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August 2016


Jerry Doyle Passes          8-1-16
Syndicated conservative talk show host and actor Jerry Doyle has died in Las Vegas at age 60. There was a Central Florida connection.  Doyle earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach where he also  received his flight training. 

Movin' On Up     8-3-16
iHeartMedia has announced that Linda Byrd will now become President of the Central/North Florida Region, which includes Orlando, Tampa/Sarasota, Jacksonville, Brunswick, GA and Melbourne. Byrd is a 40-year media veteran who has been with the company since 1982.  Byrd previously oversaw operations in Orlando, including Real Radio 104.1, XL 106.7, Magic 107.7, 101.1 WJRR, Rumba 100.3, News Radio 102.5 WFLA, 96.9 The Game, 104.5 the Beat, WLOQ Radio, Florida’s News Network, FNN Hispana, Alma 97.1 and Pride Radio Orlando. During her tenure she has received many prestigious honors, including Radio Ink Magazine’s General Manager of the Year, and received the Silver Medal Award by the American Advertising Federation for outstanding advertising professional in Central Florida.  Byrd was also the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Florida Association of Broadcasters and currently serves on the boards of the Central Florida Transportation Committee and Florida Citrus Sports.

WYGC Flips To News/Talk      8-4-16
JVC Media flips Classic Hits WYGC-FM 104.9 to a News/Talk format.  "104.9 The Talk of Gainesville," will launch at midnight August 4 with non-stop local news, weather and traffic in addition to the syndicated "Imus in the Morning" and Fox News' Brian Kilmeade. "104.9 The Talk of Gainesville will be locally programmed to allow our community to discuss issues important to Gainesville residents," said WYGC Program Director and JVC Media VP Matthew Goldapper. The station will air from its downtown Gainesville studios. WYGC will carry CBS News on the hour.

Latest Orlando PPM      8-4-16
The latest PPM ratings are in for Orlando, here.

Family And Friends Place Memorial Bench At Lake Eola     8-7-16  
The upcoming 1st anniversary of the death one of the most popular morning show hosts in Orlando, Scott McKenzie has been marked by family and friends on Saturday. They unveiled a park bench at Orlando's Lake Eola Park. Read the article by Hal Bodecker, Orlando Sentinel.

Birthdays This Week       8-7-16
On Monday, Doris Ashwell celebrates her 90th and Larry Vee aka Dr. Larry Flegle turns 68 on Tuesday. Happy birthday to you both.

On The Move     8-8-16
Heather Jordan Martinez is leaving WDBO-FM 96.5 to join KFI in Los Angeles. She will be the afternoon news anchor.

WVYB Joins "Shazam For Radio"      8-14-16
Sun Broadcast Group announced that WVYB-FM 103.3 will be joining Shazam for Radio. The app will is a full-service localized product allowing them to create totally customized, interactive content for their listeners and advertisers.

Brian Morgan Takes Over My Hometown           8-14-16
Brian Morgan is the new host of WBZW-AM 1520's
"My Hometown" Program. He has taken over the program from Jim Turner, after Turner was suspended for Facebook posts after the Pulse Shooting in Orlando. 

Celebrating This Week       8-14-16 
Jim Turner,
who retired after 40 years at WDBO-AM 580/FM 96.5 will celebrate umber 70 on Tuesday. Our favorite former "Coffee Talk" lady, 
Liz Litterello
does the happy dance on Thursday as well as Morning host, "Hunter" on WNDD-FM 95.5.
Bobby Sharpe enjoys another birthday on Friday. Happy birthday to all of you.

Rama Fined, But Short Term Renewal Threat Dropped       8-16-16
WQBQ-AM 1410 owned by Rama Communications has been fined $15,000. The stations renewal will be withheld until the fine is paid. More on this story appeared on our "What's News?" page back in June. 

On The Move      8-20-16
"The Dougherty Report with Elizabeth Dougherty" now airs Monday-Friday from 6AM-9AM on WPRD-AM 1440, "The Voice."  

Happy Birthday!     8-21-16
Birthdays this week include; Catherine Brown on Monday and Bill Bauman on Wednesday. 

Movin' On Up       8-25-16

Cox Media Group has named Dawn Campbell, as its new Director of Branding and Programming at WCFB-FM 94.5. In this role, Campbell is responsible for coaching and developing on-air talent, as well as creating and executing a branding and programming strategy for CMG Orlando’s Urban Adult Contemporary Station. Campbell just celebrated her 5th anniversary this month with the CMG Orlando Radio family as Music Director for WCFB-FM 94.5 & WPYO-FM 95.3 and Promotions Manager for WCFB-FM. Prior to her time spent at CMG, she was with CBS Orlando for 15 years. Her radio journey began when she was in high school. She started as a research/promotions assistant and within 2 years was promoted to Assistant Promotions Director for WJHM-FM . She spent most of her CBS career as the Music/Promotions Director for WJHM-FM.

Happy Anniversary To Us!      8-25-15
As we begin our fourteenth year on the Internet, I'd like to say thank you to all the folks that have made the site possible. First and foremost, thanks goes to my wife, Wilma, the inspiration and love of my life. And thanks to all the people who have supplied info, bios, photos and sounds and have helped in other ways with this incredible journey. I believe radio is an essential part of our lives and it should be remembered. I hope we are contributing to that in some way. Stay tuned.  

Saunders On The Move 
      8-28-16   
WCFB-FM 94.5 Program Director,  Michael Saunders was named PD for iHeartMedia’s urban “93.7 The Beat” KQBT Houston, and Urban Brand coordinator for the company’s National Programming Group.
Saunders rejoins iHeartMedia Houston from “Star 94.5”, where he has been PD for the past five years.

Joe Nasty Passes
      8-28-16
Former morning host at WJHM-FM 101.9, Joe Nasty (
Dennis Alvord) has passed away in
Jourdanton, Texas on August 15 at the age of 68.

Happy Birthday!      8-29-16
Former WORJ-FM 107.7 Program Director, Lee Arnold celebrates on Wednesday. 

UCF Knight Talk Radio Show Coming       8-29-16
On Wednesdays during football season
Head Coach Scott Frost and assistant coaches will make appearances, along with select UCF student athletes on WYGM-AM 740/96.9 FM. Fans also will get the latest from UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White. 

Logas and Spector Anchoring Primary Election Coverage     8-30-16       
Mark Logas will be anchoring Decision 2016: The Florida Primary Election on WFLF-AM 540/102.5-FM on Tuesday evening between 6PM and 10PM. Newsman Alan Spector will be providing live updates throughout the evening along with FOX News Radio and FNN (Florida News Network).  Complete coverage of the election results will continue Wednesday morning on "Good Morning Orlando with Bud Hedinger and Deborah Roberts".


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