Sunday, February 07, 2016

You had to be there...

...the 1982 World's Fair!
Where were you? I was a DJ at 62 WRJZ "My Kind of Country"!
Some on air stars at WRJZ were Dr Don West, Jessica James, Eddie Beacon, Bob Ziegler, Martin Baker, Bill Beason, Jim Montgomery, Brad Schultz, Ernie Baker, David Henley, etc.
Jeff Jarnigan was midday DJ at WOKI-FM 100, you know him right?
Beach and Williams were teaming up in am drive at Rock 104 (WIMZ)...Kerry Lambert was PD and Arch Bishop was the overnight DJ.
U-102 featured morning man Dr Dave Dunaway.
WNOX 990 was playing country as Your Dave Young returned to AM 990 as the morning DJ, Scott Majors was PD.
Bob Thomas was hosting the midday show at WIVK-FM, which he did for many more years!
1982...a fun and memorable year in Ktown! You had to be there!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Back in the early 70's Eddy Roy took over as PD at WNOX 990, a 10000 watt powerhouse day and night, what a signal!

Eddy inherited Ron Ashburn and added Paul Oscar Anderson to the news team. Phil Williams established himself at the Big 99. Tons of names manned their mics...Russ Brown, Randy Miller, Scott Sams, Bill Evans (now of ABC weather fame), Mike Beach, and the list goes on and on.

When AM was still king, WNOX had an incredible rocker aka The Aardvark, Robin Huff actually returned to WNOX for round 2 (his Groundhog experience) as Scott Majors, heard here on the 101 Audio Vault.


Friday, January 29, 2016

The 60's was a golden decade of radio in Ktown...AM radio was still king and it was a turbulent time in America. 

WKGN 1340, located on the strip aka Cumberland Ave. was one of several great sounding stations. 

The 101 Audio Vault is the Charlie Champion jingle~


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Famous 1340

WKGN was and still is located at 1340 am! After some lean years the station is now a powerful sounding FOX affiliated sports station which includes local personalities Nate Hodges and Russell Smith.

101 would love to hear your "famous" WKGN stories!!!

In the mid 70's...after Bob Baron and Wayne Bernard and before Disco 13, WKGN was led by Dr Al Adams and some great sounding jocks~ Mike Beach, Frank Erwin and company. 

Today we unleash the 101 Audio Vault~


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ktown radio was sounding great back in '76...

Here are Tim Edwards (WRJZ) and The Birdman (WKVQ)~


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

If memory serves me...

I first heard Mike Martin on WKGN in the early '70's, followed by a stint on WNOX. Today the 101 Audio Vault features Michael Henry Martin on 1490 WKVQ in December '76. Again, if my memory is on target, he morphed in to Mark Herzog as morning DJ at U-102.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016


(Knoxville, TN) --Merle 96.7 (WMYL/Knoxville) today announced that it will be airing  NASCAR SPRINT CUP races beginning with The Daytona 500 in February 2016.  Merle’s sister station, WYSH AM 1380 / FM 101.1 in Clinton, is the Knoxville affiliate for all races and racing programs from both The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and The Performance Racing Network (PRN).  The addition of Merle 96.7 as a NASCAR affiliate puts NASCAR Sprint Cup races on the FM band in Knoxville for the first time ever.

Says Merle FM and WYSH Owner and General Manager Ron Meredith: “We’ve been a radio partner with NASCAR for going on three decades with PRN and MRN are proud of our association with them.  With the wonderful growth we’ve enjoyed over the years, this will be a good fit for our current loyal listeners and future loyal listeners.”

Merle FM will carry thirty-nine Sprint Cup races in 2016.  WYSH will continue to carry the Sprint Cup races plus Xfinity series races and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for a total of 95 events.  NASCAR fans can listen over the air at 96.7 FM in Knoxville, 1380 AM and 101.1 FM in Anderson County, and anywhere in the world on the internet at and 

To celebrate the addition of Merle FM to the NASCAR family we will be giving away tickets to a number of races throughout the year on both of our radio stations.

For fans of the Sunday Survey with Dan Bell that currently airs on Merle FM Sundays at 12 noon. Do not worry. The Sunday Survey will simply move to Saturday 10am – 2pm.

WYSH has been serving the Anderson County area and East Tennessee for more than 56 years and is the most listened to radio station in Anderson County.

96.7 Merle FM WMYL is Knoxville’s fastest growing radio station and one of the top rated country music stations in East Tennessee. Merle FM is home to some of East Tennessee’s favorite radio personalities, Jack Ryan, Ed Brantley, Phil Jarnagin, Mike Hammond, Dan Bell and others, and boasts an ACM Station of the year and personality of the year nomination within its first 6 years on the air, something unheard of in such a competitive market and industry.

Contact Ron Meredith 865-567-0492  or for more information

Monday, January 11, 2016

It's time for week two of 2016...

When we introduced the YDY 101 Wall of Fame, the first group was a slam dunk with George Mooney, Jim Dick, Johnny Pirkle, Claude Tomlinson, and Bobby Denton comprising the inaugural membership.

We've played ketchup (and Mr Mustard) for the past few years adding from 5 to 15 members, when we seek votes for the 2017 class 101 will return to adding 5 members, who is next?

This voice is missed and never gets old...from his afternoon drive chair in 1976, Booby on WIVK~


Friday, January 08, 2016

Happy Birthday!

101 Wall of Famer Phil Williams has been a Ktown constant in a radio world of change for nearly 40 years!

Phil cut his early on air years at WNOX 990, spent many years on WIMZ 103.5 and morning drive, and these days is a talk jock on NewsTalk 98.7 WOKI.
Wishing Phil a grand day!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Monday, January 04, 2016

Happy New Year!

Congrats to our Vols for a great Outback Bowl win...foto via 101!

101 kicks off 2016 with a trip back to December '76 via the 101 Audio Vault!

Early in '76 W-149 became 15Q, by the end of the year the station was calling itself 1490 'KVQ. Here are two greats...Mike Beach and Bill Thomas~


Thursday, December 31, 2015

...thank you 2015!

And that's a wrap, 2015 is almost in the history books!

101 hopes you have had a great year and wishes you (most importantly) a healthy new year!

Radio sure has changed from when we played 45 rpm and 33 rpm records! The good...I dial twist from my home in Orlando and enjoy Ktown radio, the that DJ live or Memorex, ie- voice tracked. In the good old days the DJ was only a phone call away via the request line.

We unleash the 101 Audio Vault one more time in 2015 and enjoy WKGN 1340 from August '75...Dr Al and Frank Erwin!

Have a safe and happy new year's eve! PS- Go Vols, hope to see you at the Outback Bowl tomorrow!