Who's Who at WONN

Eric's Co-Workers

Mary Cameron
Nancy Cattarius
Connosseur of the Obscure
Larry Cox
Bob Crews
Dance the Night Away
Dave Day
Gary Dennis
Tim Galloway
Dick Goleno
Jim Greenfield
Steve Howard
Ed Kirkland
Mel Letanosky
Enrique Lopez
Jim Maloy
Tunie Moss
Andrea Oliver
Arthur Rowbotham
Bonnie Rowbotham
Tom Shaw
Debbie Tennick (Hogan)
Renee Weems
Woody Wooden
Reba Zoellner

Eric Michaels

Eric received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from the University of Illinois, and landed his first professional radio gig in 1982 at WRTL AM/FM in Rantoul, Illinois. Two years later he went from part-time work to full-time morning show host on WKIO in Champaign, Illinois. Things got even better in 1990 when he was promoted to production director and programming administrator, and moved to mid-days.

By the mid 90’s, Central Florida had caught Eric’s eye and he moved to the Orlando area, working at Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island as a performer and keeping his foot in radio hosting the "Saturday Night Cruise" on Kissimmee’s WOTS. In 1998, he joined Lakeland’s Hall Communications as a part-time announcer for 97 Country WPCV.

The following year, he accepted a full time mid-day position on sister station WWRZ 98.3 FM. Then, in 2000, he was appointed promotions director for the four-station Hall cluster (WONN, WPCV, WLKF and WWRZ). After two hectic years heading up the promotions department and pulling a daily four-hour air shift, plus production, he relinquished the promotions position to concentrate on his on-air duties. He also returned to Disney’s Pleasure Island part-time and joined an Orlando improv comedy troop.

When Jim Maloy, WWRZ’s longtime afternoon personality, retired in late 2003, Eric moved from mid-days to afternoons and, three years later, to mornings. In early 2020, he was promoted to program director for the station.

Station History

2000 - 2002 WONN (Promotions)

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