Sunday, September 24, 2017

1976 was an interesting year in Knoxville radio...I got my 3rd class license, yippee, but more importantly two new stations debuted, 15Q (WKVQ) in the spring and WRJZ in November. 15Q was fast and furious and lasted about one year. WRJZ was methodical and had a solid five year run in it's original top 40 format.

The 101 Audio Vault travels to WRJZ and JJ Scott~


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Happy Birthday this weekend to 101 Wall of Famer- Jean Ash!!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

101 travels back to WEZK 97.5 and this promo~

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Sad news as Vic Rumore has passed away.

Dick Broadcasting is growing. After enjoying owning and operating two stations in Greensboro since the big sell back in 2000, Allen has picked up 18 new stations in the Carolinas!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Andy and Alison are now part of Ktown radio folklore with 20 years in one of America's premier radio spots, morning drive at WIVK.

Andy's website is excellent...you can find him at~

chrisritchie.com

Thursday, September 14, 2017

WNOX (Spring 1988)

The 101 InBox says hello to the Old Radio Geek~

Hi George,

Did you know that back around March/April in 1988 WNOX AM 990 changed their format from Country Music to Golden Oldies? It was during a time period when REBS who owned WNOX at the time were in the process of selling the station to Dick Broadcasting who owned WIVK.  

From what I remember the playlist on WNOX consisted of music from 1955 to 1971. Plus they brought back the original "PAMS Series 27 Jet Set" WNOX jingles. The station sounded like a time machine during that very short time period.    

I remember some of the DJ's were:

"Marvelous" Marty Shane
"Brad Byrd "The Birdman"
"Rockin" Rick Parker
 Misty Reed

Those are the only DJs that I can remember from that time period. 

Unfortunately the Golden Oldies format only lasted around 2 short weeks. After that AM 990 started simulcasting with their FM Sister station 95.3 WTNZ for about a month then AM 990 went completely dark sometime around late May/early June until September of that same year for about 3 months. I remember AM 990 being dark the whole entire Summer until it was brought back on the air in September as WIVK-AM.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


101 has obtained these exclusive never before seen "Beach photos"...no not the beaches assaulted by Hurricane Irma, even though 101 did take a direct hit here at the 101 headquarters in SW Orlando...it's Mike Beach!

1) It's '89 at Kiss 102 with Mike, Rich Hall, and Chuck Boo Baron!
2) Say cheese...publicity photo for KYFM in San Antonio
3) Biz perks as The Beachman says!

Friday, September 08, 2017

101 features Art Miller~

For decades, from the 1950s into the late 1970s, there was a large (20 or so inches across) glass clock labeled WIBK 800 AM RADIO that spread its soft bluish-white light over the counter at Bills Restaurant on Kingston Pike. In the days before Interstates and convenience markets seemingly on every corner, Bill’s was located at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Carr Street. 

After midnight, the restaurant became a regular meal stop for Knoxville Police, Knox County deputies, the fearless KUB night electric trouble truck crews, and many other night people. That often included this former WATE-TV news reporter. 

In the 1970s, head waitress Ruby, and her daughter "Little Bit,” presided over the third trick at Bill’s. I once asked her if WIBK was a WIVK predecessor and how Bill Purdom, Bill’s owner, came by the clock. She told me that Purdom used to buy advertising on WIBK. 

Back then, police cruiser radios were equipped only with an AM radio. Night people routinely carried battery-powered portable FM radios so they could tune in WIVK-FM and its country music programming. WIVK’s AM dusk sign-off announcements carried the statement, “For those of you with half a radio, we invite you to tune to…"

Bill’s, which is fondly remembered by many, is long gone. It stood vacant and rotting before being mercifully bulldozed for a faceless shopping block. Most of the officers and other night people who dined under the clock’s soft glow also are sadly no longer with us. And I wonder what happened to that glass clock. 

Thursday, September 07, 2017

The Your Dave Young 101 Wall of Fame...

Today 101 celebrates 10 years blogging...thanks to all for reading and contributing!

We proudly announce the newest "YDY 101 WOF"~

Art Miller
Bill Beason
Bill Hays
Bill Johnson
Billy Kidd
Bob Baron
David Henley
Ed Martin
Ed Rupp
Gus Manning
Jeff Jacoby
Jim Ridings
Joe Sullivan
Ken Russell
Les Acree
Mike Beverly
Paul Lyle
Randy Miller
Ron Cantwell (Hoss)
Scott Sams

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Banter regarding WIBK~ from the 101 Facebook page...

Thomas Connatser Information on this guy is hard to come by. All I know is they came on the air in 1946 and were gone by 1953. Frequency went to WDEH Sweetwater in 1955 and is still on the air today. WIBK's GM, Marvin Thompson went on to become GM at WKXV which signed on in 1953 before going to Jasper TN to put a station on the air. I have heard some reports that the FCC revoked WIBK's license, but don't know the details if that's true.

William Russell The only other time I ever heard those call letters were when I was 14. Two men were arguing, and one posted that WIBK was the first set of call letters for WIVK, and that at some point they made a switch. The 800 frequency squelches that notion since WIVK's AM frequency was originally 850.

Thomas Connatser Wrong. WIVK was originally on 860. They swapped with WUCR 850 Sparta in 1968, going from 1 kW to 50 while Sparta went from 250 W to 1000.

Bill Miller I've forgotten my source, but I heard decades ago that WIVK was WIBK. At some point, Jim Dick and partners bought the station and changed the call letters and moved the frequency. The station was either in bankruptcy or having severe financial trouble at the time, maybe even off the air. In the deep recesses of my mind, I want to think that Jim once told me his friends advised him not to buy it.

William Russell That may be. I was only debunking the idea that WIVK was WIBK first. I wasn't born until 1958, so my historical knowledge has it's limits.

George R. Kiley Bill Miller It was once WIBK. I think the studio was located north of the viaduct in a section of Gay Street that is no longer there.

Bill Miller George R. Kiley,  I've been told the same thing about the location.

Saturday, September 02, 2017


I found this ad in a 1950 Tennessee Vols football program! Do you know the story of WIBK 800? Send the story to KtownRadio@gmail.com!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Happy September

It's time to vote...for the 2017 "Your Dave Young 101 Wall of Fame"!

The current members are listed on the right side of the blog, please send your nominations to~

KtownRadio@gmail.com

DJs to Janitors to Owners! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Shotgun Kelly was one of the original 15Q jocks, joining the station when it was transitioning from W-149. He was the afternoon DJ joining Steve West, Kid Curry, Mick Rizzo and others in the beginning.

The 101 Audio Vault features Shotgun~

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Friday, August 25, 2017

15Q was short lived, but oh what a sound! Among their DJs was a morning tandem of Charlie Fox with Dave Elrod as news man...

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He went on to achieve great fame, but in his early years Jay Thomas was a DJ at WKGN...RIP!

Sunday, August 20, 2017



"We picked up Wild Willie 100.1 Real Country Legends in Panama City, Florida. Next Friday will be doing our 7,000th show!" (Darren Wilhite)

W/W were squeezed in to morning drive between Claude Tomlinson and Andy and Alison...the fact is that after exiting WIVK 20 years ago, they are still on the radio and still working together! Congrats on your 7k show!!!