Veteran broadcaster passes
Sentinel Taking Names Column
Wayne Trout, a 30-plus-year veteran of Central Florida's airwaves, tragically
surprised his mother, radio peers and legions of listeners when he unexpectedly
died last week. "He was his jolly old self," Doris Trout said
of her 56-year-old son.
"He just went to bed, and then he died." Trout worked as newsman, anchor and news director on myriad stations, including
WDBO, WTRR and WKIS.
While Trout's on-air persona was known by the masses, those who knew him said it
was his off-air personality -- his love of life, partying
and his willingness to take in the forlorn -- they remember most.
"He was one of the originals," said afternoon talker Jim
Philips, who both competed against and worked alongside Trout through
the years. "If you or your buddy got a divorce or dumped, you could stay
with Wayne. And he would turn 'em
around in a couple of days." Though Trout wasn't working in the
hardscrabble business when he passed, his mother said it was still in his blood.
"He started out when he was 18, and he never really got out of it."