John Meder Announces Retirement
After 35 years on the air in Highlands County, WWOJ legendary Morning Personality John Meder will hang up his headphones and retire. It’s not an April Fool’s Day stunt – but Meder’s last day will be April 1 – his 85th birthday.
Meder’s broadcast career began in 1959 at a station in Hastings, Michigan. He became well-known in the area for both his on-air program and for bringing Country Music stars to the area to perform. He served a stint in the United States Air Force, with posts in Germany and Japan. Upon his return, he
resumed his media career with stops in Detroit, Tampa, and West Palm Beach before being lured to Sebring in 1986 by the opportunity to begin WWOJ’s long run as one of the nation’s most successful Country Radio stations.
Meder’s “mark” on Highlands County will last well past April 1. A tireless advocate for the Humane Society, and former President of the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce, Meder was responsible for raising funds for the “Welcome To Sebring” signs at the north and south entrances to the City among his
projects over the years.
“Serving a community for over three decades is a remarkable accomplishment in this industry,” said Michael Ewing, President and General Manager of the Highlands Radio Group, owner of WWOJ and its four sister stations.“
John Meder has become a legend in this town and it’s been a privilege working
with him. He’ll be missed both by his listeners and those of us who’ve worked with him every day.
All Star Car Sales is planning a special tribute to Meder during the last remote-broadcast appearance of his career on Saturday, March 27 at the dealership on Highway 27 South in Sebring. Listeners who want to wish him the best and get a picture with him are welcome to drop by.