Al’s radio career in Tampa Bay spanned only about five years, starting with a part-time job playing country music at the North Florida Avenue studios of WHBO in 1963. He also got some early experience behind the mike at WTUN-FM, the University of Tampa station, while attending classes there.
The following year brought him a dream job – one most any Tampa Bay kid his age (19) with an interest in radio would have killed for. He was hired at WALT, the market’s top station down by the riverfront on Tyler Street, to do weekday afternoons from 5:00 P.M. to sign off (and some weekend work).
Of course, nothing lasts forever, especially in the realm of Top 40 radio in the early 60’s, and he soon found himself working a few blocks away, again downtown, at Tampa daytimer WINQ, playing Sinatra, Mathis, Gorme, Dino, and other MOR staples.
Al wrapped up his radio days in 1968 as a country music deejay for Art Reuben’s WYOU.
(Photo courtesy TeddWebb.com)
1964 - 1968 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)