Where Are They Now?
Melony Torres    7-8-14
Melony has returned to her radio roots at WRQX-FM 107.3 in Washington, DC. She has been named Assistant Program Director/Music Director/10AM-2PM air shift at the Cumulus station. Melony began her radio career at WOCL-FM 105.9. Melony also worked at WOMX-FM 105.1 and WJHM-FM 101.9.
Jill Strada    5-1-14
Jill is headed back to Cox Media and Florida. The
former Program Director at WPYO-FM 95.3 has been named Director of Branding and Programming for Miami's WFLC-FM 97.3
Brooke Taylor   4-22-14
Brooke Taylor who began her carrier at WYKS-FM 105.3 has been hired by Radio Disney for nights and weekends beginning April 28. Brooke will move to Radio Disney's Burbank headquarters from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she's been doing middays and was Content Director at WJFX-FM. Taylor, a Virginia native, spent about a year in Gainesville shortly after graduating from Lander University in South Carolina in late 2010.
Doc Holliday   4-11-14
In an email from Kathy Dugan; "...Doc is...doing an Internet talk show that is geared toward Saint Cloud and Osceola County on his own Doc Holliday’s Phoenix Rising Radio Network.  The Doc Show Coast 2 Coast is on weeknights 6-9PM.  Music is played during the other dayparts and on weekends..." "...Doc is still very community-oriented.  Most recently he was part of Central Florida’s Next Big Star in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center for Osceola, Inc.  He was a celebrity judge at the event, and quite entertaining, as always.  He was also part of Saint Cloud Life 2014 Community & Business Extravaganza in conjunction with the Saint Cloud Chamber of Commerce. His recent shows can be found on http://www.aircheck.us and  include interviews with Diana Tennis, who is currently running for 9th Circuit Court judge, former American Idol contestant Emily Piriz, and Jennifer Trowbridge from Furever Bully Love Rescue in Orlando, a Pit bull Rescue. 
His next big event is Pig Run of Lake Nona on April 19th, and there is a Doc Show Coast 2 Coast team participating in the run. You can keep up with Doc on his Facebook page.
Stick On The Radio     3-14-14
Stick On The Radio (Sam Day) is on the move. The former WXXL-FM 106.7 Music Director/Afternoon host is moving to Los Angeles in April. His last stop was at WNOU-FM 100.9 in Indianapolis as Music Director/Afternoons. Stick has also been in San Antonio, Columbus Ohio, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
"Slats (Tim Guinane)      2-22-14
"Just wanted to let ya know that I've been back in Cleveland since 10/11 doing mornings on WNCX(FM 98.5). Yup, with CBS again too. Re-upped last year, signed a multi-year deal so got lucky...bought a house (again) so will be here awhile..."

Al Fiala     2-6-14
Al worked at WJHM-FM 101.9  for 11 years, from 1988-1999. He was the Research Director, Assistant Music Director, Interim Program Director and then Music Director. From 2000 to 2013 Al was the Sr. Marketing Strategist then Advertising Research Manager at the Orlando Sentinel. In February of 2013 Al moved to WOFL-TV 35 as the Research Director.  
12-23-13  Sheila Nardone now Sheila Hunter now Sheila Hunter
Sheila was a news anchor at WWNZ-AM 740. "I retired from radio in 2007, from KSL(-AM 1160) News Radio (a) CBS news affiliate in S(alt) L(ake) C(ity). I am now a biochemist living in Ogden Utah." 

12-23-13    Ken Charles
Program Director at WWNZ-AM 740 from 1988-199, has been named
Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel's Sacramento cluster.

10-6-13  Melissa Moore
Melissa Moore, former morning co-host on WWKA-FM 92.3, who left Orlando in 2007 for Nashville, will be heading to Colorado to her new gig. She'll join KYGO-FM 98.5 for middays.
9-21-13 Adam Chappelle who left WNDB-AM 1150 and WLOV-FM 99.5 in November of 2012 for Black Crow Media's Valdosta, GA cluster as News Director and Program Director has left the station. You can reach Adam at adamchappelle@hotmail.com.

9-13-13 Former WXXL-FM 106.7, Afternoon/Night/Assistant Music Director, Stick on the Radio (Sam Day) has been promoted to assistant Program Director, Music Director and night host at WKQI-FM 95.5 in Detroit.

 Congratulations to Mike Murillo as he joins WTOP-FM 103.5 in Washington, D.C. as full time anchor and reporter.

8-1-13 Kevin Gardener, former Program Director at 'Star 94.5', WCFB-FM  has been named Program Director at Dallas' urban adult contemporary  KRNB in Dallas.

7-24-13 After leaving WWKA-FM 92.3 after nine years, Mark Lavin, aka "Skid" has left "The Boxer Show" at Washington, D.C.'s WMZQ, where he was morning co-host and Executive Producer.

5-22-13 Since becoming a professor of political science over 10 years ago, Mark Logas is often asked questions regarding current events and the Constitution. Mark was back on Central Florida radio this past Saturday afternoon on WFLA-AM 540/FM 104.5. "On The Mark with Mark Logas" and aired between 5PM-6PM. Valencia College is committed to being involved in the community and for its professors to share their expertise. For almost a decade, WFLA has welcomed Valencia students into their studios, even providing them with internship opportunities. 
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."
4-30-13 Spider Wilson aka BJ Barry from WOKB-AM 1600 checks in and let's us know "... I am now in Berlin, doing of course what I do, Radio" 

3-6-13 Brody (Nate Halegua) who worked at both WXXL-FM 106.7 and WJHM-FM 101.9 will join KUPL-FM 98.7 in Portland beginning March 20.

3-6-13 Brent Alberts who has deep Central Florida Radio roots has recently been named Program Director/afternoon host at  WXKR-FM 94.5  and Program Director at WXKR-HD2 in Toledo, Ohio.

2-16-13 Jill Strada former Program Director at WPYO-FM 95.3 has been named Assistant Program Director/Digital Brand Manager at Hot 96.9 WBQT-FM 96.9 in Boston.

12-31-12  Former WAOA-FM 107.1 Program Director, Slammin' Sammy Suarez has accepted the position of Program Director /Afternoon Drive slot at WMXZ-FM 95.9 in Charleston, SC.

12-28-12-Stacy Knerler, who was with Black Crow Media as Vice President/Market Manager from 1995 until this past June (over 17 years) is now with Cumulus in Atlanta. 

11-14-12  Dave Bethune former WDAT-AM 1380 personality checks in and let's us know where he is now. "...After working in the Daytona Beach area for almost 10 years, most of it with WDAT/WELE 1380AM… I moved to Ft. Myers and worked for 20 years as Super Dave Logan for Cat Country 107.1, now owned by Clear Channel. During my time there I was the Promotions Manager, Assistant Program Director and did several air shifts including middays and afternoons. I was laid off in 2011, rehired by Clear Channel in Panama City, but left there because I missed my Southwest Florida home. Recently I have started working part time with a friend in putting an online station together and am working full time in the health care industry. Anyone that would like to talk about the “old days” of radio in Daytona can reach me at SuperDaveLogan@aol.com.

9-13-12  Kevin Geddings
formerly of WROD-AM 1340/FM 104.7 has purchased the silent WSOS-AM 1170 in St. Augustine. Kevin's GLK Consultants LLC is the buyer and Norsan Consulting and Management, Inc. is the seller. The sales price was $75,000.

5-21-12  Downtown Billy Brown
formerly the morning man at WOCL-FM 105.9, is now the morning host, Program Director and Operations Manager at  WZZS-FM 106.9 in  Zolfo Springs, FL

5-10-12  Brian Thomas Returns To Florida  
Brian Thomas, who programmed WVRI-FM 101.1, WBJW-FM 105.1, WOMX-FM 105.1 and oversaw the launch and on-air presentation of WOCL-FM 105.9, is moving to Tampa as Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio on June 4.  Brian will be working with another Central Florida alumni, Ben Hill who is the Market Manager for CBS in Tampa. 
4-21-12 Drew Garabo,
is adding to his work schedule over in Tampa. Drew will be joining WHPT-FM 102.5 as mid- morning host from 10AM-Noon as "The Bone" goes to hot talk on Mon. Apr 23. Drew will continue his morning show on WSUN-FM 97.1.
3-30-12 Paul Duckworth  
Paul Duckworth former WDBO-AM 580 Program Director,  has come out of retirement to program KVI/Komo in Seattle.
2-24-12 John Summers
has moved from Dial Global's Oldies Plus Channel to the afternoon drive on slot on KLUV-FM 98.7.

1-28-12 Neal Mirsky
has joined
EvansRadio in Palm Springs, California. He will manage the Affiliate Relations Division. Neal programmed WDIZ-FM 100.3  as well as WORJ-FM 107.7

12-28-11 Kevin Fennessy
I wanted you to know that I joined WYRE-FM (105.5) in St. Augustine back on November 2nd as an Account Executive. Four weeks later, due to a staffing emergency, I was pulled off the street to be a production technician, producing the morning show, midday show, and VT'ing 3-7PM in a contemporary presentation, and handling all the station production and live remote broadcasts. I'll be working in this capacity until February, when I'll be back on the street representing the station...but will probably continue to be on the air in afternoons.
12-27-11 Steve Biddle ("Steve Craig" of '70s era WDBO, WKIS, BJ-105, WDIZ) is now hosting Morning Edition on WFDD-FM 88.5, the Public Radio station at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Divorced from Sandie Corbin-Biddle ("Mrs. Roger Holler" from the old Orlando radio commercials, WKIS production director, Chapman & Costello Creative Director) a few years ago after a 25-year marriage. I underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery in July... was married to the former Tammy Benz a year ago... like a lot of folks, had to pretty much start from scratch at the age of 57. Now, all is well... strength returned, peaceful, happy and still on the radio in the mornings. Sigh.

Lou Josephs, "Retired from IT 5 years ago. I have an incurable brain disease. called Fronto Temporal Dementia. I have the behavioral variant. Still have many years in front of me while they try to find a cure. Google it if you want to know more. Doing ok, fighting off the effects as best I can. Always like to hear from old friends, my email is loujosephs@gmail.com".

12-21-11 Jim "Biff" Burns
;  "I have been working at U.S. Department of Homeland Security in public affairs at the Customs and Border Protection division in Washington , D.C. for the last few years. My official title is public affairs officer..."
12-20-11  David Isreal, former program director at WOMX-FM 105.1 and WOCL-FM 105.9, has left Cox Media. David had an illustrious career. His résumé includes stops at Jacksonville's WAPE, New York's WNSR, WFVY and WXXJ and finally as Director of Branding and Marketing at the Palm Beach Post. David told Tom Taylor at Radio-Info.com that he's "relocating to his farm in the mountains of North Carolina, and planning to “enjoy the holidays."
12-18-11 Gene Burns And Dining Around Have Found A New Home
Gene along with his producer of Dining Around has found a new home in San Francisco. Beginning in January Gene will do afternoons at KKGN-AM 910. Gene will also resume "Dining Around" on Saturdays on KKGN as well.

12-13-11 Mike Miller
Host of WDBO-AM 580's
“Niteline” is now the Director of Business Development and Corporate Sales at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
12-13-11 Jayde Donovan,
Former WXXL-FM 106.7 morning co-host Jayde Donovan is returning to Florida. WPOI-FM 101.5, Tampa has announced Jayde has signed on for AM drive beginning in January. 
12-2-11  Gene Burns Let Go From KGO
Gene Burns
along with four other talk show hosts were let go from KGO-AM 810, San Francisco on Tuesday. Gene joined KGO in 1994. From Gene's Dining Around website: "From Gene Burns to our audience; Needless to say we were stunned at the news of the cancellation of the Gene Burns Program and Dining Around.  We deeply appreciate the many good wishes we have received from listeners and sponsors alike. While at the moment personal replies are impossible, we do want you to know that there are great things to come for both programs.  Please watch this site for updates which we will provide as matters develop and follow Joel on twitter @joelriddell thank you for your loyalty.  Gene and Joel 
12-9-11-Dennis Winslow
Dennis has announced his retirement after 5 years with Northern Broadcast Inc in Michigan. Dennis' plans include concentrating on his consulting business, Winslow Programming Strategies as well as other broadcast related business opportunities. Dennis is also a member of the Georgia Radio Hall Of Fame for his 20 years in the Atlanta.

12-5-11  Frank Reed,
a good friend of this website, has just celebrated, on Nov 28,  20 years at KTLY-FM 94.9 in Dallas. congratulations Frank!
11-23-11  Brenda Matthews
Long time Central Florida Radio voice, Brenda Matthews (Gardener) is now the mid-day host at Charlotte, North Carolina's  "K104.7", WKQC-FM 104.7.
11-17-11  Robyn Walensky,
WDBO-AM 580 reporter Robyn Walensky now works for Mercury Arts Radio. She is anchor/reporter for television personality Glenn Beck's TheBlaze.com.
9-16-11 Mick Dolan,
40 year radio veteran  was NOT an intellectual property included in the recent sale of WLOQ-FM 103.1. (I don't speak Spanish, me amigos).  Mick has previously been a part of radio stations in Kansas City, Louisville and in Orlando at WDIZ-FM 100.3 and WJRR-FM 101.1.  When not seeking permanent employment outside of broadcast radio,  Mick is Assistant Director of Operations at A7BN.com, an internet radio company that includes Rock100DIZ.com and SmoothJazz103LOQ.com; part time traffic reporter at NAVTEQ/traffic.com and is Secretary on the Board of Directors at non-profit Pledge4Patriots.com.
9-14-11 Bob Kelley
With the sale of WLOQ-FM 103.1, Bob Kelley, a twenty year veteran of the station, has found a new home at playing that smooth jazz on SmoothJazz103LOQ.com which is part of the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network in Orlando.
9-14-11 Kevin "Crash" Davis
Crash checks in and let's us know he's the featured "featured" out-of-work radio person this week in All Access "...I sadly left WIND-FM  in January (against my will) after more than 8 years there as PD.
9-9-11  Melissa Moore, former morning co-host on WWKA-FM 92.3, who left Orlando for KSTP-FM 94.5 in Minneapolis in 2007, will be leaving to move to Nashville. 
9-5-11 Kay (Barone) Stelling
Kay, former Program Director/News Director at WKIS-AM 740 and Florida's Radio Network. She also became Regional Account Manager for Florida's Radio Network, an Account Manager for the Cox Radio Group, a Senior Account Executive at Cox Interactive Media. Kay developed the plan for InsideCentralFlorida.com that hosted all of the Orlando Cox radio stations and WFTV Channel 9. Kay then became General Sales Manager at WFLF-AM 540. Kay now owns and operates an advertising and marketing company called Genius! Advertising and Marketing.
7-21-11 Greg Lake
Luvern Katzman let's us know Greg Lake formerly of WELE-AM 1380 is now operating a voiceover service called Voxominous
7-19-11 Rad Messick,
Former Program Director at  WDIZ-FM 100.3, Rad Messick has been chosen to program Citadel Media's "Classic Hits" format. Rad was most recently Senior VP at Broadcast Architecture. Messick was a contributor to the former Radio & Records and the Chicago Tribune. He also served on the Affiliate Advisory Board of ABC Rock Radio Networks.
7-10-11 Kevin Baldinger,
continues to do sports public address announcing, and has recently started doing work as a voice over artist for commercials and more. Baldinger also does news and sports for the Internet radio station WSUPFL.com. He also joins Doc on Friday evenings for a segment on News and Sports together.
7-10-11 Doc,
Former WXXL-FM 106.7 and WWKA-FM 92.3 morning host Doc is hosting weekdays 6PM-9PM on Internet radio station WSUPFL.com
6-30-11 Jill Strada 
Orlando's own Jill Strada, former Program Director at WPYO-FM 95.3, is headed back to Florida. Jill will become Program Director at Miami's WPOW-FM 96.5 “Power 96.” Strada’s been in New York for the past three years.
6-12-11 Pete DeGraaff 
Pete was kind enough to drop us an email recently. From that email;
It was a good run in Orlando...loved it...after Orlando in 2005, I went to the Treasure Coast in July 2005. I worked at a cluster in Vero Beach. Originally I was hired to be PD for WGNX & WTTB. 80's-formatted WGNX 99.7 became Adult Hits-99.7 JACK fm (WJKD) about a year after I started there. WTTB 1490 AM remains a News/Talk station. Somewhere around early 2007, they bumped me up to Ops Manager of the entire cluster...which also included Mainstream AC WGYL 93.7FM (The Breeze) & Adult Standards WOSN-FM 97.1 (The Ocean.) I was on air on WGNX before it became JACK, then I shifted over to WGYL for mid-days. Early 2010, they booted me out of there. Around early 2008,  I started doing part-time at CBS WEAT-FM Sunny 104.3 in West Palm. I wrapped up my time at Sunny 104.3 in August 2010, when I accepted the job as PD at Cox Media Group's WNGC-FM 106.1 (Country) in Athens, GA. This past January, they bumped me up to Ops Manager of the 3 stations in my building...my station and the 2 news-talk stations in the cluster WXKT-FM 103.7 & WGAU-AM 1340.  I wrapped up my time at Sunny 104.3 in August 2010, when I accepted the job as PD at Cox Media Group's WNGC-FM 106.1 (Country) in Athens, GA. This past January, they bumped me up to Ops Manager of the 3 stations in my building...my station and the 2 news-talk stations in the cluster WXKT-FM 103.7 & WGAU-AM 1340
Pete was kind enough to drop us an email recently. From that email;
It was a good run in Orlando...loved it...after Orlando in 2005, I went to the Treasure Coast in July 2005. I worked at a cluster in Vero Beach. Originally I was hired to be PD for WGNX & WTTB. 80's-formatted WGNX 99.7 became Adult Hits-99.7 JACK fm (WJKD) about a year after I started there. WTTB 1490 AM remains a News/Talk station. Somewhere around early 2007, they bumped me up to Ops Manager of the entire cluster...which also included Mainstream AC WGYL 93.7FM (The Breeze) & Adult Standards WOSN-FM 97.1 (The Ocean.) I was on air on WGNX before it became JACK, then I shifted over to WGYL for mid-days. Early 2010, they booted me out of there. Around early 2008,  I started doing part-time at CBS WEAT-FM Sunny 104.3 in West Palm. I wrapped up my time at Sunny 104.3 in August 2010, when I accepted the job as PD at Cox Media Group's WNGC-FM 106.1 (Country) in Athens, GA. This past January, they bumped me up to Ops Manager of the 3 stations in my building...my station and the 2 news-talk stations in the cluster WXKT-FM 103.7 & WGAU-AM 1340.  I wrapped up my time at Sunny 104.3 in August 2010, when I accepted the job as PD at Cox Media Group's WNGC-FM 106.1 (Country) in Athens, GA. This past January, they bumped me up to Ops Manager of the 3 stations in my building...my station and the 2 news-talk stations in the cluster WXKT-FM 103.7 & WGAU-AM 1340
5-7-11 Scuba Steve
I left the Orlando, FL market in Feb of 2010 to hit the west coast. I'm still working for Clear Channel, just in San Francisco, CA. I am the On-Air morning show producer for Don Bleu in the morning at KIOI Star 101.3! Yes I will always miss Orlando, but I needed to take my career to the next level. And moving out here was by far the best decision I ever made. BUT one day Ill be back and ready to take over the Orlando market, so keep your eyes and ears open for the name 'Scuba Steve' 
4-2011 Buddy Pittman
Buddy has
been a blogger/part time reporter on local auto races for Bright House Sports Network for past couple of years. You can read Buddy's latest blog here.
4-14-11 Ray Junior
Former morning host on WEUS-AM 810, Orlo Vista, will be heard on WFOY-AM 1540, St. Augustine. Ray will start the 5PM-6PM slot on May 2. 
4-6-11  Frank Reed
A good friend of this website, Frank Reed the Morning Personality at KLTY-FM 94.9 in Dallas has been interviewed by HisAir.Net. You can read the interview here.
3-24-11  Ken Dixon,
Former Production Director at WBJW-FM 105.1, WOMX-FM 105.1 and WLOQ-FM 103.1, lives in Ormond Beach and is writing and producing radio commercials on a freelance basis (http://www.kentraco.com).
3-19-11  Bud Brewer,
who left Central Florida Radio in 1985 to join Massey Communications, announced he will retire as Vice Chairman from the advertising and marketing firm during 2011.
3-18-11  Pat Campbell,
Former WFLF-AM 540, Orlando morning drive talk host Pat Campbell has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with KFAQ-AM 1170, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Campbell has been there since he was let go by Clear Channel three years ago. 
1-6-11 Nate Graham , Staff Support , Christian Church in the Wildwood
"I started in commercial radio at WWJB(-AM) 1450, Brooksville, Florida in 1978 where I had just returned from college radio in TN. At the end of Summer, Bob Penrod (then owner/manager) called me into his office and told me I was fired. That I should stay away from Radio as I was “No good!” Crushed I DID stay away for many years until I moved back in 1986 where I was contacted by Mickey Brayton at WTRS(-FM 102.3) and given a fulltime overnight gig. Fortunately for me Mickey didn’t remember me from '78 when we had briefly worked together. They liked my style and moved me to 6-11PM slot within 2 weeks. While I really enjoyed working there, my old friend Jack Webb (Shawn-o-matic, Shawn Scott) tempted me to move to overnights at WMMZ(-FM 93.7) after a year of the Country format at WTRS(-FM 102.3) I was ready for CHR. I worked overnights at "Z-93.7" (WMMZ-FM 93.7) for about a year before being promoted to 7PM-11PM and later on, Middays. Eventually, moving into the office to work Music and since I was skilled in computers, the mailing list database. I was the Host of "The Z-93.7 Saturday Night Dance Party" at (broadcast from) Gabriel's, (located) inside the Holiday Inn at SR 40 & I-75. We were one of the first live broadcast of live DJ mixing. I held the gig for about 5 years before moving on."
1-6-11  Jay Waggoner,
checks in and tells us "...last August I accepted the director of engineering position for Entercom Communications in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania , I am no longer alone and am honored to have the best engineering and IT team ever assembled. I plan to stay.
12-22-10 Steve Nikazy checks in. "I started my career in Central Florida and have many fond memories of my mentors Tim Jerrico and the late Bill Gephart." "My service record includes...WACY(-AM 1220) 1973-1975 (jock/"Steve Nick"), WDBO(-AM 580) 1975-1976 (jock/ "Steve Nick", WDBO TV (booth announcer), WZNG(-AM 1360), 1975-1977 (jock/"Lon Moore"). I went to WFIL News in Philly in '77 then had stints in Austin, TX., and Denver six years later.  I wound up at KYW Newsradio in 1990 and have been there ever since, working an an anchor.
11-16-10 Brenda (Gardner) Matthews,
is now in Charlotte, North Carolina along with her new hubby. Brenda is a radio Traffic Reporter for Chuck Roads Traffic, Inc. Roads Traffic is the exclusive traffic service provider for WBT-AM 1110/FM 99.3, WLNK-FM 107.9, and WBTV in Charlotte.
10-30-10  Al Brock
"...I grew up in Central Fl (near Tampa), but always loved coming to Orlando and listening to the great stations. I remember lots of the jocks on WDBO(-AM 580), WKIS(-AM 740), "BJ-105" (WBJW-FM 105.1), WLOF(-AM 950) and more. In fact, one of my fondest memories was my getting a job doing afternoon drive on "The Original 95 WLOF" back in the Scott Walker era. I was also Assistant PD. It was one of the best times in my long and storied radio career. I met my wife there and we were married 30 years ago. It was interesting at WLOF.  When I first got there, my radio name was Al Brock then, a few days into the job, they changed it to Larry Brock. I think because there was already someone there named Al (Gardner) the news guy, who ironically, used the name Lee Simpson when he was the news guy on (WBJW-FM 105.1) "BJ105" and his brother Bill (Gardner) was doing the morning show there. I later came back and worked weekends and swing while I was in between jobs in the late 80's". "...I am now living in Nashville, doing independent record promotion to country radio and working from home.
10-27-10  Stick On The Radio
Stick has joined KTFM-FM 94.1 in San Antonio, Texas, weekdays from 3PM-7PM. He encourages in car sing- a-longs, and is willing to go that extra mile to make the listeners commute entertaining, informative and feel like they’ve done it with a friend.
10-23-10  Melony Torres
Former WOMX-FM 105.1 night jock Melony Torres moved to WAPE-FM 95.1 in Jacksonville back in July. Melony is on the move again. She has just been hired by WSJT-FM 98.7 in Tampa as Music Director and night-time personality.
10-12-10 Alan Spector
Alan Spector has re-launched his comedy prep service, Alan Spector’s Comedy News Network, with a brand new website, www.alanspector.com. Says Alan, “Delivered daily, it’s quick, to-the-point, topical humor that easily fits into just about any show or format, especially in the PPM era. Check out the site, get a free two-week trial, and be as mildly amusing as I am.” The original Comedy News Network ran for 14 years and featured an impressive list of clients, including radio legend Charlie Van Dyke: “I really like your sheet! Topical bits are essential.” Also, Bill Gable, currently doing mornings on The New AM 740/Toronto: “(Alan’s) humor stays contemporary and I think that’s a big reason his skills fit any format.” And Dave McKay, morning host on WQYK/Tampa: “Direct, topical and entertaining.” Alan Spector, most recently heard as morning co-host/executive producer at Cox’s classic rocker, WHTQ/Orlando, is a veteran of morning radio in markets including Orlando, Jacksonville and Milwaukee. His experience as an AM drive co-host, producer and writer gives him valuable insight into what a radio personality desires in a comedy service. His clients have spanned market sizes from major to small and formats from country to classic rock, testifying to the broad appeal of Alan Spector’s Comedy News Network. Alan has also been  the subject of All Access' "On the Beach" feature. 
9-30-10  Donna French 
"...I was a part of the Central Florida Radio scene from 1978 through 1985, when I left regular on-the-air work to sell advertising. I started at WRMF-AM (1060) / FM (98.1) licensed to Titusville (and located in Mims, actually) working weekends, went on to work at "Y106" (WHLY-FM 106.7) Radio under TC Dooley (Chris Kampmier who went on to program Clear Channel radio stations) and also "BJ105"/Rounsaville Radio (WBJW-FM 105.1) working for Bill Gardner who went on to work at WFYR-FM in Chicago. "...much of my full-time radio career was spent doing morning drive at WORL-AM (1270) with the late Otis J Gamble. I also worked with Maxwell Saint Clair..."  Willie J. Martin (from Jacksonville was our General Manager and became an owner in the early to mid 80’s. "... what’s more important to me is to be able to catch up and reconnect with some of my former colleagues. I can be contacted at donnarosenblum@bellsouth.net

9-25-10  The Crazy Kid DJ Nailz checks in and lets us know he's now at "Power 95.3" WPYO-FM 95.3, pulling nights from 7PM-11PM.
9-18-10  Dean Miuccio who joined WRRM-FM 98.5 in Cincinnati in 2002 after leaving WMGF-FM 107.7 has been let go from the Cincinnati station. Dean posted a message on his Facebook page. “Hi to all my friends! I want to let you know that WARM 98 just fired me. Hey if you know of an opening that fits my line of work…which is pretty much anything….” 
9-9-10 Bob Kelley Celebrating 20 Years    
Bob Kelly will celebrate his 20th anniversary at WLOQ-FM 103.1 this year. Bob will also be enjoying his 59th birthday on September 10th. Congratulations and Happy Birthday Bob!
8-18-10  Dean Miuccio 
Former WMGF-FM 107.7 morning co-host Dean Miuccio is now the solo morning host at WRRM-FM 98.5 in Cincinnati . 
8-14-10  Beau Richards
Beau Richards is now Program Director/Morning co-host on CHR KQID-FM 93.1 in Alexandria, LA. Beau previously did mornings for WQOL-FM, Vero Beach, was Program Director/Afternoon host at WNFI-FM 99.9, mornings at WKKO-AM 860 and Program Director at WAOA-FM 107.1.
8-13-10  Tommy Roberts
"...I worked with Gabe Burton, Brian Morgan and Jon-David Wells at "Star 101", with Dave Edwards and Bill Barber at "K92". Phil Hendrie trained me at "BJ 1440" ( I was at WWFL in Clermont at the time). Steve Biddle (Craig) is a long time friend as is Lon Wagner (locked himself out of the studio at WKIS while watching the Rosie O'Grady Plane do sky writing and locked himself in the WDBO-FM studio to protest the format change to "K92"). Bill Gephart was one of my truest and best friends". "...(Rest in peace my Brother) " "...I worked at "Star 101" and "K92" at the same time (part-time at both, Hey Gabe remember "Star 101" Love Songs? (Of course you do). I worked with Annie Somers (One Great Lady), Craig Williams and T.C. McGuire at "Q96", (I worked with T.C. again at Clear Channel Tallahassee from '99, until Sept. '01).  I worked at WORL (as Kellen Thomas) with Max St Clare and Jo Jo Dancer (I remember the first time she walked into the studio, long before she started her radio career) and P/T at "Joy 108".  I was P.D. at WLBE for a short time. Worked at WTRR/WWJZ with Rick Padilla and of course traveled around for radio gigs. After many years as on air talent and as a PD/MD, I'm now working on Harley Davidsons. I sure miss radio, but love tinkering on scooters. I'd like to hook up with the old crew sometime. Dave, Gabe, Steve, Lon, Billy Barber, Mitchell Stone, Terry Long, Carol Dedman and everyone else that I've worked with, email me at ozarklowrider@yahoo.com and let's get together sometime."  "...Of course we all have a ton of stories and I look forward to going back through the good old days with y'all. 
7-28-10 Launa
Former WJRR-FM 101.1 personality Launa,  is co-host of the "Catfish Morning Show" along with Craig "Catfish" Hunter on Tampa's WFUS-FM 103.5
7-21-10 Paul Duckworth  
Thanks to "Mr. News" Mark Williams for letting us know where Paul Duckworth former WDBO-AM 580 Program Director,  has been appointed Program Director at KLIF-AM 570 in Dallas-Fort Worth. Previously, Paul was programmer at stations in Washington, D.C. Seattle and Portland. 
7-20-10  Dave Edwards    WKKO-AM 860    WRKT AM 1300/FM    WEZY-FM 94.1    WCIF-FM 106.3
Dave dropped us a line and let us know; "My family and I recently moved to DeLand, FL to begin serving as the Pastor of Administration/Senior Adults at Stetson Baptist Church. Glad to be back in central FL where it all started in radio."
7-17-10 Linda Gutierrez  WHOO-AM 990;
Linda Gutierrez.jpg (67491 bytes)"...I'm no longer in radio, but I like to keep up w/what has happened to my former on-air buddies.  After I left WHOO as copywriter (Andy Wilson was my Production Mgr.) in 1984, I took a year off to spend time with my 2 sons before the oldest started kindergarten.  I did the occasional freelance voiceover job and eventually accepted a position in the Community Relations office at Orlando International Airport.  For many years, the voice on the terminal public announcements was me! ("Do not leave your vehicle unattended.  It will be towed".  "Smoking is permitted in designated areas only."  "Ticketed passengers only beyond the security checkpoint.")  In 1996, I accepted a position at San Antonio International Airport and currently manage tenant leases.  My boys are grown and my "babies" are now furry and 4-footed:  3 Appaloosa horses, 6 dogs of varying pedigrees and a cat.  I live in the "Strawberry Capital of Texas", just south of San Antonio.  
7-15-10 Ken Charles;
Former Executive Producer/Program Director at WWNZ-AM 740 Ken Charles is the Program Director at Miami's WIOD-AM 
5-16-10 Downtown Billy Brown
I asked Billy Brown about his plans since being let go by WOCL-FM 105.9 Here's what he told us. "My family and I would love to stay in Orlando.  My wife, teenage daughters and I love it here.  I have contacted all of the stations in this area and though Cox and Clear Channel Programmers have been very sympathetic and supportive, no full-time positions are available at this time that coincide with my talent and/or experience.  I have had 3 Orlando programmers and 1 Tampa programmer forward my package to other program directors in markets outside of Florida but nothing has transpired at this time. I believe I was the front runner for the Morning Personality position at KLTH in Portland, OR.  After an hour long phone interview that went very well with PD Chris Sargent, a 26 year Portland market veteran was let go at KUPL (Country).  KLTH hired former midday star Rick "Bubba" Taylor for the much sought after Morning gig.  I have tremendous respect for Chris at KLTH and I applaud his hire.  I would have made the same choice.  "Bubba" is a pro and sounds fantastic. I wish all the best for "Bubba" and Oldies 106.7 in Portland. Though I am still searching, I do have a few irons in the fire and look to be broadcasting somewhere in America by this summer.  Anyone interested in my audio resume, I invite you to log onto www.downtownbillybrown.webs.com and go to "My Audio Resume".
5-11-10 Mark Williams lets us know that Paul Duckworth, former WDBO-AM 580 Program Director, has exited WMAL-AM 630 in Washington, DC. Paul joined WMAL in 2005.
5-3-10 Jay Waggoner, Central Florida Radio "Engineer extraordinaire" is now with the Cayuga Radio Group which is owned by Saga Communications of New England LLC. Jay is the Chief Engineer for a cluster of seven stations in the west-central section of Upstate New York.
4-17-10 Dennis Moore of WDBO-AM 580/WDBO-FM 92.3, WDIZ-FM 100.3, WHOO-AM 990 and WMFE-FM 90.7 fame has been in Chicago at Public Radio Station  WFMT-FM 98.7 since 1990.
3-24-10  Mike Scudiero former producer for the Marc Bernier Show on WNDB-AM 1150 is now the spokesman for the Central Florida Police Benevolent Association in Daytona Beach.
3-21-10  Mike Burger recently (March 7) celebrated 40 years in the radio/TV business. Mike is at KTVT 11 in Dallas/Ft Worth. Mike began his Central Florida Radio career in 1970 at WHOO-AM 990, handling mid-days nine years, eventually taking over the program directors position in 1978. Mike moved over to WDBO-AM 580, hosting the mid-days there.  TV station WDBO (channel 6) needed someone to take over the weekend weathercasts. Mike left radio for WCPX-TV (now WKMG) in 1988. He returned to Central Florida from Houston in 1996 to replace retiring newscaster Ben Aycrigg. After four years, Mike returned to Dallas-Fort Worth and has been there ever since.
3-14-10 Randi Martin,
formerly of WMGF-FM 107.7 checks in. Randi is doing voice work and can be reached at Randi Martin....Voice Talent.
2-4-10  Max Goldberg checks in. Max known as "Snake" at WHTQ-FM 96.5 and Mike Young at WDIZ-FM 100.3, is now the Production Director at CBS Radio San Diego.
1-18-10  Jerry Steffen formerly of WMMO-FM 98.9 dropped us a note and let us know he's out in Palm Springs, California. He's doing weather on KESQ-TV.
12-28-09 Blue Christie of WLOF-AM 950 is now host and executive producer of "The Boomer Show with Brian Christie". The show is based out of San Diego, California. 
12-4-09 Mark Hellinger, formerly of WDBO-AM 580, has opened a new radio station in Jasper, GA.WIVL-FM 88.3, is the first station in the nation operated by physically challenged people. Read more about it here.
11-10-09  Steve Biddle, back in the 70's known on the air in Orlando as Steve Craig checks in. "...I started out my career in 1972, doing news and later the overnight shift at WKIS-AM 740. Then worked at a variety of stations, most notably at WDBO-AM 580 for several years, before moving to Daytona Beach, where I spent two years at WMFJ-AM 1450. There were other stops along the way at WLOF-AM 950 and WDIZ-FM 100.3. Moved on to Honolulu, where I worked for KIKI, and later KPOI-FM. Came back to Florida, met and married Sandie Corbin, who did the old "Mrs. Roger Holler" commercials when she worked at WKIS. We moved to PA in 1989. Three years ago we divorced. I did a lot of freelance voiceover/narration work, and went to work for Penn State Public Broadcasting.  I was there for about 5 years, until June, when I was laid off along with nine or ten others. Time to start life over... so I came back to Orlando in August, 2009, without a job and not many prospects. Now, though, I'm hosting "All Things Considered" on WMFE-FM 90.7, using my real name, Steve Biddle. I'm now 55, and frankly, not sure what the future holds, as the position at WMFE is part-time and temporary.  The job is open...but since I was hired as the interim host, I'm not at all sure whether I'll get it permanently.
10-15-09 Pat Duggins On His New Job   
The Tuscaloosa News.com has an article on Pat Duggins, who spent 24 years in Orlando at WMFE-FM 90.7.
10-4-09 Garden Rebel's Roots    
"The Garden Rebel" Robert Vincent Sims got his start in radio at a small Mount Dora radio station, WBGB-AM 1580. Thanks to Debra Courtright for sending along the following info in a recent email; "...We hired this kid out of college--Robert Vincent Sims---to do a one day a week "Garden Show". He is now nationally known as "The Garden Rebel". He is a super star who does national TV and Radio." Vince's national show is syndicated by the Radio America Network
6-11-09  Frank Reed is enjoying life in Arlington, Texas at  KLTY-FM 94.9. Frank reminded me that he's coming up on 40 years in the business. "...amazingly its going to be 40 years since my start at WFIV-AM 1080 this August.  Never in a million years did I ever think I would be doing this, this long, but I still love it..." Frank will be the guest speaker at the DFW Christian Chamber of Commerce on June 17.
4-9-09  Zack Skyler who spent eight years at Orlando's WOMX-FM 105.1 as producer of the Scott & Erica Morning Show joins Shelly K for mornings at Hot AC WMEE-FM 97.3 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Skyler also served as Executive Producer for Greg & Melissa on KSTP-FM 94.5 in Minneapolis.  
11-20-08  Ric Russo at Tampa's "Q105" WRBQ-FM 104.7 drops us a line to let us know "...that former WLOF/BJ 105 morning show host and WLOF(-AM 950) Program Director Scott Walker, is now the Program Director at the legendary "Q105" in Tampa..."

  Gina Jordan
-Heard Gina doing a report from the NPR station in Tallahassee.
9-19-08 Drew Garabo
Drew currently works as a ticket account executive with the Orlando Magic. He continues to reach his fans with a weekly podcast at drewshow.com with co-hosts Ryan Valeriano of the podcast: Standup Orlando and the eccentric Johnny Diggs of Howl at the Moon in downtown Orlando. He continues to ride the crest of cutting edge radio now on the internet no longer terrestrial. Read more about Drew here:
8-3-08 Don Gould dropped us a note to let us know "...I've been at 10-10 WINS Radio  (WINS-AM 1010) in New York City doing weekend morning sports since December 2006.  I'm doing this to make just enough money to pay my enormous (and might I say unwarranted) property and school taxes and cover my golf expenses".
6-14-08  Gene Witt drops us a note: "...I was on the air for WKIS(-AM 740) as Gene Witt in Sky-watch 1 from late 1983 through spring 1986. I proposed to my wife over the air live during one of my traffic reports. I was also one of the "traffic twins" on WOCL(-FM 105.9) "Cool 105.9" in the fall of 1985. I was alone in one plane, and another DJ flown by a pilot was in another. We would do the reports together. I'm currently a Captain for Delta Airlines, and my wife Kathy (who was the pilot for WHOO(-AM 990)'s Sergeant Jim Humphries) is also a Captain with American Airlines..."
6-5-08 Lee Brandel of  WFIV-AM 1080, WHOO-AM 990, WHOO-FM 96.5, WTLN-FM 95.3 and WTLN-AM 1520 is now station manager of WKTS-FM 90.1 ("The Bridge") in Kingston, TN.
6-4-08 "Slats" (Tim Guinane) checks in and let's us know he still has a hand in Central Florida radio. "...now just a semi-retired golf bum who works at Grand Cypress in the pro shop & v/t  (voice tracks) 3-7pm Sundays on WJRR(-FM 101.1)."  
6-4-08  Carol A. Arvo (Carol Lewis) also checks in. "...I was a sales rep for WBJW(-FM 105.1) from 1976 through 1979 and remember many of the people that you have on the list.  I worked with Jerry Peterson, Tom West (long gone) and MF. Kershner, who I am still on touch with.  My name back then was Carol Lewis and that is what the BJ people would know me as.  It was a wonderful time to be in radio and we had so much fun.  I still remember all the jokes that we played on each other, the famous book parties and the times we spent together at the “House of Beef” with other radio reps in the area. I left BJ in December of 1979 and went to Detroit, Michigan where I worked and met my husband, Tom Arvo who owned his own agency.  We brought the agency back to Orlando in ’82-’83  where it still is and we are on Howell Branch Road, known as Arvo Communications, Inc.  I still see a few radio people still working in radio and the industry.  Our agency for the last 25 years specialize  in the hospitality industry and I do not have the opportunity to work or buy local radio anymore.
4-16-08  Remember "The Hideout" with El Heffe (Dro Hinojosa) and co-host J Dubbs that ran on WTKS-FM 104.1 for a bit less than a year?  Well, El Heffe has been named Program Director at Genesis Communications' talker, WWBA-AM 1040 and Sports Radio WHBO-AM 1470 in Tampa. He will also host "Next!", a weekday show from 9AM-10AM on WWBA, counting down Tampa's Top Five Stories of the Day.  
3-25-08  Jon-David Wells checks in. The former morning host at WSTF-FM 101.1 has checked in. He is host of "The Wells Report" at TalkRadio 570 KLIF, Dallas. You can reach him at jon-david.wells@cumulus.com
3-11-08  We've heard from Clare Carver (Bennett) formerly of WLRQ-FM 99.3. She is now working in Illinois on WAJK-FM 99.3 and WKOT-FM 96.5.
3-3-08 Larry Novak let's us know that Susie Cerone can now be heard doing traffic reports on 
WEPN-AM 1050
New York's ESPN 1050
12-29-07  Mark Hellinger
We heard from Mark Hellinger. We asked if we could share his email with everyone and he gave us the OK.
Happy New Year To Everyone !!! I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and remembered what Christmas is all about. 2007 has been a difficult year for us.  Valerie's father passed away on October 16th.  Soon after, my dog Lucy died after 12 years of being the greatest dog in the world.  I miss her so much.  In May, Valerie's son Gregory was shot on his way home from work in Miami.  Thank God he is doing OK. Also in 2007, I found out that cancer was detected after I had a colonoscopy.  Dr. Frank Lopez believes he was able to catch it just in time. I have to be tested on a regular basis.   My father also battled colon cancer but the doctors believe they were able to remove the cancer.  In 1985, my uncle Charles Hellinger, former mayor of Ontario, Ohio an co-founder of  Jones Potato Chips Company, died from colon cancer. For those who know me, it's hard to believe that my little body can have so much trauma and survive.  I remember in 2002, doctors at Grady Hospital in Atlanta told my parents that I had less than 48 hours to live after heart failure and kidney  failure.  I totally believe that God had his reasons for keeping me on this earth.  I know for a fact that God brought me to  Jasper, Georgia to reopen WYYZ Radio to be of service to hundreds if not thousands of people.  I know for a fact that what we (the staff) at WYYZ was a blessing to many.  Even though the past five years has been a struggle, there has been a lot of good that has happened in my life.  I met Valerie in January of 2004.  We were married six months later.  Before January of 2004, I thought no one would ever want to spend their life with me.  When I least expected it, God answered my prayers.  During my illness, I know for a fact that many people prayed for me and that's why I am here today. No matter what 2008 might bring, I know that I am in good company.  A wonderful wife and a God who loves me no matter what I have done in the past.  I know that God does answer prayers so I am asking you to say a prayer or two for me, Valerie, and my family. I LOVE ALL OF YOU !!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR AND PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH.  LIVE EACH DAY AS IF IT WERE YOUR LAST.
Mark Hellinger  Wyyz1490@aol.com
4-20-07 Rick Saylor
From Rick (Saylor) Morgan of Rick and Dick fame; 
"Just in case anyone ever utters the phrase, "Whatever happened to that Rick Saylor guy?  Yeah, that 'Rick and Dick dude".  Here's the scoop.   For the past 13 years I've been doing morning drive for about 85 stations on the Hot Country format for the Jones Radio Networks in Denver, Colorado.  I lost the Rick Saylor name back in Tampa in the late '80's when I was doing mornings for Mix96 (Morgan & Mimi/Morgan & Murphy)  It's Rick  Morgan now (Morgan in the Morning).  I also do some part-time work  for Clear Channel in Denver doing midday traffic reports for several stations.  Doesn't everyone in radio have 2 or 3 jobs?
7-31-06  George Crossley   
George was the host of  "In Defense of Liberty" on WTLN-AM 1520 and WTLN-FM 95.3 as well as being one of the most powerful conservative Christian broadcasters in Central Florida. He was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lake Monroe as well as president of a group called Citizens for Decency. Crossley and Clive Thomas had many great debates over the viewing of the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ". What's he up to these days? He's' the head of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 
4-18-06 JJ Duling   
The latest email from JJ states: " I actually did not go to a station in Waco, TX but have been voice tracking for them for about 3 years all along. My new/current position is as Program Director at WLUE-FM (Adult Hits) and WQMF-FM (Classic Rock) in Louisville.  I'm also a Clear Channel Oldies Brand Manager and am PD for CC's Top 75 Channels imitative, programming the H.D. "Cool Oldies Channel".
Tracey Young and Ken Dixon
Tracey Young who worked at WROD-AM 1340, WNFI-FM 99.9WDOQ-FM 101.1, WBJW-FM 105.1 WOMX-FM 105.1, as well as WMGF-FM 107.7 and her husband Ken Dixon an air personality at WTRR-AM 1400WLOQ-FM 103.1, and WOTS-AM 1220. Ken was also the production director at WBJW-FM 105.1, WOMX-FM 105.1  are both living in Orlando but neither presently works in radio.
10-24-05  Chuck Bennett   
Chuck was WSSP's morning man from 1985 until 1992 checks in. After a very successful run on WSSP-FM 104.1, I did mornings at Sunny 104.3 in West Palm Beach for two years. When the grind of the two hour commute from Melbourne to South Florida became too much in 1994,  I started Chuck Bennett Productions to do freelance Radio and TV work - and I'm still doing that today from my studios in Melbourne.  I also had the great chance to be the host of the weekly, nationally syndicated show "Dance Mix America" on over 60 stations each week for three years in the late 90's.  Still here in Central Florida for the past 20 years - and still lovin' it!   I must say that I do miss being on the air in Orlando daily, as it is a great market!  Wanted to say hi to all of the people I worked with during my years in Orlando radio - Reagan SmithRich Kennedy, Dave Edwards, the gang at Florida Radio Network and all the folks at the old 740 when we were all on West Colonial Drive.  They were great times!  Everyone's free to visit my website to see what I'm up to at www.chuckbennett.tv
8-15-05  Names and More Names 
JJ Duling formerly of WEBG-FM 100.3 is now at "Oldies 95" KGBO-FM 953.7 in Waco, Texas
Scott "Scooter" Sherwood (WOCL-FM 105.9) is now PD and Mid Day personality at KABG-FM "BIG OLDIES 98.5 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dutch Schaffer (WDVH-AM 980, WDBO-AM 580 & WDBO-FM 92.3) is now retired and currently living in St. Augustine.
Ed Tyll (WTKS-FM 104.1) is now doing stand up comedy in and around New York and New Jersey. 
Gene Burns (WKIS-AM 740) is holding down the 7PM to 10PM slot on San Diego's KGO-AM 810
Pete Forgione (WHOO-AM 990) is the morning host at KWXY-AM in Palm Springs, California.
And so many folks ask me the whereabouts of the WEBG-FM 100.3 "Big 100" gang well here's the rundown. Thanks to JJ Duling
Chris Rivers is the new PD and afternoon personality at WXLY-FM 102.5 in Charleston SC.
Mike Roberts is working in the Production Department for Clear Channel-Orlando
Mike Harvey is concentrating on his nationally-syndicated Super Gold Saturday night Oldies party.
Bob Berry is looking at opportunities in and out of radio.
Ron Willett left Clear Channel in early 2004 for other opportunities.
JJ Duling is currently in talks with a number of radio stations around the country for his next PD gig- otherwise, hangin' around Central FL, spending the summer with his girls.
Dave Kelly is working with Mike Harvey on SuperGold and continues on-air with Magic 107.7 occasionally.
Deanne Schulz is now working with WB 18 television in Orlando.
2005-Bobby Sharpe, WLOF-AM 950 personality let us know he's hosting Saturday nights #1, 25-54 funk and dance show on "STAR 94.5", WCFB-FM 94.5. Bobby's been there just short of 5 years now. Bobby also worked at the old "Hot Rockin' Y-106" WHLY-FM 106.7 from 1983 until 1986. Then it was on to Philadelphia with his mentor Scott Walker at WCAU/WOGL. Bobby had a 10 year run there.
Here's excerpts from an article in The Smoky Mountain News on former WTRR-AM 1400 owner Bill Reck now in Canton, North Carolina. You can read the full article at  http://www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/06_04/06_09_04/fr_local_airspace.html

Local Airspace
AM radio retains a niche in mountain communities 
By Sarah Kucharski
Stepping inside the doors of WPTL AM 920 in Canton marks a throwback to bygone era. 
Plaid, high back armchairs wait in pairs for customers. An award for the best Dairy Month promotion — a spot that featured a Jimmy Stewart sound alike proclaiming the virtues of dairy products — hangs on the wood paneled wall alongside an early career Garth Brooks poster. 
The station’s only computers whir away in the sound booths, ticking off timing sequences to ensure that local commercial breaks don’t cut in to the satellite music feed beamed in from Golden Springs, Colo. A low click and an in-house machine splices in local station identification — voiced by the station’s President and CEO Bill Reck — before the cross-country DJ jumps back in with another hit. Just across the five-foot wide room eight track tapes line the wall.
WPTL AM 920 represents one of the few stations of its kind left in the industry. Privately owned and operated by the same family since 1978, the station thrives largely due to its focus on local content, from school lunch menus to church news, high school sports to the Flea Market program during which listeners can buy and sell used goods on air. 
“We compete with one key factor — local information and involvement,” Reck said. 
The strength of loyal listeners
Loyal listeners are indeed one of the main reasons these AM stations stay on the air.
“I love speaking to somebody and knowing it’s somebody in our hometown,” said Ruby Rogers, a longtime WPTL listener.
Rogers said she tunes in for the station’s country, gospel and bluegrass music, as well as the church news and occasional sports game.
“I think it’s just wonderful that they still stick to stuff like that,” she said.

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