It's already been 6 years since I sat down for a reunion with my first TV wife on WHAS11's Great Day Live! I was lucky enough to work alongside Ange (pronounced Angie but, yes, that's how she spells it) Humphrey on my first regular TV show in the fall of 1987. It was a locally packaged version of PM Magazine called PM Louisville. By that time, Ange was an established media personality from her 1973 launch as the WLKY-TV "weather girl." She was also a country singer, emcee, interviewer, and storyteller. I was a TV novice but Ange was patient, kind, and thoughtful as my learning curve sharpened. Her positivity elevated the entire studio. Total pro. Prior to our stint at WHAS-TV, Ange had
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
I'm stepping aside from Great Day Live on WHAS11. I will continue to do limited on air appearances on WHAS11 going forward but the daily grind of GDL ends now. Angie Fenton will take over as sole anchor of the show. My daily WHAS Radio show will continue every weekday from 3-6 PM. I plan to continue my radio and TV work for another three years or so before I call it a career. Thanks to all for your continuing support. You are greatly appreciated. My WHAS family means the world to me. That never changes. We love you @terrymeiners! pic.twitter.com/pFZuuqyx9R— Rachel Platt (@rplattfrazier) April 5, 2019 #tbt One of my favorite WHAS11 live shots (1995)
Louisville news viewers lost two pillars of the local media on Friday, December 21, 2018. WHAS-11's Rachel Platt, above, had long planned for her smooth departure. WAVE-3's Scott Reynolds had no chance to make his own plan. He was informed in October that his contract would not be renewed at year's end. It's a money squeeze induced by the merger of WAVE owner Raycom and Gray Television. This blending of Gray's 93 stations and Raycom's 63 stations would only happen if Raycom reduced the payroll at certain outlets. Raycom operators had hoped to keep the RIFs (reduction in force) quiet but former WAVE news anchor Cheryl Case broke the Reynolds story on Facebook in a December 19 post. Affable Scott Reynolds,
Rick Pitino is mad at me again. The former University of Louisville basketball coach and I are longtime friends but he has thrown hissy fits when I've publicly questioned him about sensitive issues. He even dropped me as co-host of his TV show for two years over tensions surrounding coverage of his affair with sketchy doughnut seller Karen Sypher. Then there was the time I asked him if mounting evidence of strippers offering sex to his players and recruits would make him consider resigning. Pitino didn't speak to me for a year and even avoided looking at me when we crossed paths in our St. Matthews neighborhood. Of course, I've gone on national TV and newspapers of record to defend Pitino
Great fun having former WHAS-11 morning show anchors reunite for a Not-So-Newlywed Game, TV Spouses Edition. Rachel Platt and Barry Bernson just barely beat Kelsey Starks and Andy Treinen. VIDEO
Henry Sadlo and I have been best friends since childhood when we were next door neighbors. Today, thousands know Dr. Sadlo as a respected cardiologist and all-around good soul. For Heart Health Month, I invited him to my radio and TV shows to give simple heart maintenance guidance and to talk about the coronary calcium scans that are giving new clarity to heart health. Thanks also to Regan Judd and Dr. Garth Beache for talking about challenges and remedies for heart issues. Later that day, Henry and I had a throughly personal radio conversation about our lives and heart health guidelines about exercise, eating, alcohol consumption, and signs of troubles. Happy Heart Month! Keep your ticker
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.
The 1993 Thunder Over Louisville broadcast from WHAS-TV was a technical marvel with an unprecedented number of cameras, aerial angles, and personalities. The show came off without a hitch except for one thing. The ceremonial starter's clock was off by 20 seconds. Check the above video at the 1:33 mark. A 7th grader pushed the button and ........ an eternity later...BOOM! Below is the introductory piece for the nights coverage with Rachel Platt, Barry Bernson, Wayne Perkey, Terry Meiners, and hosts John O'Conner and Kirby Adams.
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