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Memories of Old HIALEAH, Florida - Historical Photo Galleries and Commentaries - click on image to view and read | MIAMI SPRINGS and VIRGINIA GARDENS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | OPA-LOCKA and adjacent areas Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | 1883 to 1919 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1920 to 1929 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1930 to 1939 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1940 to 1949 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1950 to 1959 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1960 to 1969 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1970 to 1999 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 2000 and later Miami Area Photos Gallery - click on image to view | DOWNTOWN Miami, Bayfront Park and Port of Miami Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami and Florida AVIATION Historical Photos Gallery - Airports, Airlines, Aircraft - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area and South Florida MISSILE BASES Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | South Florida SHOPPING CENTERS, STORES, and MALLS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area HOTELS and MOTELS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area Tourist and Local ATTRACTIONS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | 6/15/11 - RIP Mr. Haast! Bill HAAST and the MIAMI SERPENTARIUM Photo Gallery - click on image to view | Miami Area RESTAURANTS, Drive-Ins, Bars, Lounges, Liquor Stores, Clubs, Strip Joints, etc. Gallery - All Years - click to view | Miami Area GROCERY STORES and Food Markets Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area THEATRES and DRIVE-IN THEATRES Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area SCHOOLS, Classes, Teams, Bands, and Clubs Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area INDIVIDUALS and GROUPS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area TELEVISION and RADIO PERSONALITIES Historical Photo Gallery - click on image to view | Memories of MUSIC, Radio Stations, Musical Groups and Links to Oldies Videos Photo Gallery - click on image to view | Miami Area CARS, Car Clubs, Car Rental Agencies, Car Dealers, Drag Racing, Auto Shows, Speedways - click on image to view | Miami Area GAS STATIONS Historical Photos gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Old National and Miami Area ADVERTISEMENTS - All Years - click on image to view | Gallery: Do You Remember? - all years - click on image to view | It is spelled Opa-locka, not Opa-Locka, not Opa Locka and not Opa locka - click on image to view gallery | Dade and Broward High School Reunions - Post them here in the comments - click on the image to see planned and past reunions | Support Historic Hialeah Park - quarter horse racing from December 26, 2014 thru March 2, 2015 | 2010 - current race/ethnic percentages for Miami-Dade and Broward County High Schools | Memory Test - where were these photos taken? | Comments from folks who grew up in the 1970's and 80's - click on image to view | VeteranAid.org - valuable information on the little known VA Aid and Attendance Program - click on image to view | Oldest Comments Gallery - August 2006 through July 31, 2008 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | Older Comments Gallery - August 1 thru December 31, 2008 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | Older Comments Gallery - January 1, 2009 thru January 17, 2010 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | OLD Comments Gallery - January 18 thru June 30, 2010 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | OLD Comments Gallery - July 1 through December 31, 2010 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | OLD Comments Gallery - January 1 through June 30, 2011 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | NEW COMMENTS starting July 1, 2011 | Rogues Gallery - photos of our comments gallery contributors - click on image to view

Miami Area TELEVISION and RADIO PERSONALITIES Historical Photo Gallery - click on image to view

South Florida's TV and radio stations provided us with much entertainment over the years and the announcers, disc jockeys and news anchors became familiar faces and part of our families in a sense. Several of them had longevity over decades as we all grew up and saw Miami grow beyond belief despite a major population shift out of Dade County to points to the north.

Miami's WTVJ, Channel 4, was Florida's first television station, and America's 16th, going on the air for the first time on March 21, 1949. WTVJ was owned by Wometco Enterprises which had a national movie theater chain with headquartered in Miami. WTVJ's original studios were in the old Capitol Theatre that Wometco's first theatre when the company was founded in 1926. WTVJ was a primary CBS affiliate but also broadcast programming from NBC, ABC and DuMont. WTVJ was the only commercial TV station in South Florida until December 24, 1954, when NBC WFTL-TV in Ft. Lauderdale started broadcasting on UHF. WTVJ was allowed by NBC to continue selecting their best shows for broadcast until WFTL-TV was shut down and WCKT-TV Channel 7 (now WSVN-TV on the Fox Network) signed on in 1956 broadcasting NBC programming. WFTL-TV had been purchased by Storer Broadcasting and the call letters were changed to WGBS-TV in honor of its president George B. Storer. The station was an independent under Storer ownership and it ceased broadcasting in 1956. WFTL-TV/WGBS-TV's frequency is now used by WLTV-TV.

WPST-TV Channel 10 (now WPLG-TV) signed on in 1957 with ABC programming.

Rick Shaw, the voice of South Florida Rock 'n Roll Radio Photo Gallery - click on image to view
Rick Shaw, the voice of South Florida Rock 'n Roll Radio Photo Gallery - click on image to view
1950's and 60's - Jumpin' Jack O'Brien Photo Gallery - click on image to view
1950's and 60's - Jumpin' Jack O'Brien Photo Gallery - click on image to view
1950s & 60s - The Charlie Baxter / M. T. Graves Photo Gallery - RIP Charlie!  Click on image to view
1950s & 60s - The Charlie Baxter / M. T. Graves Photo Gallery - RIP Charlie! Click on image to view
Early to mid 1950's - Ralph Renick on WTVJ-TV Channel 4
Early to mid 1950's - Ralph Renick on WTVJ-TV Channel 4
Mid 1950's - radio announcer Cracker Jim Brooker from WBAY, WMIE and WEDR-FM in Miami and involved in creation of the CMA
Mid 1950's - radio announcer Cracker Jim Brooker from WBAY, WMIE and WEDR-FM in Miami and involved in creation of the CMA
1950's - WTVJ Channel 4 ad for Tumbleweed package of western shows from 5:30pm to 6:15pm Monday through Friday
1950's - WTVJ Channel 4 ad for "Tumbleweed" package of western shows from 5:30pm to 6:15pm Monday through Friday
1957 - Miss Iris and her Romper Room Show on WCKT-TV Channel 7 Miami with the Do Bee and the Don't Bee
1957 - Miss Iris and her Romper Room Show on WCKT-TV Channel 7 Miami with the "Do Bee" and the "Don't Bee"
Late 1950s - Skipper Chuck Zink from WTVJ-TV Channel 4 in Miami
Late 1950s - Skipper Chuck Zink from WTVJ-TV Channel 4 in Miami
1961 - radio announcer Cracker Jim Brooker from WBAY, WMIE and WEDR-FM in Miami and involved in creation of the CMA
1961 - radio announcer Cracker Jim Brooker from WBAY, WMIE and WEDR-FM in Miami and involved in creation of the CMA
1961 - disc jocky Larry King playing a disc jockey in a Miami Undercover TV show
1961 - disc jocky Larry King playing a disc jockey in a "Miami Undercover" TV show
1961 - disc jocky Larry King playing a disc jockey in a Miami Undercover TV show
1961 - disc jocky Larry King playing a disc jockey in a "Miami Undercover" TV show
1961 - disc jocky Larry King playing a disc jockey in a Miami Undercover TV show
1961 - disc jocky Larry King playing a disc jockey in a "Miami Undercover" TV show
Ralph Renick from WTVJ, Channel 4
Ralph Renick from WTVJ, Channel 4
Uncle Don, Skipper Chuck and Scrubby on Popeye's Playhouse
Uncle Don, Skipper Chuck and Scrubby on Popeye's Playhouse
Popeye's Playhouse with Scrubby (top), Skipper Chuck (middle left), Uncle Don (middle right) and Annie Orphanic (bottom)
Popeye's Playhouse with Scrubby (top), Skipper Chuck (middle left), Uncle Don (middle right) and Annie Orphanic (bottom)
WCKT-TV Channel 7's Wayne Chandler with Toby the Robot reading the Sunday funnies in the Miami Herald
WCKT-TV Channel 7's Wayne Chandler with Toby the Robot reading the Sunday funnies in the Miami Herald
Arnie Warren, 1934-2008, popular radio announcer and host of the Arnie and Amos Show
Arnie Warren, 1934-2008, popular radio announcer and host of the "Arnie and Amos Show"
2010 - an old shot from the 1970's of WTVJ's Bob Mayer test driving a car
2010 - an old shot from the 1970's of WTVJ's Bob Mayer test driving a car
2010 - Bob Mayer's final day after 40 years of broadcasting at WTVJ in South Florida
2010 - Bob Mayer's final day after 40 years of broadcasting at WTVJ in South Florida
2010 - Bob Mayer's final day after 40 years of broadcasting at WTVJ in South Florida
2010 - Bob Mayer's final day after 40 years of broadcasting at WTVJ in South Florida
2010 - Bob Mayer's final day after 40 years of broadcasting at WTVJ in South Florida
2010 - Bob Mayer's final day after 40 years of broadcasting at WTVJ in South Florida
Rick Shaw Productions business card with telephone and e-mail address
Rick Shaw Productions business card with telephone and e-mail address