Monday, November 14, 2022
Wednesday, November 09, 2022
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
It's the spring of 1980 and the AM radio dial is still relevant...it's still relevant in some cases, but FM was taking over bigly at that time.
WBIR was located at AM 1240 and 103.5 FM...the FM was soon to become WIMZ, and you know the rest of that monster dial position history in Ktown.
The AM featured an MOR music format. Here's the DJ line up-
6-9 Ken McGavin
9-12 Bob Ogles
12-2 Win Maxwell
2-6 Bill Page
6-12 Mike Johnson
12-6 Larry King Show
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Back in '76 Alan aka Alan Douglas was programming W149 when it morphed into 15Q. Alan stayed on at the new 15Q and was also one of "The Brothers", a very popular late night duo.
Mick arrived at 15Q with the other new super jocks...Steve West, Kid Curry, Ron Baptist, and more!
Both Mick and AD landed at WKGN before fleeing the East Tennessee coup! They went on to huge major market careers!
Monday, October 03, 2022
Jimmy Vineyard was an integral part of those incredibly high radio ratings for WIVK back in the 70s and 80s!
I met Jimmy in 1976 when I joined as a weekend DJ, Jimmy was a midday host and handled production. Jimmy spent years at WIVK and also saw time at WNOX/WNKX when they played country.
Fast forward to about 2009, I flew in to Panama City and knew that Jimmy was the GM of a cluster of stations up there. The then airport led straight past the station's building so I stopped in...neither of us had aged a minute, ha! Jimmy showed me around the stations, it was the midday so there were 5 empty control rooms, all voice tracked or syndicated, you would have never known by dial twisting in your heavy Chevy.
The next year and for the next several years I teamed up with Jimmy and the legendary Eddie Beacon as we broadcast a weekly racing show on WNOX FM 100.3, Bumper2Bumper. And boy did we have fun.
Jimmy has some of the best pipes in the biz, as we dust off the 101 Audio Vault...
Monday, September 19, 2022
to hear of the passing of my friend Tony Igar. Working at WKGN in the
70s the station was bought by Lamar which brought a host of Alabama boys
to Knoxville. One of those was former announcer and now sales
executive, Tony Igar. Self-titled “World Famous” eventually came true.
After a successful career in sales at WIVK, Tony and His wonderful wife,
Maria moved to San Diego. Tony decided to be a boat Captain, no small
task. He did and he captained ships across the Pacific. We
visited them once in San Diego and he took Kim, Jake and me on a sunset
sail out of the San Diego marina. Then Tony decided he would learn to
play the harmonica and he played in several bands. They moved to
Huntington Beach and we visited them there going out for a fun dinner
then a visit at the condo. Rest In Peace my friend, you sir lived a life
to the fullest. Prayers for his lifelong love, Maria.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
One morning in the summer of '76 Scott and I hosted the morning show on WBLC- he was Michael O'Shea and I was George Michael, so far the air check has not been found, but we did record it...
Thursday, September 01, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
It's early 1980 at WNOX 990...the #3 rated station in Ktown after WIVK-FM and WEZK-FM.
Dave Dunaway had recently exited morning drive, with Eddie Rogers joining in that spot. Suzanne Dalton was anchoring the morning news desk.
530-10 Eddie Rogers, 10-2 Phil Williams, 2-6 Randy Miller, 6-10 Scott Majors, 10-2 Tom Michaels, and 2-530 James Maurice.
The 101 Audio Vault features Randy Miller...