In a wonderful email, Mr. Jim Ivey tells us about some of his radio career.
"It still amazes me after all these years how much
WLOF(-AM 950) meant to people that are now into their 50’s. I still am humbled when someone finds out that I was one of
"the happy hit-paraders". Man we had a great time in the mid 60’s at WLOF.
Some random thoughts; Bob Andrews and I were room mates in
around ’61. We both worked at WMYR. While there, I found out Bob and I both dated the same "groupie", just at different times!
I was at WMYR until sometime in ’63, I think. Prior to that I had been at
starting out on the FM side while a senior at Edgewater High School (Orlando),
then moved to week-ends on the AM side and later replaced Terry Wood from 6 to
while still in high school. I Pulled a #1Hooper (Ratings Service) on the gig before school was over. Very heady stuff for a 19 year old…and wow, groupies!
John Rutledge fired me (from WHOO) for not following format, (at the direction of the assistant manager)...So I was off to
for 3 years where the little station paid more than stations in
Orlando!. Then back to Orlando
for 4 great years a WLOF. I was so fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time. WLOF had an owner...John Rutledge, who for the most part said do what you want on the air, stay number one…and don’t get us sued! Jim is credited with making
WLOF the top 40 powerhouse it would become under the management of John
Rutledge. Jim would duplicate the sound and format and even air personalities names of KJR-AM in Seattle.
KJR was located on 950 in Seattle, just as WLOF was in Orlando.
For example Pat O'Day became Pat O'Day because there was a Pat O'Day jingle and
Bill Vermillion became the "Weird Beard" for the same reason.
Johnny Gee on WLOF 1966 courtesy of Dick Camnitz
Johnny Gee (Jim Ivey), Rock Robinson and
Bill Vermillion photo courtesy of Dick Camnitz