WLOF-AM 950
Orlando

Original Call Letters: WLOF 

Originally Licensed: Oct 26, 1940 

Original City of License: Orlando 

Original Frequency: 1230 

Origin of Call Letters: Slogan; We Love Orlando Florida

Original Power: 5,000 Watts 

Original Location: Angebilt Hotel 

Original Format: Block Programming


Network Affiliation(s):

NBC Blue Network
Mutual Broadcasting System

United Press International

Associated Press

Owner(s):

1940-Hazelwood Broadcasting

1949-Hazelwood, Inc.

1952-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
1964-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp. ($525,000) 
1972-Home Security Broadcasting Company ($2.5 Million)

1977-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.
1982-Nationwide Communications  (Purchase price for WLOF and WBJW-FM 105.1 $6.5 million)
1983-New City Communications

1991-ABC, Inc. ($5 Million)
1997-Cox Broadcasting
1998-Thomas Harvey Moffit, Sr.
1998-TM2, Inc
2006-Salem Communications


History Of  Call Letters and Formats:


WLOF-1940-Block Programming On 1230 kHz
WLOF-1947-Moved to 950 kHz-5,000 Watts
WLOF-1972-Top 40
WCOT-1982-Adult Standards 1
WBJW-1984-Simulcast of WBJW FM 105.1
WOMX-1989-Simulcast of WOMX FM 105.1
WZKD-1994-Children  "Radio AAHS" 3
WTLN-1998-Religion (simulcast of WTLN-FM) Moved from 1520 AM
History of WLOF


Orlando's second radio station, WDBO-AM 580 being the first, WLOF-AM, began broadcasting at 6:30AM Oct. 26, 1940 with 250 watts of power and radius of 50 miles on 1230 kHz . The studios and offices were located on the mezzanine floor of the Angebilt Hotel. The station was an affiliate of the National Broadcasting Co. (NBC). The station was moved to 950 kHz in 1947 and power was increased to 5,000 Watts.
Columbus "Lobby Charlie" Williams-doorman at the old Angebilt Hotel would occasionally go on the air, reading poems he had written. In 1922, Williams was working on a construction crew at the hotel when he fell off a sixth-floor beam. A sand pile cushioned his landing, but he lost an eye. The hotel offered him a job for life. Charlie took them at their word. After the Angebilt opened in 1923, Charlie signed on as doorman and remained there until 1972, when he began losing sight in his other eye. Charlie died at age 92 in 1991. In Memory

  
In 2004 we had a chance to visit the old WLOF studios. See photos here


 

Rounsaville logos courtesy of Dave Edwards                
                                                                                         
  
       
A "QSL"  card
 

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The WLOF hearse


 
         
  WLOF license tags over the years

      
The WLOF main control room in 1967    
Courtesy of Dennis Snyder

                        


       
Here is an early 1969 photo of WLOF, new turntables, additional cart machines as top five or so songs were now on tape, remote start switches all rewired, and some other changes to the studio. 
 Courtesy of Dennis Snyder  

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From Steve Kennedy; "...When I was a teenager I used to go to the Pine Hills Music Center in the Pine Hills shopping center and pick all the different ones up, (WLOF Music surveys) and I have had these for almost 35 years!"  



                     

                                 

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WLOF
studios 1972 
courtesy Sean King


WLOF Personalities
Donn R. Colee-1950-Air Talent/Commercial Manager/1952- Secretary /Treasurer-Hazelwood Broadcasting /1954 - Vice President/ General  Manager -Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Forrest Clark-1950-1954-News Director-began at WLOF when the studios were located in the Angebilt Hotel 
Paul Marlowe-1951-News Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting/1952-News Director-Hazelwood, Inc.

Bob Keith-195
2-Farm News Director
-Hazelwood Broadcasting
/1957-3PM-6PM/1963-Commercial Manager-Mid Florida Radio
  Orlando Speedway Spot  courtesy of Dick Camnitz
R. B. Smith-1952-Sports Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting
John Hugh-1952-Program Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting
Louise Grant-1952-Office Manager/Talk Show Host, Bookkeeper/Secretary-Hazelwood Broadcasting (died May 13,  2000 at the age of 99)
Bob Kilgore-1952-Farm News Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting

Ernie Legge-1953-Program Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting/1954-Program Director /1957-"WLOF Hot Parade"-Noon-3PM /1958-News Director/Program Director / Operations Manager-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.  In Memory
Tom Doyle-1954-Sports Director-Mid-Florida Radio Corp./1958-Promotions Director/1960-Publicity Director-Mid Florida Radio Corp.


Bocky
Smith
-1954-Sports Director/1957-"Sunshine Special"-6AM-Noon-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.


Ben Aycrigg
-1955
-News Director-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.


Bob Brown-1957-"Top 40 Show"-6-10:30PM
-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Howard McKenney-1959-News Director-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Robert Bartl-1959-News Director/1960-Program Director-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Terry Wood-1961-6PM-Midnight/Middays-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.  
Johnny G (John Gilbert)-1963-Program Director-Mid-Florida Radio

Tom Siegfried
-1963-News Director-Mid-Florida Radio/1964-Operations Manager-Tom would bill himself as the "Masked Marvel"-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.   In Memory


Lee "Baby" Simms-1964-1965
-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.-Lee retired from radio in 2005


Aldo Vivona
-1964-Host of "Teen Tempo"-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp. Biography


Sir Arthur Knight (Carroll Gaylord (Gay) Hendricks)-1965-1968-10AM-2PM-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.

    
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"Weird Beard” Bill Vermillion
-Chief Engineer /1966-
Music Director-Clarke Broadcasting Corp.
 
In Memory            

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Johnny Gee (WLOF)
, Rock Robinson (WHOO)
and Bill Vermillion (WLOF)

Photos courtesy of  Paul Schiemer


Dick Shane-
(Dick Camnitz)1966-1970, 1973
-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
Dick is the moderator and creator of
  
  
CFL History 
     

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Nickie Sarner-1966-Commercial Manager-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp   In Memory


Bill Taylor-1968


Doug Van Allen (Doug Laby)-1968-1971-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
James Sandridge-1968
Terrence McKeever-1970-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.


Bill Barber
-1971-3PM-7PM/Music Director-Home Security Broadcasting    Biography


Allen Moore-1971
-Commentary
-Home Security Broadcasting


Buddy Pittman-1971-Weekends-Home Security Broadcasting  Biography


Pepper Lipsinx (James Wayman)-1971-3PM-7PM-Mon-Fri-Home Security Broadcasting


Sean King
-1972
-Home Security Broadcasting Company   Biography   In Memory
Bill Dennis-1972-Program Director-Home Security Broadcasting Company
Dave Elliot-1972-News Director-Home Security Broadcasting Company 
Mark Sebastian-1973-1974-From Mark-"...I (worked at) WLOF in '73 and '74. I left and worked at such stations as Q102 (WKRQ) in Cincinnati, Z100 (WHTZ) in New York City, WLS FM/AM and B-96 in Chicago. I now work for Clear Channel-Tampa doing production and I voice track an Oldies show for Cool 105.7 WLCL-FM in Atlanta.


Blue Christie-1974
-Music Director
-Home Security Broadcasting Company 
Steve Wein aka Steve Taylor-1975-1976-Overnights/Saturday Afternoons
Barbara Barri-1976-Sean King tells us about Barbara "...she was the first female jock at WLOF, I think it was 1976. She was my one and only "discovery". I found her working as a waitress in a night club and, thought she had a good voice & introduced her into radio at WCKS-AM 860, Cocoa Beach. She went on to be a top country jock in Los Angeles for 15 years and is currently doing voice work in New York" For more on Barbara see www.barbarabarri.com
Gary Collins-1975-1977-Afternoons-Home Security Broadcasting Company 


"Banana" Joe Montione-1978
-Program Director/Afternoons-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.
Reggie Blackwell-1978-Music Director-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.
Richard Hunt-1978-News Director-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.


Bobby Sharpe-1979-1982
-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.


Dave Edwards
-1981-1982
-Nationwide Communications
Biography  
Steve Kane 1981-1982-Evenings-Nationwide Communications
Steve brought his show over to WLOF after being fired from WKIS-AM 740. On his firing Kane said; "When you run a controversial show and say what you think, you always upset some people and it's hard. Steve said he had few guests because he had to act as his own producer" Steve is now on the air in south Florida. 

 
Steve Kane TALK Club card     courtesy Dave Edwards  

"Hostile Harve" (Bob Jenkins)-1982-Took over for when Steve Kane was fired

Gary Mitchell-1982

Peter Jay(#1)-(Pete Forgione) Biography
Dick Camnitz
tells us. "There were around 13 DJs in Orlando that went by the name of Peter Jay. All but one were on WLOF Channel 95. It will be a surprise to most that the first, who's real name was Peter J., was on WHOO-AM 990. When he came over to WLOF he used the same name. I last saw him when I worked with him at WFTV Channel 9 (formerly WLOF-TV just as a historical note). He hosted dialing for dollars for several years. His full name...Peter J. Forgione
Johnny Gee   Biography

Johnny Gee on WLOF 1966
    courtesy of Dick Camnitz 
pat_Oday_WLOF_1967.jpg (24155 bytes) Pat O'Day (Jerry Thompson)-Mornings 
Pat was the "mind" behind some of the best stories to come out of Orlando radio. One time he caused a traffic jam when he jokingly announced that Lake Eola was filled with chocolate milk. He got chewed out by the school superintendents for telling all high school girls to go to class wearing culottes. And he wrinkled the uptight noses of the Federal Communications Commission's officials when he hired radio jinglers to sing the required Emergency Broadcasting System's test message.

photo courtesy of Dennis Snyder

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Top 40 Hits for the Week June 8,1957
courtesy of Dick Camnitz


Steve Rutledge
Biography
 
 
1974 Newscast

Bob Whitney
Tom Sawyer


Bob Andrews 
Biography  In Memory
Clyde Sanders-"Clyde on a Cloud"-10PM-Midnight, weeknights playing rhythm and blues. In her book on the history of Orlando's black community, Geraldine Thompson says Sanders was the "first African American in the city to work as a radio announcer." Sanders also wrote a weekly column called "As Clyde Sees It" in the section dubbed "the Negro Edition" that the Orlando Sentinel produced for a time in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Bob Whitney


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From Dennis Snyder
"This is 18  year old me while visiting WLOF around January,1969 (the) photo was taken by Bill Vermillion"
courtesy of 
Dennis Snyder 

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Studio Entrance
courtesy of Tom Hale

Allen Shades



Charley the WLOF Girl 


 Dennis Winslow
in the studio in 1965
Dennis was Peter Jay #5
 

                       
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          Fun 40 Hits January 1970

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Sean King cover 1972                                  "Fun 40" for the week of June 6, 1972
courtesy of Sean King 


Sean King
tells about his day as a "male model"
"In 1972 I was working for Pat O'Day (he was Jerry Thompson off the air) at WLOF, Orlando, East Central Florida's top rocker at the time. Burt Reynolds had just appeared as a partially nude centerfold for Cosmopolitan Magazine and Pat wanted to do a "take-off" on the idea. So, he asked me if I would be a model for the photo which was to be a double page in a local newspaper known as "The Watcher". He said we'd cover the private parts with 45s or an LP or two. I agreed and the one-month on-air promotion began. The picture was to appear in April. However, two weeks into the promotion, the sale of the station was finalized and the new owners heard the promotion. They ordered it cancelled immediately as they felt it was in bad taste and might affect business (at least one major sponsor had threatened to cancel). Pat called an emergency staff meeting to pick our brains for a solution. After about a half an hour he came up with the answer himself. He asked me if I had any of those nude baby pictures that parents often take of  their infants and I remembered that I did.
We cleared the idea with the new management, informed the wary sponsors, kept the on-air promotion going unchanged and arranged with the newspaper publisher to have the newspaper on the stands April 1st, "April Fool's Day". So, after a month of all the air personalities telling their audiences that I would appear nude in an upcoming edition of "The Watcher", that's exactly what I did. Only the picture was one of me when I was less than a year old. It was a great "April Fool's" joke. The newspaper sold out in hours, the promotion was a tremendous success and the new owners were pleased. Pat O'Day saved the day. 



The caption reads;
"Cosmopolitan's Helen Brown may be culturally refined, but WLOF is on the "ahead" and never on the "behind".   APRIL FOOL -  WLOF
Sean King 12 to 3pm-WLOF  950 KC On your dial"



 
Sean King talks about his "nude" centerfold on the air in 1974.



Rudy Pylant 



Don Smith-(Bobby Church) (Glen Meadows) Biography

"The Janitor" (Warren Miller)-6PM-Midnight 

Brandy Alexander-"Dateless and Desperate"-Brandy, (not her real name) is now married, has two children, lives in the West Palm Beach area and has a PH.D. in psychology. Thanks to Dave Edwards for this info.

Bob Bacon-From Ray Slaton; "..."The Morning Mayor" ..., in real life Stan Barrett. I want to say 1963 or 64. He left WLOF and went to WMFJ-AM 1450 to do mornings there."  And this from Dennis Snyder; "...one of the things he used to say was "Breakfast with Bacon" - he worked mornings right about that time, before Pat O'Day.

Debbie Aubrey



Bob Barnes Biography

William Barry

David Bartholomew

Luther C. Beasley

Burt Brown

Peggy Camnitz

Rick Davis

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1968-Boys with the noise
Pete Porter, Bill Vermillion
Johnny
Sutton,
  Pat O'DayDick Shane        
 photo courtesy of Dick Camnitz

Gerald Douglas

Mimi Doyle

Chris Garrett

David Gerard

Jim Gantner

Tom Gaut

Greg Gentleman

Jan Giles

Chris Glendon

Ron Fisher

Arnold Kaufman-General Manager

Johnny Gilbert-From Ray Slaton on the name Johnny G; "...The first one called himself Johnny Gilbert around 1963-64...



Tom Clark "The Body Beautiful" (Wayne Trout) 
Biography  In Memory 

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WLOF Sales Piece circa 1970                                                     WLOF-TV Channel 9
          courtesy of Dick Camnitz                                                       courtesy of Roger Simmons

     
            
Tom Haley at the console       Johnny Sutton (front) & Tom Haley
        photos courtesy of Tom Haley   



Tom Haley
Biography

Herb Craft

Robert Hall

Harmony

Sheila Hill


Sam Idas

photo courtesy of 
Dick Camnitz

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WLOF
studio 1960's    
 courtesy of  Larry "Vee" Flegle

Marsh Muke
Ken Katt
Mike Mazur-Weekends
Ed Lazear
Ron Louis
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John Lander
Bill MacCormick

Greg Masters


WLOF Pen courtesy of Dennis Snyder

May Mulligan

Bob Nadeau -Midnight-6AM

"Cowboy" O'Neil

Tom Roberts-Noon-3PM

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Jay Preston
photo courtesy of 
Dick Camnitz

Gates_board.jpg (24172 bytes)The "old" Gates board at WLOF
 Courtesy of Larry Flegle
Tom West
Pete Porter
John Scott
Teri Deck-Copy Writer
Tom Sherwood
Johnny Sutton 
JT Almon


Roger Stallard
-Program Director
 
Biography
Brother T
Tim Tindle


Scott Walker

Bruce Wayne

JoNell Patterson



Alex Stone
(
Alex Louis Grassi, Jr.)    In Memory



Chris Kampmeier aka T.C. Dooley
John and Juan
Larry Blucher
Deborah (Shreve) Moore-1975-1978-Sales


Jonathan Hart aka Todd Demers


Barry Michaels


T. Michael Jordan
(Tom Nefeldt)-6PM-Midnight


Alan Rock
  Biography
Herb Kraft
Dick Sollom  In Memory
Greg "The Disaster" Masters                 
Terry Lee-News
Alan Dean "Superdude"/(Peter Jay #?) (A.D. Whitehurst)-1970-1974-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
Don Angelin
Jim Shirah aka Peter Jay (IV)
Stan Barrett (Bob Bacon)-Program Director/Mornings


Dave Riddle
Al Brock aka Larry Brock-Assistant Program Director
Tom Thacker (One of the many Peter Jays)
Al Gardener-News

Other Names In WLOF History
George Hazelwood-1940-President-Hazelwood Broadcasting/1952-President-Mid Florida Radio Corp.  In Memory
Victor Buisset-1940-General Manager-Hazelwood Broadcasting
William Sears-1949-President-Hazelwood Broadcasting
R. Donahue-1949-Program Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting
W. Dodd Daniels-1949-Chief Engineer-Hazelwood Broadcasting
Walter Shea-1950-Secretary/Treasurer-Hazelwood Broadcasting
Ruth Donahue-1950-Program Director/1951-Women's Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting
Ruth Bartelt-1950-Sales Manager/Promotions Manager-Hazelwood Broadcasting
J. Allen Brown-1951-Executive Vice President/Commercial Manager/1952-General Manager-Mid Florida Radio Corp.
Pat Kerr-1951-Program Manager-Hazelwood Broadcasting
John Thorwald-1951-Executive Vice President/General Manager-Hazelwood Broadcasting
Freda Hilton-1951-Promotions Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting
John Kluge-Hazelwood Broadcasting
Thomas Donohue-1952-Commercial Manager-Hazelwood Broadcasting/1954--Commercial Manager-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Charles Batchelder-1952-Sporting Events Director-Hazelwood Broadcasting


Joseph L. Brechner
-1953-President
/General Manager/1960-General Manager-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.  In Memory
W. Dodd Daniel, Jr.-1954-Chief Engineer-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Lee Hall-1955-Program Manager-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Cathy Sorey-1955-Women's Director-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Howard S. Kester-1957-Executive Vice President/1958-Vice President/General Manager-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Gene Cook-1957-Commercial Manager-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Douglas Coombs-1957-Production Director-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
R. G. St. Clair-1957-Chief Engineer-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Ellen Wendt-1957-Women's Director-Mid-Florida Radio Corp.
Robert Bartl-1959-Program Director-Mid Florida Radio Corp.
Harris Thomson-1959-President-Mid Florida Radio Corp.
Dutch Holland-1963-Program Manager-Mid Florida Radio Corp.
Raymond Smith-1964-Vice President/Station Manager-Mid Florida Radio Corp.
Robert Clarke-1964-President-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
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John Rutledge-
1964-Executive Vice President/General Manager/1971-President-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.  Biography    

In Memory
Don Welch-1964-General Sales Manager/1967-Vice President/Sales Manager/1971-General Manager-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
Jerry Thompson (Pat O'Day)-1964-Program Director/Promotions Director/1970-Operations Director/Program Director/1971-Production Manager-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
Timothy Sawyer-1964-Chief Engineer-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp./1972-Chief Engineer-Home Security Broadcasting
D. Sidebottom Isaacs-1966-1969-Secretary to John Rutledge-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
Jack Curran-1967-Vice President/General Sales Manager-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
Marjorie Clark-1970-President-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
Corey Meyer-1970-Chief Engineer-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.
Carl Glicken-1972-President/General Manager-Home Security Broadcasting Company/1977-General Manager /Commercial Manager-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc. In Memory
Jerry Frericks-1972-Commercil Manger-Home Security Broadcasting Company 
Luke Beasley-1973-Chief Engineer-Home Security Broadcasting Company 
Robert Rounsaville-1977-President-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.
Melody (Layburn) Lang-1977-1980-Billing-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.
Jill Rahill-1978-1980-Copywriter-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.
Joseph Lang-1979-1981-Chief Engineer-Rounsaville of Cincinnati, Inc.
Warren F. Miller-Music Director
Jerry Ferricks-Sales Manager
M.F. Kershner-General Manager
Pamela Lawrence-Traffic Director
Chris Wolf
Allan Brown-Station Manager
Paul Knepper-Sales
Carole Smock-Advertising Manager  In Memory


...And in the newsroom during the 70s

Terry Lee (Terrence McIver Ledbetter)-1964-Clarke Broadcasting, Corp.-In an email from Steve Rutledge;"...Terry (Lee) really was the guy who got the dedicated news operation off the ground at WLOF and set the tone for the rest of us.  He was a real digger and showman too."

Alan Moore

Dave Elliott

Dan Tressler

Bill Bauman Biography

Greg Gentlemen

David Waterman

Peggy Curry

Carl "Buzz" Hallberg

Other Programs On WLOF

Wolfman Jack-syndicated. But there is a Central Florida Connection. In 1991 Wolfman Jack would open a club in the Old Towne section of Kissimmee. It was originally called "Little Darlin's Rock and Roll Palace" becoming "Wolfman Jack's Rock and Roll Palace"

Its Bernie's Turn (Weekends, Barnard of London mid 60s)

Casey Kasem-"American Top 40" syndicated

 
 
 Studio entrance 1973

 

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Courtesy of Dave Edwards

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                                                          Dick Shane (Camnitz)

 

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Pat O'Day
gets a haircut  12-10-65     courtesy of Dave Edwards


Ral Donner makes an appearance for WLOF in 1959
photo courtesy of Greg Galloway


Bill Vermillion at the console
Courtesy Larry Vee

Art Grindle and the WLOF Crew
Courtesy of Elliott Mitchell


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