Saturday, July 02, 2022


Dan Bell joined the WIVK news team in the mid/late 70s...his next adventure at the station was the long lasting "Sunday Survey". Fast forward a few years (decades) and Dan can be heard afternoons at the award winning gospel station Praise 96.3 in Ktown! Gotta love the control room photos!

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Thoughts on the WJBE-AM license matter? 101 heard from Art Miller and wants to hear from you too!

Monday, June 13, 2022

This photo has been floating around the world wide web after the passing of Russ Spooner. This is from WMAK Nashville, at that time a sister station to WKGN 1340 Knoxville. 

Do you recognize the WKGN alum? Both Wayne Bernard and Smokey Burns made the leap from WKGN to the larger Nashville market and WMAK...they became Charlie Chase and Murphy in the Morning, respectfully. 

In the fall of 1973 Smokey joined WKGN as morning DJ, the PD was Bob Baron. Bernard was the afternoon DJ...other voices at that time were Frank Erwin, Dick Winstead, Jerry Steele. Walker Johnson, Joe Anderson, Barry Smith, and Ken Burger.

WKGN was truly "The Famous 1340".

Thursday, June 02, 2022

I was never accused of being the next Larry Lujack, but I did love being a DJ. In late 1981 I joined the brand new Q94, WETQ 94.3 in Oak Ridge. We were the sister station of the legendary WATO 1290.

Dubbed "The Greek" by Bobby Denton during my 5 years at WIVK, the 101 Audio Vault features my debut on Q94...


Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Hitmen

This classic photo is a promotional from WIVK AM 850...Jimmy Vineyard and Dan Bell each had a midday show back when the 10a-3p time slot was not simulcast with the FM!

Thursday, May 19, 2022


Back in 2010 I joined Eddie Beacon and Jimmy Vineyard and co hosted a weekly racing show called Bumper 2 Bumper on the then news talk  FM 100.3. Thirty years earlier NASCAR was heard on WIVK 850. The 101 Audio Vault features Jimmy Vineyard...


Friday, May 13, 2022

Allen Free


My heart is saddened tonight as I learned the passing of childhood and radio friend Allen Free. Allen and I attended high school together at Bearden in Knoxville, both got our radio start at WBLC Lenoir City...and the rest is history.  

Allen lived in Dallas and remained live long friends with our friend Scott Sams. Scott had kept in touch with me since Allen became ill and passed the news to me. Scott visited with Allen today before Allen passed.

May his memory be eternal! We will miss you.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Steve Howard checks in regarding Tim Edwards and WMFJ...


WDAT 1380 (actually licensed to Ormond Beach) was the more prominent Top-40 for Daytona (plus they were 5kW) during the early and mid 70s, but they were a daytimer. WMFJ, at 1450, was an "old" Class-IV (1 kW/day, 250 W/night, non-D), so they got the audience after sunset.

Tim was followed 7-midnight by Kris Earl Phillips, who was probably WMFJ's most prominent jock by virtue of that situation. 
I was overnights at WRJZ when Tim (who had left Z before I got there in '80) was brought back in early '81 as PD to replace Fred Story. He and I chatted a lot, and he told me about his time at WMFJ.
I didn't personally remember hearing him there; I confessed to listening to Tommy Walker, who was on afternoons on WDAT opposite Tim.

Saturday, April 23, 2022


Remember those road maps our parents kept in the car's glove compartment, this is not one of them! This was sent from Mike Beach, he received this from WNOX engineer John Maples back in the 70's!

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Before WRJZ...

In the fall of 1976 WETE became WRJZ, the afternoon DJ was imported from WMFJ in Daytona Beach. PS- Eddie Beacon also worked at WMFJ at one point.

The 101 Audio Vault features Tim Edwards...