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January 2016


Happy Birthday!     1-3-15
Tomorrow, two good friends of this website will celebrate birthdays. Dick Camnitz  aka WLOF-AM 950's Dick Shane, as well as WHOO-AM 990 and WBAR-AM 1440's Dick Shannon and from Britain, a frequent visitor to central Florida and an expert on WBJW-FM 105.1 as well as WOMX-FM 105, Clive Hayward. Happy birthday to you both.

More Birthdays    1-6-16
More birthday celebrants this week include; Bill Gable, who in April of 2014 retired after a 46 year career, will turn 66 on Thursday, also on Thursday, "Lady" Laura Diaz from WXXL-FM 106.7 blows out the candles. June Myers does the birthday boogie on Saturday. On Sunday, 14 year morning host at WDBO-AM 580, Bill Taylor will celebrate. Happy birthday to you all.

Melony Torres On The Move    1-6-16 
"Where Are They Now?" Find out where the Orlando born and bread Melony Torres is headed.

On The Move      1-7-16
Dustin Kross has been named Program Director/Morning Host at Cumulus' KLIF-FM in Dallas. Kross came to “101.9 Amp Radio” WJHM-FM 101.9 in 2014 as Assistant Program Director and Morning Host. 

New Shows Added To WFLN Line-up      1-8-16
WFLN-AM 1480 is adding Scott Fisher's Extreme Genes-Family History Radio will air Saturdays from 1PM-2PM and Tom Gresham's Gun Talk airs Saturday from 7PM-10PM and again on Sundays from 2PM-5PM. Both programs are syndicated by Talk Shows USA.

Bob Poe Seeking Congressional Seat      1-9-16 
Bob Poe former General Manager at WKIS-AM 740 and the Florida Radio Network, Vice President and General Manager of WMMO-FM 98.9, Director of broadcasting and sponsorship sales for the NBA's Orlando Magic has announced he is preparing to run for the10th Congressional district, which is based in west Orlando.

Pj and Friends Returning     1-10-16
Pj Pantaleo formerly of WELE-AM 1380 is now at WQBQ-AM 1410 in Leesburg. Pj is bringing his show "Pj and Friends" to afternoon drive time, Mon-Fri from 3PM-6PM.  "Pj and Friends" will offer a combination of Music and Talk. 

Movin' on Up     1-12-16
Doug Clifford has taken over mid-days, 10AM-3PM daily at Gainesville's classic hits WYGC-FM 104.9.

2015 Fall Ratings Are In     1-13-16
The Daytona Beach Fall 2015 ratings are out, Gainesville/Ocala ratings are out as well. See them here.

Logas To Anchor Debate Coverage And Sits In For Bud Hedinger     1-14-16     
Mark Logas will be anchoring “Decision 2016: The Republican Debate” on WFLF-AM 540/102.5-FM  Thursday between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly will join Mark LIVE during the 8 o’clock hour and Mike Yaffee will be sharing his analysis of the debates as well. Then at 9:00 p.m., WFLF will carry the Republican Debate LIVE from the FOX News Business Channel. On Friday, Mark will be filling in for Bud Hedinger on "Good Morning Orlando". During the 7 o’clock hour, Mark’s guest will be former Attorney General and Congressman Bill McCollum. They will be talking about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to throw out Florida’s death penalty and the 2016 Presidential Race.

Melbourne-Titusville Fall Ratings     1-15-16
The Fall 2015 Ratings are out for Melbourne and Titusville markets. See them here.

The Wolf Brings In Former WWKA Program Director     1-18-16
JVC Media announces the addition of Country Radio veteran and former WWKA-FM 92.3, Orlando Program Director Len Shackelford for programming duties on Orlando Country station WOTW-FM 103.1 "The WOLF".  Len is a radio legend with over 30 years of experience in markets from Raleigh, NC, Columbus, GA and most recently Cox Media Group, Orlando as Operations Manager and Country Format Coordinator. Len has a long list of successful radio victories under his belt and has developed many market leading stations during his tenure at Cox and Curtis Media Group. During his oversight of WWKA Orlando, the station was a top performing Country station in rank and revenue. Len will take over programming duties on WOTW-FM 1031, "The WOLF" on Tuesday January 19th.

Milestone For Marc Bernier     1-18-16
Thursday, Jan. 21 will mark Marc Bernier's  25th year on the air on WNDB-AM 150/93.5FM, Daytona Beach with a special broadcast from the News Journal Center 3PM-6PM. The broadcast will feature experts from hosts Daytona State College as well as a “Super Volusionairies” panel of 12 discussion on stage in the 5PM hour. The program is free and open to the public from the Elaine & Thurman Gillespy, Jr. Theater.

Happy Birthday!     1-20-16
WLOF-AM 950
's Sir Arthur Knight celebrates his 71st birthday, today.

New Call Letters     1-22-16 
WJHM-FM 101.9 what was well known as "102 Jamz" has become AMP Radio and has taken new call letters. To reflect more of the "brand" they are now WQMP-FM 101.9.    

Holiday Ratings     1-22-16 
The 2015 Holiday  Nielsen Quarterly Report is here.

New Owner Closes On WMEL    1-23-16
321 Corporation has closed on the sale of Rama Communications' WMEL-AM 1300. The station will now be known as WKQK-AM 1300

Happy Birthday    1-24-16
A great contributor and friend of this website, Mark Tillery (Mark Tyll) celebrates his big day on Monday.  Jerry Steffen blows out 60 candles on Thursday and WORJ-FM 107.7 alumni Elliot Cobbs Mitchell celebrates on Friday. Happy birthday to all of you.

Marc Bernier Hosts "From Left To Right" On Feb 1     1-28-16  
Fox News Political analysts Ellen Ratner from the left, and John LeBoutillier from the right will analyze the Presidential primary season on the night of the Iowa Caucus, Monday, Feb 1. In this ground breaking  ERAU Speaker Series event, the discussion will include audience Q&A with these two well respected opinion makers. Please plan to attend for this balanced discussion. An excellent educational tool as well! Free and open to the Public. Doors open at 6PM.  Event starts at 7PM in the Lemerand auditorium on the campus of Embry-Riddle. Overflow rooms will be provided and everyone will have a chance to meet Ellen and John. Come early for the best seating. 

Jeff Allen Sportstalk Now Available      1-28-16
Jeff  worked in Sportstalk radio in Orlando from 1983 to 1996, most notably as the Program and Sports Director at WGTO in the early 90's, anchoring morning sports reports and various sportstalk shows. Now, after many years, Jeff is deciding to have some fun again to share sports opinions through this blog, on Twitter @jeffallen_88 and with his podcast available on iTunes, SoundCloud and TuneIn.

Translators Change Hands     1-29-16
Calvary Chapel ChurchInc. is selling its translator to Gillen Broadcasting Corp. for $35,000. Gillen plans to move the translator to rebroadcast WAJD-AM 1390 in Gainesville. 

New Morning Host AT WYGC     1-29-16
Gainesville radio legend “Leroy the Love Toy” has been tapped for mornings on Classic Hits WYGC-FM 104.9 starting Monday February 2nd from 6AM-10AM. Leroy, with 24 years of radio under his belt - 12 in Gainesville-Ocala alone, brings a wealth of rock radio knowledge and strong community ties to 104.9 WOW FM. 


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