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
Got an email today that says "IN 13 DAYS PREPARE TO CELEBRATE THE SABBATH...GOD IS DEAD...4.18.13." New single? That's my guess! Can't wait to hear it.
For now, check out this video of Rick Rubin on producing the new album.
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND! See them live at the Jupiter Seafood Festival in Abacoa Saturday night at 8pm.
MTB founding member (and my old buddy) Doug Gray gave me a call this week and we talked about the Festival, a new Grateful Dead/MTB project, Hurricane Sandy relief, Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band, and The Grand Ole Opry. SEA you at the Festival!
Here's the full interview!
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Larry The Cable Guy called in today and had some great stories to tell about his early days of doing comedy right here in West Palm Beach! He's a big fan of The Gater and will be at BB&T Center with Bill Engvall on April 11th! Check out the complete interview below.
Want to win tickets for the show? Click here!
Andy Preston throw's out the First Pitch at today's St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins Game!
Just another day in the life of a Rock N Roll legend! Check out the video footage we got of Andy Preston as he throws out the first pitch at today's St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins game, March 28th at Roger Dean Stadium! We want to know.... WHAT DO YOU THINK?!?!? Will he throw a strike, or fall apart under all the pressure? Check it out. A special thanks to Roger Dean Stadium for giving us the chance to bring the Rock to Roger Dean Stadium!