Who's Who at WONN

Howard's Co-Workers

Willie Anderson, Sr.
Bob Bartel
Bob Berry
Charles Bruce
Ed Cain
Bert Christopher
Bob Crews
Tom Dell
Larry DeVore
Al Dohany
Jack Eilertsen
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Rich Halten
Mike Helminski
Cal Hendricks
Alex Houston
John Hoy
Jan Hutchens
Dan Huth
Bob Jones
Ernie Legge
Jim Maloy
Larry Marker
Duane McConnell
Yvonne McDaniel
DuLaurence Miller
June Pastore
Buddy Penn
Jonnie Pinkston
Ed Pyle
Dan Sanborn
Marge Schmidt
Pappy Smith
Smoke House Serenade
Jim Stevenson
George Tuttle, Sr
Jacqueline Valentino
Tutt Walker
Phil Wayne
Dick Weaver
Dave Wenger
Mark Wheeler

Howard Ellis

Joining a Lakeland High School service club was the first step toward getting on the radio for Howard Ellis. As a member of the school’s Interact Club, he learned what a deejay does by playing the top songs of the day and discussing school topics on the club’s WONN Saturday night radio program, “Interact Presents.”

That experience led to a part-time position on WONN (as 'Happy Howard') in 1960 and a  weekend stint with sister station WSLC in Clermont in 1962. Two years later, he was doing weekends and fill-in work at WWAB across town before heading off to FSU to earn his Bachelor’s Degree, and more on-air work at WTAL in Tallahassee, where he eventually became PD.

In late 1969, Ellis moved to the Tampa Bay area. Radio continued to be his safety net through his early career, working nights and weekends at WFLA while struggling to establish an advertising agency with two partners in the mid 1970’s. The company enjoyed rapid growth and was sold to a national firm in 1987. He remained with the agency until 2002, managing the Tampa office, and then retired to Lakeland.

In early 2009, Howard made an unexpected move and came out of retirement to start a new business – a Lakeland branch of ComForcare Senior Services, an international company providing non-medical home health assistance to the elderly. Today (2010), he employs eight people, including six caregivers, who help elderly clients maintain their lifestyles.

Station History

1960 - 1964 WONN (On Air Personality)

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