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.
Amid the WHAS-TV reunion memories, former news anchor Jean West told a great story from our early days at the station. In 1986, I took an opportunity to shock a Klansman who was to be interviewed about his request to the city for a White Power rally.
As Klansman Kenny King (KKK!) sat quietly awaiting reporter John McGrath and a camera operator, I strolled into the lobby holding Jean’s hand and leaned down to plant a passionate kiss on her right in front of the stunned racist. McGrath, who enjoyed interviewing societal outcasts, later said Kenny the Klansman needed 10 minutes to compose himself before he could do the interview.
The reunion of former WHAS-TV employees is to celebrate the station’s 65th anniversary.
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