Les Howard (Jacoby) moved to Lakeland in 1973 as Program Director for Hugh Holder’s Top 40 WQPD. From there it was to Tampa Bay’s Sun Country WSUN as Music Director in 1977 and then to Paradise 93.3 WPDS-FM (formerly WFLA-FM) as PD and afternoon drive host in 1985.
Other stops in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s included WYLT-FM and WKIX-AM in Raleigh, WJQY in Ft. Lauderdale-Miami, Group Program Director for Kelly Communications’ WXCL-FM in Peoria and KCIZ in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and in 1991, Operations Manager at WEZI-FM and WNWZ-AM in Memphis. For the next ten years, beginning in 1992, he was Program Director for WEAT-FM Sunny 104.3 in West Palm Beach before moving on to similar duties at Gainesville/Ocala’s WKTK-FM in 2002.
Over the years Les has picked up some nice awards for his efforts in the business, including Billboard’s “Adult Contemporary PD of the Year” honors in 2000 and a nomination from Radio & Records for “AC Program Director of the Year” in 2001. Today (2007) he is operations manager for all five of Sebring’s Cohan Radio Group stations and is PD and afternoon drive host for one of them, Lite FM 105.7 WWLL.
1977 - 1988 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
1977 - 1985 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Music Director)
1985 - 1988 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Program Director)