In the mid 70's WKGN 1340 (on Alcoa Highway) was a breeding ground for young talent...I particularly recall the career origins of Mike Beck, Kerry Lambert and Rusty Brown. PS- all three are from the West High School class of '75!
Rusty took the on air name Tollie Michaels before switching to Russ Brown, he also switched to WNOX The Famous 99~
Growing up I listened to Larry King's overnight radio program. What a precursor that was to modern times late night radio...does live and local even exist after midnight now?
WIVK was certainly an exception to the rule with only two hosts handling the midnight to 6am time slot for almost 40 years. Hoss (Ron Cantwell) can still be heard in East Tennessee and before Hoss the show belonged to Terry Womack "The Midnight Rider".
We dug deep into the 101 Audio Vault and found this classic...
Ktown now has four country music formats as WVRX as flipped to become "Duke FM"!
In the 1970s, Knoxville boasted a much more vibrant and competitive radio news marketplace than we have today. Two radio stations — WATE AM and WBIR AM-FM — drew considerable content from their related TV news gathering operations. WNOX (powered by Ron Ashburn), WRJZ (Lisa McNeill) and WIVK had wonderful independent newsroom operations. Any major news conference would see at least a half-dozen mic flags on the podium.
The passing of former Knoxville Mayor Kyle Testerman presents a good time to reflect on how skillfully Testerman and his administration developed relationships with the TV and radio news operations. Kyle had several key administrators who understood how TV and radio could shape public opinion. Safety Director Duane Ausetts and spokesman Chuck Storey, city PIO's Bill Booher and Guy Smith IV, Fire Chief Howard Shoffner, and Finance Director Gill White were probably Knoxville's first truly media-savvy city administrators.
Kyle and his crew knew how to get their message out. They used personal relationships and spent time developing them at local media hang-outs. Harold's kosher deli on Gay Street (where Gleela ran the downstairs dining room); the old L&N Hotel grill across from what is now the STEM academy; and Regas were great places to visit with Testerman, Ausetts, and other administrators.
While Testerman was a great communicator, he also surrounded himself with others adept at working with the media. I am confident Knoxville's Fire Department has a quite serviceable spokesman these days. However, nothing was any better than an interview with Deputy Chiefs Clyde "Pip" Parker or Bill Potter, or Assistant Chiefs Alva Harmon or Lee Hickey or Curtis Hansard. Nothing will ever be better than getting the facts straight from a real-deal smoke-eating fire department leader (as they took a long drag on a Camel cigarette).
Today's pastoral after-the-fact interviews at spot news events just "don't have it." They're missing the distinctive background sounds courtesy of Sutphen or Ward-LaFrance equipment. Parker and Potter and Harmon et al have been replaced with a PIO. And, I posit, audiences are poorer because of these changes.
Post via~ Art Miller was a radio and TV news reporter and now is a Hollywood railroad coordinator and railroad safety/training manager.
First, I absolutely love your blog. I've learned so much from reading it since coming to Knoxville last November. I bought both 1120 WKCE and 1180 WVLZ.
Sports Radio 1180 The VLZ is really taken off in its local sports format. And a great relationship with Scott Shannon has returned a local version of the True Oldies Channel, with True Oldies 1120 in Seymour/Maryville, featuring morning man Alan Kabel, Scott himself and Chuck Brinkman in afternoons.
We just moved the stations in the Executive Park Drive office building. Thanks again!
Oak Ridge, TN – Each year festivals around the country offer festival goers an almost endless array of activities and events. The Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge, TN is no different offering concerts, children’s learning and recreation, science and technology exhibits, military reenactments, and much more.
The International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) and the Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) are two prestigious organizations that evaluate and recognize outstanding festivals. According to the IFEA and the SFEA, Oak Ridge’s Secret City Festival was among the best in 2014. The IFEA and SFEA awarded the 2014 Secret City Festival with three and four awards, respectively.
Awards received by the 2014 Secret City Festival are listed below,
IFEA presented the 2014 Secret City Festival with three awards:
•Best Mobile App – Gold to Innovalysis
•Best Radio Promotion (Budget Under $250,000) – Bronze to two radio stations, 96.7 Merle FM and Classic Hits 93.1 FM WNOX
SFEA presented the 2014 Secret City Festival with four awards:
•Best Children’s Area – Gold to The City of Oak Ridge
•Best Sponsor – Gold to UT Battelle
•Best Photo – Silver to Rob Welton
•Best Volunteer – Silver to Lloyd Stokes
The Secret City festival is honored to work with such outstanding people and organizations. We are very proud that their exceptional efforts have been recognized by these prestigious festival organizations.
The festival is presented by The City of Oak Ridge, The Oak Ridge Arts Council and the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau in addition many generous sponsors and volunteers. The 2015 Secret City Festival will be held on June 12-13 and music, crafts, children’s exhibits and activities, and a WWII reenactment. For more information visit www.secretcityfestival.com .
Frank Murphy (WNOX) – Best Radio Promotion Bronze
Jack Ryan (Merle FM) – Best Radio Promotion Bronze