It was fun seeing all of my deejay buddies post their photos and career trajectories for #NationalRadioDay last week. Here are a few that I snatched from their social media pages. And then there's the program director's memo that kept 19-year-old me on the part-time payroll. NOTE: he used bad math. I was being paid $40 per MONTH, or $480 per year to do some radio promotion work on the University of Kentucky campus. Had they cut me, I would more than likely have found a different career path. 😢 Happy #NationalRadioDay 🎧 Here's the 1976 @WKQQLexington program director's memo that saved my job and kept me in the business. I had only been working there for two months when Dick Hungate suggested that
"You deejays make all that BIG MONEY!" Well...some do, some don't. It's all about the deal that's struck with management. Deejays who are connected to revenue streams typically pull better salaries. I've done at least 7 critical negotiations with management at WLRS-FM, then WQMF-FM, and then a series of revolving deals with the various managers of WHAS Radio and television over the past 45 years. WHAS Radio news anchors recently discovered a treasure trove of station documents, including this 1943 contract for staff announcer and "specialty man" services. There were also rates for singers, musicians, actors, and sound effects specialists. Here is a 1976 proposal from WKQQ/Lexington program director Dick Hungate to his manager requesting to unplug the automation and switch to live
It's still a year away but WHAS Radio will turn 100 on July 18, 2022. WHAS was Kentucky's first licensed radio station. What a wild trip it's been! 🎧 current WHAS audio: morning show, mid-morning, afternoons 🎧 historical audio Here's what WHAS-TV dug up in its video vault to note the radio station's 95th birthday in 2017. The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times Company obtained the broadcast license in 1922 and built a studio near the newspaper facility. This fall, current WHAS Radio owner iHeart Media will move the studio operations from Bishop Lane in the Newburg area back to downtown. WHAS has enjoyed a fantastic array of broadcast talent over the past century. The station has won prestigious awards for news coverage, emergency operations
LISTEN: tornado coverage on WHAS radio, April 3, 1974 - Helicopter pilot Dick Gilbert's chilling narration of funnel clouds around Bowman Field, Bardstown Road at Eastern Parkway, and more is at the 19:20 mark. #Louisville #louwx #loumedia Hey @HannahStormESPN, here's 1974 audio re: your dad & Ky Colonels team plans after tornadoes came thru Louisville https://t.co/Gx1cE2tUdW— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) April 3, 2017 Wow this was cool to listen to. What a tough time for Louisville and communication was so different back then. https://t.co/Z245y9EGPR— Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) April 3, 2017 ESPN's Hannah Storm was a little kid living in Louisville during the 1974 tornado. Her father Mike Storen is referenced in the following audio as a basketball executive who couldn't make contact
WHAS Radio audio of Milton Metz: 1979 1979 part two 1993 final show 1992 1962 with Cassius Clay 1994 narrator of A Christmas Carol part two of A Christmas Carol 1989 with sex therapist Dr. Jean Koehler Louisville's all-time greatest communicator, neighbor, and gentleman has died. Milton Metz, the WHAS Radio and TV talk show host, died peacefully at Magnolia Springs, an assisted living home in Louisville. Metz served in the U.S. Army after college and came to WHAS in 1946, one of the many talented broadcasters who transitioned from radio into the fledgling media called television. Metz and his colleagues shaped the early days of television news and
I was never smart enough to get a real job. Nonetheless, this broadcasting thing seemed to work out. WHAS RADIO CLIPS WHAS ARCHIVED CLIPS FROM THE 80s WHAS-TV GREAT DAY LIVE VIDEO WQMF RADIO CLIPS WITH RON CLAY WLRS RADIO CLIPS WITH RON CLAY WKQQ CLIPS FROM THE 1970s 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.
During a late night hour, Joe Donovan spins oldies during the Christmas season. WHAS news from Shelley Catharine and weather forecasting by Ashley Chisolm complete the team. (1993) (complete aircheck includes music) Milton Metz and Dr. Jean Koehler chat with a caller whose husband requires at least an hour of sexual intercourse. Metz gets the giggles and can't quit cackling in the background.
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