of experts. Faculty please encourage your classes to attend. Doors open at 6.  Moderated by WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM's Marc Bernier this is an excellent discussion topic for all ages and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6PM in the Gale Lemerand auditorium, in the Willie Miller Instructional Center on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Sunday Night Vinyl Returns
A program that ran On WTKS-FM 104.1 for 15 years, will return.
"Sunday Night Vinyl" returns with host
Erik Dennison. The program aired from 1995 until 2010. The show returns on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 7PM-10PM.

Happy Birthday!       10-13-1
Happy Birthday on Monday to Kipper McGee former WDBO-AM 580 Program Director, you can wish Orlando radio veteran Alan Spector a Happy Birthday on Tuesday. 

KC Armstrong To be heard In Orlando      10-11-18
Former, Howard Stern show cast member KC Armstrong will be heard in Orlando. The “World’s Most Amazing People with KC Armstrong” is a daily, one-hour show, will be heard on WOTW-HD2, “BUD 94.1” between 7PM-8PM. The show will be syndicated by JVC Media.

Congratulations!        10-8-18
Sandra Carrasquillo was honored with the Lifetime Hispanic Achiever's Award at the Hispanic Achievers Heritage Month celebration in Orlando for her significant contributions to the Central Florida Hispanic community. Carrasquillo is the morning co-host of the new Accion 97.9 FM (WRSO-AM 810), network anchor of Spanish language newscasts on the statewide FNN Hispana service and host of the weekly statewide news and public affairs program "Florida Exclusivo", which is heard on 24 radio stations throughout Florida.

PPM ratings For September      10-8-18
September ratings are in and available here.

Happy Birthday!       10-8-18
Rad Messick former Program Director at WDIZ-FM 100.9 celebrates tomorrow. WNDB-AM 1150/93.5 FM 's Phil Kincaid, producer of the "Marc Bernier Show" celebrates on Friday. Happy birthday to you both.

Mark Logas In For Bud Hedinger     10-7-18
Mark Logas will be substituting for Bud Hedinger on "Good Morning Orlando" on WFLF-93.1-FM/AM540 October 8 through October 15. Mark will share what it was like as a college professor who teaches government to watch Senator Susan Collins school Americans about our Constitution. Guests who will be stopping by the “50,000 Watt Front Porch” throughout the week will include investigative journalist James O’Keefe, Brandon Tatum, a Black former police officer  and Director of Urban Engagement who will detail how Democrats are losing many Black voters, Roger Gannam from Liberty Counsel with new cases of religious persecution against Christians, and former AG and Congressional House Manager Bill McCollum who will weigh in on the next move Democrats might take against Brett Kavanaugh. Mark has also asked the White House Press Office to invite President Trump to call in during his visit to Orlando on Monday as well. Listeners are always welcome to call in and share their opinions on 93.1FM WFLA.

Welcome "La Z 102.5"     10-5-18
After stunting as "Cool Oldies 102.5" for a couple of days,
Central Florida Educational Foundation, Inc. has decided to add a Spanish Christian format to their portfolio of stations-La Z 102.5. W273CA was being leased by iHeart Media and in 2011 they were broadcasting a smooth jazz format calling itself WLOQ-FM 102.5.

Erica Lee Checks In          10-1-18
It was great to hear from Erica Lee, the 19 year morning co-host with Scott McKenzie at WOMX-FM 105.1. Ms. Lee can be heard on her Podcasts at Erica Lee's Podcasts

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