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WHAN-AM 930 Haines City – WHAN began as a 250-watt daytimer in1960 (500 watts by 1963) owned by Richard and Peggy Cook (Haines City Broadcasters). Offices and studios were at the transmitter site off US 27 on Scenic Highway (SR 544). 

In 1968, WHAN was acquired by WHAN, Inc. (Meyer Layman, president/GM) and then Radio Central Inc. (John H. Everbach, president) in 1969, the year it became an ABC network affiliate. Kentucky natives Ed and Bettie  Shadburne bought it in 1976 and programmed an MOR format. Also added were a live “buy-sell-trade” call-in show and "The Swinging Years" syndicated big band show in the mornings. 

The Shadburnes sold WHAN in 1979 to Dave King and Robert Yesbeck who changed the calls to WFXI and to an oldies format (Solid Gold Radio).

Other names from WHAN history include Margaret Pitts, Charles Esposito (chief engineer), Jerry Wallace (PD), Joe Ebben (news), Bob Shoopman (chief engineer), Dennis Siewert (GM), Dave Debolt (PD), Robert Mundy (chief engineer), Sonny George (PD), Mark Knapp (chief engineer), Paul Hershey (GM), Glen Kirkland (sales manager), Vance Ross (PD), Stacy Howard, Tom Anthony, Dave Efurd, Dick Dermid, Hubert Dampier, Jud Bowen (middays-mid 60’s), Larry Flegle (Larry Vee-afternoons 1965-1967), A.V. Aldridge, Larry Cox, and Larry Kilgore.

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