Friday, April 30, 2010


We recently featured a photo of "Claude the Cat"...another very popular duo was called "CP and Walker"! They spent years as the morning team at WRJZ, made a stop at WIVK, and donned the mics at WMYU (U-102...foto above).

At WRJZ they even had a song~

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010


More from '66...

Claude Tomlinson was WIVK's 9a-noon DJ and served as the straight voice working with Ole Man Schultz and Little Alfred, I'm guessing Lester Longmire was in kindergarten at that time!

Claude was the first voice ever heard on WIVK back in '53 and stay on the air until his retirement in the early 90's!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Back in '66 Mike Hanes (photo) was the Program Director at WIVK, he also was a DJ from 6-9p!

At that time WIVK-AM was about to become a 50,000 watts station and WIVK-FM was at 100,000 watts and was the nation's most powerful country station...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More from "before they worked at WRJZ"...most remember John Boy Isley as the night DJ at WRJZ, but the original pm jock was Tony Taylor. Here he is on WAAY Huntsville~

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Monday...101 wants to hear from you, send your photographs and memories and air checks to KtownRadio@gmail.com

2day we stay with the WRJZ theme. Bob Kaghan was the original Program Director when the station debuted in November 1976.

Here's a promo by Bob leading up to "The New 62"~

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Friday, April 16, 2010

The fall of 1976 was an interesting time in Ktown radio...AM radio was still a major factor at many dial positions. 620 was WETE, 850 WIVK, 990 WNOX, 1240 was WBIR, 1340 WKGN, and 1490 was enjoying success as 15Q with a DJ line up that featured many mega stars~ Chuck Boo Boo Baron, Suitcase Simpson, Charlie Fox, Shotgun Kelly, Ron Baptist, and The Brothers (Gary Adkins and Bill Johnson). Oh, and Eddie Beacon was reading news on 15Q!

Enter November and the debut of "The New 62" as WETE became WRJZ...

6-9 CP and Walker
9-12 Bob Kaghan
12-4 JJ Scott
4-8 Tim Edwards
8-12 Lee Taylor
12-6 Rick Kirk

Before Ktown, Rick Kirk worked at WAKS~

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Disco was short lived, WKGN led the charge...

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Today CP remembers Ernie...

"What a treat to hear the Ernie Baker clip! Ernie was one of the dearest people I ever worked with. Ernie was indeed the bartender at our WETE Christmas party. He had a degree in philosophy from UT, so bartending was a logical career move for him. At the party, Ernie "over-served" the GM and the conversation drifted to Ernie's interest in getting into radio. The unnamed GM invited Ernie to stop by and he would put him on the air; much to the GM's surprise (I don't think he even remembered the offer) Ernie showed up on Monday and began his broadcasting career. He stayed with us through the WRJZ days before moving to the Tennessee Radio Network in Nashville. While in Nashville, he attended law school and hung out his shingle in his native Memphis. I was deeply saddened over his passing a few years back after a bout with cancer. I will always remember him fondly as will everyone who knew him." (Curtis Parham)

Monday, April 12, 2010

One of Ktown's great radio beginnings was served up by Ernie Baker, literally. Ernie was bartending at The Rathskeller Restaurant in Ktown and was mixing drinks for a WETE radio party...next thing you know he was hosting the all night talk show at WETE and using the moniker "Ernie the bartender"...

Here's Ernie and Rick Kirk~

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Happy Birthday wishes to the one and only "Smokey Burns" aka Robert Murphy. Smokey was the morning DJ at WKGN, circa- '74 before dominating mornings in such markets as Nashville, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Palm Beach, and Chicago as Murphy in the Morning!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Here's former ktowner Art Miller...

"What happened to George Mooney? Can you post any tapes of some of his great ball games?

With people like Mr. Mooney and Ron Ashburn (both gentlemen), Knoxville radio in the 1960s definitely was a cut above the rest.

I have an old George Mooney story...from about 1983. I was on a Delta Air Lines airplane coming back to Knoxville via the usual ATL connection. It was mid-evening and 140 or so folks were gathering in the gateway for the trip (Mother Delta used stretch 727s and MD80s on its TYS runs then). Anyway, as people gathered, they spotted Mr. Mooney and gathered around him. This is not an exaggeration -- he knew more than half by name, recalling their first name without prompting, often asking how was the wife (named, usually) or their business.

George and Joe Sullivan, WKGN PD, gave me my first opportunity to write and read an original news story on the air...it involved, of course, a railroad train. I still have the faded UPI Saturday morning credit list showing that story in 1964. I was 14.

Not long after that, I started dating Professor Frank Thornburg's daughter, Courtney. Professor Thornburg began to convene J.203, Writing News For Broadcast classes when I would come down to his west Knoxville home to visit Courtney." (Art Miller)

Thursday, April 01, 2010



Happy April Fool's Day!

Here are more Beachman photos...WNOX general manager Pete Dreyer in his think tank office with a consultant!

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Birthday wishes to one of the true Ktown legends...Your Dave Young!