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Steve Manuel

Steve is a long time resident of Brooksville who got his start in radio hanging around WWJB’s Liberty Street studio while still in junior high school. As an eighth-grader, he landed his own 90-minute afternoon Top 40 radio show and added color commentary to the station’s play-by-play coverage of Hernando High School sports. Once in high school, he picked up more experience helping the station with its engineering (transmitter) work.

Following graduation in 1965, he earned a music education degree from St. Leo College and went on to serve as Hernando High's band director. But radio was still in his blood. So, in 1982, he bought Crystal River's first FM station, Citrus 95 WXCV and, that same year, entered a business partnership with two other Brooksville residents to buy WWJB.

Today (2010), Steve is president of Hernando Broadcasting, owner of WWJB, and serves as its GM and chief engineer. His wife, Barbara, joined the station in 1999 as a sales and community relations consultant after retiring from the Hernando County school system where she was an educator for 34 years.

Station History

1960 - 1965 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
1982 - 2010 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Management)

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