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Happy Birthday!          5-22-19
Happy birthday today to Shannon Burke, to JJ Duling on Saturday and happy anniversary to WDBO-AM 580 on their 95th year on the air as of Saturday. 

SOLD: WWAB        5-21-19
Ferris Waller (Walco Enterprises) has closed on the sale of Lakeland radio station WWAB-AM 1330. The sale price was $130,000 for the station that currently plays Gospel and R & B. Waller currently owns WHNR-AM 1360  and WKFL-AM 1170.

The Latest Ratings Are In       5-20-19
The Orlando PPM ratings are in. See them here.

Mathew Malone Named PD       5-16-19
Entercom has announced the appointment of Matthew Malone to the role of Program Director for WQMP-FM 101.9 "FM 101.9". 

Happy Birthday      5-8-18
Celebrating on Friday will be former  WHNR-AM 1360 Account Executive,
Von Rommell Fernandes, as well as WMFQ-FM 92.9 morning co-host Bill Barr and on Saturday Rick Brady will blow out the candles.   

Great Place To "Talk" About  Radio       5-7-19
The world's largest broadcast discussion website, www.RadioDiscussions.com has been purchased from Streamline Publishing by Dr. Frank Berry.
Frank is a retired radio and television engineer who worked in the Central Florida and Tampa/St. Petersburg markets for many years. He was the Chief Engineer for many stations including:  WGTO-AM 540, WVFM-FM 94.1, WONN-AM 1230, WQPD-AM 1430, WPCV-FM 97.5 and WQYK-FM/AM. Frank currently lives in Midland, Michigan.

You Can Go Home Again      5-7-19
President and General manager of WMFE-FM 90.7, LaFontaine E. Oliver announced he will be leaving to take the same position at WYPR-FM in Baltimore, MD. Oliver came to Orlando from Baltimore in 2013.  

Happy Birthday!    5-1-19
Buddy Pittman celebrates number 67 today. Also blowing out the candles today is WROD-AM 1340/FM 104.7's Frank Scott as well as
Chuck Agostinelli former producer for Gene Burns at WKIS-AM 740. Happy birthday to you all!

Happy Birthday!       4-21-19
The multi-faceted WMMO-FM 98.9 talent, Hildi (Brooks) celebrates tomorrow. 

Orlando City Soccer Is On The Air       4-20-19
WTKS-FM 104.1 will be carrying the Orlando City Soccer games in English and La Nueva 990 AM, WDYZ-AM 990 will carry them in Spanish.

Latest Orlando PPM Ratings      4-20-19
WXXL-FM 106.7 has taken the number one spot from WRUM-FM 100.3 in the latest ratings. Read them all here.

Smooth No More     4-1419
From Dennis Snyder: "...WRXW 92.7 LPFM has dropped it's smooth music format and gone to religious programming.  The "Smooth" music is still being
streamed on line while the FM signal is religious.  If you go to Smooth's web site the regular site appears for a few seconds then a pop up says "Farewell Orlando," stating the change is due to lack of listener financial support."

Happy Birthday    4-11-19  
A good friend of this site "Slats" (Tim Guinane) blows out the candles tomorrow. Celebrating on Saturday are Tracey Young and Shawn Burke and on Sunday Steve Schiffman. Hope you all have a wonderful birthday.

WPOZ Adds A Voice To Afternoons       4-8-19
Coppelia is joining afternoon host Shadow from 2PM-6PM. Coppelia will also be the Program Director for La Z 102.5, Zs new Spanish sister station. 

Radio Legends To Wake Up Gainesville/Ocala     4-7-19
One of the leading independent and locally owned radio broadcasters and entertainment producers in the country, announces the addition of LIVE and LOCAL radio veterans in morning drive at two of JVCs Gainesville-Ocala radio stations.  Leroy, the 15-year market veteran who has been waking up Gainesville-Ocala on Country-Rock WXUS-FM 102.3 ("US 102.3"), will join Jenn Ryan as co-host of "The Jenn Ryan Show" on CHR/Top 40 WMFQ-FM 92.9 ("Q92.9") Mon-Fri 6AM-10AM beginning Mon April 8th.  Filling the vacant spot at WXUS-FM 102.3 ("US102.3") is radio legend Barry Michaels, who will host mornings from 6AM-10AM beginning Monday April 8th.  

New Operations Manager      4-3-19
Cumulus Media has named Joe Browning as Operations Manager for WROK-FM 95.9, WHKR-FM 102.7, WLZR-AM 1560 and WAOA-FM 107.1. Browning will also serve as Program Director/afternoon host for WAOA-FM, going by the on-air name of Joe Kelley. 

SOLD: WRLZ     4-1-19
WRLZ-AM 1270 is being purchased by Marc Radio Orlando. The sale price is $800,000.

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