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!
Back in '78 WIVK was celebrating 25 years of broadcast excellence. The station was still located on Bearden Hill. Bobby Denton was running the show, Claude the Cat was kickin' it in morning drive, oh...and Jimmy Carter was in the White House.
Here's a 101 Audio Vault montage of the station ID via Your Dave, plus Jimmy Vineyard and Suitcase Simpson.
It's always great to hear from the legendary voices of Knoxville radio, TV, production, etc!
"Hey George! I worked at WATO (my first job in radio) doing mornings '68-'69...worked with Joe Vann PD and Eddy Roy. Eddy went to WNOX and I went to 'nam. Came back to WATO in '71 and joined Eddy at WNOX doing midnight to 6a in '72"...Carson King (most of us also remember Carson as "King in the Morning on both WNOX and as the original am drive on WOKI FM 100)
Page 3~ Happy Birthday to fellow Bearden High and Tennessee College of Communications grad John Wilkerson, John is heard afternoons on The Sports Animal!
When I joined the WIVK air staff in '76, there was no frog, and Mike Hammond and Paul Lyle had been relocated to Nashville to head up the new Dick Broadcasting station WKDA.
The building on Kingston Pike had yet to experience expansion so the control room was at the end of the property with windows. Being on the top floor there was not an easy shot but a make able one as peeps would throw rocks to ask to be let in, no groupies of course. The station's control room had a glass window looking into the news room and across the hall were two other control rooms, one was for production and on air when the signals split periodically, the other was boarded up...I wish I had taken more photos.
The 101 Audio Vault features a familiar and an unfamiliar voice...Booby of course was basically the station manager and PD in '76, Bill Carnett was ND and one of the news voices was named Bob Agee. I recall Bob as a big and gracious man with incredible pipes...
Jim Young posted this (sad) photo of WATO in Oak Ridge...did you ever work at WATO or WETQ?
In late '80 the FM was cranked up, exiting an automated format to become Q94 with a country format. Some booming voices manned the microphone as the dial position attempted to play big league ball vs the frog.
Several famous Ktown names passed thru, either on the air or in a leadership position...Eddie Beacon, Joe Grant, Jeff Winters, Rick Hudson, Russ Brown, Sundra Thompson, Your Dave, Linda Scott, Ken Mynatt...
And over at sister WATO were Gary Wallace, Dennis Willard, and Mike Clark!