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July 2008


Movin' On Up      5-3-13
Kevin McKay will become Program Director at WHHZ-FM 100.5. Russ Allen has been programming both WHHZ and WTMG-FM 101.3 for the Marc Allen Group. Allen will be focusing his attention on sister station Magic 101.3, which he programs and hosts afternoon drive.

No More News Junkie      5-3-13
Thanks to Tim Steward for letting us know that "The News Junky" Shawn Watson has been let go from WTKS-FM 104.1 by Clear Channel

The New Inspiration 1410     5-4-13
All-N-One Media Group LLC President, Steve January, announces the LMA (Local Marketing Agreement) of Rama Communications' WQBQ-AM 1410, "The New Inspiration 1410".  Steve is also the General Manager of the station. Meanwhile, Steve can be heard weekday mornings from 6AM-10AM on WRMQ-AM 1140.

NBC Sports Radio Comes To Ocala And Gainesville      5-9-13
Ocala's WMOP-AM 900 has changed from ESPN Radio to the NBC Sports Radio Network. Florida Sportstalk also owns WGGG-AM 1230 and has made the switch as well. 

Happy Birthday!        5-9-13
Celebrating a birthday today is WWKA-FM 92.3 veteran, Bobby Mitchell. Celebrating tomorrow will be former  WHNR-AM 1360 Account Executive,
Von Rommell Fernandes, as well as WMFQ-FM 92.9 morning co-host Bill Barr and on Saturday Rick Brady will blow out the candles.   

Burke Joins Bubba         5-13-13
Besides hosting his own mid-day show on RadioIO, Shannon Burke is  "...now co-hosting "The Bubba the Love Sponge Show" out of Tampa.  Syndicated in 4 markets and growing."

Who's Up, Who's Down     5-15-13
The latest Arbitron PPM ratings are in. Read them here.

Movin' On Up     5-15-13Tony Marino has been named the new  afternoon drive news anchor at WDBO-FM 96.5.  Tony has been with the station since 2011.

Mike Taylor Returns     5-15-13
Former WRGO-FM 102.7 Program Director/morning host,  Mike Taylor, has joined the staff at  WYKE-FM 104.3. Mike was also at
WSKY-FM 97.3

Happy Birthday!        5-17-13
WOMX-FM 105.1 morning crew member Jay Edwards celebrates number 39. WYKS-FM 105.3 mid-day host/production director Ryan Dupree celebrates his 30th tomorrow. Happy Birthday guys!

Genesis Communications Celebrates Their Silver Anniversary     5-20-13
Genesis Communications, the fastest growing news and sports content provider in Florida, has announced that this year marks the company’s 25th anniversary. The company was founded in 1988 with its purchase of WLQY-AM 1320 in Miami, FL and WNIV-AM 970 in Atlanta, GA. Genesis Communications currently owns and operates radio stations in Florida including WWBA All News AM 820, WHBO Sports Talk AM 1040 and WMGG News Talk AM 1470 in Tampa Bay, WHOO Sports Talk AM 1080, WAMT All News AM 1190 and WIXC All News AM 1060 in Orlando-Melbourne-the Space Coast. The company also owns and operates web publications including www.sportstalkflorida.com and  www.newstalkflorida.com and developed the “Gotta Know” mobile application available to consumers in both the I-Tunes and Android
formats.

Happy Birthday!        5-22-13
Blowing out the candles today will be Shannon Burke. J
.J. Duling, currently a Consultant/Strategic Advisor at Tom Kent Radio Network, will celebrate his day on Friday. Happy birthday guys!

Gene Burns Passes      5-25-13
Gene Burns, former WKIS-AM 740 talk host,
Operations Manager and Assistant Manager died this morning in San Francisco. Gene had suffered 2 strokes and other health problems. He was 72. Gene still has family in Winter Park. We will have details on services as soon as possible. 

Changes Coming To WLOQ     5-30-13
Lance Venta at Radio Insight is reporting that WLOQ-FM 102.5 "Something New Is Coming To 102.5 WLOQ". A countdown clock on their page is counting down to Monday at 6AM. 

Talkers Magazine Renames Award In Honor Of Gene Burns      5-30-13
The editorial board of TALKERS magazine has announced that it has unanimously voted to rename the publication’s long-running annual Freedom of Speech Award to “The Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech.”  The award, one of the most prestigious and high-profile honors presented to individuals in the talk media industry, has a colorful (and often controversial) history that goes back to the early 1990s when the modern era of talk radio began to emerge and the format became recognized as an influential forum of public policy and social change following the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine.  In making the announcement, TALKERS VP and executive editor Kevin Casey states, “Gene Burns was the model by which the Freedom of Speech Award and the Annual State of the First Amendment Address delivered at our national convention were developed.  It is only fitting that this institution bears the name of this great champion of the ideals and foundation upon which contemporary spoken-word radio  is built.”  The 2013 edition of the award and the first to bear the name of Gene Burns will be presented to Premiere Networks host Glenn Beck on Thursday, June 6 at Talkers New York 2013.  SiriusXM talk show host Michael Smerconish will deliver the Annual State of the First Amendment Address at that same ceremony.
   


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