Download interviews with people who helped make WAKY a Louisville legend.|
Interviews are in MP3 format and are listed alphabetically by last name.
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This interview with the legendary "Duke of Louisville" was conducted in the
summer of 2006 by Max Highbaugh. Bill
Bailey was WAKY's morning man through nearly all of the '70s. He also
performed AM drive duties at WKLO in the '60s and WCII in the '80s, plus
another stint at WAKY in the mid '80s. Go to the Bill
Jim Brand Interview Part 1
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Jim Brand Interview Part 2
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Jim Brand was WAKY's Program Director throughout most of the 1960s. In this
two-part interview (recorded in February 2005), Jim chats with John Quincy
about Gordon McLendon, WAKY's wild promotions, and some of WAKY's big jocks of
the 60s...including Jumpin' Jack Sanders. What's the truth behind the
scandalous event that put an end to Sanders' radio career in Louisville? Get
the straight scoop from Jim!
Gary Burbank Interview #1
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In 2001 Bob Whitney and Bob Todd (Thurgaland) interviewed
Gary Burbank in his Florida home studio right before hooking up an ISDN
connection to do his WLW PM drive show. Thanks to the two Bobs for making this
fascinating and entertaining interview available for 79WAKY.com visitors to
download and enjoy. (For more cool radio stuff, check out the Bobs'
Our Radio Show
Gary Burbank Interview #2
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In 2005 we e-mailed a bunch of
questions to Gary and he was kind enough to record the answers in his
studio...along with doing the questions in character voices! Get the lowdown
on Gary's pre-WAKY days, the Gary Burbank-Gary Owens connection, and the
infamous "Gary-gets-shot-on-the-air-on-his-last-day" bit -- plus lots more.
Burbank Raps with Ohio Radio Students|
Gary Burbank Raps Part 1
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Gary Burbank Raps Part 2
27:55 - 9818 KB
In 1997 former WAKY air
personality Gary Burbank, then in the middle of a multi-decade career at
Cincinnati's WLW, spent an hour chatting with radio students at the Ohio Center of
Broadcasting. Gary answered questions from
the audience, demonstrated some of his most popular character voices, told
some funny stories, and gave some sound advice to the roomful of prospective
broadcasters. The hour was videotaped and shown on the school's closed circuit
TV system. The audio from that tape (which is quite listenable) is presented
here and is a "must-listen" for Gary Burbank fans and those interested in
pursuing a radio career.
Coyote Calhoun hit the WAKY airwaves in '73 and stayed there through
(fittingly) '79, first in early evenings, then in PM drive. In this 2005 phone
interview with John Quincy, Coyote shares his memories of working at the Super
79...plus tells us what he did before WAKY; about the infamous Top 40 DJ who
was his role model; and how he got to his current gig as PD and PM Driver at
Louisville's WAMZ, where he's been since 1980. Go
to the Coyote Calhoun Page.
Bill Crisp was a big part of Louisville Top 40 radio in the 1960s, first as the
morning man for WKLO, and then as the morning man (and later PD) for WAKY. In
this February 2005 interview with John Quincy, Bill talks about both stations,
some of the on-air people he worked with, and what happened after he left
Mason Lee Dixon|
Mason Lee Dixon
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Mason Lee Dixon joined WAKY to do overnights in the late '60s and did
two stints at the Big 79. He also worked at WKLO and other Louisville
stations, as well as other radio outlets in the Bluegrass state. John Quincy
talked to Mason in early 2005 about his early days in radio, his time at WAKY,
and what he's been doing since he hung up his headphones for good.
Tom Dooley Interview
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Tom Dooley did
afternoon drive at WAKY twice: in 1968 and 1974-1976. In this 2005 phone
interview with John Quincy, Tom speaks about his trip around the country as
a jock at some of the biggest Top 40 stations of the '60s and '70s, his
musical career, the inside story of his famous exit from KHJ in Los Angeles,
the folks he worked with at WAKY, his "Lone Ranger" bits, and how he finally
found true peace.
Bill Graham Interview
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Bill Graham was a WAKY
news reporter and anchor starting in 1975 and eventually replaced Reed
Yadon as News Director and Bill Bailey's morning sidekick. He previously
worked at WKLO under the name Michael Scott. In this February 6, 2006
interview, Bill divulges the inner workings of the WAKY news department and
shares his memories of some of the on-air people at WAKY he worked
with...including the Duke of Louisville.
20:51 - 7334 KB
Chuck "The Boogieman"
Jackson was WAKY's 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. jock for five straight years in the
'70s. We interviewed him by phone in the first part of 2005.
Don Keyes Q & A and Interview
The late Don Keyes was
one of the top men in Gordon McLendon's organization and one of the
people responsible for the launch of WAKY in 1958. Read our Q & A and download
the audio interview.
Gary King Interview
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Gary King spent three
years at the Super 79 in the mid '70s, first on overnights and then on
middays. Shortly after Gary had listened to WAKY Remembered in 2005, he
spent some quality telephone time with us reminiscing about his days at WAKY
and some of the on-air folks he worked with there.
Len King Interview
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Len King was a WAKY
newsman in 1972 and 1973. He answered our questions about his WAKY days and
the rest of his broadcast career from his in-home studio in 2005.
James Marion Interview
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James Marion joined WGRC (the future WAKY) in 1957 as a Control
Engineer. (He ran the board for the DJs.) James remained
with 790 AM through about 1960. He was there when the
"Purple People Eater" stunt transformed WGRC to WAKY in July
of 1958 and tells us how it went down -- plus a lot more --
in this February 2016 interview.
28:14 - 9930 KB
Lee Masters went from
being a "wacky" teen-appeal DJ at WAKY in the early '70s to one of the
bigwigs at MTV, VH-1 and E! Entertainment Television in the '80s and '90s.
Find out how in this phone interview conducted in early 2005 by John Quincy.
You'll also hear about what it was like to do mornings at WNBC in New York
while Don Imus was "exiled" to Cleveland, along with the "secret" Lee
Masters/Coyote Calhoun WAKY format that beat WKLO.
Mike McVay Interview
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We talk to Mike McVay,
WAKY Program Director and Air Personality (1979 through 1981). Mike shares
his memories of the WAKY DJs he worked with, the great and not-so-great
promotions during his time there, and more. This audio interview was
recorded April 11, 2005.
Bob Moody Interview
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Bob Moody's WAKY tenure
spanned two decades and three formats as a jock, newsman, Music Director and
Program Director. In late 2004 Bob graciously answered a list of questions
we e-mailed him while recording the answers in one of the production rooms
of the Regent Communications stations he works with.
Jason O'Brian Interview
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Jason O'Brian did nights at
WAKY from September 1971 through August 1973. We interviewed him by phone in
January of 2005, and he provided lots of juicy
Johnny Randolph Interview
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WMST, Mt. Sterling's Chris Erwin spent some quality
telephone time with Johnny Randolph on November 21, 2016.
They talked about JR's beginnings in radio, how he ended up
in Louisville at WKLO and WKLO, some of his favorite WAKY
stories from his 10-year career at the Super 79 and more.
Our thanks to Chris for letting us post the interview.
Hal Smith Interview
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In this audio interview (recorded February 11, 2005), John Quincy talks to Hal Smith, one of the first WAKY jocks of the McLendon era. What was it like doing Top 40 radio without tape cartridge machines? What sort of "wacky" promotions did the station do? How did the WAKY jocks mess with the WKLO jocks? And...what was that deal with that alligator sighting at the foot of Fifth Street at the Ohio River?
Download this interview and find out!
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Mike Summers was a WAKY
newsman between 1969 and 1971. In this 2005 phone interview, he talks about
his duties in and the technology of the WAKY news department; working with
WAKY personalities like Skinny Bobby Harper, Gary Burbank,
Johnny Randolph and Weird Beard; and the metamorphosis of Officer
Tim Tyler Interview Part 1
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Tim Tyler Interview Part 2
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im Tyler spent a decade at WAKY. The first half was on the air as one
of the station's more popular air personalities, while the second half was in
WAKY's sales department. In May of 2005 we had the honor of interviewing Tim
in person in the Citadel Charleston studios. [Photos
In the first
half, Tim talks about how he came to WAKY, working with Jack Sanders,
the excitement of the Louisville music scene in the '60s, booking rock
concerts in the Derby City, and what it was like to be a happenin' nighttime
DJ in the '60s at the Big 79.
In the second part, Tim shares thoughts about
some of the other DJs he worked with, both as a fellow announcer and as a
salesman. He also talks about the competition between WAKY and WKLO, and why
WAKY is so fondly remembered today.
Dude Walker |
Dude Walker Interview
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John W. "Dude" Walker
came to WAKY in 1968 to do PM drive under PD Bill Crisp. During his
nearly 6 year run at the Big 79, Dude also handled the early evenings and
midday shifts before leaving for CHUM in Toronto. In early 2005 We had the
pleasure of interviewing Dude from his home in Memphis. You'll hear him talk
about his WAKY contemporaries as well as his pre- and post-WAKY broadcasting
Dude Walker Talking Letter
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In November 1971, Dude Walker
left WAKY for a PD/Afternoon Drive job at WDXB in Chattanooga. (The station
was partly owned by former WAKY PD Bob Todd, who did mornings at WDXB.) In 1972
Dude went into the WDXB production room and composed this talking letter to
one of the students he taught in radio school. In it he speaks about how he
got into radio, how his career had progressed to that point, what he was doing
at WDXB, and how much he missed Louisville. Luckily for both Dude and
Louisville Dude Walker fans, he was back at WAKY by the summer of '72. (This
isn't technically an interview, but this page seemed to be the most logical
place to put it.)
Ricci Ware Interview
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While the first voice heard on
WAKY belonged to station owner and radio legend Gordon McLendon, the
first DJ on that historic day was Ricci Ware. In this May 22, 2007
interview, Ricci describes how WAKY took Louisville by storm from practically
the first record. (Was it really "Purple People Eater"? Did anybody find the
million dollar WAKY check? Did that make-believe swimming pool have
lifeguards?) You'll also hear how Ricci came to work for "The Old Scotchman"
and what sent him back to Texas to go to work for his next station -- KTSA in
San Antonio -- where he remained for five decades.