The History of WRBD Rockin Big Daddy Radio
From the 1950s until the 1990s, AM 1470 was the home of soul/R&B station WRBD with studios on Rock Island Road in Lauderhill. The call letters WRBD stood for Rockin Big Daddy and featured South Florida radio legends like Joe Fisher, “The Crown Prince” and “The Mad Hatter”. In the 1950s and 1960s WRBD’s, program director was Bob Gaynor who had been in Miami radio all over the AM dial reporting news since the 1950s. Bob Gaynor left radio to teach radio broadcasting at Miami-Lakes Tech. He retired after over 30 years of teaching and died in 2013
James Thomas (“James T”) and Jerry Rushen were involved with WRBD in addition to their legendary 30-plus years at WEDR 99.1 in Miami and now its Cox Broadcasting sister station WHQT “Hot 105”. James T was a DJ on WRBD early in his career.
AM 1470 WRBD was very popular soul music station with a signal that covered most of South Florida but broadcast only during daytime hours until the 1980s. During the mid-1970s many WRBD personalities also hosted night time soul music programs on 102.7 which was once a sister station to WRBD as WRBD-FM, then WCKO(FM).