Thursday, September 12, 2019

Disco 13

In the fall of '78 WKGN became Disco 13.

6-10 John aka Papa John from WRJZ
10-3 Stuart Clark (Keith Brunson)
3-7 Keith Lambert (PD)
7-12 Bob Hamilton
12-6 Jim Donovan

The station lasted about one year and changed to an adult contemporary format on December 1 1979. In between Suitcase Simpson had come on board as Program Director replacing Lambert who was hired to help create Rock 104, the soon to be WIMZ.

Suitcase handed morning drive to Randy Miller and added a couple of powerful jocks, Chuck Edwards and Jim Byrd.

Towards the end even Mike Beach jumped on the Disco 13 vinyl disc, becoming the 6-10a jock when Randy left for WNOX.

Long Live Disco!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It's the summer of '76 at WIVK...and Bob Catron decides to exit stage left! With Bob's exit, Jimmy Vineyard moves to the 10a-1p time slot with Tony Eubanks taking over Jimmy's 7p-midnight show. 

By '77 Tony was ready to move on, eventually joining the new WBIR-FM country line up. The WIVK night time show was handed over to Don Meltabarger.

The 101 Audio Vault features Dandy Don...



Wednesday, September 04, 2019

He went from middays to afternoon drive for many years to station manager...Ed Brantley on WIVK via the 101 Audio Vault-



Monday, August 26, 2019


WIVK Chief Engineer Milton Jones from his early radio years!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

In August '76 Frank Erwin exited WKGN 1340 for Nashville and was replaced by Steve West as morning DJ. Yes, Frank had been doing mornings at WKGN. Steve West joined from 15Q...(I worked for Steve aka Steve Bridgewater in '82 at WRJZ, he was Dr Don West).

6-10 Steve West
10-3 Dr Al Adams
3-7 Pat O'Brien
7-12 Barry Tucker (Mike Beck)
12-6 Chris Lee (Kerry Lambert)

The 101 Audio Vault features Pat O...



Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Where did you get your start?

Many of us first opened the microphone at WBLC 1360 Lenoir City...Mike Beach, Bob Thomas, Jerry Howell, Scott Sams, and mE to name a few, what about you?

The station played a top 40 format back in '76...Earl Lauderdale, Bob McKeehan, and Rick Smith were the Monday thru Friday DJs and in the spring of that year I joined their air force, after passing the then tough test for my 3rd class radio license.

The 101 Audio Vault features afternoon DJ Rick Smith...




Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Only One

WOKI AM/FM debuted in April 1974 in Oak Ridge.

530-10 King in the Morning
10-noon Dave Lambert
noon-3 Jack Bean
3-7 Johnny Pirkle
7-12 Mike Beverly
12-6 JL Myers

From their first week on the air, the 101 Audio Vault features Johnny Pirkle...


Thursday, August 08, 2019


It's 1965 at Sebring...and this classic includes THE Carroll Shelby and THE Johnny Pirkle, in the pits! Vroom!

Monday, August 05, 2019

It's late October '76 at Double Super WNOX (AM 990) and The Aardvark is about to be on the loose...exiting for (I think Washington DC area). The 101 Audio Vault captures his last show... 

The following week Terry Phillips was added as midday DJ to complete the line up of-

6-10 Eddy Roy
10-3 Terry Phillips
3-7 Dick Winstead
7-12 Scott Sams aka The Night Bird
12-6 Russ Brown

Fast forward to January '79 and The Aardvark is back...as Scott Majors. He's the new Music Director and the DJ crew has changed a bit as longtime PD Eddy Roy is gone and Knoxville staple Phil Williams is holding down middays.

530-10 Dr Dave Dunaway
10-2 Phil Willliams
2-6 Mike Beach
6-10 Scott Majors
10-2 CC McCartney
2-530 James Turk

PS- Happy Birthday this past week to Mike Beach!

PSS- in case you were wondering, Aardvark aka Majors is (real name) Robin Huff!



Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Our Knoxville Radio History 101 podcast has dropped again...that's good! On today's podcast...we listen to great air check archives, all from my cassette recordings...Kent Newton, Wayne Bernard, and Smokey Burns!

Today we join J Worthington Smith and Eddy Roy bantering in J's 29th hour on the air during the WNOX strike!



Thursday, July 25, 2019


Is this cool or what...it's 4am (his show was 4a-6a) and this is 15 year old Randy Miller in the WBIR 1240 AM studio. Yes, his Mom always drove him to the station. His show came on before "Date with Doc" each day! Randy can be found at Brainstorm Media these days!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Back in the day WIVK was jingle free and even produced their own station IDs...who wouldn't with those giant voices. Here's Claude Tomlinson followed by Dan Bell (as a newsie)…



Tuesday, July 16, 2019


These days he calls the greater Nashville area home, not too long ago we were almost neighbors here in Central Florida...hello to Jeff Hawkins!

Back in the day Jeff ran the circuit working at several prominent Knoxville radio stations...WIVK, WNOX, WKGN, WETQ, etc.

Most recently Jeff has been mic'd up at WHIN in Hendersonville TN.

PS- Jeff has been aka Jeff Winters and aka Jeff Shannon on the radio!

The 101 Audio Vault travels to the 70's and Jeff on WIVK...


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The 3rd installment of our 101 podcast adventure is now available and in living color at-

This go around we look in to the WNOX DJ strike from 1972!