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
— 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 with his family after the tornado. You can see Hannah’s response to hearing it above.
And here is Ken Rowland at the anchor desk for WHAS-TV during that same turbulent day. His photographer shows aerial coverage of the devastation at approximately 8:30 into this piece.
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 entertainment.
It was Metz’s knowledgeable and genteel style that solidified WHAS Radio’s gigantic imprint on middle America. Metz broke down cultural barricades throughout his career, interviewing diverse voices from all walks of life.
Metz, one of few Jewish on air personalities in 1940s Louisville, co-hosted a TV magazine show in the early 1970s with Faith Lyles, one of few African American women featured on daily local TV.
It wasn’t all serious business with Metz. Listen to this WHAS radio segment with sex therapist Dr. Jean Koehler. Metz gets the giggles after a caller’s claims that she and her husband have sex for more than 90 minutes, and the distinguished host keeps giggling through subsequent callers.
Read accounts of Metz’s life from Louisville media competitors, a sure sign of reverence.
Great Day Live interview with Metz colleagues Wayne Perkey and Terry Meiners
More than any other accomplishment, Milton Metz loved his work with the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Thanks for your leadership, love, and support, Mr. Metz. You blazed a trail we shall all follow.
newspaper ad above from 1958; Omelet print ad below from 1976
Finally, this email from Thunder Over Louisville producer Wayne Hettinger: “Farewell to a loving mentor. ‘The Metz’ took me under his wing after I created the Omelet logo and never turned loose. He had a way of making you feel special and shared that feeling with everyone he met. We’ve lost a class act and an icon of WHAS and our community.”
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.
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:
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 Scott Goettel — special thanks to Louisville Youth Choir, conducted by Donna Barnett and conducted by Frank Heller. Thanks to WHAS engineers Charlie Strickland, Larry Baysinger, and Harry Sonnheim. All proceeds from sales went to the WHAS Crusade for Children. Thanks to Taylor Drug Stores for distribution. (1994)
Merry Christmas from 84WHAS Radio, Louisville, Kentucky, USA