David William Wagenvoord, husband of Lola Wagenvoord, has departed Clearwater for that great radio station in the sky, W-GOD. Dave, President of Wagenvoord Advertising Group Inc. and owner of the Tan Talk Radio Network is the author of the best-selling barter book, "No Cash, No Problem."
Dave attended Michigan State University on a golf scholarship, then served in Korea working with the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Dave started his radio career in 1956 as "Dave Wren", bringing the new rock and roll genre to Talahassee. Dave quickly moved up the ladder of success to become owner/operator of over ten radio stations from Hawaii to Tampa Bay, as well as a New Orleans television station. "Downtown Dave" was Wagenvoord's final radio persona, delivering wit and wisdom in his shows and interviews on the Tan Talk Radio Network.
Dave is survived by his wife and life partner Lola; brother James; his five children Helen, Barry, Michael, Sam, and Alice Toland; six grandchildren; and his cherished dogs Holden, Gilda, Roxie, Ragsdale and Blue.
True to his unique style, Dave wrote his own obituary (Moved On!) and made his final barter deal for his own funeral! Many thanks to Hubble Funeral Home and Crematory.
A Celebration of Dave's Life will be held on Sunday, May 25th at 5 pm at Nauti Nancy's Food Shack on the grounds of the the Tan Talk Studios at 706 N. Myrtle Avenue in Clearwater, Florida.
Highlights from the Downtown Dave Radio Show