DJs and Newspeople
This page updated
Sunday, April 23, 2017
|On this page we'll list all of the
WKLO DJs and news people we know about, plus their current
whereabouts. If you can help us flesh out this list or have
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comes in...so check back every few days to see how we're
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WKLO DJ circa 1971.
Do you know where he is
WKLO newsperson in the
early-to-mid '60s. Later
worked for many years as a morning broadcaster on the Family Radio
Network, plus spent many years on TV in San Francisco. Passed away in the 1990s due to
Johnny "Alligator" Argo
Mid '60s WKLO nighttime
DJ. Previously worked at WPOP in Hartford and KUDL in Kansas City. Later worked at WAKY.
WKLO DJ in 1963 and 1964. He had a long successful career
as Jerry Baker doing play-by-play for the Indiana Pacers,
broadcasting Indiana High School games, and working on the Indy 500
network radio broadcasts.
on July 28, 2009:
"I've been a member of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network since 1974. In fact, in
addition, I've been a member of the broadcast team for all of our
coverage of the NASCAR Brickyard 400 and MotoGP events since their
inception. NASCAR came on the scene 16 years ago and MotoGP will
make its second appearance this August.
"After KLO, spent some time in Cincinnati at WCPO with Shad O'Shea
and Mike Gavin, then to WIRE in Indianapolis, WSUN in St.
Petersburg, Florida and finally some 16 or so years at WIBC,
Indianapolis, either doing morning sports, midday jocking or
afternoon drive, before again becoming the television voice for the
Indiana Pacers for some eight seasons, following an earlier period
of five years of radio and five years of TV with the Pacers when the
franchise first came to Indy.
"I am strictly freelancing after a three-year stint behind a desk at
the Indiana High School Athletic Association as Sports Information
Director. I handle all of the IHSAA's telecasts of their
championship events as play-by-play announcer. I will also be doing
TV coverage of regular season games for HomeTown Television and
Comcast. Still keeping busy.
"Love and miss the WKLO days of radio when I was up against Jumpin'
Jack Sanders in afternoon drive. Folks in the biz today have no idea
how much fun it was to battle your crosstown rivals for ratings and
personal gratification, yet still maintain a friendship with them.
"Love your site. Keep up the great work."
reports on May 30, 2010:
"I was listening to the start of the
Indy 500 radio broadcast and former WKLO DJ (Larry) Jerry Baker is
working in the booth this year after many years on one of the turns.
He still sounds great."
WKLO morning known as "The Duke of
Louisville." Bill joined WKLO in 1965 from Winston-Salem, North
Carolina and ruled the AM drivetime there
through 1969, when he left to do mornings WLS in Chicago. He returned to
Louisville six months later for morning drive at WAKY, where he stayed
until 1981. Bill left WAKY for country-formatted WCII (the former WKLO)
but returned to WAKY for another stint in 1985 and 1986. After leaving WAKY the second time,
Bill did some airwork for Louisville's WTMT. In 1987 former WAKY PD Bob Moody
asked Bill to join him at WPOC in Baltimore to team up with Laurie
DeYoung for mornings, but after a few months, it was agreed that it
wasn't a good fit. Bill retired
from radio -- until being coaxed out in 1989 to do PM drive at
WVLK-AM in Lexington where he remained until 1994. Bill spent his last
years in a Louisville-area nursing
home recovering from a 2003 stroke. Up until the end, his mind was still sharp and the old
Bill Bailey wit remained. Bill died January 14, 2012 at the age of 81. [Real Name: William Clyde Boahn]
Boahn, William Clyde, "Bill
Bailey" "The Duke of Louisville", a prominent Louisville
radio personality, passed away peacefully on Saturday,
January 14, 2012 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital at the age of
He was born December 18, 1930 in New Bern, NC, the son of
the late Jesse A. Boahn and Jessie Ketchum Boahn. For nearly
30 plus years Bill ruled the morning airwaves at WAKY radio
and other Louisville radio stations before ending his career
in broadcasting in 1994 at WVLK in Lexington.
Bill was an accomplished artist and found Peace through his
art. At a very young age Bill developed a love for drawing
and painting. You could put anything in front of him and he
could draw it or paint it. During his time in Alaska in the
Air Force he took up portrait painting and was very talented
at outdoor scenery.
He was a loving father and grandfather, with a larger than
life personality and a one of a kind sense of humor that he
kept until the end.
He is preceded in death by a sister, Jessie Faye Skiles.
He is survived by a son, Erick Boahn; his daughters, Shelly
Schultz (Steven) of Boca Raton, Faith Chapman (Shane) and
Jennifer Boahn of Louisville; nine grandchildren, to
include, Ariana Arroyo, Kayla, Kendall and Grant Chapman;
two great-grandchildren and a brother, Charles (Joyce) Boahn
of North Carolina.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to
the staff at Friendship Manor for the love and care they
gave for their father.
Funeral Services to honor Bill's life will be held at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 17th at Pearson-Ratterman Bros. Funeral
Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, Middletown. Visitation will be
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be
made to Kentucky/Southern Indiana Stroke Association, 3425
Stony Springs Circle, Suite #102, Louisville, KY 40220.
WKLO morning drive DJ in
the early '60s.
Did a brief stint as Program Director.
Died on July 4, 2015.
Barbone, Theodore M., 79, of
Tampa, Florida, beloved Father, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, and
friend, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 4, 2015.
Born in Detroit, Michigan on May 10, 1936, he graduated from St.
Bernard High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1954. Ted served in
the United States Army as a communications specialist. He
embarked on a career in radio and television broadcasting in
Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky, then as the announcer and host of
the popular “Financial Observer” show for KDNL-TV in St. Louis,
MO. He was featured in numerous local and national radio and
television shows and commercials and shared with all of us his
rich golden voice. Later he was co-owner and General Manager for
KQAZ and KRVZ radio stations in Springerville, AZ.
Ted was a devout member of the Catholic Church and served as a
lector and in various parish ministries including a Fourth
Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also was a leader
in the Boy Scouts of America, a volunteer at the Straz Center
and other community organizations. Ted was blessed with a
wonderful sense of humor and was renowned for his many jokes and
stories. He always made it a point to find the goodness in
people and make them feel special.
Ted is survived by his Son, Michael (Susan) Barbone, of Odessa,
Florida; Daughter, Michelle Barbone, of Lutz, Florida; Brother,
John Barbone, of Phoenix, Arizona; and a loving family of
nieces, nephews and cousins and lifelong friend, Jack Fansher of
St. Louis, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Theodore M. Barbone, Sr. and Helen Barbone; and Sisters, Grace
Barbone and Anita Barbone.
Ted will be loved forever and immeasurably missed. His admirable
devotion to God, family, and service to others is exemplary and
a great tribute to his accomplishments on earth before entering
into the arms of God. The family will receive friends at Loyless
Funeral Home, 5310 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, Florida
34639 on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A
funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary
Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, Florida
34639 on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. Interment and
military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery in
WKLO DJ and newsperson in
the 1960s. Jocked the overnight show in 1965. Later worked at WAKY.
Do you know where he is
Jack Bendt WKLO announcer between
1949 and 1958. Left WKLO to go to WTMT when it first went on the air.
WKLO overnight and early
afternoon jock in the late '50s and early '60s. Used to do remotes from
the Parkmore Bowling Lanes. Left WKLO to take a job with the Chamber of
Commerce in a Southern Indiana town. Ed's son Glenn writes on February 9,
2017: "My Father is Ed Bowman. Still alive and kicking. Following
obtaining a law degree from U of L, took job with Muncie Chamber. Then
worked for Indiana Chamber of Commerce and then retired as Indiana State
Director, National Federation of Independent Business. We look back on
the years in Louisville fondly. Jim Fletcher used to babysit me. I met
Baron. I remember Dottie. Interesting times."
WKLO DJ in the 1970s.
[Real name: Tad Murray] Tad writes: "I was at 'KLO from March
(tornado week) 1974 till early-1979. Bullitt County was my home but I was
working at KSO, Des Moines before coming to WKLO. After leaving 'KLO I
went to WNUU/WRKA."
Kentucky Radiomeister Rob Calhoun adds: "Tad also was PD and
afternoon drive at WVLK-FM (K-93) for a couple of years in the eighties and
at WAMZ before that. Tad (or Bo) was the jock who awarded Johnny
Randolph a cash prize, discussed on the 1984 WHAS aircheck. Tad told
me he caught hell. He defended himself by telling management Johnny used
his real last name and he had no way of knowing who it was. A copy of the
WKLO check made out to Johnny was proudly displayed in the WAKY break room
for years." Tad was part of the morning show at Lexington's WLAP
until April 2009. Check out the Bo
Brady Audio Interview.
WKLO PM Drive jock
1971-1972. Left WKLO to do AM drive at KRIZ in Phoenix. Chuck writes, "It was one of the best times of my 40-year
He was known as Jim Brady
at WRQN-FM in Toledo, Ohio where he did PM drive as well as handled APD/MD
duties until he retired in 2008. Died after a long bout with colorectal
cancer on June 5, 2014. [Real name: Jim Felton]
was penned by Jim Felton's friend Matt Zaleski
Jim Brady Felton --- a-k-a Jim
Brady, Mark Richards, Scott Brady, Chuck Brady, (pick one
already) --- legendary radio air personality issued his RSVP to
Rock and Roll Heaven on Thursday, June 5, 2014 after a five year
battle with cancer. He was 67.
Jim Felton (real name) was born in Toledo, OH on August 21, 1946
to Edward and Eloise Felton. He graduated from Devilbiss High
School. While still in high school he saw Fred Mitchell, a
longtime Toledo D-J doing a remote radio broadcast from a
furniture store. Jim said, “You can make a living doing this?”
Fred Mitchell responded, “Yeah, you can do alright.” From that
point forward a radio broadcasting career was born.
In 1963, Jim Felton started working in radio at the former WTOL
Radio, now WCWA, while still in high school. In January 1967 he
moved to Ft. Wayne, IN to work at WLYV as Program Director. But
a year later, in January 1968, found himself at CKLW, The Big-8
in Windsor, Ontario as Mark Richards. It was a time when
powerhouse CLKW was the number one station not only in Windsor,
but Detroit, Cleveland, and Toledo. While at CKLW, he had the
chance to meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Dr. King still
in the studio and getting ready to intro a James Brown song, he
said on the air, “The REAL soul king is in the studio right now,
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself”. But the memory was
bitter-sweet when a month later, Dr. King was shot and killed in
Jim Felton returned to WCWA to work as the morning air
personality and program director, but again his talents were
called elsewhere. After a brief stint in Montreal, Jim Felton
went to WKLO in Louisville, KY in 1971. Then came the big move
to Toronto in 1973 where he was given the opportunity to do the
morning show at 680 CFTR. It was what would be the signature
moment in his career. His “Brady in the Morning” show helped
take the station to number one in the market and in the process
he became the most listened to radio air personality in Canada.
While at CFTR Toronto, he met Eric Idle of Monty Python fame who
appeared on his show and later that same week met up again with
Eric Idle and Beatle George Harrison while on a first-class
flight to London. In 1977, he was invited to watch the Rolling
Stones perform one of the band’s legendary surprise club dates
at the El Mocambo in downtown Toronto. Jim “Brady” Felton would
spend the next 18 years in Canadian radio, working not only in
Toronto, but Calgary and Winnipeg as well.
His career would also take him to Los Angeles and Dallas-Ft.
Worth before returning to Toledo in 1996 where he worked at WRVF,
WCWA, and WRQN. He retired from radio on June 30, 2008 from
In his retirement Jim remained active. He became a published
author when he co-authored a novel, “Death on the Dial” about a
radio murder. He sold real estate and he did free-lance voice
work which included radio commercials for The Maritime Academy
of Toledo and voiced TV commercials for D. Michael Collins
during his mayoral campaign in 2013.
He was also a regular at Sidelines on Laskey Rd. where he loved
to meet friends and play trivia. His 17,261,100 trivia points is
tops at Sidelines.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his
wife, Linda, and his twin children, Stephanie and Edward. He is
also survived by his former wives Judy Felton and Pat Yancy-Felton.
Family and friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of
Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. on Monday, June 9 from 2 to 8 p.m. A
Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, June 10 at 11
a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Ft. Meigs
Cemetery. The family would like to express a special thank you
to the nursing staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, especially
nurses Tracy, Kathy, and Jenny. Contributions can be directed to
Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the American Cancer Society.
Jim “Brady” Felton’s final wish is that everyone see their
doctor and get a check-up. Jim did not have his first
colonoscopy until he was 62-years old. It was at that time his
cancer was discovered. As he said in his final interview given
to The Toledo Blade --- “I probably could have saved a whole lot
of trouble. People have got to wake up and do it. I’m as guilty
as the next guy of not checking it out. Get out there and get
Jim Brady Felton ended his shows with a line that came from a
time when he was being potty-trained. His mother put him on the
toilet and then there was an unexpected phone call. “I sat there
for a pretty long time yelling, “’come get me mother, I’m
through.’” With that Jim Brady Felton requested that his life
end with that line --- “Come get me mother, I’m through!”
Hopefully she’s still not on the phone.
WKLO midday DJ (circa
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Also worked at New Orleans' WTIX, Buffalo's
WKBW, Cincinnati's WSAI. Louisville's WINN (under the names Dick Wagner
and Wretched Richard) and WAMZ. Dick passed away on July 28, 2006 at the age of 77.
WKLO late-morning jock in
1965. Chuck worked in Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles and San
Francisco after WKLO. Deceased. A May 1965 WKLO survey says of Chuck:
"Memphis-born and raised. Quite active in theatrical work. Fractures the
staff with his comic impersonations. Married and has a small daughter,
Allen Bryan (2010)
WKLO jock, newsman and
later News Director. He jocked 9 a.m.-12 noon in the early '60s, 7 p.m.-12
midnight between 1964 and 1965, and the Hi-Fi Club in 1961 and in 1964.
Allen writes: "During the years I was with WKLO, I started as the 6p-12m
newsman, moved to doing afternoon drive news and 9a -12n DJ show at the
same time, then to night time teen DJ, then back to news, then appointed
news director, worked morning drive doing news with Bill Bailey for a
couple of years, then off the air as Sales Marketing Manager, then a dual
role and Manager of News and Information which included the news
department. I finally left in December of 1973 to go to work for the mayor
of Louisville. I never went back to radio after that. In the news
department we generally had about 4-5 full-timers and 1-2 part-timers, but
at times we had as many as six full-time news people. From 1964 on we
always had at least one full-time newsperson on the street, not doing
regular newscasts. I'm retired...still living in Louisville. I've been
here since 1960 except for my two years in the Army." Check out the
Allen Bryan Audio Interview and the
Allen Bryan Q & A.
WKLO DJ 1969-1970.
Dave writes on
September 15, 2007:
"Stumbled onto your site a
while back and really enjoyed navigating my way through all the
nostalgia. It was so eerie seeing my name listed, and here I am
just down the road in Nashville. Although my time at WKLO was
rather brief (fall '69 – late spring '70), my memories of
the station and of Louisville are quite vivid. Carl
hired me from WLAV, a Mike Joseph consulted Top 40
operation in Grand Rapids for 10p - 1a Monday -Friday, Mid. -
2am Saturday night (taped), and 2 -7 Sunday afternoon. Shortly
after my arrival, Jack Sorbi left for I believe WNDE in
Indianapolis and Mike Smith from WAKY replaced him in the
1-3 PM slot. It sounded cool having a two hour shift but as I
recall, Mike wound up a slave to the sales department, locked in
the production studio cutting and/or carting spots all day.
"I remember letting out a silent groan after entering the control
room for the first time and laying eyes on that clunky push-button
Gates console that I had suffered while working overnights at
country formatted WEXL in Detroit a year or so earlier. At ‘KLO I
wound up slip cueing the records to ensure fast starts. Technology
was decidedly better in the brand new state-of-the-art-recording
studio downstairs, outfitted with Scully 280 series 4-track,
2-track and 1-track decks along with a console featuring slide
controls. I had never seen anything like it in a radio station.
Sadly, all my production duties were carried out in the old studio
"Preceding me on the air every evening from 6 to 10 was Carl
Strandell who did a big personality show directed at teens
with features such as 'Voice Your Choice', and his 'Crystal Ball'
predictions. He would also banter with his grunting sidekick
'Muttley the Wonder-Dog.' Carl also had a 1st class ticket and
would hang around for meter readings until 'Big' Joe London
arrived for his all-night gig. There were many nights when at the
end of my shift, Strandell, newsman John Irwin, and I would
head out into the night for some beer and conversation. First stop
of course, was the Carnival Bar, a somewhat seedy establishment
across the street from the station where the waitresses hustled
lonely guys for drinks, in the days before the practice was
outlawed. They seemed to know the ‘KLO crowd and put their efforts
elsewhere. As you can imagine, 90% of what we talked about had to
do with radio: stations, formats, jocks etc. – where we’d been and
where we were going. On and on it went until we wound up at the
'White Swan,' a great workingman’s 24 - hour downtown restaurant
where we’d each consume a massive T-bone steak, mashed potatoes,
veggies and more for about $3.50. Well, coming up on 4 a.m. – time
to head home and get to bed. I also recall good times at the
'Office' club on Bardstown Rd. and at Masterson’s Restaurant in
Old Louisville. Oh – can’t forget Lentini’s Italian.
"As there were no FM stations programming progressive rock in
Louisville, the last hour of my weekday show was dubbed
'Underground' where I dimmed the lights and played album tracks.
However, it was difficult to create much of a mood because the
station still required that I come out of each song with the WKLO
Sonovox stab and typical exit line. However, after receiving an
advance acetate of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band’s 'Live Peace in
Toronto' concert, I broke this important ‘KLO commandment and that
landed me in some hot water.
"After WKLO I returned to Grand Rapids working again for WLAV and
then WMAX followed by gigs at WTAC and WWCK in Flint. By the
mid-seventies I was out of radio save for a brief fill-in at a
jazz station in San Francisco. Later while living in Houston,
Texas, I finally completed my BA in Journalism at the University
of Houston. However, I wound up in ad sales - and print rather
than broadcast including five years in LA with the Los Angeles
Business Journal. It was while working in sales for Bud
Paxson’s radio networks here in Nashville back in ’95 that I
wrote my first book titled Rockin’ Down the Dial: The
Detroit Sound of Radio, from Jack the Bellboy to the Big 8
(Momentum Books, 2000). It was a narrative history of radio in my
hometown from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Casey Kasem,
Dick Purtan, and Bill 'Wild Willy' Hennes wrote
jacket notes. Later I spent six years as Associate Publisher of
the US edition of Audio Media, a trade publication serving the pro
audio recording industry. In 2005, my second book,
Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock ‘n’ Roll
was published by University of Michigan Press. It won the
ARSC 2006 Award for Best Research in Recorded Rock Music. The
paperback edition came out in 2006.
"For some strange reason, Louisville, more than any other town
I’ve lived has always held a special fascination. Perhaps because
I crammed a whole lot of living into the short time I was there.
Even today whenever we’re driving through on 65 north, I find
myself pointing to the old brownstone Hampton Hall Apartments on
York Street near Broadway and for the umpteenth time, announcing
to my wife and daughter: 'Hey, over there! That’s where I lived,
right there on the fourth floor.'"
Station Manager and
announcer on WKLO-FM (which became WCSN).
on August 8, 2006:
"WKLO General Manager
Ernie Gudridge and I were working on our Master's Degrees at U.
of L. in 1973 when he asked me to come to work for him as station
manager of WKLO-FM. I was excited to become part of the WKLO family
even though FM radio was an unknown entity in those days. Mr.
Gudridge divulged his plans for a 'NEW' station and format. Soon
after I arrived we changed the call letters to WCSN (in honor of
Great Trails owner Charles Sawyer) and contracted with
Bonneville to provide us with 'Beautiful Music.'
"For the first few months hardly anyone knew what I was doing there
(including myself at times). One morning I overheard Bob Cline
ask Bill Love: ' Who is that guy and what the hell does he do
here?' I would arrive at 5am at the KLO studios, disappear into the
DUNGEON (the WCSN studio was located in the basement), do my morning
show, then attend to my managerial duties until 2 p.m. and leave the
building...with the ROCK JOCKS aka Bo Brady and Gary Major
asking the same question: 'Who is that guy?'
"We did everything we could think of to bolster ratings and make FM
a 'viable' frequency. (Who knew what it would become?) We even sold
FM converters to auto owners for $9.95 with FREE INSTALLATION. AM
radio was still 'the thing' in the mid-70s and WCSN-FM was viewed
mostly as an automated monster in the dungeon that needed attention
(much to the chagrin of the WKLO jocks) lest it stop working
"I was offered the position of station manager and chief announcer
on WUOL, the new University of Louisville radio station in 1976. I
stayed in Public Broadcasting for a couple of years, but longed for
the competitiveness of commercial radio and went to work for
Sunnyside Communications (WXVW) in 1980 and stayed with that company
for almost 20 years (a long GIG in this business). Sunnyside bought
WAVG (formerly WAVE radio) in the early '90s and I retired in 1998
while serving at Operations Director and morning DJ on WAVG playing
the 'Music of Your Life.'
"I am now partially retired and working as a public speaker for
Louisville Technical Institute, a part of Sullivan University in
WKLO overnight jock, starting in
the third quarter of 1967. Left WKLO in the Fall of 1968 to do the
afternoon show at WMMR-FM in Philadelphia. Terrell Metheny says Bill was "the first black guy on a
general market radio station in America back before EEO stuff came in."
Bill went to Washington DC. Last heard, he was the pool announcer for the
radio and TV networks that announce the President of the United States.
Do you know where he is
Profile" appeared in the July 13, 1968 issue of Billboard.
WKLO's Clark: An
LOUISVILLE - Bill Clark of
WKLO, the local Hot 100 format radio station, is an integrator. Not
because of ideals, but because he's a good Negro deejay who likes
easy listening music and rock 'n' roll equally as well - if not more
than - rhythm and blues.
"Mainly, I came into the business without any idea of there being a
difference. I never knew what a Negro station was for many years…in
Youngstown, Ohio, where I was born and grew up, there wasn't any
Negro station," said Clark.
In those early years, he had ideas of becoming a singer. "People
said I sounded like Billy Eckstine and Arthur Prysock. But there
just wasn't any more room for another Eckstine or Prysock." R&B
music had begun to grow popular about this time, "but I couldn't
make the transition."
But a trial stint as a deejay gave his direction. From 1954 to 1959,
he worked at WFAR in Farrell, Pa. buying and reselling time and
presenting r&b and gospel programs. Then he joined WABQ in Cleveland
for a year or so before moving on to WCIN as a deejay. In 1965 he
went to his real love - a good music show nightly on WPFB in
Middletown, Ohio. He also provided color on high school and college
football games. In 1966 he joined WKRC in Cincinnati, doing weekend
stints and a weekly jazz program on WKRC-FM. Then last October, he
shifted to WKLO in Louisville to handle the all-night rock show.
So, he can honestly claim to having
integrated three stations. But being the only Negro on an otherwise
white station does not signify a denial of his roots "I'm able to be
myself, and to be judged on my ability. It is a very comfortable
atmosphere in that respect. There are few such stations in the
country where that is possible.
"I do feel that Negroes should be given a chance in all kinds of
radio," he said. "For the most part, the industry has relegated the
black man to the ethnic stations. And, once paying your dues there,
no matter how experienced or professional, it's rough, if not
impossible to go beyond it. I have great admiration for Negro radio,
but I am against the principal…the fact that for most of the
industry it is used as a ghetto, an excuse to avoid hiring blacks.
"After being Jim-Crowed, the
broadcasting industry will have to Crow-Jim now. Most soul brothers,
especially those with a family, can't hit-and-miss around the
industry like I have."
He felt that Negroes should be hired at stations "regardless of the
format." Clark said the he'd hosted country music shows on occasion,
though "we didn't tell the audience. The management and other
deejays were astounded that I knew my way around country music. I
told them without us Negroes, 'You wouldn't have country music.'"
"One of the men who has helped Clark is Mitch Michaels, who used to
be with the station. "He impressed upon me that I am a professional
broadcaster who happens to be playing contemporary music. If the
music was changed to country, I'd still be a professional broadcast
who just happened to be playing country music."
WKLO weekend/swing jock
for a large portion of the mid-to-late '70s. Gary Major reports Bob "did
every air talent's voice in the city. Don't really know what he sounded
like." Bob Cline Audio Interview
|Bob Cline writes
on June 3, 2005:
"I worked at WKLO
beginning in December, 1973. I did (as Gary Major offered)
weekends and swing shifts till January, 1975.
"I went back to WKLO in February, 1976, did news on WCSN three
nights a week, and did 2 or 3 weekend shifts. Remember those FM
stations back then that played 'The World's Most Beautiful Music?'
WCSN was one of those (soon to become "THE NEW KJ-100" in 1979).
About June, 1976, I did middays in between Lee Gray in the morning
and Bo Brady (Tad Murray) in the afternoon. Rusty Rodgers
(God bless his soul) did evenings at that time. I was on middays
live for about 4 months and then they infiltrated an automation
system that eventually was pitched. I eventually did 11p - 2a from
about January - August, 1977. At that time I left and went to WLAC
"I returned to the same company (Great Trails Broadcasting) in the
Summer, 1980, and worked on KJ-100's AM, which had switched to
Country 11. I eventually did afternoons there (with Bill Bailey
in the morning for a little over 2 years. The call letters
eventually became WCII. The station did well till about 1983, when
Coyote and crew [at WAMZ] started kicking ass.
"By the way, I started seriously listening to WAKY and WKLO on Labor
"Today I live in East Louisville and I'm a Alcohol/Drug Counselor
for a place called
Ten Broeck Hospital. I love it. I
quote lines from songs sometimes in group. Some of the other
employees know I used to be in radio and tell the patients, who in
turn ask me about it. There have been a few that all but freaked
out, 'Wow, that was you?' I just say something like, 'Yeah, that was
me! And just standing next to me will be added on to your bill.'
They love it when we joke around with them.
"My boss asks me why I don't do something with radio these days and
I just say something like, 'It ain't what it used to be!' And it
isn't. I tune around just hoping to hear some semblance of what
radio was in the '60s, '70s, '80s, hell, I'll even take the 90s. I
get excited when I hear Dick Clark's 'Rock, Roll & Remember' on WASE
in Ft. Knox on Sunday Nights. 'Oh, Dick Baby, keep em, comin'.' I
respected the hell out of the guys on WSAI from January, 2003 to
January, 2005, for doing what they did. They had fun. I listened to
every God blessed word.
"I can remember standing in the studio of WAKY with Jim Brand and
Timothy L. Tyler. I think it was in 1964. They did this experiment
to see how many people they could fit in the studio, and this friend
of mine & I went down to 5th & Jefferson Streets (on the bus mind
you), at like 5:30 in the morning. I remember it was wintertime,
that's all. It was a blast. Ed Bowman let me 'cue up' The Beach Boys
"Surfin' Safari" in the old KLO studios in the Commonwealth
Building. It was probably in the Summer of 1962. I floated home.
"See that's what was so fun about it all. We, the people in live
radio, 'spinnin' the platters, makin' the chatter,' did all kinds of
kind of risky, interesting stuff.
"Oh, by the way, I
don't remember the bit about singing along with Paul Simon's 'Kodachrome'
on WKLO in '76 or '77, but I don't deny that it happened. I probably
did it, knowing me."
WKLO newsman in the mid-to-late '70s. Also worked at WAKY as well as
stations in Indiana; Elizabethtown, Kentucky; and Lexington, Kentucky. Now
does news for Louisville's NPR News Station,
WKLO PM Drive DJ in 1964. Also worked at WISH in Indianapolis, WPLO in
Atlanta, WSAI in Cincinnati, WPOP in Hartford and WIBC in Indianapolis.
Now lives in Carmel, Indiana. Roy writes on January 17, 2013: "I am alive
and doing well running my investment company; no radio at this time.
After managing WIBC, WNAP and WKLR here in Indianapolis for 18 years and
the changing environment of broadcasting, it was time to take a break."
WKLO 6 p.m.-9 p.m. jock
from the mid '50s to the early '60s. Previously worked at WLW in
Cincinnati and WLEX in Lexington. Hired to replace Beecher Frank. Known
for doing Coca-Cola Hi-Fi Club remotes from area high schools. Left WKLO
to work for Chicago-based Polaris Broadcasting Company. Last known to live in Santa
Fe, New Mexico where he worked in the tourism industry. Died in September
More about Paul Cowley
WKLO DJ/APD/MD in the early
'70s. On January 2, 2001 he became a regional sales executive with AP
Radio, based in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he spent seven years with
Westwood One, including time as a regional format manager. Before his time
at Westwood One, Jack worked in Nashville as the general manager of
WGFX-FM. Do you know where he is
WKLO 9 a.m.-12 noon jock
in the late '50s and early '60s. Joined the station when it flipped to
"Modern Music" in July 1959. Previously worked at KRGV in Weslaco, Texas.
know where he is today?
Morning DJ in 1964 and 1965. Known as "The Emperor." Left for WAKY when
Terrell Metheny hired Bill Bailey to be WKLO's morning man. After
WAKY, Bill became PD and morning man at WLAP in Lexington, Kentucky. He
later went to work as News Director and Anchor at WTVQ-TV in Lexington,
plus did a morning slot at WKXO in Berea, Kentucky. Bill also co-owned
radio stations in Delaware. He retired in 1993. A May 1965 WKLO survey says of Bill: "Fourteen years
professional experience. Tennessee native whose father was also in radio.
Married and the father of two little Crispies. Enjoys playing, of all
things, the flugelhorn!" Died December 6, 2011.
MILLSBORO — Bill Crisp passed
away Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, 2011, at Atlantic Shores nursing
home in Millsboro. He had been in poor health for the last
He had been a resident of Rehoboth Shores, Long Neck, for the
last 10 years. He was a member of the American Legion,
Millsboro, having served as a radio operator, aboard U.S. naval
ships, during the Korean war.
Bill was born in Tennessee, was raised in Lewes, and graduated
with the Class of 1952, at Lewes Special School.
He played trumpet in the band, and during the years, played with
area bands. Mr. Crisp was involved in radio broadcasting most of
his life, working on the air in many large markets around the
country. Mr. Crisp was owner and manager of WSUX AM/FM in
Seaford during the 70's and 80's, where he lived with his wife,
Sandy, and daughter, Lynne.
He is survived by a brother, Don Crisp of Bishopville.
A private memorial service is planned.
Chuck Diamond WKLO DJ who
came from Peoria and worked for Robin Walker there. He did late
nights in either '74 or early '75. In recent years, he has been in
Rockford, IL, at WKMQ, and at WNTA, which he left in January, 2004.
Do you know where he is today?
Mason Lee Dixon
Late-night DJ for a short time in 1977 or 1978. He worked at WAKY from
1969 to 1972, then left for St. Louis and later, California. When he
returned from California, Mason came to work at WKLO. He is currently
employed at the Holiday Manor BP on US 42 (Brownsboro Road) in Louisville.
[Real name: David Bratcher]
Eileen Douglas Today
WKLO anchor/reporter and
talk program host/producer (November 1970-June 1974) and News Director
(June 1974-February 1976). Left WKLO for New York. She worked in WAKY's
news department (September 1970-November 1970) before moving to WKLO.
most recently worked as a correspondent on ABC TV's Lifetime Magazine.
Before that she spent nearly 18 years at all-news WINS Radio, where she
was the midday anchor for ten years, as well as a reporter, editor and
writer. During those years she also worked as a weekend reporter for WNEW-TV,
and as a news anchor for the ABC Radio network. While in Louisville, she
was also co-host & producer of "NOW," a TV show on WHAS-TV. Today Eileen
works in New York City as a partner at Steinman-Douglas Productions.
From a James Doussard Courier-Journal
Column (June 1974)
Eileen Douglas has been named news
director of WKLO Radio 1080 and WCSN-FM (99.7).
She will supervise and direct a staff
of nine newscasters and reporters.
In making the appointment, the
stations' president and general manager, E.A. Gudridge, said that,
to his knowledge, Ms. Douglas "becomes the only woman now in charge
of a separately staffed broadcast news department."
The selection was made, Gudridge
said, based on "experience, preparation and journalistic
Ms. Douglas joined WKLO News in
November 1970 as a part-time reporter. For the past two years, she
has been assignment editor and has produced a public-affairs program
called "The News Special" broadcast at 8:30 a.m. Sundays on both
She was graduated magna cum laude
from Syracuse University in 1968, earning election to Phi Beta
A Syracuse, New York native, Ms.
Douglas is married to Jeff Douglas, a WHAS Radio 840 broadcast
personality. They have a daughter, Rachel, 3.
She is co-producer with Jeff of
WHAS-11's weekly half hour show, "Now."
Before coming to Louisville, Ms.
Douglas reported news for FM radio and TV stations in Syracuse and
was a reporter and feature writer for The Syracuse Herald-Journal.
employee-turned-WKLO personality during the British Invasion years. A
native Englander, his British accent and knowledge of the Beatles and
other English acts took the WKLO airwaves by storm in 1965. He normally
was on during the 6 p.m. hour and his segment was initially called
"Anglo-Mania." Toured with the Beatles and filed reports on WKLO. Friend
of Davy Jones of the Monkees, with whom he went into the haberdashery
business in California after leaving Louisville. Worked at WINN and WAKY
after he and WKLO parted company. Used to work in the retail clothing
business in the Los Angeles area and live in Marina del Ray, California,
but later returned to Great Britain.
Died November 21, 2016. A May 1965 WKLO survey says of Ken: "Kentuckiana's only live in-person
disc jockey hailing from London, England. Has seen many of the top English
groups in person. Much in demand for personal appearances."
Ken Douglas Audio Interview
1965 Ken Douglas Article
Published in The Courier-Journal on December 11, 2016
Ken Douglas, of London, England,
passed away in England, November 21, 2016.
He was a former disc jockey for WKLO, WAKY, and WINN radio.
Ken lived a very exciting life from working on cruise ships
sailing around the world to touring with the Beatles in 1966,
and meeting and interviewing many celebrities. Ken worked for
the Monkees in Los Angeles and became life long friends with
Davy Jones. Ken then became manager of the men's store at Fred
Segals in California. After retiring, Ken returned to England to
be closer to family and his daughter, Heather.
Ken loved meeting people and making friends. No one was ever a
He is survived by his daughter, Heather Douglas (Jason Pethers),
sister, Audrey Lamb, brother, Terry Douglas (Jean) and many
nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be December 14, 2016 in England.
Joined WKLO as a DJ in
July 1959 when the station changed to a Top 40 format. Previously worked
at KSYD in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Do you know where he is
WKLO country DJ in the
1950s. Split the overnight shift with Jimmy Lloyd starting in July 1959
when the station changed to a "Modern Music" format.
Fern Creek, Kentucky record collector Marty Childress reports that
"Tommy Downs died in 1976. He had relocated to Nashville where he owned a
recording studio. He also worked as a producer."
WKLO part-time jock in
the early to mid '60s.
Do you know where he is
WKLO weekend and
overnight DJ between April and October 1975. Previously did PM drive at WLAP in Lexington,
Kentucky. Retired from radio after WKLO. Now lives in Orlando, Florida.
WKLO DJ in the early
'70s. [Real name: Rufus C. Hurt]
on March 13, 2009:
"Stumbled upon your site
today! I am one of the creative directors for Bristol Broadcasting
in Bristol, Virginia. Been with this company about ten years and
will probably remain here as long as they'll have me. I stage a
couple of their news/talk stations and consult two of their
contemporary morning shows (one here and one in Charleston, W.Va.)
Programmed for a while before that at WQUT in Gray, Tennessee.
"Before WKLO I was at WAIR in Winston Salem (not sure what that is
now) and before that my first civilian radio job at WBLU (a
daytimer) in Salem, Virginia. I was a news person with American
Forces radio during the Vietnam war stationed in Thailand prior to
the start of my commercial career. I did the radio news to all
troops stationed in country from seven to midnight. When I got off
the air at midnight I went right to the production studio and
practiced being a jock till daybreak then slept all day! I did that
for a year.
"After leaving WKLO I worked at WRKO in Boston for about a year then
went to WKRQ in Cincinnati to do nights. From there to a stint in
Chicago for ABC's FM WDAI (now WLS-FM). I left there to open a
production company in Roanoke, Virginia for about five years. I
closed that company and answered the radio call again for a
7-midnight gig in New York at a Doubleday station called WAPP. They
sold that to Emmis after a while and changed the call letters to
WQHT.... Hot 97 I think it was. Kind of an urban/street beat format.
I did mornings for them for two years and decided the Big Apple was
no place for a country boy and moved here to the Bristol,
Tennessee/Virginia area. I've been kicking around here for about
twenty years now. I love Tennessee and I love this company.
"My time with WKLO and Bill Hennes was a great experience. I learned
a lot from Bill. I learned never to play poker with Lee Gray (or
anybody else for that matter!) after losing an entire paycheck one
night at his place. Chuck Brady, Big Brother Love and so many others
became dear friends and great teachers to me. I was so young and
"Glad I found this site. My memory is not one of my distinguishing
assets these days but I do have fond recollections of my time in
Tim England WKLO-WCSN DJ
and newsperson in the late '70s.
"I worked at
WKLO-WCSN from May 1977 to May 1979. Initially, I was a jock for
WKLO working weekends and then overnights. During the summer of
1978, I became a weekday announcer (middays) before making the
leap to news during the winter of '78, and that's where I
remained until May 1979.
"I left Louisville
for graduate school at Indiana University in 1979 but continued
working in radio news in Bloomington. After earning a master's
degree in 1982, I worked briefly at WHAS before leaving for
Richmond, Virginia, to work at the Virginia News Network. Three
years later, in 1986, I returned to my native state to work as
news director of WKYU-FM in Bowling Green and to teach at
Western Kentucky University. Then in 1990 I went back to
graduate school at the University of Tennessee where I earned a
doctorate in 1994. For the past 12 years, I have been a
professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where
I teach Mass Communication and serve as coordinator of the
electronic media sequence.
"My first shifts at
WKLO were quite memorable. The big news that first night in May
1977 was the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. Also, there was a
shooting that night down the street at Louisville Gardens. So,
we had chaos up and down Walnut Street (Muhammad Ali Blvd.)
which I observed through the storefront window. For
a small town boy from Eighty Eight, KY, life in the big city
seemed action packed.
"Another memory that
sticks with me is pulling split shifts -- three hours as a rock
jock on 'KLO and three hours as a low-key, soft-voiced beautiful
music announcer on WCSN. I became quite the coffee drinker just
to get through the latter half of my day.
"I worked with some
wonderful people at WKLO -- Rip Rinehart, Steve Parker,
Rusty Rodgers, Tad Murray (a.k.a. Bo Brady)
-- but always lived in fear of aircheck reviews with Lee Gray
and later Gary Major.
taught me a lot."
WKLO announcer between
1949 and 1953. [Real name: Edmund Futterman]
writes on February 1, 2006:
old times sake I just checked the WKLO 'roster.' The only name I
recognized was Beecher Frank; that's because I used to work
with him between 1949 and 1953. Does anyone remember the mini music
boxes he played on the air back then? He was a very talented,
"In the early 50's we did one of the very early 2-man disc shows:
the Farron-Bright Show (Ed Farron and Robin Bright). Does
someone know where Robin might be? I also did the Night Shift: a
late night record show that followed the Foster Brooks Show.
In the mornings, Jimmie Osborne and his little group would
get the station rolling. Charlie Farmer did Farm News
(surprise!). Mary Lou Moore wrote copy, D.C. Summerfield
was the Chief Engineer and Joe Eaton the General Manager.
Plus Randy Atcher...big time country player!
"...and I turned down WAVE when they offered me the first TV host
spot in town, because they offered 5 bucks a week less than I was
making at WKLO! Well, I was young in those days!
"I was reading a
couple of letters from guys talking about the 50's. The early 50's
was a great period in KLO history. Beecher Frank was certainly a big
part of it. And Foster Brooks! He wasn't there long, but made lots
of friends while he was around. Then he went on to national fame.
"Jean Clos; News Director. I wonder how many remember him and
his 'Clos Look at the News.' He'd come in about 9:45 pm (or later)
to do a 15-minute 10:00 o'clock newscast (a bit worse for the wear).
He'd rip the news off the machine, put it together in some sort of
fashion, and ad lib around the stories...making this his 'Clos Look
at the News.'
"In the afternoon, a genial record shop owner on Louisville's main
street would do a live, remote 15-minute record show from behind his
store-front window. The theme song was Glenn Miller's 'String of
Pearls.' Afterwards, the 2-hour Farron-Bright Show...which featured
a constant flow of doughnuts, chocolates, ice cream, etc...provided
by our sponsors, and wolfed down during the show by the two of us
while plugging the contributors. Great fun.
"Someone mentioned Jack Bendt. He arrived at KLO about 1951.
I don't know how long he stayed. Jack Everbach (a local boy!)
was one of the announcers. It would be great to hear from him. And I
wonder if the station is still doing the live Organ Show from the
bar of the Henry Clay Hotel. (I doubt it).
"I left WKLO in '53 to go to WBBM, Chicago. Would really enjoy
hearing from anyone who recalls that era. Anyone still around?
"I'm retired. The
last gig for me was 'Swingin' the Blues' at the local University
radio station (KCSN). Did this for a couple of years, on Saturdays,
and gave it up a few years ago. Now I'm just a listener."
WKLO jock and newsman
during the 1960s from Guthrie, Oklahoma. Joined the station in 1960.
Formerly program director of KSWO, Lawton, Oklahoma. Later went to work at WAKY.
Deceased. A May 1965 WKLO survey says of Jim: "Six year veteran of our Air
Force. Hails from Guthrie, Oklahoma. Responsible for much of the
production you hear on the air. Member of the Clarksville Little Theatre
Board of Directors."
worked with Jim in Lawton, Oklahoma before we both joined WKLO. Jim
came to Louisville first, probably in late 1959, and I followed in
May of 1960. He recommended me to Barney Groven.
"Jim was a very quiet and self-contained intelligent guy and was an
excellent production person. He loved producing commercials and
promos and was an artist with splicing audiotape. He was a DJ, but
he preferred production. His most unique quality as a DJ was that
you could walk into the control room while he was talking on the
air, and you couldn’t actually hear what he was saying. He always
used a very low volume voice level, and he always sounded great. I
finally learned to appreciate his approach and in my later years at
WKLO lowered by voice projection level considerably. Jim used to
tell me, 'You don’t have to shout. That’s what the microphone and
amplifiers are for.'
"On a personal level,
Jim was well read, liked classical music and was active in amateur
theatre. Unfortunately we lost touch with each other after he went
to WAKY and I went into government."
WKLO overnight jock in
the early-to-mid 1960s. Also worked at WAKY. Later worked at WAVE/WAVG for many years.
Died at the age of 75 on December 23, 2009.
Courier-Journal Obituaries (January 4, 2010)
FLETCHER, JOSEPH "JOE" L., 75, this
popular retired radio personality passed away December 23, 2009 at
Springhurst Health & Rehabilitation after a prolonged illness.
A native of Louisville, Mr. Fletcher was born to Evelyn S. and
Leonard Fletcher who preceded him in death.
An alumnus of Male High School, he attended Bellarmine College and
served his country in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean
Joe Fletcher's radio and television career spanned from 1960 through
2002. He was a WAVE/WAVG 970 TV and radio personality who received
awards for his popular show "The Joe Fletcher Show" by TV Radio
Mirror. He was also known to fill in on the weekend weather at WAVE
TV-3 and hosted the program High Q. He worked for Louisville radio
stations WAKY, WKLO, WINN, WAVE, WAVG, and WKJK - Clear Channel
Radio where he retired. Early in his career he worked for WSAC - Ft.
Knox, KY and WSLM - Salem, IN. He also worked at WFBC in Greenville,
As a kidney organ recipient, he was a volunteer and friend to KODA
as well as the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky. He was a
friend to Seniors Citizens East and lent his talents to many
charitable and non-profit organizations. These included Kosair
Charities, Ursuline School of Music, the Cerebral Palsy School,
Highland VFW Post, J-Town Gaslight Festival, J-Town Band, the
Fillies Inc., the Kentucky Derby Festival, and many more.
He loved sports and was the announcer for the Louisville Blades Ice
Hockey team. He was the public announcer for Friday Night racing at
the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway. His hobbies included auto
racing, history, photography, music, theatre, and bird watching.
He is survived by his daughters Elaine Ann Fletcher Key (Kevin F.)
and Jo Lynn Fletcher Farmer (Bill); his grandchildren Thomas
Fletcher Farmer and Kirby Lynn Farmer.
He will be missed by his family, friends, and fans, but his
beautiful voice will live on in the archives of Louisville radio for
generations to come.
The Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be Friday, January
8, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane, with burial
to follow in Cave Hill cemetery. His visitation will be Thursday,
January 7, 2010, 4-8 p.m. Memorial dedication suggested to Kentucky
Organ Donor Affiliates, 106 E. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.
WKLO sports reporter in
the mid '70s. He subsequently went to work at an ad agency in Louisville.
Do you know where he is
WKLO night jock in the
mid '50s who played pop music while the rest of the DJs played country
(and thus had a large teenaged audience). Left WKLO to work for WGRC
(which became WAKY) and was replaced by Paul Cowley.
Also did radio in Miami, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky. He died in 1994
in his hometown of Somerset, Kentucky.
Apte-Plante of Ennis, Montana writes:
"Beecher was my
ex-husband's uncle. After he left radio, Beecher took over his
mother's business and retired...just dinked around with antiques,
etc. His wife Gloria is still living in Somerset. Beecher was a real
character, curious about everything and everyone -- and very well
read. He was one of my favorite people. He marched to his own
WKLO night jock for about
a year in 1964 and 1965. He also did some newscaster duties. Jack
previously worked with Bill Crisp, Chuck Browning, and
Charlie Fletcher at WKGN in Knoxville, Tennessee. He left WKLO to go
to WAVE where he remained for over a decade, and departed WAVE for a two
year stint at WMT in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jack later did mornings at WAMB in Nashville, Tennessee
starting in the early '90s. He left WAMB at the end of 2013. A
May 1965 WKLO survey says of Jack: "Handsome and personable with a large
following. His position as Music Director keeps him on top of the record
business. Another of our airmen who received his radio baptism in
WKLO DJ in the early
'60s. After WKLO, Mike
was half of the morning team (when that was unheard of) at WCPO 1230 Radio
in Cincy (the "Shad & Mike Show"). Prior to 'KLO, he was on the air at
WMNI in Columbus, Ohio. Bob Shannon reports in July 2006 that Mike came
out of a nine-year retirement to become Sales Manager at Cincinnati oldies
outlet WDJO (1160 AM).
Joined the station in
July 1959 from KSYD in Wichita Falls, Texas when WKLO switched to Top 40.
Left WKLO for WAKY where he worked in the early '60s. After leaving WAKY
in 1962, Jack got out of radio and was with Columbia Records and other
music business interests in New York and the West Coast. Last known to
work as an air personality for the Dallas, Texas-based Citadel Media
"Timeless" satellite-delivered adult standards music format, which ceased
operation in February 2010.
WKLO jock in 1967-1968,
1970-1973 and 1973-1978. Previous on-air stints included gigs in Albany,
Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland. Also worked at WMCA in New York City and
WBBF in Rochester, New York. He
began his career in Germany in the early '60s while in the Army. Worked at
WAKY between his second and third stints at WKLO. Enjoyed flying. Became
Program Director during his last tour at WKLO. Left WKLO to begin a
Christian ministry at KGOL in Houston, Texas. Continued working in
Christian radio at in KSBJ in Humble, Texas for the last seven years of
his life. Passed away in 1996 in Kingswood, Texas.
Lee Gray Courier-Journal Death
Notice [Real name: Royce
writes: "I was a deejay and program director in Bowling Green before
I came to Louisville. My girlfriend graduated from college and got a
job in the River City, so I put together a decent resume and tape
and headed there to look for a job. I called ahead, and the program
directors of WAVE (don't remember his name), WHAS (Jerry David
Malloy) and WAKY (Johnny Randolph) were all very gracious
and agreed to see me on the same day, but when I called Lee Gray
he was very gruff and said 'No, I don't want to see you. I don't
want to listen to your aircheck. Don't bother. Heck, I might like
you, and I have a full staff. If I liked you, I might have to fire
somebody, and I don't want to fire anybody right now.'
"Well, awrighty then. I'll skip that interview, thank you very much.
So, I went to Louisville in mid-May 1977 and saw Randolph and Malloy
and a couple of others. Then I was about ready to go home and was
walking down the street toward my car when, lo and behold, I found
myself in front of the storefront studios of WKLO. I thought, 'What
the hell, I've got this extra tape and resume. I'll just leave it at
"I went in and told
the receptionist what I wanted to do, and she said, 'Mr. Gray is
here. Do you want to see him?' I said, 'Oh no. I don't want to do
that.' And I turned around and left the station and left Louisville.
Would you believe he called me the next day and offered me a job? He
told me someone on his staff quit the day I showed up. I guess I was
at the right place at the right time on that particular day.
"I asked him once why
he used the 'stage' name, Lee Gray, and not his real name, Lee
Darling. He replied, 'We're in the South, son. You don't go on the
air and call yourself "Darling"!!'"
Former WKLO and WAKY
newsman Reed Yadon, when asked if it was true if Lee Gray was
his flight instructor, replied: "Lee did check me out in several
different airplanes. I was already licensed, but he did serve as the
check-out pilot for retractable GA airplanes and did some work on me
on multi-engine aircraft.
"Lee and I used to take friends and fly to Florida for the weekend.
Once we went down to Florida and back in the same day just for the
heck of it. Lee had to get back to do a Coke Hi-Fi club remote that
night. We brought some sand back to prove our trip.
"We landed at O'Hare Airport in a single engine plane at 3 a.m.
once. We had left Louisville after our Friday evening shift to spend
the weekend in Chicago. On final approach we were spaced between
jets and we darn near had to maintain cruise airspeed to keep from
getting run over by the jet following us. Also the controller asked
if we had the runway in sight and I replied, 'Yes, the one with the
lights on' and he replied, 'Sir, we have 18 runways with lights on.'
"Lee was a very good plot and loved his flying. I learned a great
deal from him as flying is nothing more than a constant process of
learning. He was also helicopter rated.
"Lee was a great guy who died far too young."
UPI Wire Report:
September 18, 1968
thieves might keep this one in mind. Louisville police this
afternoon spotted a 1966 blue Corvette Stingray with New York
license pates traveling at high speed downtown on Ninth Street.
Patrolman Alton Carr immediately telephoned the [police] station to
inquire if there was an stolen car report. There was none. But a
radio station newsman -- Reed Yadon of WKLO -- was monitoring the
police radio...and recognized the description as a car owned by a
fellow disc jockey (Lee Gray) then on the air.
It took a few minutes to convince the DJ his car had been taken from
his parking spot near the radio station, but Yadon contacted the
police. The stolen vehicle was stopped. One youngster ran outside
and eluded officers, but the other, a 17-year old Louisville boy,
was arrested. All the while the two youths had been listening to the
car radio -- tuned to the newsman's account of the theft. A lesson
might be: Make sure that car doesn't belong to a disc jockey.
WKLO late-morning jock
that joined WKLO in 1967. Native of Owensboro, Kentucky who previously
worked in Evansville, Indiana at WROZ as "John Karr". Left WKLO to go to Pittsburgh. [Real name:
|Jon writes on
April 21, 2005:
"I go by the air name
Jon Summers and work in television now. I'm with WKBW-TV,
Channel 7 in Buffalo, New York.
"I joined WKLO early in the year of 1967; I don't remember whether
it was February or March. was only there about a year, but it was
one of the most memorable years in my some 47 years in the industry.
"Perhaps the most memorable, but not the most pleasant, was the day
one of the major ratings came in and apparently I kicked butt.
Mitch Michael, the PD, called me into his office and told me
about the ratings. However, instead of congratulating me and telling
me "good job," he looked at me and said he just didn't get it, but I
must be doing something right. Then he said he was busy and had to
get back to work.
"Other than that, I had
a great year."
WKLO PD 1959-1962 and in
1964. Barney went to WKLO from KFDA in Amarillo, Texas in 1959 as program director when
changed format to fulltime "modern music" (a.k.a. Top 40) on July 4th. At the time he was married to Dottie
Knight (real name: Dottie Unwin) who would eventually do nights at WKLO. (They
divorced in 1964.) According to Dottie, "Barney once said he got his start
in radio by hanging around a station in his hometown of Piqua, Ohio until
they finally gave in let him go on the air. Before WKLO, Barney worked at
several radio and television stations including KEPO in El Paso, Texas.
After leaving WKLO in 1962, Barney worked in New York City in radio sales.
He also worked at KRIZ in Phoenix, Arizona, before his return to WKLO in
1964. [Groven also worked for a while at WOWI in New Albany in 1963-64
when it was doing a Top-40 format.] Sometime in 1965, he worked briefly at WTOD in Toledo, Ohio. In 1965
he was hired to work at WLCY in Tampa, Florida as a newsman using the name
J. Paul Robinson. He remained there until sometime in the mid '70s.
While employed at WLCY, Barney also worked as a consultant to several
radio stations including WKKE in Asheville, North Carolina. After leaving
radio, Barney went into business with his second wife, Carlotta." Barney
passed away in October 1998 at the age of 62 after a bout with lung cancer.
Fleetwood Gruver III
(Yes, that was his real name and air name.) WKLO production director who
tried to fill the shoes of Mike Rivers. Fleetwood left Louisville
to go to Atlanta. Gary Major says Fleetwood was the "first radio
guy I knew that had a BMW." Today Fleetwood is in Orlando, Florida as
Operations Manager/Program Director of Cox Broadcasting's
WKLO announcer circa the early 1950s
until 1959. He left the station right after the format switch in July
1959 and went to WOWI radio in New Albany. He later worked at WLKY-32
and WDRB-41 as an announcer. Deceased.
WKLO newsperson in the
mid '70s. Now Jody Puckett, she is Acting Assistant County
Administrator for James City County, Virginia.
Was WKLO night jock Wild
Willy 1966-1967. Later returned to WKLO as Program Director (1971-1973).
Left WKLO to be PD of CLKW in Windsor-Detroit. Other stations programmed
include WMAQ/WKQX in Chicago, WIFI/Philadelphia, WNHC/New Haven and WNDE/Indianapolis. Became a program consultant
in 1981. Bill was the owner and founder of
AllAboutCountry.com, an independent news and information web site for
country radio and records. He now lives in Pompano Beach, Florida where he is running his
own program consulting company,
BillHennesMedia.com. He also owns and programs a number of Internet
Bill Hennes Audio Interview
Bob "Bones" Henry
WKLO newsman and
"Director of Special Events" in the 1960s. Retired from WKLO in 1971 He
had worked at WKLO for 16 years, and previously at WINN and in Paducah.
Got his start in radio in the Army Air Corps in 1941. Became a Kentucky
State Representative for the 39th District (Downtown Louisville). [Real
Name: Robert Henry Eicher] Died in the Early '90s at the age of 67
in Portsmouth, Ohio.
The wife of Bill Love,
she did news for WKLO and WCSN for about a six-month period in the
mid-70s. She and Bill are still married and live in the Evansville,
WKLO DJ around 1970. He
was the jock who flipped the Rugbys' 45 from "Stay With Me" to "You, I" and
it became a national hit. Based on that, he was offered a gig at SSS
International (Shelby Singleton) in Nashville where he produced the first
two "Bootleg Top 40" compilations. After that, he moved onto Elektra as
National Country Promotion Director signing folks like Eddie Rabbitt. Now
lives in Dallas, Texas. [Real Name: Mike Suttle]
WKLO morning drive DJ
starting in the early '60s. He joined WKLO in 1960 from KWK, St. Louis. He later deejayed at WSIX in Nashville and played Bozo the
Clown on WSIX-TV for several years, plus moonlighted as Santa Claus at
Harding Mall. Deceased.
WKLO evening DJ for about
three months in the '70s. Tim England writes: "Jim and I worked in
radio together in Bowling Green (WBGN) and Louisville (WKLO). He then went
back to Bowling Green to work as a weatherman for WBKO-TV. After that, he
left broadcasting to work for the Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of
Commerce in the late 1980s. Later he became economic development director
for neighboring Logan County." Today Jim is a consultant based in
WKLO Morning DJ. He had
been Assistant PD of WJR (the Great Voice of the Great Lakes) in Detroit.
Gary Major says, "I hired him to come in and do mornings. He had
been on a station in Flint, Michigan when I was in Saginaw...and I always
liked his style. We paid him big bucks for the time. He was a good guy and
would have really done well here but he was coming in just before the
other shoe fell."
Jack also worked at WCEN in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and WTRX in Flint,
Michigan, among other stations. He passed away at the age of 60 in March,
"Daddy" Dee Humphries
WKLO nighttime DJ (6 p.m.-10
p.m.) hired by Lee Gray in the '70s. Dee had been PD at
Black-formatted WLOU. Gary Major reports that Dee used to arrive
about 6:15 as he had to walk down from the Greyhound bus station six
blocks away where he was customer service/counter help during the day.
Do you know where he is
"Hitman Mac" Hunter
WKLO weekend and
overnight DJ 1976 through 1979. Worked as a traffic reporter with
Metro Traffic in Louisville. He also owns a car shop where he builds and
sells sports cars. [Real Name: Lloyd McKinney Hunter]
WKLO's last morning man
("Hutch in the Morning"). Gary Major says Dave "had been doing PM
Drive. When Jack Hood decided that he was seeing the other shoe
fall...and got out of town...I knew I was in trouble as the PD when Jack
called me and said he had returned to Michigan (after working that
morning). This happened on my birthday. 'Happy Birthday Gary!'" Today
Dave is the morning man of
WBTM in Danville,
Virginia. (More from Hutch here.)
WKLO DJ who joined the
station in July 1959 after the format switch to "Modern Music." Previously
worked at KFDA in Amarillo, Texas.
Do you know where he is
WKLO newsman in 1969 and
1970. Now is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Caption
Colorado in Greenwood Village, CO. Dave Carson writes: "He came to 'KLO from WERK in his
hometown of Muncie, IN. and was the evening news guy from the fall of '69
to fall of '70. In addition he deejayed the all-night show on Sunday
night. After WKLO he returned to WERK. The rest is a bit foggy but
eventually his career included stints as General Manager of WYNY (NBC's FM
in New York) around 1986 and later as GM at WBZ in Boston during the late
'80s. After that we we lost track of each other."
|John writes on
November 13, 2010:
"WOW…what a great
website!!! What an undertaking on your part. Congratulations and
thanks for doing so.
"Reading Dave Carson and Big Joe London's comments brought back a
lot of great memories.
"I was at WKLO from
May of 1969 through May of 1970. A 19 year old newscaster in
Louisville….I thought I was really hot stuff.
"I was the night-time news guy opposite Carl Strandell and 'Muttley
the Wonder Dog', followed by Dave Carson. I was recruited by my
friend Big Joe London, whom I had worked with in my hometown,
Muncie, Indiana (WERK-AM). Of course, WERK's most famous part-time
announcer was another of my mentors, this crazy guy named Dave
"Funny memories from that year at 'KLO: Big Joe calling me in the
middle of the night with tears in his big voice, telling me I had to
come to the station ASAP and cover his show. Joe had just purchased
a new car, and because it was the midnight to 6 shift, the cops let
him park it on the street directly in front of the street studio, so
that he could keep an eye on it.
"Well, Big Joe was monitoring a police chase through downtown
Louisville on the newsroom police scanner. Sure enough, the chase
ended right in front of our studio with the bad guy plowing his car
into Big Joe's new dream-ride, thus Joe's tears and his call to me,
'Get your ass here, right now'.
"Jack Sorbi, mid-day guy, known for the short-fuse, totaling
destroying the 'bat phone' after being critiqued while 'on-air'.
"A frustrated Jackson Five fan tossing a brick through the showcase
window, when informed several times by Carl Strandell that he
couldn't move the requested song up in the rotation. (We had a phone
outside on the street for just such requests.)
"Cops hanging out at night in our studio, doing surveillance on the
bar across the street, suspected of running prostitutes.
"Every Sunday to Monday overnight I covered for Joe's day off. At
3:30am the buzzer at the door at the rear of the station would
sound, meaning the trash pick-up guys had to be let into the
building. So, I would have to sprint out of the studio (front of the
building) all the way to the back, let the trash guys in, exchange
pleasantries, then sprint back to the studio, before the commercial
or record ended.
"After leaving KLO in 1970. I returned to my hometown of Muncie and
WERK serving over the following 10+ years as News Director, Program
Director, Talk-Host, Football Play-by-Play and General Manager.
"I also did a short stint at WLBC AM/FM in Muncie, before joining
Group W's, WOWO-AM in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as Assistant PD. I was
promoted a year later to station manager. Upon Group W's decision to
sell WOWO, I was transferred to Denver, where I had the tremendous
pleasure of running KOSI-FM from 1983-1986. We were recognized by
author Tom Peters' and the NAB publication (1985), "Lessons From
America's Best Run Radio Stations'. 1986-1988, I was GM of WYNY, New
York for NBC radio. I returned to Group W in 1988 as GM of WBZ-AM
Boston, where we hired this guy named Bergeron to be our morning
"Always wanting to return to Denver, I left 'BZ' in 1992, started my
own media consulting business. In Denver and Colorado Springs I
worked for both Salem Broadcasting and Focus on the Family, then
served as Executive Director of my church and the Denver Chapter of
Youth for Christ. In 2003, I jumped back into media full-time, this
time on the TV side, accepting my position here at Caption Colorado.
We provide real-time closed captioning to the majority of local TV
newsrooms across the US, as well as several cable nets. WHAS-TV is
one of our customers. Thus, when I chat with personnel there, the
memories of KLO flood back into my head."
WKLO overnight jock in
1966. Also worked at WKLO using the name Jim Russell. Later taught
broadcasting at Jeffersonville High School. Deceased. [Real name: Jim
WKLO PM drive DJ in 1961.
Allen Bryan writes: "There was a guy named Quinn Ivy who was a DJ and a
record producer that was associated with some of the recording that was
done in the studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama starting in the late '60s. I
have done a Google search and the majority of the hits are related to the
fact that he produced 'When a Man Loves a Woman' by Percy Sledge. I think
he is also credited as being one of the writers." Vickie Johnson
notes on December 10, 2012: "The Quinn Ivy that was a DJ for a very
short amount of time was not the same Quinn Ivy that was a record
producer in Muscle Shoals. The one at WKLO had recently come from
perhaps Nashville and his real name was Jim Cecil. Where he is
today, I have no clue, but it would be interesting to know as, to my
recollection, his stay at WKLO was controversial at the time because he
was found to be an imposter to the Quinn Ivy name. That said, he was a
great DJ and should be recognized for such. He was the first (I think)
to close his show with, 'Green lights and blue skies, Mama, come get
your baby boy!'" Do you know where he is
Worked in the WKLO
newsroom in 1978 and 1979. [Real name: David Smith]
|David writes on
July 22, 2005:
"In my freshman year
of college I was an intern at WHAS-TV in the fall of 1977. Jess
Peterson was News Director at WKLO at the time, and was going to
start an internship program there in January 1978. I saw a posting
at school, applied and was his first intern! My father, Jim Smith,
was an anchor/reporter at WLKY-TV 32 from 1961-69, so I always had
an interest in TV and radio.
"After being at WKLO
a few weeks, Bernie Thompson allowed Jess to add me to the
payroll. I learned a lot back then from Jess and Dave Jacob
Straub and Barry Steiger...and became friends with Bo
Brady, Rusty Rodgers, Hitman Mac, Tim Hurst,
Don St. John, Scott Thompson and others.
"I have fond memories
of giving Bo Brady his morning 'wake-up; calls to make sure he'd
roll in for his 5am show, late nights downstairs listening to new
records, WKLO Pepsi Basketcases ballgames, backstage with Rusty and
John Denver at Freedom Hall, Hitman's first ride in his Porsche with
the headlights taped in place, Sunday night White Castle runs...the
list goes on! I was like a sponge back then, soaking up everything I
could from everyone willing to share and teach -- and I am to this
day, grateful for all who shared their time and knowledge with me.
"I then worked a
series of radio shows in smaller markets, and my last gig in radio
ended in 2001 as host of 'Morning Talk with Dave James' at WULF-FM,
a 50,000 FM station based in Radcliff, KY, when it was an all-talk
"Today, I am in real
estate property management and still own and operate a Mobile DJ
business (At Your Service DJ's ), begun with my first gig via WKLO
back in '78, thanks to Gary Major not wanting the gig! The mirror
ball and motor I still use today was purchased for that first paying
gig in '78 from the old Ayr-Way store at the former Bashford Manor
"My wife, Donna and I
live in Crestwood, KY. She has three grown daughters and I have a
son who is the Sports Editor for a weekly newspaper and a daughter
attending EKU. We're going to become grandparents for the first time
in October 2006. My, how times flies!
"I'd love to hear
from anyone from that era and thank John Quincy for his creation and
dedication to this site!"
WKLO nighttime DJ in 1964.
Do you know where he is
On-air personality in the
mid '50s. His son Marc writes: "After WKLO, he left radio for a time, then
returned to the air on WLIR in the Garden City Hotel, Garden City, Long
Island. (Another of the hotel's claims to fame is that Charles Lindbergh
stayed there before leaving for
France.) Dad's was a late-night talk show. I was on a few times. After
that, Dad left live on-air, but he did make another foray into radio via
tape. He created a company called Radio Upstarts. The key program was a
nostalgia/history-brought-to-life show called 'Time Was...' Alas, the time
wasn't right for it. He moved on to other endeavors, primarily writing and
advertising. He died in 1989."
Newsman in the late '70s.
Died October 18, 1999.
WKLO afternoon drive DJ
in the early '60s.
Worked at KAKC in Tulsa,
Oklahoma as PD in the late 1950s. Left WKLO to go to KDEO in San Diego,
California and eventually became PD at KLIF in Dallas, Texas in 1963. Died in
Dallas in 1998.
WKLO newsperson who was
became News Director at one time. Came to Louisville from Memphis in April
1969 as a DJ at WAKY. He moved to WKLO in December 1969. Kane retired in
2002 after a long career in radio news. He produced a syndicated
commentary called "Kane's World" for a number of years. He served in the
United States Marine Corps, and fought in the Korean conflict. [Real name:
Carl Wigley] Died October 27, 2004.
Newsperson in 1977.
Also worked at WAKY.
Do you know where she is
WKLO jock 1972-1974.
Started his radio career at WCYN in Cynthiana, Kentucky. Left
WKLO to go to do PM drive at WCOL in Columbus, Ohio, also owned by WKLO's
parent company, Great Trails. Also worked for WLAP (Lexington), KEEY
(Minneapolis) , KZZC (Kansas City), WIL (St. Louis), WALR (Atlanta), WKIS
(Miami) and Charleston, South Carolina stations WSUY, WXTC and WJZK. Last
employed as Assistant PD and PM Drive host for Citadel Media's
Adult Contemporary programming service in Dallas, Texas. [Real name:
Dottie Knight (April 2007)
Dottie Knight (Groven)
Barney Groven's wife; did
9 p.m.-12 midnight from 1959-1961. Native of El Paso, Texas, where she
worked at KEPO. Barney and she divorced in 1964. Dottie worked in other
on-air radio gigs in Louisiana, Ohio, New York, and New Jersey. Worked
several years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, as Lolita at WLCY
and Jackie Lae at WFSO. Retired from broadcasting in the early
'70s. She's remarried and spent time in Scottsdale, Arizona where she
worked part-time as a respiratory therapist specializing in asthma
education. In November 2010 she retired and moved to the Austin, Texas
area. [Real name: Dorothy Unwin]
Dottie Knight Audio Interview
WKLO newsman for eight
years in the 1960s, specializing in courts coverage. Ken was a native of
Austin, Minnesota and was in Louisville radio for nearly two decades,
working also at WINN and WKYW. He passed away in a Louisville hospital at
the age of 47 around 1974 after a long illness. He was unmarried. [Real name: Francis Ververka] Deceased.
WKLO overnight and
late-morning DJ in the mid '60s. Later worked in Denver, Houston, New York
and San Francisco using the airname Rick Shaw. Deceased. A May 1965
WKLO survey says of Charlie: "Youngest and tallest member of our Air
Force. Possessed with a great voice. Keeps things really swinging through
the wee hours of the morning."
Ron Lake and Dan Mason (November 2007)
WKLO night jock in 1973
and 1974. Previously worked at WLAP in Lexington. After leaving WKLO, Ron
jocked at WPOP, Hartford; did PM drive in Philadelphia at WIFI; became
PD at WLAV, Grand Rapids; and did afternoons in Nashville at WLAC. He
also spent time at Nashville's WMAK and returned to WLAC to PD their
News-Talk format. Prior to leaving the radio business in 1996 Ron
participated in several industry-related businesses including the AMFM
company, the creator of self-liquidating sales promotions for radio. Now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. [Real Name: Jim Hicks] From the "If You First You Don't
Succeed" Department: Ron's
WKLO Rejection Letter from PD Bill Hennes.
Robert E. Lee
WKLO part-time jock for
about 6 months in
1975. He programmed WXVW in Jeffersontown in 1972, then moved down to
Lexington to do afternoon drive at WVLK. Left WKLO to do nights at
WTMA in Charleston,
South Carolina, followed by afternoons at cross-town WCSC as Scott
He later came back to Charleston and worked at WKQB and WKTM. Today he's a
consultant based out of California. [Real name: Gerry Cunningham]
Shotgun Sam Lee
WKLO night jock for 15
months in the mid '70s; last show was June 12, 1975. Gary Major says about Sam: "Mostly Native American...all crazy."
Now retired and living in Seattle, Washington.
|Sam Lee writes on
March 3, 2008:
I got hired by Robin Walker in mid Spring 1974, just before
the April ratings were underway. I came up to KLO from putting WCGQ
on the air in Columbus, GA. Robin hired me because I was a good bull
rider. (That's an in joke since both he and I also rode bucking
horses in rodeos from time to time.) I replaced the Rock and Roll
Pig, Ron Lake. Danny Mason was in his final few weeks
at KLO at the time. Big Bill Love was mornings, Gary Major
was trying to do middays, Bo Brady was PM drive then me.
After Ron Lake left, Robin hired Chuck Diamond from Cincy.
"Ty Meredith was news director. Mike Rivers was in
production. Was there through the summer of 1975 and left to return
as PD of KISN in Portland, Oregon. Following KISN I spent several
more years on-air and then migrated into sales in radio and TV for
about ten years, finally settling in Seattle, WA and owning a
broadcast advertising agency until I retired in 2002.
"Photos? Why heck no, I had to get rid of them when I got married.
But there are tons of great stories. Stories about Bob Cline.
One time I took three or four vacation days to visit Bob at his gig
in Paducah. When I arrived in town, he got fired! Or the night on
the air when Rusty Rodgers was trying to do a newscast and he was,
as usually, murdering every pronunciation in the book. For instance
he was talking about Dull-lou Airport in Washington DC. You and I
knew it as Dulles. Or he was talking about the Cincinnati Red
rooster. Most folks would have said ROSTER. Or the time Rusty got a
job in Anchorage. Got married, got a new four-by-four and drove for
a solid week to get to the new station. When they got there, the
station had been sold and, you guess it, the new owners knew nothing
about Rusty's hire. So we sent him gas money and home they came!
"There are a ton of them!"
WKLO DJ circa 1971.
Previously worked at WAKY.
Left radio in the early '70s to work in the construction of water
towers, which took his life in January of 1974 at the age of 35. Last
lived in New Albany, Indiana.
WKLO country DJ in the
Split the overnight shift with Tommy Downs starting in July 1959 when the
station changed to a "Modern Music" format. Died in October of 2001.
[Real Name: Jimmie Logsdon]
10/08/2001 - Jimmy L. Logsdon, 79,
Louisville, died Sunday at his daughter's residence. He was born
on April 1, 1922 in Panther, KY. The son of a Methodist minister,
he began singing in his father's church choir at the age of 12 and
first played clarinet at school before changing to guitar. Between
1944 and 1946, he served in the Air Force and on release opened a
record shop in LaGrange, KY. By 1948 he was performing locally and
received a break in 1950, when he won his own 15-minute country
radio show, first on WLOU but later on WINN Louisville. In October
1952, Decca Records heard him singing on his own show and signed
him to the label. He was also helped by his friendship with Hank
Williams, by whom he was greatly influenced. At times his style
was very similar and with whom he toured in 1952. In January 1953,
his double-sided tribute release "The Death of Hank Williams'' and
"Hank Williams Sings the Blues No More'' gained him considerable
acclaim, although it failed to make the national country charts.
Jimmy also had one of his songs "I've Got a Rocket in My Pocket''
used in the soundtrack of the movies "The Right Stuff'' and "The
Iron Giant.'' Soon afterwards together with his band, the Golden
Harvest Boys, he began his live Country & Western Show on WHAS-TV,
Louisville, with his sister Martha Jean called the Bargain Ranch,
as well as maintaining a country
radio show on WKLO. (Courier-Journal Obituary)
Big Joe London Today
Big Joe London
WKLO overnight DJ between
1969 and 1971. In 1971 he joined WRNC in
Raleigh, North Carolina as AM Drive DJ, reuniting with former WKLO PD
Carl Truman Wiglesworth who was PD there at the time. Joe later became
Program Director at WMOH in Hamilton, Ohio from 1973-1980 with WAKY PD
Johnny Randolph consulting the station. Joe is currently the Technical
Operations Manager at WXIX-TV, Fox 19 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he's been
since 1981. He also did weekend airwork at Oldies 1160 WDJO
in Cincinnati. Joe resides in Fairfield, Ohio. [Real Name: Joe Luebbe]
Joe was featured in the
WKLO DJ circa 1971.
Do you know where he is
Bill Love in 2011
WKLO jock in the first
part of the '70s who sometimes went by the name "Brother Love."
He's also worked at WBKR in Owensboro, Kentucky; WPOP in Hartford/New
Haven; WHK in Cleveland, Ohio; WKGN in Knoxville, Tennessee; WDOD in
Chattanooga, Tennessee; WFBC in Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina;
WHOO in Orlando, Florida; WSLR in Akron, Ohio; and WLAP in Lexington,
Kentucky. He was the midday personality at country-formatted
WKDQ in Evansville, Indiana between 1992 and October 2009.
Love's website [Real name: Bill Herald]
1975 Bill Love Article
Bill writes on
March 30, 2005:
"Thanks for starting
this website. It's so nice to have some way to capture those
"I was at 'THE BIG
1080' from 1971 thru 1976. I started out doing 6-10 p.m., then 10
a.m-2 p.m. and then three years against 'The Duke' on morning
"As you remember the
studios during the '70s were right on Walnut Street and all us
single jocks would watch the pretty ladies walk down Walnut on
their way to work. I made up a sign that said 'ARE YOU MARRIED?'
One particularly attractive young lady nodded 'NO' and we ended up
having lunch that day (it was 1974). We'll have lunch again today
and also on August 7 when we celebrate our 30th wedding
Bill adds this on
November 26, 2011:
"I'm 68 years old now and
semi-retired. I do an oldies rock show on Saturdays 6-10AM (hits
from 1955-1970) on classic hits WJLT 105.3 here in Evansville
("Saturday morning oldies"). I also do Sunday 6AM-noon on our
country station WKDQ 99.5. I'm starting to feel that the "golden
age" of rock radio that began about 1957 has ended and lasted
about 40 years - or less. The folks that are in the business now
don't seem to be having as much fun."
WKLO DJ; came to WKLO
from WINN. (May have gone back to WINN before going on to Cleveland.)
[Real name: Bob Hughes] Deceased.
Airname of WKLO engineer
Pete Boyce who was pressed into service one night as an all-night
jock. Here's how Pete tells it: "I was at the WKLO transmitter late one
Friday night when Mitch Michael came in and asked if we still had
turntables and tape machines at the transmitter site. We did. Mitch had
been out doing the 'Coca-Cola Hi-fi Club of the Air' (live dance at local
high school). Mitch handed me a box of 45 records from the dance kit and
told me I was doing the all night show at midnight. I'm an engineer, not a
jock. But in the true spirit of one who does his best -- and since the
rest of the jocks were all home with the flu -- and Mitch was coming back
in at 6 a.m. to do the morning show...well, Chuck Lyons was born.
(My middle initials are C.L.) We had no jingles and no current hits in the
dance kit...so I had the 9 to 12 jock feed jingles, liners, the stab and
hits down the spare program line to me so I could record them on the
Magnacord reel-to-reel recorders at the transmitter. I did the show using
the Maggies as spot machines, rewinding and cuing each time I needed them.
My then boss, Bruce Clark, came in at 6 a.m. and wondered what was
going on. I happen to have an aircheck of that show, made by one of the
jocks who taped it at home. It happened a few more times, but not on a
Gary Major (2007)
Joined WKLO as the 6-10
p.m. jock in
September, 1973, coming from WQRK in Norfolk, Virginia. He was WKLO's PD from January, 1978 until the station became
"The New KJ100" in late May of 1979. He still lives in Louisville, where
he's the Operations Manager of
shortwave station, which broadcasts Christian programming to over 150
countries, plus does data entry at Baptist Hospital.
Gary Major Audio Interview
WKLO DJ circa 1963.
Do you know where he is
WKLO newsperson in the
Do you know where he is
Dan Mason (2015)
WKLO weekend and
overnight jock in
1973 and 1974. Native of Louisville and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky
University. Previously at WEKY in Richmond, Kentucky and WVLK in Lexington,
Kentucky. Left WKLO for WZGC in Atlanta. Later went to WPGC in the
Washington, DC market as Program Director. Eventually he got into General
Management, and retired as President of Infinity Radio in 2002. After
spending a few years consulting, he "un-retired" in 2007 to become
President and CEO of CBS Radio where he remained until 2015. (He continues
to be an advisor.) Dan was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame
in November 2015. In January of 2016, he will join the broadcast team at
the CBS Sports Network as a play by play announcer for the upcoming
basketball season. [Real Name: Danny Ray Masden]
Dan Mason Audio Interview
to Dan Mason for sharing the following CBS RADIO memo with
|From: CBS Radio Corporate
Sent: Mon 3/26/2007 7:27 PM
To: @CBS RADIO - ALL
Subject: Message from Leslie Moonves
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Mason as
President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS RADIO. In this
position, Dan will oversee our 144 radio stations across the
country, as well as the day-to-day operations of the entire
Dan is a well-known and respected leader within the industry and our
Company, and his perspectives on how radio can thrive and grow in
our highly competitive media world are very exciting. Dan has a keen
understanding of the huge potential of our radio operations, and we
are very pleased indeed to welcome him back to CBS.
Dan succeeds Joel Hollander, who has stepped down from his position
as Chief Executive Officer. Joel joined the Company in that role in
2003 after a long career in the radio business. We appreciate all
that he has done for CBS RADIO, and we wish him the best in his
Dan returns to our Company after serving as an adviser and
consultant to CBS and other domestic and international companies in
the radio broadcasting industry for the past five years. Prior to
that, he was President of CBS RADIO from 1995 to 2002. As the
executive responsible for operating the group's then 184 stations in
the largest markets across the United States, Dan successfully
integrated the original CBS, Group W, Infinity Radio and American
Radio Systems stations, among the most venerable radio broadcasting
groups in the country, by merging operations, blending business
styles and increasing profitability. He joined Westinghouse as
President of Group W Radio in 1993.
Dan began his career in radio in 1975 at WZGC-FM in Atlanta. In
1977, he moved to WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C., where he was that
station's Program Director as well as National Program Director for
First Media, the parent company. In 1979, at the age of 27, he was
named Vice President/General Manager of KTSA/KTFM in San Antonio.
Dan later returned to First Media where he was named Executive Vice
President. When First Media became Cook Inlet Radio Partners, he was
named that organization's President in 1988.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dan graduated from Eastern
Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in
broadcasting, and in 2006 was given an honorary Doctorate of
Humanities from that institution. He has two sons and resides in
suburban Washington, D.C.
Please join me in welcoming one of the most distinguished executives
in the radio business back to our Company.
WKLO newsman in the
1960s. He left WKLO for WAKY. Also did news at Lexington's WTVQ-TV and
Louisville's WHAS-TV. Entered the ministry in 1986 as a United Methodist
pastor. Died in Louisville on April 10, 2012 at the age of 65.
Do you know where he is
WKLO newsperson in the
early 1970s. He succeeded Allen Bryan as News Director. Ty was the one responsible for bring Lee Gray to the
Lord. He left WKLO to work at Z-93 in Atlanta, and is believed to
have later worked in Louisville at WFIA. Do you know where he
WKLO PM drive jock and
Program Director between 1964 and 1968. Previously worked at WKDA
(Nashville), WOKY (Milwaukee) and WQXI (Atlanta). He
left WKLO in early 1968 to become National Program Director of Southern
Broadcasting Company. Later he programmed WMCA in New York where one of
his DJs was Lee Gray. Now retired in Van Buren,
Arkansas and studying for ordination in the Charismatic Episcopal Church.
[Real Name: Terrell L. Metheny, Jr.] A May 1965 WKLO survey says of
Mitch: "'Mighty Mitch' is recognized as one of the country's top DJs.
Serves as our Program Director. As energetic off the air as he is on.
Wife, Carolyn, was also quite active in radio."
Mitch Michael Audio Interview
WKLO DJ in the early
He worked in at least a dozen markets during the '60s. Rex left radio in
1971 to pursue a writing career, and operated a successful mail-order
business dealing in comic, stage, screen, radio, and superhero
collectibles. He had a number of horror stories and books published over
the years. [Real Name: Rex Miller Spangberg] He died in 2004 at the
age of 65.
WKLO DJ who shared the
Hi-fi club with Paul Cowley in the early '60s while Allen Bryan was in the Army.
Do you know where he is
WKLO newsperson in the
Also worked at WRKO in Boston. Passed away in 1995.
WKLO DJ that started on
the all-night show. Later went to WAVE and then on to Kansas City.
Came to WKLO in late 1959
from WNOE in New Orleans to do 9 a.m. - noon. Replaced PD Barney Groven in
that shift, as Groven took himself off the air to concentrate on
programming and production.
Do you know where he is
WKLO country DJ in the
1950s. A native of Winchester, Kentucky, he was a traditional country
singer, songwriter, guitarist and disc jockey famous for topical story
ballads. He started on radio at WLAP in Lexington, Kentucky in 1939 and
moved to KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1947. Osborn moved to Louisville
in 1952, opened a record shop, and hosted a radio show on WKLO. Many of
his songs dealt with death; he committed suicide on December 26, 1957.
[Real name: Steve
Avery; he got the last part of his airname from Spiderman's
alter-ego.] Gary Major says Steve was "most noted for a punching
hole in the wall when our weather service refused to update the weather
forecast from 'mostly clear' even though we were under a National Weather
Service severe thunderstorm warning at the time." Deceased.
newsperson; the son of GM Ernie Gudridge; worked while in high
school. Today he is a tenured law professor at the University of Miami
(Florida). [Real name: Pat Gudridge]
WKLO newsperson in 1977.
Believed to be deceased. George Sucich writes on June 7, 2010: "If
this is the same Jess Peterson, he was an excellent morning newscaster on
WHO radio in Des Moines, Iowa in the late '80s and early '90s. He was my
next door neighbor. I left Des Moines in 1992 and lost track of him. In
the late 1990s I heard WHO morning people talk about 'The Jess Peterson
Memorial Golf Tournament' which might indicate that he might have passed
WKLO night jock and Music
Director from May 1965 to the latter part of 1966. Joined WAKY on April 1,
1967 where he
enjoyed a successful run as Program Director through 1977. In the 1980s he
co-owned a station in Danville, Kentucky with the WKLO call letters. Now
lives in Danville, but commutes to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to work PM
drive at the reborn WAKY. [Real Name: John Randolph Aspenleiter]
Overnight jock in the
late '60s. He's now PD/afternoons at
Gulf Coast Community College outlet WKGC-AM (1480) in Panama City,
Florida, plus runs a
business out of his home.
"I think it was
'66 when I started at WAKY (Jim Brand hired me) and '67 or
'68 when I was at WKLO (Terrell Metheny - Mighty Mitch
Michaels hired me.)
On WKLO, I worked overnight (12
a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday mornings and Sunday
evenings 7 p.m. to 12 midnight. I think Reed
Yadon did the overnight
shows starting at 12 midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
Bill Hennes (Wild
Willy) did 7 p.m. to 12
midnight. Bill Bailey
Carl Truman Wiglesworth
middays and Mighty Mitch did PM drive.
"I just took over as PD/afternoon drive host
of the local AM Standards station (WKGC).
"What follows is my favorite memory of
working at WKLO:
"While working overnight at WKLO, one of my duties was waking up
Bill Bailey with a phone call at 4:30 a.m. Bill would hang
up and promptly fall asleep and would usually arrive by 6 a.m.,
about 30 minutes late. If an hour or 90 minutes went by with no
sign of Bill, I would call Metheny and he would drive over to
Bill’s house to get him to the station by 7:00 or 7:30 a.m.
"One morning Bill’s phone was off the hook so when 5:30 rolled
around and he didn’t show up I decided to do my impression of
Bill’s voice. I was saying things like "Radio-WKLO Bill Bailey
show time: 5:45 in the mornin’. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not
the real Duke of Louisville. Just a poor underpaid imitation but
I’m sure the Duke will be gracing us with his magnificent presence
in mere moments. Stand by Louisville." I loved Bill’s use of
language and vocabulary so I was having fun improvising in his
style. By 6:10 I figured I’d better call Metheny to go roust Bill.
At 7:00 a.m., still no Bill or Metheny. So I call again and
Metheny answers from his bed again. I asked him about Bill and he
says, 'He’s on the air, isn’t he?'
"Metheny was on his way over to Bill’s house earlier when he
turned on the radio and heard me doing my bit. Thinking it was
Bailey he turned around and went home. By 7:30 Bailey shows up and
I am out of the chair and driving home. Bailey comes on after the
newscast and asks the newsman Ken Knight how old that kid
on the overnight show is. Ken says I think he’s 19 or 20 years
old. Bailey says: 'You think I should let him make it to 21? (Long
Pause) Well, he is a talented young punk so perhaps I should
overlook his impertinence. (Big Laugh) Well, good mornin’
Louisville, the Duke is here.' (Jingle to Record.)
"Bailey was pissed at me but never let it
show on the air. He did his usual brilliant show and was on time
for days afterward. "
WKLO newsperson in 1964.
Do you know where he is
WKLO midday jock during
the late '70s. [Real name: William Rinehart]
age 10, I knew that I wanted to be in radio. And since I grew up in
the Louisville area, that meant either WAKY or WKLO. In the late
'60s WKLO used to sponsor an annual event called 'Other 98 Day,' to
honor the '98% of kids you don't hear about' who stay out of
trouble. The lucky chosen ones got to be station employees for a
day, with the really lucky ones getting to go on the air. I applied
in 1968 (at age 13) and was elated when I was selected. Although I
didn't get to go on the air, I still got to tour the place and meet
"After that I got REALLY obsessed with radio and made an utter pest
of myself by calling the DJs at all hours and peppering them with
questions. Although some of them were understandably annoyed, most
were very gracious, and a few went out of their way to be kind.
Johnny Randolph, Weird Beard, Carl Truman Wigglesworth,
and Ed Walker come to mind in the latter category as being
especially encouraging and helpful.
"My first paying job was at WIEL in Elizabethtown, KY. I did some
freeform FM on the side at WSAC-FM in Fort Knox before landing at
WAVE in Louisville. I was about to move from evenings to middays at
WAVE, but instead I got canned, for the first and last time ever. (I
guess everybody should go through it at least once.) Within a few
weeks I ended up at WKLO and a lifelong dream was finally fulfilled.
"By then the great Top 40 era was over. WAKY and WKLO were both
struggling to find new identities and FM was moving toward
dominance. WKLO was experimenting with an odd format that involved
doing call-out research on oldies and placing the ones that tested
well in hot rotation. Thus we ended up playing the Beatles'
'Yesterday,' among other well-worn titles, every three hours. And
this was in 1978, eight years after they broke up. Fortunately, that
experiment didn't last, and we evolved into a quite respectable full
service operation. It wasn't the awesome Top 40 powerhouse of the
60s and early 70s, but it seemed like the station had gracefully
eased itself into a successful middle age.
"I stayed busy in those days. In middays I was Rip Rinehart
on WKLO, and in the mornings I was Eric Henderson, downstairs
on sister station WCSN-FM, doing live drop-ins (and trying to stay
awake) on what was otherwise a fully automated 'beautiful music'
outlet. In between I did everything from production to winding carts
with fresh tape.
"Of course, this is radio we're talking about here, and nothing
lasts forever. By the following year WKLO/WCSN was a memory. The FM
became WKJJ (KJ-100), and the AM became little more than something
that had to be kept on the air. By then I was bored with reading
liners and weather forecasts and got more into production,
eventually becoming Production Director. KJ-100 did well on FM and
eventually what used to be WKLO-AM became WCII, 'Country 11.' Around
1981 WCII hired the legendary Bill Bailey away from WAKY and
I had the honor of working with him for several months before I left
"In Phoenix I worked at KDKB and did freelance voiceover work; went
back to school and got a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering;
have worked in engineering ever since in Phoenix, San Diego, Austin,
and now work from home here in Shelbyville, KY as a software
consultant for Avaya Communications."
WKLO jock in the late
'60s. Also labored at Louisville's WAKY, WINN, WKRX (now WVEZ) and WXVW, as well as Lexington's WLAP.
Left Louisville in the mid-70s to work at WKDA in Nashville, and later
WSM, where he syndicated a country music show. Also worked at
country-formatted WELE in Ormond Beach, Florida in the '80s. Later spent
many years working for the Post Office in Edgewater, Florida. Died in New
Smyrna Beach, Florida on April 18, 2009 at the age of 65. [Real name:
Albert H. Risen, Jr.]
WKLO PM Drive jock in
1970 and 1971. Jim also worked at WIBG in Philadelphia, PA; WSAI in Cincinnati, WCOL in Columbus, OH; WBBF in Rochester, NY; WBLG in Lexington, KY
(where he hired your curator to do nights in 1977); and WLAN in Lancaster, PA.
In the late '70s he joined the
University of Kentucky where one of his duties was to host agriculture
radio programs that aired across the state. In the mid-80s he got into the
field of academia, teaching at Illinois State University in Normal,
Illinois in the late '80s while working part-time at WJBC in Bloomington,
Illinois. Jim eventually became a professor in the College of Business
and Management at Northeastern Illinois University. He retired in July
2005 and moved to the Atlanta area. In 2008 he "temporarily un-retired" and
teaching at the University of West Georgia. Jim passed away August 1, 2009
of undisclosed causes. [Real Name: James
Ezra Hazeltine III]
WKLO site! My couple of years at KLO are among my most pleasant
memories; I'm grateful that you've brought them alive again.
Regrettably, I have no airchecks or any other kinds of souvenirs
from that era (1970-71) - it's been too long and, as your bio
correctly notes, I changed careers in the mid-80s. For what it's
worth, I'm now retired, and moved from Chicago to Atlanta in July
"I did PM
drive at KLO from about September 1970 to October 1971, when Brother
Love (a peach of a guy, by the way) moved into that slot from early
evenings. Before then, I worked the late night gig on KLO, commuting
as a soldier from Fort Knox. The Courier-Journal did a piece about
that during the summer of 1970.
"Carl Truman Wiglesworth was always one of my favorite
people, even though I've had no contact with him since the '70s. And
I've also retained a great respect for Ernie Gudridge, a very
intelligent and very human manager. Ernie was one of the few GMs who
let his PD run the programming function fairly autonomously. Ernie
did not micro-manage.
"As you're probably aware, in the early 1970s WKLO and WAKY were
fierce competitors for ratings and share, but the DJs at both
stations knew each other off-air, and sometimes socialized. Gary
Burbank (Bill Purser) dated my next-door neighbor for a
time, and John Randolph was instrumental in my move from WKLO
to WBBF in Rochester, NY (WBBF was a sister station to WAKY, as was
WFIL, Philadelphia). Lee Gray also briefly worked at WBBF in
"One quick additional piece of bio that you can do with as you wish:
Dick Braun, who did KLO mid-days ca. 1970, came there in the
mid-sixties from WSAI, Cincinnati, where he was known as Dick
Wagner. He couldn't use his real name (Braun) in Cincy because
of the prominence there at that time of Bob Braun on WLW
Radio and WLWT television. Bob Braun, by the way, worked with
Nick Clooney at WLWT. Nick was Rosemary's brother and George's
father (yes, that George Clooney)."
"Something I've always been proud of regarding WKLO was its annual
participation in the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots drive. KLO put on a
yearly live concert at Christmastime in Freedom Hall. The admission
price was a new toy."
HightowersMemorial.com Online Obit in August 2009:
Biography: James Ezra Hazeltine III
James Ezra Hazeltine III, 67, of
Douglasville, passed away Saturday, August 01, 2009. He was born
October 16, 1941 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the late Glenna and
James Hazeltine II.
He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He received Professor
Emeritus Status from Northeastern Illinois University. He was
currently employed as a marketing professor at the State University
of West Georgia. He attended both Ebenezer Baptist Church and First
Presbyterian Church of Douglasville.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lynn Hazeltine of Douglasville
and his sisters: Rachel Gawn and Glenna May Hazeltine of
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, August 4, at 11:00 am
from Hightower’s Memorial Chapel in Douglasville with Reverend Jeff
The family will receive friends Monday, August 3, from 6 until 9 pm
at the funeral home.
Hightower's Memorial Chapel of Douglasville has charge of
IN MEMORIAM: JIM
By his sisters, Glenna Hazeltine and Rachel Gawn:
James E. Hazeltine, III, formerly of
Lancaster, died August 1, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in
Lancaster October 16, 1941, Jim was the son of the late Glenna May
and James E, Hazeltine, Jr., of Lancaster.
Jim attended the Lancaster public schools, graduated from The Hill
School, Pottstown, PA, and from Franklin and Marshall College, where
he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and he
matriculated at the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania. Following military service, Jim enrolled in the
University of Kentucky to complete the MBA begun at Wharton and went
on to earn a doctorate.
Jim’s two loves were education and radio. Jim began his radio career
while at Franklin & Marshall as a disc jockey and station manager at
WLAN in Lancaster, and later worked as a dj at WIBG in Philadelphia,
where he became known on-air as Jim Rivers. Jim went on to work at
radio stations in Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Rochester and
Following his radio career, Jim spent twenty years in higher
education as a professor, beginning at Illinois State University and
from there to become associate dean in the business college of
Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Jim retired as
Professor Emeritus from Northeastern and at the time of his death
was employed as professor at the State University of West Georgia.
Jim is survived by his wife Sandra Lynn Hazeltine of Atlanta;
sisters Glenna Hazeltine of Philadelphia and Rachel Gawn of
Lancaster; and by nephews and nieces Jenn and Jim Hazeltine of
Guatemala; Kristin and R.J. Hazeltine-Shedd of Houston, Texas; and
Sarah and Alexander Gawn of Lancaster.
Funeral services were held August 4, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Memorials may be sent to Franklin and Marshall College.
WKLO jock and Production
Director in the early '70s. Passed away September 13, 2004 in Nashville,
Tennessee. [Real Name:
Ralph W. Wright, Jr.]
WKLO DJ in 1961 and 1962.
Worked at WHB in Kansas City before coming to Louisville. Left WKLO when
he bought a small motel in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. Bob sold the
hotel in 1964 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Robert Sticht] Died January 11, 2012.
|Published in The Tennessean
on January 12, 2012:
STICHT, Robert (Bob) Thomas Age 83 of Nashville, passed away
January 11, 2012. He was born in Noxapater, MS to the late Frank
Sticht and Nannye Pearl Davis Sticht. He was stationed at Cherry
Point, NC while serving in the US Marine Corps. After the
military, Bob began his broadcasting career, where he helped
pioneer "Rock 'N Roll" radio in the early sixties. At WHB in
Kansas City, MO, his on-air name was "Bob Robbin". He then
worked as station announcer in Memphis, Louisville and New
Orleans before becoming a renowned on-air personality in
Nashville at stations WLAC, WSIX, and WAMB. In addition to his
work on many radio stations, Bob had a syndicated radio show,
"The All Time Greats Parade", co-hosting with the late Snooky
Lanson. After a brief stint as owner of Station WSVT in Smyrna,
TN, he returned to WAMB until his retirement in 2007. He is
preceded in death by his wife, Jean Sticht; and two brothers,
Frank Davis Sticht and Walter Fred Sticht. He is survived by his
longtime companion, Helen Mitchell; nephews, Mike Sticht of
Bolivar, TN and Don Sticht of Bartlett, TN; nieces, Rebecca
Sticht Hayes and Elizabeth Lee; and longtime friend, Jim
Gilmore. Visitation will be held Friday, January 13th at
Brentwood United Methodist Church, from 12 p.m. until the 2 p.m.
funeral service. The Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Wilson will officiate.
Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests donations may be made to Willowbrook
Hospice, 318 Riverside Drive, Franklin, TN 37064; or to
Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood,
TN 37027. MOUNT OLIVET FUNERAL HOME, (615) 255-4193.
J. Paul Roberts Newsman
between January 1967 and November 1968. Previously worked at WIEL in
Elizabethtown, Kentucky and WVLK in Lexington, Kentucky. Native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Left WKLO to do news at WIBG in Philadelphia. Went into Philly TV before
coming back to Kentucky as PD of WQXE in Elizabethtown. Later gigs
included starting up All News WWTC in Minneapolis, becoming PD of WDRC in
Hartford, and assuming the Operations Director duties at WIKI in Madison,
Indiana. Last Owner, General Manager and Morning Drive Jock at WKID in Vevay, Indiana.
Died April 10, 2012. [Real name: Kenneth R. Trimble]
CHAPEL ONLINE OBITUARY
Kenneth R. Trimble, 69, of
Madison, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at King's
Daughters' Hospital in Madison . He was born Sunday, February 7,
1943 in Washington, D.C., the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Koury)
Ken was currently the vice president and general manager for
radio station WKID 95.9 in Vevay, Indiana where he had served
for twelve years. He started his radio career at WIEL AM and
WKMO FM in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, while serving in the US Army
in the 1960's. He returned to those stations as president and
general manager in the 1980's. During his career, he also worked
for radio stations in Louisville, Philadelphia, Minneapolis,
Hartford, CT, and Madison.
Survivors include his wife, Patty (Crosby) Trimble, whom he
married on Monday, December 23, 1996; a daughter: Teresa
McCammon, Louisville, KY; a son: Todd Trimble, Louisville, KY; a
brother: Richard Trimble, PA; 2 grandsons; and two
step-children: Bryan Tinsley and Tish Geftos. He was preceded in
death by his parents.
Family and friends may call from 1:00 until 4:00 PM Sunday April
15, 2012 at the Lytle Funeral Chapel, 423 West Main Street,
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of
contributions to the American Cancer Society. Memorial envelopes
are available at the funeral home.
Todd Roberts WKLO DJ in
the early '70s.
Do you know where he is
John Rode WKLO overnight
DJ in the Summer of 1965. Also worked at WINN,
WSAI, WRKO, WDRC, WIBG, CHUM, CFUN, CKFH, and CKEY. Other stations Today
John is Senior Vice-president and Chief Information Officer of Mediastats
Inc., and MediaLAB, in Toronto, Ontario.
Evening jock 1976-1977
(did the "WKLO Love Line"). PM Drive DJ 1977-1979 before going over to
WAKY for a short time in 1979. Before his death on May 14, 2005 at the age
of 50, Rusty worked as a director for
in Louisville. [Real name: Eugene Rodgers III]
Newsman 1969-1970. Later
did news at WAKY using the name "Byron Thomas" from late 1973 through
early 1974. Other radio news gigs included WORX in Madison, Indiana plus
WLRS in Louisville (as "Cy Atkins"). He bounced back and forth between
radio and print news (including stints at the former Bloomington Herald
Telephone) and worked as a reporter for the Evansville (Indiana) Courier &
Press from 1991 to 2007, when he took early retirement. He now has
returned to radio part time in the news department of 104.1 WIKY in
Evansville. He also works as a substitute school bus driver, hoping to
become a regular in the fall of '08, and is a part-time musician and
songwriter with one CD, "The White Disc", under his belt. [Real name:
Byron Lee Rohrig.]
Started at WKLO in 1958
as News Director. He left WKLO in 1964 to go to WLKY-TV as News Director
and Anchor. In 1970 he went to WHAS-TV as News Anchor. In the late '70s
Ken returned to WLKY-TV as an anchor. He left WLKY-TV in 1986 to become
Director of Research at Linker Capital Management, as a stock analyst. He
also worked part time as a business reporter on WDRB-TV. Ken Rowland He
was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 1997.
Today he works for Linker Capital Management in Louisville.
Jim Russell WKLO
overnight DJ in early 1965. Also worked at WKLO using the name Jim Ives.
Later taught broadcasting at Jeffersonville High School. Deceased. [Real
name: Jim Reuff]
Big Deal Don Schaffer
WKLO morning man
beginning in July of 1978. Last known to be in Florida.
Do you know where he is today?
Overnight jock that
joined WKLO in the summer of 1967 at the age of 18. Native of Ashland,
Kentucky. Nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman." Left WKLO for West Virginia.
worked with Jim Schneider, a.k.a. “The Flying Dutchman” during the
summer of 1991 at WIRO in Ironton, Ohio. He spent many years prior
to that at 103.3 WTCR/1420 WTCR in Catlettsburg, KY (Huntington,
West Virginia/Ashland, Kentucky/Ironton, Ohio radio market). WTCR is
the number one-rated radio station in this market and has been for
many years. The numbers were huge when Dutch was there as Program
Director and morning air personality (30+ shares).
"Dutch left WTCR
around 1990 or so and was part owner in WIRO in Ironton, Ohio. He
and his wife, Mona, worked at the station. While I only worked with
him for a brief period of time, his legacy will be in my memory and
a part of who I am for the rest of my life. The man was amazing in a
production room. And he was very talented when it came to doing a
morning drive show.
"Dutch passed away in
1992. I believe he was in his mid-to-late-40s."
WKLO newsman in 1974 and
1975. Left WKLO for WLCY in Tampa-St. Petersburg. Returned to Louisville
for a job at WAKY as Bill Graham between 1976 and 1981, first as
newsman, then as News Director, replacing Reed Yadon. [Real name:
John "Mike" Wascher] Mike writes: "After leaving WAKY I went to
Cincinnati, Baton Rouge, St. Louis and then retired from radio. I worked
in Alabama, where with my wife I started my own company. Today we own a
chain of retail stores known as Autographs Plus, with our corporate office
in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We live in Myrtle Beach in the summer and
in Montgomery, Alabama, during the other nine months of the year. Our
grandchildren are in Montgomery. In addition, I am a volunteer coach for a
high school debate team in Celebration, Florida."
WKLO weekend and swing DJ
in 1975 and 1976. He left 'KLO to work the graveyard shift at WHAS in
April, 1976 as the local producer for the nationally syndicated "Herb
Jepco Nightcap Show." Mark later worked at WAKY starting in the Fall of
1980 using his real name, Mark Strauss, eventually becoming WAKY's
PD in the mid '80s. After WAKY he managed two small market stations, in
South Jersey and Central Illinois, before leaving radio in 1990. Mark
returned to WAKY 103.5 in March, 2009, as a sales rep and
weekend/fill-in air talent.
WKLO 12 noon-3:00 p.m.
jock in 1968 and 1969. [Real name: Bob Johnson]
|Bob writes on
July 29, 2006:
happy to report that Bob Shannon is alive and well and still keeping
his 'hand in the biz' and his face behind the mike as the Saturday
morning news anchor at NewsTalk AM 580, WDBO, Orlando, Florida. I
know this to be true, for I am he, now living and working under my
real name, Bob Johnson.
"It seems like just a blink or so ago that I was part of one of the
most incredible line-ups in broadcasting... From ’68 through most of
’69 it was Bill Bailey, Jack Sorbi, then me, then
CTW (Carl Truman Wiglesworth – obviously a real name –
who the hell would make that up?), Lee Gray, Al Risen
and Bill Clark overnights.
"Of course, I’ll never forget that group. How could I? We were
amazingly well received by 'Derbytown' and were all together during
one of the shortest fashion fads ever – the Nehru Jacket. I have the
photo to prove it.
"I also used to have,
but can no longer find, another special souvenir of my days in those
3rd. and Walnut 'Showcase Studios.' We all had name plaques made to
show passers-by who was on the air. CTW (again, Wiglesworth – can
you believe it?) had been named PD, replacing Mitch Michael
who had gone to the 'big apple' and he decided I should be on the
air as Shannon, dropping my first name. So, he called and ordered
the plaque, telling the person he was placing the order with it was
to say just plain Shannon. Yeah, you guessed it. The plaque came in
and said exactly that... JUST PLAIN SHANNON!
Manager back then, Ernie Gudridge did me one of the best
favors anyone’s ever done for me, although at the time I thought it
was the cruelest thing anyone had ever done to me. He called me in
one Friday afternoon and asked me to come to work the following
Monday early in the morning and to wear a coat and tie. I asked why
and he answered by telling me that as of that coming Monday, I was
no longer on the air. I was being moved into sales. Can you imagine
what that did to a 'personality’s' fragile ego?
"Less than a year after that I was again privileged to be part of
one of the most incredible teams in broadcasting. The sales team at
700, WLW in Cincinnati. The years I spent there were the most
productive, financially, I’d ever experienced anywhere. Being linked
to 'The Nation’s Station', The Big Red Machine and the upstart
Cincinnati Bengals was like living in a dream world for most of the
'70s and the early ‘80s.
"My family and I moved to Orlando in 1984 and have been here most of
the years since. My bride and I have four grown children and six
"By the way, I have to thank Ernie Gudridge for another milestone in
my life. Prior to those good old days with the 'Duke of Louisville;
and the rest of the ‘KLO crew, Ernie hired me as the summer
replacement at the Air Trails Station he was managing in
Springfield, Ohio. This was in the summer of 1961. I’ll always
remember driving to Springfield for the interview with Mr. G. from
my home town of Ashland, Ohio. When I got there, the receptionist
told me that he wasn’t in.
"I was shocked and a bit miffed. I said, 'But he has to be. I have
an appointment with him.' The pretty young girl calmed me down, told
me she was sure he would be right back, and offered me a soft drink.
Sure enough, Mr. G. did show up, I had my interview and when I got
back to my home in Ashland my mother asked me if I got the job. I
told her, 'I don’t know yet, but I met the girl I’m going to marry.'
We’ll celebrate our 45th. anniversary this October.
"My god, the memories. I hope this finds Bailey doing well, and that
Reed Yadon (who used to talk about his Gracie a lot) and
skinny Johnny Randolph remember me. I’ll never forget any of
"October 3rd. will be my 66th. but don’t get me anything more
extravagant than what you sent last year. Ha-ha. Isn’t broadcasting
WKLO newsperson. Went to
WKLY-TV in the mid '60s. [Real name: John Sharfenberger] Died on
August 31, 2005 at the age of 65. Allen Bryan says: "It was my pleasure
to have worked with John. He also lived about two blocks from me, and went
to the same church as our family in the mid '60s."
JOHN G., 65, of Shelbyville, died Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at
his home after complications from leukemia. John was a graduate of
St. Xavier High School and Xavier University. He was employed as
News Director for WLKY TV, Community Relations Director for
Louisville Airport Authority, and Assistant Public Relations
Director for University of Kentucky. John served as President of
Louisville and Lexington Chapters of the Public Relations Society of
America. John also served on the Parish Council of Annunciation
Parish in Shelbyville, and was active or volunteered for a number of
social service and non-profit organizations including Meals On
Wheels and the Kentucky Catholic Conference. John was the son of
John and Thelma Scharfenberger. He is succeeded in life by his wife,
Lee; his children, Maria, John (Jennifer), Damon and Angela;
sisters, Sr. Sue, OSU, and Gemma; a brother, David (Judith); two
granddaughters, Joy and Fernanda; a niece, Emily; nephews, David,
Joseph, and Joshua Cartlidge; aunts, Magdalene Scharfenberger and
Jean Slusher; step-children, Laura Paul, Brian Huber (Jennifer), and
Andy Huber; step-grandchildren, Mandy, Robbie and Brianna. His
funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 3,
2005 at Annunciation Catholic Church, 105 Main St. in Shelbyville,
with burial in Calvary cemetery. Visitation will be from noon-8 p.m.
Friday, September 2, 2005 at Bosse Funeral Home, corner of Barret
and Ellison Avenues. Memorial gifts may be made to the Thelma
Scharfenberger Scholarship Fund, Ursuline Development Fund, and
Hospice and Palliative Care of Louisville and Working In
WKLO newsman in the early '70s. After that, he went to Houston,
doing news at several stations, the last one being KLOL-FM, where he did a
"news of the weird" newscast on the morning show. He was also an amateur
astronomer, and gained some notoriety in 1996 when he posted a photograph
of the Hale-Bopp comet on the Internet, in which it appeared that there
was a large, glowing object hovering in the comet's vicinity. Rumors
quickly spread, the most popular one among UFO enthusiasts being that it
was a huge spaceship. Chuck died of cancer at the age of 49 in 2000.
WKLO midday jock around
1963-1964. Previously worked at WABC. Also worked at WAKY. Deceased.
WKLO newsman in the 1970s. Also
worked at WAKY and WCII. Later radio work included News Director positions
at WTTB in Vero Beach, Florida and KNUZ in Houston, Texas. Deceased.
SMITH, ISAAC KEY "IKE," 64, of
Louisville, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at his home.
He was born June 28, 1949 in
Madison, IN the son of Leslie Key Smith and Rose Dee (Pratt)
He was preceded in death by his
parents and his wife of 39 years, Barbara Versaw Smith.
Ike was a 1967 graduate of Henry
County High School and later went on to complete his Bachelor's
degree at University of Louisville. He worked in Louisville area
news radio for 25 years and was a member of Calvary Episcopal
Church and The Sons of Confederate Veterans.
He leaves to cherish his memory a
daughter, Jennifer Smith Sinclair; a son, Nathan Key Smith; a
granddaughter, Adalyn Ellen Smith; and a sister, Lillian Ann
Smith Arbogast (Al).
A service to celebrate Ike's life
will be conducted at noon on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Calvary
Episcopal Church, 821 S. Fourth St. Visitation will be from 5-8
p.m. on Friday at Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village, 7410
In lieu of customary expressions,
donations may be given to Calvary Episcopal Church or WHAS
Crusade for Children.
Gary Griffin in 2010
WKLO jock in the 1970s.
[Real Name: Gary Griffin] He's now a dentist at
Dental Home in Shelbyville, Kentucky plus has a
|Gary writes on
November 28, 2010:
"Like a lot of people I
banged around some small markets before I got the gig at KLO. I
started there as a part-time weekender during the last of the 1974
AM glory days...just before the advent of and acceptance of FM radio
(read: WLRS and the Superstars format) in Louisville. I worked there
with production director Mike Rivers. After he left,
Fleetwood Gruver took over production director duties. I made
myself available doing on-air work whenever someone was sick or on
vacation. By this time I was totally not interested in being an
on-air talent. So, when Fleet took a job in Atlanta, I was given the
production director title. I think I was always more of a manager
type and, if I had stayed in the business, I would have gravitated
toward programming, sales and management.
"As the last production director of WKLO/WCSN, I was in the room
when John Page Otting, the new general manager, introduced
E. Alvin Davis as our interim PD. This was a sales-only meeting,
closed to the entire programming staff...but I considered myself
more part of the sales team than programming. (I only pulled a
Saturday midday air shift at the time.) I had sent E. an aircheck
several years earlier when my good friend Gary Guthrie worked
at WNOE in New Orleans with Gary Burbank et al. E. replied
with a note telling me to 'get out of the business' while I still
had a chance.
"At the meeting, E.
read down a list of negatives associated with the call letters WKLO.
He also said a decision had already been made to blow out the entire
programming staff. I was pretty depressed at that moment knowing I
had just heard that I was gonna be fired. After he was done, Dan
Hymson (now deceased) a senior sales exec. asked E., "Well, is
there anything good about this damn place?" E. replied, "Well,
whoever is your production director, he is doing a good job...we're
gonna keep him." I smiled and got a wink from Dan and my other sales
friend Mike Horlander. So I became the first production
director of WKJJ AM/FM.
"When I left for dental school I had been at that time I believe the
longest lasting programming staffer in the station's history with 7
"After I got my head around the first few weeks of dental school,
C.C. Matthews and John Otting gave me a gig at WQMF. I did
production, then part-time and all-night DJ work. I hated being on
the air but really needed the money since dental school was terribly
"I really cherish the
crazy memories and great people I had the opportunity to work with
and meet. Working in this business and associating with the people I
did afforded me many of the tools I use every day in my dental
practice. Radio and dentistry are almost exactly similar: You are
with one person at a time and it's all about relationships and
WKLO early afternoon jock
and Production Director circa 1970. Also worked at WAKY. Believed to now
be in Memphis working at an advertising agency.
Do you know where he is
Newsperson in the late
'70s. In recent years she's been heard her on national news feeds. Now
lives in Washington, D.C. Delivered the last UPI Radio newscast in 1999.
Dave White reports: "Shirley now works for AP Radio News. I had the
pleasure of working with her on the 'KLO news staff during my third and
last stint there, 1975-77, and participating with her in a weekly poker
game that also included Bill Love, Fleetwood Gruver, and
Tom Foerster, who was also on the news staff at that time."
WKLO jock in the late
1960s. Air Force veteran who attended Florida State University. He
previously worked for WQAM, KIMN and WITH. Left WKLO for Indianapolis.
Later went into sales and general management. Deceased. Jack's daughter
Joanna writes: "Dad passed away from cancer in September of 2008. He was
always working doing freelance and continuing to use his talent and
personality to do sales and marketing for local non-profits like the
Chamber and some political groups; however, semi-retirement allowed him to
travel a bit more with Mum. Their last trip was touring Italy. We were
with him at home where he kept his sense of humor until the end. He is
dearly missed but we think probably doing talk radio in the sky!" Allen
Bryan adds: "He and I were good buddies in those days. We both used to
finish our air shifts at noon and then go to lunch together. We would
normally eat at the Blue Boar cafeteria on Walnut about a block from the
station. Jack was a great guy."
|Jack Sorbi (John T. Jr.) died
September 18, 2008. Jack was born in Miami, Florida in March of
1937. He served in the United States Air Force, finding his passion
for broadcasting through the Armed Forces Radio and Television
Network as a radio and television newscaster. After leaving the air
force in the 60’s, he continued in radio and television as a disk
jockey and later in broadcast media sales and in sales and station
Jack served on the boards of many charitable organizations, most
notably St. Jude’s Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and Reading
Services for the Blind; and most recently with the Literacy
Volunteers of Montgomery County. On moving to Texas in 1994, he was
employed by Metro Networks, K-Star Radio and in retirement, Quanah
Productions as well as the Chamber of Commerce.
Jack’s family was the center of his life; he was a most devoted
husband to Jane for more than 41 years and father to Joanna
Elizabeth of Raleigh, North Carolina and Melissa Anne, of Houston,
Services will be held at Saint John’s
Church, on Saturday, September 27th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Saint John’s Church, 2615 Saint Beulah
Chapel Road, Montgomery, Texas 77316 or to the Literacy Volunteers
of America, at P. O. Box 2704, Conroe, Texas 77305.
Newsperson in the late
'70s. Barry writes: "I worked at WKLO/WCSN from December 1977 through
October 1978. I worked as early morning voice on the otherwise automated
'beautiful music' station WCSN-FM (appropriately located in the dungeon)
and I did the 9-noon news on WKLO-AM. Prior to those dates, I worked at
WHAS as a commentator and then as an overnight announcer; and at WAVE as
weekend radio anchor. After leaving WKLO, I subsequently moved to New York
City, where I established myself as a stand-up comedian, appearing on such
shows as Joan Rivers and Arsenio Hall. I later moved to Los
Angeles, where I eventually landed a role on 'Grace Under Fire,' and
toured with the show's star, Brett Butler. I also established Los
Angeles' first gay and lesbian comedy show at the legendary Comedy Store.
A karmic quirk brought me back to Louisville in September, 2004."
WKLO DJ in the early '70s.
Joined the station in late 1971 from KLEO, Wichita, Kansas.
Don St. John
Good-sounding overnight jock in the '70s
that worked at the University of Louisville as an Electronic Tech.
Previously on WLOU and WSTM.
Went on to work at WKJJ, WNUU, WRKA and WHAS (as the engineer for the
Milton Metz show). [Real Name: Robert Davis]
Do you know where he is
Mark St. Matthews
WKLO 10 p.m.-1 a.m. jock
in the late '60s. He did the regular WKLO format till midnight, then at 12 it was
an hour of acid rock as "WKLO Goes Underground." [Real name: Tom Brown]
on May 24, 2006:
"Hard to believe it's
been nearly 40 years since I sped around the Fairgrounds Speedway on
a tricycle. I believe Dick Braun presented me the trophy
here, after I sped past Bill
Bailey and Carl Truman Wiglesworth. Great fun with
"When I left WKLO I
moved to New York City where I lived until May 1975 working as an
actor in commercials with an occasional bit on 'Search For
Tomorrow.' If you don't blink you'll see me dressed as a cop sitting
behind Al Pacino in the opening graduation scene of
'Serpico.' Part of the 'New York actor gig' included driving a cab,
waiting tables and tending bar at the cabaret Reno Sweeny.
"I moved to Grant County Kentucky in 1975, became a tobacco and
cattle farmer, and continued working as an on-camera and voice
talent in hundreds of commercials and industrials. I am a member of
the Screen Actors Guild, and served eight years as a board member
for the Tri-state local of the American Federation of Television and
"Currently I am producing a documentary about my long time friend,
Kentucky artist William Petrie, 'In Dreams Awake' in
collaboration with House of Commons Films in Lexington. Look for the
show in September 2006.
"I continue to make my home in the country at the Madwillow
Creekhouse, which I built with the help of friends and neighbors in
the mid '80s.
"I am still working in
radio. I am the voice of
Red Barn Radio, a weekly syndicated
show featuring Kentucky musicians and song writers recorded live at
Art's Place in Lexington.
"I am very grateful to have been a very small part of the broadcast
history made by WKLO and WAKY. Thanks for these tribute Web sites."
WKLO jock in the early
'70s from the Bowling Green, Kentucky area. Also known as Johnny Dark
at WAKY. [Real name: Harold Hines] Deceased.
Jonathan Stone from Bill Hennes
Letter about Jonathan Stone and J.J.
Jonathan's brother, writes on July 11, 2005:
"Here's a summary of
Harold's broadcast career. It may be that the dates are a little
off. It was difficult to construct since he didn't always show dates
on his resume. The sequence is correct however. There are a couple
of times when he quickly changed to another station when the format
changed, the station was bought out, etc. He spent 19 years
full-time in the business.
Jonathan Stone (Harold Hines) Broadcast Career
WLBJ, Bowling Green, KY:
Night Jock – 1961 or 1962
Channel 13, Bowling Green, KY: News and Weather
WBGN, Bowling Green, KY: Afternoon Drive
WAKY, Louisville, KY: “Johnny Dark” - Night Jock
WKEE, Huntington, WV: PD (Also appeared on TV there at
the same time under a different name as the weather talent)
WLEE, Richmond, VA: “Jeff Lee”
WTTO, Toledo, OH: “Jeff Lee”
WGOW, Chattanooga, TN: “Jeff Lee” - Jock/Production
WIRL - Peoria, IL: 1970-71 “Jeff Lee” - Jock/Music
WKLO, Louisville, KY: 1971-73 “Jonathan Stone” - Jock
WHK, Cleveland, OH: 1973-74 “Jonathan Stone” - Jock
WGST, Atlanta, GA: 1974-75 “Jonathan Stone” -
Jock - Music Director, PD
CKLW, Windsor-Detroit: (1976) “Jonathan Stone” -
Moved back to Atlanta: (1977) Freelance voiceover talent
(commercials and narrations)
WQXI, Atlanta, GA: “Jonathan Stone” - Weekend and
WZGC “Z-93,” Atlanta, GA: “Jonathan Stone” -
Vacation-Relief Jock - Morning Drive
WKLS “Kicks Country," Atlanta, GA: “Jonathan Stone” -
Part-time, Weekend Jock
Elkins Institute, Atlanta, GA: (1977-1980) Instructor -
Chief Licensing Instructor
leaving WKLO for WHK in Cleveland (which Bill Hennes noted
in his interview on the WKLO site) Harold kept the name 'Jonathan
Stone' for the rest of his career. He was always the optimist and
moved back to Atlanta after working for Bill at CKLW as a
part-time and vacation-relief jock to be a major voiceover talent,
competing with 'The Voice,' Greg Oliver for work. Greg won
the Addy for Alka-Seltzer and did many other national commercials.
"Finding it was not a full-time gig back then, he supplemented his
income by working part time at several stations and became an
Instructor at Elkins Institute teaching for first phone licenses,
etc. while doing voiceover work which he continued almost to the
end. After his instructor days were over with the closing of
Elkins, he went into business and even ended up in Africa as a
consultant. He passed away in September 2002 due to cancer which
he battled for a couple of years. He had been working on a
broadcast textbook but never finished it."
Strandell (May 2007)
WKLO jock 1968-1971.
Previously worked at WQAM in Miami, Florida; WAPE in Jacksonville,
Florida; WIRK in West Palm Beach, Florida; and KIMN in Denver, Colorado.
Later worked for WBBF in Rochester, New York; WYND in Sarasota, Florida;
WGUY in Bangor, Maine; and WQMV in Jackson, Mississppi. Now
with CVS Radio
Brokerage, and is the General Manager of WSTZ-FM in Vicksburg,
worked at KLO from '68-'71 and primarily the night shift (hours
changed from 6-10, 7-Mid, 10-2). The line-up that comes to mind was
Bill Bailey, Dick Braun, Jack Sorbi, Carl
Truman Wiglesworth (the PD), Jim Rivers, myself, Dave
Carson and Joe ( Luebbe) London. Over the years there
were others: Al Risen, Montgomery Hogg, Lee Gray,
"I arrived not long after CTW had become PD. Both off and on-air the
person I remember most was Bailey. I was with him (at Kev's) the
night WAKY made him the offer (long story). The last time I saw
Bailey, he was in town (but working at WLS). He phoned so we could
meet up. While we were drinking, he went over to the pay phone and
called WLS to tell him that he couldn't make it in that Monday
morning (perhaps snowed in...does it snow in Louisville?).
"What I recall most from the night shift was the 'crystal ball.' I'd
make these high school football predictions (through the magical
crystal ball) and nearly every night there would be groups of
cheerleaders, bands, football players banging on the showcase window
-- it was pretty exciting. I'd have to attend pep rallies and often
had to sit one half of the game on one school's side then on the
other side. I do remember several student bodies cheering, 'Go to
hell Strandell, go to hell...' especially when the crystal ball was
wrong and they were winning! It was such a big promotion that when
people went by the [showcase] studio the first thing they would see
would be the school banners, pom-poms, and of course The Crystal
"When I left WKLO I went to work at WPOM in West Palm Beach and a
short while later I joined WBBF (Rochester, NY) where Jim Rivers
(former afternoon jock at KLO) was the PD. Jim later went on the get
his masters degree and I became the PD of WBBF, owned by LIN, who
also owned WAKY. Interesting time."
Dave Jacob Straub
Dave Jacob Straub
WKLO newsman 1977-1978. Previously worked as a part-time WAKY newsman as "Dave
Jacob" circa 1973 while Program Director at WSAC in Fort Knox. Left WKLO to do news at Atlanta's WSB.
did so much 'stringer' news at WSB for NBC during the Carter
Administration, I went with them full time. Then later, Len King,
I and a few other veterans worked to create the CNN Radio News
Network format and I anchored there for several years. Finally, I
worked in management in radio and TV until I retired and started my
own business in 1995.
"Today, I am CEO of APSI (Alternate Power Systems, Inc.), a
solar/wind/renewable energy company based in Atlanta and doing
WKLO jock 1967-1968. Left
the station in early 1968 to do 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at WSAI in Cincinnati.
Now mornings at adult
standards WECK and voice of WKBW-TV, Channel 7 (also starring in AM
Buffalo) in Buffalo, New York.
WKLO DJ circa 1973. Left
WKLO for KHJ in Los Angeles. Later worked at several stations in Chicago
including WCFL, WDHF, WBBM-FM and WMAQ. Later known as Bill Fortune. [Real name: Bill Bussiere]
Now lives in Palatine, Illinois, a Northwest suburb of Chicago.
worked at WKLO from about January-July of 1973. I may be slightly
off with the months, but certainly not much. I was working at KSLQ
in St. Louis when Bill Hennes hired me for afternoons that
winter, and during the months that ensued, he went to program CKLW.
Shortly thereafter, I left to go to KHJ. During this era, I was
using the name 'Bill Taylor.'
"I remember the radio battle that spring. The famous 'Secretariat'
won the Kentucky Derby, and 'Horse With No Name' (which was out the
year before) was being played on WKLO as a recurrent. I may have
started something at the station when I said, 'The horse now has a
name.' I heard my fellow jocks say similar things until the
excitement of the Derby finally simmered down, which took several
days. Though we may have been just a bit stilted, I think we sounded
much better than WAKY at the time, and the Spring 1973 book proved
it with some of the best numbers WKLO ever had against WAKY. I don't
remember the exact numbers, but I remember we had invaded and beat
them in many dayparts that they had previously 'owned.'
"WKLO was one of the very few stations where the sales people and
jocks had a camaraderie. I wish I could remember some of their
names, and the name of the GSM. I do remember some of the news
staff, which included Julian Mouton, Ty Meredith and
(fellow coffee drinker) Dave White. It was strictly top notch
and a better news staff than many stations in larger markets like
Cincinnati or St. Louis.
"I played 'Smoke On The Water' many times during my radio career,
but playing it as a current on WKLO still holds truly special
memories of what great radio could be.
"The last five years,
I've been a voice outsource for radio stations doing image and
production. I worked in Chicago radio for quite a long time, as well
as 7 years at Satellite Music Network. The last actual radio station
I worked at was WMAQ. I was there when they closed in the summer of
2000. I have almost no desire to be on the air again. Radio sucks
Scott Thompson (2005)
Scott Thompson Gary
Major reports that Scott was "part time jock, part time sports
guy...full time high school student and full time son of General Manager
Bernie Thompson. He was part of the other shoe falling...and in
2005 is in process of buying
WWSZ in Louisville. Congratulations Scott!
(He 'sold out' and went into sales in Oklahoma.)" Scott
indeed did become General Manager and partner at WWSZ and two other
stations, as well as the host of the WSZ PM drive show. He passed away on
July 8, 2006 at the age of 45.
J. Paul Townsend
WKLO newsperson who was
also a professional photographer. Born in Louisville. Also worked in TV
and in air-freight. Lived many years in Savannah, Georgia. Died August 24,
2007 at the age of 62 due to cancer. [Real name: Ron Gruniesen]
WKLO night DJ in the late
'60s. [Real name: Dennis Day] Former WAKY Production Director Mike
Griffin writes: "He and I had worked together at WREY in New Albany. (Mike
Cunningham, newsman from WAKY, and Bob Jansen DJ/Production at
WAKY, also spent time at WREY.) When I came to WREY in 1968 Dennis was a
senior and doing afternoons starting as soon as he could get there from
school. (He was Denny Lynn
at WREY.) His dad was chief of police in Clarksville. I quit WREY for a
time and Dennis left while I was gone. Then he turned up on WKLO and I
called him. Dennis gave me my first tour of the WKLO showcase studio when
he was there. I don't think he stayed long. I ran into him again around
1990 in Cleveland. He was doing afternoons on an oldies station (I don't
remember the call letters.) We were going to get together again when I
made it back to Cleveland...but work didn't take me there again for
another 12 years." Died on March 16, 2015.
Dennis L. Day of Hardinsburg, KY
died March 16, 2015 at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was born in
Clarksville, IN on September 26, 1950, the son of William "Bill"
Day and Kathleen Day.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Wilda
Dennis is survived by his son Jason Thomas Day, 1 niece and 1
Dennis began broadcasting at the age of 16 and continued that
successful career working in radio stations in major markets
including Louisville, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans, Charlotte and finally
in 1992 helped establish WXBC in Hardinsburg, KY where he was
employed until his death.
He was a member of Hardinsburg United Methodist Church.
There will be a private memorial service.
Expressions of sympathy are requested to the Hardinsburg United
newsperson in the 1960s and 70s. [Real name: Jack Meisburg] Along
with his radio work, he was a longtime teacher and administrator in the
Louisville (and later Jefferson County) public schools. Meisburg
officially retired from the school system in 1980 but as of early 2011,
teaches history part time through a Jefferson County Public Schools online
education program. Former WKLO
News Director Allen Bryan says, "Jack was an incredibly
professional and dependable part-time newsman who worked weekends for a
number of years at WKLO. I don't remember him ever missing a scheduled
shift." Died March 11, 2015 at the age of 94.
Meisburg, John M. "Jack" Sr., 94,
passed away at Treyton Oak Towers in Louisville on March 11,
Jack was born in Louisville on January 4, 1921 and had a long
career in Louisville as an educator. He served as principal of
five elementary schools in downtown Louisville and as Assistant
Superintendent of both the Louisville and Jefferson County
In the Louisville schools, he was a teacher, principal, director
and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. (1948 - 1974) He
was the first director of the Louisville Head Start Program in
the summer of 1965 and also headed other federal programs in
Louisville, including the federal Title I Program.
When the Louisville and Jefferson County school systems were
merged in 1974, he became Assistant Superintendent of the
Jefferson County Public Schools. He retired from the Jefferson
County Public Schools in 1980. During his career Jack also
served as adjunct faculty in political science and education at
the University of Louisville, Jefferson Community College and
All of the Louisville schools
Jack served as principal are now closed. He headed the Mary D.
Hill and George D. Prentice schools at the same time and then
headed the George Morris and Frederick Douglass schools. Morris
and Douglass were segregated schools that were brought together
in 1961 in a new integrated school (Omer Carmichael) at Hancock
and (then) Walnut Streets. Jack was the school's first
principal. In 1962 Carmichael School enrolled over 900 pupils.
The student body and the staff were evenly integrated, 50% white
and 50% African American and this neighborhood school attracted
the attention of journalists from other countries who visited
the school. (In 1956, the Louisville Public School system was
honored by the Freedoms Foundation for the peaceful integration
of its schools.)
Jack was always active in the work of professional associations.
He served as President of the Louisville Education Association
(LEA). During his term as President in 1965, the LEA sponsored
the historic law suit (Russman v. Luckett) which forced the
state of Kentucky to assess property at fair cash value. This
action resulted in dependable, continuing financial support for
all school districts in the state.
The Louisville Education Association came of age as a
professional union during Jack's term as president. The
Association, supported by the National Education Association
(NEA), employed Kentucky's first full time Executive Secretary
of a teacher association. (Rodney VanZant) This marked the
beginning of professional negotiations with the Board of
Education on matters of salaries and working conditions. Jack
was a Life Member of the National Education Association and the
National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Jack was a graduate of Male High School (1938) and a member of
the Male High School Hall of Fame. A graduate of the University
of Louisville, he earned the BA in 1948 and MA in 1951. Later he
did graduate work at Indiana University and the University of
Kentucky. At U of L, before World War II, he was president of
his class, sports editor of The Cardinal and a member of the "L"
An Army veteran of World War II,
Jack served as an officer in the Chemical Warfare Service and as
an Information and Education Officer. After the war, he served
as an officer in the Kentucky National Guard (138th Field
Artillery) and in the Army Reserve, as a Plans and Training
Officer. He retired in 1981 with the rank of Major. He was a
Charter Life Member of the Military Officers Association of
Radio news broadcasting was Jack's avocation. While teaching
history and journalism at duPont Manual High School in the
1950s, he wrote and produced a weekly news program that was
heard in Louisville and Jefferson County classrooms on WFPL-FM.
This program was nominated by the Louisville Public Schools for
a Freedoms Foundation award. When he was a teacher, he also
worked part time for WKLO and other local stations as an
announcer and news editor. As a newsman at WKLO he used the
name, Jack Thurston.
Following his retirement from the Jefferson County Public
Schools, he worked for the City of Louisville. Mayor Harvey
Sloane appointed him to give direction to the City's federally
supported Summer Youth Employment Programs of 1984 and 1985.
When Jerry Abramson became Mayor, Jack was assigned to the staff
of the City's Private Industry Council where he prepared job
training contracts with Louisville training providers under the
federal Job Training Partnership Act.
In recent years, Jack came out of retirement again to work part
time for the Jefferson County Public Schools as a course
developer, writing and teaching courses for the school
district's new eSchool. His courses in Government and History
were presented on line as part of the district's "school on the
Jack was a member of Walnut
Street Baptist Church. Previously, at Bethany Baptist Church, he
served as a Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Board of
Deacons and Church Moderator. He was also a member of the U of L
University Club and the Lakeside Swim Club.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Marion Lucas
He is survived by his three children, John M. Meisburg Jr.
(Denise), a federal Judge in Jacksonville, FL; Suzanne
Radermacher (Tom), a counselor in the schools of Virginia Beach,
VA, and Bradley T. Meisburg (Betty), an electrical engineer and
Director of Technology at Alpharetta First United Methodist
Church in Alpharetta, GA. He is also survived by 11
grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday,
March 15, 2015 at Highland's Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd,
Louisville, KY, 40205. A service to celebrate his life will be
held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at Walnut Street Baptist
Church, 1101 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY, 40203.
WKLO PD who succeeded Bill Hennes in 1973, coming from WIRL in
Peoria, Illinois. [Real name: Bob Franklin] Tad Murray reports that
Robin/Bob lives around LaGrange, Kentucky where he owns and trains quarter
Worked at WKLO in 1963 managing the station's Summer Fun Festival
promotion in a 4th Street storefront, as well as doing some part-time DJ
and board op duties. Also worked at WTMT in Louisville. Went on to a long
on-air and programming career that included several major market stations.
Now lives in New York City where he hosts the nationally syndicated
Country Oldies Show.
Steve Warren Audio Interview
Robert Paul Westpheling Newsman in
1970 and 1971. Worked for WVLK in Lexington, Kentucky for a brief time in
late 1972. Now goes by Paul Westpheling and was
an on-air reporter at the Voice of America in Washington, DC for over 25 years,
retiring on June 28, 2013.
writes on April 2, 2006:
"I worked in Louisville
in 1970 and 1971 then went to Detroit to work for WCAR for six
months. It was a very good rocker. After that, the resume begins to
resemble a road map of the United States with jobs in Honolulu and
San Jose. I wound up in 1978 at the NBC O&O in San Francisco (KNBR)
for three terrific years...moved to New York for a tour at ABC
Radio, NBC Radio, The Wall Street Journal radio network and finally
with UPI Radio.
"In March, 1988, I stumbled into the offices of the Voice of America
here in Washington and have been here ever since, mainly as an
international radio broadcaster specializing in business and
Did three tours as a WKLO newsperson
between 1968 and 1977.
|Dave White writes
on July 1, 2005:
"I first went to WKLO in
the summer of 1968. Allen Bryan hired me as the night news
guy (6 - midnight). My only experience had been at a tiny station in
a tiny town in eastern Kentucky (WIRV in Irvine) and here I was
working in a "big city" newsroom (there were nine people on the news
staff at the time!), with Lee Gray on the other side of the
"This was a part-time job, and I left in the spring of 1969 because
I needed fulltime work. I returned in 1972 (from WLAP), hired by
Ty Meredith, who was then the News Director. Bill Hennes
was PD at the time, and after I finished my first newscast, he
strolled into the newsroom and informed me that I 'didn't sound mean
enough!' I did afternoon drive news until 1974, when I had the
opportunity to start up the news department at WKEE in Huntington,
"A year later, I came back to WKLO a THIRD time, hired by Eileen
Douglas, my former co-worker who was now one of the country's
first female news directors. When she left to go to WINS, I became
News Director, and remained until 1977 when I left (for the last
time) and started working in TV news.
This photo was
used on the WKLO News Department Christmas card in 1976,
and shows the news staff at that time: Standing, L-R,
Dave White, Tom Foerster,
Seated: L-R, Shirley Smith, Ike Smith
"I worked in TV news
until 1986, then in TV promotion, then in syndicated program
production until 1998. Since then, I have been self-employed in Web
development and design, teaching online courses in writing and
editing Web content, and doing freelance writing of all kinds. I
moved to Nashville in 1993, where I still happily reside.
"Without a doubt, WKLO provided the greatest radio experience of my
career. Some extremely talented people worked behind that 'showcase
window' at 307 West Walnut Street, and I consider it an honor to
have known and worked with many of them."
Carl Truman Wiglesworth
WKLO afternoon drive jock
starting in 1966. Became Program Director after Terrell Metheny (Mitch
Michael) left in 1968.
Previously worked in Middletown, Ohio and Syracuse, New
WKLO, Wiglesworth did a stint as PD of KIMN, Denver, before moving to
San Antonio where he enjoyed a
long talk show hosting career. Inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2004.
Last radio gig was 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at
1310 KAHL in San Antonio.
Died July 1, 2014 at the age of 73 after suffering a massive heart attack.
WKLO night jock
1966-1967. Previously worked at several Michigan stations including WJEF
in Grand Rapids, WIMB in Jackson, and WTRX and WTAC in Flint. Later returned to WKLO as Program Director (1971-1973). Left
WKLO to be PD of CKLW in Windsor-Detroit. Became a program consultant in
1981. Bill was the owner and founder of
AllAboutCountry.com, which he ran from his home in Wilmington, North Carolina.
He now lives in Pompano Beach, Florida where his is running his own
program consulting company. [Real
Name: Bill Hennes]
newsperson in the early '70s. Bill is probably better known as the evening
voice (6 pm-midnight) on WVEZ-FM in their beautiful music days, while
simultaneously working at the US Postal Service. Last known to be retired
from both radio and the USPS.
Do you know where he is
WKLO DJ circa 1973. Was
T. Terry McRight at WVLK in Lexington, KY before he came to WKLO.
Do you know where he is today?
WKLO jock between the
Fall of '71 and October '73. Previously worked at WBGN in Bowling Green,
Kentucky. Left Louisville for a long radio career in Boston, including
stints at WRKO, WCOZ, WBOX, WXKS and WROR. Also did PM drive at WODS in Boston.
[Real Name: Leroy Wright]
|J.J. Wright writes
on February 7, 2008:
"When I was in high
school (St. X class of '69), I favored WAKY. And a few years later
after landing my first on-air gig in Bowling Green, while at Western
Kentucky University and once I had gotten the DJ bug, I wanted to
come back home to work at my favorite station.
"I was lucky enough to get Johnny Randolph to listen to my aircheck.
He told me that I wasn't ready for the big time yet. So that same
week, I met with Bill Hennes over at WKLO, and he hired me right
then and there on the spot.
"And the rest they say, is history. Less then two years later, I'm
Newsman in the 1960s. Now a weatherman at
as well as the communications director for the
Archdiocese of Louisville.