One of WONN’s deejays in the late 1950’s was a young, good-looking guy named Jan Hutchens (Jay Mann). After about a year behind the mike at the Lake Hunter station, he left both Lakeland and his deejay work and went into the music business where, in 1960, he co-produced a #1 hit, “Stay,” for Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs.
In 1961 Jan co-produced some sides for Chicago singer and Elvis sound-alike Ral Donner at the Fox Talent Recording Studio in Orlando. These sessions yielded Donner’s first two hits, “Girl of My Best Friend” (a song recorded by Elvis in 1960 on his “Elvis Is Back!” LP) and the top 10 “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Until You Lose It,” with national distribution set up with George Goldner’s Gone record label.
Hot on the heels of three top 40 hits, one of them a #1 record, Jan formed his own label, Tigre Records, in 1962 but it yielded no hits, and neither did any other recording projects that involved him.
Jan is now deceased.
1959 - 1960 WONN (On Air Personality)