I was the Operations Manager and Program Director for WMYU-FM (U-102) from 1985 to 1989. That was the period when we upgraded the signal, built a new tower and moved the studios from Sevierville to West Knoxville in one of C.H. Butcher’s former bank buildings. (We had fun with that doing “secret vault” type promotions.) We also took the station from a so-so ratings performer to #2 in the market.
GREAT staff in those days with CP and Walker doing mornings, Larry Trotter was APD and midday host and Jeff Jarnigan did afternoon drive. Eddie Beacon and many others did weekend shows as well. One of the best times of my career was living and working in Knoxville. The owners of U-102 sent me to Tampa when they bought stations here and I’ve been here ever since and even opened my own company nearly 5 years ago.
I have at least one, and maybe more, complete station composite airchecks if you would like to have them for your website. I might even have a story or two about the Knoxville radio wars of the late 80’s which in those days primarily involved U-102, WIVK (although they won everything hands down), WIMZ and WOKI.
Great website so please keep up the good work. All the best.
Birthday wishes this past weekend to Chip Emerson and Bob Thomas!
I was surprised that you played a little tidbit of me when I worked at WKGN. Yes did work there and it was a great learning experience working around all those great DJ’s. I was swing man and handled production work for the Bob Baron; they sold the station, sent a few to their Nashville station and let the others go since I was the newest I was let go. I knew what was going on and was ready to take a vacation anyway after coming down from Kingsport where Wayne Bernard and I worked at WKIN, I brought him to WKIN, we both grew up in Rogersville and started in radio at WRGS and he countered and brought me to WKGN about a year later. We owned the Tri-Cities of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City which is a big market now. I was crazy mornings and Wayne was a cool afternoons. It was a blast. I was swing man at 'KGN and worked all the shifts I was quiet amazed at all the college students that would drive to the station to get a peek at Jack Diamond when Diamond was working he was really off the chain, a great radio announcer and no we never let any females into the station at night! Then suddenly things changed at 'KGN it was sold. So I was let go, I always wanted to take a vacation after the ARMY so it was a good chance, I was in American Forces Radio in South Korea, as a kid what ride it was anyway I went to Myrtle Beach for a month. I was talking to one of my friends back in Knoxville and he told me a man by the name Eddy Roy was trying to reach me. I called him and it was Roy In the Morning who turned out to be one of my best friends in Knoxville and of course I met the Great Ron Ashburn (and they are mild) who made such an impression on me, what a great man he was he taught me enough to do news mid mornings before I took over for Fleetwood Gruver yeah that was his real name and soon as you know I was moved to afternoons and Ron was my newsman the rest is history. Does anyone remember when “Winstead and Roy” appeared at the Steak and Ale on Kingston pike once a week? It was rough on Eddy because he had to work mornings but I loved it I always wanted to do stand up and my dreams were fulfilled. I would love to contact Eddy just to shoot the breeze some of the things we would do in production working together were so funny I couldn’t stop laughing, I know most do not know that about the conservative sound of Eddy Roy but he really has a sense of humor. I have moved from Miami back to Tennessee to be near my son and grand kids. Thank God I’m still in great health and have more radio work to do and would really like to return to Knoxville in one way or the other now that I’m back in the area. I always love reading about what’s happening in radio in Knoxville and have so much I would like to talk about especially the amazing journey at WNOX. Here’s a little note for Johnny Pirkle, whom I have always respected, I was painting my dad’s house in the 60’s listening to WNOX from Rogersville TN and “The Pirkle Circle". He really impressed me, from that time I made it a personal goal to work at WNOX, hey Johnny I don’t think we have ever met but you were an inspiration for this kid in his life in radio. Thank You.
What's in a name?
One DJ that has had a couple of great on air names is Jack Diamond. Jack worked nights at WKGN back in the early 70's.
Jack's second great on air name was/is Coyote Calhoun, in fact that has been his moniker since he packed up and left Ktown for Louisville KY! First at WAKY then as PD and founding DJ at WAMZ Louisville since 1980.
Part of my love for modern technology is the ability to "dial twist" world wide...who would have ever thought?
While working as a weekend DJ in college at WIVK, way back~ 70's!, I had the pleasure of meeting Randy Miller. Bobby Denton tended to hire fresh young talent right out of high school, me and Randy included.
Randy went on to major market fame in Kansas City, even jocked at WGN Chicago!
Starting Monday 2/10 Randy will be hosting the 6-10a morning shoe on 98.5 The Bar!
Hey George, a little update on W&W. We are now tracking mornings for KTHS 107.1 in Berryville AR and KCYT 96.7 The Coyote in Fayetteville. We were apart for almost 4 years. Bunyard Broadcasting asked us to get the team back together for these two stations. We are having a blast and the reception has been surprising, considering we've been gone from the market for 11 years.