The Gater as we know it descended from a long line of great music and air talent that worked on stations like "Wizard 99, WIZD" in the 1970s and early 80s and with a call letter change to WKGR as "Gourmet Rock" and later "Kick Ass Rock" through the early 90s.
Love Doctors Glenn and Rich were broadcasting on 98.7 FM in the late 80s.
The station was sold in 1990 and after much discussion was named "The Gater" spelled with an `E' specifically to avoid upsetting any 'Canes or 'Noles football fans. On January 15th 1991 at midnight DJ Peter Moon debuted "The Gater 98.7FM" to the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast playing Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs." The morning show back then featured veteran talent Buck McWilliams (yes, he's back on The Gater's midday show today!) We were licensed to the City of Ft. Pierce with a 100,000 Watt signal that many called the best in Florida at the time. Clear and clean from south of Commercial Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale to Cocoa Beach and almost all the way across the state to Ft. Myers. The Gater broadcast from a converted funeral home just south of Orange Avenue in Ft. Pierce. A few weeks later I showed up as the midday guy on April 13th 1991. In August of 1991 "The Gater" moved it's studios and offices to West Palm Beach. We've changed to new studios three times since then, all in Palm Beach County where we are today. In a business move that had no effect to listeners WKGR changed it's city of license to Wellington in 2010.
Andy Preston Asst. Program Director/Music Director/
Afternoon Drive Talent/Facebook Contributor
Foo Fighters can do it all! From Wembley Stadium with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to Rock and Roll Pizza in Moorpark, Ca. The best rock band out there. Enjoy! ap
Please take a few minutes to see this Happy Ending Holiday Tale of Giving Back.
I loved this one. Andy
It's showing here locally TODAY at the Lyric Theatre 1PM, 4PM, and 7PM (12/10) in downtown Stuart. ap
THEY ALL CAME DOWN TO THE RIVER TO MAKE MAGIC, and whether that came from the water, the equipment, the talents of the Swampers, or the Spanish moss hanging from the trees, a truly mighty sound came from those humble studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Watch the story behind all these great songs unfold. On Demand, On I-Tunes, and in Theatres. Don't miss it. Andy
It's cold down there but Metallica heated things up for their scientist friends and contest winners. The penguins, auks, and leopard seals had no idea of what was going down! Andy
A chance to not only rub elbows with Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Steve Stevens, Sebastian Bach, and Dave Ellefson, but also learn their multi-platinum techniques in the studio and on stage. Sign up now! ap
(the press release is below -courtesy of David Fishof)
Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp and Rock God, Gene Simmons
Team Up To Present
“The Gene Simmons Rock Camp™”
Fantasy Camp to Feature Artists Including: TOMMY THAYER (KISS), SEBASTIAN BACH (Skid Row),
STEVE STEVENS (BILL IDOL), and DAVE ELLEFSON (Megadeth).
Rock Legend and media mogul, Gene Simmons will mentor and jam with campers along with fellow rock star friends at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp offering an opportunity of a lifetime at its Las Vegas studios. The camp will also feature Tommy Thayer (KISS), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth). Together alongside Simmons, they will help musicians of all levels form bands, learn or perfect their knowledge of an instrument, write and record a song. The four-day camp will culminate with a live performance at House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas March 27-30, 2014. This March marks Simmons’ return to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp for the first time since his October 2012.
“Mentoring adult and young rockers at the fantasy camp has always been an amazingly rewarding experience for me,” said Simmons. “I enjoy teaching and handing over lessons I’ve learned from the business to musicians and upcoming talent”
Space for Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is extremely limited. To sign-up or for more information, please visit www.rockcamp.com, or call 888-762-2263.
Formed in New York City in 1973, KISS is one of the most successful rock bands of all time and was recently nominated this year for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Simmons, the band’s original bass player and co-founder, is credited with writing many of the band’s songs including “Nothing To Lose,” “We Are One,” Shout It Out Loud,” and “Domino” to name a few. He also owns a record label, Simmons Records, and is known for his innovative marketing of his band and his TV series, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.”