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Joseph L. Brechner

Joseph L. Brechner became part-owner of Orlando’s WLOF in 1953 and, as president and general manager of Mid-Florida Television Corporation, founded WLOF-TV Channel 9 (now WFTV) in 1958. At various times during his career, he owned radio and TV stations in West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania and was one of the first broadcasters in the country to include editorials in his station’s newscasts. From 1970 to 1977, he was a newspaper columnist and wrote for the Sentinel Star (now the Orlando Sentinel).

The Central Florida philanthropist, civic, and cultural leader was president of the Orlando Area Advertising Club, district governor of the Advertising Federation of America, chairman of the Freedom of Information Committee of the Florida Association of Broadcasters, and a member of the Board of Governors of the ABC-TV Affiliates Association. He was also a former president of the Central Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a leader in the campaign to admit cameras into state courtrooms, a civil rights activist, and a strong supporter of Florida’s junior colleges.

Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Brechner began editing and publishing a weekly newspaper in Detroit in 1934 and founded his first radio station in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1946. He was a resident of Winter Park when he died from complications following heart surgery in 1990 at the age of 75.

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