Thursday, May 21, 2015

WBIR-FM 103.5 had a good run as a country competitor back in the mid/late 70's!

The 101 Audio Vault features John Scott~


Saturday, May 16, 2015

...from the 101 Facebook page~

What has happened to the radio we once knew?

Many radio stations have been experiencing tough times lately. Some would ask, are they on suicide mission?

In order to survive in an era that provides the audience with a plethora listening options, radio must return to its local roots, for being local is key to their survival.

But, with few exceptions, too many stations today aren't local at all. They opt instead for out-of-town voice tracking, fail to participate in community affairs and have all but abolished local news.

In short, stations have written off the citizens of the towns they should be serving...and now citizens are returning the favor.

Radio stations are letting streaming services eat their lunch and radio stations are slowly starving to death.

By Doug Hullander

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

go West!

In the mid 70's WKGN 1340 (on Alcoa Highway) was a breeding ground for young talent...I particularly recall the career origins of Mike Beck, Kerry Lambert and Rusty Brown. PS- all three are from the West High School class of '75!

Rusty took the on air name Tollie Michaels before switching to Russ Brown, he also switched to WNOX The Famous 99~


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Growing up I listened to Larry King's overnight radio program. What a precursor that was to modern times late night radio...does live and local even exist after midnight now?

WIVK was certainly an exception to the rule with only two hosts handling the midnight to 6am time slot for almost 40 years. Hoss (Ron Cantwell) can still be heard in East Tennessee and before Hoss the show belonged to Terry Womack "The Midnight Rider". 

We dug deep into the 101 Audio Vault and found this classic...


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Ktown now has four country music formats as WVRX as flipped to become "Duke FM"!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

When 103.5 went stuck! Before that WBIR-FM played country and battled WIVK.

Here's the DJ line up as of late '77...

6-9 John Irons
9-12 James Freeman
12-3 Keith Dodd
3-6 John Scott
6-8 Kathy Hill
8-10 The Mulls
10-12 Bill Page
12-6 Mike Johnson

...from the 101 Audio Vault here's John Scott~


Monday, May 04, 2015

Who's Gotcha Now?

In November '77 WRJZ had been on the air for one year and they added a new night DJ~ Van Radford!

5-9 CP and Walker
9-1 Rick Kirk
1-4 JJ Scott
4-8 Tim Edwards
8-12 Van Radford
12-5 Adele

The 101 Audio Vault is dusted off for Van...


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We added a new link to 101~ The VLZ (WVLZ)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Kyle Testerman Administration and Radio News

In the 1970s, Knoxville boasted a much more vibrant and competitive radio news marketplace than we have today. Two radio stations — WATE AM and WBIR AM-FM — drew considerable content from their related TV news gathering operations. WNOX (powered by Ron Ashburn), WRJZ (Lisa McNeill) and WIVK had wonderful independent newsroom operations. Any major news conference would see at least a half-dozen mic flags on the podium.

The passing of former Knoxville Mayor Kyle Testerman presents a good time to reflect on how skillfully Testerman and his administration developed relationships with the TV and radio news operations. Kyle had several key administrators who understood how TV and radio could shape public opinion. Safety Director Duane Ausetts and spokesman Chuck Storey, city PIO's Bill Booher and Guy Smith IV, Fire Chief Howard Shoffner, and Finance Director Gill White were probably Knoxville's first truly media-savvy city administrators.  

Kyle and his crew knew how to get their message out. They used personal relationships and spent time developing them at local media hang-outs. Harold's kosher deli on Gay Street (where Gleela ran the downstairs dining room); the old L&N Hotel grill across from what is now the STEM academy; and Regas were great places to visit with Testerman, Ausetts, and other administrators.

While Testerman was a great communicator, he also surrounded himself with others adept at working with the media. I am confident Knoxville's Fire Department has a quite serviceable spokesman these days. However, nothing was any better than an interview with Deputy Chiefs Clyde "Pip" Parker or Bill Potter, or Assistant Chiefs Alva Harmon or Lee Hickey or Curtis Hansard. Nothing will ever be better than getting the facts straight from a real-deal smoke-eating fire department leader (as they took a long drag on a Camel cigarette). 

Today's pastoral after-the-fact interviews at spot news events just "don't have it." They're missing the distinctive background sounds courtesy of Sutphen or Ward-LaFrance equipment. Parker and Potter and Harmon et al have been replaced with a PIO. And, I posit, audiences are poorer because of these changes.

Post via~ Art Miller was a radio and TV news reporter and now is a Hollywood railroad coordinator and railroad safety/training manager.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sounding off on Sunday...

Back in the day Ed Brantley was the host of Sound Off, the 90 minutes program that ran on Sunday mornings and featured news and public affairs. 

 On this Sunday we listen in to Ed as a DJ via the 101 Audio Vault~


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hello from Chris Lash~

First, I absolutely love your blog. I've learned so much from reading it since coming to Knoxville last November. I bought both 1120 WKCE and 1180 WVLZ.  

Sports Radio 1180 The VLZ is really taken off in its local sports format. And a great relationship with Scott Shannon has returned a local version of the True Oldies Channel, with True Oldies 1120 in Seymour/Maryville, featuring morning man Alan Kabel, Scott himself and Chuck Brinkman in afternoons.

We just moved the stations in the Executive Park Drive office building. Thanks again!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Time to crank up another week on 101 and the 101 Audio Vault!

Everyone loved Joe Grant, I had the pleasure of working with him at WIVK...he DJ'd at WETQ and WNOX and other dial positions too!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Let's get "Slick"

The 101 Audio Vault gets dusted off today for James Maurice on WNOX 990~


Monday, April 13, 2015

2014 Secret City Festival Wins Several Awards

Oak Ridge, TN – Each year festivals around the country offer festival goers an almost endless array of activities and events. The Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge, TN is no different offering concerts, children’s learning and recreation, science and technology exhibits, military reenactments, and much more.  

The International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) and the Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) are two prestigious organizations that evaluate and recognize outstanding festivals. According to the IFEA and the SFEA, Oak Ridge’s Secret City Festival was among the best in 2014. The IFEA and SFEA awarded the 2014 Secret City Festival with three and four awards, respectively. 

Awards received by the 2014 Secret City Festival are listed below,

IFEA presented the 2014 Secret City Festival with three awards:
Best Mobile App – Gold to Innovalysis
Best Radio Promotion (Budget Under $250,000) – Bronze to two radio stations, 96.7 Merle FM and Classic Hits 93.1 FM WNOX

SFEA presented the 2014 Secret City Festival with four awards:
Best Children’s Area – Gold to The City of Oak Ridge
Best Sponsor – Gold to UT Battelle 
Best Photo – Silver to Rob Welton
Best Volunteer – Silver to Lloyd Stokes

The Secret City festival is honored to work with such outstanding people and organizations. We are very proud that their exceptional efforts have been recognized by these prestigious festival organizations. 

The festival is presented by The City of Oak Ridge, The Oak Ridge Arts Council and the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau in addition many generous sponsors and volunteers. The 2015 Secret City Festival will be held on June 12-13 and music, crafts, children’s exhibits and activities, and a WWII reenactment. For more information visit .  

Frank Murphy (WNOX) – Best Radio Promotion Bronze
Jack Ryan (Merle FM) – Best Radio Promotion Bronze 


Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's the summer of '78... 

Some big movies were playing on the big screen~ Grease, Jaws 2 and Animal House!

The ratings arrived with WIVK A/F combining for 25.7 followed by WEZK and WRJZ both at 16.1, then WNOX 11.3 and WOKI 5.5.

Scott Sams left the platters behind for full time TV as the weatherman at WBIR Channel 10.

CC McCartney joined WNOX 990!

WOKI featured Johnny Pirkle (6-10), Gary Adkins (10-3), and Mike Beverly (3-7)!

John Conlee's "Rose Colored Glasses" had a long run at #1 that summer!

Bob Kesling and Steve Mears anchored the WIVK sports desk!

Mark Thompson was a DJ at WRJZ, he went on to cohost the famous Mark and Brian radio show!

...and Clyde Scott Jr became the PD at WATO 1290!

Where were you in the summer of '78?