Presented by Donn Colee
Learn about the people, the radio and television stations, and the events that built an industry and the state of Florida—with special emphasis on South Florida and the Keys—when historian Donn R. Colee Jr. presents his book, Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting. Much more than a parade of call letters and frequencies, the book intertwines the social history of the state from 1922 through present day.
About the Presenter
Colee is a seventh-generation Floridian and a second-generation Florida broadcaster. He began his broadcasting career as a rock ‘n’ roll disc jockey at Orlando’s top-rated radio station in the 1960s. After service in the US Navy, he worked in the advertising and public relations field before resuming his broadcasting career at the CBS television station in West Palm Beach, working in marketing, community relations and management positions. He is a member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters, St. Augustine Historical Society, Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. He resides in Palm Beach Gardens.
Jan Tuckwood of The Palm Beach Post says: “What Colee has managed to do is bring call letters to life, sprinkling funny anecdotes about crazy characters and gimmicks . . . with major stories and catastrophic events that shaped Florida, particularly hurricanes.”
This program is sponsored by the Helmerich Trust.