Who's Who at WONN

The following staff worked at the station during the program's run.

Arch Abernethy
Willie Anderson, Sr.
Bob Bartel
Marji Bedgood
Bob Berry
Rev. James Berry
Mike Booker
Jerry Bright
Charles Bruce
Garland Burt
Ed Cain
Jim Campbell
Brooke Chamberlain
Chickenman
Bert Christopher
Frank Clarke
Bob Collins
Ted Covington
Bob Crews
Tom Dell
Larry DeVore
Al Dohany
Jack Eilertsen
Howard Ellis
Florida Calling
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Ron Fraiser
Bill Francisco
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Murray Goldsborough
Dick Goleno
Stan Grams
Rich Halten
Ron Hart
Gabriel Heatter
Bob Helmick
Mike Helminski
Cal Hendricks
Don Hiers
Alex Houston
Happy Howard
John Hoy
Jan Hutchens
Dan Huth
Joe Pyne Show
Bob Jones
Jay Kuppers
Frank Laseter
Ernie Legge
Fulton Lewis, Jr.
Jim Maloy
Larry Marker
Phyllis Maxwell
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Yvonne McDaniel
Graham Mela
DuLaurence Miller
Pat Morgan
Mutual Game of the Day
Skip Paradise
Mike Parrish
June Pastore
Buddy Penn
Jonnie Pinkston
Ed Pyle
Queen for a Day
Jay Rich
Joyce Robbins
Terry Roberts
Dave Ross
Butch Rush
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Marge Schmidt
Bob Shoopman
Pappy Smith
Jerry Smithwick
Bill Snyder
Dave Sousa
Steve Sparkman
Russ Starner
Jim Stevenson
Vic Swan
Tom Talcott
John Taylor
Robert Taylor
The Ebony Special
Time With the Taylors
George Tuttle, Sr
Jacqueline Valentino
Tutt Walker
Phil Wayne
Dick Weaver
Dave Wenger
Mark Wheeler
Bob White
Bob Wolfe
Shirley Wolfe

Smoke House Serenade

“Smoke House barbecue can’t be beat, so good, so good.  Smoke House barbecue good to eat, barbecued the Smoke House way.  Try the Smoke House tonight, try the Smoke House today.  Bet your money it’s the best in town, barbecued the Smoke House way.”


Smoke House Serenade was another WONN success story. The Monday through Friday night 30-minute program began around 1951 and was heard from 10:00 to 10:30 PM, sponsored by The Smoke House Bar-B-Q Restaurant, two miles west of Lakeland on Highway 92 at the west city limits (which was Wabash Avenue at the time). The music was a mix of easy listening pop – Doris Day, Nat “King” Cole, Tony Bennett, Percy Faith, Frank Sinatra, etc. About mid way through the program, there would be a “Smoke House Quiz,” and whoever came up with the right answer to a question about the night’s featured song, would win two barbecue rib or chicken dinners (provided the person hadn’t won in the last 30 days – ver-r-r-y important!!).

There were many hosts of the program over the years, usually the person who worked the night shift on WONN. The most popular host (and Smoke House owner Frank Buell’s favorite) was Ed Pyle from 1962 to 1964.   Before Ed came along, the program host read the Smoke House commercials from live scripts provided by the copy department, but Ed didn’t like the repetition of the same two or three commercials repeated over and over, so he tried something different – he would adlib them. Ed was a frequent visitor to the restaurant, usually several times a week, so his commercials were usually about his dining experience there. 

Smoke House Serenade was a highly successful program on WONN for many, many years, but was cancelled in the early 1970’s when the original owners, Frank and Retta Buell, retired and sold the business. Check out the pictures of the Smoke House in the WONN Photo Album.

Station History

1951 - 1970 WONN (Featured Program)

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