Bisig Impact Group co-owner Larry Bisig invited me to his advertising/marketing company for a chat on camera. Cool.
We talked about my radio history, growing up with discipline, the last days of Ron Clay, my evolving tolerance, how to interview big ego people, dealing with violent students, and drunk college buddies trying to ruin my job.
Good talk, L Man. Thanks for having me.
I appreciate the kindness and integrity of Matt Jones, founder of Kentucky Sports Radio.
The first time I heard him on the air, I thought to myself, “There’s my replacement.”
Matt took a group of smart, funny writers with shrewd youthful observations and launched a compelling, constantly updated University of Kentucky athletics fan site. Kentucky Sports Radio is a daily beacon of all things Big Blue Nation.
I’m happy for Matt, Ryan Lemond, Shannon the Dude, Drew Franklin, Mrs. Tyler Thompson, Turkey Hunter, and the entire crew. They’ve made Kentucky media sit up and notice, and they have improved the marketability of basic terrestrial radio and television broadcasting. That’s a boon to all of us.
Some fans don’t understand the challenge of hosting and creating daily media offerings that stand out in a sea of less sharpened wit. Matt out hustles almost everyone in the media business. Result? Some media people are jealous.
Never forget that jealousy is nothing more than cloaked admiration.
At his core, Matt is a good soul, passionate about life and the people in it. He’s a UK fan with a giant media platform that relates directly with everyday Kentucky Wildcats fans.
He’s Fred Astaire and the fans are Ginger Rogers. Seinfeld & Kramer. A Kardashian and any random professional athlete.
They’re partners and they need each other to feel whole. It’s great for Kentucky, great for broadcasting, and great for growth.
Congrats, Matt. In spite of your kind words on Instagram, you really were going to do it on your own whether or not you and I crossed paths.
Talent thrives on its on momentum. Looking forward to seeing the next chapters in your life.
🎙️ Friday launches my 33rd year on WHAS Radio and television. We ran a contest on my 1st radio show where hundreds of people guessed when I would be fired or leave. The winner gets $500.
Only two entries are still valid. Jim McClellan needs me gone within three years or else Robert Rudolph is the winner. #loumedia #radiopersonality #Louisville
My radio career began in September 1976 at WKQQ in Lexington, although I did not go on the air until late 1977. Therefore my total broadcast career has surpassed the 40 year mark.
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 Jim Rivers, a Lexington programmer at WKQQ-FM and WBLG-AM. While other college kids were out having fun, I was tending to the automated rock songs on WKQQ from 10 PM until 6 AM on both Friday and Saturday nights. That’s the lowest rung on the ladder.
But I loved it. I was earning minimum wage and couldn’t wait until my next shift so that I could be part of the delivery system of music, promos, and a few parody pieces I started to submit. Eventually WKQQ went to live deejays and I was not selected. Six months in, one of the new hires didn’t work out so I was given a chance.
Happy National Radio Day. I hope your career brings you the soaring joy I still receive from mine some forty years later. Thanks for listening. Thanks for watching my TV nonsense. Thanks for being so supportive to my family after all these years. I hope I’ve been of help to you or your organization in some positive way.
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) June 19, 2017
A lot of the folks in the above photo made great impressions on me and helped boost my career. I am forever grateful to all of the wonderful broadcast mates I’ve shared studios with. Each one added to my portfolio of knowledge and devotion to the craft of communication. Thank you all so much.
The most important component of my career has been taking part in the public service miracle called the Crusade for Children. Through all of the challenges of regular workdays, nothing rewards the soul more than helping special needs children and their families. I am eternally grateful for the chance to help in some small way. Onward.
In closing, one final hero must be spotlighted. Paul Harvey was the quintssential American broadcaster. We carried his broadcasts on WHAS for decades. See his story below.
Thanks to editor Christine Fellingham and TOPS Louisville Magazine for the terrific profile of my family and career. Ms. Fellingham surprised me with a retelling of our first meeting 35 years ago.
Family is life. I am abundantly bathed in life and love. Thanks to all who are a part of my incredible journey. Let’s have lots more laughs going forward.
I was never smart enough to get a real job. Nonetheless, this broadcasting thing seemed to work out.
Both of my sons have the media bug. Family tradition. It’s all good.
WHAS Radio “Ter’s Top 73 clips of 1987”
Getting paid to play in the snow? Sign me up.
In 2016, my media buddies roasted me as a fundraiser for Seven Counties Services.
My earliest TV series was the nightly news magazine PM Louisville with the delightful Ange Humphrey.
High above the muddy banks of the Ohio River, politicians were slinging nothing but niceties toward their rivals on the eve of Kentucky’s gubernatorial transition. Here’s a shiny new bridge, so let’s all take credit.
Outgoing Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, a democrat whose signature accomplishment is the kynect health care exchange, was sharing a stage with his successor Matt Bevin, the republican whose top priority is to immediately dismantle kynect.
Gov-elect Matt Bevin was presented with ribbon cutting scissors by Beshear to use next year in dedicating the east end bridge with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, another political polar opposite to Beshear.
Bevin deferred to Beshear at the podium and did not speak publicly, but was seen chatting and posing with democrats U.S. Rep. john Yarmuth, U.S. dep. secretary of transportation Victor Mendez, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
Both Yarmuth and Fischer have stated publicly that they will cooperate with the incoming governor despite their harsh criticisms of him during the gubernatorial campaign where Bevin ultimately crushed attorney general Jack Conway.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence also addressed the tens of thousands lined up to walk the bridge during its one day pedestrian access. Below, former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is seen in the background next to Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. Former Jeffersonville Mayor Dale Orem was also present, and all of the old school guys repeated the line “I didn’t think I would live long enough to see this (bridge).”
Two American broadcast legends on one video, the father/son tandem of Tom and Ron Clay (Clague).
While Tom was visiting for the holidays, Ron had his pop appear with him on our morning cable TV show. It was taped for use a day or two later as fill-in material during the holiday schedule. I was still on Christmas break from the show and Tom filled in as Ron’s partner.
The local WLRS cable show was usually live on weekday mornings. People watched us do our WLRS radio show and during times music or commercials were on the radio, we could turn to the TV cameras and improvise racier content that was suitable for cable.
PHOTOS – Ron Clay and Terry Meiners goofing around with 800 Building doorman Sam Grandison (1981). WLRS was housed in two apartments surrounded by elderly tenants who peacefully co-existed with thumping rock music.
A Zapruder-like grainy photo of Ron and Terry in the WQMF studios (1983). Ron enjoyed running the control board unless he spilled coffee into it, causing a bit of smoke and a visit from an angry engineer.
Radio braggadocio led to a colossal mud wrestling loss to a pair of dancers pretending to be nuns. (1983)
After I moved to WHAS, Ron rebranded himself as Uncle Ron and had a varied cast of talented co-hosts.
Ron passed away in 1991. This video is a rare glimpse of his comedy chops in front of cameras. Great memories.
Thanks to Bret Sohl for production and the release of this video.
As my 30th anniversary with WHAS radio approached, I recently renewed my contract for another six years. On July 1, 2021, I will likely end my 45 year commercial broadcast career.
My shows contain serious news interviews, community service, and a fair dose of jocularity involving celebrities, athletes, and newsmakers. Cracking wise is the overriding theme.
Our iHeartMedia Louisville management team must send all press release materials through the corporate prism in New York for approval.
I was asked to give a statement upon the contract renewal and submitted this:
“I declined a generous offer from the international brotherhood of brain surgeons so that I can remain with my iHeartMedia family for six more years. I love my on-air radio team and cannot imagine life without them. Thanks to Bill Gentry, Kelly Carls, Kevin LeGrett, and iHeartMedia for renewing my contract. I’m excited to continue my afternoon radio show, morning TV show, and my weekend work as an exotic dancer.”
Here is an example of how the parent company released my statement to various broadcast industry news outlets.
Scrubbed like a decommissioned CIA computer.
Come and see me dance at the Turnpike Tuck-a-Buck. It’s the only time I’m not the guy in the deejay booth.