Saturday, May 18, 2019

When I reconnected with Jimmy Vineyard (circa 2009) he was GM at a cluster of stations in Panama City, FL including a cool country station WPAP-FM 92.5. I traveled to the panhandle regularly for business so I enjoyed stopping in to visit with Jimmy. It was mid morning so the AM drive teams had completed their live on air shows. Walking thru the cool building (I love radio control rooms) I was shown five studios but their were no DJs...everything was either being voice tracked or was syndicated. Regardless, I was in hog heaven.

It wasn't too much further down the timeline of life when I partnered with Jimmy and show host Eddie Beacon on a weekly racing show called Bumper2Bumper on WNOX, then at 100.3 on the FM dial. We enjoyed a couple of years having fun and talking vrooming!

The 101 Audio Vault travels back to Jimmy's days at WIVK...

Friday, May 17, 2019


Your Dave Young had a storied radio career...afternoons at The Big 99 WNOX, The Dave Young Morning Show at WKGN 1340, and as the successor to Booby Denton, afternoon drive at WIVK A/F!

The 101 Audio Vault travels back to WIVK~

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Happy Mother's Day Weekend

Frank Erwin was a long time fixture at WKGN 1340 in the mid to late 70's! Frank spent time in all the on air time slots, starting as the all night DJ. Perhaps he is most remembered for anchoring the 10a-3p show. You can find Frank by clicking on his link at the right side of our 101 blog!

Here's Frank via the 101 Audio Vault~

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The Ed and Bob Podcast is now available via the TuneIn Radio app...great content and wonderful banter!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Big Jim Hess was the first Program Director at WIVK AM 860 back in 1953! Jump over to our 101 Facebook page and listen to him promoting the station in an early audio!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

In the late '60's Dr Al Adams was the rockin' night time DJ at WKGN 1340. In '75 he returned as morning DJ and Program Director. They had a great line up featuring Dr Al, Frank Erwin and Mike Beach.

The 101 Audio Vault features the good doctor...

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Make the switch-

Starting May 1 Will West and Heather Harrington switch time slots with Will joining Tyler Ivens from 6-9a, and Heather on at noon with Josh Ward. Sports Radio WNML!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

In early 1977 the WIVK news department consisted of Dan Bell, Jean Ash, Elda Brown, Terri Grimelli and Rod Townsend with Bob Kesling and Michael Gayles on sports.

Fast forward a bit and the team welcomed Doug's Doug via the 101 Audio Vault~

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

WRJZ in January 1980...

6-10 CP and Walker
10-2 Adele
2-6 Mark McCain
6-10 John Isley
10-2 Fred Story
2-6 Jeff Jarnigan

Ernie Baker
David Henley

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Wild and Crazy

Ktown has featured many upbeat zany DJs throughout the decades...Brother John St John on WOKI, John Boy on WRJZ, Jack Diamond on WKGN and the list goes on!

A big part of the legend of 15Q was Chuck Boo Baron, via the 101 Audio Vault~

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

I came across a role of 35mm B/W photos I took of a 1967 Four Tops concert that was co-sponsored by Corey Enterprises and WKGN. 

After the show, George Mooney arranged for the quartet, their back up band, and roadies to go to Deane Hill Country Club for post-concert meal. There was no other decent place open at that hour for the performers to eat. At DHCC, they had to eat in the downstairs lounge, as DHCC was still segregated. In those days, they were lucky to get served there. But Mooney has strong feelings that the performers were not going to get "shuffled off to some dive on Lides Alley or over in the projects.".

My job, in addition to photos, was to serve as a driver. An off duty Knoxville police officer, Johnny Cochran, was another driver and handled security. When we left the coliseum, Cochran told me we were going to drive up to the Country Club's main circular entrance. That took some nerve. The normal option in those days would have been for everyone to enter through the lower levels 19th hole entrance.

When the Tops and their band started jamming, the white patrons upstairs very quickly began migrating to the basement to enjoy the music. The DHCC house orchestra also moved downstairs where the real party was. Knoxville's race relations took a real step forward that night.

Art Miller

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

In the late 60's AM radio was king...stations featured big personalities, live and local~ awh, the good old days. 

I recall WKGN hosting pool parties and the DJs visited our club, Deane Hill, one sunny summer afternoon. I was mesmerized!

At that time Dr. Al Adams, Eddie Beacon, John Foley, and Don Smith were The Boss Jocks!

Thursday, April 04, 2019

The Legend of Q!

As spring 1976 arrived, so did a band of merry (big time) DJs at W149 aka WROL aka 15Q aka WKVQ. 

The original morning DJ was Steve West...he returned 6 years later to be PD and morning drive at 62 WRJZ My Kind Of Country (Dr Don West). PS- he hired me as part of the air staff!

As the summer of '76 was winding down, Steve exited and Charlie Fox arrived to handle mornings at 15Q. Charlie teamed up with news man Dave Elrod.

The 101 Audio Vault features Charlie and Dave...

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Happy Birthday on Friday to Walker Johnson!

Tuesday, April 02, 2019


It's early 1972 at WKGN 1340...

6 Bobby Rivers
9 Bob Baron
12 Sonny Knight
3 Wayne Bernard
7 Brother John
12 Frank Erwin

@ WNOX 990...

6 Jay Worthington Smith
9 Eddy Roy
12 Ken Mynatt
3 Dave Young
7 Carson King
12 Pat Thompson

...later in January the WNOX disc jockeys went on strike!

Alan Dennis becomes morning drive at WKGN!

Smith and King flip spots at WNOX, creating the wildly popular King in the Morning show!

In late March Chris Hampton is added to the WKGN roster.

By mid May Alan Dennis is moved from Mooney's Ktown station to sister WMAK Nashville...Eddie Beacon makes the move (back) to WKGN in the 7p-12a slot.

News at WKGN that summer featured Joe Anderson, Jim Goodman, and Walker Johnson.

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

The W149 line up in June...

6 Gary Adkins
10 Clayton Gish
2 Johnny Pirkle
4 Charlie Bruce
7 Brother John (from WKGN)
12 Jim Price

On Monday July 3 WKGN rolls out a new line up with the addition of Gary Drake and Jerry Steele.

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

Down the dial at WETE 620 the AM drive is hosted by Hop Edwards. Other on air personalities...Howard Gunter, Jim Humphries, and Curtis Parham!

Names at WIVK in 1972 included Claude Tomlinson, Bobby Denton, Norman Majors, Kenny Dearstone, Ed Brantley, Bob Catron, Barry Smith, Jimmy Vineyard, and Terry Womack.

Where were you in '72?