Thursday, July 14, 2016

Effective July 25th, I will begin a new position as Operations Manager for the Cumulus Knoxville Radio Group. I'll be working with WIVK, SportsRadio WNML and Newstalk 98.7.

 Each of these stations are far and away the market leaders in their respective formats and I am beyond honored to become a part of their organization.

 To say I'm excited to work every day alongside the multitude of great talents in that building is a massive understatement. The personalities on their stations are unmatched in East Tennessee.

 They already have an unrivaled tradition of winning and I am honored to be joining their staff.

 I would be remiss to not thank Vickie Lawson and the staff of East Tennessee PBS for their great efforts during my last two years there. They play a large role in education in East Tennessee and I am honored to have been a part of a group of such dedicated people to a cause.

 If you value quality television, I ask you to please support them with your donations. I can vouch for their stewardship of your money. It is a true East Tennessee treasure!

~Jeff Jarnigan

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bob posted this on our 101 Facebook page...

Sonny James, WIVK, April 1973. A big promotion that had entertainers "replacing" each announcer during his airtime. My replacement was Sonny James. This picture is in the original AM/FM control room. Just beside Sonny's head you can see a slot in the wall that looks like a window, but its original purpose was to house a double squirrel cage fan that sucked out all the cigarette smoke into the hallway. Noisy devils. Everybody smoked, and of course Bobby Denton smoked those Garcia Y Vega stogies! (Bob Catron)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

101 travels to '85...morning DJs in Ktown were~

WNOX Steve Harrison
WIVK Claude and CP
WMYU Mark Herzog
WIMZ Phil Williams
WOKI Morning Zoo

Over at WMYU (U-102) Bill Miller aka Suitcase Simpson was PD, he's featured here in the 101 Audio Vault-


Here are the summer of '85 ratings...

23.3 WIVK-FM
17.5 WIMZ-FM
14.5 WEZK-FM
8.2  WOKI-FM
6.7  WMYU-FM
4.5  WIVK-AM
2.6  WNOX-AM

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Here are a couple of classic photos from 40 quick years ago...1976! 

Mick Rizzo arrived in Ktown that spring as part of the new 15Q! There were some big voices on that dial position~ Steve West, Kid Curry, Scott Sams as Jamie Rivers, Bob "Shotgun" Kelly, Ron Baptist, The Birdman, Suitcase Simpson, Chuck Baron, Bob name it and they were on the air at 1490 AM.

Here's Mick's website- RizzoRizzo

PS- Mick moved to WKGN that summer, check out his t-shirt!

Monday, June 27, 2016


Our hearts and prayers are focused on legendary Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt!

The 101 Audio Vault travels to 1985 and Your Dave filling in on The Great Day Show on WIVK...and poking a little fun of Booby!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

...via Russell Mayes~

Thanks to Russell for posting these newspaper ads on our 101 Facebook page!

This is from 1966, Dr Al on WKGN and The Joe Pyne Show on WNOX 990.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Here's Johnny...

(regarding Eddie Beacon)~

Eddie was doing overnights at his first radio gig as "Eddie Knight" when I pointed out that Carlos Kivett, who was opposite him on WKGN, was calling himself "Sonny Knight", so Eddie Beacon was born. After leaving the Big 99 in the wake of a middle of the night party that was heard on an open mic, Eddie landed at WKGN, before W149, WRJZ and several other stations. Great jock, even greater guy. We worked together at 4 or 5 of them, and probably will again.

~Johnny Pirkle

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Happy Birthday!!!

Eddie Beacon "The Swingin' Deacon"...

Where to begin? 1st, Happy 70th!!!

When you measure the Ktown radio history landscape this voice has to be at or near the top of the list of all time impact players...

Where did you first hear Eddie on the radio? WNOX in the 60's? 15Q? W-149? WRJZ? WKGN?

I snapped this photo back in December '08 when Eddie was on the air at a Journal Broadcast station, he had me and CP on his show one day, talking, of course...Knoxville radio history.

Eddie gave me the chance to relive my 1st love (broadcasting) when he added me as a regular on his NASCAR radio show on WNOX-FM 100 back in 2010~ "Bumper 2 Bumper".

Happy and Healthy wishes to you...and maybe another radio gig for you too!!!

Monday, June 06, 2016

The original program director at WRJZ in 1976 was Bob Kaghan. We feature Bob via the 101 Audio Vault on "The New 62"!


Friday, June 03, 2016

one of the good guys...

I took this photo of you can surmise that we go back a few years! Dan was and is one of the good guys in radio. We both joined WIVK in the mid 70's and were thrown together as advisors for the Junior Achievement club we hosted at the station. One of our JA members was the late Jamey Kerr, my life long friend who ended up following Dick Broadcasting to their stations in Greensboro NC.

Dan was a newsman, a DJ, and eventually found his calling as Santa Claus! PS...his Sunday Survey on WIVK became a famous and regularly listened to weekend program for many years.

These days Dan hosts the 2-6p show on Praise 96.3 as well as the weekend countdown survey on Merle-FM!

HBD Dan!!! (and many more)  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CP...Curtis Parham, was the morning DJ at MOR format WETE 620 AM back in the mid 70's in Ktown! Enter major market sounding WRJZ in November '76 and the Wall of Fame team of CP and Walker was created, and...drum roll, the rest is history.

WRJZ lasted, in it's original format, for about five years...CP and Walker made the move to U-102 and WHIG. WHIG? Yes, WIVK 850 was renamed WHIG, for about 3 days, then flipped back to WIVK 850.

Here's CP on WIVK~


Sunday, May 22, 2016

These two worked at many Ktown dial positions...Your Dave Young and Bill Miller aka Suitcase Simpson!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

In late '76 Ktown saw WETE become WRJZ "The New 62", the CP and Walker morning team was formed and soon after John Boy Isley became the night DJ. The station definitely had a major market sound!

I worked there in '82 when the station had gone country...Steve Bridgewater was our PD with Eddie Beacon anchoring middays! 

The 101 Audio Vault dusts off the voice of PD Bob Kaghan, circa '76~