TN Radio Hall of Fame

2018 Career Category Nominees 
(To be narrowed to 15 by Membership Votes, then 6 finalists to be chosen by the Board of Directors.)

Tom Bryant (nominated by Kyle Cantrell/Jim Driver)

Radio Resume
1956-1960 KFYR/KFYR-TV Bismarck, ND - air personality
1960-1960 KFJM Grand Forks, ND - air personality (University of North Dakota campus radio)
1960-1963 CJOB/CJOB-FM Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - air personality
1962-1962 KBOM Bismarck/Mandan, ND – News Director and air personality
1963-1964 CJQM/CJQM-FM Winnipeg, MB – Operations Manager
1964-1964 KXGO/KXJB-TV Fargo/Valley City, ND - air personality
1964-1967 WWGM Nashville, TN - air personality/program director
1967-1998 WSM/WSM-FM/WSM-TV/WWTN Nashville, TN - air personality, announcer, producer, production director

Also:

  • Appearing first on WWGM and then on the legendary WSM, Tom's warm voice and engaging style seemed a perfect fit for the market and made him one of the most respected broadcasters in the area.
  • During his long career at WSM and its sister stations, Tom hosted numerous shows and features, and voiced thousands of commercial and interstitial announcements, making him highly-recognizable to its listeners.
  • For three decades Tom was heard more often than any other announcer on WSM and was known as the de facto "voice" of WSM.
  • Tom also became a fixture in the broader Nashville radio market, as many commercials airing on WSM were also used on other stations across the area.
 

Dean Bush (nominated by Bobby Melton/Buddy Sadler)

Radio Resume
WPHC/WQMV/WVRY Waverly, TN

Also:

  • Essential in putting on the air both the first AM station and FM station in Humphreys County, TN
  • Kept WPHC on the air 24 hours after President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX in 1963 to insure that the community was properly informed about the crisis. This initiative earned Dean praise from the FCC.
  • The greatest challenge during his career occurred on February 24, 1978 when a derailed tank car containing liquefied petroleum gas exploded, killing all of Waverly's senior emergency management personnel and crippling the fire response capability. Dean and his staff immediately suspended all regular programming and focused on broadcasting emergency information. Both stations stayed on 24 hours during the crisis. Dean and his staff updated the community of the status of loved ones and requested people call in so updates could be given. During the period, Dean Bush became known as the Voice of Humphreys County.
  • For this service, Dean and his staff were recognized by the Governor and both the State House and State Senate. He was written up in the Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives and awarded numerous other awards and acolades.
  • In 1979, Dean left radio to establish the first cable tv franchise in Humphreys County.
  Kyle Cantrell (nominated by Charlie Monk/Dave Nichols)

Radio Resume
1980:  WMTS Murfreesboro, TN
1982:  WSM Nashville, TN
2002:  SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Also:
  • Kyle began working at WSM in 1982 while still in college.
  • In July 1983, Kyle began a 5 year run as host of the weekly Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Oldies Show on WSM and an 85 station network.  The show helped establish Kyle as a knowledgeable and passionate source for country music history.
  • Starting in 1985, Kyle became one of the Grand Ole Opry announcers and in 1993 became WSM's program director.  Kyle would later also become operations manager for sister stations WSM-FM and WWTN-FM.
  • Kyle hired Eddie Stubbs to work at WSM in 1995.  Stubbs has gone on to become a CRB Hall of Famer and a  broadcasting legend on WSM.
  • Kyle oversaw the 75th anniversary birthday celebration of WSM in 2000.  He wrote and produced a 19-week retrospective on WSM history titled WSM Remembers.
  • In 2002, Kyle began hosting the morning shift on Sirius Satellite Radio's classic country channel.  
  • After leaving WSM in 2003, Kyle eventually joined the staff of XM Satellite Radio assuming the role of program director for the Bluegrass Junction channel.  With the merger of Sirius and XM, Kyle added programming duties for Willie's Roadhouse, the classic country channel. He has also programmed the SiriusXM Southern gospel and Y2K country channels.
  • Kyle has received numerous awards during his career including the International Bluegrass Music Association's Broadcaster of the Year Award 4 times and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America's DJ of the Year the last 5 years in a row.
  • In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly honored Kyle with Joint Resolution #465 for his "many contributions in the broadcasting industry."

  Charles Dibrell (nominated by Bart Walker/Scott Walker)

Radio Resume
WFLT Franklin, TN
WIZO  Franklin, TN
WAGG (WAKM) Franklin, TN

Also:
  • Charles Dibrell is one of those unique broadcasters who found a home and stayed. He started his career in Franklin, TN when Sewell Electric Company put WFLT-FM on the air in the early 1960s.
  • In the 1980s Charles, along with 4 other local Franklin broadcasters, purchased WAGG (950). Charles remained there as news director where he reported the news for almost 50 years.
  • Charles was the epitome of local radio in Franklin, known for helping residents find lost cats and dogs, sell items on the station's Tradio, and announce death notices.
  Lee Dorman (nominated by Bart Walker/Scott Walker)

Radio Resume
WKDA Nashville, TN
WMAK Nashville, TN
WLAC  Nashville TN
WQKR Portland TN

Also:
  • Lee worked at both legendary top 40 radio stations during the golden era of
  • AM top 40.
  • Lee has enjoyed all facets of radio, from on-air, programming, sales and
  • management in Nashville, Clarksville and Portland, TN.
  • He managed 50KW WLAC during their most successful years as a news/talk station.
  • Lee is the author of "Nashville Broadcasting" (2009), which gives a
  • pictorial history of Nashville radio and tv.
  • Lee was also one of the founders of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.
  Philip Gibbons (nominated by Helen Daniels/Marty Selby)

Radio Resume
1974-Present WPTN (Later WGSQ) Cookeville, TN APD, DJ, Host, Announcer

Also:
  • During his career Philip has been nominated for numerous CMA and ACM Personality of The Year awards and the CRB Hall of Fame.
  • 2012-2015 Readers of Cookeville’s Herald Citizen have named him their favorite radio personality in the papers “Best Of the Best” edition.
  • Philip is a yearly stage host at CMA Music Fest in Nashville each June and has been guest announcer at the Grand Ole Opry seven years in a row during WGSQ’s special night at the Opry.
  • Philip is the Honorary Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Tennessee yearly walk to benefit the local Alzheimer’s organization.
  • Philip is a member of the Lion’s Club, an honorary member of the Shriner’s Club, and participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure which benefits breast cancer awareness.
  • 1982-Present Public Address announcer for Tennessee Tech football and basketball games.
  Gator Harrison (Nominated by Marty McFly/Philip Gibbons)

Radio Resume
1986-1990 WSMT Sparta, TN (DJ, PD)
1990-1996 WYHY Nashville, TN (DJ, Music Director)
1996- 2010 WGSQ Cookeville, TN (DJ)
2010-present WUSY Chattanooga, TN (DJ)

Also:
  • 1996 to 2010  Gator’s Morning Show ranked #1 Locally and Top 10 Nationally
  • 1996  Billboard Magazine Air Personality of the Year Nomination
  • 2005  Gator Harrison was the Highest Rated Morning Show in America
  • 2007  Gator received the ACM & CMA for Air Personality of the Year
  • 2013  Gator received the ACM for Air Personality of the year
  • 2014  CMA Air Personality of the Year
  • 2015  CRB/AIRCHECK Award for OM/PD of the Year.
  • Received several 278th National Guard Awards recognizing his Support of U.S. Troops
  • To date Gator has won 26 National Broadcast Awards.
  Drue Huffines (nominated by Robert Gallaher/Philip Gibbons)

Radio Resume
WLIV  Livingston, TN
WPTN Cookeville, TN

Also:
  • Drue began his radio career in 1957 at WLIV in Livingston, TN and gained a loyal following throughout WLIV's listening area in the Upper Cumberland.
  • Drue's tenure at WLIV included on air announcing, starting up a live remote studio in Gainesboro, broadcasting hundreds of area high school sporting events and developing a close relationship with Tennessee Tech.  For over 30 years, he has been the voice behind the public address mike for all Tech's Men's Baskeball games.
  • In 1981, Drue was one of the purchasers of WPTN AM and FM in Cookeville, TN.  Drue was instrumental in getting the FCC to allow WPTN FM to raise power from 3000 watts to 100,000 watts, allowing them to serve a huge part of Tennessee and Kentucky.

  Gerry Hunt (nominated by Dave Brown/Jack Parnell)

Radio Resume
WJAK Jackson, TN
Several radio stations in Arkansas, Kentucky and West Tennessee.

Also:
  • Gerry began his broadcasting career as a teenage DJ on WJAK in Jackson TN.
  • Gerry is the owner of WMXX-FM in Jackson, WDXI-AM in Jackson, WORM-AM in Savannah, WORM-FM in Savannah and WXOQ-FM in Selmer.
  • Gerry is still an active DJ at WMXX, KOOL 103 in Jackson and can be heard daily on “The Drive at 5”.
  • He has produced the KOOL 103 Caravan of Stars live concert twice annually for 17 years. Seven to nine of the big hit makers from the rock & roll era perform and fans come from as far as 200 miles to the shows. It is likely that most Jackson area residents would never have the opportunity to see these artists perform in person if Gerry did not bring them in for these concerts.
  Bob Ketchersid (nominated by Mark Lefler/John Pirkle)

Radio Resume
WAEW Crossville, TN
WRKQ Rockwood, TN
WLAR Athens, TN
WUOT Knoxville, TN
WCBS New York, NY
WSB Atlanta, GA
WYXI Athens, TN

Also:
  • Bob began his radio career in 1960 at WAEW in Crossville, TN,
  • He interned at WCBS in New York, performing many of the duties of the actual WCBS news reporters.
  • Was news director at WSB in Atlanta for 12 years.
  • In 1980, Bob, his wife Judi, and their 2 sons left the U.S. and became missionaries with Trans World Radio, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. Bob became an International Radio Broadcaster with Trans World Radio and was heard around the world on Short Wave. He was also heard in North and South America on Medium Wave from the most powerful AM transmitter in the Western Hemisphere; 500,000 watts.
  • In June, 1986, Bob and Judi entered into an agreement to form Cornerstone Broadcasting, Inc. along with Mark and Mary Lefler of Athens, TN. Cornerstone Broadcasting, Inc. purchased WYXI AM, Athens, TN on September 12, 1986 and Bob has been the station manager from that day until the present.
  • He has won the "Best of the Best" Radio Announcer Award from the local newspaper, for over 14 years.
  Clarence Kilcrease (nominated by Sharon Kay/Spider Harrison)

Radio Resume
WVOL Nashville, TN
WNSG Nashville, TN
WENO Nashville, TN

Also:
  • Still broadcasting daily after all these years is Nashville's Clarence Kilcrease, on the air from 2 pm till 5 pm Monday through Friday with the Gospel Avenue Show on 760AM The Gospel.
  • Clarence is one of the city's most legendary personalities whose work in the radio industry has impacted so many aspiring young dj's and those wondering about a career in the industry.
  • With a remarkable career in radio broadcasting which includes 44 years on air, decades in management and covers at least four music genres. As a youngster in the business Clarence worked his way up the ranks at a time in radio when Blacks were few and far between as on-air personalities hired by the city's white-owned stations.
  • He has been instrumental in establishing and furthering the careers of many notable African American Nashville personalities including: (the late) Candy Man, T. Weakley (retired from 92Q), John Heidelberg (current owner of WVOL Radio Station), Damon King (formerly WNSG), Connie Denell (92Q), David Lane, Soul Finger (WVOL), J. Albert Brown, Gwen Dingle (92Q), Ron Youngblood, Ernie Alien(92Q), and Oprah Winfrey (WVOL) (and look where she is now), just to name a few.
  • Also known as "Gilly Baby" and "Momma's Big Bouncing Baby Boy," Clarence has served as Vice President and General Manager of 92Q and WVOL, program director/general manager and on-air personality for WNSG-1240 radio, and serves of the Advisory Board of Meharry Medical College.
  • Clarence has been the recipient of many awards for his commitment to the Middle Tennessee Area for such endeavors as:
* Spearheading numerous fund raising drives to assist families whose homes were destroyed by fire;

* Assisting in raising funds for families who did not have insurance or funds to bury loved ones, and Raising funds to feed and house the needy;

* For over 20 years prior to the Christmas holidays Clarence and dedicated volunteers have been raising funds and sponsoring a gospel program to help the needy. Each year over 100 food baskets and toys are given to those in need.
Clarence truly believes in helping others. In recognition of his years of support and work throughout the community, this year the "Clarence Edward Kilcrease Communications Scholarship" was established to recognize him as he continues his commitment to helping others.
  Billy Kidd (Winningham) (nominated by Chip Chapman/Johnny Eagle)

Radio Resume
Rock Dog 105.5 Sparta, TN
Jet 107 Monterey, TN
WIMZ Knoxville, TN

Also:
  • In 1990,  Billy started hosting the WIMZ night show, which at the time was called "Outlaw Radio."
  • In 1993 Billy joined Phil Williams to co-host the WIMZ Morning show, simply titled, "The Phil & Billy Show." Some of the characters and bits Billy helped make famous were Billy Wong Never Wrong, Punchline in 10, the Tacky Lights Tour, and the Tennessee River Carp Dip.
  • Since 2001, Billy Kidd has been on WIMZ each afternoon between 2 pm and 6 pm.
  • Billy has earned a reputation for being an air personality that supports our troops, local law enforcement, firefighters, E.M.T.'s, and all of those that put their lives on the line . He's gained that reputation through his efforts to give back to those who have given much. Billy rode across the country on his motorcycle to honor and thank state-side soldiers by making stops at military installations delivering gifts of appreciation from East Tennessee.
  • Since November of 1994, Billy Kidd has hosted a yearly event called Camping for Cans, a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Billy puts his life on hold and "roughs it" in a camper while broadcasting live over the course of 9 to 10 days until a tractor-trailer is filled. In 2016 36,000 meals were served to those in need.
  • Billy is also famous for his participation in motorcycle rides in the area spending his weekends hitting the road and MC'ing bike events like the East Tennessee Toy Run. This annual motorcycle event is the largest in the area with more than 1,000 motorcycle riders participating to help collect toys for kids at Christmas.
  • Billy's hard work had definitely paid off. B.K. enjoys a spot at the top of the ratings and has been a market leader for many years. In the Spring 2017 Nielsen Ratings his afternoon show is #1 with Adults 25-54 and is a dominant #1 with Men 25-54 scoring nearly double the share of his next competitor.
  Ron Lane (nominated by Bobby Melton/Larry Melton)

Radio Resume
WFWL/WRJB Camden, TN

Also:
  • Ron Lane has been "The Voice of Magic Valley" in Camden, Tennessee for nearly 6 decades
  • His radio career began with Camden's WFWL while he was still in high school.  After college, he became a full time WFWL employee where he fulfilled numerous roles through the years including DJ, Program Director, News Director, Station Manager and eventually General Manager.
  • Ron is now General Manager of both WFWL and WRJB, also in Camden.
  • Ron has also owned radio stations with various partners in Jackson, TN and Russellville, AL
  • Ron was afflicted with polio as a child but never let his disability stand in his way.  He has been honored by multiple community groups including the United Way, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • In 2015, Ron was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Benton County/Camden Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ron has also been the mayor of Big Sandy, TN for the last decade.
  Mary Glenn Lassiter (nominated by Nick Archer/Lee Stevens)

Radio Resume
1974-1976  WEZK-FM Knoxville, TN (Announcer)
1976-1978  WQQK Hendersonville/Nashville, TN (News)
1978-1980  WMAK Nashville, TN (Co-host of morning show with Steve McCoy)
1980-1982  Tennessee Radio Network (First female news director and first female announcer/reporter on Vol Network)
1982-1984  KX104 Gallatin/Nashville, TN (News and Co-host of morning show with Coyote McCloud)
1984-1988  WZGC Atlanta, GA  (Co-host of morning show with Steve McCoy)
1988-1991  KBEQ Kansas City, MO (Morning show cohost)
1991-1997  WGFX Nashville, TN (Morning show host as Proud Mary, first female morning rock jock)
1997-2000  WRVW Nashville, TN (Morning show host as Proud Mary)
2000-2012  WNRQ Nashville, TN (Morning show host as Proud Mary and midday DJ)

Also:

1974  WTVK-TV Knoxville (Morning show interviewer)
  Marty McFly (Selby) (nominated by Gator Harrison/Philip Gibbons)

Radio Resume
2/2/14 – Present  WSM-FM Nashville, TN (Morning personality also heard on Westwood One Nash Icon Network)
4/10 – 2/1/14  WKDF-FM Nashville, TN (Program Director/Morning Personality)
9/00 – 2/09  Clear Channel Communications Cookeville, TN Region. Operations Manager for 14 stations throughout Cookeville, Crossville, Sparta, and McMinnville TN.
WGSQ-FM (Afternoon Air Personality) and WSIX-FM Nashville (Fill in for Gerry House and Weekend Show)
12/99 – 9/00  WSIX-FM Nashville, TN (Syndicated Air Personality – “Nashville Nights” – 86 affiliate stations across U.S.)
4/97 - 12/99  WGSQ-FM Cookeville, TN (Afternoon Air Personality and Operations Manager Paxson Communications)
12/94 – 4/97  WFBC-FM & TV Greenville, SC (Morning Air Personality /Music Director)
3/94 – 10/94  KNIX-FM Phoenix, AZ (Morning Air Personality)
1/90 – 2/94  WFLZ-FM Tampa, FL (Afternoon Air Personality /Music Director)
10/86 – 12/89  WYHY-FM Nashville TN (Night Air Personality – Music Director

Also:
  • WGSQ Cookeville, TN  Took programming and market share to all-time highs & won national awards with CMA/ACM for Station of the Year and highest rated station in America.
  • Nominated Country Aircheck Air Personality of Year 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Nominated C.M.A. Air Personality of the Yr 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006  
  • Nominated A.C.M. Air Personality of the Yr 2006, 2007, 2008  
  • Highest rated afternoon show in America Fall ’00 and Fall ‘02
  • Highest Rated Station in America 26.8 Spring ‘02; 25.9 Spring ‘05
  • Nominated Billboard Air Personality of the Year 1996
  • Nominated Bobby Poe Magazine Air Personality of the Year 1993
  Terrell Metheny (nominated by Bart Walker/Scott Walker)

Radio Resume
WKDA Nashville, TN
Many others across the country

Also:
  • Terrell Metheny aka Ronn Terrell (air name) was a WKDA Good Guy starting in 1958.  WKDA was the first top 40 radio station in Nashville and even though WKDA was only 250 watts, Terrell was soon number one in the ratings, even beating the established 50,000 watt stations, WSM and WLAC.
  • Terrell was a DJ in the golden age of Top 40 and held the top positions in major cities across the US from Milwaukee to Louisville.
  • From Louisville, Terrell became National Program Director of Southern Broadcasting Company and Program Director of WMCA, New York. During his tenure at the helm of programming at WMCA, the station became the #1 music station in New York.
  • Throughout his career, Terrell acted as a mentor, encouraging young persons with an interest in broadcasting to "follow their dream," including many in Tennessee.
  Charlie Monk (Nominated by Kyle Cantrell/Jim Driver)

Radio Resume
WGEA Geneva, AL
WTBF Troy State University, Troy, AL
WKRG Mobile, AL
WUNI Mobile, AL
1968-1971 WMTS Murfreesboro, TN
2004-Present SiriusXM Radio Nashville, TN (Host of Willie’s Roadhouse, daily)

Also:
  • Known as, “The Mayor of Music Row”
  • 1970 Founding Board Member of Country Radio Broadcasters and the Country Radio Seminar
  • 1971-1977 ASCAP Nashville (Writer/publisher representative)
  • 1977-1983 April-Blackwood Music/CBS Songs (Manager)
  • 1983-Present Monk Family Music (Founder and President)
  • 1988-1993 Opryland Music Group (Director of Creative Services)
  • Lifetime member of the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Gospel Music Assn
  Dick Palmer (Nominated by Chip Walters/Pete Weber)

Radio Resume
1981-Present MTSU Blue Raider Network Murfreesboro, TN (Play-by-play and host)
1982-Present TSSAA Radio Network – statewide (Play-by-play and host)
University of Tennessee Vol Network (Studio Host)
Union University Jackson, TN (Play-by-play)
Memphis Tams/Pros Network Amercan Basketball Association (Play-by-play)
Memphis Southmen/Grizzlies World Football League (Play-by-play)
Memphis Blues Baseball Texas League (Play-by-play)
Memphis High School Sports (Play-by-play)
WDXI Jackson, TN High School Sports (Play-by-play)
WREC Memphis, High School Sports (Play-by-play, Host of the "Coach Turf" syndicated radio show)
WDXI Jackson, TN (Staff announcer)
WREC Memphis, TN (Staff announcer)

Also:
  • Dick has served as a play-by-play announcer, sports talk host, and staff announcer for over 50 years, spanning the state and working in all three grand divisions - covering events ranging from high school to the professional ranks with the bulk of his work announcing college football, basketball, and baseball at Middle Tennessee State University for the Blue Raider Network.
  • He is a 1960 graduate of MTSU.
  Joe Sullivan (nominated by Gary Beaty/Dave Nichols)

Radio Resume
1958-1960:  WMSR, Manchester, TN
1960-1964:  WJIG, Tullahoma, TN, Florence, Alabama, WAAY, Huntsville, AL
1964:  WKGN Knoxville, TN.  Promoted to Program Director a year later.  Sullivan quickly took the station to the number one spot in the Knoxville market.
1968:  WMAK Nashville, TN . As program director Sullivan took the station to number one, beating long time rival WKDA.

Also:
  • At WMAK,  Sullivan put together a “dream team” of Dick Kent, Allen Dennis, Gary Douglas (Beaty), Scott Shannon and John Young.  A young high school kid named Mike Bohan manned the phones at night.
  • Also in 1968, Sullivan was made Program Consultant for all Mooney Broadcasting stations, including Radio Uno in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  There he schooled Alfred D. Herger in American radio basics, catapulting the station to the number one spot in San Juan.
  • 1970:  Joe Sullivan and Roger McDaniel partnered to begin Sound Seventy Productions with the intent of bringing nationally known entertainment to the greater Nashville area.  Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Sound Seventy was a premier promoter of live entertainment in the Southeast, producing shows covering all genres.
  • 1971:  Sound Seventy expanded to include Artist Management with the acquisition of Charlie Daniels as its first client.  Other management clients included Dobie Gray, Wet Willie, Bobby Bare, Henry Paul, Dickie Betts, Nicolette Larsen and the legendary Wolfman Jack.
  • 1972:  Joe Sullivan was named Program Director of the Year for Smaller Markets by The Gavin Report.
  • 1974:  Sullivan created the popular Volunteer Jam hosted by Charlie Daniels, the first of what became a Nashville mid-winter tradition.  Subsequent shows were broadcast live nationally over syndicated radio and internationally through Voice of America.  Several television specials were also produced of the Jam.
  • Joe Sullivan sat on the Country Music Association (CMA) Board of Directors, serving as an Officer or a Director, for 16 years.
  • 1990:  Sullivan moved to Branson, Missouri, where he continued to produce and promote live entertainment events for the next 24 years.  In addition, he created the Super Sunday mega-star series at the Grand Palace for Herschend Family Entertainment, created BransonFest for the Chamber of Commerce and managed the Welk Theatre.  He served on various community boards and as an Elder at his church.  Joe retired in 2014.
  Paul Tinkle (nominated by Bart Walker/Scott Walker)

Radio Resume
Stations in Union City, Martin, Trenton and Milan, TN, Mayfield and Paducah, KY

Also:
  • Paul began his radio career when he was 15, hired to be the janitor of the radio station in Martin, TN.   He is now President of Thunderbolt Broadcasting that owns that radio station and several others.
  • He is a recipient of the Tennessee Association of Broadcaster’s “Distinguished Service Award” and “Weakley Countian of the Year” honors.
  • His radio stations have received the coveted National Association of Broadcaster’s "Crystal" Award for community service while being a ten-time finalist for the honor. They have also been a Marconi finalist.
  • Paul is a past chairman of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and past president of the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association. He is a founding member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame and was recently elected to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as a director representing Arkansas and Tennessee.
  • As president of Thunderbolt Broadcasting the company owns and operates KYTN FM 104.9 and WQAK FM 105.7 both in Union City and WCMT AM 1410 in Martin, WCMT FM 101.3 in South Fulton and WCDZ FM 95.1 in Dresden, Tennessee.
  • Paul is author of “The Ready Book.”
  David Tower (Milstead) (nominated by Brian Craig/Melissa McDonald)

Radio Resume
1970- 1979  WMAK Nashville, TN (News, News Director)
1979-1982  WLAC Nashville, TN (News Director)
1989-1992  WYHY and FM100, Nashville, TN (News Director)

Also:
  • In every year of the 70s decade, WMAK won large market radio awards from The Associated Press, including the prestigious Best Overall News Operation for 1975-76.
  • David originated a program called “I Am Woman,” which focused on the successes of women such as Oprah Winfrey, Billie Jean King and many others. He was appointed to the Tennessee Commission on the Status of Women by Gov. Winfield Dunn.
  • 1979 David was elected president of Sigma Delta Chi, the society of professional journalists, now known as SPJ.
  • He became well known for the long pause in his distinctive end-of-newscast signoff, “This… is David Tower.”
  Steve Turner (nominated by Mickey Bunn/Nick Archer)

Radio Resume
1956-present  WNKX (formerly WHLP) Centerville, TN (live musician, dj, pd, owner)

Also:
  • In 1956, at age 10, Steve began singing with adult musicians on WHLP.
  • In 1957, he was the Nashville Tennessean “Discovery of the Week” and appeared on stage with Roy Acuff at Centennial Park.
  • Served in US Air Force in Germany from 1967-1970, then returned to WHLP in 1970.
  • In 1991, Steve and and his wife Wanda partnered with Retired Tennessee Criminal Appeals Judge Charles Galbreath to purchase WHLP AM/FM becoming sole owners in 1997. Call letters were later changed to WNKX.
  • 1992: Hickman County Chamber of Commerce “Boss of the Year”
  • Since 2004, WNKX has aired “The Grinders Switch Hour”, a rare, live, Saturday morning country music variety show, which has become one of the three longest-running, live, weekly radio music shows in the nation, following The Grand Ole Opry and the Wheeling, West Virginia Jamboree.  Steve is a member of The Grinders Switch Ensemble, the house band for The Grinders Switch Hour.  Steve is a lead singer, plays guitar and is still affectionately known as “Little Stevie”.  
  • Numerous Awards including:
1999: Perry County Lions Club “Community Service Award” for live radio broadcasts of their Children’s Sight Program fundraiser, raising $300,000 in 21 years of broadcasts
2000: Tennessee Titans “Radio Station Salesman of the Year”
2002: Hickman County Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year”  
2002 and 2010: W.E. and Mable McDonald “Community Service Award”
2011: Steve was “roasted” as a fundraiser for the Charlie Garner Memorial Scholarship Fund
2012: “Friend of Education Award” presented by the Hickman County Board of Education
  Phil Valentine (nominated by Cathy Martindale/Paul Tinkle)

Radio Resume

WDZK-FM Chester, SC - 1979 (Nights)
WAAK-AM - Dallas, NC - 1979 (Middays)
WRMT-AM - Rocky Mount, NC - 1980-1983 (Afternoons, Program director for last two years)
WYYD-FM - Raleigh, NC - 1983 (Nights)
WCOG-AM - Greensboro, NC 1983-1985 (Program director, Afternoons)
WZKS-FM (96KISS) - Nashville- 1985-1986 (Nights)
WLAC-FM - Nashville - 1986-1987 (Nights/Love Songs)
Magic 96 - Nashville - 1987-1988 (Program director, Afternoons)
WLAC-FM - Nashville - 1988-1995 (Afternoons then mornings)
WWTN-FM - Nashville - 1995-1996 (Mornings)
WWDB-FM - Philadelphia - 1996-1998 (Mornings)
WLAC-AM - Nashville - 1998-2004 (Afternoons)
WWTN-FM - Nashville - 2004-Present (Middays then Afternoons)

Also:
  • Recipient of 17 AIR Awards in Nashville including 5 AIR Awards for Best Talk Show Host
  • Voted DJ of the Year by readers of The Tennessean
  • Heard across the country on the Westwood One Radio Network
  • Named one of Talkers Magazine's Heavy Hundred: The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America
  • Named by Talkers as one of the 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts of all time
  • Judged Best Talk Show Host two years running in the prestigious New York Festivals International Radio Competition.  Competed against talk show hosts from around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris.
  • Recipient of three Philadelphia AIR Awards for Best New Talent in the Market, Best Talk Show Host & Best Morning Show Host or Team. (It was the first time anyone had ever swept three awards in one year?)
  • Selected as one of Nashville's Power 100 by Nashville Post magazine
  • Phil Valentine is not only a Westwood One nationally syndicated talk show host based in Nashville, he's an author of 6 books, a screenwriter, a television host, a television guest, a singer/songwriter, a movie producer, an actor, and a newspaper columnist.
  Coleman Walker (nominated by Susie James/Gary Brown)

Radio Resume
1961-1979 WCOR-AM/FM Lebanon, TN (DJ, News, Production, Sales, Manager)
1980-1989 WCOR-AM/WUSW-FM) Lebanon, TN (Manager)
1993-Present WCOR-AM/WANT-FM (Host, “Coleman & Co.”)

Also:
  • In 1979 Coleman left radio for an 8 month period in order to help start the Wilson World newspaper, which is still in business today as the Wilson Post.
  • He returned to radio in 1980, where he once again became the manager of WCOR-AM and sold advertising for both WCOR-AM and FM. During this time WCOR-FM became a 100,000 watt station and changed its call letters to WUSW. Coleman worked full-time for both stations until May of 1986 when he obtained his insurance license. He continued work part-time in radio sales until 1989, when he left for full-time insurance sales, eventually starting his own company, Walker and Phillips Insurance. WUSW was sold and WCOR-AM went off the air in 1991.
  • In October of 1993, when WANT-FM signed on the air for the first time and WCOR-AM returned to the air, Coleman agreed to a part-time job hosting a daily show focusing on community affairs and events. Coleman & Company continues to air each weekday from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. on both WANT FM 98.9 and WCOR AM 1490. In addition to his show, Coleman also hosts other live and special event broadcast throughout the year, such as WANT and WCOR’s local election coverage, and continues to lend his strong and recognizable voice to on-air recorded announcements and commercial messages.
  • Coleman Walker’s current show is in its 23rd year of broadcasting, while his radio career now spans more than 55 years.
  Don Whitehead (nominated by Sharon Kay/Skip Woolwine)

Radio Resume
1968  WLAC Nashville, TN (news)

Also:
  • In 1968, two weeks after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while working on his masters thesis, Whitehead was presented with the opportunity to become a radio newscaster for Nashville's famous WLAC AM radio station, where white DJs Herman Grizzard, John “John R.” Richbourg, Gene Nobles, and Bill "Hossman" Allen played blues, soul and gospel records overnight over the station's 50,000 watt clear channel signal.
  • He became not only the first black radio journalist at WLAC, but one of the first in the nation.   
  • Whitehead traveled throughout the South reporting on civil rights and to historically Black colleges and universities recruiting students, and promoting higher education. As a result, he is credited with playing a major role in significantly increasing the enrollment of African-Americans attending college.
  • Board member of the Urban League, Luton Mental Health Center, NAACP, and the Upward Bound Program
  James "Super" Wolfe (nominated by Steve Bowers/Tom Britt)

Radio Resume
          WBHT  Brownsville, TN
1975  WDXI Jackson, TN
          WTJS  Jackson, TN
          WJHR-FM  Jackson, TN
1984-2000  WFKX Jackson, TN (owner)

Also:
  • Moving to Jackson, TN in the late 60's to attend Lane College, James at age 18 initiated a low-power FM station, WLCJ (Lane College Jackson), to broadcast to the campus.
  • On July 16, 1977, he married the famed Queen of Blues, Denise LaSalle
  • February 1, 1984 at 6:01 a.m. WFKX-FM (Kix96) hit the air. James Wolfe and partners brought to Jackson the first full time black programmed station.
  • In August of 1985, he created Feed the Need. This program was established, not only to aid the less fortunate, but to encourage the youth to avoid drugs and refrain from using violence to resolve issues.
  • Recipient of the distinguished National Association For Equal Opportunity  (NAFEO) award, which is presented annually to an outstanding alumni of a Historical Black College
  • James and Denise have recently launched The Unity Project, focused on "putting unity back in community."
  • In the Summer of 2016, he was nominated to the Radio Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, and Lane College Football Hall of Fame.


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