After the first century of WHAS Radio’s amazing legacy continues unfolding, the newest radio ratings are out. WHAS is still #1.
Just like any other successful pursuit, WHAS’ incredible run is built upon quality people. Here are more of the outstanding media members I’ve added to the #WHAS100years series. We begin with revered morning man Wayne Perkey, who dominated ratings for 30 years before retiring in 1999.
#WHAS100 🎙 Louisville’s legendary morning man Wayne Perkey joined me on @840WHAS to catch up on life, love, radio, community, & @CrusadeChildren happiness. He’s still the Perkiest guy in town! 🎉 Happy 84th birthday, Wayne!
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) January 15, 2022
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) December 1, 2021
WHAS Radio program director Skip Essick was tasked with transitioning the radio station into a full-time talk outlet. Until he arrived, WHAS featured music segments amidst all of its service elements like news, weather, traffic, and call-in shows. All hosts would now deliver talk content only.
Skip’s first major task: secure the rights for the Rush Limbaugh show which was on a competing station and eroding WHAS’ dominance. He told the story in the following interview.
Skip now lives in Mexico, wearing perpetual AirPods 😬
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) December 18, 2021
We caught up with him today.
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) December 11, 2021
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) December 4, 2021
#WHAS100 🎙 Smooth Talking Sid Jenkins delivered sports news and commentary for more than 3 decades on @840WHAS. Sid’s love of sports took root in the 60s when his dad took him to a double header in Freedom Hall. 🏀
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) January 8, 2022
#WHAS100 Joe Elliott is an amazing radio talent who can handle any show, any daypart, any format. The guy has an incredible love of talk radio and a gift for interviewing newsmakers.
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) November 24, 2021
#WHAS100 🎙 Ted Ellis-Werbin ran the award winning @840WHAS news department for 16 years. He’s a great boss and news anchor. Now Ted and hubby Darron are enjoying beach life near the Gulf of Mexico! 🐬🐳🦞
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) November 19, 2021
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) January 4, 2022
We’ll close with a special WHAS version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
cast: Perkey, Metz, Wiche, Meiners, Fox, McElvein, Jane Norris, Cruise
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) December 22, 2021