After all these years, Jack Harris is still (2005) hosting mornings on WFLA. He must be doing something right because people everywhere love him. Jack claimed he was never a disc jockey – simply a communicator trying to create a mood. He says he knows nothing about music, or very little anyway, which is good that he’s on a talk station.
Jack’s radio career began at WVOW in Logan, West Virginia right out of high school where he graduated Valedictorian of his senior class. He went on to receive a B.A. in History from West Virginia University and later spent two years in the Army where he did a stint in Vietnam. Allowing for his time in the service, Jack put in almost ten years at WAJR in Morgantown, West Virginia before coming to WFLA in 1970. Except for 1974 when he left for a year to work at WRC and WKYS in Washington, D.C., he has been a fixture in Tampa Bay radio ever since. You can check out a couple of Jack’s bits in Audio Clips which he released on a 45 rpm record in 1973 - “The Floridians (A Yankee’s Opinion)” and “Vern Garber, The World’s Pogo Stick Champion” with Beecher Martin as Vern.
In addition to his WFLA work, Jack has been on the broadcast team for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he did the coaches’ show for five years, was with the Tampa Bay Bandits, and became the voice of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and USF basketball. He also gained recognition as the local voice of the Jerry Lewis Telethon for eight years and has covered Tampa’s Gasparilla and St. Petersburg’s Festival of States parades. Jack also had his own daily half-hour show on Channel 8, Harris Live, and made regular appearances on Channel 13’s Pulse Plus.
Jack is married and he and his wife, Joy, have a son, Jackson.
1970 - 1974 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
1975 - 2005 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)