Spector, Art's son and Orlando radio personality tells us about his dad.
"...I wanted to share with you the fact that my father was a prominent
radio personality in Orlando from the late 1950's until the late 1960's. Art
Spector spent a number of years at what I believe was Orlando's original
country station, WHIY-AM
1270 (located on the first floor of the Fort
Gatlin Hotel on Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando). Around 1966,
he moved over to WABR-AM
1440 (with studios at 222 Hazard in Dubsdread Country Club) and helped
engineer a format change to country ("Top Gun Radio"), eventually
knocking off his former station.
At WABR, Art was reunited with a former colleague from WHIY, Andy
Wilson, where they co-hosted the "Art and Andy" morning
show. In the late 1970's, I had the pleasure of working with Andy at WHOO-AM
990, where I was news director and he was production director.
Andy told me of one morning when he and Art were doing a live spot for a bank
and my father ad-libbed, "For fast, friendly service, remember those three
magic words: stick 'em up!"
Among other personalities with whom Art worked at WABR was Pete
Forgione, known then as Pete Lazar, whom I had the chance to work
with a few years later at WKIS-AM
After several years at WABR, Art moved to Miami, where he worked on the
air and in sales for several stations during the 1970's. He passed away in
1998 in Houston, Texas."