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March 2008

Brian Fritz Joins ESPN Radio Orlando  3-1-08
Brian Fritz has been appointed Sports Director of WHOO-AM 1080, as well as Executive Producer of the Brady Ackerman and Jerry O'Neill Show on WHOO-AM 1080 and WIXC-AM 1060.


Between The Ropes
Returns  
3-1-08
Between The Ropes, the program covering pro wrestling and mixed martial arts, will return to the Orlando air waves beginning March 4. BTR will air on WIXC-AM 1060 and WHOO-AM 1080 Tuesday nights from 6pm-8pm. Brian Fritz, Dickerman and Vito will be back after WQTM-AM 740 flipped to a Mexican language format.


Brenda Mathews
Leaves Magic 
3-3-08
Long time host Brenda Matthews, has left her post at WMGF-FM 107.7 Orlando as well as WLRQ-FM 99.3, Melbourne. After almost 12 years in Orlando and almost 9 at Magic 107.7, Brenda was "downsized" as Clear Channel cut costs and eliminated her full-time mid-day position back in early November. She's had an offer from another station but might be forbidden to work for six months due to a non-compete clause in her original contract with Paxson Broadcasting. Stay tuned... 


WSBB "The Beach" No More  
3-5-08
John Barrett let's us know that WSBB-AM 1230 known as "The Beach" and playing oldies, has reverted back to adult standards.


John Tesh Moved To Mid-days  
3-7-08
The satellite fed John Tesh program will move from overnights to mid-days on WMGF-FM 107.7  to fill the slot left vacant by the recently departed Brenda Matthews. Brenda was also voice tracking afternoons on "Lite Rock 99.3" WLRQ-FM 99.3. The host of  "The Sunday Morning Lite Jazz Brunch", Eric Young has been moved to the 3PM-7PM slot.


You Won't See
Jim Philips On WESH-TV Anymore  3-10-08
The Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell is reporting that WTKS-FM 104.1's Jim Philips has been let go by WESH-TV 2. Jim was doling out commentary weekly on WESH for about two years. Jim tells Scott ; "They fired me." Of course Jim and "The Philips Phile" will continue on WTKS-FM 104.1 daily at 3PM.


Ocala's 1290AM Deleted By the FCC  
3-11-08
1290-AM in Ocala has been officially deleted on February 20, 2008 by the Federal Communications Commission. The frequency has been in Ocala since 1954. For more history see WCFI-AM 1290.


Florida Associated Press Broadcasting Award Finalists Named 
3-12-08 
The Associated Press has announced the finalists for the FAPB Awards for 2008. A partial list of Central; Florida radio stations and personalities that were nominated include:

Radio Division I 
Best Newscast up to 5 Minutes; WDBO-AM 580; Gina Jordan
Best Newscast up to 15 Minutes; "WDBO Central Florida's Morning News with Jim Turner"; Bob Hazen, Marsha Taylor and 
Marva Hinton
Best Spot News; WDBO-AM 580, "Sanford Plane Crash"; Gina Jordan, Bob Hazen and Dave Wahl
Best Investigative Report; WDBO-AM 580 "Escort Services"; Bob Hazen
Best Overall News Staff; WDBO-AM 580
Best Short Hard News Feature; WDBO-AM 580, "Hybrid Cars", Dave Wahl
Best Long Hard News Feature; WMFE-FM 90.7, "Homeless Camps", Judith Smelser
Best Public Affairs; Individual Achievement: WDBO-AM 580, Bob Hazen

Radio Division II 
 
Best Newscast under 5 minutes; WUFT-FM 89.1, Morning Edition
Best Spot News; WRUF-AM 850, "Taser Protest"
Best Continuing Coverage; WRUF-AM 850, "Don't Tase Me Bro"
Best Sports Feature; WRUF-AM 850, "Rugby Women"
Best Overall; WRUF-AM 850 "Montage of Coverage"
Best Use of Sound For Radio; WRUF-AM 850 "Game Security"
Best Short Light Feature; WRUF-AM 850 "Game Day"
The FAPB Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, April 5 at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Lake Buena Vista.


Movin' On Up  
3-14-08
WFBO-FM 93.3, Flagler Beach will be moving up the dial beginning Friday, April 4, 2008. Chris Lash tells us "the move to 97.7 will clear up the interference problems that the station has suffered from for over five years". 


WLBE
Adds New Local Talk 
3-14-08
Howey-in-the-Hills Town Council member Fred Johnson and Tavares business man Ralph Smith co-host the "Lake County/Central Florida Roundtable" on WLBE-AM 790, Saturdays from 4PM-5PM.


Walter Windsor
"Celebration of Life" 
3-15-08
Thanks to Bill Windsor for posting The photos from the Celebration and funeral are now online.  It was a special time for a special man.  Here are the links: Celebration -- http://www.walterwindsor.com/celebration.htm 
Funeral -- http://www.walterwindsor.com/funeral.htm


Happy Birthday! 
3-16-08
Ellis Feaster the morning show co-host along with Tyler McKenzie of the on WPOZ-FM 88.3 will celebrate his 46th birthday on Tuesday, March 18. Happy birthday Ellis!


"Weekend Around The House" Celebrates Anniversary  
3-18-08
Marc Bernier, Justin Gates and Justine will celebrate the sixth anniversary of WNDB-AM 1150's "Weekend Around The House" this Saturday morning at 7AM. 


PC Sits In At WFLA 
3-22-08
Pat Campbell's familiar voice was heard once again on WFLF-AM 540. He was sitting in for Bud Hedinger in the afternoon air chair on Friday. Pat will also be subbing for morning host Bob Lonsberry in Salt Lake City next week on KNRS-AM  570. You can listen in from 7AM-11AM EDT.


Happy Birthday!  
3-23-08
WDBO-AM 580 alumni Mark Hellinger is celebrating his 52nd birthday. Mark also let us know he and wife Valerie along with cats Buddy and Lenny and puppy Haley survived the terrible storms that blew through the Atlanta area last week. You can reach Mark at wyyz1490@aol.com.


WMEL 920 Becomes WMEL 1300 
3-25-08
WMEL-AM 920 will move up the dial and debut on 1300 AM on April 1.


WNUE Morning Host Exits  
3-25-08
Epi Colon, WNUE-FM 98.1 morning show host and producer has left the building.


Frank 104, Sinatra and More  
3-28-08
From Marc Tyll.
After four years "WOWING" listeners along Florida's Nature Coast and parts of Central Florida, at noon Thursday March 27, 2008 WIFL-FM 104.3 Inglis-Crystal River-Ocala dropped its long running Hot Adult Contemporary music format and heritage moniker "WOW 104" n favor of becoming "Frank 104 Sinatra and More". The new format centers around playing hits from the "Chairman of the Board" himself Frank Sinatra and other hits from the Sinatra era. The new website is under construction and can be found at www.frank104.com. Nature Coast Broadcasting President and WIFL owner Sab Cupelli announced the change earlier this week by thanking all the listeners and advertisers who had listened to and supported the former "WOW 104" over the years. Cupelli said the change was reflective if the areas most dominate 55+ residents who reside within the station's primary and secondary signal. "The area is made up of predominantly retired seniors and this is their music" Cupelli said.


TalkStar Radio Morning Co-Host Kim Matthews Dies  
3-29-08
WPGS-AM 840 morning co-host Kim Matthews has died at the age of 40. We'll have more information as it becomes available.
3-31-08 Thanks to Ed Shiflett for sending along Kim's obituary. Read more here
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