Q105 Remembers Jon “Rock n Roll” Anthony
Q105 lost a friend and a Tampa Radio legend this week. Dave Flash Morgan remembers Jon……
A Tribute To A “Q” Legend:
Like so many people native to Tampa Bay, or if you were here in the late 70’s and 80’s know about this legendary radio station called Q105.
I’d like to take a moment to reflect on one of the legendary Dee Jay’s that made his mark on this frequency, a man named Jon “Rock n Roll” Anthony. Jon was one of the what I called Ol School Dee Jay’s that made you feel like throwin caution to the wind and partying like it was the last time you would ever have the chance. I remember running(not walking) to catch Jon and Mason Dixion do what was we called there crossover between shows. You never knew what crazy stunt they were going to play on each other but it was truly entertaining. Jon would then play the greatest music on the greatest radio station on the planet until midnight. He made you feel as though you were best buds even if you never physically met.
I had a chance to meet Jon after he had moved on from Q105 at a station he was running in Sarasota. He hired me to do weekends for him and he worked with me on getting my own style on the air. We became good friends and when he returned to Q105 in the early 90’s he was able to get me hired as well. Over the years we stayed in touch but I will never forget the time he gave to teach me his craft of being an on air personality.
With all that said I am very sad to announce that we lost Jon to cancer just after Christmas(2012). He had been fighting it for quite some time, but I had a chance to speak to him for about 30 minutes a few weeks back. He told me that he was ready when the Good Lord called, and that he was very involved in his church and youth group. He also said that he was proud of me and what I have accomplished at Q105. That is the icings on the cake for me, its what burns in my heart each time I crack the mic. Rest In Peace my friend Rock n Roll was TRULY your middle name..
Dave “Flash” Morgan