We have a winner!
Congratulations to Sean Ross (former Billboard Radio
Editor, now with
Media Research) who scored the most points: a whopping 84
out of a hundred. He'll be getting the grand prize of $79,
courtesy of an anonymous donor. Second place honors (no cash
prize...sorry) go to Tim "Keemosabe" Tolbert with 60
points. Former WKLO DJ Ron Lake placed third with 56.5
points. Thanks to all who participated in this challenging
competition. For all the answers, click on the WAKY Oldie
Contest Answer Key link below.
WAKY (and WKLO) were harbingers of a lot
of what would become widespread music tastes - R&B crossovers,
C&W crossovers, novelty hits, new rock groups, you name it.
Being smack dab on the Mason-Dixon line gave the station a lot
of freedom. Freedom to play to a variety of audiences and
By no means did the station subscribe to the Drake music model
or the wait-until-it's-Top 10 WABC model. It went out early,
it went out long. After all, it was in a very competitive
battle - sometimes a three-station race (with 'KLO and WINN or
'KLO and 'QHI) and, to win, it had to find songs that would
raise eyebrows and ratings both.
There are lines you can draw certainly to other LIN or
regional stations. What happened in Louisville often happened
in Philly at WFIL or at WMAK in Nashville. Was there a
one-upsmanship contest going on? Maybe. But, the goal was
freshness and uniqueness and WAKY scored some serious points
in that contest. Sure, it lost some dice rolls, but the ones
it won (the C&W crossovers come to mind) are legendary.
In this contest, you're going to find songs you know and can
instantly recite, hooks that you know but can't place and
songs that will just plain dumbfound you (sorry, but unless
you grew up in Louisville, a few of the tunes might be for
naught). Hits, misses, one-hit wonders, "WAKY Oldies" all -
songs that made up the heart and soul of one of the greatest
Top 40 stations of all-time. The WAKY Oldie contest ran
April 1 through April 30, 2006.
above player to stream the WAKY Oldie Montage. Or,
click on the "WAKY Oldie Montage" text underneath the
player to download the montage in MP3 format.
montage is 18:52 long and the file size is 8848 KB.