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Clyde Sanders

Orlando historian Geraldine Thompson has written that Clyde was the “first African American in the city to work as a radio announcer,” and she’s most likely right. Cloud Boy, as he referred to himself, was the host of “Clyde On A Cloud,” heard late nights in the 1950’s from 10 P.M. to midnight on WLOF. It was he who introduced young people of the Orlando area to the pioneer artists of early rock and roll, like Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Ruth Brown, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Etta James.

Sanders wasn’t just a radio deejay though. He also wrote a weekly newspaper column, “As Clyde Sees It,” for the “Negro Edition” (as it was called back then) of the Orlando Sentinel.

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1955 - 1955 Other Central Florida Stations (On Air Personality)

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