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A TRIBUTE TO CLASSIC LOUISVILLE AND LEXINGTON, KY RADIO

 

 

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What's New

March 9, 2014

Added a 1978 WKQQ Aircheck of Terry Meiners and Kathy Stamps, courtesy Elaine Harris Grant.

January 19, 2014

We're sorry to hear of the passing of WHAS Radio legend Joe Donovan. A special page has been created to give fans quick access to Joe's airchecks, photos and video -- plus the audio interview we did with Joe in 2009.

Thanks to Larry Smith for contributing two of his 1994 WHAS airchecks, plus a copy of his WHAS JAM jock jingle.

January 12, 2014

Two photos have been added to the WLAP-AM page.

January 5, 2014

New written material has been added to the WVLK-AM page.

November 3, 2013

Thanks to Dave Reichel for the 1985 WAVG aircheck of Karl  Shannon, and to Alan Sullivan for the 1963 WINN photo featuring his famous father Claude.

June 9, 2013

Four 1985 WAVG airchecks have been added: three from Jeff Kibbey and one from Bob Riggle. Thanks for Jeff for making them available.

May 9, 2013

The 2013 WHAS Derby Day Montage is now online here, thanks to Jim Fenn.

May 5, 2013

We just added a wonderful 1978 WVLK aircheck from the wacky Paul J. Hughes. Our appreciation to Alan Reed for putting it our digital hands.

May 2, 2013

Thanks to Todd Richmond for the 1988 WQMF "Harry" Legal ID. Find it here.

April 22, 2013

A 1964 aircheck of former WKLO PD Barney Groven doing AM drive at WINN is now online here. Thanks to Dorothy Unwin (the former Mrs. Barney Groven) for sending it our way.

February 18, 2013

WAVE airchecks of Jim Jeffrey and Rip Rinehart from December 21, 1977 have been added here.

November 22, 2012

Terry Meiners' November 13, 2012 conversation with National Radio Hall of Fame winner Gary Burbank is now available here.

October 27, 2012

A big thank  you to former 590 jock John Parker for the scan of a WVLK 1971 music survey.

August 22, 2012

We added a picture of Lee Masters to the WLRS Page, thanks to Marty Messex.

May 9, 2012

Thanks to Jim Fenn for the 2012 WHAS Kentucky Derby montage.

What Used To Be New

A MESSAGE FROM CURATOR JOHN QUINCY

After building tribute Websites to Louisville, Kentucky's two great Top 40 AM stations of the '60s and '70s (WAKY and WKLO) we wanted to salute other pre-1990 Louisville radio online -- stations like WHAS, WAVE, WINN and more. So we launched LKYRadio.com.

Since the "L" in LKYRadio.com could as easily stand for Lexington as well as Louisville, we decided to also include stations from Kentucky's second largest city (which happens to be our hometown) like WLAP and WVLK.

On this site you will find airchecks, jingles, photos, and surveys from and information about Louisville and Lexington radio in the pre-CD, pre-consolidation days; the days when "cluster" didn't mean a third of the radio stations in town. We're most interested in items before 1990, but if something cool pops up from later years, we'll probably post it.

All of our audio files are in MP3 format. For optimal listening enjoyment, we suggest they be downloaded to your hard drive for later listening on your computer or iPod-type device instead of trying to stream them, especially if you have a slow Internet connection.

Do you have any material or information you'd like to make available to this project? Please contact us. We'd be very happy to accept additional airchecks, photos, surveys and other pieces of historic data to share with our visitors. Reel-to-reel and cassette tapes will be archived to CD at no charge.

HELP SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS

If you'd like to assist us financially as we preserve the history of Louisville and Lexington radio, press the button below to make a donation of any amount via PayPal. Besides Web hosting fees, we have ongoing expenses for things like postage and audio archiving. (Rather contribute through snail mail? Contact us for the address.) Thanks so much for your support of LKYRadio.com.

ABOUT JOHN QUINCY

Even though he was born 15 years earlier, Lexington, Kentucky native John Quincy [Real name: Ted Tatman] didn't really discover Top 40 radio until he smuggled in a transistor radio to a church camp outside of Louisville in the summer of 1970. After a few hours of listening to the legendary WAKY in his dorm room, he caught the radio fever. Upon his return to Lexington and a visit to local stations to find out how radio stations really performed that on-air magic, he was hooked.

Shortly thereafter a high school teacher told him about a Junior Achievement program being sponsored by WVLK-AM. Every Wednesday night WVLK would turn over a half hour of their programming to high school kids, who would sell, operate, and program it. Quincy made sure he was one of the ones chosen to be one of the teen DJs.

Between his junior and senior year of high school, Quincy scored a summer job working seven days a week at WBGR AM & FM in Paris, Kentucky. Most of the time was spent running the board for Cincinnati Reds baseball games, but for part of each shift he got to play DJ. While it was country music (which was especially bad in the early '70s), it was radio. From that point, Quincy never looked back.

There were stints in other Lexington area radio stations (WEKY, WAXU, WCBR, WKDJ, and WBLG) before Quincy got the call in 1979 to escape Lexington's chilly winters and work in sunny Savannah, Georgia (WKBX and WZAT). Then in 1981, Quincy moved up the coast to Charleston, South Carolina to take on PM drive duties at rock station WSSX. Later Charleston gigs included AC WXTC (where he spent nearly 10 years as PD), All 70s WJUK, Country WBUB, Oldies WXLY, News-Talk WTMA, and Country WNKT. Subscribers to Tom Konard's Aircheck Factory service might remember Quincy as one of the narrators of "Around The Dial" and various profiles.

Today Quincy is the program director and morning show producer at News-Talker WTMA in Charleston. Along with his radio work, he does regular mobile DJ gigs plus creates and maintains Web sites including tribute sites to Louisville radio stations WAKY and WKLO, and Charleston radio stations WTMA, WCSC and WOKE.

OTHER RADIO TRIBUTE SITES YOU MAY ENJOY

WAKY, Louisville
WKLO, Louisville

WCSC, Charleston
WOKE, Charleston

WQAM, Miami
WTMA, Charleston

 

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