We are sad to report that WHAS morning legend Wayne Perkey has passed due to COVID complications. Here is the Courier Journal profile on Wayne's incredible life story. Many of Wayne's colleagues joined me today on 840WHAS to reflect on their time working with Louisville's energetic morning man. 🎙️ @840WHAS colleagues reflect on Wayne Perkey's life and legacy. Thank you Ken Schulz, @KimSowinski, Van Vance, Denny Nugent, and Jack Fox. 🙏 LISTEN 📲 https://t.co/o7DyoleR0J #WHAS100 #WHAS100years #WaynePerkey #Louisville #loumedia #localradio pic.twitter.com/DEFsvkwihx — Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) March 7, 2022 WHAS11 also profiled Perkey's phenomenal broadcast career of radio, television, and philanthropic work. Here is the radio interview I conducted with Wayne just a little more than a month ago. He was delighted to tell me that he
After the first century of WHAS Radio's amazing legacy continues unfolding, the newest radio ratings are out. WHAS is still #1. Just like any other successful pursuit, WHAS' incredible run is built upon quality people. Here are more of the outstanding media members I've added to the #WHAS100years series. We begin with revered morning man Wayne Perkey, who dominated ratings for 30 years before retiring in 1999. #WHAS100 🎙 Louisville's legendary morning man Wayne Perkey joined me on @840WHAS to catch up on life, love, radio, community, & @CrusadeChildren happiness. He's still the Perkiest guy in town! 🎉 Happy 84th birthday, Wayne! LISTEN 🎧 https://t.co/ijc8QTshQ8#WHAS100years pic.twitter.com/cuSjLt30qf — Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) January 15, 2022 #WHAS100 🎧 My investigative journalist pal @ShayMcAlisterTV explains the challenges of asking
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
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
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