Who's Who at WPLA

Darek's Co-Workers

Doretha Adams
Al Berry
Dave Campbell
Jane Friend
Gospel Homecoming
Ernest Holbrook
Mike Jenkins
Ed LaFumee
Lucille Moses
Jay Quigley
Jack Rushing
Reid Schmidt
Eileen Schulte
David Sharp
Dick Shiflett
Ercelle Smith
Steve Smith
Darryl Tharin
This 'n That
Wes VanZile

Darek Sharp

Darek began his radio career at WPLA during his senior year of high school as a part-time board op for Cincinnati Reds baseball games. After graduation in 1988, the Plant City native took a job with his hometown newspaper, The Courier, and attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, both while continuing to work in radio.

When WPLA became Sportsradio 910 WFNS and moved its operations to Tampa in 1990, the Plant City native stayed on to produce shows for “The Fabulous Sports Babe” (Nanci Donnellan) and Steve Duemig, and direct Tampa Bay Lightning broadcasts. After the station was sold and its sports format dropped in the mid 1990’s, he moved to overnights at WFLA for a short time, then joined WDAE The Sports Animal in 1997. 

Since 2001, Darek has been the Animal’s Sports Attack guy, delivering on-the-air updates each morning. He’s still a big follower of high school sports and continues to write part-time for his hometown newspaper, The Courier.

Station History

1988 - 1990 WPLA (Board Operator)

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