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?

Friday, April 03, 2015

In early 1976 15Q entered the Knoxville airwaves, it didn't stick. In late 1976 WRJZ entered, it did stick.

From late '76 thru '81 WRJZ was a market leading Top 40 radio station, a country music format followed in '82.

The original afternoon DJ at WRJZ was Tim Edwards, he's featured here in the 101 Audio Vault~


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Happy Good Friday shout out to Brian Rice (Twitter- @brianrice), he is the Lady Vols softball PBP announcer and does a great job!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

WATO 1290

There are a ton of interactive stories on our 101 Facebook page. Ron Meredith posted this recently, a great WATO story...

"I bought WATO in about 92 from Frank Treese. We bought new equipment, digital automation in '92 (the management) we took it talk and launched with Pat Buchanan and G Gordon Liddy on the 4th July. The talk of the Town. We remodeled the entire inside of the building. Painted, new carpet, new, slightly used office equipment. We put a new roof on and painted the entire outside and bought a station vehicle. We were profitable in a few months. We did every local sport we could and people listened to us. In '99 Doug Horn was growing his radio holdings. They were interested in WYSH. I would not sale WYSH and they opted for WATO. When they closed the local office and moved everything to Knoxville/Farragut it went down hill fast. Hated to see it as David Clary can tell you we had it rockin' better than it had in a long time or has since. There is so much history with that station and I could tell you some incredible stories. We received a waive on lighting the towers in '93, the high did not require it. And our engineer Bob Wallace was able to correct the signal and the directional pattern. It took him 3 years though. It was a mess when we got it, but in good shape making money when we sold it." (Ron Meredith)

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's July 1980...

...and Randy Miller says  goodbye to Ktown!

Randy leaves afternoons at WNOX for morning drive at WRVQ-FM in Richmond VA!

Here's the new WNOX line up~

6  Eddie Rogers
10 Scott Majors
2  Phil Williams
6  Tom Michaels
10 Jim Donovan
2  James Maurice

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Up thru the fall of '77 WNOX still voiced many long term personalities including Eddy Roy, Dick Windstead, and Phil Williams.

In late September things changed as Eddy Roy exited after many years and a new PD was added, Kelly West, he joined from WXIL Parkersburg WVA and became afternoon DJ too!

WNOX was "The Famous 99" with Phil Williams as morning DJ, Russ Brown 10-3, West afternoons,  Sonny C 7p-12, and James Maurice overnights. Colvin Idol, Ron Ashburn, and David Henley anchored the news desk.

Before '77 ended Mike Beach was added to the line up as afternoon drive with West and Brown splitting middays!

The 101 Audio Vault features Kelly West~


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ed Rupp is known as "The Traffic Doctor"...the 101 Audio Vault features Dan Bell teaching Ed the WIVK control board and then Ed's first solo flight...


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Not everyone at WKGN was happy with the format switch from AOR to disco...the DJ on the air is named Jennifer~


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Speaking of Jennifer, Jennifer Alexander is back on the air at Merle-FM, live nightly from 7p to midnight!

Monday, March 16, 2015

He's a huge part of Knoxville Radio History (101)...


(Knoxville, TN) -- In its second major announcement in less than a week, Merle 96.7 (WMYL/Knoxville) today announced the addition of Hall of Fame Program Director and Music Consultant Mike Hammond. “Mike brings four decades of country music knowledge and relationships from Nashville to Knoxville to Merle FM,” says Jack Ryan, Merle afternoon show host and station partner. “I’m pleased to have him available on a professional level as well as a personal one.”

In addition to the professional aspect of Hammond’s presence at the radio group, there’s a personal one: Mike is Jack’s father. “While Jack’s air name is Ryan, his last name is Hammond,” says Mike. We’re both excited to be working together again in this way.”

Hammond serves as the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk. "This is my focus each day, and I am proud of what our team has accomplished. Working with Merle on the weekends will be another extension of my public service as I work with artists and musicians to give them the chance to have their music heard on the radio."

"In my 40 year career in country radio, music has been my passion. The chance to hear new artists like Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift and see their careers go worldwide has been a source of pride to me. I hope to continue that tradition with Merle FM. Ron and Jack are passionate about the music and I look forward to working with them to bring not only new music from Nashville but music from our local artists as well." Hammond begins his new role April 1st.

Ron Meredith built Merle FM 96.7 in 2007. It is now the highest rated and most successful locally-owned radio station in the Knoxville market. With the addition of afternoon drive host now partner Jack Ryan in 2012 Merle FM accelerated the climb to the top of Knoxville’s Radio market. Now, with the addition of Ed Brantley last week and, Mike Hammond today the Merle FM staff will have more than 190 years of combined broadcasting experience and will work to become Knoxville’s number one radio station. 

“It is our goal to move Merle FM into the top spot in Knoxville radio.says Meredith. People the caliber of Ed Brantley and Mike Hammond combined with our already successful staff Jack Ryan, Dan Bell, Phil Jarnagin, Jennifer Alexander and a host of others, that goal may be attained much faster.

What's in a name?

As a five year old most have an imaginary friend...with a made up name. In radio we get to make up an on air name for real!

Some Ktown monikers~ (made up in their minds)-

Suitcase Simpson
'Possum Riley
Smokey Burns
John E Douglas
Jack Diamond
Kent Newton
Jeff Winters
Arch Bishop
Paul R Wells
Jack Ryan
Dick Winstead
Ernie the Bartender
Keith Lambert
Robin Beck
Barry Tucker
Jamie Rivers
Dr Don West

...on and on and on! got name?

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5p 2day, another big announcement is coming your way on Jack Ryan's show at Merle-FM!

Friday, March 13, 2015

It was fairly normal to have a standard sign off as a DJ back in the day...Bobby Denton would close out with "put a little love in your heart darling, bye..."!

I created my own exit sentence, even heard another DJ use it once when signing off. I was in the car with Your Dave driving down Kingston Pike, we were dial twisting and caught the unnamed thief, ha. 


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Say what? Yep, Merle-FM has another big announcement, this Monday at 5p. In case you missed it, Ed Brantley is joining the locally owned and operated country giant.

Happy Birthday to Bill Miller aka Suitcase Simpson!