Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wilhite and Wall are now syndicated and are actually back in East Tennessee radio on my Spring City-Dayton station WRHA and translator (River Country 101.1). Can't be heard in Knoxville but they are making their way back. (Mike Beverly)

...from 101~ you can catch River Country 101.1 on the TuneIn Radio app!

Hey George, thanks for the shoutout. Our little syndicated show is starting to grow. We are up to 7 stations now, including River Country 101.1 WRHA in Dayton, TN. (Darren Wilhite).

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Happy Birthday to Bill Miller aka Suitcase Simpson!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Wilhite and Wall followed Claude Tomlinson as hosts of "Great Day" on WIVK...they are still a duo over 25 years later! Via the 101 Audio Vault here they are recently on 96.7 The Coyote ~

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Oh 'Possum...

George -

Saw the query about when WNOX first began failing financially on the Ktown 101 blog. I think I can shed a bit of light on that.

Mack Sanders bought 'NOX; a class-A Nashville FM "Light Rock 100" as well as the old WENO AM; and a big FM stick and a 50k AMer that was daytime only in Birmingham (WERC). He flipped WNOX to country, put a giant painting of himself in the lobby and built a McMansion for himself in Thompson's Station, south of Nashville. Cash flow became an issue and he sold the broadcast properties to Elf, based in New York City. They quickly ran out of money and - faced with having to take back the stations - Mack scrambled to find another buyer. He found a group of good broadcasters who had stations in coastal Maine and Utica, NY. They were doing well and wanted to expand into the South. The best-known of them was Bob Dearborn, who was a top-notch personality in Chicago and other markets. The president was Rick James - former WCFL and WABC news anchor. Steve Hunter, who had been in news at WGN in Chicago also was in the group. I had known Rick since elementary school and I left WSM to sign on as the Nashville general manager. The Sanders stations' finances had been stressed before he sold them, became critical under Elf and landed on the rebranded REBS. I felt very sorry for the new company because I'm convinced previous financial shenanigans did it in. These were good people who deserved much better. In my last months with REBS, I was shuttling between Ashland City (near Nashville) and Knoxville to try to hold WNOX and WTNZ-FM together. In fact, I made the 1987 phone call to a friend at Dick Broadcasting that got WNOX sold to that solid group and preserved it. 

Paul Randall (Possum Riley) Dickerson

Thursday, March 01, 2018


I snapped this photo of Bob Thomas back in the late 70's...this is the WIVK AM 850 control room!

Bob, like many of us, got his DJ start at WBLC 1360 in Lenoir City. He spent some time at WBIR 1240 before finding a home at WKGN 1340. 'KGN was on fire at that time with a line up that included Wayne Bernard aka Charlie Chase.

Fast forward to 1977 (after a quickie at 15Q) and Bob could be heard on WIVK on the weekends. It didn't take long for Bob to anchor down the midday show, which became the #1 midday radio show in America. 

After a decade and a half in that time slot Bob exited stage left and for the left coast...Hollywood! Years later East Tennessee called Bob home...and he teamed up with another of the legends, Ed Brantley, to form the Ed and Bob Show on WNOX FM 100.3. For years they entertained East Tennessee in the morning (Thank you Johnny Pirkle).

Today is Bob's birthday...and today we salute Bob, hopefully Knox County's next mayor. #Bob4Mayor

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The 101 InBox~

Hi George,

I was just wondering if anyone would happen to know when WNOX AM 990 first started having financial problems back in the 80s? I always wondered if was when the station was owned by Mack Sanders, Elf Communications, or REBS Inc.

Can't help but wonder if Mack Sanders made a mistake by returning WNOX to a Country Music format back in 1982. It seems the station was never the same after it was sold...

Brian Alden

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

He's Back...

Wouldn't it be fun to be back on the radio! Multi-award winning Nashville photographer Jeff Hawkins has made it happen.

Jeff has joined WHIN as a weekend DJ, heard "live" every Saturday from 10a-3p. The station is outside of Nashville in Sumner County, Hendersonville.

Thru the years Jeff worked at several East Tennessee stations...WIVK, WNOX, WKGN, WETQ, etc. His monikers included Jeff Winters and Jeff Shannon. On WHIN he's known as Jeff Shannon, check him out this weekend!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dan Bell joined WIVK's news department in the fall of '76. It didn't take Dan long to start spinning the discs, including creating an award winning and still running program called "The Sunday Survey". (Now heard on Merle-FM). Here's Dan back in '80 via The 101 Audio Vault~

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The 101 Audio Vault travels to WEZK-FM 97.5 and Dr Dave Dunaway~

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WVLZ was recently sold prompting exits from Tony Basilio and Jayson Swain...Basilio is back at WJBE and Swain, as always, is available via his Swain Event app!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By 1980 WBIR had morphed in to WHEL, a mixed format of music, news, and talk. The beaming voice of Win Maxwell hosted Cross Talk from noon until 2p daily. Via the 101 Audio Vault, here's Win...

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Ron Ashburn air check recently shared was a wonderful trip to an earlier time. Mr. Ashburn was one of the nicest people I ever met. I would occasionally see him in the Krystal, located on North Broadway just down from the WBIR studios. He was a voracious listener and watcher of Knoxville radio and TN programming. And even though he was a competitor, he always had a kind word about some report, TV news story, or broadcast I had done. Many may not know that Ashburn was a nationally recognized radio talent. In the 1960’s, he could be heard on dozens of national patent medicine, detergent, clothing, and chain retail store ads. While he was frail in stature, his talent and warm personality contributed significantly to the Knoxville radio scene. This town owes a lot to Ron, and to UT’s Herb Howard…we’re all much better because they came our way.

Art Miller

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The 101 Audio Vault travels to 1966 and WNOX 990 featuring the pipes of Ron Ashburn~

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We lost Your Dave Young 3 years ago today! And today would have been Jamey Kerr's 58th birthday. Two good men, both gone way too soon!

Friday, January 19, 2018

To make a long story short...

...this classic photo is of Ken Russell from WIVK fame. He's seated at the controls of WKCS, the Fulton High radio station. This photo arrived to Russell Mayes (he heads up WKCS) from Ken's granddaughter Kensey Zimmerman. Per Russell~ Ken was the 1st person on the air at WKCS in 1952!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Blow family (real name of 15Q owners) brought in some heavy weights when they rolled out WKVQ in the spring of 1976.

The morning DJ was Steve Bridgewater aka Steve West. Six years later I worked for him at WRJZ when it was a country format. The afternoon DJ arrived at 15Q from WSAI in Cincy, Bob "Shotgun" Kelly. 

Here's Bob via The 101 Audio Vault~