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
Folks, this will be a great show! Thanks to the Bamboo Room for getting them in!
Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project Live at the
Bamboo Room ~ 25 South J. Street ~ Lake Worth, FL
Saturday, March 2 at 7PM Tix $28
For the past two decades, Atlanta native Ed Roland has been the front man
and heart of the platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul. He’s written seven #1 radio hits, and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. For Roland’s new project, Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project, he teamed up with a group of friends
and musicians for a new approach to his classic hit-making style.
Sweet Tea Project started as a bunch of my friends coming over after gigs and
listening to new songs I had written, but not with Collective Soul in mind,”
said Roland. “Everybody sat around my studio with different instruments
--banjo, mandolin, steel guitar, and ukulele – and just had a lot of fun.”
Indeed, Roland suggests that the main difference between The Sweet Tea Project and
Collective Soul is in the instrumentation. “At this point in my life, the
main focus will always be in writing the best songs I can write or co-write
with my band mates,” he said.
Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project’s debut album, Devils ‘n Darlins, is
due for release in 2013 and will be preceded by two “Rooted in Georgia”
residencies (Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, and Melting Point in Athens). The
idea is to break this band the “old school way,” by building its fan base close
to home first , and then by kicking off what Roland suggests “will be a solid
two years of touring” to support the debut.