Dan Bell joined WIVK's news department in the fall of '76. It didn't take Dan long to start spinning the discs, including creating an award winning and still running program called "The Sunday Survey". (Now heard on Merle-FM). Here's Dan back in '80 via The 101 Audio Vault~
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Ron Ashburn air check recently shared was a wonderful trip to an earlier time. Mr. Ashburn was one of the nicest people I ever met. I would occasionally see him in the Krystal, located on North Broadway just down from the WBIR studios. He was a voracious listener and watcher of Knoxville radio and TN programming. And even though he was a competitor, he always had a kind word about some report, TV news story, or broadcast I had done. Many may not know that Ashburn was a nationally recognized radio talent. In the 1960’s, he could be heard on dozens of national patent medicine, detergent, clothing, and chain retail store ads. While he was frail in stature, his talent and warm personality contributed significantly to the Knoxville radio scene. This town owes a lot to Ron, and to UT’s Herb Howard…we’re all much better because they came our way.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
...this classic photo is of Ken Russell from WIVK fame. He's seated at the controls of WKCS, the Fulton High radio station. This photo arrived to Russell Mayes (he heads up WKCS) from Ken's granddaughter Kensey Zimmerman. Per Russell~ Ken was the 1st person on the air at WKCS in 1952!
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The Blow family (real name of 15Q owners) brought in some heavy weights when they rolled out WKVQ in the spring of 1976.
The morning DJ was Steve Bridgewater aka Steve West. Six years later I worked for him at WRJZ when it was a country format. The afternoon DJ arrived at 15Q from WSAI in Cincy, Bob "Shotgun" Kelly.
Here's Bob via The 101 Audio Vault~
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The WNOX story is well documented...one of the first stations to sign on the air in our great USA, the Midday Merry Go Round, Lowell Blanchard, on and on!
The 60's was a marvelous decade of transistor radios and the AM dial. The 101 Audio Vault captures 101 Wall of Famer and Ktown legend Johnny Pirkle on WNOX 990~
Monday, January 08, 2018
Happy Birthday wishes to 101 Wall of Famer and host one of the longest running DJ shows in East Tennessee (at a few stations)~ Phil Williams!
Phil burst on the Ktown radio scene as a teenager in the 70's at WNOX 990. For many years Phil hosted morning drive at WIMZ, and now he is the morning talker on News Talk 98-7 WOKI.
His impact has been colossal! HBD!
Friday, January 05, 2018
Did I ever tell you I "almost" came to Knoxville about five years before I got there?
I actually came to WKGN in August of 1969 at the age of 24. However, I was first contacted by a friend and asked if I would be interested in coming down from Indiana when I was still a teenager. Here's how that happened.
John Patton was doing middays on 'KGN in about 1964. He and I had worked together in Terre Haute a couple of years earlier and we respected each other's work. WKGN had an opening and John told program director Joe Sullivan he knew this guy (me) who might be a good hand. At Joe's urging, John called me. I really wanted to come to Knoxville and I even sent an aircheck, but I was about 18, never been out of the market and was in the middle of a semester at Indiana State University. The stars just didn't align.
A short time later, WKGN's owner, George Mooney, bought WMAK in Nashville and a lot of the Knoxville talent was sent there. That included "Sully" who was programming Nashville when I found myself in an unhappy situation in Wichita. I called Sully, who had liked my aircheck. He had nothing, but knew Skip Broussard was looking for a midday man at 'KGN. We connected and I was on the road to Knoxville.
To complete this odd little circuit, I eventually went to WMAK in 1976 when John Patton was GM there.
Thanks for hangin' with the Possum
Paul Randall (Possum Riley) Dickerson
Ashland City, Tenn.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
It's 1980 at WOKI-FM 100 Oak Ridge...
Johnny Pirkle's station is in high gear with Michael Henry Martin and Mike Beverly handling the drive time DJ slots and Gary Adkins as PD. Super jock Brother John and The Brothers were also on air stars!
6-10 Michael Henry Martin
10-12 Gary Adkins
12-3 Larry Mazzetti
3-7 Mike Beverly
7-12 Brother John
12-6 The Brothers
The 101 Audio vault dusts off the sounds of Brother John~
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Were you one of those teenagers driving around in your heavy chevy, listening to AM radio...and playing DJ? Sure you were, we all were!
It's time to close the 2017 Knoxville Radio History 101 chapter...and jump in to a great '18! Thanks for reading, listening, and story telling!
My radio career was short but sweet. Back in '81 I was on the air staff at WETQ 94.3 Oak Ridge. Here's the 101 Audio Vault~ PS- Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 28, 2017
...few would argue that Claude is Knoxville's all time top radio personality. His "sidekicks" Lester Longmire and Mr. Schultz added greatly to the daily banter on WIVK.
The 101 Audio Vault features a commercial from 1980 featuring the trio-