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April 2009


A Big Happy Birthday   4-1-09
A legend in Central Florida Radio celebrates his 81st birthday April 2. WLBE-AM 790's Bob Andrews turns 81. Bob's career spans 61 years as well. Bob was very instrumental in helping me gather much of information found on the site, for that I am very grateful. Happy Birthday Bob! 


Another Veteran Shown The Door  4-1-09
Patricia James, who held down middays at WLOQ-FM 103.1 was let go on March 5. Pat was with WLOQ for 13 years. In those years she also served as Music Director and Public-relations Director. 


Movin' On Up    4-3-09
WIXC-AM 1060 has appointed Liz Litterello as Program Director. Congratulations Liz!


Changes Coming   4-5-09
WELE-AM 1380 is about to shake up their line-up. Doug Kosarek will bring his wake up show to WELE, replacing Imus in the Morning. Imus will move to an evening time slot, replacing Dave Ramsey who is moving to replace Laura Ingraham.


It's April. So Where's Baseball?   4-8-09  4-14-09
Looking for baseball on the radio? You'll  find the games carried by ESPN on WHOO-AM 1080 including Sunday Night Baseball, the Playoffs and the World Series. You can follow college ball on WYGM-AM 740 as they carry the UCF Knights.
You can hear Tampa Bay Rays baseball on WELE-AM 1380, WIXC-AM 1060 and WAMT-AM 1190. Games carried by ESPN can also be heard on WMOP-AM 900, Ocala and WGGG-AM 1230, Gainesville.


Birthdays This Week   4-10-09
Celebrating birthdays this week are WMMO-FM 98.9 morning show co-host Shawn Burke along with his former co-host from WMGF-FM 107.7; Tracy Young enjoys their day on Monday.  "Steve Mitchell" Schiffman celebrates on Tuesday. Happy Birthday everybody!


WFBO-FM 97.7 Surrenders License   4-16-09
A year after being hit with a  $24,000 FCC fine, Halifax Christian Community Church, owners of WFBO-FM 97.7 have agreed to surrender its license. The FCC alleged “operation in a manner inconsistent with its station authorization” by airing commercials and running an unlicensed transmitter. Halifax Christian Community Church first won a reduction in the fine from $24,000 to $8,100. With the offer to surrender the license it ends the investigation and lets everybody walk away. WFBO went on the air in 2003, and had been playing oldies as "Flagler's Blizzard Of Oldies". In December of 2007, someone complained that WFBO's underwriting announcements were too close to being commercials. You can read the FCC order and the consent decree here.


More Changes At WIXC   4-17-09
Ryan Feldman, sports director at WIXC-AM 1060 has been released. Ryan was hired just  90 days ago from WIP-AM 660 in Philadelphia.


AMP 105.1 Hits The Airwaves   4-18-09
After lots of speculation that CBS would flip WOMX-FM 105.1, the truth of the matter is AMP Radio has come to Central Florida. AMP Radio 105.1 is on WOMX-FM HD2 and also available via the Internet.


Genesis Taps Cantwell for Orlando Post  4-21-09
Former Clear Channel Sales Manager, Colin Cantwell has been appointed Vice President/General Manager by Genesis Communications for its two Orlando stations. Colin will oversee WHOO-AM 1080 and  WAMT-AM 1190


WBHQ Takes To The Air  4-23-09
WBHQ-FM 92.7 "The Beach 92.7" is officially on the air. Licensed to Beverly Beach in Flagler County their signal reaches from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach.


"Beach Boy" Mike Love Interview   4-23-09
WSBH-FM 98.5 morning man Ray Michaels will interview Mike Love of the Beach Boys, tomorrow April 24. They'll be talking about the upcoming concert at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on Saturday May 2nd.


Market Scoreboard Coming To ESPN 1080    4-24-09
Genesis Communications, Inc and Compass Media Networks have entered into an agreement to air the Market Scoreboard Report With Ron Insana on Genesis owned WHOO-AM 1080 in Orlando and WHBO-AM 1040 in Tampa Bay. The reports will air at 10:30AM and 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. The reports begin airing May 11, 2009.


Happy Birthday!    4-27-09
Time for WWKA-FM 92.3's morning co-host "Doc" to blow out the 48 candles on his birthday, Tuesday. Happy birthday Doc!


Savannah Takes A Final Bow    4-28-09
The Sexy Savannah will be making one last Central Florida appearance before she heads out to the west coast. Plans are for her to join the Monsters in the Morning on WTKS-FM 104.1 on Friday morning and then appear on stage with them on Saturday at the annual Miss Monster show, which will take place at Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona.


Black Day At Clear Channel Stations    4-28-09 
At WTKS-FM 104.1,  The Monsters in the Morning lose a long time member.  Bubba "WhoopAss" Wilson known to Monster fans as "the musical genius", is a victim of the latest round of layoffs. Russ Rollins told The Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell; "This is a very sad day for me and for all Monster fans. Everyone on the show is heartbroken. We all loved Bubba"
Another victim of the carnage at WTKS is long time producer and member of "The Philips Phile", Oddo. Jim tells Scott Maxwell; "I'm heart-broken,..." "...You're talking about wonderful, talented people. And I've always said that, whatever success I've had, it's because of the people around me. The show will never be the same...never."
Also shown the door is long-time WXXL-FM 106.7  morning show producer Alex Diaz, the "Shot Doctor" and his show has been scrapped from WFLA-AM 540 as well as Program Director Tom Benson. Also, Crazy Sam from WRUM-FM 100.3 "Rumba 100.3" has been shown the door. There were also a number of veteran off-air employees let go today. At the same time, CC Media Holdings Inc., Clear Channel’s parent company, said it has suspended its matching funds for employee 401(k) programs for the rest of the year.


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