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
Eileen Connor
Rex Davenport
B. Mason Dean
Paul Delaney
Scott Edwards
Dick Elliott
Mary Jim Everidge
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Trooper Jim Foster
Jane Friend
George Friend
Sharon Garrison
Gospel Homecoming
Dennis Hair
Ron Haley
Dale Hall
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
Joe Penny
Lola Pullen
Gerry Quick
Jay Quigley
Teresa Reeves
Allen Rich
Jim Richardson
Jackie Ripley
Ed Ripley
Mike Rivers
Jack Rushing
Reid Schmidt
Frank Schulte
Eileen Schulte
Darek Sharp
David Sharp
Dick Shiflett
Clay Smith
Doris Smith
Ercelle Smith
Steve Smith
W. A. Smith
Steve Sparkman
Darryl Tharin
Wes VanZile
Don Vineyard
Dale Wade
Don Wallis
Joe Wilson
Lindsey Yates

This 'n That

This ‘n That actually started in 1967 as a 15-minute "radio bingo" show that gradually evolved into WPLA’s most popular program EVER - a daily two-hour talkfest hosted by Al Berry (pictured at right) and Ercelle Smith (below). The show became so popular that there was always a waiting list of sponsors willing to fork over premium rates to promote their product or business on the show.

Many of the listeners calling in became “instant celebrities” in their own right, such as the always popular Aunt Maggie, from Springhead, who would call in from time to time to spin yarns on the air about the old days, and to talk about tanning rattlesnake hides. There was C.B. Alexander of Seffner, who raised pit bulls and liked to talk about “Dirty Bloody Red,” the biggest and most feared daddy pit bulldog of them all. “Junior” from Lakeland would call in at least once-a-week with his animal impersonations, and the “Bonnet Lady” would tell about her handmade sun bonnets.

This ‘n That not only had its buy, sell, and trade phone calls and its cast of funny characters, but from time to time it was a forum for local issues. The program also assisted area people in need. With the help of listeners and area business people, the program once raised $50,000 for a man who needed to have a heart transplant. On other occasions, the show assisted families who suffered losses from house fires, and even helped pay for burials. One time the show played Cupid by pairing up a number of people who wound up getting married.

After WPLA was sold in 1987, Berry left the show. This ‘n That ended its 23- year run when Smith retired in 1990.

 

Station History

1967 - 1990 WPLA (Featured Program)

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