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December 2010


"Between the Ropes"
Returns   12-2-10
The "Between The Ropes" radio show will return this week after a brief hiatus. The show will now air for one hour on Thursday nights beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET on WYGM-AM 740 "740 The Game" in Orlando. You will also be able to listen live at BetweenTheRopes.com.

"On The Money" Joins WIXC Line-up   12-2-10
The personal finance and investment radio talk show "On The Money! with Steven L. Pomeranz, CFP"  will join the Saturday morning line-up on WIXC-1060 AM.  The program begins on Dec 4th, and will be heard each Saturday from 9AM-10AM.

Spanish Version of Jack-FM Comes To Central Florida: Hola "Jose!"    12-2-10
"Jose: Toca lo que Quiere" (he plays what he wants) targets Hispanic adults 25-54 featuring a mix of Spanish-language adult contemporary hits from the late 1970's to today. Owner Entravision Communications has programmed stations on the west coast with the "Jose" format for about 6 years.

New Afternoon Host On WKIQ     12-3-10
Beginning Monday December 6, Armando Nieto "DJ Broncas", joins the staff at "La Gigante 1240AM" WKIQ-AM 1240. "DJ Broncas" will be heard Monday thru Friday from 2PM to 6PM.

Happy Birthday...    12-3-10
to WFLF-AM 540 Program Director, Tom Benson who celebrates tomorrow, Sat. Dec 4. Happy Birthday Tom!

"Slats" Is On The Move     12-4-10
Tim "Slats" Guinane has left WJRR-FM 101.1 and will now be heard on WHTQ-FM 96.5, Sundays from 11AM-5PM.

Lee Arnold Is Looking For You      12-4-10
WORJ-FM 107.7's Lee Arnold is talking about a Florida Radio/Record/Concert Promoter/Record Shop Owner Reunion, to take place in Orlando in May of 2011. If you were in Radio or Records in Florida in the 1970-1985 era, get in touch with Lee at lee@leearnold.com and he'll add you to the info list.

WZCC And WLQH Combine Their Signals     12-5-10
Suncoast Radio, Inc. is in the process of acquiring WLQH-AM 940 from Ocala Broadcasting. An LMA began on Dec. 1. WZCC-AM 1240 is now simulcast on WLQH in Chiefland. This more than doubles the coverage area. Details and a combined coverage map is on their website at www.suncoastradio.com.

Follow-up: It Is Now Official    12-5-10
We mentioned the possibility of a Florida Radio/Record/Concert Promoter/Record Shop Owner Reunion. The date has been finalized: May 7, 2011 to take place in Orlando. If you were anywhere in Radio or Records in Florida during 1970-1985 era please email tom@musicpromotion.com to be put on the information list.

Happy Birthday!      12-6-10
We'd like to extend birthday wishes to a good friend of this website. Frank Reed who will celebrate a birthday on Dec. 11. Happy birthday Frank and thanks for all the help with getting this site off the ground. Others celebrating this week: Al Spry and former WJRR-FM 101.1 fiasco member Launa Phillips both celebrate on Dec 8.

More Birthday Wishes   12-11-10
Happy birthday to Stan Anderson who celebrates on Dec 14 and Tom Anthony who blows out the candles on Dec. 18. Happy birthday to you both!

Movin' On Up      12-11-10
Clear Channel Orlando Director of Sales Sam Nein will become President and Market Manager at Clear Channel Tampa effective January 1. Sam will replace the retiring Dan DiLoreto. 

Lex And Terry To Broadcast Live From Gainesville    12-16-10
The syndicated Lex and Terry show will be temporarily broadcasting from the Gainesville studios of WHHZ-FM 100.5. The duration of their stay has not been determined. The show, based in Dallas, Texas, is being moved into new studios in Dallas, but the facility will not be ready in time for their first show of 2011. WHHZ PD Russ Allen told All Access; "100.5 The Buzz is excited to be able to further strengthen our partnership with Lex and Terry. They’ve dominated morning radio in the Gainesville-Ocala market for years, and now while their new studios are finished we have the unique opportunity of having them do their show live from our Gainesville studios. Our Engineer, Randy Mills, has worked hard to make this broadcast possible so that the other Lex and Terry affiliates continue to receive the show as if they were still in Dallas. Our sales team is excited about setting up some meet and greets with clients that we hope will lead to the addition of some new business on our station in the ultra competitive morning drive slot. We are thrilled to have Lex and Terry on 100.5 The Buzz". The Best Of Lex and Terry will air starting Monday, December 20th and continue until the New Year.

WOGF Falls Into Receivership    12-17-10
WOGF-FM 104.3, has gone into receivership. Control has been transferred from Nature Coast Broadcasting, Inc. and Sabatino Cupelli to receiver Burt Sherwood of Sherwood and Associates, Inc., Sarasota. 

WNZF And WBHQ Make Improvements     12-18-10
Signal improvements for both the WNZF-FM 106.3 and WBHQ-FM 92.7 have been approved by the Federal Communications Commission and have been implemented today, according the station's Vice President and General Manager, David Ayres. The FM signal has been improved by moving the antenna higher, using a higher microwave path link from the WNZF studios, and placing a new antenna closer to the county's population center. Ayres said, "The new FM signal now delivers a sound significantly improved and achieved without building a new tower. By working with SBA Tower Company we have been able use their existing structure without impacting the environment or ascetics of our sensitive area." “The new antenna site is on U.S. 1 just south of Palm Coast Parkway and is equipped with a generator for emergencies,” Ayres continued. The AM on 1550 kilohertz has just increased its daytime power by 26% to 11,000 watts. This increase enables WNZF to extend its "protected contour" over Daytona Beach, Saint Augustine, and Palatka. More significantly, Ayres asserts, is better reception for listeners here in Flagler. The AM facility also has an emergency generator on site.

Wendy Chioji Joins the Growing Bolder Media Group   12-20-10
Former WESH-TV Channel 2 anchor Wendy Chioji is now part of the team of "Growing Bolder". The "Growing Bolder" radio show airs on WMFE-FM 90.7 with plans for it to be distributed to other public radio stations next year.

Men of Radio Co-host Search    12-21-10
After a successful search for Regis and Kelly's "Women of Radio Co-Host"  contest back in July, they are now looking for male radio broadcasters you would like to see guest co-host with Kelly for a day. Two Orlando personalities are in the top 100. Johnny co-host of the WXXL-FM 106.7 “Johnny & Jayde Morning Show" and Ricky Padilla from WJHM-FM 101.9 are in the running. Voting begins on January 10th, 2011. 

WOGF Goes Silent     12-21-10
On Dec 17, thanks to Mark Tyll, we reported WOGF Falls Into Receivership. Today Tom Taylor is reporting after receiver Burt Sherwood of Sherwood and Associates, Inc., took control of  WOGF-FM 104.3 he has taken the station silent after the involuntary transfer of control. The FCC is told that “the receiver requires some time to marshal the assets, prepare a main studio and perform other acts required to operate the station.” The tower is owned by Shadavrus Capital Trust. They are owed money, as are other creditors. 

WFIT Fined    12-21-10
Florida Institute of Technology has been fined $1,500 by the FCC for a late license renewal application for WFIT-FM 89.5. FTU filed the paperwork after the deadline but before its license expired. Management appealed unsuccessfully by stating the fine would "deplete valuable resources that could be allocated to community education and information services".

An Old Fashioned Christmas      12-21-10
Christmas Old Time Radio programming will be coming to Goliath Radio, WELE-AM 1380 on Christmas Eve. You'll enjoy shows such as Miracle On 34th St., Dragnet, Jack Benny, Father Knows Best, A Christmas Carol as well other holiday offerings throughout the day. 

Brenda Is Back      12-21-10
The Magic is back for WMGF-FM 107.7. Brenda Matthews is back doing mid-days at the station. Brenda spent 14 years in Orlando radio. Brenda was the mid-day personality and Assistant Program Director at WMGF-FM 107.7 as well as mid-dayer for WLRQ-FM 99.3. She resigned back in 2008. Brenda has also worked part time for CBS Radio and was heard on WOMX-FM 105.1 and WOCL-FM 105.9. Welcome back Brenda!

Doug Clifford's Annual "Cool Yule"   12-23-10
Doug Clifford will present his 5th annual "All Cool Yule Mostly Blues Music Special". The special will air twice on WSKY-FM 97.3 on Christmas day. First from 5AM-6AM and then will be repeated from 11PM-Midnight. (At this writing Doug is unsure if the program will air on the Internet.)

Paco Lopez
Returns    12-23-10
Paco Lopez, on of the casualties of the purge at WNUE-FM 98.1, is now heard weekends on WOCL-FM 105.9.

Happy Birthday!    12-24-10
Celebrating on December 28 will be the newly returned mid-day talent at WMGF-FM 107.7, Brenda Matthews. Happy birthday Brenda!

Merry Christmas!   12-24-10
From our house to yours, Merry Christmas, and as Tiny Tim exclaimed, "God bless us, everyone!" 

Not So Fast    12-25-10
According to correspondent Mark Tyll, it looks like Sab Cupelli's WOGF-FM 104.3 will be back on the air possibly as early as Tuesday. Seems the FCC denied the license transfer to Burt Sherwood. See the original post WOGF Goes Silent .

Happy Birthday!    12-30-10
Dave Edwards will celebrate his 53rd birthday on Friday, Dec 31 and Reagan Smith will blow out the candles on his 62nd birthday cake on Saturday, Jan 1. Happy Birthday gentlemen!

New Year, New Call Letters    12-31-10
Thanks to Mark Tillery for the update on the embattled WOGF-FM 104.3. As of December 28th, WOGF has changed its call letters to WYKE-FM. Additionally on December 29Th Nature Coast Broadcasting, Inc. filed for "Transfer of License" under the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Re-Organization Act, a/k/a Debtor in Possession. 


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