Monday, July 17, 2017

R.I.P.: Frank Nodine, The Voice of Fort Myers, FL

Frank Nodine
Longtime Ft. Myers radio, TV personality Frank Nodine has died at the age of 93.

When WINK-TV in Fort Myeras went on air for the first time in 1954, the face that appeared on the small screens of the few television sets in Fort Myers was that of WINK’s first announcer, Frank Nodine.

Nodine would remain at WINK for the next 19 years, as sports announcer, live-show host, program director, administrative assistant, and ultimately as station manager and vice president. Then, after an absence of four years, he would return, first as an evening, weekend sports announcer on WINK-TV and then as the early morning deejay for WINK-AM.

In other words, there is little, if anything, that Frank Nodine did not do over the roughly 30 years of his career in radio and television in Fort Myers. Frank Nodine was the voice of Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.

In 1950, Nodine was invited to try out for announcer at WINK-AM, based on his performances iwth a little theater group in town. He recorded a sports program. About an hour before it was supposed to air, the station called Nodine and said something had happened to the tape and would he do it live.

He got the job.

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