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
Getting you ready for Monday night 6/17/13 and the start of the Heart/Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience summer tour Jason stopped by the Gater Studios last year to talk with Andy Preston he talked in depth about the 2007 show at the O2 Arena, the Celebration Day project, and said he was honored and proud to be part of a product called Led Zeppelin. He also talked about the final rehearsal for the show which took place at Shepperton Studios.
When asked to elaborate about why a reunion tour never happened after the O2 show, Jason said he and Robert Plant spoke very long and hard about it. It wasn't simply because Robert had other things going on.
Jason shared a conversation that he and Robert had, and it turns out there were more personal reasons. He said Robert told him "John (Bonham) was the drummer in Led Zeppelin" and that he "struggles sometimes just thinking about trying to create some magic again when he's not there...he was a very, very dear friend of mine, that I miss everyday."
Watch the video from that piece of the interview below.
Listen to the entire 14 minute interview here.