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WAKY Control Board in the Kentucky Home Life Building

This is a recent picture of the Gates control room console WAKY used in the '60s before moving to the Fourth Street studios. In the 70s it was used in one of the production rooms. Terry Decker, who provided this photo, reports: "I acquired it from the basement when WVEZ (where I was then employed)
and WWKY moved to the Marmaduke Building."

Mason Lee Dixon sent us this one and said: "I am enclosing a picture from a 1966 promotional figure eight race at the Fairgrounds Motor Speedway. Many of the Louisville radio personalities of the day participated. See if the folks can recognize which Louisville DJ is which. I was the News Guy for WTMT at the time, but became a WAKY Jock in March of 1969. Tommy Downs, country singing star and WTMT morning jock is seated on the far right with a trophy in his hand. He won the race. Ken Douglas (WKLO's British jock) is over my right shoulder. Kenny Holiday of WTMT is over my left shoulder. Jerry Tucker of WLOU is next to Weird. That's all I can recall and I am not 100% sure that's Jerry." Okay, we see Mason holding the cup over Jim Brand's head and pointing. We also see Al Risen, Tim Tyler and Weird Beard. Can you help us with the rest of the names? E-mail your answers.

From the 1967 Louisville Magazine Broadcasting Issue: "WAKY disc jockeys are in great demand to emcee teenage dances. Here's Farrell Smith at the microphone at the Christmas in August party sponsored by WAKY and the Louisville Red Cross Chapter. The admission charge was small gift items, which will be sent to American soldiers in Vietnam in time for Christmas."

Steve Baron Farrell Smith
Promotional card featuring Johnny Dark
Johnny Randolph, taken at a Ewing Lane "Hop" in Jeffersonville in November 1967
Farrell Smith (1967)
Jack Holiday John Locke (1968)
L to R: Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Johnny Randolph and Weird Beard

Jim Fletcher (1968) Tom Dooley (1968)
Bill Crisp with another WAKY winner Mark Lindsey (L) with Mason Lee Dixon (1969)
Dude Walker and a WAKY winner (1969)

Mike Smith (1969) Weird Beard and Bill Cosby (1969)
Mike Smith, wife Yvonne, Gini Kane and Jackson Kane on New Years Eve 1969
at The Mouse Trap in Louisville
Gary Burbank (1970) Bill Bailey (1970)
Mason Lee Dixon Mason Lee Dixon

WAKY newsman Len King (top) and DJ Mason Lee Dixon on the water in Louisiana; picture taken by WAKY newsman Mike Summers in the early '70s. Mason writes: "This is a shot taken by Mike from the front of the canoe as we motored through the swamps of Loo-wheeze-Anna in search of swamp women and UFOs while avoiding alligators like the plague. As you can see by the expression on his face, Len was in paradise. I, on the other hand, was on the lookout for the gators as that damned canoe was pretty small. It goes to show you that we were into mischief on and off the air in those days."

Chris Lundy at his first radio gig as "Greg Allison" at WLEF in Greenwood, Mississippi (1966)
Chris Lundy at WAKY (April 1969)
Chris Lundy at WAKY (September 1969)
Chris Lundy (using his real name of Hardin Browning) at WYMX in Greenwood, Mississippi in the mid-90s
Hardin and Josephine Browning somewhere in North Carolina in 2005

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