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A.G. "Tony" Fernandez

After serving as a lieutenant and member of 134th AAA Gun Battalion (mobile) deployed to Europe during WWII, A.G. "Tony" Fernandez moved to Sarasota with a degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and founded WKXY (Sarasota Broadcasting Company), the city's second radio station. It was his philosophy of using the station to cover community affairs and local news that most likely led to his becoming one of the city and county’s core community leaders.

He was always active in the affairs of the Sarasota area – a former president of the downtown Rotary Club (1968), past chairman of the YMCA building committee, past district chairman of the Sunny Land Boy Scout Council, and community board member for various non-profit organizations. He was also a proponent of the agriculture industry and served on the board of the Sarasota County Agricultural Fair Association.

After owning and operating WKXY for 50 years, Tony sold the station to WGUL’s Carl Marcocci in 1999 and retired. He passed away in his sleep at the age of 90 on May 12, 2012.

Station History

1949 - 1999 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Management)

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