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
Levon Helm was unforgettable. A founding member of The Band, his drumming and singing provide us with an unbelievably deep and rich catalog of the songs of our lives. His memory will live on in the continuing “Rambles” shows played live in his Barn in Woodstock, NY.
To help Levon’s family keep the Barn active as a place for great music to be played and recorded, a bunch of his friends and people who love and revere his musical legacy got together at a benefit concert last October. The show is a remarkable tribute to Levon and the spirit of his music. Garth Hudson, Gregg Allman, Roger Waters, Bruce Hornsby, Grace Potter, Jaimoe, Jorma Kaukonnen, John Prine and many others celebrated his life in song.
And now “Love For Levon” has just been released. Two DVDs, Two CDs, 271 minutes in all. We'll have your chance to wina copy on the contest page very soon, so make sure you keep an eye out for it HERE.
The Allman Brothers’ Warren Haynes was Levon’s friend and played at the show. I talked with him about
Levon, the Love For Levon Concert, and the upcoming Wanee festival. Listen to the interview below!