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May 2012


Sending Out Positive Thoughts     5-2-12 
WPGS-AM 840 Chief Engineer, Jay Rowan is in Parish Medical Center in Titusville. Jay entered the hospital last weekend on his 74th birthday and is currently on a respirator. We send our prayers and positive thoughts out to Jay. 

Say it Ain't So     5-3-12 
WWKA-FM 92.3 and Shadow, who has been with the station since 1992 and has logged more air time on FM stations than anyone else in Orlando, are parting company.  Shadow will continue his Noon-8PM shift through the end of May.

Country Coming To Palm Coast       5-3-12
Palm Coast is about to get their own country music station. Flagler County Broadcasting, operators of WBHQ-FM 92.7, WNZF-AM 1550/FM 106.3 as well as 100.9 Easy Oldies (WBHQ-HD3) will put WAKX-FM 98.7 on the air with a country format.

Cox Bringing In Schumann     5-4-12
Beginning June 4, J.R. Schumann will become the Afternoon Personality/Music Director on WWKA-FM 92.3, replacing Shadow. Schumann's last stop was at Cox owned WZZK-FM 104.7 in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
Happy Birthday!      5-4-12
Celebrating
a birthday today is WCFB-FM 94.5 Program Director Michael Saunders.

Celebrating Birthdays...   5-9-12
WWKA-FM 92.3's Bobby Mitchell marks his special day on Wednesday, May 9.
Von Rommell Fernandes celebrates on Thursday as well as WMFQ-FM 99.2 Program Director/Morning co-host Bill Barr. Rick Brady blows out the candles on Friday. Happy Birthday to you all. 

Monsters In The Morning & Habitat For Humanity To Build House    5-10-12
Clear Channel Communities™, the community engagement brand of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Real Radio 104.1 and Habitat for Humanity are joining forces to build the first Monster House in Sanford, Fla. Approximately half of the working, lower income population cannot afford adequate housing. Real Radio 104.1 is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to help solve the problem of poverty by building a home for a deserving family. The Monster House will be constructed during a 16 week building blitz, giving one family a "hand up not a hand out." Sanford Mayor, Jeff Triplett, will kick off demolition of the old house with a ribbon cutting ceremony, open to the public and press. 
WHEN: Thursday, May 10, at 8:00 a.m. 
WHERE: 518 Mellonville Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 
Read more; 
here

Jose 98.1 To Become Salsa 98.1    5-13-12
Radio Insight is reporting that WNUE-FM 98.1 will be moving away from the current format of Spanish Adult Hits to a Caribbean Salsa format. The domain name Salsa981.com has been registered by owner Entravision.

Happy Birthday    5-14-12
Celebrating today is former Program Director at WYKS-FM 105.3, Jeri Banta.

Jay Rowan Passes    5-17-12
WPGS-AM 840 Chief Engineer,
Jay Rowan has passed. Jay entered the hospital on his 74th birthday. No details on arrangements yet. Our condolences to Jay's family and friends. 
In Memory

Happy Birthday!    5-17-11
WYKS-FM 105.3
, Gainesville, Mid-dayer/Production Director Ryan Dupree turns 29 tomorrow. Happy Birthday Ryan!

Adios Jose, Hola Salsa     5-18-12
WNUE-FM 98.1 has in fact become "Salsa 98.1". Entravision Radio President Jeff Liberman said in a statement; "We understood the need for an all-tropical format and, with Orlando being one of the fastest growing Hispanic markets in the U.S., we are committed to providing listeners with this highly in-demand tropical music on Salsa 98.1 FM."

Birthdays This Week     5-21-12
Radio "bad boy" Shannon Burke will celebrate his birthday on Tuesday. On Thursday J.J. Duling will blow out the candles. On Thursday, WDBO-AM 580 marks its 88th year on the air.

WINT Becomes WLZR, But Remains Silent    5-22-12
Cumulus Licensing LLC temporarily resumed operations from the WINT-AM 1560 site on Jan. 26,2012, after being knocked off the air
by copper thieves. Almost all of the copper was stripped from the transmitter facility. They had been using the daytime antenna and a borrowed transmitter that allowed them to operate at 250 watts. According to their FCC application "...Cumulus continues to be concerned about vandalism at the site and has, therefore, made the business decision to suspend temporary broadcast operations at this time." "...Replacing all of the copper that was stolen will be quite costly, so, it does not want to proceed until it is certain that it is certain that its investment is properly secured."  When the station resumes operations it will do so under new call letters: WLZR-AM 1560 

WEUS To Become WRSO Sports Radio     5-31-12
MultiCorp International, Inc./XTend Medical Corporation has announced that they have agreed to acquire WEUS-AM  810. Under the terms of the agreement, MultiCorp/XTend will enter into a Lease Management Agreement, (LMA), and has plans to purchase the station within two years from Star Over Orlando. Rivalz Sports Group, Inc will become WRSO Sports Radio when the company takes over operations on July 30, 2012. The company released the following statement: "It is with great pleasure that the company announces entering into this Lease Management Agreement with Star Over Orlando, Inc. to eventually purchase WEUS 810AM in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Carl Como Tutera and his son, Carmine Tutera, were absolute professionals  in our dealings to acquire the station. Their commitment to detail and constant communication with the company have made this a seamless transaction. As the company looks to acquire additional stations in the future, we will work closely with Carl and Carmine. We will rely on their expertise to identify future stations that fit with the company's plan for growth," stated Mr. Paul D. Lisenby, CEO of MultiCorp/XTend. Mr. Lisenby added,  "The radio station will operate under a newly formed Florida corporation, Rivalz Sports Group, Inc. and will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. Our long term plan is to establish WRSO in Orlando by eventually locating the station within a restaurant facility wherein live sports radio will be broadcast as diners enjoy a first class restaurant/media experience. The company is currently searching for a facility that falls under our strict guidelines for adequate space to facilitate the entire operation. This concept will be replicated in other major cities that the company feels will sustain growth and profitability."

Skid And Doc Together Again     5-31-12
Doc Holliday and "Skid the Producer"
(Mark Hlavin) are working together again. They last worked together at WWKA-FM 92.3, when Doc and Grace did the morning show. Skid has joined Doc at WEUS-AM 810


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