Simonson for the suggestion of remembering our radio friends who
have passed on.
We'll include our own articles as well as obituaries.
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Former WESH host, Ben Taylor, 82
November 13, 2004
On a CBS affiliate in Richmond, Va., young Ben Taylor introduced many of the music stars of the day - Arthur Godfrey, Patti Page and country music legend Hank Williams. That job back in 1947 started him on a lifetime career in radio, television and motion pictures. Taylor, a longtime Daytona Beach resident who appeared on area television stations and as a radio personality, died Nov. 6 at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He was 82. Taylor, a native of Roanoke, Va., had a lifelong love affair with Florida and migrated here in the early 1950s to work in broadcasting, said his son, Roderick, a California screen-writer and former resident as well. His father claimed the title of being the first disc jockey on the CBS network then. Here, he worked with radio stations WNDB-AM 1150, WMFJ-AM 1450, WROD-AM 1340 and WQUX, which he helped found. For many years, he appeared on WESH-TV, hosting and producing several programs, including "Outdoors with Ben Taylor." His work in conservation earned him the Governor's Conservation Award. In addition to working in broadcasting, Taylor also appeared as an actor in several films and televisions series, including "Route 66" as well as a feature film about the Cuban expatriate movement. "Over the years, with his rich and distinctive voice, he narrated ads for numerous national advertisers, the state and national government, including the U.S. Army and Voice of America," said his son. Taylor was a former sergeant in the Marine Corps. Moving to Miami in the 1980s, Taylor enjoyed dancing and singing with his rich baritone, said Roderick Taylor, of Sherman Oaks.
Orlando Sentinel from Mar. 2, 2021
Willard Carl "Bill" Taylor, a popular morning radio and TV personality in Orlando in the 1960s and early 1970s, has died at age 92. He left WDBO radio and Channel 6 TV to return to his native North Carolina to manage a station in Charlotte. After his 30-year broadcasting career, he opened a real estate brokerage and construction business. But Taylor missed Central Florida, and he returned to retire and to wed a onetime neighbor, Orlando native Ethel Parker Creson. They observed their 30th wedding anniversary last Spring, and most recently resided in Clermont. The picture shown here is Taylor, at his 90th birthday party, with great-granddaughter Bayleigh Riffle. Survivors include Bill's beloved wife Ethel, with whom he attended services at the Clermont chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also surviving are Bill's son Tom Taylor (who followed him into the broadcasting business) and his wife Sharan, of Ewing, NJ. And daughter Denise Taylor Malmberg (retired from Wells Fargo Insurance Services) and her husband Carl, of Lake Wylie, SC. Surviving family in Florida includes Bill's daughter-in-law Linda Creson of Montverde. (Linda's late husband Jeff Creson was the principal of Auto Electric Co. of Winter Garden.) Granddaughter Jennifer Creson Riffle and her husband Bob Riffle, of Groveland. Their daughters Bayleigh and Gracey. And grandson Zachary Creson of Stuart, Florida. Taylor's prominence in radio opened up other opportunities, such as emceeing air shows and beauty pageants, and even donning an Air Force uniform to film training videos. On the opening day of Disney World in 1971, he combined two of his passions - aviation and broadcasting - to offer live traffic reports. Bill Taylor's family thanks his recent caregivers at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Winter Garden Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and the hospice specialists at Vitas Healthcare.
C. Tillman Sr.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on March 7, 2010
Martin J. Timmer, Jr., age 92, died on March 4, 2010 at Wellington by the Sea. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Marie Timmer, also, brothers, Arthur and Bill Timmer. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Geraldine (Geri) Timmer; daughter, Nancy Rodriguez; son Martin; four grandchildren; stepdaughter, Laura Brugnetti; and sister, Anne Higgs. After graduating from Hope College he served 4 years in the Army during World War II. He retired from the H. J. Heinz Company after working 30 years in Chicago as District Manager. After retiring he later worked for WSBB-AM 1230 in the sales department. He was an avid golfer and a member of Tomoka Oaks Country Club. Memorial donations may be made to Florida Hospital Hospice, 770 W. Granada Blvd., Suite # 304, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
Wayne Trout a fixture of Central Florida radio for over 30 years has died in his sleep on Friday, according to WTKS-FM 104.1's Jim Philips. Wayne was 56 years old. Details will follow as they become available. Jim Philips notes "...Many men and more women will mourn his passing." Read Wayne Trout's Memorial Service; A Personal Reminisce by Pat Flannagan.
Veteran broadcaster passes
Orlando Sentinel Taking Names Column
Wayne Trout, a 30-plus-year veteran of Central Florida's airwaves, tragically surprised his mother, radio peers and legions of listeners when he unexpectedly died last week. "He was his jolly old self," Doris Trout said of her 56-year-old son. "He just went to bed, and then he died." Trout worked as newsman, anchor and news director on myriad stations, including WDBO, WTRR and WKIS. While Trout's on-air persona was known by the masses, those who knew him said it was his off-air personality -- his love of life, partying and his willingness to take in the forlorn -- they remember most. "He was one of the originals," said afternoon talker Jim Philips, who both competed against and worked alongside Trout through the years. "If you or your buddy got a divorce or dumped, you could stay with Wayne. And he would turn 'em around in a couple of days." Though Trout wasn't working in the hardscrabble business when he passed, his mother said it was still in his blood. "He started out when he was 18, and he never really got out of it."
Published in The Birmingham News on Dec. 20, 2017
Theodore "Buddy" Tucker, 90, of Mobile, AL and DeLand, FL, passed away on December 16. He was born in Pinson, AL July 3, 1927. He was survived by his wife of 71 years, Levaughn, his children, Donnie Tucker, DeLand, FL, Janie Taylor, Calhan, CO, Judy Adams, Destin, FL, and Sherry Wechsler, Parkland, FL, 3 Grandchildren, and one Great Grandchild. Buddy was predeceased by his parents, Theodore Tucker, Sr and Lillian Harden Tucker, and his siblings, Merle Tucker, Jewel Franklin, Nell Stephens, Sybil Stephens, Blanche Swatszell, Wilma Sowell, and Lucille Hamlett. Buddy Tucker lost his sight at the age of 15. He attended Southeastern Bible College and became a Minister and Radio Evangelist. He and Levaughn broadcasted his Christian message on the South's most historic stations and held Revivals throughout our country until he launched two Christian radio stations in Iowa. In 1986 he bought WMOB, and subsequently acquired WYND-AM (1310) in DeLand, FL, and WTOF-AM in Bay Minette, AL. Buddy's wife, Levaughn, will continue to operate the stations. She has been his dedicated partner in all his endeavors to spread the Word of God. Services will be held at Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile on Wednesday, December 20. Family viewing 10:30am, public viewing 11:00am, service at noon. Service and burial will also be held at Low Gap Methodist Church, Odenville, AL on December 22. Public viewing 11am, services at noon, followed by a graveside burial at Low Gap Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Buddy Tucker Association, P. O. Box 9063 Mobile, AL 36609 or through www.buddytuckerassociation.org. Donations will be used to continue Buddy's spreading of the Word of God through his radio stations. Please sign the online guest book at www.radneyfuneralhome-mobile.com.
Daytona Beach News Journal August 1, 2003
Vance Leite Tyler, of North Atlantic Avenue, a radio personality on WNDB-AM 1150 morning talk show and a broadcaster with WVYB-FM 103.3, died Tuesday July 29, 2003 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at home, according to police reports. He was 52. Tyler formerly owned and operated the American Career Institute, a broadcasting school affiliated with WNDB that trained students for a career in radio. He later became a member of the "Dave & Company" morning show on WNDB-AM radio. On-air personalities Dave Laing and Shannon Pierce said Tyler's legacy will live on through his students, as he helped launch hundreds of broadcasting careers. Another of Tyler's peers, Black Crow (Broadcasting) operations manager and WHOG-FM 95.7 on-air personality Frank Scott, said, "Vance was highly respected in the broadcasting industry. His work ethic and dedication to the industry was second to none. More importantly, he was genuinely a great person and a friend to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him." Tyler moved to this area in 1973 from his birthplace, Jacksonville. He was an avid Miami Dolphins fan and enjoyed the beach. Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Collins, Winter Park, and two grandchildren. Ormond Funeral Home is in charge.