In 1985, my radio career was soaring. I was co-hosting the hugely successful WQMF-FM morning radio "Show With No Name." My partner Ron Clay was a shrewd, sardonic, soured-on-life hippie guy. He was brilliant and always had something clever to throw out on the air. We could finish each other's sentences with goofy riffs about society, celebrities, and politicians. We did outrageous things. We used sound effects to make it seem as if we were broadcasting from around the world. We lied a lot. We giggled at each other's provocative setups. We were juvenile delinquents trapped in grownup bodies. Rude boys throwing conventional broadcast techniques out the window. Radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia sent employment inquiries. None of those
Five years later and I still can't believe that we didn't win an Emmy for this video masterpiece.
Today is National Radio Day. In my life, it means almost as much as my birthday. I've been lucky enough to earn my living doing what I always wanted to do. From the time I was a little kid I just wanted to be on the radio. My dad laughed at Bill Bailey's jokes. I loved WAKY radio and the lunacy I heard from its deejays. I was hired at WHAS in 1985 for my sarcastic comedy streak, but the job evolved into conducting news making interviews with the powerful and prominent. Sometimes people become more prominent after appearing on my show. After some of my WAKY buddies helped me put together an audition tape in 1976, I was hired by
Join us on May 15th at Elk Run for the Ted Throckmorton Crusade for Children golf tournament. Ted was a Crusade volunteer for over 60 years. Now that he has passed, we honor him with his friends to continue the cause of helping special needs children. Don't miss my one and only swing at 1:49 in the above video. I was wearing my business suit pants and shoes and literally got out of the car and walked to the tee box. 105 yards, 52 degree wedge into a headwind, ball stops 6 feet short. Birdie. We've upgraded the Crusade music menu this year. Thanks, Teddy Abrams.
Is radio dead? Is TV dead? Nope. But there is a reframing of information flow. A recent poll lists broadcasting as one of today's worst career choices. You may be surprised to learn how little most TV and radio people earn. Others predict the end of talk radio following the 2016 elections. No way. Local talk shows allow each city's residents to weigh in on local issues. The local radio station is the kitchen table where everyone can throw in their two cents or at least eavesdrop on those who do. I completely love my 40 year broadcast career and have rarely regretted choosing it. I have learned 10 million things by talking with a zillion people on
The 62nd annual WHAS Crusade for Children brought in $5.6 million for special needs children throughout Kentucky and Indiana. More than half of the funds are raised through firefighter roadblocks, a tradition started in the 1950s. To date, more than $165 million has been raised to buy equipment and to fund programs to assist special needs children. The weekend radio/TV broadcast is hosted by iHeartMedia's WHAS Radio and Gannett's WHAS-11 television, Crusade partners since the fundraiser's launch in 1954. The Crusade for Children thrives on family support. It is an honor to work with my son Max, a director at WHAS-11, on every Crusade. This telethon improves lives and that is a joyous experience best shared with family.
100% of the $5.6 million raised for the WHAS Crusade for Children is being distributed to local agencies, hospitals, and schools. Thank you, Kentuckiana. Here's the distribution list: Adair County Board of Education $30,000.00 American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. $10,000.00 Americana Community Center, Inc. $8,500.00 Anchorage Independent District $26,880.00 Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. $16,000.00 Archdiocese of Louisville $48,000.00 ARHHC $7,000.00 Asbury University/Learning Library $11,629.55 Asbury University/Scholarships $22,500.00 Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville, Inc. $85,000.00 Bardstown Independent Schools $33,000.00 Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center $4,000.00 Bellarmine University/Assessment Clinic $9,500.00 Bellarmine University/Scholarships $10,000.00 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Inc. $7,000.00 Bingham Child Guidance Clinic, Inc. $60,305.00 Bluegrass Center for Autism $25,000.00 Boys & Girls Club, Inc. $40,000.00 Boys & Girls Haven/Equine Program $22,600.00 Boys & Girls Haven/Medical Care Team $45,000.00 Boys & Girls Haven/Therapeutic Residential Program $30,000.00 Breckinridge County Board
The staff of 84WHAS Radio recorded A Christmas Carol, including lines from syndicated radio superstar Rush Limbaugh. Milton Metz narrates. Here's part one: Part two: CAST: Rush Limbaugh (solicitor), Milton Metz (narrator), Wayne Perkey (Ebeneezer Scrooge), Terry Meiners (Bob Cratchit), Van Vance (Jacob Marley's ghost), Jane Norris (Christmas past ghost), Joe Donovan (Christmas present ghost), Joe Elliot (Christmas Yet to Come ghost), Fred Wiche (nephew Fred), Laura Shirley (Mrs. Cratchit), Ken Schulz (Peter), Mary Jeffries (Belle), Beth Merrill (Martha Cratchit), Frederick Speck (Tiny Tim), Brian Rublein (1st man), John Asher (2nd man), Skip Essick (Joe), Tony Cruise (man), Christopher Holcombe (1st boy), Edward Pratt (2nd boy), and Sara Greiling (3rd boy. -- Directed by David Holland -- Produced by