Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Welcome to the 101 Audio Vault, let's travel to 1997 and Doug Hullander on "MY 102", WMYU Sevierville~


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HBD to Mike Beck!!!

Today 101 travels into our Facebook world again! There was a story posted about the old WNOX building on Whittle Springs Road being auctioned off, here's the banter~

Chris Lash~ I've been in it in the last 6 months, so much history.

Phil Jarnagin~ Mold and asbestos. The building will be more expensive to tear down than the property is worth.

Jerry Howell~ A lot of history there...and personal history. My oldest daughter, Laura, was a baby when I worked there. She would sleep in her carrier in the floor beside me while I did my show on WNOX and took some of her first steps in the lobby by the spiral staircase.

Steve Fritts~ I remember they built this in anticipation of getting channel 8.

Walter Erbaugh~ If those walls could talk, it could keep us entertained for a long time.

Bill Miller~ My father was one of the foremen who built it. The company was George W. Reagan Construction Company. I believe it was the late 1950s or early 60s. He was very proud of the outside brick work. Although I worked for several radio stations in town, I never worked for WNOX or in that building. The comfortable auditorium was supposed to save the live Mid-day Merry Go Round, but it helped kill off the show. People wouldn't drive all the way out to "the edge of Knoxville" to be in the audience. I looked into buying the building a few years ago (for the auditorium), but between the asbestos and the liens, a purchase and renovation wasn't close to being feasible. The building isn't likely to be used again.

Lynn Fuson~ My last radio job was at WNOX in this building before moving into the print phase of my career. I was working here when John Lennon was killed. As a Top 40 station, all their music was on carts. I had to go home and fetch my Beatles and post-Beatles Lennon records for the on air staff to play the next day. Of course none of them were marked like I remember them being at WKGN, e.g., "Intro :07" or "ends cold" so even when they knew the songs they were kind of flying blind, not to mention that a few of them had never worked a turntable. Interesting and sad time to be there.

Don Lindsey~ The horror on the WNOX news director's face was clear when the program director told him to hire me. I was the first person to try out without an East Tennessee accent. The problem was that I had no experience whatsoever, and I n the summer of '67 NOX was the number one station. It took a week but wiser heads prevailed and I was out, but that week in that building gave me a bug that's never gone away. Sorry to see the building go away.

James Fleenor~ It would be nice if the current WNOX would pay tribute to the history of those call letters. Even though it's not anywhere near the same they could still do something really cool with that station if they wanted especially since it's playing classic hits now.

Phil Jarnagin~ Good point James. And those calls are now back in the hands of Scripps-Howard.

Paige M. Travis~ I've heard that the sad shape of this building is due to some water drainage issues that were never resolved.

Bill Miller~ Once I visited several years ago and rain was gushing (not dripping) into the auditorium and main lobby. I assume there have been years of heavy rain damage.

Mike Clark~ I paid a visit one afternoon to Mike Beach when he started doing afternoons there. One high spot of that visit: he introduced me to the legendary Ron Ashburn.

Mike Kelly~ I emceed a great day of music there several years ago. It was a benefit for the late Glenn Laney of The Knoxville Grass. Several amazing musicians made for some wonderful memories in that historic venue. Sad to see it in this state.

Mike Clark~ My friend Mark Cawood has some pictures he took of this building, inside and out. I'll see if I can get him to post them.

Dave Jeffries~ I did news there in the 80's. Loved it there. So sad to see it in such disrepair. I really hope whoever gains ownership will be able to honor the history of the property.

James S. Kennedy~ WNOX was my connection to the outside world from 1966-1972. WNOX gave rock and roll credibility with its 10,000 watt signal, great playlist and jocks, brilliant promotions, and credible news. I'm very sad also to see the building die.

Becky Lynn Ottinger~ I loved listening to WNOX when I was young... it was my favorite and I had the chance to do an internship there in the newsroom when I was at UT! Dream come true smile emoticon

Sunday, August 23, 2015

WSEV AM off the air...

Here are some comments from our interactive 101 Facebook page...

Kent Teffetelle~ Very sad occasion. Hopefully, there will be someone interested in resuming operations with a suitable local format.

Don Lindsey~ Serious bummer. My first real job, running from '67 to '69. Learned so much there and worked with really good people. In just one job you knew how to operate a sling hydrometer (sp?) in the official weather station out back, and how freon makes iron dust go away from tape heads and pinch rollers, and the havoc that comes when grasshoppers get in the horn gaps ... not to mention the basics of good radio. The people there were always great!

Mike Clark~ A very sad day.

Charles Ketron~ Truly a sad day. Back in the 50's, we were known as THE VACATION STATION OF THE NATION. Many great radio personalities cut their teeth at 930AM. It was special.

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Bring on The Brothers! Happy Birthday to Gary Adkins!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Look what I found...

Searching on YouTube 101 found this classic air check of 101 Wall of Famer legend Johnny Pirkle on WNOX from '69...


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Here's a 101 classic...Dan Bell on WIVK AM 850, circa~ early 1980's!

Send your photographs and memories to 101, would love some control room classics!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hi George,

Any idea where Wayne Swan is these days (aka: Michael Man The Hit Man)? I worked with him in the early 90's at I-100. 

When I first met him he was larger than life. I was a new hire at WOKI and they had me work the overnight shift with The Hitman. When I walked in I introduced myself and said "I am here to train with you". So I sat with him and observed for about an hour. He asked if I wanted to give it a try. I said "Sure!" and was very nervous being on the air for the first time. Before I could even open the mic he disappeared. I didn't know where he went and I happened to look out of the studio window from the 6th floor and saw him get in his car to make a food run! Talk about butterflies, he threw me in and it was sink or swim. When he came back he laughed and laughed and thought it was funny but said the best way to learn is to jump in the water. 

Attached is some audio I thought you might like.


Mike Bridges
Panama City, FL 


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Couple of Happy Birthday wishes today-

Mickey Dearstone, program director and morning host on WNML!

David Steele, Knoxville native and voice of Orlando Magic!

Monday, August 10, 2015 the beginning

Some mild mannered, caring radio owner or programmer gave each of us our start, for me it was Earl Lauderdale at WBLC 1360 in Lenoir City, April 12, 1976...what memories!

What about you, who gave you your start?

After passing my 3rd class license test I started knocking on doors and wound up working weekends on Browder Hill! The WBLC line up featured Earl from 6-9a, Bob McKeehan 9-noon, and Rick Smith until sign off!

If memory serves me others called WBLC their first stop on the radio merry go round...Mike Beach, Bob Thomas, Scott Sams, Allen Free, etc.

From the 101 InBox~

"I was visiting my mom in Loudon this weekend and found this in the top drawer in a bedroom. It's from WBLC 1360, Lenoir City around 1969. That was my first job in radio!" (Jerry Howell)

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Happy Birthday this weekend to Channing Smith!!!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

He's back...

We welcome back the legendary 101 Wall of Famer DAVE FOULK to NewsTalk 98.7 WOKI!!! (Dave filled in for HHH this morning).

Today the 101 Audio Vault travels to early 1987 and WNOX 990! The DJs at that time were Jerry Caylor, Bill Early, Ray Edwards, and Bob Love~


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Birthday wishes this week to Mike Beach!!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

WOKI-FM was the creation of Johnny Pirkle which followed his creation of W-149! Radio innovation in the 70's was incredible as so many stations had such individualistic sounds and personalities! 

The 101 Audio Vault captures JJ Randle, Gary Beach, and Ron Harper on the then 100.3 FM dial position~


Monday, July 27, 2015

Here's a 101 Reload (1st posted in 2011)~

It's the fall of 1975 in Ktown and the big wrestling names hitting the mat each week are Ron Wright, Jimmy Golden, Rock Hunter, and Ron Fuller. Jim Hess and then Les Thatcher provided the play by play on the telly!

The BasketVols featured Ernie and Bernie, Mike Jackson, and Doug Ashworth.

In November Randy Tyree beat Kyle Testerman for the Knoxville mayor job.

In December WROL is sold...and 15Q was right around the corner!

Here are some DJ line ups~

WOKI FM 100...Johnny Pirkle 530-10, Russ Skinner 10-3, Suitcase Simpson 3-7, Mike Beverly 7-12, and JL Myers 12-530.

WNOX 990...Eddy Roy 6-10, Todd Martin 10-3, Dick Winstead 3-7, The Aardvark 7-12, Russ Brown 12-6.

WETE 620...Harry Robert Shaw 5-9, Jim Humphries 9-2, Walker Johnson 2-6, Joe Crotty 6-10, Carl Warner 10-12, Ernie the Bartender 12-5.

W-149...Alan Douglas 6-10, Gary Adkins 10-12, Dave Elrod 12-4, Bill Johnson 4-8, Leslie Sheiler 8-12, and Frank Costa 12-6.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mike Beach...


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Happy Birthday to Paul Lyle! Paul was sports director at WIVK in the mid 70's before heading west (Nashville) when Dick Broadcasting purchased WKDA...and the rest is history!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

There are 1000's of names, faces, voices that are seldom mentioned 101 wants to hear from you via photographs, memories, air checks, etc!

Remember these Ktown radio people?

Sam Thrower

John Boomer

Doc Fidler

Pete Dryer

George Crenshaw

Bill Stamps

Walt Brooks

Bob Byerley

Ray Davidson

...Doc Fidler became GM at WRJZ when I worked there in '82, he was brought in by owners Sherwood-Hennes. Pete's wife Trudy Dryer was my first grade teacher~ little fun tidbits are fun to add to our 101 blog. So type away and press send!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Back in late '76 WETE became WRJZ and a new on air staff arrived including JJ Scott, Tim Edwards and others. Leftovers (but not from the pantry) were Curtis Parham and Walker Johnson, the WETE AM and FM drive timers. Let's be honest...this was one of Ktown radio's most brilliant moves and pairings! 

CP and Walker were birthed and they signed on WRJZ with their new morning show. They were an instant success and manned mornings on WRJZ for years. This dynamic duo also spent time together on WIVK-AM and on WMYU (U-102).

Today the 101 Audio Vault features the wonderful pipes of CP~