Dan’s first job in broadcasting was hosting an afternoon big band and classical music show (for free, to gain experience) at WRUF-FM 103.7 in Gainesville in 1965-1966 while attending the University of Florida School of Journalism and Communications.
During the summer of 1967 he landed his first paid job working overnights at Daytona Beach’s WMFJ-AM 1450 as a top-40 deejay and, after earning a degree the following year from UF, moved across town for an afternoon shift at WROD-AM 1340.
Later that year, the Lake Wales, FL native went on to announce for WTOC-AM-FM-TV (CBS Channel 11) in Savannah, becoming the weathercaster there from 1972 to 1978. When that station was sold, he did the same at WECA-TV (ABC Channel 27) in Tallahassee in 1979.
After a change in management there, he returned to his hometown, doing a weekend air shift in 1980-1981 at WIPC-AM 1280 and during a portion of the early 1980s, selling air time for WZNG-AM 1360 in Winter Haven.
In 1983, Dan moved on to host "Centel Spotlight", an interview show for Centel Cable Television of Florida and, in 1985, became the entertainment reporter for The News Chief, Winter Haven’s newspaper.
1980 - 1981 Other Polk County Stations (On Air Personality)
1981 - 1983 Other Polk County Stations (Sales)