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WLOF AM Radio

ABOVE: WLOF / Channel 95 AM Radio Top 40 list for the week of February 28 thru March 6, 1970. The weekly top 40 flyers were given away at local Orlando record stores. this one was from Bill Baer Records at Colonial Mall.

WLOF was a popular AM rock radio station in Orlando in the 1960s and 1970s when AM was the only show in town! It was a time when local station program managers and DJs created weekly top 40 lists and were sometimes as popular as the artists they played.

Some of the DJs that were popular in 1970-1973 were Bill Vermillion, Pat O’Day (morning man), Tom Sherwood (afternoon), Bill Barber, Doug Van Allen, T. Michael Jordan.

For a glimpse into the past check out this YouTube video about WLOF featuring actual footage of a car commercial featuring most of the DJ’s kids in the 1970s knew and loved: Pat O’Day, “The Weird Beard” Bill Vermillion, Tom Sherwood, Bruce Wayne.

DJ Pat O’Day created the best ever Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) test.

Listen to sound checks and show recordings of “The Weird Beard” Bill Vermillion


ABOVE:  WLOF / Channel 95 AM Radio Top 40 list for the week of February 28 thru March 6, 1970. The weekly Top 40 flyers were given away at local Orlando record stores. This one was from Bill Baer Records at Colonial Mall.

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WLOF Top 40 - February 1970

WLOF / Channel 95 AM Radio Top 40 list for the week of February 28 thru March 6, 1970. The weekly top 40...

WLOF Top 40 - February 1970

WLOF / Channel 95 AM Radio Top 40 list for the week of February 28 thru March 6, 1970. The weekly Top 40...

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Comments to “WLOF AM Radio”

  1. Kathy Scott says:

    Where did Tom Sherwood go ?

    • Jack Casey says:

      Unfortunately, Tom Sherwood passed away in 2009 in Oklahoma. He was 79, and a good friend.
      Jack Casey “JC”
      WLCO, Eustis.

      • Kim P says:

        Hello Jack! Thank you for responding with the info on Tom Sherwood. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. Was Tom Sherwood his read name or an “on air” name. We tried to find him in death index but did not find him. Would like to link to his obit. Looks like you worked at the same radio station as my husband did when he was in high school. His on air was “Jollie Ollie” and he worked the night shift from 6 p.m. to midnight. He followed Jerry Jay.

    • Kim P says:

      Thank you for visiting OrlandoMemory.info! I was a HUGE fan of WLOF from the time we moved to Florida in June 1970 until I moved to Jacksonville in 1976. It was the thing I missed most about leaving Orlando; however, Jacksonville did have the Big Ape – WAPE – located down in Orange Park south of town. Do you remember the Greaseman? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/33073378489950833/
      I have no idea what happened to Tom Sherwood. As far as I can remember, he was likely in his mid to late 40s when I met him on a visit to the station around 1971. If my guess is correct, he may not be with us any longer.

      I was in radio around that time at a low watt station in Leesburg and my boyfriend worked at another little station in Eustis. It is hard to remember back that long ago, but we both think that Sherwood was not his real last name, so it would be difficult to locate where he went after WLOF, especially since disc jockeys many times changed their “on air” names.

      The person who set up the web site below posts information on anyone who worked an any of the radio stations in the Orlando area. If you ever find out where Tom went when he left WLOF, I’m sure he’d love to add it to his site as would wE!

      http://cflradio.net/950_WLOF_AM.htm

      Thank you again for visiting Orlando Memory.

  2. Bob says:

    I don’t thing Bill Barber was on WLOF 95AM. He was on WBJW 105.1

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