Who's Who at WONN

Arthur 's Co-Workers

Willie Anderson, Sr.
Paula Bennett
John Bond
Brian Bruchey
Mary Cameron
Nancy Cattarius
Connosseur of the Obscure
Larry Cox
Bob Crews
Yvonne Cummings
Dance the Night Away
Dave Day
Gary Dennis
Loris Duncan
Dick Eyrich
Tim Galloway
Eddie Glover
Dick Goleno
Jim Greenfield
Bob Hailey
Robert Hall
Darla Hall
Angie Harrell
Jim Hendrick
Bonnie Higbie
Charlie Hilliard
Steve Howard
Ed Kirkland
Laurie Krosney
Mel Letanosky
Terry Lombardi
Enrique Lopez
Jim Maloy
Eric Michaels
Pat Morgan
Tunie Moss
John Newman
Bob Nickell
Andrea Oliver
Eric Pera
Brenda Roberts
Bonnie Rowbotham
Tom Shaw
Lenn Spears
Shari Szabo
John Taylor
Debbie Tennick (Hogan)
Renee Weems
Tim White
Woody Wooden
Reba Zoellner

Arthur J. Rowbotham

Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Art had no idea when he entered college that he would eventually end up with a second career – in radio broadcasting. His educational background includes: 1970 Westminster College B.A. cum laude (New Wilmington, Pennsylvania) and 1974 Case Western Reserve Law School J.D. (Cleveland, Ohio).  It seemed definite. He was a lawyer – first an associate and then a partner with the firm of Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond from 1974 to 1982.

Funny how events can change things though. In 1970, Art married Bonnie Hall, the daughter of Robert Hall, President of Hall Communications. Even though her father was the head of a group of radio stations in the northeast, a career change for Art was not yet in sight. Then in 1977, while still a partner with his law firm, he became a Director for Hall Communications. In 1981 he was elected Vice-President. By 1983, Art had left the field of law and had also become General Manager of the Hall stations in Lakeland, WONN and WPCV. In 1988 he became a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant. Since 1991, Art has been President of Hall Communications which added WLKF in 1996 and WWRZ in 1997 to make Lakeland’s Big 4.

How he has had time to run four successful radio stations with all of his outside commitments is truly amazing. He is a Past President of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Lakeland YMCA, Lakeland South Rotary, Polk Advertising Federation, and Tampa Bay Broadcaster’s Association. Admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1974 and Florida Bar in 1983, Art continues to be a member of both and is also a member of the Lakeland Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

He was named Ad Man of the Year in 1986-87 and 1987-88 by the Polk Ad Federation and also won its Silver Medal Award in 1988. The Lakeland Chapter of Professional Secretaries International named Art its Executive of the Year in 1989-90 and he was awarded the John Cummins Legislative Award in 1989 and Jack Philipps Gold Medal Award in 1999 by the 4th District, American Advertising Federation. He is also a past director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Art is a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and past member of the All Saints’ Academy Board of Trustees. He and Bonnie raised three children, Erin, Benjamin, and Arthur and make their home in Lakeland.

Station History

1983 - 2005 WONN (Management)

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