Who's Who at WONN

Rev. James' Co-Workers

Arch Abernethy
Willie Anderson, Sr.
Marji Bedgood
Mike Booker
Jerry Bright
Garland Burt
Ed Cain
Jim Campbell
Brooke Chamberlain
Chickenman
Bert Christopher
Frank Clarke
Bob Crews
Tom Dell
Larry DeVore
Al Dohany
Jack Eilertsen
Howard Ellis
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Ron Fraiser
Bill Francisco
Joe Garagiola
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Murray Goldsborough
Dick Goleno
Rich Halten
Ron Hart
Bob Helmick
Mike Helminski
Cal Hendricks
Don Hiers
Alex Houston
Joe Pyne Show
Bob Jones
Jay Kuppers
Frank Laseter
Ernie Legge
Jim Maloy
Phyllis Maxwell
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Yvonne McDaniel
DuLaurence Miller
Pat Morgan
Skip Paradise
Mike Parrish
June Pastore
Buddy Penn
Jonnie Pinkston
Ed Pyle
Jay Rich
Roy Riley
Joyce Robbins
Terry Roberts
Dave Ross
Butch Rush
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Marge Schmidt
Bob Shoopman
Jerry Smithwick
Smoke House Serenade
Bill Snyder
Dave Sousa
Steve Sparkman
Russ Starner
Jim Stevenson
Vic Swan
Tom Talcott
George Tuttle, Sr
Jacqueline Valentino
Phil Wayne
Alan Wendt
Mark Wheeler
Bob White
Bob Wolfe
Shirley Wolfe
Woody Wooden

Rev. James Berry

No church had more airtime on Lakeland radio than Olive Street Baptist Church. Its pastor, the Rev. James Berry, conducted programs on two local stations that totaled five hours and forty-five minutes a week. 
 
On Sunday morning, WONN aired not only a half hour Olive Street program, but also a full hour of southern gospel music hosted by its pastor, Rev. James Berry. By the late 60’s, live broadcasts of the church’s hour long Sunday night and Wednesday night services were also on WONN’s schedule.
 
Since coming to Lakeland in 1962, the radio preacher had seen Olive Street Baptist Church grow from 62 Sunday school members to a record high of over 1200. In 1965, the state granted the church a charter to start a Christian school. That became a reality in 1971 when Olive Street Baptist Academy opened for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Rev. Berry resigned from the church in 1974 to enter full time evangelism and passed away in 2003. 

Station History

1962 - 1972 WONN (On Air Personality)

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