I have learned tonight from multiple sources that Dave Wagenvoord, who owned WTAN AM 1340 in Clearwater where I once worked, passed away this morning, April 21st.
There is a “rest of the story” to Dave I don’t believe I’ve told.
One day, I was doing my board operator duties at Sun Radio Network sometime in 1990’s, a few years after my firing at WTAN, but I forget the year. Naturally, I was a little curious about what they were doing in the SRN offices, how could I not be? But Dave saw my face, and gave me a wave, and I gave him a wave back. I held no grudges over what happened, although my board operator duties kept me from talking to him that afternoon.
Wagenvoord continued to (with a brief hiatus in the early 1990’s) run WTAN until the day he died. The last of the “mom and pop” stations going up against the corporate machines such as CBS and Clear Channel’s that are all over the dial in every market in America.
I know others in the media field may have issues with how Dave and Lola ran the station, but now is not the time for those issues. Hope he rests in peace.