Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Radio Guys Go TV (and more!)...

Bob Kesling and Scott Sams both go way back with 101...

I met Scott Sams in the summer of '76 when he stopped by WBLC in Lenoir City where I was a DJ, he had worked there the year before. We went on to be fast friends. Scott became a sports and news anchor on the telly, first in Ktown and then for decades in Dallas. Scott was the Vols Pride of Southland PA announcer for years.

When I joined WIVK as a weekend DJ in the fall of '76, Bob was a sports reporter and anchor, and he drove a classic or vintage beat up green car. Bob went on to TV land at WBIR and the rest is Big Orange history...



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Birthday to Gary Adkins..."Bring on The Brothers"

Only one week until "It's football time in Tennessee", and the debut of Jeff Jarnigan behind the PA!

Today the 101 Audio Vault features Bad Leroy Brown on WOKI~


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Get well wishes to Your Dave Young!

Friday, August 22, 2014

We dust of the 101 Audio Vault and travel to circa '76 and the WIVK news room...Rod Townsend and Jean Ash!

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Still time to vote for your 5 nominees for the "YDY 2015 WOF"!!! Send your picks to ktownradio@gmail.com!

Sunday, August 17, 2014



The late 70's was the post Eddy Roy (PD) era at WNOX 990...but the station was still Top 40 and still sounding great.

Bill Beason (photo) with his booming voice was manning the over night show when the station was programmed by Scotter McLeod.

...and there was a host of big names~ Dave Dunaway, Phil Williams, Mike Beach, Larry Steele, James Maurice, and Colvin Idol.

Bill worked at several Ktown dial positions and even ventured to Nashville as a morning DJ with the moniker "Buzz Daily"!


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101 is accepting nominations for the YDY 101 WOF class of 2015...please vote!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The year was 1973 and WKGN was presenting "The History of Rock and Radio"... 

I was a student at Bearden Junior High and already had my eye set on broadcasting for a career. Picture the excitement when the WKGN DJs visited and made this presentation!!! 

Do you remember these disc jockeys? Where are they today?



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Did anyone help jump start Your radio career? 4 me it was "Your Dave Young". That summer day back in '76 when I stopped in at WIVK on Bearden Hill to drop off an air check to Bobby Denton, Your Dave happened to be sitting in for Booby. I was escorted back to the control, made my introduction and reacquainting "hello remember me?"...I left my air check and resume, no doubt it was properly delivered as I was soon hired as a weekender at WIVK and YDY took me under his wings!

I've been looking for a better name for our 101 Wall of Fame so (the light bulb went bright), going forward the 101 Wall of Fame will be renamed, in recognition of the one individual who helped a young man's radio dream come true...it's time to vote for the new members~

   The Your Dave Young 101 Wall of Fame

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

One of the greats to come thru Ktown was Paul Oscar Anderson...I first remember him  teaming up with Eddy Roy in AM drive on WNOX. 

The 101 Audio Vault features POA at WKGN with his daily talk show, late 70's!


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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Squeezed in between Top 40 and Disco was an AOR format at WKGN 1340 in the late 70's. Two West High grabs were part of the air patrol...Mike Beck and Kerry Lambert, they both are still in the biz! 

The 101 Audio Vault features "Keith Lambert"~


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Happy Birthday to WIVK's Channing Smith!

You voted for the broadcasters (Mike, Ed, Bob, Foster) now its time to vote again...send your 5 nominees for the 2015 Wall of Fame to KtownRadio@gmail.com!

Friday, August 01, 2014

"Hi George. To clarify a bit, Clifford Jennings is still the owner of WQLA. We have filed to transfer it to my company and are awaiting FCC approval. The station was about a month away from being permanently deleted so I helped Cliff get it back on and then am helping him keep it going until FCC approval. It's just another milestone in my ridiculously expensive hobby of saving dead and dying small town AM's. When this one closes, I will own four. Anyone want one cheap? Plus I still work forty hours a week for South Central soon to be Midwest Communications on the hill in Knoxville. I guess I'm one of the small handful of 70's folks still making a living at this business. Which is good, because I have absolutely no other marketable skills." (Mike Beverly)


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Happy Birthday 2maro to Mike Beach!

It's time to vote...for the 2015 101 Wall of Fame, send your nominees to KtownRadio@gmail.com! Vote for 5- the current members are listed on the right side of the blog!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Here are two Ktown legends...Dave Young and Ed Brantley~


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101 InBox~

Regarding Disco 13..."I was at WKGN when Steve Dahl of WLUP Chicago burned those disco records at the baseball park in Chicago. It was November 1979 when Bobby Denton rescued me and brought me to WIVK". (Tony Igar)

Regarding WQLA..."Mike Beverly has reportedly taken over the operation of WQLA. 101 awaits the filing of a transfer of ownership or an LMA. Stay tuned!" (Anon E Mouse)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Medical Regional Blood Center has announced two dedicated blood drives for long time Knoxville radio personality Dave Young who is battling cancer.

Known to his fans from the 60's thru the 80's as "Your Dave", this broadcast icon is in need of blood.

You can give Wednesday July 30th from 1p-8 at the Church of the Savior on Weisgarber or on Friday August 8th from noon-6p at Toyota of Knoxville on Parkside Drive.

Every unit of blood will go to "Your Dave Young". Please help a man who gave so much joy to so many for so long!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Phil Williams has done it all in Knoxville radio...from his WNOX years to morning drive on WIMZ to The River...and now as afternoon talker on WOKI Newstalk 98.7! 

 The 101 Audio Vault is from '78~


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Sunday, July 20, 2014



This was the main control board when I worked at WIVK in the 70's...we played 45 rpm records and the entire back wall was a book shelf of 33s!

2 microphones for the stereo sound and we even turned on the mic with a foot pedal. Behind that curtain was a wall...

The 45 rpm records that you see were categorized into pic hits, current fast A, current slow B, up and coming fast C, up and coming slow D, and there was a cubby hole for those records exiting those categories but still fairly new.

You see a radio, top right...Booby and a few others did not wear head phones so when the mic turned on he could still hear the music thru that radio.

Not pictured but to the left was a connected table with 2 microphones...Marshall Andy sat there when being interviewed, during Football Finals that was where Tim Priest and Joe Thompson would opine!

We had no required format...balance the categories and stay on the request line~ radio at its best!


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Mike Beverly and WQLA?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

BREAKING NEWS

Congrats to Knoxville broadcast personality JEFF JARNIGAN...


He is the new PA announcer for Tennessee football games!