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/
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Got to chat with Ozzy Osbourne today! Black Sabbath's new album "13" has emerged as the band's first ever #1 on the charts, and now that they have finally hit that spot, Ozzy is "in shock and over the moon!" He says "If we never do another thing together again (recording), I'm happy with 13's success because it's ended up on a high note."
According to Ozzy, the only sad thing about "13" is that things didn't work out with Bill Ward, but from his end, there are no hard feelings.
The fourth stop on the band's "13 Tour" will be in West Palm Beach on July 31st at Cruzan Amphitheater, and Ozzy said it (The Palm Beaches') is like a second home for him because of all the down-time he's spent here!
I tried to get the inside track on how many songs from new album they would actually be playing on the tour, but Ozzy couldn't give me an exact number. He did say, however, that the fans can definitely expect to hear "God is Dead" and "End of the Beginning."
The band will be getting together in a couple of weeks for rehearsals in Houston, TX, where the tour starts on July 25th.
Listen to the full interview below.