Who's Who at WONN

Mike's Co-Workers

Willie Anderson, Sr.
Jerry Bright
Jim Campbell
Brooke Chamberlain
Bob Crews
Tom Dell
Larry DeVore
Jack Eilertsen
Howard Ellis
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Ron Fraiser
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Rich Halten
Bob Helmick
Cal Hendricks
Don Hiers
Alex Houston
Joe Pyne Show
Bob Jones
Jay Kuppers
Ernie Legge
Jim Maloy
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Yvonne McDaniel
Pat Morgan
Buddy Penn
Jonnie Pinkston
Ed Pyle
Terry Roberts
Dave Ross
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Marge Schmidt
Jerry Smithwick
Smoke House Serenade
Bill Snyder
Dave Sousa
Steve Sparkman
Russ Starner
Vic Swan
Tom Talcott
George Tuttle, Sr
Jacqueline Valentino
Phil Wayne
Mark Wheeler
Bob White
Bob Wolfe
Shirley Wolfe

Mike Helminski

Mike Helminski got his start in radio in 1962 at the age of 15 and worked through much of the first half of the 60’s with Lakeland’s WYSE, WONN and WVFM, Winter Haven’s WINT, and WALT in Tampa (as Johnny Angel in 1965). In 1967, he began a second stint with WINT – this time as program and music director – and a new on-air name, Michael Jay, which he would carry with him to WWKE Ocala, WBIL Leesburg, and the remainder of this radio career.

Except for a brief period with WIVY-FM in Jacksonville, Mike spent the 70’s along Central Florida’s east coast – Daytona’s WROD, WMFJ, WDAT (as PD and music director), and Q102 WDOQ.   He left the area in 1981 and spent five years with WNVZ Norfolk/Virginia Beach and Doubleday Broadcasting’s WAPP “New York’s APPle.”  In 1986, he was back in Central Florida at Orlando’s Y106 WHLY. During his time there, he became “the voice” for ABC Liquors in Florida. At the time, the company was a heavy advertiser and it wasn’t uncommon for his commercials to run on some 65 stations each week.

Mike closed out his radio career in 1989 to pursue other interests and today (2008) lives in Deltona, Florida. 

Station History

1963 - 1964 WONN (On Air Personality)
1966 - 1967 WONN (On Air Personality)

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