Who's Who at WONN

Jim's Co-Workers

Willie Anderson, Sr.
Rev. James Berry
Jerry Bright
Ed Cain
Mary Cameron
Jim Campbell
Nancy Cattarius
Brooke Chamberlain
Bert Christopher
Larry Cox
Bob Crews
Dance the Night Away
Dave Day
Tom Dell
Gary Dennis
Larry DeVore
Al Dohany
Jack Eilertsen
Howard Ellis
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Ron Fraiser
Tim Galloway
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Dick Goleno
Jim Greenfield
Rich Halten
Ron Hart
Bob Helmick
Mike Helminski
Cal Hendricks
Don Hiers
Alex Houston
Steve Howard
Joe Pyne Show
Bob Jones
Ed Kirkland
Jay Kuppers
Frank Laseter
Ernie Legge
Mel Letanosky
Enrique Lopez
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Yvonne McDaniel
Eric Michaels
DuLaurence Miller
Pat Morgan
Tunie Moss
The Connoisseur of the Obscure
Andrea Oliver
June Pastore
Buddy Penn
Jonnie Pinkston
Ed Pyle
Terry Roberts
Dave Ross
Arthur Rowbotham
Bonnie Rowbotham
Butch Rush
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Marge Schmidt
Tom Shaw
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
Renee Weems
Mark Wheeler
Bob White
Bob Wolfe
Shirley Wolfe
Woody Wooden
Reba Zoellner

Jim Maloy

Jim wanted to be in radio as far back as he could remember and, in 1960, finally got his foot in the door at WPLA, his hometown station in Plant City (FL), while still in high school. The 16-year old stayed with the station part-time during his junior and senior year, handling the music and an afternoon air shift, and then went fulltime following graduation.  

From there, he made stops at Lakeland’s WONN (MD and evenings, then mid-days), WHOO Orlando (mid-days), WWKE in Ocala (MD and afternoons), and again WPLA for his first PD’s job. In 1973, he began a four-year stint as PD/MD and pulled afternoon drive for Tampa Bay’s WQYK before leaving for Memphis to do late mornings at Plough’s flagship station WMPS. After that, he returned to Florida as PD/MD and afternoons at Lakeland’s WQPD, did mornings for five years with Cypress Gardens’ WGTO, and then mid-days at Lakeland’s easy-listening WEZY-FM.

Jim joined his final station in 1997, helping to launch Lakeland’s new 98.3 WWRZ. Since his air shift was afternoons, he was also able to become a regular (as “The Connoisseur of the Obscure”) on sister station WONN-AM’s morning show in 2001 and 2002. After 43 years behind the microphone, his broadcast career came to a close November 14, 2003 when he announced his retirement. The following year, he established RadioYears.com, his website devoted to the history of radio in the Greater Tampa Bay area.

Station History

1962 - 1967 WONN (On Air Personality)
1962 - 1967 WONN (Music Director)
2001 - 2002 WONN (On Air Personality)

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