Saturday, October 15, 2016

Go Vols...beat 'bama!

The latest Ktown radio ratings are in...

WIVK is still #1 but has dropped to an 11.0 share, WWST keeps upping their game and sits at a 9.6. WIMZ is third with a 8.7, WJXB is next at 8.3, and WKHT rounds out the top five with a 6.0 Share!

I wonder if anyone is reconsidering returning to all live, all local, all the time?

WOKI is in sixth place with a 3.8, WNOX 3.7, WCYQ 3.1, WDKW is spiking and up to a 3.1, WNML-FM is in at a 2.5 and their AM is at .8. WMYL has had their best showing in a while and scores a 2.0 share.

Do you ever contemplate what our media world would have looked like if the 7-7-7 rule had never been could own 7 AM, 7 FM, and 7 TV.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In 1969, WKGN was still in its old "Cumberland strip" location; an old grocery store. The overnight jock told listeners he had bought a new UT orange jersey and he was going to wear it for each show through football season - without washing it. He apparently considered the lack of hygiene something of a talisman for the team.

By the third game of the season, the morning jock was spraying his way into the control room, a can of Lysol in hand. The greater problem was that there was nowhere for jocks to store personal things, so the increasingly pungent jersey was hung on the jock's clip in the copywriter's room, where each jock picked up his commercials to record each day.

When the copywriter complained that the smell could "gag a maggot," Sonny Knight and I felt the need to rescue her. Using a wire clothes hangar to lift the jersey off of the clip (we couldn't bear to touch it directly), we carried it into the bathroom. We plugged the sink, filled it with hot water and soap and lowered the reeking jersey into it; then used the bathroom plunger to batter the dirt and sweat and stink out of it. The water turned a very dark gray. We subjected the jersey to two more such washings before we could touch it, then wrung out the water and hung it up to drip dry.

The overnight guy came in later and was aghast at what we had done.

Some promotions are better than others.

thanks for hangin' with the Possum,

Paul Randall (Possum Riley) Dickerson

Friday, October 07, 2016

...from the WIVK website~

Today is a tough one for me, because for over 28 years I’ve been a part of this family. For the last little while though, I’ve felt the leading to take a different path, which will actually just take me to my house for awhile. I believe that God has a dream for each of us, and many of you are living it. You are where you’re supposed to be, same as me once upon a time. The Bible talks about seasons, and there is a time for everything, and my time to leave has come. I’m excited about spending a lot more time with my heavenly Father, and will be more than happy to offer up a word to Him for you if you need it. Several of you are already on my list, but there’s always room for more. Thank you for your friendship, and thank you for giving me a chance to walk this part of my destiny out with you. I’m looking forward to seeing what God has dreamed for me next. I truly love each of you, because the love of Jesus is within me, and like Him, I only want the very best for your future, so I will be asking Him to bless you, and my Cumulus family in the days and years to come.

My last day will be this Friday, Oct 7th. I will miss you.

Forever your friend,


Monday, October 03, 2016

It's the summer of '86 and WOKI-FM 100 is branding itself as "Hits 100".

Their air patrol featured Ron Harper, Gary Beach and JJ Randle!

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Vin Scully broadcast his last Dodgers baseball game on Sunday, one of the greatest!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Happy October...and it's great to be a Tennessee Vol!

The 101 Audio Vault dusts off the year 1985 and WMYU morning DJ Mark Herzog~


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Birthday wishes this week to 101 Wall of Famer Jean Ash!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Go Vols beat Ohio!

The 101 Audio Vault travels back to 1975...thanks to Bob Catron for this WIVK 30 second promotional air check~


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101 heard from several new Your Dave Young 101 Wall of Fame members-

Mike Beck~ "Thanks George! It's quite an honor to be on a list like this. Ain't that right Miss Mull"

Tony Igar~ "What an honor to be included. Thank you"

Robin Huff (aka The Aardvark aka Scott Majors)~ "It's an honor and one that I'm very proud of... Well deserved to all who were elected!"

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The Your Dave Young 101 Wall of Fame~

Today is the 9th anniversary of our Knoxville Radio History 101 blog, and we added our 101 Facebook page a few years later!

Thanks to all for your photographs and memories and air checks!

...and now, our latest inductees in to our YDY 101 WOF~

  • Andy & Alison
  • Bob Kaghan
  • Colvin Idol
  • Dan Bell
  • Dick Winstead
  • Ed Martin
  • Frank Erwin
  • Glenn McNish
  • J. Bazzel Mull
  • Jefferson Kaye (Loren Owens)
  • Jim Dearman
  • Jimmy Hyams
  • Jimmy Vineyard
  • Mike Beck
  • Mike Clark
  • Norman Majors
  • Pete Dreyer
  • Possum Riley (Paul Dickerson)
  • Robin Huff
  • Tony Igar


Sunday, September 04, 2016

Curtis Parham is perhaps most remembered for his teaming with Walker Johnson on WRJZ and U-102. CP spent some time at WIVK too, as we unleash the 101 Audio Vault...(along with Channing Smith from '85!)~


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The new YDY 101 Wall of Fame class will be unveiled on the blog's 9th anniversary (9/7), cast your ballot to 101!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Possum Riley looks back on some super jocks...WKGN, circa 1970~

Jim Dearman (news anchor/sidekick at WKGN, who I hired as PD in 1970). Great presence on the air, later shifted by Mooney Broadasting to its WMAK in Nashville.
Ted Ferguson, who did afternoons at WKGN, starting in 1970, then went on to Detroit.
Jefferson Kaye (Loren Owens) Morning star at WKGN in '70-71. I was smart enough to hire him twice; in to Knoxville and out of it, to Buffalo. Loren has been half of "Loren and Wally" on WROR in Boston for decades.

Do you have WKGN memories from the late 60's, early 70's? Send your photographs and memories to 101...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Knoxville radio history is made daily!

Did you know Rick Kirk is still on the radio in Knoxville?

Rick was part of the original air team at WRJZ The New 62 back in 1976.

Rick can be heard weekends on B 97.5!

The station mantra is "Today's Hits & All Your Favorites".

530-10 Ashley, Brad & Michele

10-3 Valerie Anderton

3-7 Shane Cox

7-12 Delilah

12-6 John Tesh

I'm listening right now via the TuneIn Radio app! The station's calls are WJXB.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

101 travels to the fall of 1985... 

The CBS Morning News anchors were Forest Sawyer, Maria Shriver, Faith Daniels, and Steve Baskerville.

The Vols beat #1 ranked Auburn 38-20!

Drive timers at WOKI-FM were Ron Harper (AM) and Jeff Jarnigan (PM).

Eddie Beacon and Bill Beason worked together at WNOX 990.

In October Curtis Parham and Jeff Jarnigan joined WMYU 102.1.

Chuck Tanner is hired to manage the '86 Braves. (Bobby Cox joined soon thereafter as GM)

The World Series pitted Royals versus Cardinals! ABC announcers were Al Michaels, Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver.

Claude Tomlinson along with Lester Longmire and Mr Schultz were still #1 in the morning on WIVK.

Where were you in the fall of '85?