Broadcasting touches almost every person in the United States every day. But like the air we breathe we seldom give it a second thought. Towers in the Sand is the only comprehensive history of Florida's broadcasting industry (1922&ndash2016) the people who brought those stations to life and the events that saw the state grow from boom to bust and back again to now the nation's third most populous.
Over a decade in the making and fully referenced and indexed Towers in the Sand tells stories from over eighty Florida broadcasting pioneers and current leaders from the Keys to the Panhandle. A celebration of broadcasting's proudest moments through hard-hitting journalism and editorials lifesaving moments through decades of hurricanes and lighthearted moments with favorite personalities and promotions Towers in the Sand also laments the loss of a national treasure as most stations were transformed from local community partners to lines on corporate balance sheets.
A seventh-generation Floridian whose family settled in St. Augustine in 1820 Donn R. Colee Jr. is a second-generation Florida broadcaster starting as a teenage disc jockey playing rock &lsquon' roll music at WLOF-AM in Orlando. His broadcasting career was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy and 13 years in the advertising and public relations business in South Florida. He returned to broadcasting at West Palm Beach's CBS affiliate WPEC Channel 12 in 1988 serving in marketing and programming roles before being promoted to station manager. He retired in 2009.
Colee is a member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters the Florida Historical Society Historical Society of Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. He lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife Martha. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. Donn is an avid boater and fisherman and serves on the board of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club.