Dar (Darwin) was one of the original announcers at WGTO in 1955 when the station went on the air from studios in Haines City’s Palm Crest Hotel. He and Bill Peck were the principals who owned Tri-Dec Records and recording studio. Some of their early sessions were even recorded in the WGTO studios after the station had signed off the air for the day.
A few of the artists who recorded for Tri-Dec were rockers Benny Joy (“Spin the Bottle” b/w “Hey High School Baby” Tri-Dec 8667), Gene Watson & the Rockets (“My Rockin’ Baby” b/w “Drummer Boy Rock” Tri-Dec 8357), and instrumentalist “Big” John Taylor and his Guitar (“Stompin” b/w “So Lonely” Tri-Dec 8457). Joy’s masters recorded for Tri-Dec were later bought up by Buck Ram (manager of The Platters). You can hear a sample of both Benny Joy and Gene Watson in the Audio Clips section and view photos of their records for the Tri-Dec label in Memorabilia.)
After leaving Central Florida, Dar worked at other radio stations across the country, including KSL in Salt Lake City.
1955 - 1959 WGTO-AM 540 - Haines City (On Air Personality)