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
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.”
Doors fans here's a link to the new Doors app that surviving members Robby Kreiger and John Densmore have just released with a stirring tribute to their late bandmate Ray Manzarek. It has all the bells and whistles. See the press release below the video. I'd say it's a bargain at $2.99! ap
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Chris Cornell regrets to announce that he will be unable to perform at the Knight Concert Hall in Miami, Florida, on December 5, 2013 due to a severe shoulder strain.
Chris had hoped to be able to make the Thursday night show, but doctors have advised that he rests.
Ticket holders will receive refunds via their original method of payment. Cash purchases will receive a check reimbursement to mailing address on file. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Arsht Center Box Office at 305.949.6722.
The Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10 AM – 6 PM; Saturdays/Sundays Noon – 5 PM and 2 hours prior to every performance.
It happened in Australia. An eagle makes off with a motion detecting camera, taking it for a wild ride! Then a few seconds after landing she comes through with a great video selfie! Learning to fly.......ap
IT'S THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WANEE FESTIVAL! BEST PRICES FOR TICKETS START THURSDAY FOR A LIMITED TIME. The Allman Brothers Band will be there, how about you?
The rest of the band line up will be announced soon, don't miss this one, it's always a GAS!