Dave Edwards  Biography
aka “Dave Martin” “Beaver Cleaver”


"When I was just a kid, a fellow by the name of Dave Edwards from WKKO(-AM 860) came to my church youth group to speak in 1973. This was weird because he was using my name! It was there that I "caught the bug". Dave left for WIVY-FM in Jacksonville and I begged Gabe Burton to let this 14 year old kid sit in the studio of WKKO-AM 860 Cocoa with him. I then lied to Rick Ryder, PD, at KKO a couple weeks later telling him that I had been in a station for a while. Well, I did walk in the station for a couple hours. He hired me to do Sunday mornings playing tapes and eventually weekends from ’74-‘75. How cool…turning on and off  the transmitters and everything. I went to WRKT-AM 1300 / WRKT-FM 104.1 Cocoa Beach where we simulcast. I did several stints weekends, mid nights, and evenings. I was hired by Ben Hill, PD and got to work with the likes of some great and talented guys…
Jim Sumpter, Music Director, Jim “Double Bubble” Pierce, “Brother Dave” Vasser, and “Crazy Mike” Kessler from ’75-’77. I can never thank these guys enough. It was during this time that I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ and moved to Don Gould’s old stomping grounds, WEZY-AM 1350 / WEZY-FM 99.3, also known as "Y-135" in Cocoa from ’77-’78 while attending college. I helped to start WCIF-FM 106.3 Melbourne being the first announcer on the new Christian station from ’79-’80. I got out of radio and worked two years as a deputy with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department to finish my BS in Business at the University of Central Florida. Then it was off to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas where I received my Masters in Divinity. After over two decades of being a Pastor, believe it or not I still have the bug every once in a while and have to put the old Stantons (headphones) on my head."
Jul  2010-"My family and I recently moved to DeLand , FL to being serving as the Pastor of Administration/Senior Adults at Stetson Baptist Church. Glad to be back in central FL where it all started in radio."

Dave at WEZY-AM 1350-1976

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Lunch Comes 37 Years Later For These 3 Amigos
Dave Edwards (center), sent along this photo and told us; "I finally got the chance to have lunch with the guys responsible for me getting into radio in the early 70s. 37 years later we had lunch together in Titusville this past Wednesday (Sep 15, 2010) - Dave Edwards (L), Dave Edwards (C) and Gabriel Burton (R).  It was great seeing these guys again!

photo courtesy of Dave Edwards


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