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Michelle Tellone

Michelle grew up in St. Petersburg. In eighth grade she was on the student council, a cheerleader, and made straight A’s. By tenth grade, she was failing and dropped out of school to work full time for her family’s clothing and tux rental business. During that time, music was so important to her that she would win prizes from area radio stations all the time, and thought that radio would be the greatest job in the world!

At 17, she went to Europe for three months with her grandparents, came back and took her GED, got her radio broadcasting license, and began classes at St. Pete Junior College. After working in college and volunteer radio for a while, she landed a part-time position at Sarasota’s WAVE 102.5 FM, which was a dream come true for her. Soon she went from part-time to full time, became the station’s music director, and was voted top female announcer in Tampa Bay by a local magazine.

One day in May of 1986, the staff attended a meeting and was told that the station had been sold and that they all could lose their jobs. Walking out of the meeting that day, Michelle noticed a message on her desk from the station manager of The JOY FM with a job offer. It couldn’t have come at a better time, so she took it. Since then, she has worked just about every air shift and today (2017) is heard evenings and Sunday mornings. 

Station History

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