Dayton spent some 29 years in broadcasting, 17 of them (1943-1960) with St. Pete’s city-owned AM-620 WSUN where he was program director in the 1950’s. In 1947, he and a friend opened Sunshine Music Booking Agency, which supplied the bay area with orchestras, music units, musicians, and other entertainers for hotels, clubs, groups, and individuals.
When WSUN signed on its TV station, Channel 38, in 1953, management selected the West Haven, CT native to host the bay area’s first commercial television program, “The Young Americans,” a live variety show featuring local talent. After leaving radio, he became supervisor of the Service and Information Bureau for the City of St. Petersburg and remained active, working with numerous organizations like the Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, Gulf Coast Lung Association, and St. Petersburg Christian School.
Dayton passed away from cancer in July 1992 at the age of 87.
1943 - 1960 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
1950 - 1960 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Program Director)