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February 2011


WWKA Looking To Help Ronald McDonald House   2-1-11
With all the hype about Ted Williams, it seems that everyone wants to make money off of his 15 minutes of fame. Now his former "roommate" is selling his tent and cardboard signs on eBay. The K92FM Morning Krew at WWKA-FM 92.3 have a better idea. Henry Hays from has made his own sign to sell. The sign is an original work on slightly weathered cardboard, written in red sharpie (highlighted in blue).  The sign reads: "Radio Announcer trying to sell my sign for more than Ted Williams roommate.  Please HELP."  100% of the proceeds from this auction will go directly to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. You will also get a crisp, new, freshly folded K92FM T-Shirt. Ronald McDonald House provides a "home-away-from-home" that offers comfort and care to families of children being treated at local hospitals and medical facilities. 


Happy Birthday!    2-3-11
WTKS-FM 104.1 "Philips Phile" member Jana Banana will celebrate on Friday, Feb. 11. Happy Birthday Banana!


Bad Boy Burke Stirs Controversy Again    2-3-11
Shannon Burke, heard weekdays on WEUS-AM 810 from 3PM-6PM, is the center of controversy once again. Billboards are popping up around the Orlando area. On one billboard, Burke is holding a "smoking" microphone which resembles a gun, with the words, "Listen... or else," written above his picture. Some domestic violence advocates have been outspoken about the billboards, saying it's a slap in the face to victims of abuse. Burke served time in jail in 2010 for shooting his wife and dog.


Clear Channel Pulls Billboard   2-3-11
WEUS-AM 810 had leased billboards from Clear Channel Outdoor which is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Burke worked at WTKS-FM 104.1 which is owned by Clear Channel. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Burke accused Clear Channel of trying to marginalize him. They do not want a former employee taking away listeners and using a company billboard to do it, Burke said on his afternoon program. 810 AM owner Carl Como Tutera, said a Clear Channel billboard sales representative told him on Thursday  the sign had to come down. " 'It was in bad taste,' " he quoted the sales rep as saying.  See the billboard here.


Super Bowl Carried Locally    2-3-11
If your not going to be in front of a TV set Sunday for the Super Bowl, you will be able to listen via the radio. The Westwood One broadcast will be available in Central Florida on WIXC-AM 1060, WHOO-AM 1080, WAMT-AM 1190 (Spanish broadcast) WELE-AM 1380 and in the Gainesville area WRUF-AM 850


The Florida Record & Radio Reunion Coming     2-11-11
The Florida Record & Radio Reunion Group, represented by one of the country's leading music promotion people, Tom Mazzetta, announces an open reunion event on May 7th in Orlando. The party will be held at McWells Restaurant & Bar, 4757 South Orange Avenue, Orlando. More info here.

"Retirement Radio" Comes To Goliath Radio   2-11-11
David Holland, a certified financial planner who owns Holland Financial in Ormond Beach, is joining WELE-AM 1380 as the host of  "Retirement Radio" which airs on Fridays from 2PM-3PM. Holland told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that the program will be wide-ranging, covering everything from politics and the stock market to scams-how to spot them and what to do if you become the victim of one. Holland will have interviews with guest experts and a call-in segment.

Locals Make Talkers Magazine 250     2-11-11
Talkers Magazine has published their annual list of the "250 Most Important Talk Show Hosts In America".  Included on this years list include Central Florida hosts.  WTKS-FM 104.1's Russ Rollins and the Monsters and Jim Philips in the "Heavy Hundred". Also making the list;  WNDB-AM 1150's afternoon host Marc Bernier and WDBO-AM 580's Jim Turner

Happy Birthday!    2-11-11
Cap'n Chris Hill will be celebrating on Tuesday, January 15. Happy Birthday Chris!

Movin' On Up    2-15-11
Jeff Cruz
is leaving his position as Assistant Program Director/Music Director at WPOZ-FM 88.3 to accept the Program Director's spot at WMHK-FM 89.7 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Cupid Makes His Appearance In Orlando   2-15-11
Alex Diaz
from WOMX-FM 105.1 posed as "Stupid Cupid" and spread "love" all around Orlando. See the video here.


96 Rock Orlando Coming?    2-17-11
WHTQ-FM 96.5 has been teasing that an announcement would be made Friday afternoon at 5PM. RadioInsight is reporting that Cox has the registered the domain name 96RockOrlando.com. The Cox owned WFYV-FM 104.5 in Jacksonville made the same type switch to Mainstream Rock this past summer. If this is true, the move will pit WHTQ in direct competition with WJRR-FM 101.1.


McFly Lands In Gainesville    2-18-11
WRUF-FM 103.7 has added "The Live Ride with Marty McFly" to their programming. The syndicated show is hosted by radio veteran Marty McFly. The program brings a weekly “concert” to country radio featuring live performances from today’s top stars. As a Nashville insider, McFly provides the most up-to-date country news, concert information and artist interviews.


Birthdays This Week    2-19-11
Carole Nelson will celebrate on Wednesday, Dr. Ken Rabac blows out the candles on Thursday and on Friday, "Mr. News", Mark Williams will hear the birthday song. Happy birthday to you all!

Scott Shannon's True Oldies Comes To Central Florida    2-21-11
WLQH-AM 940 and WZCC-AM 1240 are now simulcasting Scott Shannon's True Oldies channel. The stations have also renewed NASCAR and the Gators for the 2011 season.

Congrats To Slats!    2-22-11
Tim "Slats" Guinane has been named the new mid-day guy on "96 Rock" WHTQ-FM 96.5. Tim had been doing Sundays since last December. Congrats to Slats on the new fulltime gig!

Three Way Tie In Latest Ratings   2-24-11
The latest Arbitron ratings show three stations at number one. Spanish formatted WRUM-FM 100.3, adult hits WMMO-FM 98.9 and Christian contemporary WPOZ-FM 88.3 are tops in Orlando.

New City Of License   2-24-11
WNUE-FM 98.1 has changed its city of license from Titusville to Deltona. The move to Deltona, will give "Jose FM" better signal penetration into Orlando and they hope to capture Hispanic listeners in the Deltona area and in Volusia county's northwest areas of Pierson, DeLeon Springs and Seville. Offices and studios are based in Altamonte Springs. 

Comments Cost Guetzloe    2-24-11 
An Orange County jury found that Doug Guetzloe defamed a Winter Garden man and ordered him to pay $1.61 million in damages. Guetzloe was last heard on WEUS-AM 810 in 2010.

Mancow Experience Coming To Central Florida    2-11-11
Thanks to Mike Newell for letting us know that "The Mancow Experience" will join the line-up on WEUS-AM 810, beginning Monday, Feb. 14 from 6AM-9AM.

WINT-AM Knocked Off The Air     2-25-11
WINT-AM 1560 has been forced off the air by copper thieves. Almost all of the copper was stripped from the transmitter facility. Cumulus Broadcasting has no idea how long it will take to restore service. The police investigation is ongoing. 

Call Jana Mommy     2-25-11 
Congratulations to WXXL-FM 106.7 Assistant Program Director/Mid-day host Jana Sutter and husband Andy on their own little cupid, baby girl Allsbrook, who arrived five weeks early, on Valentine's day. While Janna's  enjoying her new baby, Program Director Michael Bryan will be taking over the Mid-day chores.

Greg Blosé Returns    2-26-11
It's the dawn of a new morning show on WNDB-AM 1150 Monday. Greg Blosé will become the host of the "new" morning show.  The format will be "breaking news and information-oriented," according to a Black Crow press release. Roland Via will continue as a co-host as will Al SmithDave Laing will remain the show's producer.


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