Steve Kennedy   Biography

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From Steve Kennedy. "...I started part-time doing weekends at WHHL-AM 1190 in Pinecastle in  when they were country, but doing oldies on the weekends. ("Uncle Russie") Russ Ross gave me my start, and I worked with him, Sal Tee, Bill Stetzer, Little John, and Big Al.  I went from part-time weekends there to full time at an AM/FM combo in Arcadia (WAPG-AM 1480/WOKD-FM 98.3).  I worked there in 1978 and 79 and then came back to Orlando (was born here in 1951) and went to work for WHOO-AM 990 in late 1979. I started out doing overnights on weekends, went full time in early 1980 and later was public service director. I did air work the whole time I was there, mainly working the 6 to midnight shift and doing public service several hours during the day, and working Sunday mornings. I also ran the Harris 90 automation system for WHOO-FM 96.5 when they were beautiful music, and did a little air work just after they changed to country. I very much enjoyed the almost 9 years I worked there (leaving in 1988 and going to work for Walt Disney World) and loved it when they changed to WMMA-AM 990 and went oldies (I love 50s-60s doo wop and rock). I worked with Bucks Braun, Cecil West, Dave Edwards, Clay Daniels, Bob Nyles (as he used to say, spelling that Nyles with a Y!), Large Larry English, Perry Moore, Roy Adams, Andy Wilson (an area icon in radio), Ron Jones (aka Clayton Delaney), The Kingbird, Bill Michaels, and many more. I worked part-time weekends overnight for WLOQ-FM 103.1 in Winter Park in 1979-80, weekends at WMJK-AM 1220 in Kissimmee in 1988-89 (MOR and oldies), and WWJZ-AM 1400 in Sanford in the late 80s (part-time) when they were playing country. I currently do afternoon traffic reports Mon-Fri for the I-4, 511 information system, and work all day on Sundays at WLBE-AM 790 in Leesburg (Bob Andrews and a great bunch over there). I have lived in the Orlando area most of my life, and have seen stations and formats come and go. I remember for a brief time in 1967 or 1968 that WTLN-AM 1520 in Apopka went with an all black format!


Steve Kennedy at the mic Murray Benton (L) and Kayo Keen doing a live broadcast in the DeSoto National Bank parking lot....1978.


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