This issue:   Carlos' Risky Interview    -    CMA Kudos  -   Coming: Chattanooga Meet 'n' Greet 

October 2014

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  And now, heeeeere's "Gair"
 OFF MIC         

Happy Autumn! Not only is it "football time in Tennessee," it's also election time. As we enter the last quarter of the year, The TRHoF is preparing to elect a new group of inductees! This edition of E-Waves announces the list of nominees, and shortly, their bio information will be posted on our website that you will want to consider before casting your vote in November. You'll receive (unless your membership has lapsed) an email with voting instructions at the end of October. If your membership has lapsed, your dues must be RECEIVED by November 5th in order to participate in this year's election. We have tried to contact lapsed members (we'd like to know why they left us), and we hope they will choose to re-join us for this year's election and induction. To the many "friends" who will read E-Waves via linking thru Facebook, please consider becoming an active member before the November deadline!

Our next board meeting has changed both date and location. We will meet in Chattanooga on October 18th! It will be preceded with a visit to WFLI (11:30 am., ET) before the board convenes at a local restaurant. Full details to come shortly. Thanks to board member Garry Mac and member David Carroll for arranging the event.

Congratulations to the Cromwell Group's Bud Walters who was recently recognized at the 2014 NAB convention in Indianapolis with the National Radio Award! Bud has been a great supporter of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, and the board unanimously voted to make him a lifetime member. Also...congratulations to our recently-nominated Tennessee radio folks in the upcoming CMA awards!  Details are below in this newsletter.

Finally, if you happen to have a leftover "carlossal clunker", we'll soon have in place a donation program for the TRHoF. We should be able to accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV's, motorcycles, off road vehicles, heavy equipment and most other motorized vehicles. Details will follow.

See you in Chattanooga on October 18th, at "Jet-Fly", WFLI.

Keep Calm... 

      The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame has been designated as an Affiliate Archive of the Radio Preservation Task Force of the Library of Congress.
      “Our efforts to preserve Tennessee’s rich radio heritage will be greatly enhanced by our affiliation with the Library of Congress,” said Hall of Fame President Gary Beaty. “Our ever-growing collection of air checks will be linked with other collections across the country to spotlight Tennessee in perspective with the history of American radio.”
      The National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 called on the Librarian of Congress to "implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program" that "shall increase accessibility of sound recordings for educational purposes." After more than a decade of development, The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan was unveiled in 2013 as a blueprint for a comprehensive national strategy for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations.

      In early 2014, The Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) was created to develop a comprehensive national inventory of existing archival collections with significant holdings of American radio program recordings and supporting documentation and to make those recordings publicly accessible in order to promote the use of radio-based recorded sound as a research and educational resource.
      If you have recordings of radio broadcasts in Tennessee or of Tennesseans, we’d like to include them in our archive. Contact Dave Nichols, Historian ( or Nick Archer, Archivist ( today!                     
 New Member's K-Ville Radio Blog
   We like to link up to other relevant internet groups, and new member George Vavalides has been at it for a long time.  Says George: "I have a radio blog ( and a facebook group page (Knoxville Radio History 101). Both are interactive featuring stories, photos, and air checks of Knoxville radio history.  In September 2007 I started blogging...and was anonymous for exactly one year, lots of guesses BTW!                           
   I have a communications degree from UT, got into radio at age 18 as a weekend DJ at WIVK but landed in the restaurant biz for a career after college. I started air checking via cassette and transistor radio in the late 60's!

I woke up one day and said to myself...I have a ton of info and thru modern technology I can now share it...therefore my 101 blog!

Thanks! George V.
Knoxville Radio History 101
Submitted by Sam McPherson

Charlie Scott, one of Nashville’s great radio newsmen, is recovering at an Music City care center from a second heart surgery.

Known primarily for his many years of broadcast work over WSIX AM-FM and WSIX-TV (and its successors, WNGE2 and WKRN), Charlie had open heart bypass surgery several years back. But aortic valve problems developed recently, and surgeons replaced it with a mechanical valve in mid-August.

He reports that the "non-invasive" surgery, through an incision in the groin, turned out to be a bit more invasive than planned, so he’ll have to learn to walk again before leaving the Life Care Center at 1250 Robinson Rd, Old Hickory, TN 37138.

During more than a half-century in broadcasting, Charlie also did time at WKDA, WMAK, WLAC Radio-TV and WENO. In his early years, he hosted the Tennessee Hay Ride country music show and was announcer for a nightly show hosted by a then-obscure singer named Pat Boone. For many years, he was regarded by local news reporters as the man with the best list of news sources in town. Drop him a line or pay him a visit. I'm sure he'd appreciate it!

Tennessee is Well-Represented

    2014 48th Annual CMA awards LIVE
Wednesday, November 5 8/7c ABC
These Tennessee Broadcasters have been nominated in this year's CMA Awards:
National Personality
Cathy Martindale and Paul Schadt
Performance Racing Network's "zMax Racing Country"

Small Market Personality Of The Year
Bill "Dex" Poindexter and Melissa "Mo" Turner
WUSY, Chattanooga, TN

-and also-
Gator & The Styckman                                      
Gator Harrison, Greg "Styckman" Owens, and Kyle Croft
WUSY, Chattanooga, TN
Small Market Station of the Year  
WUSY - US 101                                       
Chattanooga, TN
  Donate it and Deduct it!
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REMINDER: All donations to the Tennessee Radio Hall Of Fame are tax-deductible. If you have some items you want to donate to keep your memory of Tennessee radio alive, contact Skip Woolwine or Nick Archer.  Vintage broadcast gear is welcome, regardless of age or functionality.   
A reminder once again, that professional photos from the 2014 TRHOF awards banquet may be purchased (at a very low price!) from our own Leslie Pardue, owner of Flashmasters. Take a peek at the banquet photos at                                  
The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame has a Twitter account!  What do we have to tweet about?   FOLLOW US!  Our Twitter handle is @TENNRHOF
Our next meeting is combined with our Chattanooga Meet 'n' Greet, Saturday, October 18th for EVERYONE: the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council, all current members, as well as anyone who wants to learn more and possibly join.  We will begin with a tour of the working, retro studios of WFLI, then slide over to a nearby restaurant. Join as a full member now, and be able to vote in our next Induction Election starting November 1st. Please check "Events" on our website. 
--- Please send any news, promotions, stories, trivia…maybe you have an old radio story you’d like to share with us….anything that may be of interest to our membership.  Please email it any of the newsletter staff listed below.  Our newsletter is published the first of every month and back issues may be viewed on our official website at   Please keep your email address current so you don’t miss an issue!                            

--- A committee has been formed to collect and purchase Tennessee radio memorabilia, including old microphones, on-air signage, transmitter parts, and anything related to TN radio stations. If you have items you'd like to donate (or purchase on Ebay, Craigslist, etc.) please contact Nick Archer.  Nick also oversees the TRHOF Facebook page which now boasts over 1000 members, and also our YouTube Page with over 150 airchecks (over 27,000 views!) and other audio/video memories
--- Looking for a gig in Radio, or do you have a spot to fill at your station?  Post it HERE next month.



An intensive nominating and vetting process has produced a stellar roster of Nominees for induction in 2015!  Remember, the election for the Career category begins online at 12:01 AM on November 1st and Legacy inductees will be selected in a joint meeting of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council in November. You must be a current, active Full Member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame for the membership year that began July 1st to vote!          
Here’s the list:

 2015 Legacy Nominees

2015 Career Nominees 

Bill Barry
Billy Benns
Lowell Blanchard
Harry Chapman (from Memphis)
Bobby Denton
David Earl Hughes
Jill Green
Louis King
John McDonald
Warren Medley
Pete Nininger
Gene Nobles
Pete Pedersen
Lee Cash
Nat D. Williams
Cal Young

Ken Berryhill
Keith Bilbrey
Dave Brown
Frank Jolley
Johnny Dark A.K.A. Dude Walker
Johnny Eagle
James Eikner
Lin Folk
Earl Freudenberg
Eddie Fritts
Philip Gibbons
Terry Hailey
Spider Harrison
Herb Howard
Maxine Humphries
Dr. Al Adams
Clarence Kilcrease
Jerry Linger
David Tower
Charlie Monk
Stacy Mott
Dick Palmer
Don Paris
Jack Parnell
Bill "Dex" Poindexter
Jerry Pond
Charlie Scott
Ernest Sutton
Al Voecks
Bart Walker
Coleman Walker
John Young

  Biographies and photos are coming soon to!                            
The 2015 Induction Banquet is Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.
  Gutsy Move?  Or Just Plain Nuts?
  THE KKK AND I          by  Carlos Clemente

(Editor's Note -- Carlos Clemente has had an extensive radio career, mostly in middle Tennessee. He worked at WGNS, WMTS and WMOT-FM in Murfreesboro; also at WSIX-AM/FM and WLAC-AM/FM in Nashville, before jetting out west to KFWB-AM/Los Angeles. In the midst of all those Nashville radio stints, Carlos had a TV gig at Nashville's ABC affiliate Channel 2) 
Back in 1979-80, I used to host a Sunday community affairs program on Channel 2. I always tried to find topics or issues that would make it different from the typical show of that type. I was living in Smyrna, Tennessee and at that time this area was known for the local KKK meetings just off of Murfreesboro Road. One day as I was driving, I noticed the signs about a rally which touted that the Imperial Wizard would be in attendance. I thought about it for awhile and then hatched the crazy notion of getting him for an interview for the show. I even called my mom to run the plan by her and, needless to say, she thought it was a bad idea and feared for my safety. But I was up for the challenge and discussed it with my producer who also thought it was daring. If I recall correctly, the Wizard's name was Bill Wilkerson. We found a way to contact him and, surprisingly enough, he agreed to the interview.  To have a better chance of his accepting our invitation, what we didn't tell him was who would be hosting the show.

The station was buzzing the day of the taping which was the Thursday before the Sunday air date. I was outside talking to one of the news cameramen when the Wizard arrived at the station. I waited for his entourage to go inside and remember saying to someone, "Now the fun begins."  I followed inside as my producer greeted them in the lobby, and seeing me behind them, she thanked them for coming and added, "Oh, your host is coming in right behind you."
You should have seen their faces as I walked up to them with a big smile and hand extended to welcome them. The Wizard refused to shake my hand and placed it in his pocket.
Yes indeed, the fun had begun. I halfway expected him to refuse to do the interview, but he didn't. Nothing else was said until the we sat down in the studio. I think everyone who worked at the station formed an impromptu studio audience to see how this was going to play out. The News Director even assigned a reporter to cover the interview. With the incident in the lobby fresh in my mind, I decided to open the show with the question, "Why did you refuse to shake my hand?"

He responded by saying that he was "BETTER" than me, and I was not his equal. This set the tone for the whole interview.  The big challenge for me was to control my personal feelings and to be unbiased.  Looking back, this was the most intense interview I did in my career.   I had to concentrate as I listened to his ridiculous ideology. According to those watching, I was shaking my head in disgust many times as I listened to his responses. The most personal expression I made on the show came in the closing remarks. I said, "This program will always present views good or bad." I turned and looked at him when I made the statement. The producer made me do a retake on that one. Overall the interview went well and the News department had plenty of material to use to preview for a couple of days before the Sunday airing.

A lot of people thought I was crazy and asked if I was worried about any possible repercussions, especially since I lived within a couple miles from the rally site. I received a lot of compliments on the way the show turned out and how I handled the interview. I did get some phone calls but never received any real threats from anyone. My only regret is that I didn't get a copy of the show. It was accidentally erased.

  Who is it?
   Let's Play TRIVIA!
Which one of your fellow members did the following? (answers at the end)
A. Graduated in the same high school class as Zach Galifianakis

B. When he was 5 years old and picking cotton, he decided he didn't want a job where you "sweated," so by the time he was in high school, he had a weekend radio gig.

C.  This Jock said"...tomorrow's Friday's payday and bath day" (from his RED HOT & BLUE show)

A donation from a generous benefactor

1975 Vintage Seeburg STD2 Stereo Jukebox.
This stylish jukebox used to work, but sat unused for a while in someone's recreation room.  We are told that a burned out lightbulb relating to an optical sensor that determines the carriage's position as it searches for 45s, is the culprit.  Also, the amplifiers need a little work, as they hum a bit.  Holds 80 45 RPM records for a total of 160 Selections.

If interested, contact 
Skip Woolwine               
  Did YOU....  re-NEW?
  7 new members joined our ranks in September!  If you haven't done so yet, RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP online by logging in, and clicking Member Profile.  If you're not a bona-fide member, JOIN US NOW, and become eligible to VOTE (November) for the next class of Inductees into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame on May 2nd, 2015!  Our membership year is July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. This enables you to receive our monthly email newsletter, with Full Members eligible to nominate and vote on inductees and on our annual Board of Directors. Click the "JOIN" tab under our logo on the Home Page. We welcome these New Members in September: 
Betty Benns
Ron Brandon
James Brewer
Mary Dabney
Bill "Dex" Poindexter
Joseph Richie
George Vavalides


  You're old. And people mock you.



Ron Brandon
Sandy C. Brown
Mickey Bunn
Logan Carmichael

Zen "Bear with the Hair Bradley" Cymbala

Karen Gerson Duncan
Lynette Easley Ingram
Brent Carl Fleshman
Philip Gibbons
Rob Grayson
Lance Holley
Dan Jaynes
Sharon Kay
James Kennedy
Tom F. King
George Klein
Chris Ladd
Zach Ledbetter
John Malone
Charlie Monk

Melanie Montgomery

Dent Morriss

Andrew "Andy" Pearson

Bill "Dex" Poindexter

Gaylon Reasons
Beth Roach
Dick Taylor
John Young

A. Larry Stone.

A broadcaster since the age of 16, Larry Stone is in his 28th year in radio and television. As president of Stonecom, Stone serves the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee with stations Lite Rock 95.9, 106-9 Kicks Country, Rock 93-7, and Cookeville’s News Talk 100.9/AM 1600 and is on the TRHOF Board of Directors.
B. David Carroll 

David Carroll co-anchors Channel 3 Eyewitness News Live at 5 and Channel 3 Eyewitness News at addition to being an author and a former top jock in Chattanooga.

 C. Dewey Phillips 

Daddy-O-Dewey, a late 40's and 1950's Memphis radio legend on WHBQ and was the first DJ to ever interview Elvis Presley in July, 1954, days after he made his first Sun recording.
If you have a trivia fact you wouldn't mind sharing with our members, please email it to one of the newsletter staff!
Newsletter staff:

Editor:Cathy Martindale
Buddy Sadler
Melissa McDonald
Skip Woolwine
 Paul Randall Dickerson
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