Broussard programmed WKGN for a couple of years in the late 1960s, before
moving on to WMPS in Memphis. Skip came out of WTIX in New Orleans and was a
good PD. He got WKGN’s nose out of the mire where it had sunk after exporting
most of its talent to WMAK, when Mooney Broadcasting bought that station in
was a snappy dresser, kept his hair cut neatly and was a very presentable
representative for the station. His concessions to the times were bell-bottom
pants, boots and a tendency to wear a scarf cinched loosely around his neck.
afternoon, he came back from downtown and was talking to me in the production
studio and he rubbed his knee a couple of times. He finally pulled up his pant
leg and there was a bruise across his knee.
tale he told. I wasn’t there, but Skip was always a straight-up dude with me:
walking down the street that fronted the old Millers Department Store and saw a
street preacher with a little flock gathered around him. Rather than try to
work his way through them, Skip crossed the street and was walking down the
other sidewalk, when the preacher raised his voice and started pointing at him.
Skip kept on walking and crossed back at the corner. When he did, a few of
those who had been exhorted by the preacher broke away and caught up with him.
One of the men told him he needed to give up his evil ways and a little old
lady creamed him across the knees with her umbrella.
came with a sting those days in K’town. It might still.
George - This happened up the road a bit from Ktown, but I thought you might like to know that Maxine Humphries is being inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in May. I did an Associated Press story on her when she celebrated her 60th anniversary on the air at WGRV in Greeneville a few years ago. She has since retired - but not until some time after her children did. Maxine is a true East Tennessee radio gem.
We gave a free concert and filled less than half the house. Why? No one actually believed it was FREE. Guess we should have charged .99 cents and we would have packed the place. Early lesson learned. Many times if it is FREE it has little to no value. Anyway...enjoy the leap back in time, to a day when radio was tons of fun!
It's official I'm now the afternoon deejay on Praise 96.3 WJBZ! I'll work 2-6 on the air, handle Music Director duties on one of America's best gospel music stations! I'm proud to do this as part of the Merle-FM network of stations, and I will still do The Sunday Survey on Merle-FM 96.7 on Saturdays 10-2.
Mid-days will be Brittany, she's been on WYSH Clinton...Ron Meredith/Jack Ryan are new owners at Praise, also WQLA Lafollette. They are simulcasting WYSH on WQLA now. Mike Clark will stay on as Mike in the Morning, Shane King is taking a full time gig at Dollywood as a sound tech, but will stay part time at Praise 96.3.