Now a voice over actor. Russ also appeared in movies
such as "Harry and Son" (1984), "Cocoon"
(1985), "D.A.R.Y.L." (1985) and "The New Adventures of
Pippi Longstocking" (1988)
You will recognize
Russ' voice on the WKMG-TV 6 "Captain Sunshine" holiday
spots. Russ tells us about his time at WKIS.
"...I arrived in Orlando in the fall of '66. By the way, I stayed for a
short while, at the Tour-o-Tel Motel on the trail across from McNamara
Pontiac. Now there's a piece of nostalgia! I worked with such notables as Joe
Francis, with whom I had worked in Massachusetts and with whom I worked
again at WLOQ-FM 103.1, Doris Ashwell,
Tony Girard, Glen Smith (now deceased) and a guy who went on to
become an enormously successful school photographer,
Marshall. There were many others who came and went but naming them would
be far too taxing..nay, impossible!
The station was then owned by a prince of a man named Tom Cassel. In
fact, if I were to name a half dozen people whom I've met in this business that
I could describe as a "prince," he would be the first three! I believe
he bought the station when it was on Orange Ave., just up from the old WDBO
building. It was known then as WORZ-AM
740. I left the station about 3 and half years after signing on to try
my hand at something else, which didn't work out (do they ever?), and went to
work for about 6 months (don't ask) at WHOO-AM
990 which was then managed by Bob Hood. After that I signed on at
Channel 9 (WFTV) to do the Dialing For Dollars Movie where
I remained for nearly six years. It was at an Ad Fed (Advertising Federation)
function that the new owners of WKIS-AM
740 saw and heard me as the MC one hallowed evening and hired me to come
back as morning man which I did and remained for another 3 or so years. At one
time I was doing mornings at WKIS, the Dialing For Dollars Movie
on (WFTV) 9, free-lance work and cocktail hour DJ at the infamous Why
Not Lounge. I was making some money but had no time to spend it!
"Press on Regardless...."