Thursday, May 25, 2017

Steve Bridgewater's first exposure to Ktown radio was in 1976 as he was one of the hired guns who manned the mics at 15Q! Wow and what a list of DJs they brought in!

Fast forward to 1982 and Steve returned to program WRJZ and be the morning DJ as Dr Don West. I was a DJ there and it was a grand year working with Eddie Beacon, Bill Beason, Martin Baker, David Henley, Ernie Baker, Jessica James, etc!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Here's more John Isley on WRJZ via The 101 Audio Vault~


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The first time John Isley turned on his mic at 62 WRJZ it was obvious he was destined for radio greatness. 

The 101 Audio Vault features this classic "Buoy Promo"~


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

S Paul Lyle

101 was sad to learn that S Paul Lyle has passed away.

Paul was WIVK's first Sports Director and moved to Nashville when Dick Broadcasting purchased WKDA/WKDF in Nashville in the mid 70's.

Paul became Sales Manager there and made a career of it!

Paul was a regular contributor to our 101 blog~ go rest high on that mountain!

(photos are from Paul's FB page~ WKDA/WKDF crew with Paul Harvey, and Paul with VFL Mike Jackson)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chris Hampton posted this classic photo on our 101 Facebook page! This is the WKGN 1340 control room via Alcoa Highway, circa 1972!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Star of the Smokies...

WNOX AM 990 was for decades one of the premier radio signals in the southeast, booming out 10000 watts both day and night.

Each night at midnight the station ran this ID/promo...voiced by Eddy Roy~


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Back in the mid 70's WIVK was becoming all Vols football on Saturdays during the fall. I worked 6p-midnight on Saturday so I was in the thick of the action. I vividly recall Tim Priest and Joe Thompson arriving either before or after the game and talking football with Jimmy Vineyard. Remember, this was before full time sports stations were popular. Go Vols!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

It's February 1975 and Dr Al Adams is approaching his return as morning DJ and Program Director at WKGN 1340. Thusly the Dave Young Morning Show was ending as was Todd Martin's tenure at WKGN.

The 101 Audio Vault features Todd (Martin Lee)~


Saturday, May 06, 2017

WATO 1290 Oak Ridge

It's wonderful that glorious old photos have survived the ages! Did you spin the hits from this control room? I was the morning DJ at WATO for a short period of time in the early 80's! You? Say hello to 101 at

Long live AM 1290!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Back in the spring of '76 I was getting my start in radio via WBLC 1360 Lenoir City. The 101 Audio Vault features owner and morning DJ Earl Lauderdale...


Monday, April 24, 2017

Here's JJ Stevens on WKGN 1340 via the 101 Audio Vault~


Monday, April 17, 2017

got sports radio?

Talk radio (versus music radio) is becoming a more dominant force in our transistors! In Ktown alone there are now three sports radio stations! 

The morning show on Sports Radio WNML now has a permanent morning cohost to replace Mickey Dearstone...VFL Tyler Ivens joins Heather Harrington on the First Quarter, weekdays from 6 to 9a!

Tyler joins from KGYM in Cedar Rapids Iowa...and his Twitter bio reveals some groovy traits~ "Radio talker, whiskey drinker, cigar enthusiast. Often found with his four legged friend Murphy. Formerly at Mr Cacciatore's on Sullivan Street. #VFL

101 welcomes Tyler home to Big Orange Country!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mark Thompson found fame as part of the legendary Mark and Brian morning show, first on WAPI-FM Birmingham (101 air checked their farewell) and for many years thereafter at KLOS-FM in Los Angeles. (25 years on KLOS-FM). In his early years, he was part of the team at 62 WRJZ~