FlightTime Radio - In the Air, On the Air, and Over the Internet!
|Genre||Aviation Radio Programming|
|Running time||Saturday morning|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Home station||WBOB AM-600, FM-100.3 and FM-107.7|
|Starring||C. Willwerth, Co-Host M. Shirley, Co-Host|
|Produced by||The FlightTime Radio Show|
|Original release||January 5, 2008– present|
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The FlightTime Radio Show is an aviation radio program that originates in Jacksonville, Florida. The program format delivers the fun and enjoyment of all aspects of aviation to pilots and non-pilots, alike. Show guests have included aviation greats from WW-II to today's students, pilots and astronauts (i.e.: Corky Fornof, Patty Wagstaff...).
In June 2006, the city of Jacksonville, Florida passed an ordinance making it illegal for citizens to work on any type of aircraft at their home. Since the law specifically targeted owners and builders of aircraft, EAA Chapter 193 President, Milford Shirley and chapter members in addition to help from EAA Chapter 1379 members challenged the ordinance. His efforts to repeal the discriminatory law was successful in October 2007 when the City Council voted unanimously to remove the law.
In a radio interview during the repeal process, it was suggested to Mr. Shirley that a talk radio program about the fun and joy of flying, covering all aspects of aviation would serve the community well.
On January 5, 2008, FlightTime Radio produced its first live broadcast from the studios of WBOB AM-1320. During the time on the air, FlightTime Radio has changed broadcast frequency to WBOB AM-1530 and is now on WBOB AM-600, FM-100.3 and FM-107.7 covering northeast Florida. The change has considerably increased the broadcast area of the program. Since the first show, the program has aired "Live" every Saturday morning. The programming is now available through many PodCast outlets such as iTunes, the FlightTime Radio Show PodCast site and others. The FlightTime Radio Show is also available 4 times each day, 7 days per week on the world's only 24-hour internet aviation radio station, Flight Line Radio. The show is known for doing "Live" remote broadcasts in support of aviation events. In early 2010, the show was invited to broadcast from the Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during the National Air and Space Museum's annual father's day "Become a Pilot" celebration and was invited back for a second year in 2011. The hosts from the Airplane Geeks podcast joined Milford and Charlie for that 2011 FlightTime Radio live broadcast, which was incorporated into Airplane Geeks Episode 152.
In 2010, FlightTime Radio introduced a new segment called Flying Down Under. Produced by Steve Visscher and Grant McHerron from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast in Australia, the segment appears every two weeks and provides insight into the world of Aviation in Australia.
The FlightTime Radio Show was thought at the time to be the only "Live" over-the-air aviation broadcast in the world. Show sponsors include the Piper Aircraft Company among others.