Saturday, July 08, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday to Merle-FM

When I was a DJ at WIVK not only were we live and local but our music selections were based mainly off our request line! Back then we did have categories that were updated weekly, Bobby Denton was Music Director. Every Monday a new small tag was placed on the 45 rpm (yep, we played records). Pic Hits along with A and B categories were the current top songs with A being more uptempo versus B. The C and D cats were upcoming but not yet top hits....oh, and there was a full wall behind the DJ with thousands of albums at the DJs disposal. Johnnie Bailey the "cake lady" could call up, make a request and within minutes her name was mentioned and the song was on the turn table!

These days WMYL has captured a very local flavor, mainly due to those long time Ktown voices behind the microphone. As I type Mike Hammond is hosting as DJ on Saturday morning. Known as a news guru, Mike can really cut a rug as a jock. Dan Bell has resurrected the Sunday Survey (on Saturdays)...and Phil Jarnagin middays and Jack Ryan are both longterm East Tennessee fixtures. Jack was on his way to becoming one of the frog legends when he was cut loose there a few years back. Oh, and Ed Brantley is associated with Merle too. Just think what would be if this tandem had a 100k watts signal.