Who's Who at WPLA

Joe's Co-Workers

Ron Baxley
Al Berry
Bob Collins
Eileen Connor
Jim Derrick
June DeShong
Mary Jim Everidge
Della Flewellan
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Trooper Jim Foster
George Friend
Gospel Homecoming
Stan Grams
Dennis Hair
Don Heither
Ernest Holbrook
Ed LaFumee
Jim Maloy
Terry Nichols
Joe Penny
Ed Pyle
Jim Richardson
Hank Robinson
Randy Robinson
Jack Rushing
Dick Shiflett
Ken Shroyer
Jim Shumway
Doris Smith
Ercelle Smith
W. A. Smith
Gordon Solie
Steve Sparkman
This 'n That
Jim Ward
Faye Whitehead
Norma Kay Wilson

Joe Wilson

Joe was a former newspaper man and a real “old school” one at that. When he and his wife moved to Plant City, Joe became WPLA’s News Director, writing and editing the station’s daily half-hour Dateline Local News program heard each afternoon at 12:30.

Joe was somewhat of a blustery character in his daily interaction with co-workers, but underneath it all, he had a heart of gold and was really a kindly old gentleman. But if you were around him long enough, you knew to NEVER try to retrieve something that you thought might have gotten thrown into his wastebasket. Joe loved to chew on his cigars all day while writing the news, and ….well… you can imagine what you might pull out.

Joe passed away in the mid to late 1960’s.

(Photo courtesy Plant City Photo Archives)

Station History

1953 - 1967 WPLA (News)

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