Daytona’s WROD-AM first went on air in 1947 and hit its stride in the 60’s as “Hot Rod Radio – WROD 1340”. The station broadcast from 103 Wilder St. until 2005 and today is headquartered on Marina Point Drive. Sadly, its original home, well…you see the photos (taken 11/23/11). Hope someone comes along and rescues this cool old structure.
I’ve always loved radio and as a youngster was hooked on Chicago top 40 stations WLS and WCFL and their great deejays – Dick Biondi, Larry Lujack, and Art Webber come to mind. My all time favorite radio personality, though, was a jive-spewing hepcat whose late night show spiced my college years in Lexington, Ky. The wonderful John Richbourg (“John R.”) was THE man on WLAC-AM in Nashville, spinning hard-core southern blues and R&B greats such as B.B. King, James Brown, Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland. I listened to him for years but it was not until recently that I learned that he was a white guy..in fact, an old, skinny white guy with horn rimmed glasses. Check him out on this Youtube clip…it’s an honest-to-God real commercial from his show – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Xr0CRVT6k – and dream with him (and me) of home-grown fried chicken every day!