Page updated June 09, 2013s
A TRIBUTE TO CLASSIC LOUISVILLE AND LEXINGTON, KY RADIO
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.
May 6, 2012
Another aircheck for the WAXU Page -- this time courtesy Chuck Ham, who gave us a generous slice of his October 2, 1974 show. (Gotta love those jingles from TM Productions!)
April 29, 2012
We've added our first photo to the WVLK-FM Page, courtesy Tad Murray.
March 15, 2012
Two new photos have been added to the WKQQ Page, courtesy Mike Graves.
March 11, 2012
Thanks to Dave Reichel for the 1960 aircheck from the WHAS Radio "High Teens" show.
February 20, 2012
Our first Bill Bailey WTMT airchecks are now online. Hear how the Duke of Louisville sounded in February of 1989. Thanks to Terrell Metheny for sending them our way.
January 21, 2012
Two Bill Bailey photos have been added to the WVLK Page.
A MESSAGE FROM CURATOR JOHN QUINCY
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
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
to Tom Konard's
Aircheck Factory service might remember Quincy
as one of the narrators of "Around The Dial" and various profiles.
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