Who's Who at WONN

Mike's Co-Workers

Arch Abernethy
Willie Anderson, Sr.
Marji Bedgood
Rev. James Berry
Garland Burt
Jim Campbell
Chickenman
Frank Clarke
Bob Crews
Larry DeVore
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Bill Francisco
Joe Garagiola
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Murray Goldsborough
Dick Goleno
Bob Helmick
Phyllis Maxwell
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Pat Morgan
Skip Paradise
Mike Parrish
Buddy Penn
Jonnie Pinkston
Jay Rich
Roy Riley
Joyce Robbins
Terry Roberts
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Bob Shoopman
Smoke House Serenade
Bill Snyder
Dave Sousa
Tom Talcott
Alan Wendt

Mike Booker

Originally from Chicago, Mike moved to Lakeland from California in 1960, and began working overnights on WONN in 1969. Since Dixie Motorcycle, the local Honda dealer, sponsored his show, he picked up a natural nickname – “Motorcycle Michael.” In 1971, he was voted Lakeland’s most popular deejay, which was quite an accomplishment for someone in radio only two years, and on the graveyard shift at that.

It was because of working overnights that he met his wife, the former Janice Barlow of Lakeland. He says she called the show around 1 A.M. one morning in 1971 to request a song and asked if he would keep talking to her because she was home alone and afraid of the strange noises coming from outside. After talking practically all night, he finally got the courage to ask her out. She accepted and, six weeks later, he proposed. They tied the knot the following fall.  

After leaving WONN, Mike spent the next 31 years with the City of Lakeland in computer operations and programming. He’s retired today (2011) and continues to live in Lakeland, working on his hobbies – building model racing cars and model railroading. Along the way, he and Janice raised two children – Matt, who passed away in 2005, and Leanne, who married and blessed them with a granddaughter.

Station History

1969 - 1971 WONN (On Air Personality)

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