Who's Who at WONN

Bob's Co-Workers

Arch Abernethy
Willie Anderson, Sr.
Marji Bedgood
Rev. James Berry
Mike Booker
Garland Burt
Jim Campbell
Chickenman
Frank Clarke
Bob Crews
Larry DeVore
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Ron Fraiser
Bill Francisco
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Murray Goldsborough
Dick Goleno
Mike Helminski
Don Hiers
Alex Houston
Joe Pyne Show
Jim Maloy
Phyllis Maxwell
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Yvonne McDaniel
Pat Morgan
Skip Paradise
Mike Parrish
Buddy Penn
Jonnie Pinkston
Jay Rich
Joyce Robbins
Terry Roberts
Dave Ross
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Bob Shoopman
Jerry Smithwick
Smoke House Serenade
Bill Snyder
Dave Sousa
Steve Sparkman
Tom Talcott
George Tuttle, Sr
Bob White
Bob Wolfe
Shirley Wolfe

Bob Helmick

Originally from Hattiesburg, MS, Bob came to Lakeland in 1964. This Lakeland High School graduate worked weekends at WONN beginning in 1967 and went on to PD WIPC in Lake Wales, Lakeland’s WQPD, and WPCV in its early years at the Florida Citrus Showcase studios in Winter Haven.

However, Bob didn’t stay in the radio business and, instead, made his career in education, beginning as a classroom teacher. He advanced to Principal at his alma mater, Lakeland High School, from 1985 to 1989, and was Assistant Superintendent, Division of Secondary Education, for the Polk County School District at his retirement in 1999.

Bob worked as a counselor for disadvantaged youth for two years before returning to the classroom and today (2007) teaches chemistry at Bartow High School.

Station History

1967 - 1970 WONN (On Air Personality)

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