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
Hey everybody, don’t miss The Lake Park Pirate Fest this weekend. The event actually begins on Fri the 1st with the Pirate's Ball at The Black Pearl (Northlake and Alt A1A) from 7pm til closing. There are VIP tickets available for $40 which gets you food and open bar from 7-10. They will be auctioning off one of the guitars played, signed and given to us by Joe Satriani himself with 100% of the proceeds to benefit a friend of ours, Charlie, who's gone through a series of surgeries.
Our other charities are the Kiwanis and the Cancer Society.
Then the festival itself is Sat the 2nd at Kelsey Park. So far we have 6 bands, pirate reenactors, the Buccaneer Village Kids Zone, food and merchandise vendors. They will also be auctioning off one of the guitars at the event as well.
Then it ends in the after party at The Black Pearl Sat night. They will will auction off the last guitar then. I’ll see you there! Andy
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