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Donn R. Colee Jr.: “Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting”

Wednesday, October 4, 6 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library

Broadcasting touches almost every person in the United States every day. But like the air we breathe, we seldom give it a second thought. In this program, Donn R. Colee Jr. discusses the history of Florida’s broadcasting industry, beginning in 1922, as well as the people who brought radio and television stations to life and the events that saw the state grow from boom to bust and back again, on its road to becoming the nation’s third most populous state. Colee’s program is based on his book, Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting, which tells the stories of more than 80 Florida broadcasting pioneers and current leaders.

A second-generation Florida broadcaster, Donn Colee began his career as a teenage DJ playing rock ’n’ roll at WLOF-AM in Orlando. He’s a member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters and the Florida Historical Society, among other groups, and currently lives in Palm Beach Gardens.

Named in honor of the late Joseph L. Brechner, an award-winning journalist, community leader, and freedom-of-information advocate, this new series of speaker programs focuses on the media in Florida’s history. All programs take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library (Albertson Room, 3rd Floor) and are free.

Future presentations in the series include:
October 18: Willie Clark with All-Star Panel: “On the Air: The History of Black Radio in Orlando”
November 1: Gary Mormino: “From 9/11 to Pulse”
November 15: Adam Ware: “Sunshine State of Mind: Florida in the American Imaginary”

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.