Who's Who at WPLA

Jack's Co-Workers

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
Jim Derrick
June DeShong
Scott Edwards
Dick Elliott
Mary Jim Everidge
Della Flewellan
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Trooper Jim Foster
Jane Friend
George Friend
Sharon Garrison
Gospel Homecoming
Stan Grams
Dennis Hair
Ron Haley
Dale Hall
Don Heither
Ernest Holbrook
Henry Jay
Mike Jenkins
Mike Keen
Wayne Kysor
Ed LaFumee
Kenny Lamb
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
Mike Rivers
Randy Robinson
Hank Robinson
Reid Schmidt
Frank Schulte
Eileen Schulte
Darek Sharp
David Sharp
Dick Shiflett
Ken Shroyer
Jim Shumway
Clay Smith
Doris Smith
Ercelle Smith
Steve Smith
W. A. Smith
Gordon Solie
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

Jack Rushing

Jack was a hometown boy who attended Plant City High School. As a DCT student there, he was already making the “police beat” for WPLA News before he graduated from high school.

When Jack joined the station in 1952, he was primarily a deejay, hosting a show called Saturday Swing Time. Later, he transferred to the News Department and worked his way up to News Director.

Jack continued to work at WPLA until the early 1990’s and passed away November 28, 2016 at the age of 79.

Station History

1952 - 1959 WPLA (On Air Personality)
1959 - 1992 WPLA (News)

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