The Cranker’s Courier by Fruit Cake (1986-1987)

In the mid 1980s a young man, while still in high school, began sending out a newsletter to various talk hosts. He was one of the most prolific crank callers in the Miami market, and managed to befriend some of the board ops. He was able to get inside information about the talk stations. Neil dubbed him Fruit Cake, and the moniker stuck.

The Cranker’s Courier Vol 1: September 1, 1986 (793K PDF)

The Cranker’s Courier Vol 2: October 1, 1986 (3.2MB PDF)

The Cranker’s Courier Vol 5: November 26, 1986 (738K PDF)

The Cranker’s Courier Vol 6: January 23, 1987 (1.4MB PDF)

The Cranker’s Courier Vol 7: February 1987 (2.9MB PDF)

The Caller’s Courier WIOD: February 1987 (230K PDF)

The Caller’s Courier Vol 8: March 1987 (650K PDF)

The Caller’s Courier Vol 9: April 1987 (1.4MB PDF)

The Caller’s Courier Vol 10: May 1987 (1.4MB PDF)

The Cranker’s Courier Vol 11: June 1987 (478K PDF)

The Cranker’s Courier AM Radio Guide (1.4MB PDF)

The Cranker’s Courier WPLG Special (1.5MB PDF)

1986 Crossword with Answers (150K PDF)

South Florida Radio Notes on the Wolfson Archives

Below are comprehensive notes on video clips related to south Florida radio in the Wolfson Archives.

DateNumber/NameNumber and TitleNotes
1977-03-01061 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES44. AL SUNSHINE REPORT ON PRESIDENT CARTER’S NATIONAL PHONE CALLS; CARRIED BY RADIO STATION, WKAT; LAKE WORTH MAN JERRY WILDMAN GETS CALL IN; (SIL) WALTER CRONKITE.Starts ~56 minutes. Footage of Neil, but no audio.
1981-04-27352 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES26. NISSENSON SERIES PART I “BEHIND THE MIKE”; SOUTH FLORIDA DISC JOCKEYS; ALAN BURKE, WINZ TALKS SHOW HOST(SOT).Starts 29:36 Alan Burke on WINZ
1981-04-30353 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES22. NISSENSON SERIES PART 7 ? BEHIND THE MIKE”; NEIL ROGERS, WNWS TALK SHOW HOSTStarts 33:32 #10 ROBERT HALL, #30 DOUG CARIK AND PRODUCER ED TYLL
1987-05-01354 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES8. NISSENSON SERIES “BEHIND THE MIKE” PART 10; CAPTAIN JOHN FORSYTHE, WQAM; COMIC ROUTINE; HOST CHANNEL 6 NIGHTOWL MOVIStarts 8:50
1981-05-02354 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES14. NISSENSON “BEHIND THE MIKE” PART 11; SNADY (sic) PAYTON WINZ; (SOT); TALK HOSTStarts 18:31 Sandy was actually on WIOD
1981-05-02354 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES18. NISSENSON “BEHIND THE MIKE” SERIES PART 12; HANK GOLDBERG AND SONNY HIRSCH, SPORT ANNOUNCERS WIOD.Starts 24:55
1981-09-22396 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES43. BOGERT; WNWS PROGRAM DIRECTOR JERRY WILLIAMS (SOT) ABOUT ROBBERY BY 3 GUNMEN; SHOT DISC JOKEY NEIL ROGERS SHOTS ON AIR; JERRY WICHNER TALK SHOW HOSTStarts 53:25
1983-11-07652 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES5. MINTON; MIAMI MAYORAL CANDIDATES DEBATE WINZ HOST BILL BAYER; XAVIER SUAREZ, MICHAEL SIMONHOFF, MAURICE FERRE AND EDUARDO LAMBERT ALL (SOT); CONFRONTATION BETWEEN BAYER AND LAMBERTStarts 04:47
1983-11-16655 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES16. CARTER PARTS 1 & 2 RADIO MATCHING DATING AND MATING; “LOVE IS IN THE AIR”; WNWS; CALLS COME IN TO NEIL ROGERSPart 1 21:22 Part 2 46:11
1983-11-18656 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES10. CARTER PART 3 “LOVE ON THE AIR”; DATING OR MATING WNWS; NEIL ROGERSStarts 14:51
1984-05-07713 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES6. PUTNEY; PART I SERIES RADIO WARS; NINA COHEN, ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTIVE; STANLEY J. COHEN, GENERAL MANAGER WINZ; DAVID GINGOLD, PRESIDENT BITCH RADIO RATING (ALL SOT).Starts 8:51
1984-05-08713 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES23. PUTNEY; PART II RADIO WARS; DON COX I-95; ROBERT WALKER, Y 100 PROGRAM DIRECTOR; GEORGE RUDOLPH, WLYF; SONNY FOX; Y 100 AND VOICEOVER RON HERSEY (SOT) MIMICS RENICK (SOT).Starts 33:50
1984-05-09714 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES1. PUTNEY PART III RADIO WARS; FOLLOWING (SOT); SAM ROSENBLATT, GENERAL MANAGER WTMI; NINA COHEN, ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTIVE; LEE FOWLER, WGBS OPINIONS MANAGEMENT, BARBARA STUDLEY, WNWS; NEIL ROGERS, WINZ AND STANLEY COHEN, GENERAL MANAGER WINZ.Starts 30 seconds
1984-05-10714 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES14. PUTNEY; PART IV RADIO WARS SERIES; SAM ROSENBLATT, GENERAL MANAGER WTMI; DENNIS COLLINS, GENERAL MANAGER WLYF; NINA COHEN, ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTIVE; DEAN GOODMAN, GENERAL MANAGER WLVE (ALL SOT).Starts 22:51
1984-05-11715 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES15. PUTNEY PT V RADIO WARS SERIESStarts 17:55 WKPX, and WDNA
 Summer of 1985Summer of ’85: Not the Kind of Jam You Want, On Toast or RadioThis WTVJ clip is interesting in itself, and it also offers a glimpse of Miami talk radio thirty years ago.. We hear from Neil Rogers (on-air and in a sound bite!) and get a taste of Tom Leykis’ show, which in 1985 was nothing like the show Leykis has today.Story is about Castro jamming WINZ, and WNWS.
1986-10-30B00276 — NEWSTAPE3) ANGRY NEIL ROGERS, RADIO HOST SPEAKS, CASINO GAMBLING; 1986/10/30Starts 1:16
1987-03-07B00456 — NEWSTAPE3) NEIL ROGERS; 1987/03/07 (01:41)Starts 1:33 Live at Hallandale Mall
1987-04-17B00506 — NEWSTAPE11. Katrina Daniel reporting with reactions from Neil Rogers (WINZ), and Don Cox (WPOW) regarding the new FCC regulations. WTVJStarts 13:55 You can almost see Klye Isley
1987-04-22B00513 — NEWSTAPE4. NEIL ROGERS; 1987/04/22 (03:07)Starts 3:07
1987-08-10B0065512. POPE DEMONSTRATION, NEIL ROGERS, POPE MOBILE;1987/09/10 (19:23) (not digitized)Not digitized
1987-10-08B00697 — NEWSTAPE12. NEIL ROGERS;1987/10/08 (21:32)Starts 21:12 short clip of 10/3/87 show (see the pic with G Michael McKay)
1989-10-27B01886 — NEWSTAPE7. NEIL ROGERS; 1989/10/27 (07:40)Starts 7:37 short about FCC fines
1985-11-06MON0927 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEIL ROGERS; OPEN LINE, THE RADIO WTVJ1 – MON0927.mp4 NEIL ROGERSShot in WINZ studio on Friday Nov. 1, 1985 ~16 min. Talking about the upcoming election on Tuesday Nov 5
1985-11-06MON0969 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEIL ROGERS ON THE RADIO WTVJ1 – MON0969.mp4 WINZ 94, HE’S GIVING A SPEECH NEIL ROGERSShot in WINZ studio on Friday Nov. 1, 1985 ~18 min. Part of the 9PM hour. Neil is pissed off that the callers have not reposnded to the topics he brought up, except for a few call about the election.
MON0928 WTVJMONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEIL ROGERS; OPEN LINE, THE RADIO (not digitized)Not digitized
1985-10-23MON0968 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEIL ROGERS ON THE RADIO WTVJ1 – MON0968.mp4 (MEN IN A STADIUM, HOUSES.) NEIL ROGERS Shot at Calder Race Course on Oct. 23 1985. First 2 races, Bill Calder is hiding because of the TV cameras. No air dateShot at Calder Race Course on Oct. 23 1985. First 2 races, Bill Calder is hiding because of the TV cameras. No air date
 1986-06-22MON1244 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: NEWS WATCH #169 FREEDOM OF SPEECH1 – MON1244.mp4 GUESTS: STATE SENATOR JACK GORDON, TERE ZUBIZARREA; F.A.C.E. (FACTS ABOUT CUBAN EXILES), TOMAS REGALADO; WQBA-AM, NEIL ROGERS; WINZ-AM.Hour long Sunday morning new show hosted by Michael Putney Channel 10 WPLG. Wide ranging discussion about Cuban politics, talk radio, and freedom of speech. Are the rules different in Miami? You can hear the lively discussions during the breaks.
1986-05-25MON0264 — MONTAGE: SHOW #257B AND #258ASHOW #258A: MIAMI BEACH: DEAD OR ALIVE? BRUCE SINGER AGAINST CASINO GAMBLING ON MIAMI BEACH. RADIO HOST NEIL RODGERS FOR IT. THEY CHALLENGE EACH OTHER TO SEE IF REPORTER ILEANA BRAVO CAN HAVE A GOOD TIME ON A FRIDAY NIGHT.Starts 29:20 Segment ~7 min. Shots of Neil Roger’s show on May 23, 1986 reacting to Bruce, and Ileana taking a tour of the beach. This was a good idea for a show, all they needed were cell phones.
1997-12-30PLG00881 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERS 1 OF 21. NEIL ROGERS HOST OF A WQAM-560 AM RADIO SHOW IS INTERVIEWED.Neil’s debut on WQAM. ~19 minutes
1997-12-30PLG00882 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERS 2 OF 21. NEIL ROGERS, HOST OF WQAM, INTERVIEWED BY REPORTER AT WQAM STUDIOS COMMENTS ABOUT BEING BACK ON AIR; SPONTANEITY AND SENSE OF HUMOR IN HIS SHOW; SPEAKS ABOUT BEING GAYNeil being interviewed by Channel 10 reporter Tiffany Woods on Neil’s first day on WQAM. ~ 8 minutes
1986-11-10PLG00921 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: TALK RADIOTHE “RADIO WARS” – AN EYEWITNESS NEWS EXTRA. IT RAN NOV. 10-14, 1986. HOSTS INCLUDE NEIL ROGERS, STEVE KANE, AL RANTEL, SANDY PAYTON, ALLEN BURKE, LEE FOWLER, AND TOMAS REGALADO.
1986-11-10PLG07627 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERSRaw footage shot for PLG00921 various hosts
1986-11-10PLG07628 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERSRaw footage shot for PLG00921 ~9 minutes of Neil being interviewed
1992-01-30PLG00929 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: NEIL ROGERS1. [START: 00:17:20] POPULAR RADIO PERSONALITY ARRESTED; IN FRONT OF HOME OF NEIL ROGERS TRYING TO SPEAK WITH HIM, KNOCK ON DOOR; MUG SHOT OF NEIL ROGERS; GAYETY BURLESQUE THEATER LOUNGE STORE FRONT AND ENTRANCE; MANAGER, MR. DISNEY, AND ATTORNEY SPEAKING TO PRESS ABOUT NEIL BEING ARRESTED FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE IN THEATER; NEIL IS OUT ON BAIL AND DENIES CHARGES; NO PLAN TO PULL NEIL OFF AIR; 610 WIOD NEWS AND TALK RADIO; INTERVIEW WITH MIAMI BEACH POLICE CHIEF ON THE CASE ABOUT TWO POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTING MAN, WHO IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS NEIL ROGERS, WHO EXPOSED GENITALS AND MASTURBATING DURING A ROUTINE PERIODIC CHECK [END: 00:27:14]
 1981-09-22397 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES4. LIVE EYE; BOGERT; WNWS RADIO, PROGRAM DIRECTOR JERRY WILLIAMS ROBBED BY THREE GUNMEN; WILLIAMS (SOT). 9/22/1981 Starts 2:38Nick Bogert reporting about the robbery of Jerry Williams at the WNWS studio.
1979-05-21196 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES9. LIVE: TAX REVOLT DEBATE WKAT RADIO’S BILL SMITH; HARRY WILSON AND ROBERT FLOYD (SOT); FIRST PART STORY GROUP CONCERNED CITIZENS AGAINST CHAOS MEET OMNI COORDINATE COUNTY DRIVE.Starts 11:18
 Summer of 1984Summer Of ’84: Talk Radio WTVJThe shooting death of Denver talk show host Alan Berg prompted this pair of reports from Miami’s WTVJ, aired in June 1984, which should provoke radio nostalgia for longtime radio listeners.Featuring Tom Leykis, with short shots of Alan Burke, Sandy Paton, and Neil Rogers.
1989-01-31B01410 — NEWSTAPE18. TALK RADIO; 1989/01/31 (24:59)Starts 24:55 About the movie “Talk Radio”, includes footage of Steve Kane, and Debbie Ellis.
1978-04-18030 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES11. IKE SEAMANS REPORT ON WIOD RADIO PERSONALITY BILL CALDER (SOT) ; AND ON THE AIR.Starts 14:15 Bill Calder doing his Sunday music show on WIOD, and he is doing it for free.
1984-06-19729 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES5. CBS; ABOUT MURDER TALK SHOW HOST IN DENVER; ALAN BERG; SCENE; HIM ON 60 MINUTES.Starts 5:37
1984-06-19729 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES12. SAULSBY; TALK SHOW; SANDY PAYTON, WIOD AND JOEL DAY WIOD GENERAL MANAGER (BOTH SOT) REACTION ALAN BERG MURDER.Starts 13:36
1984-06-19729 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES18. TRANK; RADIO HOSTS; TOM LEYKIS, WNWS RADIO (SOT) (ALAN BERG MURDER).Starts 20:31 short shot and mention of Neil
1984-06-19SVVN0297 — LIVE SHOTS #91) WILLIAMS: TALK SHOW MURDER / STEVE KANEStarts 1:27 Steve Kane on WNWS
1986-07-22B00159 — NEWSTAPE1) SEX ON RADIOStarts 00:21 Marilyn Volker on WVCG doing a sex show
1987-05-04B00530 — NEWSTAPE2. MIAMI HERALD, GARY HART FLAP, BIDEN HAS NO COMMENT, LOCAL RADIO SPEAKS OUT, HERALD OFFICAL INTERVIEWEDStarts 01:17 Remarks from Al Rantel
1993-12-08PLG11741 — WPLG NEWSTAPE: RON AND RONControversy over their live appearance at the Hard Rock Cafe over the name of the band “Dead German Tourists”.Live on WZTA, and an interview after the show. Ron and Ron
unknownMON0742 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: RADIO STATIONLOVE 94 IN STUDIO; SHOTS OF EVERYDAY PROGRAMMING. With Dave Caprita, and Irene Richard.See Dave Caprita on Love 94
circa 1985MON0966 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: DON COX ON THE RADIO PART 1PROMO, START UPS, ROCK LYRICS. DON COX ON THE RADIO AMY HUGGINS REPORTINGDon Cox on I-95 WINZ FM The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 with the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to be violent, have drug use or be sexual via labeling albums with Parental Advisory stickers.
circa 1985MON0967 — MONTAGE RAW FOOTAGE: DON COX ON THE RADIO PART 2MORE OF MON0966
1987-09-10PLG01572 — WPLG NEWSTAPEAM vs FM music radioFeaturing Big Wilson, Robert W. Walker, and Rich Shaw
Nov 1995PLG01871 — WPLG NEWSTAPEAl Rantel on WFTL talking about raising taxes for the schoolsStarts 14:08 Al is having a bad hair day
1985-06-18X265 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE2. Talk RadioStarts 1:10 unknown host on WNWS
1985-07-16 X286 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE5. RADIO MANAGER Starts 4:48 Shirley Peters, Steve Kane, Bev Smith, and Alan Burke, WGBS bought WNWSStarts 4:48 Shirley Peters, Bev Smith, and Alan Burke, WGBS bought WNWS
1985-07-16X288 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE5. RADIO MERGERStarts 4:34 Shirley Peters, Bev Smith, and Alan Burke, WGBS bought WNWS
1979-05-08175 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES4. GAS CRISIS; WQAM ASKS LISTENERS TO CALL IN NAMES FOR TELEGRAM TO WHITE HOUSE ABOUT GAS SITUATION; TOM BIRCH, CAPTAIN JOHN FORSYTHE AND DAVE RYDER, NEWS DIRECTOR ALL (SOT).Starts 05:15 (previous clip Bob Mayer on restaurants)
1977-06-02072 — WTVJ NEWSTAPE CUT STORIES7. HALL; PART IV GAY RIGHTS ORDINANCE CONTROVERSY; DOCTOR ARTHUR STILLMAN, PSYCHIATRIST; GEORGE MICHAEL MCKAY, DISC JOCKEY, ALLAN B. MARGOLIS, WWWL OWNER AND MELODIE MOOREHEAD; COUNSELOR ALL (SOT).Starts 11:36 (previous clip Bob Kunst v Antia Bryant) Joan Hall interviews G. Michael McKay, who just came out of the closet. Shots of him in the WWWL studio.
1977-06-04MON0037-T02 — MONTAGE # 3614 GAY RIGHTS DEBATEGAY RIGHTS DEBATE – SPECIAL 28:33Mike Thompson is one of the panelists in favor of repealing Dade’s gay rights ordinance.

Tools Used to Date Radio Shows

Here are a collection of resources we use to discover the date for recovered audio. When the host references a score to a sport event or a holiday that info can be used to date a show.

Holidays

Sport Resources

News

Movies

  • On Google and enter the movie name followed by “release date” to date film releases (Ex: “batman returns release date”)

Show Dates When Neil Had a Guest Host

The following known dates are when The Neil Rogers Show had Jorge Rodriguez or someone else guest host. Assume all the shows below were hosted by Jorge unless stated otherwise.

1987-12-21  – Glen Hill, and David Caprita
1987-12-22  – Glen Hill, and David Caprita
1988-08-12 – Glen Hill, Johnny Dark, and David Caprita
1988-08-16 – Glen Hill, Johnny Dark, and David Caprita
1988-08-17 – Glen Hill, and David Caprita
1988-08-18 – Glen Hill, Johnny Dark, and David Caprita
1989-07-10 – Glen Hill
1989-11-29  – Glen Hill
1990-06-26 – Stan Major, and Randi Martin
1992-01-30 – Chuck Meyer 10 minutes
1998-09-07 – Jorge’s first show (we do not have this audio)
1999-07-06
1999-07-07
1999-07-08
1999-08-27
1999-08-30
1999-08-31
1999-09-01
1999-09-02
1999-09-03
1999-10-18
1999-11-19
1999-11-22
1999-11-23
1999-11-24
2000-01-10
2000-01-12
2000-02-04
2000-02-07
2000-02-08
2000-07-20
2000-07-25
2000-07-27
2000-11-16
2002-05-17
2002-05-30
2002-06-06
2004-05-31
2004-06-11
2004-06-14
2004-06-15
2004-06-16
2004-06-17
2004-06-18
2004-07-06
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2004-07-09
2004-08-20
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2005-02-28
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2005-03-04
2005-03-25
2005-06-20
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2005-06-24
2005-06-27
2005-06-29
2005-07-01
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2005-07-11
2005-07-13
2005-07-15
2005-08-12
2005-08-17
2005-08-19
2005-08-24
2005-08-26
2005-08-29
2005-08-31
2005-09-02
2005-09-05
2005-09-07
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2006-04-28
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2006-06-26
2006-06-28
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2006-07-03
2006-07-04
2006-07-05
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2006-07-12
2006-07-31
2006-08-02
2006-08-04
2006-08-07
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2006-08-14
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2006-09-01
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2007-07-13
2007-07-16
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2007-07-23
2007-07-27
2007-07-30
2007-08-01
2007-08-03
2007-08-06
2007-08-07
2007-08-08
2007-08-09
2007-08-20
2007-09-07
2007-11-05
2007-11-07
2008-01-11
2008-02-15
2008-02-18
2008-02-26
2008-03-10
2008-03-11
2008-03-13
2008-03-14
2008-03-21
2008-03-28
2008-04-08
2008-04-23
2008-05-16
2008-05-19
2008-05-20
2008-05-21
2008-06-18
2008-06-23
2008-06-27
2008-07-02
2008-07-04
2008-07-07
2008-07-08
2008-07-09
2008-07-16
2008-07-18
2008-07-25
2008-07-28
2008-07-30
2008-08-01
2008-08-11
2008-08-18
2008-08-19
2008-08-20
2008-08-22
2008-08-25
2008-08-29
2008-10-03
2008-10-09
2008-10-20
2008-10-22
2008-10-23
2008-10-24
2008-11-20
2008-12-25 Jesse Agler
2008-12-29
2008-12-30
2008-12-31
2009-01-02
2009-01-07
2009-01-19
2009-02-16
2009-02-17
2009-02-18
2009-02-19
2009-02-20
2009-03-31
2009-04-13
2009-04-14
2009-04-15
2009-04-16
2009-04-17
2009-04-22
2009-04-23
2009-05-01
2009-05-06
2009-05-08
2009-06-22 – Flee