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Don Hibbitts

Don began his radio career in 1967 at WODY in Bassett, Virginia working mornings on the air and in sales the rest of the day. This Virginia native also laid down good ground work for a career in broadcasting by enrolling in the Radio Engineering Institute in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Midwestern Broadcasting School in Chicago.

After moving to Tampa, he signed up for classes at Florida College and joined WQYK-AM as deejay Don Dee right after Marshall Rowland bought the station in 1970. Down the road he began adding some sales after he got off the air and, in 1973, entered that end of the business full time. At WQYK he worked his way up to sales manager and then general manager before leaving in 1975 for the competition, WSUN, which had switched to country a year earlier. He stayed there nine years before leaving his vice-president and general manager’s position when the station came under new ownership.

For the next three years Don was the top man at Tampa’s WZNE-AM and WKRL-FM before moving to Corpus Christi, Texas as a managing general partner of KRYS AM & FM. Eventually, he moved out of the day-to-day station grind and into sales management for the ABC Radio Networks and Jones Satellite Network.

In 1995 he moved back to Tampa Bay as general manager of  Paxson’s WFCT-TV Channel 66 before beginning consulting and short term project work in 1997. In 2002, he became a Florida field rep for Mobile Consultants, Inc., of Alliance, Ohio.

Don passed away December 18th, 2012 at the age of 68.


Station History

1970 - 1973 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
1970 - 1984 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Sales)
1974 - 1987 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Management)

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