I've forgotten why the Playboy Playmate of the Year was at our WHAS studios in 1995 but I did not complain about it. Julie Cialini sat for an interview and she was very pleasant and willing to meet listeners. So we had doughnuts sent in and offered commuters a choice. We would broadcast with the Playmate of the Year from the sidewalk in front of our radio station for 30 minutes. Listeners could pull up and choose between a doughnut or a hug from the playmate. Great fun ensued. Not many doughnuts were chosen. Julie actually ate one. That may have been the most shocking aspect of the show that day. Imagine a radio segment like this in today's #MeToo world. I would
The Courier Journal ran an extensive profile of me on January 4, 1992. The excellent writer C. Ray Hall followed me for three days. I was worried that I was about to be indicted. What in the world would be that interesting that required three days of observation? The piece turned out to be the most thorough, thoughtful, and accurate piece ever written about me. Mr. Hall told me that it was the longest profile the newspaper had ever done on a media person. These photos were never published but were given to me after the publication was released. Staff photographer Pam Spalding was terrific. She snapped a zillion pictures of my family and me and they were incredibly respectful and touching.
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
Following the police shootings of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, Louisville has been reeling from passionate street protests against police brutality. Riots and looting sprang forth on the edges of the peaceful protests so law enforcement added National Guard troops by order of Governor Andy Beshear. The move only heightened tensions. Here are some of the most poignant leadership, legal, and prominent voices who shared a radio microphone with me to talk about solving Louisville's issues of inequality and cracked security. #Louisville metro council member Jessica Green on @LMPD shooting of #DavidMcAtee, protest rioting, small business concerns, the city's future, more 🎙️ @840WHAS audio https://t.co/HNdwo2oLdy #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/gm2xzUJLmz— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) June 2, 2020 This @nytimes video adds much more context
With the coronavirus pandemic pressuring all media companies to tighten belts over lost advertising revenue, CBS News has applied another layer of job cuts. There have been multiple cuts at CBS for months, much of it tied to the network's merger with Viacom. The pandemic adds another layer of withered finances. The best guess is that about 10% of the news department was snipped. Other departments including sports, entertainment, and production are also affected. Between 300 and 400 jobs are being slashed. CBS News president Susan Zirinsky released hazy details during an electronic meeting with employees. Although CBS claims to be America's #1 rated network, it's a reference to prime time programs. The flagship CBS Evening News and breakfast show CBS This Morning
Australian fires started 2020. Then came the threat of nuclear war with Iran. Chinese military jets have been buzzing American warships. Oh, and then there's that little COVID-19 pandemic with an as yet uncertain outcome. Next year could be even stranger when the 17 year cycle for cicadas delivers billions of the buzzing bug-eyed pests in a Biblical plague of dead baby beastly bodies. I made the most of it two cycles ago when Sammy the Cicada and I spent a fabulous few hours together. 2020 is all about isolation. 2021 will be a noisy, crowded infestation. Pick your poison. It's going to be a bumpy decade. Terry and his pet cicada (1987)@WHAS11 @840WHAS serious journalismnot fake newshttps://t.co/aBzDHJlnKm#loumedia #kymedia— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) June
The Papa John interview is lovely pic.twitter.com/bpDMDm9t9G— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 26, 2019 Louisville's beleaguered businessman "Papa" John Schnatter is still flailing at the ghosts of his previous life. Schnatter was famously removed from his chairman/CEO position at Papa John's International and has been forced to diminish his majority ownership position after a series of caustic verbal missteps. In 2012, Schnatter created a "clueless rich guy" backlash after he bemoaned the costs of providing employee health care. A few years later, Schnatter insulted NFL players who were kneeling during national anthem performances to protest police brutality. He lost his CEO position but remained chairman. The final and most explosive meltdown came after Schnatter said the N-word on a 2018 diversity training
Virtue signaling social justice warriors have some blind spots. They deface the Castleman statue and demand its removal without grasping the full context of John Castleman's story. But never mind the facts. Hide that horrible monument from the WOKE folks. Their pure hearts have never made mistakes or been in need of longterm enlightenment. Have the WOKE warriors ever watched clips of Muhammad Ali when he promoted racial segregation? Ali fiercely preached against white and black people dating or daring to make babies. "Every intelligent person wants his child to look like him. I want to blot out my race and lose my beautiful identity? Who want to spot up yourself and kill your race?" No one is throwing paint all over the
WAVE3 would like for you to have a kitty. My teammates at WHAS11 are rating snacks. Over on WLKY, it's breaking news about dog faces on St. Patrick's Day shirts. And WDRB is squabbling with service providers to get reinstated. All local stations go through these rate negotiations from time to time. WDRB's typically news heavy website does occasionally throw in some fluff.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin texted: "Are you on air today?" Me: "Yes sir." Gov. Bevin: "Want me to stop by?" Me: "Absolutely" A few minutes later, Governor Bevin strolled into my studio and we launched right into a 23 minute chat on a myriad of topics. Local media immediately jumped on Bevin's sardonic comment about America's "soft" culture where school is called off for cold temperatures. .@GovMattBevin told @terrymeiners that #Kentucky schools closing for cold weather shows 'we're getting soft’ but a chorus of teachers and political rivals from both sides of the aisle quickly rebuked those comments: https://t.co/OiglXzwNcx #KYGov— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) January 30, 2019 This WDRB transcript (below) put Bevin's comment in better context but the audio reveals that Bevin is