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October 2012


President's Speakers Town Hall Series     10-1-12
Marc Bernier's next topic in the President's Speakers Town Hall Series, on Thursday, October 4, will be the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Marc's guests will be the nation's foremost authority on the subject, Dr. Tim McKeown form the University of North Carolina and ERAU President Dr. john P. Johnson to discuss the events impact on our history and future with Cuba. The program begins at  7PM in the Gale Lemerand auditorium in the Willie Miller Instructional Center on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach. The program is free and open to the public.

NBC Sports Radio Comes To Central Florida     10-1-12
Genesis Communications announced today that Orlando's WHOO-AM 1080 has partnered with NBC Sports Radio, which is being distributed by Dial Global, and has begun airing its programming today, October 1st.

Clark Howard Returns to Mid-days At WDBO       10-2-12
WDBO-AM 580/FM 96.5 Program Director Drew Anderssen has announced that Clark Howard will return "live" in the 1PM-3PM slot. Presently Mel Robbins is heard in that day part. Howard has been on WDBO since 1998. No word on what will happen to Mel Robbins, yet. 

Happy Birthday!     10-3-12
Stacy Keith aka Big Sexy formerly at WJHM-FM 101.9 celebrates on Thursday. 

Pulse 101.7 Simulcasting On 106.9    10-4-12
Bill Watson lets us know that Marc Radio's WPLL-FM 101.7 "The Pulse", is now simulcasting their Contemporary Christian format on WKZY-FM 106.9. Bill also says "...at some point Pulse will be only on 106.9 and something new will be on 101.7." We'll keep you posted.

ESPN Radio Coming To 580-AM    10-5-12
According to Lance Venta at Radio-Insight, WDBO-AM 580 will flip to ESPN Sports Radio. We are trying to get the particulars. Stay tuned...

Mel Robbins Adds An Hour    10-5-12
WDBO-AM 580 afternoon host Mel Robbins is now heard from Noon-3PM. Neal Boortz has dropped his “Information Overload Hour” of his broadcast.

Orlando September Arbitron PPM Ratings     10-6-12
1. WPOZ-FM 88.3           2. WOMX-FM 105.1  3. WCFB-FM 94.5 4. WXXL-FM 106.7 5. WOCL-FM 105.9 6. WWKA-FM 92.3
7. WPYO-FM 95.3         8. WMGF-FM 107.7 9. WMMO-FM 98.9  10. WRUM-FM 100.3  11. WDBO-FM 96.5  12. WTKS-FM 104.1
13. WJHM-FM 101.9      14. WMFE-FM 90.7 15. WHKQ-FM 103.1 16. WJRR-FM 101.1  17. WNUE-FM 98.1 18. WMGF-HD2
19. WFLF-AM 540     20. WPOZ-HD2 21. WYGM-AM 740

Happy Birthday!      10-8-12
Former WDIZ-FM 100.3 Program Director Rad Messick celebrates on Tuesday. Happy birthday Rad!

Magic Spanish Broadcasts Move To The Web     10-8-12
Orlando Magic games will no longer be broadcast locally in Spanish on the radio. Since 2010, the team had been heard on Spanish-language flagship WRLZ-AM 1270 as well as WIWA-AM 1160, Kissimmee. The team will offer the broadcasts on the website ElOrlandoMagic.com.

WDBO Announces New Line-up     10-8-12
WDBO-AM 580/FM 96.5 announced line-up changes this morning. Central Florida's Morning News with Jim Turner  remains at 5AM-9AM, Neal Boortz from 9AM-11AM. Mel Robbins moves to 11AM-1PM followed by the return of Clark Howard from 1PM-3PM. Sean Hannity and the Central Florida Evening News with Scott Anez remains at 6PM-7PM.

ESPN Comes To WDBO-AM     10-9-12
Cox Media Group made it official today; WDBO-AM 580 will become ESPN Radio for Orlando. The start date is Nov 12. The AM will split from WDBO-FM 96.5 which will continue as a news/talk outlet. Plans include WDBO-AM partnering with Disney's ESPN Wide World Of  Sports for special events and programming, and will carry ESPN Radio play-by-play coverage.

Happy Birthday!       10-12-12
Celebrating number 36 today; WNDB-AM 1150's Marc Bernier Show Producer, Phil ("Dr. Phil") Kincaid.

Birthdays This Week...     10-14-12
Former WDBO-AM 580 Program Director, Kipper McGee celebrates on Monday. On Tuesday, Orlando legend Alan Spector blows out the candles. Happy birthday to you both.

The Awards Just Keep On Comin'       10-16-12
For the second time this year,  WPCV-FM 97.5's "97 Country Breakfast Club" has won the award as Broadcast Personality of the Year for Medium Markets. Roger Todd, Tom O'Brien and Melissa Moran with special appearance by D.J. the Trucker, were announced as winners by the Country Music Association. Earlier this year they were bestowed the same honor by the Academy of Country Music in the same category.

Battleground States Talkers' Tour        10-21-12      
Salem Communications syndicated hosts Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, and Mike Gallagher will team up with actor Jon Voight for a tour called "Battleground States Talkers' Tour." Visits will be made to nine cities in six states. The tour begins on October 21 in Philadelphia, continuing to Fairfax, Virginia (Oct. 22), Miami (Oct. 23), Orlando (Oct. 24), Tampa (Oct. 24), Cleveland (Oct. 25), Columbus (Oct. 26), and Detroit (Oct. 26), with the tour concluding in Denver on October 27.

President's Speakers Town Hall Series     10-22-12
Marc Bernier's next topic in the President's Speakers Town Hall Series, on Thursday, October 25, Marc's guests will be two investigative reporters from Time Magazine Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. They will discuss the debates and  their new book, "The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity". The program begins at  7PM in the Gale Lemerand auditorium in the Willie Miller Instructional Center on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach. The program is free and open to the public.

Andy Dean Now Heard In Central Florida   10-23-12
Premiere Networks  "America Now with Andy Dean" is now being aired by  WDBO-AM 580 from 7PM-9PM.

Ayres Touted As One Of Nation's Top Radio GMs     10-24-12
Palm Coast Observer

Andrew O'Brien | Associate Editor

David Ayres, Vice President/General Manager of Flagler County Broadcasting LLC, was recently named one of the nation's top radio station General Managers by Radio Ink Magazine. It’s really an honor to be nationally recognized by Radio Ink,” Ayres said. “This award is shared by each and every member of our broadcast team.” Four years ago, Ayres and a much smaller broadcast team began News/Talk Radio WNZF(-AM 1550/FM 106.3), a 24-hour news, sports and information radio station in Flagler County-the first of its kind. Since, Flagler County Broadcasting has grown exponentially, and there are now four radio stations-three of which are music stations. “Building four brand new radio stations in four years might seem like a lot of work, but it has also been a lot of fun,” Ayres said. Tricia Woods, CFO of Flagler County Broadcasting, said radio has become such a cold business because there are so many big groups that own radio stations. “There is very little community involvement (now),” Woods said. “David comes from the mentality that we have these (broadcasting) licenses to serve the public, and that’s what radio’s goal is.” Woods, who has known Ayres for 20 years, said Ayres is a great all-around person, on the air and off. “I think that he ... really reflects the true essence of being a radio manager and a leader,” she said. “I think he exemplifies all of that.” Although honored, Ayres will continue with his show on Friday mornings on 1550 AM and 106.3 FM. And he’ll continue to be seen all over town at various community events. That’s just the nature of who he is. “Every day, we appreciate our thousands of listeners, advertisers and community leaders for allowing us to serve them,” he said. “This national recognition motivates all of us to be the best local radio stations in the country, in the best place to live-Flagler County.”

Happy Birthday!      10-24-12
Happy birthday to WDBO-AM580/FM 96.5 Executive Producer Kirk Healy. 

Movin' Up The Dial     10-25-12
Dave Shulz, has moved up the dial to WSBB-AM 1230

President's Speakers Town Hall Series     10-28-12
Dr. Stephen Robinson is a very personable, funny and talented American Space explorer. He is definitely a individual you want to meet, and you can do so Thursday, Nov. 1, in the next fall President's Speakers Series. You can join host, WNDB-AM 1150's Marc Bernier with your questions in this open Town Hall format this Thursday night at 7PM in the Capt Willie Miller building on the campus of ERAU, 600 Clyde Morris Blvd in the center of campus. Parking and admission is free.

WDBO-AM Makes The Switch      10-29-12
As of this morning WDBO-AM 580 became ESPN Orlando 580. The original plan was to make the switch on Nov. 12. 

Savage Returns To Central Florida     10-29-12
Thanks to David Buchman for letting us know that Michael Savage has joined the line-up on "Sportstalk Florida" WAMT-AM 1190 from 7PM-10PM. 
KP Manning lets us know Michael Savage can be heard on WNDB-AM 1150 at 9PM.

Jim Turner To Retire       10-29-12
After 40 years as WDBO-AM 580’s Morning News host, Jim Turner has announced his retirement. “Jim is a broadcast icon,” said Drew Anderssen, WDBO Program Director.  “He has been revered as one of the premier morning hosts in America for many years, a true professional, and a great man.  We stand by Jim in celebration of his 40 years of community service and dedication to Central Florida as he begins to write a new page in his life.  He will truly be missed as the daily voice of morning news in Orlando radio.” Cox Media Group announced Turner's replacement will be Joe Kelley, from KRMG in Tulsa, Okla., where he and Anderssen achieved consecutive #No. 1 market ratings in coveted demographics and a number of prestigious awards for broadcast excellence.

WSBB Now Heard In West Volusia          10-31-12
New Smyrna Beach's WSBB-AM 1230 can now be heard on the west side of Volusia county as well. Their adult standard format is now being simulcast on WTJV-AM 1490, Deland. 


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