The year was 1973 and WKGN was presenting "The History of Rock and Radio"...
I was a student at Bearden Junior High and already had my eye set on broadcasting for a career. Picture the excitement when the WKGN DJs visited and made this presentation!!!
Do you remember these disc jockeys? Where are they today?
Did anyone help jump start Your radio career? 4 me it was "Your Dave Young". That summer day back in '76 when I stopped in at WIVK on Bearden Hill to drop off an air check to Bobby Denton, Your Dave happened to be sitting in for Booby. I was escorted back to the control, made my introduction and reacquainting "hello remember me?"...I left my air check and resume, no doubt it was properly delivered as I was soon hired as a weekender at WIVK and YDY took me under his wings!
I've been looking for a better name for our 101 Wall of Fame so (the light bulb went bright), going forward the 101 Wall of Fame will be renamed, in recognition of the one individual who helped a young man's radio dream come true...it's time to vote for the new members~
"Hi George. To clarify a bit, Clifford Jennings is still the owner of WQLA. We have filed to transfer it to my company and are awaiting FCC approval. The station was about a month away from being permanently deleted so I helped Cliff get it back on and then am helping him keep it going until FCC approval. It's just another milestone in my ridiculously expensive hobby of saving dead and dying small town AM's. When this one closes, I will own four. Anyone want one cheap? Plus I still work forty hours a week for South Central soon to be Midwest Communications on the hill in Knoxville. I guess I'm one of the small handful of 70's folks still making a living at this business. Which is good, because I have absolutely no other marketable skills." (Mike Beverly)
Happy Birthday 2maro to Mike Beach!
It's time to vote...for the 2015 101 Wall of Fame, send your nominees to KtownRadio@gmail.com! Vote for 5- the current members are listed on the right side of the blog!
Here are two Ktown legends...Dave Young and Ed Brantley~
Regarding Disco 13..."I was at WKGN when Steve Dahl of WLUP Chicago burned those disco records at the baseball park in Chicago. It was November 1979 when Bobby Denton rescued me and brought me to WIVK". (Tony Igar)
Regarding WQLA..."Mike Beverly has reportedly taken over the operation of WQLA. 101 awaits the filing of a transfer of ownership or an LMA. Stay tuned!" (Anon E Mouse)
This was the main control board when I worked at WIVK in the 70's...we played 45 rpm records and the entire back wall was a book shelf of 33s!
2 microphones for the stereo sound and we even turned on the mic with a foot pedal. Behind that curtain was a wall...
The 45 rpm records that you see were categorized into pic hits, current fast A, current slow B, up and coming fast C, up and coming slow D, and there was a cubby hole for those records exiting those categories but still fairly new.
You see a radio, top right...Booby and a few others did not wear head phones so when the mic turned on he could still hear the music thru that radio.
Not pictured but to the left was a connected table with 2 microphones...Marshall Andy sat there when being interviewed, during Football Finals that was where Tim Priest and Joe Thompson would opine!
We had no required format...balance the categories and stay on the request line~ radio at its best!