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BROADCAST PIONEERS: The Oral History Project

Harry ReaganFor a number of years former WJXT editorial director Harry Reagan has been videotaping oral histories of Jacksonville area pioneer broadcasters — radio and television. Their recollections and colorful tales tell an impressive story of broadcasting’s contributions to this community. In this growing collection of interviews you gain insight into the men and women who set the stage for the ever-changing roles of their mediums. Some interviews were made in association with the Jacksonville Historical Society.

From time-to-time other members of the JBA such as John Harrell, Mary Jo Trenkler and others will interview broadcast pioneers of the Jacksonville radio and television market.

This project is never complete. New oral histories are added throughout the year.


AtterVirginiaVirginia Atter (Keys)

WMBR/WJXT (Ch 4)
WTLV (Ch 12), WJAX Radio

On-air Personality, Entertainer

 

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Ed (Bell) OberleEd Bell (Oberle)

WKTZ AM-FM
Radio Executive, Commentator

 

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Windsor BissellWindsor Bissell

WMBR/WJXT (Ch 4)
Production Director

 

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AJ DavisA J Davis

WAPE/Cox Media
Radio Personality

 

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Norm DavisNorm Davis

WMBR/WJXT (Ch 4)
Production Director

 

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Donna Deegan - WTLV News AnchorDonna Deegan

WTLV (Ch 12)
News Anchor

 

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FerreeHonestJohnHonest John Ferree

WAPE
Radio Personalty (1967-71)

 

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Deborah Gianoulis (Heald)Deborah Gianoulis (Heald)

WTLV (Ch 12), WJXT (Ch 4)
News Anchor

 

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Herb GoldHerb Gold

WFGA/WTLV (12), WJKS (Ch 17)
Broadcast Operations Exec.

 

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Howard KelleyHoward Kelley

WFGA/WTLV (Ch 12), WPDQ
General Manager, News Director

 

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Jade LuthiJade "JD" Luthi

WFYV-FM - Rock 105
Radio Personalty

 

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LynaghJimJames Lynagh

WJXT-TV (Ch 4)
General Manager

 

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Willie MartinWillie Martin

WOBS
Radio Personality

 

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Newman MartindaleNewman Martindale

WJHP (Ch 36), WJHP - Radio
Voice of America

Broadcast Engineer

 

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Mastroianni1Ernie Mastroianni

WJXT (Ch 4), WTLV (Ch 12)
Investigative Reporter, News Anchor

 

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Butch PeikerButch Peiker

WPDQ, WJAX - Radio
Personality, Newscaster

 

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Don RitterDon Ritter

WKTZ AM-FM
Radio Personality

 

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Marshall RowlandMarshall Rowland

WQIK AM-FM
Radio Group Owner, Personality

 

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Robert (Bob) SchellenbergRobert Schellenberg

WJXT (Ch 4)
General Manager

 

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Marlene SchneiderMarlene Schneider

WJXT (Ch 4)
News Reporter

 

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SweetingRobRob Sweeting

WJXT (Ch 4)
News Anchor

 

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John ThomasJohn Thomas

WJXT (Ch 4)
News Anchor

 

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George WinterlingGeorge Winterling

WMBR/WJXT (Ch 4)
Chief Meteorologist

 

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