Who's Who at WONN

Buddy's Co-Workers

Arch Abernethy
Willie Anderson, Sr.
Bob Bartel
Marji Bedgood
Tim Bedgood
Bob Berry
Rev. James Berry
Frank Berry
Mike Booker
Al Brock
Charlie Brown
Charles Bruce
Garland Burt
Ed Cain
Jim Campbell
Dave Campbell
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
Stan Grams
Rich Halten
Bob Helmick
Mike Helminski
Don Hiers
Alex Houston
Happy Howard
John Hoy
Jan Hutchens
Dan Huth
Joe Pyne Show
Bob Jones
Jay Kuppers
Ernie Legge
Jim Maloy
Larry Marker
Phyllis Maxwell
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Yvonne McDaniel
DuLaurence Miller
Pat Morgan
Mutual Game of the Day
Skip Paradise
Mike Parrish
June Pastore
Jonnie Pinkston
Ed Pyle
Tommy Reynolds
Jay Rich
Roy Riley
Joyce Robbins
Terry Roberts
Dave Ross
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Frank Schulte
Bob Shoopman
Pappy Smith
Jerry Smithwick
Smoke House Serenade
Bill Snyder
Dave Sousa
Steve Sparkman
Jim Stevenson
Tom Talcott
John Taylor
George Tuttle, Sr
Jacqueline Valentino
Tutt Walker
Phil Wayne
Dick Weaver
Alan Wendt
Dave Wenger
Mark Wheeler
Bob White
Chris Wolf
Bob Wolfe
Shirley Wolfe
Woody Wooden

Buddy Penn

From 1959 to 1963, Buddy was WONN’s morning drive air personality and worked in sales during the time he was not on the air.  He was Lakeland radio’s original Morning Mayor and everybody listened to him. Buddy played country music from 5AM to 7AM, then the station’s regular format from 7 until 9.

Many listeners will remember his playing Reveille Rock by Johnny & the Hurricanes each morning at 6:30 while shouting, “Get up all you 6:30 getter-uppers you.” He was nicknamed Lonesome Lem early on, but later dropped the Lem portion of the name, and referred to the WONN studios as the Rabbit Reservation. Each morning to close his show, he would fade into his theme song, Oh Lonesome Me, by Lenny Dee.

In the spring of 1963, Buddy joined a group of key station personnel in leaving WONN for WWAB (formerly WYSE) where he also did mornings. Buddy returned to WONN in 1967 and left for a second time in 1975. In the 1980’s, he occasionally filled in on a part-time basis.

Buddy passed away at Lakeland Regional Medical Center on February 5, 2015 at the age of 82.

Station History

1959 - 1963 WONN (On Air Personality)
1959 - 1963 WONN (Sales)
1967 - 1975 WONN (On Air Personality)

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