WROD, John R., and Fried Chicken

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!

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6 Responses to WROD, John R., and Fried Chicken

  1. Najwa Dali says:

    I just discovered WROD about 6 months ago. The music brings back great memories!

    • RIght, Najwa…we didn’t have 200 television channels, computer games, and the internet…for our generation it was all about music! And, radio stations who had the freedom to play a Beatles song, followed by Marvin Gaye, followed by Roger Miller! That doesn’t happen much today.

  2. Steven says:

    Great narrative! Love the style.
    Cool photos. Captures a lot.
    Odd, very odd YouTube clip

  3. Tom Luther says:

    Wow! Hearing John R again just flipped me out! Thank you so much. White Rosé Petroliem Jelly, Silky Streight, Randy’s Record Shop, DynaTone mufflers, Oh yeh!

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