Vee" aka Dr.
WAPG WHAN WIPC WSIR WINT WXKL
1964 a fifteen year old preacher's son, Larry Flegle rode his
bike five miles to Arcadia, Florida's WAPG-AM 1480
radio to visit a friend. When he arrived he met the General
Manager of the station who was desperate for a Disc Jockey to work the
daily afternoon Rock 'N Roll show. He told Larry if he learned how
to run the station he could have the job. Larry immediately took
him up on the offer and the "Larry Vee" show was born.
Larry rocked on from 4pm until local sunset 5 days week. He played
the Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson and a new group from England called the Beatles.
The summer of 1965 brought a big change for Larry when his father
accepted the pastorate of a church in Dundee, Florida. Larry was crushed
having to leave his radio show. Shortly after the move his Dad asked him
to go for a ride. The destination was Haines City's WHAN-AM
930 radio just 8 miles away. Larry was asked to take over the
afternoon rock show and started that afternoon. He stayed with
Channel 93 - WHAN until February 1967 when he joined the
announcing staff at WIPC-AM
1280, Lake Wales, Florida. Larry was asked to run country music
show midday. Rock 'N Roll was in his blood and he left the fall of '67
to run the "Nightbeat
with Larry Vee" on WSIR-AM
1490 in Winter Haven. July, 1968 brought a letter from the
Selective Service office and a temporary end to spinning records.
Larry joined the Navy and it was four years before his return to
radio. In June, 1972 Larry began a degree program in broadcasting
at the University of
South Florida in Tampa. A few months later he was hired by Jim Maloy
and became "Larry Michaels" at
WQYK AM & FM in Tampa working the overnight shift from midnight to
6am. Some years later Larry went on to become co-owner of WBTG-FM
in Sheffield, Alabama. Dr. Flegle is now a college professor with fond
memories of being part of the early days of Rock 'N Roll radio. He
now runs AMU Internet Radio for American Military University.