Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Jolly Rogers

980 WONE-AM began broadcasting in 1949, when former WING staffer Ronald B. Woodyard left the station, on bad terms. Unlike most stations around Dayton, OH at the time, WONE was an independent. They weren't affiliated with any national networks. At WONE local DJ's played pop music, with a level of freedom unheard of today.

Jolly Rogers played pop music from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM. He was there at least two years, from 1956 to 1957. In 1956 he ran a stunt fundraiser for the Have a Heart Fund. He went to "jail" to raise $500. It may not seem like much But that's over $4,000 in today's hyper-inflated dollars.

I suspect he was an original Woodyard hire at WONE in 1949. It'd mean he was with the station for up to 8 years. But after two mentions in Broadcasting Magazine and Radio & TV he disappeared; presumably left broadcasting. Woodyard sold that station in 1961 to Brush-Moore Newspapers. Subsequently the station format changed to adult contemporary before 1967 which thankfully Rogers was not there to endure.