Who's Who at WONN

Arch's Co-Workers

Willie Anderson, Sr.
Marji Bedgood
Frank Berry
Mike Booker
Garland Burt
Jim Campbell
Frank Clarke
Bob Crews
Larry DeVore
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Bill Francisco
Joe Garagiola
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Murray Goldsborough
Dick Goleno
Bob Helmick
Jay Kuppers
Phyllis Maxwell
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Pat Morgan
Skip Paradise
Mike Parrish
Buddy Penn
Jonnie Pinkston
Jay Rich
Roy Riley
Joyce Robbins
Terry Roberts
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Bob Shoopman
Smoke House Serenade
Bill Snyder
Dave Sousa
Tom Talcott
Alan Wendt
Woody Wooden

Arch Abernethy

Arch was from Brooklyn, New York, and spent many years as News Director at WIPC in Lake Wales before moving to Lakeland to be Assistant News Director and Sports Director at WONN in 1969. In the early 1970’s, he co-anchored a half hour newscast weekday afternoons with News Director Dan Sanborn on Teleprompter Cable TV’s Channel 4 (whose studios were in the WONN building) and always wrapped up his reports with “This is ol’ Arch, the orange picker, for W-ONN Sports.”

In 1973 Arch left Lakeland and returned to Lake Wales. He worked as a reporter and city editor for the local Daily Highlander newspaper and wrote his “Arch-Ives” personal column. In 1993 he retired and moved to Citrus County along Florida’s upper west coast.

Arch died in early 2006 in Homosassa following a lengthy illness at the age of 74.


Station History

1969 - 1973 WONN (News)
1969 - 1973 WONN (Sports)

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