Friday, December 13, 2019

Back in the late 70's WNOX 990 was sounding really good, the 101 Audio Vault features CC McCartney...

Thursday, December 05, 2019

WRJZ in it's "Top 40" format last about five years, late 1976 thru 1981...I was a DJ there in 1982 during the country format era. 

WRJZ created the legendary morning duo of CP and Walker and housed a young up and comer named John Boy Isley after dark.

The 101 Audio Vault features two of the mainstays...Rick Kirk and JJ Scott~

Sunday, December 01, 2019

The Your Dave Young 101 Wall of Fame

Happy December!

Earlier this year we announced the 2019 Living Legend Award recipient- Johnny Pirkle, and the 101st member of the WOF- Chip Guberlaksi*.

Chip is that little DJ in my head that signed WGMV 1300 (my imaginary station) on the air on this day back in 1971. I bet you still play DJ while driving in your car too!

Here's the new class...

Chip Guberalski
Allen Dick
Allen Presley
Brad Allen
Dave Elrod
Harry Morgan
James Maurice
JoAnna Huffman
Joe Grant
Mike Keith
Sam Thrower
Skip Broussard
Steve Bridgewater
Tony Igar
Win Maxwell

Congrats to it's time to get back to some groovy dial twisting!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving...gobble, gobble!

He's an ageless wonder...Mike Beach!

This photo with Ron "Tater Salad" White at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach is from Ron's show on November 22.

We all have radio heroes, Mike was one of mine, particularly during his time as afternoon DJ at WKGN in mid 70's working with Dr. Al Adams.

Mike worked the Ktown dial positions...WETE, WIVK, WNOX, WKGN, W149, 15Q and of course mornings on WIMZ teaming with an equal legend Phil Williams.

Send your photographs and memories to 101!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Back in '79 Suzanne Dalton was reading news at WNOX 990. On this newscast she mentions the American hostages being held in Iran...remember those times?

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RIP- Skip Woolwine, age 61, passed away on Novemeber 7. Skip attended Vandy and worked as a DJ at WSM during his college years. Skip also mic'd at WLAC and Y-107 as well as at public radio stations in Nashville. Skip was a founding member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame!

Friday, November 08, 2019

...hangin' with the Possum


Did I ever tell you about the 1969 WKGN promotion where anyone who rode their motorcycle from Tyson Park to the "Rocking Chair Theatre" out on Kingston Pike got in free. Skip Broussard had a Suzuki and I had a Honda. We led a long procession of bikes out the pike to arrive for a special midnight showing. After the movie ended, around 2 am, I felt the need for a "nature break" and I walked out a few minutes later to find my bike was the only one left in the parking lot. It surely was a lonely ride back downtown seeing as I had just watched "Easy Rider".

Possum Riley aka Paul Randall Dickerson

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The 101 Audio Vault travels back forty years to Xmas Eve 1979...Randy Miller on WNOX-

Friday, October 25, 2019

101 travels back to early 1977...on Saturday January 1 I broke in the new year by being on WIVK-FM from 6p-midnight.

That month the daytime only AM signed off at 5:45pm!

Over at WNOX 990 the DJ line up included- Eddy Roy 6-10, Terry Phillips 10-3, Dick Winstead 3-7, Scott Sams aka Night Bird 7-12, and Russ Brown 12-6. 

Johnny Majors was the Vols head ball coach and George Cafego was coaching the kickers!

Tony Eubanks decided to exit the 7p-12 weeknight WIVK time slot and was replaced by Don Meltabarger. At that same time Michael Gayles returned to host WIVK's afternoon sports.

January saw The Brothers joining WOKI-FM 100 in the 11p-2a time slot...oh, and Gary Gilmore was executed then too!

The BasketVols featured the Ernie and Bernie tandem and on the team was a young frosh, my Bearden High classmate Bert Bertelkamp.

On January 20 Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as our new POTUS.

WBIR-FM, later WIMZ, entered the country music format game, with Karl Shannon, Ken Johnson, Tony Eubanks, The Mulls, Don Lindsey, and Mike Johnson as their air force.

At that time WKGN 1340 was album rock~ AD, Dave Elrod, Robin Beck, and Keith Lambert all worked 6 hour shifts (automated?)...

And that's a wrap on January 1977...where were you?

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Lizzie McGuire is returning (the reboot) including Jake Thomas (Bob's son) aka Matt McGuire- stay tuned!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Do you remember?

Marty Shayne recently joined our 101 Facebook page! He was a morning DJ at both WNOX and you remember Marty?

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

This incredible photo was recently posted on the 101 Facebook page, thank you Nick Archer.

Here's the lead up to this line up, which was hatched on July 3, 1972. In May of '72 Mooney Broadcasting transferred Alan Dennis to sister station WMAK in Nashville (the trend would continue). Eddie Beacon returned at that time to WKGN and the 7p-midnight show.

6 Bobby Rivers
9 Bob Baron
11 Chris Hampton
3 Wayne Bernard
7 Eddie Beacon
12 Frank Erwin

Eddie aka Elwood P Suggins only stayed a few weeks (would love to hear that story, ha)...Frank Erwin moved to the night show with Monte Morgan anchoring midnight to 6a.

And then on July 3 with Bobby Rivers exiting (Possum Riley can fill us in), PD Bob Baron took over mornings and added two jocks, Gary Drake and Jerry Steele.

6 Bob Baron
9 Gary Drake
12 Chris Hampton
3 Wayne Bernard
7 Frank Erwin
12 Jerry Steele

That line up (and the photo above lasted for decades, in radio years...7 months!). On February 26, 1973 enter stage left- Jack Diamond as Gary Drake left.

Jack morphed in to Coyote Calhoun and was a Louisville KY mainstay for decades.

Here's the line when Jack was added...

6 Bob Baron
9 Frank Erwin
12 Chris Hampton
3 Wayne Bernard
7 Jack Diamond
12 Jerry Steele

~ and the rest is Knoxville Radio History (101)!!!

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Before his TV days, Scott Sams traveled the Ktown dial position as a disc jockey...WBLC, WETE, WKGN, WNOX, and 15Q (as Jamie Rivers). These days Scott is back behind the microphone at KRLD in Dallas!

The 101 Audio Vault dusts off an old cassette and visits 1977 and Double Super WNOX- 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Knoxville Radio History 101 is made each and every day...

Last Friday Q100 morphed in to 100.3 The Wolf "New Country Now".

Bobby Bones is on in the morning, Dana Lundon voice tracks 10a-3p from WZZK in B'ham, and afternoons feature the former morning duo of Opie Joe and Carina!

The new website is Knoxville Wolf

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The 101 InBox...featuring Paul Randall Dickerson aka Possum Riley-

Hey George- As you might have heard by now, Loren Owens (Jefferson Kaye at WKGN) has signed off in Boston after 38 years. He and WROR ownership couldn't agree on a new contract and LO's last show was June 28th. His longtime co-host, Wally Brine, had retired about three years earlier. The Loren and Wally Show was a staple in the northeast, featuring a running series of skits called "Men from Maine" that are still out on YouTube.

Your friendly neighborhood marsupial~ Possum Riley

George- Saw the Ktown note on WKGN going disco in '78. Somebody at Mooney Broadcasting must have drunk some bad Kool Aid that year. WMAK in Nashville also succumbed to disco fever, rebranding as Majic 13. 1) Disco was beginning to wane by then, except for in clubs and 2) Disco fans wanted a big, stereo, thumping, danceable beat. Squeezing out Donna Summer (by then singing disco oldies) through a tiny, noisy AM signal was a lousy programming choice. WMAK, too, soon abandoned the format, selling the AM to a religious broadcaster who rebranded it (again) as "Nashville Quality Ministries"- WNQM. Ironically, the station, now doing a mix of English and Spanish talk, has managed to jack up its daytime power from 5kw to 50kw and its night signal from 1kw to 5kw. Like Grandma said when Mary Lou ran off with the Suggins boy, "There ain't no accountin' for taste."

Thanks for hangin' with the Possum