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 www.secretcityfestival.com .
Frank Murphy (WNOX) – Best Radio Promotion Bronze
Jack Ryan (Merle FM) – Best Radio Promotion Bronze
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)
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!
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
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.”
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
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.
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
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)-
John E Douglas
Paul R Wells
Ernie the Bartender
Dr Don West
...on and on and on! got name?
5p 2day, another big announcement is coming your way on Jack Ryan's show at Merle-FM!