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Congratulations to Marconi Award finalists; WMMO-FM 98.9 for Classic
Hits Station of the Year ands WDBO-FM 96.5 for News/Talk Station of the
Year. The Winners will be announced
at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show during the radio Show
in Dallas on Sep 26.
JVC Media is purchasing WORL-AM 660/105.5 FM
"The Answer" from Salem Media. The sale price is reported to
be worth $900,000.
Ken Dixon celebrates his
78th today. WPOZ-FM
88.3's Shadow blows out
the candles tomorrow.
WIWA On Reduced Power
Marc Radio's Spanish Christian WIWA-AM 1160
has requested an STA for the station due to transmitter failure.
Celebrating today is Bob Crews,
Program Director at WLKF-AM 1430/96.7 FM.
Tyler on The Move 7-2-19
Brand Manager/Afternoon host Justin
Tyler at WRUF-FM 103.7
is on the move to Crested Butte, Colorado to take the position of
Marketing Manager with a non-profit.
good friend of this website, Tony Downes
Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group has sold their Orlando Radio
station portfolio, along with their other radio stations nationwide, to
a new broadcasting company that is substantially owned by private equity
funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC. Cox
Enterprises will maintain a minority stake in the new company, which
will maintain the name "Cox Media Group" and will be
headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Cox
Media Group stations in Central Florida include; WDBO-AM
WWKA-FM 92.3, WPYO-FM 95.3 which will
be divested, WDBO-FM 96.5, WMMO-FM
98.9 and WCFB-FM-HD2 107.3. The
transaction is subject to FCC approval.
The End For
A sad ending for one of Central Florida's oldest stations. WLBE-AM 790 in Leesburg has ended
broadcasting as of June 22. WLBE began as WEUS in 1947. The last format
Hanging Up My Headphones 6-27-19
Barrett "Over & Out after 38 years.
Not necessarily retiring, I will be putting my attention as far as
"Radio" in my Online Country Music Station 98FROGFM.COM
that is something I've been dedicated to for 17 years as a tribute
station to 98FROG (98.1) which would have been 30 Years Old this Labor
Day), After a long hard look & many months of Soul Searching,
Daytona Beach is Home and I don't plan on moving. There are really no
VALID LOCAL options here in the Daytona Area as far as Radio (Anything
would be a Step-Down and ultimately not much money)...I've been on the
big 100,000 watt flamethrowers and there is really nowhere to go after
that (Satellite would have been a possible option)...the 128 watt &
250 watt Translators or 1,000 & 5,000 watt radio stations don't
excite me!!! So the afternoon of Nov 14, 2018 on WHOG, WKRO, WVYB, WLOV and
HOT 94.1 and Nov 15, 2018 at 8:50 AM on The
Bennett & Bernier Radio Show on WNDB
93.5/1150 will have been the Last Time I talked on
the Daytona Radio Airwaves!!! Not counting On-Line Radio. Thanks You to
the many wonderful listeners."
Sold: Translator W231CT 6-26-19
iHeartmedia has purchased translator W231CT-93.1 FM in Orlando from
Circuitwerkes, Inc. for $550,000. iHeart will use the translator to
540. The additional translator will give WFLF full-market FM
Dr. Dave Retires From WNZF 6-2019
The Palm Coast Observer published a great article
West of Flagler Broadcasting who has retired after
11 years. Read it here.
Moran Of Salem To
Mike Moran Vice President and General Manager
for Salem Media Group Atlanta operations is set to retire at
the end of July after 15 years. Moran
also served as regional VP for Salem’s Cleveland, Miami, Orlando,
and Tampa markets.
Salsa Comes To
is now "Viva FM". WONQ had been playing tropical music. Owners Q
Broadcasting is bringing the Salsa format exclusively to Orlando and
according to George Meir; "The station will be the only 100% Salsa
format in the state of Florida and the continental U.S.”
The May 2019 PPM ratings are in. See
New PD For WDBO-AM and
Cox Media Group Orlando has named Keith
Memoly program director for WDBO-96.5 FM
and WDBO-AM 580.
Congrats To The
Congratulations go to the WTKS-FM 104.9
"Monsters" for making
Talker's Magazine Heavy Hundred talk show hosts at number 70.
WNZF Radio Hires Florida School For
Deaf & Blind Graduate 6-5-19
Trent Ferguson took the reigns
as Morning Sports Anchor on WNZF-AM 1580/FM
94.9, replacing the retiring
Dr. Dave West.
tell us that WNTF-AM 1580 has flipped
formats from Caribbean
Music/Talk to Haitian Christian.
Many happy returns to Tom
Nefeldt, better known as WLOF-AM 950's T.
Michael Jordan, celebrating a birthday today.
WPUL To Add
The FCC has granted WPUL-AM 1590 the right to
construct a translator n Daytona Beach. Southern Stone Communications had petitioned
the FCC to deny the construction
of translator W264DP at 100.7 FM.
Southern Stone argued that WPUL was silent for more than 12 consecutive
months. Southern Stone stations include; WHOG-FM
95.7, WVYB-FM 103.3, WNDB-AM
1150/93.5 FM and WKRO-FM 93.1
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.
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.
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".
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
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
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
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