Clive Thomas    Biography

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Clive was born on July 14, 1942. Clive grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, the youngest of nine children. At the age of  ten, he worked for the Eisenhower campaign addressing envelopes. His family owned a china and glass store across from Tiffany's on Fifth Avenue in New York as well as a business in Palm Beach, Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree in music from Columbia University. His radio career began at age 18 at WBAI-FM in New York in 1961. Thomas came to Central Florida from Cleveland in 1973 to pursue real estate, but wound up back in radio. Beginning in 1973 Clive was the morning host on WABR-AM 1440. In 1976, Clive moved to WDBO-AM 580 for three years as the midday host.  In 1979 was offered his own talk show on WKIS-AM 740.  In 1984 Clive would be on the air at  from 2pm until 4:30pm followed by the news program "PM Orlando".  Clive would move to the morning slot vacated by Gene Burns in 1985.  From 1984 to 1988, he was also the co-anchor of the morning news on WFTV-Channel 9.  In September of 1989 Clive would "take on" a group of Christian body builders called "The Power Team".  He challenged their methods of collecting money in the Orlando area, for their ministry.  Clive, manned with his tape recorder, went to the Orlando Arena during a performance there, and approached, then Orlando Police Chief Danny Wilson, and was according to Clive, "attacked, assaulted, thrown into the alley."  Lawsuits were filed and out of court settlements were reached. In 1993 after thirteen years on the air  and the sale of the WTKS-FM 104.1 (formally WWNZ-FM 104.1) to Press Broadcasting. Clive's program was not  moved because Press Broadcasting said they couldn't come to terms with Thomas;  Thomas said he was fired-because his politics were too liberal. Thomas was the only on-air talent casualty of this ownership change. Clive moved his show to WXTO-AM 1600 for a short time and then he landed at WGTO-AM 540 in April 1994. Today Clive lives in Orlando after spending time in Palm Beach after selling his home in South Daytona.  


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