Who's Who at WONN

Pat's Co-Workers

Arch Abernethy
Willie Anderson, Sr.
Brad Baad
Linda Baad
Marji Bedgood
Tim Bedgood
Paula Bennett
Frank Berry
John Bond
Mike Booker
Al Brock
Charlie Brown
Garland Burt
Jim Campbell
Dave Campbell
Nancy Cattarius
Frank Clarke
Larry Cox
Bob Crews
Yvonne Cummings
Dave Day
Larry DeVore
Scott Edwards
Dick Eyrich
Florida Citrus Mutual Calling
Ron Fraiser
Bill Francisco
Joe Garagiola
John Gilman
Eddie Glover
Murray Goldsborough
Dick Goleno
Bob Hailey
Darla Hall
Robert Hall
Charles Hasbrouck
Bob Helmick
Mike Helminski
Don Hiers
Bonnie Higbie
Charlie Hilliard
Alex Houston
Steve Howard
Joe Pyne Show
Robert King
Ed Kirkland
Laurie Krosney
Jay Kuppers
Mike Lusk
Jim Maloy
Phyllis Maxwell
Bill McClure
Duane McConnell
Yvonne McDaniel
George McGovern
Tunie Moss
John Newman
Bob Nickell
Andrea Oliver
Skip Paradise
Mike Parrish
Buddy Penn
Eric Pera
Jonnie Pinkston
Tommy Reynolds
Jay Rich
Roy Riley
Joyce Robbins
Terry Roberts
Brenda Roberts
Dave Ross
Arthur Rowbotham
Bonnie Rowbotham
Dan Sanborn
Gene Schlei
Frank Schulte
Bob Shoopman
Jerry Smithwick
Smoke House Serenade
Bill Snyder
Dave Sousa
Steve Sparkman
Lenn Spears
Shari Szabo
Tom Talcott
John Taylor
Debbie Tennick (Hogan)
George Tuttle, Sr
Alan Wendt
Bob White
Tim White
Chris Wolf
Bob Wolfe
Shirley Wolfe
Woody Wooden
Reba Zoellner

Pat Morgan

Pat Morgan started his radio career in the late 1950’s doing sales at WSOL in Tampa followed by seven years on the air and in sales at WTWB in Auburndale. He joined WONN in the spring of 1967 and became known as the “Banana Man”. Pat was the radio station’s most famous and most popular personality. Today you could call him legendary. His humor tended to lean toward puns and old jokes but he was successful because he could make everyone he met break into a smile.

Pat picked up his “Bananaman” moniker in 1974 when the Chiquita Company sent samples to the station. He soon became famous for handing out banana candy, banana stickers, and autographed bananas at remotes, and for awhile even drove a yellow Camaro which everyone referred to as the “Bananamobile.”

In 1976, Pat left WONN for Plant City’s WPLA where he also became a local celebrity. Many of the station’s listeners there already knew who he was from his years in Lakeland and would tune his show in everyday to get “Morgen-ized.”

Pat returned to WONN in 1979 and took over the morning show, a shift he held until his death in 1992 from cancer at the age of 67. He awakened Lakelanders with his rooster, Roscoe,  his robot, RU12, and also hosted a Sunday morning program of gospel music, Sunday Song Time, which was simulcast over sister station, WPCV.

Pat dominated Lakeland’s radio airwaves during most of his career and received many accolades. Among those, a Sunny Award from the City of Lakeland in the 1980’s. But perhaps the most endearing recognition was the one he received from his WONN employer, Hall Communications. Pat was given the company’s very first Extra Mile Award. Later, it was re-named in Pat’s honor as The Pat “Bananaman” Morgan Extra Mile Award.

Station History

1967 - 1976 WONN (On Air Personality)
1967 - 1976 WONN (Sales)
1979 - 1992 WONN (On Air Personality)
1979 - 1972 WONN (Sales)

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