Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Here's Johnny...

(regarding Eddie Beacon)~

Eddie was doing overnights at his first radio gig as "Eddie Knight" when I pointed out that Carlos Kivett, who was opposite him on WKGN, was calling himself "Sonny Knight", so Eddie Beacon was born. After leaving the Big 99 in the wake of a middle of the night party that was heard on an open mic, Eddie landed at WKGN, before W149, WRJZ and several other stations. Great jock, even greater guy. We worked together at 4 or 5 of them, and probably will again.

~Johnny Pirkle

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Happy Birthday!!!

Eddie Beacon "The Swingin' Deacon"...

Where to begin? 1st, Happy 70th!!!

When you measure the Ktown radio history landscape this voice has to be at or near the top of the list of all time impact players...

Where did you first hear Eddie on the radio? WNOX in the 60's? 15Q? W-149? WRJZ? WKGN?

I snapped this photo back in December '08 when Eddie was on the air at a Journal Broadcast station, he had me and CP on his show one day, talking, of course...Knoxville radio history.

Eddie gave me the chance to relive my 1st love (broadcasting) when he added me as a regular on his NASCAR radio show on WNOX-FM 100 back in 2010~ "Bumper 2 Bumper".

Happy and Healthy wishes to you...and maybe another radio gig for you too!!!

Monday, June 06, 2016

The original program director at WRJZ in 1976 was Bob Kaghan. We feature Bob via the 101 Audio Vault on "The New 62"!


Friday, June 03, 2016

one of the good guys...

I took this photo of Dan...so you can surmise that we go back a few years! Dan was and is one of the good guys in radio. We both joined WIVK in the mid 70's and were thrown together as advisors for the Junior Achievement club we hosted at the station. One of our JA members was the late Jamey Kerr, my life long friend who ended up following Dick Broadcasting to their stations in Greensboro NC.

Dan was a newsman, a DJ, and eventually found his calling as Santa Claus! PS...his Sunday Survey on WIVK became a famous and regularly listened to weekend program for many years.

These days Dan hosts the 2-6p show on Praise 96.3 as well as the weekend countdown survey on Merle-FM!

HBD Dan!!! (and many more)  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CP...Curtis Parham, was the morning DJ at MOR format WETE 620 AM back in the mid 70's in Ktown! Enter major market sounding WRJZ in November '76 and the Wall of Fame team of CP and Walker was created, and...drum roll, the rest is history.

WRJZ lasted, in it's original format, for about five years...CP and Walker made the move to U-102 and WHIG. WHIG? Yes, WIVK 850 was renamed WHIG, for about 3 days, then flipped back to WIVK 850.

Here's CP on WIVK~


Sunday, May 22, 2016

These two worked at many Ktown dial positions...Your Dave Young and Bill Miller aka Suitcase Simpson!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

In late '76 Ktown saw WETE become WRJZ "The New 62", the CP and Walker morning team was formed and soon after John Boy Isley became the night DJ. The station definitely had a major market sound!

I worked there in '82 when the station had gone country...Steve Bridgewater was our PD with Eddie Beacon anchoring middays! 

The 101 Audio Vault dusts off the voice of PD Bob Kaghan, circa '76~


Saturday, May 14, 2016

101 travels to early 1985, where were you?

Grady's Goodtimes was the taste of the town, located at Kingston Pike and Papermill Road!

The Vols basketball team featured Tony White, Michael Brooks, and Rob Jones.

WIMZ on air staff~ Phil Williams 6-10, Keith Lambert 10-2, Scott Paulson 2-7, George Allen 7-12, and Dave Ball 12-6.

George Foster was baseball's highest salary at $2.04 million per season.

Scott Sams was the weatherman at Team 6 WATE...and Alan Williams anchored sports.

Jean Ash was the morning news anchor at WIVK, with The Great Day Show!

Ktown was dumped with 9" of snow...all in one day! And then a few weeks later an even larger snow fall occurred.

Don Farmer and Chris Curle were the big names on CNN.

The USFL was playing football.

Thursday, May 05, 2016


Since the early 80's WIVK-FM has only had two midday disc jockeys...Bob Thomas and Colleen Adair!

Bob has now officially announced he is a candidate for mayor (#Bob4Mayor)...today the 101 Audio Vault dusts off 1985 and Bob~


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

101 is going to spend some time in 1985!

The 101 Audio Vaults dusts off WIVK and WIMZ, Ed Brantley on afternoon drive and a "Top 5 at 5" promo via Phil Williams~


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

101 is in the Florida panhandle this week so I wanted to post this classic of WKGN veteran Chris Hampton from his days at WBSR Pensacola!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016