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Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by brent

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Pensacola Pelican Drop 2015

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by brent

The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is proud to offer Gulf Coast residents an exciting and unique celebration to ring in the new year. Ring in the new year in Downtown Pensacola with The Pensacola Pelican Drop™, a free event unique to the Gulf Coast. Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and continue until 12:30 a.m. Throughout the evening the giant Pelican (14 feet tall, with a 20-foot wingspan) is perched above the celebration on a 100-foot platform at the intersection of Palafox and Government Streets. Although Palafox and Government Street will be closed to traffic, area restaurants will be open and additional vendors will be providing refreshments. Live performances on two outdoor stages provide ongoing entertainment throughout the evening. The popular kids’ area will be expanded this year and will feature the special kids’ countdown at 8 p.m. with confetti and the “bubble stomp.” At the stroke of midnight, the whole city celebrates as the Pelican descends amidst fireworks and more confetti. The event is expected to be a huge hit with over 50,000 revelers in attendance.


Palafox Place will close down for a massive party. Street closures begin on the morning of December 31st and continue until 1 am.

There is plenty of handicap and regular parking in the Jefferson garage as well as the local parking lots downtown.

Folks begin arriving as early as 5pm on December 31 for the family friendly events. Some of the prime viewing spots will be filled by mid-evening.

There are public portable restrooms through out the event location.

The local bars and restaurants will be open to buy food and drinks as well as food vendors on the streets. No coolers please.

Approximately twenty-five thousand people will end up on Palafox Place the night of New Year’s Eve.

Only service animals allowed.

Miracle on Palafox – Raises over $15,000

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by brent

This year for Christmas Wishes, we are assisting United Way in helping needy children have toys under their Christmas tree.  It started with an idea…  What if we could raise thousands of dollars and fulfill more toy wishes this year?  The United Way says that Christmas 2015 will likely see the largest number of kids in need but there are fewer organizations who are able to help.

Next we came up with how we could do it… Have a Concert!  William Michael MorganMo Pitney and SCOTTY MCCREERY all agreed to come to Pensacola and donate their talent to the show.

Next…  how do we get a location that can hold enough people to make a difference?  That’s where Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union came in.  Gulf Winds has underwritten the cost of doing a concert event at the Saenger Theater on Palafox. Thanks to the generosity of Gulf Winds, all of the proceeds of the show go directly to United Way to help some needy children have something under their Christmas tree.

The result?  We raised over $15,072 to be distributed by the United Way!

United Way Escambia County is the fiscal agent. Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act# CH746.

 A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from Division of Consumer Services at 1-800-help-fla or Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.


Christmas Wishes

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by brent

Christmas Wishes will be granted from November 30 – December 24. 

A Note on Toy Wishes: This year, thanks to our partnership with the United Way,  we are working to help more children in need have toys under the tree.  To apply for for a Christmas Wish with toys in Escambia and Santa Rosa County starting on December 1, please call 2-1-1 (the United Way).  They will be screening all applicants for assistance with basic toy needs.  
All other wishes can be sent in below… What is YOUR Christmas Wish?

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Cat Country Christmas Bonus

Posted on: November 7th, 2015 by brent

Listen weekdays at 9, 11, 2, and 5p for Santa Paws to Jingle is Bells.  Be the 9th Caller and you will score a $100 Christmas Bonus!

What would you do with an extra $100 this Christmas?

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Say The Pledge

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by brent

Let’s start something cool… #SayThePledge  Post a video of you saying the Pledge of Allegiance on Instragram, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtag “SayThePledge”

Let's start the Pledge Challenge… Show your pride and #saythepledge will you do it?

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Gallery Night 2015

Posted on: November 1st, 2015 by brent

Stroll through the charming brick walkways of Downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of music, art and cuisine. Explore galleries and businesses featuring the works of dozens of local artists. Soak up the sounds of local musicians and the aromas of local cuisine as the energy of the evening carries you from venue to venue. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments.

2015 Gallery Night Schedule 
January 16th
February 20st
March 20th
April 17th
May 22th
June 19th
July 17th
August 21st
September 18th
October 16th
November 20st
December 18th


 Like Gallery Night on Facebook!

Special thanks to our 5pm-9pm street closure sponsors, Stella Artois!






Cat Country 98.7 Named “Best of the Coast 2015″

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by brent

Cat Country 98.7

Winner: Best Radio Station 

Winner: Best Website  

Winner: Best Person to “Friend” on Facebook (Brent Lane)

Winner: Best Radio Personality (Brent Lane) 


Runner-up Best Morning Radio Show (The Cat Pack Morning Show) 

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Instagram

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter 

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter (Brent Lane)



Winner: Best Morning Radio Show (Pensacola Morning News with Andrew McKay)

Runner-up:Best Radio Personality  (Andrew McKay)

Runner-up: Best Radio Personality (Wendi Summers ) 

Runner-up: Best Person to “Friend” on Facebook (Wendi Summers )

Help the Daniel Palmer Home

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by brent

Corporal Daniel Palmer is a lifelong resident of Milton, Florida in Santa Rosa County. He came home in 2012 severely injured. Daniel is married to Becky and they have two children, Cameron and Vanessa Faith. Daniel was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps.

Daniel enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 2008. He deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan in December 2009 as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. On March 20, 2010 Daniel was wounded while patrolling in Marjah, Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED, improvised explosive device, causing the loss of his right foot and a portion of his lower leg. He is being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other medical issues.

After Daniel’s injury, he was sent to a medical facility in Germany where he was treated for a week. From there he went to National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for almost a month. Daniel was then transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he received physical therapy treatment for about nine months.

After his treatment in Washington, Daniel was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. for two years. There he went through the military medical board process and was medically retired in August of 2012 with 90% disability.

Daniel and his family returned home on July 27, 2012, to a thunderous welcome-home celebration at Pensacola International Airport. Hundreds of well-wishers were in attendance. Gulf Coast Veterans In Need organized this homecoming and has worked since to support the Palmer Family’s transition to civilian life.

The Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Foundation and the Gulf Coast Veterans in Need groups have been diligently working to build a new home for this local hero and his family. With a January groundbreaking in Chumuckla, Florida, it is expected that the home will be completed by summer 2015.

Additional help is needed. Blackie Black, Bagdad Construction, is the home builder who is generously donating his time and leadership for this project. For information on building material donations or volunteering, please call Blackie at (850) 572-8563.

For cash contributions to Gulf Coast Veterans in Need, you can donate on-line at or by mailing a check to: Gulf Coast Veterans in Need, Inc., Post Office Box 13245, Pensacola, Florida 32591.

The Donation List:

As of 2/25/15 at 3:17 PM
Name Donation
The Independence Fund, Inc. $25,000 grant
Coastal Bank & Trust – Karen Welch Bank Mortgage
Gulf Coast Veterans in Need $10,000 for lot
Alan Miller House Plans
Lonnie Joiner Lot Clearing
Southland Builders – Gordon Howell Fill Dirt
Santa Rosa County Building Permits
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc. Septic Tank Permit
Myricks Foundation LLC Concrete for Block
Swift Supply & Quality Masonry – split 1/2 Block for Foundation
Salter 3c’s Masonry Sand
Joey Palmer & Quality Masonry Block Labor
Florida Pest Control Soil Treatment
Robert Gonzalez Plumbing Plumbing Labor
Plumbing Material
USA Ready Mix & Gulf Breeze Rotary Club Concrete Material
Myricks Foundation LLC Concrete Labor
Pittman Lumber & Building Supply Framing Package
Doug Albert Construction, Bagdad Home Builders & Volunteers Framing Labor
Pro Build Trusses
Vernon Martin Truss Labor
Electrical Material
Electric Light Construction & Clary Electric Electrical Labor
Lunsford Heating & Air Heat & Air Material
Lunsford Heating & Air Heat & Air Labor
REW Materials Shingles
Abrams Group Construction Roof Labor
Mobile Lumber Windows
Mobile Lumber Doors
Navarre Lumber & Supply Interior Doors
Foamseal Insulation System, Inc. – Jimmy Burgess Insulation – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock Labor
Navarre Lumber & Supply – checking w/vendors Trim Material
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc., Gulf Coast Cabinets & Volunteers Trim Labor
Sherwin Williams Paint
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc. & Volunteers Paint Labor
Legacy Building Supply Company Vinyl Siding Material
Advanced Siding Vinyl Siding Labor
W R Taylor Brick Brick
Joey Palmer Brick Labor
Painter Plus – John Teach Carpet Labor
John Price Tile Labor
Custom Gutters of Northwest Florida – Randy Sellars Gutters
Custom Gutters of Northwest Florida – Randy Sellars Gutter Labor
Swort Home Solution Cabinets
Custom Wood Concepts of Northwest Florida, Inc. and Billy Swort Cabinet Labor
Randy Office Appliances
Quigley Electric Lights
Quigley Electric Ceiling Fans
Door Knobs & Locks
Panhandle Glass Mirrors
Indoor Sprinkler System
Lowes Plants & Labor
Pinkard Garage Doors Garage Door
Septic Tank
Clyde’s Well Service – Mike Ward Water Well
Sheriff Wendell Hall, Claude Duvall & Volunteers Fish Fry
Oakland Ard Cash Donation
21st Century Marble & Granite, Inc. – William Jernigan, President Bathroom Material & Labor
Debbie Watson – 9050 West Hwy 98 #27 Pensacola, FL 32506 $100 Donation
Commander Michael Curry – 3577 Stratford Lane Pace, FL 32571 $50 Donation
Carol Lanthrip – 5411 Greenleaf Drive Pace, FL 32571 $50 Donation
Carter & Sons – David Carter Portable restrooms for remainder of job
Phyllis Clark Sewing Machine

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for 7th ACM Station of the Year

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by brent

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for ACM Station of the Year


Pensacola’s locally owned country radio station, Cat Country 98.7, has been nominated as Radio station of the Year in markets our size by the Academy of Country Music.   This is the 50th Annual Awards Show and this year the show is set for Sunday April 19, 2015 in Dallas, Texas and will be shown LIVE on CBS.  This will be Cat Country 98.7’s 7th nomination in the last 11 years and the station has previously won this award in 2006, 2009, and 2011.


Dave Hoxeng, station owner, said “Our team is passionate about our community and country music, this is a great honor!”