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    Cox Media Group Orlando today announced that Power 95.3 F.M., WPYO will change its music format from hip hop to today’s top hits from popular genres.  “Cox Media Group Orlando’s has an unmatched footprint in Central Florida because we focus on our audience,” said CMG Orlando Market Vice President Paul Curran. “Our listeners told us they wanted a new hits station, and we are excited to provide them with Orlando’s new, No. 1 choice for all the hits.”  You can stream the new Power 95.3 here.   The new format will feature today’s top artists including, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Cardi B and Selena Gomez. The station will also give listeners 2-hour COMMERCIAL FREE music 3 times a day, weekdays at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.   “The evolution of Power 95.3 fortifies our Orlando Radio portfolio and strengthens CMG’s national footprint of best-in-class brands,” said Tim Clarke, VP of Audience and Content for CMG Radio. “I am truly excited for listeners in Orlando to have a new premium option for music and pop culture content.” You can follow Power 95.3 on Facebook here. 
  • Even if you aren’t able to make it to downtown Orlando this year on April 29th, you’ll still be able to enjoy the 2nd Annual Florida Puerto Rican Parade as you’ll be able to watch it live on Channel 9 - WFTV.  The parade starts at 10:00 AM and begin on East Concord Street and North Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, and end at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The fun will continue at the Seneff Arts Plaza with the free Puerto Rican Festival. “As the largest Puerto Rican market in the United States, we are truly excited to announce this partnership with the Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival,” said Paul Curran, market vice president for Cox Media Group Orlando.   Cox owns WFTV and sister station WRDQ-Channel 27, which will offer a repeat of the parade at 11 p.m. April 28.   ‘Nancy Alvarez and our Eyewitness News team have worked tirelessly to share stories of resiliency and recovery on the island after last year’s devastating storms,” Curran added. “With more families relocating to Central Florida every day, this event is a perfect opportunity to continue our mission of serving our community.”  There will be food, live music, arts and craft vendors and more! For more information, click here.
  • Today and tomorrow we’ll be heating up ahead of our next big front. That front will move in late Sunday and bring with it the threat of severe storms.  All of us are under the risk of severe storms Sunday afternoon through Sunday night. The main threats will be damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado chance. Stay weather aware Sunday.  The front will zip through Sunday night and cooler weather moves in. It’ll be unseasonable chilly Monday night, with 40s and low 50s.
  • Our WDBO listeners are very passionate about our radio station and often feel a sense of ownership with us - “WDBO is MY radio station,” they’ll say.  And even when we make very minor changes in our on-air presentation, people are quick to notice.  In the last week, a great number of listeners have asked if we added the word “point” to the way we say News 96.5 WDBO.  The short answer is: Yes. We have.  But the big question is not ‘have we,’ but ‘WHY have we?’ With the rise of so-called smart speakers (Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, Apple’s Siri, etc.) radio stations around the world have had to consider making minor changes to the spoken brand (nothing changes with our visual logo) to assure that the smart speakers adequately return the desired product.  As an example, last year I had a conversation with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade. I had noticed that Brian’s radio show had changed names from “Kilmeade & Friends” to “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”  I asked Brian why they made the change.  “We found that people who’d say ‘Kilmeade and Friends’ to their smart speakers were taken to a story about ‘Killing my friends.”  Well. That’s bad.  So it’s Amazon’s fault that Brian changed the name of his show.  And it’s Amazon’s fault that we’re had to put a point between the six and the five. 
  • Happy Birthday, David Hogg.  The Parkland, Fla., teenager has quickly become the recognizable face and voice of gun control after the shooting massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February.  At the stroke of midnight Thursday, Hogg tweeted: “Now that I’m 18 I can vote will you?” While Hogg was greeted with initial good will as a victim of a traumatic event, the gloves have slowly been coming off from political opponents and critics of his over-the-top rhetoric. And with him now of legal voting age, opponents are stepping up their criticism of Hogg.  Nearly 10,000 users have retweeted Hogg’s birthday proclamation, many of which are very critical of the teen. 
  • A driver seen on viral dashcam video slamming a motorcyclist to the curb in Sarasota has been found and arrested.  Sarasota Sheriff's Office says the driver of the Mazda 3 hatchback is 30-year-old Magdiel Medrano-Bonilla.   In addition to causing the crash, Medrano-Bonilla did not stop after causing the crash. The motorcycle rider, 33-year-old Darin Hendrickson, was left with broken ribs, road rash, and minor abrasions after the car intentionally rammed him. See original story here.  Medrano-Bonilla was booked into the Sarasota County Jail for aggravated battery causing injury and operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license. His bail was set at $10,000 for operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license but no bail was set for the aggravated battery with injury charge.
  • Severe weather is expected to hit Central Florida Tuesday afternoon. “Any time from 1 p.m. through the evening, we run the risk of strong to severe storms. Damaging winds and tornadoes are possible. The highest risk time will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” Severe Weather Center 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said.  Shields said the weather is associated with a line of storms that will move in from the west and move east.  “There will be gradual clearing later Tuesday night, and then cooler and sunny tomorrow,” Shields said.
  • The phenomenon of mass shootings in the United States dates back years; decades even. Most historians point to the 1966 Austin, Texas, incident when a former Marine shot 18 people dead from his perch atop the clock tower at the University of Texas. At the time, that was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. But by today’s standards of mass murder in a shooting spree, the Texas clock tower massacre is ‘only’ the 8th deadliest.  And in the last 3 years, we’ve seen a marked increase in the body count in mass shootings.  2012 - Sandy Hook – 27 dead.  2016 – Pulse nightclub – 49 dead 2017 – Sutherland Springs Texas church – 25 and an unborn baby dead 2017 – Las Vegas concert – 58 dead 2018 … 2 weeks ago … Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – 17 dead.   The Parkland massacre shared many of the same traits as most of the others – missed warning signs, emotionally troubled perpetrator, questionable access to firearms and a soft target.  But, the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland has one unique characteristic – The murder of 17 people at the end of the school day has given birth to an actual national discussion on what can be done to prevent this from happening again. Led by students who made it out of the school alive and joined by political parties, labor unions, special interest groups and the power of the internet, #NeverAgain is born.  And for two hours Tuesday, News 96.5 WDBO and Channel 9 Eyewitness News will serve our community by leading a discussion we’re calling #NeverAgain - Solutions to prevent the next shooting massacre in the United States.  Join Joe Kelley, host of Orlando’s Morning News, joined by co-hosts Marsha Taylor and Tony Marino from News 96.5 WDBO and news anchor Greg Warmoth from Channel 9 Eyewitness News.  We’ll be joined by the community’s leaders in law enforcement, education, psychology and security and by YOU – the listeners of News 96.5 WDBO and viewers of Channel 9 Eyewitness news. You can watch our discussion online on the WBDO Facebook page.  President Trump met with Parkland survivors and the families of victims. Mr. Trump is driving hard the idea of arming some teachers and banning bump stocks. Governor Rick Scott has rolled out a 3-part plan for reducing the frequency of school shootings in Florida.  The 3 pillars of the plan are gun laws, school safety, and mental health.  And those are the 3 main issues we’ll discuss Tuesday (February 27th) from 10:00am - 12:00 noon on News 96.5 WDBO. 
  • A crash involving two semi-trucks Friday morning shut down the east lanes of Interstate 4 near the State Road 528 on-ramp. Orange County Fire Rescue said live fish were on the road from one of the trucks. Fire Rescue officials said there was “heavy damage,” but did not say if anyone was injured. It's not clear what caused the crash.  No other details were released. Heavy fog was an issue on the roads throughout the morning. UPDATE: the fish are from a farm in Clewiston. They are tilapia. Crew was headed to Brooklyn. They were scheduled to get there Saturday morning at 4am.
  • A crane toppled Wednesday morning on the Division Avenue ramp onto State Road 408, Florida Department of Transportation officials said. Police said no one was hurt and that ramp closures were already anticipated for the area.  News 96.5 WDBO reporter Darrell Moody was the first reporter at the scene this morning in the pre-dawn hours.  Road closures are expected later Wednesday to upright the crane.  Power in the area was knocked out briefly.  The area has been under construction for the I-4 Ultimate project.  No other details were released.
  • Joe Kelley

    News Director

    Joe Kelley has joined the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions.

    Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, and Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.

    More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

    Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

    Radio was a calling for Joe.

    Literally.

    His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

    The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

    “Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

    Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

    Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

    Joe jumped at the chance.

    For most people, opportunity knocks.

    In Joe’s case, it called.

    And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

    On the personal side, Joe has been married to the woman of his dreams, Nicole, since 1996. Joe and Nicole were winners on TV’s “The Newlywed Game” later that year.

    Nicole and Joe adopted an 11-year-old son from the state of Texas in 2001, after seeing his story on the Dallas TV news. Nicole gave birth in Dallas to their only daughter, Sierra, in 2003. The always-rambunctious Kelley twins, Hudson and Brooks, were born in Tulsa in 2006.

    Joe and Nicole are thrilled to move the family to Orlando and are very excited about making new friends in their new home.

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  • An armed civilian took down a shooter after at least two people were shot Sunday night at a Washington state Walmart, police said. >> Watch the news report here Tumwater police said the civilian, described by officers as a good Samaritan, shot and killed the suspect at the scene.  >> Visit KIRO7.com for complete coverage of the Walmart shooting The shooting happened just after 5:30 p.m. PDT at the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, about 65 miles south of Seattle. “I heard two bangs. It sounded like gunshots to me,” witness Robert Berwick said. 'I looked down the aisle and saw a person running.”  That’s when Berwick ran, too. There was chaos in the parking lot, and he said the shooting suspect tried to carjack another man. That’s when the suspect was shot. >> On KIRO7.com: 2 shot in Washington state Walmart parking lot; suspect killed “I thanked him for saving my life,” Berwick said of the attempted carjacking victim who shot the suspect. “He didn’t look like he had any regrets. I hope he doesn’t have any.” Another witness to the shooting, Megan Chadwick, said her husband saw the civilian take down the shooter. 'He said he watched him (the shooter) take his last breath,' Chadwick said. 'There were three civilians going after him (the shooter) to shoot him and two of them had their guns up – and then the third guy shot him through the window of the car.' >> Read more trending news  Chadwick said her husband was armed, as well. She was inside the Walmart during the shooting with her multiple children. 'I looked over and saw hundreds of people running out. ... Just a flood of people and everyone was screaming and frantic. ... When we got about to the door, I heard someone say, 'Gun. Shooter.' And I knew something was serious,' Chadwick said.
  • Two people were shot and the suspect killed at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington state, police said Sunday. >> Watch the news report from KIRO7.com here >> Visit KIRO7.com for the latest on this developing story Here are the latest updates: Update 10 p.m. PDT June 17: Police responded to a shooting just after 5 p.m. PDT at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington on Sunday night. Tumwater is about 65 miles south of Seattle.  The Tumwater Police Department said officers originally responded to a report of a car driving in the wrong direction near Israel Road and Tyee Drive, but as the officers were in route they were dispatched to reports of a carjacking nearby with shots fired.  Officers arrived at the corner of Israel Road and Tyee Drive and found a 16-year-old female victim who suffered non-life threatening injuries.  >> On KIRO7.com: PHOTOS: Police respond to shooting at Tumwater Walmart Police then located the 16-year-old's stolen car in the Walmart parking lot at 5900 Littlerock Road S.W. in Tumwater.  Around 5:30 p.m. Thurston County Dispatch began receiving calls of shots fired 'in or around the Tumwater Walmart and parking lot,' according to police.  The suspect from the earlier carjacking of the 16-year-old entered the Walmart store and fired shots at a display case, police said. No customers or employees inside the store were injured. Police say the suspect then exited the store and attempted to carjack another car in the parking lot, shooting an adult male occupant of the car in the process. The adult male victim was treated for gunshot wounds and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His condition is not known at this time.  Police say the suspect then attempted another carjacking in the Walmart parking lot, and was approached by two armed civilians. One of the armed civilians shot the suspect, and the suspect died at the scene.  >> On KIRO7.com: Police: Armed civilian took down shooter at Washington state Walmart KIRO 7 has crews at the scene and we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. For a live report at 11, watch KIRO 7 News on-air or here.  Update 7:39 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun explains that the Fire Department's request to call the shooting a 'mass casualty incident' was out of precaution. Update 7:31 p.m. PDT June 17: Tumwater Police Department public information officer Jen Kolb confirms that a man who was an attempted carjacking victim shot and killed the suspect at the Walmart in Tumwater. Click here to read more. Update 7:01 p.m. PDT June 17: A witness to the shooting, Megan Chadwick, told KIRO 7's Deedee Sun her husband said he saw an armed civilian take down the shooter. 'He said he watched him (the shooter) take his last breath,' Chadwick said. 'There were three civilians going after him to shoot him and two of them had their guns up and then the third guy shot him through the window of the car.' Chadwick said her husband was armed, as well. >> Read more trending news  Update 6:49 p.m. PDT June 17: A witness to the shooting, who was inside the Walmart at the time with her kids, told KIRO's Deedee Sun that she took her kids and hid in the parking lot behind a vehicle after fleeing the store. Update 6:43 p.m. PDT June 17: 'I looked over and saw hundreds of people running out. ... Just a flood of people and everyone was screaming and frantic. ... When we got about to the door, I heard someone say, 'Gun. Shooter.' And I knew something was serious,' a woman who was inside the Walmart at the time of the shooting tells KIRO 7's Deedee Sun. Click here to hear more from the witness. Update 6:30 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is at the Tumwater Walmart and interviewed a witness of the shooting on-air. Watch on KIRO 7 News or at this link. The scene extends to both outside of the Walmart and inside. Crime tape was seen near a car with its door flung open.  Update 6:16 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun has arrived at the shooting scene at the Tumwater Walmart. Update 6:10 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is on the way to the scene and Chopper 7 has been called. Deedee and Chopper 7 will be live on KIRO 7 when they get to the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater. For updates and to watch a livestream, go to the KIRO 7 News App. We’ll also send push alerts as we get major updates.  Update 6:05 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun spoke to someone who was inside the store. Deedee Sun is working to gather more information for a live report on KIRO 7 News on-air or here. Update 5:57 p.m. PDT June 17: KIRO 7's Deedee Sun is headed to the scene and is working to gather more information. Update 5:55 p.m. PDT June 17: People identified as witnesses told KIRO 7 they heard multiple gunshots and the scene involved at least one carjacking and a hit and run. Police were not immediately available to confirm the account, but were expected to give details Sunday evening.  Update 5:50 p.m. PDT June 17: Thurston County Dispatch confirms to KIRO 7 that police are responding to reports of shots fired inside and outside of the Walmart in Tumwater. Police say seven agencies are responding, and cannot confirm if anyone was hit.
  • A male and a female suspect involved in a home invasion burglary have been arrested Sunday morning. Shortly after 2 am, Winter Springs police received a call from a resident on Keith Court in the Highlands area of the city who reported an armed male intruder in the home. Deputies arrived on scene and found the victim/resident on the rooftop who gave additional information to the officers. Gunshots were heard from inside the house, and then the officers noticed the male suspect, 16 year old Garyan D. George running away in a vehicle driven by a female suspect, 25 year old Ashley L Coston.  They crashed the car near the intersection of Shephard Rd. where the suspects were found and arrested. No one was hurt during the incident. Money and drugs were found at the scene and police believe that this was a targeted drug related incident.  Coston has been charged with Home invasion Robbery and Fleeing/Eluding police, and George has been charged with Home Invasion Robbery.
  • A 54-year-old Indonesian woman is dead after villagers say a 23-foot python swallowed her whole. >> Severed rattlesnake head bites Texas man According to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Wa Tiba of Muna Island disappeared Thursday after leaving her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden. The next day, searchers discovered a 'snake with a bloated belly' and some of Tiba's things near the garden, said the village's chief, known by the single name Faris, the AP reported. Faris said villagers killed the python and cut it open, the AP reported. They then 'found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes,' Faris said. Graphic photos and videos posted online appeared to show the woman's body being extracted from the dead python. >> Read more trending news  This isn't the first time a python has swallowed a person in Indonesia, where such snakes are common, AFP reported. A farmer died under similar circumstances in March 2017 on the island of Sulawesi, according to the news service. Read more here or here.