Jacksonville Broadcasters Association

Preserving the rich history of Northeast Florida's radio and television industries

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Due the precautions related to the Coronavirus,
our current schedule of meetings has been postponed.

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What We're About

Original WJAX Radio Jacksonville, FloridaWJAX, Jacksonville's first radio station went on the air in 1925 from the City Water Works Department at Main and First streets. The station was owned and operated by the City of Jacksonville. Two other stations preceded WJAX but could not maintain operations beyond a few months.


  • The Jacksonville Broadcasters Association was organized to preserve the rich history of Northeast Florida's radio and television industries.
  • The association is open to those past and present broadcasters who have served this region’s proud broadcasting heritage.
  • Our members represent journalism, engineering, on-air talent, production and technical staff, sales, and management.

The Jacksonville Broadcasters Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Florida. The association is not affiliated with any current or past broadcasting or media company or entity.

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TELEVISION: Early Days In those early days of local television, when school was over and children lucky enough to come home to a black and white TV, Bozo the Clown was ready to tell them silly jokes and to lead equally silly songs.

On WFGA-TV 12, Skipper Ed McCullers and his pals played studio games and shouted out in unison to roll that Popeye cartoon.

Over at WMBR-TV 4, Ranger Hal Baranek, a fictional U.S. Forest Service Ranger, stepped down from his forest fire tower to introduce his young audiences to the wildlife as well as life in the forest.

On set every weekday morning was Miss Penny (Hull) and her Romper Room Do Bees. She served milk and cookies, and things to learn to her TV-12 kindergarten class each morning while their mothers looked on in nervousness and pride from a viewers' room.
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RADIO: Remembered Sunday morning on WJAX, the city's first radio station, a strange Donald Duck-sounding character read the morning newspaper's comics along with Tommy Tucker from their studio in the Signal Bureau building.

These were the halcyon days of radio bringing us the news from the battle fields of war and pre-television entertainment of radio drama...Lone Ranger, The Shadow...Stella Dallas.

Local radio introduced us to deejays spinning their music at 78 rpm. And, personalities such as Johnny Shaw, the Devil's Son-in-Law and riding the Night Train of Ken Knight...forerunners of Top 40 and the raucous airwaves of The Greaseman.
       At other stops on the dial was Marshall Rowland's country music and Ed Bell's calming editorials.

Radio was in search of its place in broadcasting.


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