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Frank Laseter

Frank started in radio at the age of 15 and first used the name Larry Dean in 1963 while at WVLD in Valdosta, Georgia. In 1964, he headed for sunny Florida and landed in Tampa at rocker WALT where they insisted he use the name James Bond.

After leaving Tampa, Frank spent time briefly at Lakeland’s WONN, again as Larry Dean, before moving on to WIRK in West Palm Beach and WPTR in Albany, New York. In 1966 he joined a group of jocks at a pirate radio station, Swinging Radio England, but didn’t stay for its full term, opting instead to return to America to resume his radio career on this side of the Atlantic at WFUN in Miami and later WQDR in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was while at the latter that he first began using his real name on the air, and he’s been doing it that way ever since.

His last job was as News Director for WSOC-FM in Charlotte where he began anchoring the morning news in 1993. Frank passed away from a lenghy illness in 2018 at 74.

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1964 - 1965 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)

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