Who's Who at WPLA

The following staff worked at the station during the program's run.

Doretha Adams
Ron Baxley
Al Berry
Katrina Bracewell
John Brill
Al Brock
Joy Burt
Dave Campbell
Bob Collins
Eileen Connor
Rex Davenport
B. Mason Dean
Paul Delaney
June DeShong
Scott Edwards
Dick Elliott
Mary Jim Everidge
Della Flewellan
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Trooper Jim Foster
Jane Friend
George Friend
Sharon Garrison
Dennis Hair
Ron Haley
Dale Hall
Charles Hasbrouck
Don Heither
Ernest Holbrook
Henry Jay
Mike Jenkins
Mike Keen
Wayne Kysor
Ed LaFumee
Kenny Lamb
Mike Lusk
Charlie Mack
Kevin MacKenzie
Jim Maloy
Pat Morgan
Rick Morgan
John Morrow
Lucille Moses
Terry Nichols
Joe Penny
Lola Pullen
Ed Pyle
Gerry Quick
Jay Quigley
Teresa Reeves
Allen Rich
Jim Richardson
Ed Ripley
Jackie Ripley
Randy Robinson
Hank Robinson
Jack Rushing
Reid Schmidt
Frank Schulte
Eileen Schulte
Darek Sharp
David Sharp
Dick Shiflett
Ken Shroyer
Clay Smith
Doris Smith
Ercelle Smith
Steve Smith
W. A. Smith
Steve Sparkman
Darryl Tharin
This 'n That
Wes VanZile
Don Vineyard
Dale Wade
Don Wallis
Jim Ward
Faye Whitehead
Norma Kay Wilson
Joe Wilson
Lindsey Yates

Gospel Homecoming

Gospel Homecoming premiered on WPLA in 1959 and was hosted by deejay Don Heither who worked at the station part-time. The show’s opening theme song at that time was Hide Me Rock of Ages by the Stamps Quartet, and the closing song each week was The Touch of His Hand by the Blackwood Brothers.

After Don left, other deejays took over the program. Jim Maloy did the program for about a year in the early 1960’s, but it was Dick Shiflett (pictured) who took control of the program in 1965 and continued the Sunday afternoon tradition for more than 25 years. After WPLA took on new owners in 1987, the program was dropped when Dick left the station a few years later.

When Dick went to work for WTWB in Auburndale, it was only natural that he take the program with him. After all, he was the one, more than anyone else, who had made Gospel Homecoming the longest continuously-running gospel music program on radio in Central Florida.


Station History

1959 - 1990 WPLA (Featured Program)

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