After years of serving Palm Beach Gardens and the surrounding areas with the greatest hits from the 60s and 70s, The True Oldies Channel was recently purchased by VCMG Live. “I am extremely excited to start this next venture in my radio career alongside Vito Bruno, Matthew Goldapper and an amazing team made up of Scott Shannon, John Tesh, Stephen Hobbs, Natalie Matyka, Michael Balsamo, and everyone at VCMG Live,” says President and CEO Victor Canales. “We are 100% committed to being The Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast’s go-to Company for “live and local” radio, marketing, and events. My family and I have already begun our transition into becoming Floridians and we can’t wait to experience all the sights, sounds, and, of course, weather of West Palm Beach.”
“We are incredibly excited for what we have planned,” says VP/COO Matthew Goldapper. “This is an amazing opportunity to serve our community and clients. With the combined experience Vic and I have, the relationships we’ve built, and the team we’ve put together. I know we’re going to make a big impact on this market.”
The company’s General Sales Manager, Stephen Hobbs, says, “Vic and Matt are two shining stars in our industry. Time and time again, they’ve proven their aptitude for creative ideas and progressive solutions. I know it will be a pleasure to be working for both on ideas and solutions for the West Palm community.”
John Tesh, the longtime morning host of “John Tesh: Intelligence for Your Life” celebrated the news, saying, “I’m thrilled for our friends at the True Oldies Channel/West Palm Beach as they begin this next chapter under the ownership of VCMG Live! I love waking up all our listeners in West Palm Beach, and look forward to continuing to do so for a very long time. Best of luck, guys!”
Another popular on-air personality, Scott Shannon, welcomed the transition: “Congrats to Vic and Matt on their purchase of The True Oldies Channel. These guys eat, sleep, and live for radio, so I’m very excited to see what comes next. It’s going to be thrilling to work with them.”
VCMG Live LLC is a West Palm Beach event and marketing company. With the acquisition of The True Oldies Channel (95.9FM/106.9FM/960AM), VCMG Live will be hosting even more live events in and around the West Palm Beach area.
About Victor Canales
VICTOR CANALES better known by millions as “Vic Latino”, the triple threat of the radio industry. Holding the three titles of Radio/Deejay Superstar, TV Personality & Entrepreneur. Vic proudly earned his status after achieving what few other radio personalities have ever accomplished. First, he reached #1 status in the toughest and most lucrative market in radio, New York, during his very successful five-year stint on WKTU-FM. His radio popularity also made him a favorite of TV producers and Vic regularly appeared on network TV (ABC, NBC, FOX), doing everything from hosting to giving commentary on breaking entertainment stories & reviewing the hottest CD & DVD releases. Vic eventually landed an appearance on the Emmy Award-winning ELLEN show where he deejayed and did the opening monolog with Ellen DeGeneres.
VIC LATINO has not slowed down since leaving WKTU in 2007, he had a national radio show on XM Radio, and became a celebrity DJ for the Armani Exchange chain of stores, Vic Latino returned to his Long Island roots when he formed JVC Broadcasting in July 2009. The company consisted of five radio stations in New York serving the Nassau /Suffolk Market, four radio stations in North Central Florida serving the Gainesville/ Ocala market, One in Orlando and five radio stations serving the West Palm Beach market. JVC’s event division Long Island Events is the operator of The Pennysaver Amphitheater a 7,000 person outdoor concert event facility on Long Island. In October of 2017, after the sale of his portion of JVC Media to other shareholders, Vic started VCMG LIVE.
Along with his very successful career in radio, Vic is also a very successful club DJ/ Producer. To date, he has released 10 very successful Dance/Electronica CD’s, all of which have either been #1 or in the Top 5 on the BILLBOARD Dance/Electronica Charts.
About Vito Bruno
Vito Bruno is the founder and CEO of AM PM Entertainment Concepts. As the creative leader of this multifaceted, world-class entertainment company Vito has successfully produced, promoted and presented high profile events and content for the benefit of his clients since 1984.
Vito has been featured on over 75 high profile local and national TV shows and in preeminent American and international publications. These include The New York Times, The London Times and New York, Details, Interview and Vanity Fair Magazines. Today Vito continues to be an industry innovator and an integral part of the film and music community.
His goal is to always be the first, the best or both.
- Produced all events and concerts for Clearchannel (now know as iheart) for 15 years.
- Executive Producer of “MARY” with Lionsgate Studios and Mary Aloe.
- Co-Producer of “Ten Thousand Saints” film with Aloe Entertainment.
- Consulted on several film projects.
- Currently developing several TV projects.
- Produced ongoing annual destination-events including Beatstock,
- Freestyle Free-For- All, Disco Ball (Taj Mahal,) Parti Gras, and Miracle on 34th Street.
- Produced more than 30 music videos.
- Bringing a little-known genre of music now known as Hip Hop from the Bronx to the main stream. During the same period he produced the first major performances by Madonna.
- Developing musical artists who have created over 40 #1 records on U.S. Billboard charts and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
- Conceiving and creating the first dance festivals, which became the first Raves and grandfather to today’s music festivals.
- Produced corporate sponsored cultural events including the Michael Jackson/ Pepsi Press extravaganza, CBS Air Awards, Coca Cola 100th Anniversary, Proctor and Gamble, and fashion shows for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, and Norma Kamali.
- Partnering with major radio stations KTU 103.5, Hot 97, Power 105, CBS 101, Z100, WBLS, Kiss,
- Produced sponsored promotions for the Puerto Rican Day, African-American Day, Cuban Day, Dominican Day, Heritage of Pride and Halloween parades.
- Producing events featuring EDM – the hottest force in contemporary dance music. Event headliners have included Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmou5 and Victor Calderone.
- Presenting world renowned artists such as Run DMC, Madonna, Britney Spears, J Lo, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera and LL Cool J, Cher, Bette Midler and more.
- Operated major NYC nightclubs.,including 2001 Odyssey, Palladium, Tunnel, 1018, and the Roxy.
About Matthew Goldapper
Matthew Goldapper started his radio career at the age of 15, on-air at east end Long Island station 101.7 The Beach (WBEA). At 17 he joined Long Island’s #1 station 106.1 WBLI, and nominated for a New York Air Award. By the time he was 20 he was Production Director/ morning show co-host with Vic Latino at Party 105.3 (WPTY). He enjoyed a lengthy tenure with JVC Broadcasting, where he was also General Manager of the Pennysaver Amphitheater. He was responsible for launching Long Island’s only news talk radio station 103.9 LI News Radio. He is one of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce 30 under 30 and Long Island Business News 40 under 40. In 2015 he moved to West Palm as VP/General Manager for 95.9 The Palm, 93.5 The Bar and 900am The Talk of the Palm Beaches. Matthew is excited for this next step in his career working along side Vic Latino, Vito Bruno, Scott Shannon and the rest of the staff at VCMG Live!
About Natalie Matyka
A Long Island native, Natalie Matyka is now living & working in sunny South Florida. Natalie is a New York Institute of Technology graduate, who holds a BA in Communication Arts. Natalie started her career in media at Discovery Communications in New York City in 1999. She left NYC in 2002 and continued her media journey at WLNY-TV55 in Melville, Long Island. After almost 10 years in television broadcasting, Natalie decided to take her expertise to radio. She spent 8 years with JVC Broadcasting, both on Long Island and in West Palm Beach. She is excited to continue to pursue her passion in media with VCMG Live.
About Stephen Hobbs
Stephen Hobbs is an experienced radio executive with 30 years in the broadcast industry, who has held General Management positions in heritage radio stations in Columbus, Ohio, New York, Boston, Long Island, Cape Cod and various large and medium markets throughout the Northeast. Stephen came to Florida to manage stations in Gainesville, Florida three years ago. The opportunity to join VCMG LIVE enticed him to West Palm Beach where he now calls home, FOREVER.
About Mike Balsamo
Mike is a native New Yorker but has found himself more than at home in South Florida. He is an avid sports fan, whether it’s watching or playing. Go Yankees! You can spend time with Mike on weekdays from 3-6pm as your afternoon drive host. After a long stint on the Morning Show, he’s enjoying the opportunity to sleep past 3am now! Mike loves his job, but when not on air you can usually find him at the beach, playing a round of golf at one of Palm Beach County’s amazing courses, or grabbing some food at one of the fantastic restaurants on PGA Blvd. Mike has interviewed celebs like Joan Rivers, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Breuer & many more!