Steve Rutledge  Biography

Steve tells us in an email; "My background in radio was limited.  I got my First-Class Radio Telephone license in 1965 when I was in the 10th grade.  I could only get a job at WTLN(-AM 1520) in Apopka.  No one in town would hire me. I worked there for several years and finally WABR(-AM 1440) hired me to do 6p-12M on Saturday and Sunday as well as all their vacation shifts.  This was a big deal for an 18-year-old as they were THE number one country station in town having beaten WHOO(-AM 990) in all the rating periods.  I also worked as a booth announcer at WFTV, Channel 9. Then, in 1969, I had to take a leave of absence and attend OCS for the US Navy. I finished that and went to the University of Florida, on the Navy's time, to finish school.  I worked in news there at WDVH(-AM 980).  I got out of the reserves in 1971 and came to WLOF(-AM 950) when I graduated from Florida and did news there for about 1.5 years until my dad sold the station.  It was great fun... " "I eventually became a Special Agent with U. S. Secret Service, spent 25 years with them and retired recently as Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Field Office.  Big change in my career plans!


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