WONN-AM 1230
Lakeland

Original Call Letters: WONN 

Originally Licensed: Sep. 15, 1949  

Original City of License: Lakeland

Original Frequency: 1230 

Origin of Call Letters: 

Original Power: 250 watts 

Original Location: Lake Hunter Drive

Original Format: Block Programming


Network Affiliation(s):


1949-Mutual Broadcasting System
1949-Associated Press
1969-ABC Contemporary Radio Network
1972-NBC Radio Network
1981-CNN and Associated Press


Owner(s):


1949-
Coastal Broadcasting Company
1957-Noyes Enterprises, Inc
1959-Duane McConnell
1971-Telefan, Inc  
1976-Leonard Marks & Herbert Stewart
1981-Hall Communications

History Of Call Letters and Formats:

WONN-1949-Block Programming
WONN-1957-Top 40
WONN-1966-Adult Contemporary
WONN-1979-MOR
WONN-1980-Adult Contemporary
WONN-1981-Adult Standards-Drake-Chenault-Hit Parade
WONN-1984-Oldies 
WONN-1985-Music Of Your Life
WONN-1989-Adult Standards/MOR "The Spirit of Lakeland"




WONN History

Duane McConnell, Ted Covington, and Robert Taylor formed the Coastal Broadcasting Company in 1949 and WONN was put on the air. The original studios were located in Lakelandís Florida Hotel. 


WONN Personalities
Graham Mela-1949-Farm Director-Coastal Broadcasting Company
Bill Snyder-1949-Sports Director-Coastal Broadcasting Company
Gloria Revels-1949-Womans Director-Coastal Broadcasting Company
Bill Davis-1966/1973--Duane McConnell Ownership
Thanks to Larry Flegle for this info on Bill. "Bill began his radio career as a high school senior in 1966 when he convinced Duane McConnell, owner of Lakelandís WONN, to schedule a half hour each Sunday night for the Key Club of Lakeland High School. McConnell agreed, under the provision that he (Davis) produce the shows and be responsible for their content.
Pat "Banana Man" Morgan-1967-1976-Duane McConnell Ownership
Terry Allen-1971-Program Director-Telefan, Inc.
Dave Day-1984-Program Director-Hall Communications


Jim Greenfield-1995-News-Hall Communications


Jim Hendrick-2005
-"Jim Hendrick in the Morning" 6AM-10AM-Hall Communications


Tim Kase-Mornings


Bud Buschardt-Mid Days


Jeff Rollins


Scott Reese-Afternoons


John Gleason


Carl Hampton
Mike Matthews-Evenings
Jack Grady-Overnights


Woody Wooden-Sales
Steve "Moose" Howard


Jim Maloy
Dick Goleno
Gary Dennis
Bob Crews


Brian Bruchey-
Program Director
Ron Fraiser
Ed Cain
Jim Stevenson
Buddy Penn
Al "Zany" Dohany
Dulaurence Miller
Dan Sanborn-News Director-Telefan, Inc.
Mike Helminski
Bob Wayne

Other Names In WONN History
Robert Taylor-1949-President/General Manager/Program Manager-Coastal Broadcasting Company 
Thomas Barber-1949-Commercial Manager-Coastal Broadcasting Company
Ted Covington-1949-Program Director/News Director-Coastal Broadcasting Company 


Duane McConnell-1949-Chief Engineer/Business Manager-Coastal Broadcasting Company
Larry DeVore-1964-1970-Sales-Duane McConnell Ownership


Joe Garagiola-1971-1976-President-
Telefan, Inc   
In Memory
John Gilman-1971-General Manager/Commercial Manager-Telefan, Inc.
Art Rowbotham-1971-General Manager-Telefan, Inc.
Bob Shoopman-1971-Chief Engineer-Telefan, Inc.
Garland Burt-1971-Operations Manager-Telefan, Inc.
Leonard Marks-1976-Vice President-Telefan, Inc.
Herbert Stewart-1976-Telefan, Inc.
Joyce Robbins-Station Manager-Telefan, Inc.
Chris Harwell-Operations Manager
Pat Morgan


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