RADIO PEAKS IN THE SMOKIES
Tennessee's New Mixx 105.5
Is there a better place to work and live in America? Nestled at the foot of the Smoky Mountains is East Tennessee Radio's "New Mixx 105.5" (WSEV-FM) and Sevier County's own dynamic duo "The Redneck and The Redcoat"... a big part of the morning lifestyle in that tourist haven. Jay Adams, the Redneck, and Steve Hartford, the Redcoat, wake up locals and visitors every morning with local news, traffic, weather, and even share listener emails on the air.
The pair discusses hot topics, and although they don't always agree, they certainly entertain fans all over Sevier County and East Tennessee.
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Sometimes an interviewee takes you to school...and that's what happened to me during a recent chat with Keith Urban. As we're talking about some of the old and new music he likes to listen to he suddenly stops and says, "You use the Shazam app, don't you?"
Of course, I've got this vision of Gomer Pyle shouting "Shazam! Shazam, Sargent Carter!"
Keith interrupts my nightmare to 'splain to me that it's a music recognition app you can use to identify who's singing the song you're listening to on the radio, and even show you the lyrics.
It works like this: Using your phone’s microphone, a sample of music is grabbed and matched against Shazam’s music database in just a few seconds. To sweeten the deal, the lyrics are aligned with where you are in the song at the time of tagging.
There's much more to it..and the best part is, it's free (w/ads) or you can buy it ad-free (Shazam Encore). Works on iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, and Nokia devices.
Upcoming joint meetings of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board will be November 16th, and December 14th.
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|The TRHOF YouTube channel is approaching 100 airchecks, commercials, and other videos.
|After years working in Philadelphia, Dennis John Cahill of WSIX in the 80s has moved back to the Hermitage area and is looking to visit old friends. His email is his wife's:
|Chip Chapman and Luther Masingill have collected almost 40,000 pounds of clothing and household goods to benefit Teen Challenge (Chattanooga). Teen Challenge treats all forms of addiction disorders, and they treat all ages in a residential setting. Way to go, Boys!
|Congratulations to WSKZ-FM/Chattanooga. More commonly known as KZ-106, the classic rocker is celebrating their 35th anniversary serving Southeast Tennessee North Georgia, North Alabama, & Western North Carolina.
| THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE by Ralph Vaughn
As you know, the nominating period concluded on August 31st. During September, each nominee is being vetted to determine his or her qualification; specifically if the nominee spent a minimum of two years in Tennessee radio, whether on the air, ownership, management, engineers, sales or others. The month of October will be the time for establishing the voting procedure..electronically and paper ballots. Voting by the membership will take place from November 1st through November 30th with certification by the Board of Directors, on or prior to, December 15th. This will allow the banquet production team to have adequate time to prepare the videos, photographs and air checks (January through April 2014). The Induction Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro.
On another front, a regional meeting of West Tennessee radio broadcasters is being scheduled during October. More details will be announced soon. A regional meeting of radio folks is planned in Chattanooga during December, and a similar event is being planned in early 2014 for Knoxville. Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame directors and advisory board members will be at those meetings to promote our organization and the importance of preserving the radio legacy from Mountain City to Memphis. Again, more details are forthcoming.
As always, your support for the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame is appreciated.
Remember, only FULL MEMBERS whose dues are current and Lifetime Members will be eligible to vote.
The Board of the Tennessee Radio Hall Of Fame announced a record number of nominees for induction into the Hall in 2014 at its September 14 meeting.
In the Career category for living broadcasters, the 30 nominees for the Class of 2014 (in alphabetical order) are:
Bob Anderson, Teddy Bart, Mike Bohan, Bill Brittain, Ben Cagle, Marcia Campbell, John Dougherty, James Eikner, Doris Freeman, Earl Freudenberg, Eddie Fritts, Leon Griffin, Terry Hailey, Spider Harrison, Hairl Hensley, Van Irwin, Jr., Clarence Kilcrease, Harold Lloyd, Ken Marston, Carl P. Mayfield, Glenn McNish, Stacey Mott, Dick Palmer, Don Paris, Jack Parnell, Ed Perkins, Bill "Dex" Poindexter, Buddy Sadler, Charlie Scott, and Randy Swaffer.
29 nominees will appear on the ballot in the Legacy category for deceased broadcasters for the Class of 2014. In alphabetical order, they are:
Joe Allison, Bob Bell, Buzz Benson, Bill Berlin, Lowell Blanchard, Ken Bramming, Chick Brown, Chuck Browning, Gene Clark, David Cobb, Jud Collins, T. Tommy Cutrer, Jim Dick, Bill Gordon, Herman Grizzard, Hugh Baby Jarrett, Snooky Lanson, John MacDonald, John McCormack, Gene Nobles, Dave Overton, John Palmer, Gerald Edward Phillips, Aaron B. Robinson Sr., Robert Wesley Rounsaville, Jack Stapp, Eddie White, Nat D. Williams and Cal Young, Jr.
Career nominees will be voted upon by all Active-status members of TNRHoF, while members of the Board and the Advisory Board will elect inductees in the Legacy category. Voting will begin at 12:01 am CST on November 1 and conclude at 12:00 midnight on November 30.
Look for more details about our 2014 Nominees in next month’s newsletter.
The year was 1954, in the days when local radio was still a primary broadcast news source, and I was in the middle of the 10:00pm news at WSIX in Nashville. Suddenly, behind me, I heard the clicking of high-heels across the marble floor of the studio in which I was seated. A woman leaned over me and, through a haze of alcoholic breath, mumbled, "Whatch-ya doin? Fearing that she was being heard on the air, I hit the "cough switch" that temporarily killed the microphone, and yelled, "GET OUT! GET OUT!"
| I REMEMBER WHEN... by Charlie Scott (Advisory Board)
I resumed the newscast and breathed a sigh of relief as she staggered, clattering across the floor and out the door. Moments later she was back again, leaning over me, and mumbling. Again I hit the switch and yelled "GET OUT!"This happened several more times, while I waved to attract the attention of my cohort on the other side of the large glass window in the control room. He never looked my way, and I later discovered he had the control room speaker volume too low to hear me. After what seemed like an eternity, my portion of the news was over and I bolted from the studio and went searching for my intoxicated interloper. I never found her. (By the way, my unaware cohort in the control room was Pat Boone, who would listen to Eddie Fisher records while I was doing my thing.)
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| He's finally taken his headphones home for good: Paul Randall Dickerson has retired, after 50 years at WKGN (Knoxville), WSM, WMAK, WLAC (Nashville), TRN, and the Nashville Associated Press Radio bureau, plus markets like Wichita, Charlotte, Terre Haute, Orlando, Buffalo, Indianapolis. Congrats on a fabulous career, PRD, and welcome to the TRHOF membership! Email PRD at TNbackcountry@gmail.com
Check out the "seldom-seen" Lee Stevens!
WLAC-AM / WKQB-FM
Creator of the Radio Lightning format for WRLT-FM
| Veteran newsman Dick Layman recently passed away. WHO/Des Moines News Director Jim Boyd said "Dick was from the old school of broadcast journalism. The school that said 'confirm and reconfirm the facts' before they would be put into a story for you to hear. He cared about content and quality. But he also was someone who took the most complicated of stories and boiled them down to the bare facts so you could understand it...and did it in 20 seconds or less." Tennessee broadcast friends remember him from his work at WSM.