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October 2005

WDBO-AM Captures Marconi Award    10-1-05
WDBO-AM 580, Orlando received the Medium Market Station of the Year Award, September 26, at the National Association of Broadcasters,  Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show co-sponsored by BMI. The event was held in conjunction with The NAB Radio Show in Philadelphia.
Established in 1989, and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.


Hockey Hits The Air   10-15-05

Genesis Communications Orlando and The Florida Seals announced a new partnership. SportsRadio WHOO-AM 1080  and WAMT-AM 1190 will carry most Florida Seals games live this year. The stations will broadcast 18 of the first 27 Seals games over the air between the two stations. In December the two sides will announce the remainder of the broadcast schedule which will include the second half of the regular season and subsequent playoff games.


Salem Buys WTLN-AM and WHIM-AM     10-20-05

Salem Communications Corporation, the leading radio broadcaster focused on Christian and family-themed programming, today announced that it will acquire WTLN-AM 950 and WHIM-AM 1520, which serve the greater Orlando market, from Alton Rainbow Corporation and TM2, Inc., for approximately $10 million. The transaction is subject to required regulatory approvals and other closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2006. Last month, Salem announced that it would acquire Orlando station WORL-AM 660, which will be programmed in its successful News Talk format. Edward G. Atsinger III, president and CEO of Salem Communications, commented, "These are two heritage stations that have been in the Christian teaching and talk format for many years. The Moffits are respected broadcasters who have provided a platform in Orlando to some of the best national ministries and speakers, a tradition we plan to continue. This transaction strengthens Salem's position in one of the nation's top markets allowing us to broadcast two of our three strategic formats in Orlando."


City of Orlando Launches AM Station     10-21-05
In an effort to keep citizens and visitors informed during Hurricane Wilma and future hurricanes, the City of Orlando has launched an AM radio station, WQDC-AM 1650, to provide 24-hour storm and preparation updates. The radio equipment is based at the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and has a 5-mile signal radius.


Garabo and Taylor Take Mornings at WOCL    
10-26-05
With the departure of Howard Stern to satellite radio, Infinity stations across the country will have new morning hosts come January. Stern heard locally on WOCL-FM 105.9 will bring together Drew Garabo and Mel Taylor for "THE MORNING AFTER SHOW WITH DREW GARABO & MEL TAYLOR" starting in January 2006.
Other moves include; Carter returns for mid-days Jody and Scott will take over nights.


Traveler Info Radio 1300 Now Latina 1300
      10-31-05
On October 31 Rama Communications flipped WTIR-AM 1300 from "Traveler Information Radio" to "Latina 1300, La Radio De Todos".


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