Thanks to Pete Simonson for the suggestion of remembering our radio friends who have passed on.  
We'll include our own articles as well as obituaries. 


K.P. Manning Passes      1-6-14
It's with sadness that we report the passing of KP Manning. Ken, as I knew him, was a talented guy with a wild sense of humor and loving dad to two youngsters he was so proud of. Our condolences go to his family and friends.  

"Rocking Ron" Maher  
The familiar golden voice that graced the airwaves of almost every radio station in the Melbourne area was silenced this week with the passing of "Rocking Ron" Maher. He died Wednesday, July 5, 2000 at home. He was 49. Mr. Maher came to Brevard County in the early 80s from Cedar Knolls, N.J. He was a graduate of the RCA Institute in New York City. He began his radio career in New Jersey. He worked for GTO-860 in Cocoa. Then he worked for WMEL(-AM 920) on Turtle Mound Road, GOLD 95, and WMMB(-AM 1240) in Melbourne, where he hosted an oldies show. "He was the king of rock 'n' roll trivia," said his friend and co-worker, Nina Gold. His most recent position was as engineer, advertising copywriter and on-air personality for WTAI(-FM 107.1) and  WTMS(-AM 1560), which later became WA1A. He also was the early morning voice on the Nina Gold Show called "The Golden Hour". "I never saw anyone who could improvise as well as he did," Gold said. He entered his 35th year of broadcasting this season and was an active member of the theatre community. He appeared in several roles in the production of "The Boys Next Door," "Curious Savage," "Dearly Departed" and "Call Me Madam." He won numerous awards for radio acting and writing. He also was the 1992 FMPTA "Crystal Reel" award winner for best supporting actor in a locally produced motion picture. For the past three years, he has been partners with Allison McKay and Mavis Ray in "McKay's Masquers", a nonprofit children's theater, which tries to bring knowledge of theater and film history to young actors in Brevard County. The group began their summer camp this week. Mr. Maher was a member of the Famous Lambs Club and the Harbor City Harmonizers. Survivors include his sister, Diane Smith of Cedar Knolls, and niece, Deena Joan Smith of Cedar Knolls. No local calling hours are scheduled. A memorial service will be Aug. 28 at the Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne. Palm Bay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Florida, 880 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32801.

Tom Marshall    
From The Orlando Sentinel
'Photo icon' Tom Marshall, 71, charmed thousands of kids
Linda Florea
Sentinel Staff Writer
July 11, 2008
If you've had a child in preschool or day care in Central Florida, chances are you own a portrait taken by Tom Marshall. Marshall, who captured the faces of more than 500,000 children in black-and-white candid photos during the past 35 years, died of carcinoid cancer Wednesday at his home in Thornton Park. He was 71. "Tom is a photo icon -- there is no one else like him," said Pam McComb, assistant director of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando weekday school, where he has been taking student photos for more than 25 years. She still has photos on her wall of her own children, now 26 and 29, when they were young. "You could walk into many, many homes in the area, and there will be a wall of Tom Marshall." Parents raved about the photos, one even saying that during a hurricane evacuation she grabbed her jewelry and "Tom Marshalls." But Marshall always kept his work in perspective. "Look, this is a fun way to make a living," he said in a 2001 interview with the Orlando Sentinel.  "In the grand scheme of things, it's not that significant. It's not finding cures for diseases or feeding hungry children. I don't get carried away." Thomas Marshall Ferguson was born in Ben Avon, Pa., and studied broadcasting at Northwestern University in Chicago, while announcing football, founding the Northwestern Jazz Society and hosting a jazz radio show. In 1958 he joined the Illinois National Guard and later moved to St. Louis, where he and other investors bought a radio station, and he dropped his last name. He was so impressed with Winter Park during a visit with his retired parents in 1970 that he moved his family to the area. In Orlando, Marshall worked at a number of projects including emceeing, publishing, radio and television. He was host of a popular late-night talk show on WKIS-AM 740, which later migrated to WDBO-AM 580. But it was his knack for taking candid pictures of children that made him a household name for many families. "One reason why he started doing it is because he hated those posed color pictures in school," said his daughter, Stephanie Ferguson of Winter Park. Ferguson said she has been helping her father since he started in photography, first in the dark room, then on the computer, and has gradually worked into taking the photos. She said he would take one to three photos of each child and be out of the classroom in five minutes. He had an easy rapport with his young subjects. Since about 2000, Marshall and his wife, Lynn, have been supporters of the Orlando Ballet and among the founders of Friends of Orlando Ballet. He also survived by his son, Joshua Ferguson of Tuckahoe, N.Y., and two grandsons. Ocoee Family Funeral and Cremation Chapel is handling arrangements. There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Opera Hall at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. 

David A. "Surfer Dave" Marcello Jr.   
"Surfer" Dave Marcello was killed in a Motor Vehicle Accident on 2/18/2010 in Cape Canaveral, FL. He is survived by his son, David D. Marcello; his parents, David Sr. and Mary Marcello; and his siblings, Melissa Keenan, Jessica, and Jonathan Marcello. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, 2/27 at Our Savior's Catholic Church: 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to David D. Marcello, 521 Autumn Walk, Canton, GA 30114

Posts from around the web...From Former WXXL(-FM) 106.7/Orlando air personality and specialty show host David Marcello (a.k.a. "Surfer Dave") was killed by a vehicle last Thursday night In Cape Canaveral, FL. He was a pedestrian who was struck near the intersection of State Road A1A and Grant Av., reports Dave hosted " Alternative Static", a show that ran for years on Sunday nights on WXXL-FM 106.7/Orlando in the '90s. He later did part-time at WJRR-FM 101.1/Orlando in the early-mid 2000's before leaving the business.   

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office reported that a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of State Road A1A and Grant Avenue Thursday night, February 19, in Cape Canaveral. David was known as Surfer Dave, doing weekends at WJRR-FM 101.1 From He worked for Orlando’s WXXL-FM (106.7) where he was known as “Surfer Dave,” where he hosted a night show in the 1990’s. David Marcello, Jr., his real name, also worked on the air on WJRR-FM (101.1), licensed to Cocoa Beach, until he left the radio business several years ago. Tragically, Florida Today reports the Brevard County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office announced that Marcello was struck and killed by a car at Highway A1A in Cape Canaveral on Thursday night. An investigation is ongoing. Marcello was just 40.
William Masi     
Newark Star-Ledger 
February 20, 2000
A Mass for William Masi, 94, of Longwood, Fla., a former New Jersey resident, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, South Orange, following the funeral from the Joseph W. Preston Funeral Home, 153 South Orange Ave., South Orange. Mr. Masi, who died Wednesday February 16, 2000 in the South Seminole Hospital, Longwood, retired as the superintendent of the Brick Church branch of the U.S. Post Office, East Orange, 39 years ago after working there for 36 years. He also owned the Bill Masi Radio Network, South Orange, NJ and Longwood, FL., and WHBI, Newark, WBGC, Chipley, Fla., WVCF-AM 1480, Ocoee, Fla., and WWJZ-AM 1400, Sanford, Fla. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 766, Orlando, Fla., and a Cavaliere Knight, an honor he received from the Republic of Italy in 1967. Born in New York City, he lived in South Orange for 50 years before moving to Florida 20 years ago. Surviving are his wife, Mertice E.; a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
Terry Mason Passes  
Terry M. England age 52 years of Omaha. Longtime Omaha Radio personality. Terry is survived by daughters, Megan England and Molly England and brother, Charles Wayne England. Terry was program director for Waitt Radio Networks' "Oldies Plus" radio format, originating in Omaha and distributed to stations throughout the United States. Terry also worked many years in Central Florida Radio, under the name of Terry Mason at stations including WGTO-AM 540WWZN-AM 540 and WOTS-AM 1220.
Carl Marcocci Passes 
The owner of four Tampa radio stations, Carl Marcocci, 68, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday night, December 23, 2006. Marcocci was leaving a dinner meeting with his station managers to give out bonus checks, according to his partner Steve Schurdell.  His car crashed through a fence and struck a building next door. The burglar alarm went  off about 7:20 p.m.  His body was found the next morning in his Mercedes coupe. Marcocci's daughter, Sharon Moffatt said Saturday that the family believes her father died of a heart attack, possibly induced by the anguish of his son’s death earlier this year and her own ongoing struggle with cancer. Radio was always a big part of Marcocci’s life. He started out as a disc jockey in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked in many different  cities, even serving a stint in Korea working for military radio. He married Betty Lou Henderson, in 1962, but they had to keep their marriage secret because Betty Lou was a flight attendant for United Airlines and at that time, stewardesses (as they were called  then) were not allowed to be married. At the time of his death, Mr. Marcocci owned the Palm Harbor based oldies station, WJQB-FM 106.3WXCV-FM 95.3 in Homosassa Springs and WXOF-FM 96.3, Spring Hill as well as WINV-AM 1560,Beverly Hills. Carl  is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Marcocci, daughter Sharon Moffatt, son Russell Marcocci, and sister Lucy Jane Clement as well as uncle, Louis Coccoli.
Dave Matthews (David Hesselink)  2-8-17
Thanks to Brenda Matthews who sends along the sad news about a journeyman broadcaster in Central Florida Radio, Dave Matthews.
"Central Florida radio friends - sad news today. Our friend and long- time Central Florida/Daytona Radio Personality Dave Matthews, (David Hesselink), passed away this morning at 63. If you knew Dave personally, you loved Dave. He was a remarkable guy who LOVED radio and everyone in the business. He had a litany of entertaining stories, and tons of bad jokes! His quirky personality and other 'passion,' his own security business 'Florida IntraCity Patrol, Inc., left us with a wealth of stories to remember him. Ironically and appropriately, his business partner Sandy told me Dave passed away at 4:55 a.m. this morning, but at 4:45, his phone message alarm went off - but with no message. This is so...Dave! RIP, my friend."  Dave was weeks shy of his 64th birthday, and was born and raised in Leroy, New York.  He came down to Florida and worked in the Daytona/Orlando area for most of his career.  He also co-owned Florida Intra-City Patrol, Inc. with his business partner Sandy, who alerted me to the news of his passing at 4:55 this morning. Stations that Dave worked at include; WDOQ-FM 101.9WXXL-FM 106.7WTRS-AM 920WGGG-AM 1230, WWLV-FM 94.5WJYO-FM 107.7, WWKA-FM 92.3WORJ-FM 107.7WTMC-AM 1290WOMX-FM 105.1WCFB-FM 94.5WPRD-AM 1440WEBG-FM 100.3 and WSHE-FM 100.3
The Orlando Sentinel 
Orlando, Florida
11 May 1995
William D. "Don" McAllister, a pioneer in Orlando's television and advertising industries, died Tuesday. He was 70. To many longtime Central Florida residents, McAllister is remembered as the amiable co-host of the long-running TV show "Hunting and Fishing With Don". The show was live on the old WDBO-Channel 6 (now WKMG) from July 1954 to 1972. Born in Orlando, McAllister graduated from high school in Lakeland in 1942 and became an announcer at Lakeland's WLAK radio station. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a radio pioneer and instructor from 1943 to 1944, then joined Orlando's WDBO(-AM 580) radio station as an announcer. While sports director at the former WDBO-TV, he hosted the fishing show. His sponsors, including Gustafson's Dairy and Denmark Sporting Goods, which became the nucleus of a list of accounts handled by an advertising agency McAllister formed in 1958. Mark Barker joined him as a partner in 1960 to create McAllister-Barker Associates Inc., one of Orlando's first ad agencies. McAllister retired from the agency in September 1984 to become an independent consultant, working primarily with A. Duda & Sons Inc., the farming and industrial equipment company based in Oviedo. McAllister retired from consulting in 1989. He was a member of Orlando Jaycees, the Public Relations Society of America and was past president of the Central Florida Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy. Survivors include his wife Nancy; son William G., Deltona; daughters Jacqueline Werndli, Tallahassee, Lisa Dye, Orlando, and Lori Kaczor, Winter Springs; brothers Jack, Delray Beach, and D.V. McAllister, Winter Haven; and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home.
Scott McKenzie Passes     8-11-15
Scott McKenzie morning show host for 24 years at WOMX-FM 105.1 has lost his battle with cancer. Scott was 59. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Fran Lesser Friedman, and his daughter Lauren. MIX 105.1 says Wednesday morning's show will be in tribute to Scott. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 10:30 am at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Pkwy South, Maitland. McKenzie's family asks that people consider making donations to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Children's Miracle Network and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, in lieu of flowers.
Lee Menard
Daytona Beach News Journal  Jan. 22, 2013

Lee Menard died Saturday, January 19 2013 in HospiceCare at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. Lee was born November 10, 1917 in Cohasset, Massachusetts, the oldest child of Merriel and Ralph Menard. Educated at The Northwood School and Bowdoin College, Lee was a WWII Navy veteran, serving mostly as a radio operator on PB-Y and PB-M aircraft. After his military service, Lee settled in Edgewater, Florida. He operated Southeast Communications in Daytona Beach, an early supplier of two way radio communications gear to government and industry, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. After a stint working for IBM Lee founded Radio Station WQXQ (1380) in 1955. The station had its studio, transmitter, and antenna at the Riviera Country Club in Holly Hill. One of the station's doors still hangs in the lounge at Riviera. After selling WQXQ in the middle 1960s Lee became a stock market investor, a vocation from which he never retired. A lifelong golfer, Lee was a long time member of Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach and Glen Cannon Country Club in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. He was a ham radio operator from the age of 15, and loved to be on or near a warm beach. Snorkeling and windsurfing were among his many hobbies. Lee and his late wife Judy had four sons: Ford (Lynne), David, Andy (Gigi), and Bill (Suzy). He is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, nieces Merriel and Sarah, nephews Stuart and Peter, and numerous great nieces and great nephews. A memorial will be held 2 PM Wednesday January 23 at Haigh-Black Funeral Home, 167 Vining Court, Ormond Beach. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Attendees are invited to a reception following at Lee's home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Salvation Army. 
Bob Mervine Passes  
Orlando Business Journal Staff Writer Bob Mervine died Wednesday October 17, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at Florida Hospital Altamonte. Mervine, 60, covered hospitality and tourism and media for OBJ since joining the staff full time in August 2001. Prior to that time, Mervine worked as a publicist for Walt Disney World and for The Villages. He previously worked as a broadcast journalist as well. In the years he was with OBJ, Mervine won a number of regional and state awards, including a Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade award, as well as being part of the OBJ team that won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for the 2004 hurricane coverage and its impact on local businesses. "We are greatly saddened at the news of Bob's death, but want to thank all those in the community who phoned or e-mailed during his hospitalization," says Editor Cindy Barth. "We always knew Bob was a well-known figure about town, and we know he will be sorely missed by all those who had the opportunity to meet and to know him." A memorial service and tribute to Mervine will be held Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel, 9801 International Drive. Attendees are asked to remember him by wearing Hawaiian shirts to the service.
Howard Miller    
In 1978, Miller Broadcasting purchased WMMB-AM 1240. Miller Broadcasting was owned by Chicago radio personality Howard Miller. Miller also owned WRRR-AM 1150, Rockford, IL, WFXW-AM 1480, Geneva, IL and WGGG-AM 1230,Gainesville. Known as "Uncle Moo Moo" in Chicago radio, he was the #1 Morning Personality from 1947-1968 in Chicago, on WIND. In the 1950's, Howard was also on the CBS following Arthur Godfrey's program. Howard was sponsored by Wrigley's Gum and he would interview the "stars" of the day. When he left WIND, over an on-air controversy, he was pulling in 58% of the morning audience. Howard was a conservative (Republican) talk show host, the controversy involved Howard's defense of the Chicago Police Department during the politically charged summer of 1968. Howard died on Nov. 6,1994.
H. Gary Morse, Billionaire Behind Florida’s Villages, Dies at 77  
The Associated Press

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Harold Gary Morse, the developer of one of the world's largest retirement communities and one of the biggest Republican donors in Florida, has died. He was 77. Morse died Wednesday, according to The Villages Daily Sun, which received a statement from the family. No cause of death was given. Morse took over a small mobile home park in central Florida from his father in 1983, when it had just 386 manufactured homes, a clubhouse and a few shuffleboard courts. The U.S. Census Bureau says The Villages is now one of the nation's fastest-growing communities. In March, The Villages topped the list
of fastest-growing metro areas. It grew by 5.2 percent between 2012 and 2013 and now has a population just shy of 100,000 residents. Morse's family released a statement to the community's newspaper on Thursday. "Dad never sought the limelight," the statement read. "He was content to stay in the background and enjoy seeing Villagers revel in this amazing lifestyle of their adopted hometown. While he was a friend and adviser to captains of industry, presidents and heads of state, he never lost focus on this community and making it the greatest retirement development in the world." The Villages is considered "Adult Disney World" by some residents with its 600 holes of golf, more than 100 restaurants, 76 recreational facilities and close to 4 million square feet of commercial space. (As well as WVLG-AM 640) One of the community's selling points: free golf for all residents. Morse was also a prominent GOP donor who made his private jet available to the Republican Party of Florida. In 2012, The Villages gave a total of $350,000 to the state party and a political committee controlled by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. On Thursday, the outpouring of condolences for Morse's death came from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and the Republican party of Florida. "When molding The Villages into the one-of-a-kind community it is today, Gary demonstrated what makes our state so great — the idea that anyone can make a positive, lasting impact in the lives of generations to come," Scott wrote in a statement. Rubio called Morse "a friend," and said that he "looked at the pastures and prairies of Florida's interior and saw the American Dream. Not just for him, but for the tens of thousands of seniors who have been able to enjoy their golden years and continue to live them to their fullest." Morse is survived by his wife, Renee, son Mark, two daughters, Tracy Mathews and Jennifer Parr, and stepson Justin Wilson. He also is survived by 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His first wife, Sharon, preceded him in death in 1999. According to The Sun, he will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.
Christopher J. Mordenga   
Posted by Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In loving memory of Christopher J. Mordenga age 67 of Jasper, GA passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Saturday, September 27, 2014. Chris was also known as "Chris Morgan" on the radio and all thru his radio career. He was born on November 15, 1946 in Rochester, NY. During Chris' childhood his family moved to Ft. Pierce, FL. He was a graduate of Dan McCarty High School, Class of 1964. In 1973 he moved to Georgia where he remained until his sudden passing. Chris loved music, especially oldies. He worked at several Atlanta radio stations during his career. The first station was WPLO. His longest run as a radio broadcaster was at WQXI 790AM. He had a "Sunday Night Oldies Show" for a number of years at several locations, with the last one being at Johnny's Hide Away. He also worked at Lake 102, Country 105.7, 680 The Fan, Kicks, Sunny 100 and Cool 105.7. For a few years he and his wife ran the Caboose Cafe in Blue Ridge, GA. Chris leaves behind his wife, Cheryl of 25 years; daughter and son-in-law, Windy and Chuck Allen of Land O Lakes, FL; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Sarah Shoemake of Savannah, GA, and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy Hoskins. Her husband, Mike of Land O Lakes, FL survives. Dr. Vince Smith will officiate a memorial service to be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Northside Park Baptist Church. 1877 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30325-0917. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Church in his memory for Operation Christmas Child. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Mordenga Family. In Central Florida Chris worked at WDVH-AM 980, in 1968 and WKKO-AM 860 in 1969.
Chris Morgan Passes 
Chris Morgan aka Jeff Summers, WKMG-TV "Local 6" traffic reporter passed away. Chris was working for Traffic Management as a manager operating the DOT cameras and updating the 511system. Chris had a stroke and was thought to be on the road to recovery. Chris was 53.

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