morning drive 1976
like all other rock stations, WKLO published a "top 30" each week. Here's one from November 8, 1972. Check out some of the big boss hits:"Papa Was a Rolling Stone"- The Temptations, "I am Woman"-Helen Reddy, "Witchy Woman" - The Eagles,"Listen to the Music"-The Doobie Bros,"Ben" by Michael Jackson.
Above are some more "Top 30" WKLO surveys. The pictures were taken with our creative Service Director Carolyn Davidson's Polaroid. On the left is my name plate that we all diaplayed in the window.
Below is a rating sheet when ARBITRON was called "American Research Bureau". This shows WKLO at our height of popularity. This is when I was doing the 6-10 PM shift as "Brorther Love" and going against WAKY's Coyote Calhoun. There were only five stations in double figures evenings 18+ including WKLO #1 with a 17.2 . WAVE was #2 with a 13.1 and WAKY was third at 12.4.
Above is an interesting picture taken from inside the WKLO control room looking across Walnut street about 1972. These are a couple of our loyal listeners that used to stop by and hang around outside the window and listen to a speaker outside the entrance. This shows an intresting view of the businesses that were across the street. On the left is Kaelin's clothing and directly across the street is the "Carnival Club" - a topless club that saw a lot of action (and we saw a LOT of action watching the activities at the club!). Stewarts department store is to the right of the Carnival Club.
Remember the "streaking" craze of the mid 1970's? I'd like to forget about it but Ray Stevens had a super big tune, "The Streak" ("Don't look Ethel") that made it impossible to ignore.
Well - here I am becoming the first DJ in the world to "streak" while on the air. It made the front cover of the radio station audio magazine "Programmer's Digest". I also saved the audio of me stripping down and running around the control room "naked". Just click to listen if you dare......
Actually through the magic of radio mind tricks I wasn't really nude and I strung some teletype paper across the front of the control room broadcast area so folks walking and driving by our storefront window couldn't see that I was actually wearing swim trunks.
We made some pretty big news on a slow news day and got on WHAS TV's evening news. Don't they say that ANY publicity is GOOD publicity?
I've found myself in a lot of different costumes in 50 years of radio. At WPOP in Hartford I actually did a couple of remotes dressed as the "tooth Fairy" see that wonderful episode here. At WKLO I did several remotes as "Professor Hay wood" from Haywood Dairy complete wth moustache, Van Dyke beard, monacle and cap and gown borrowed from the University of Louisville.
In the photo at left from the Louisville Times shows me dressed as Santa Claus to do a couple of remotes.
Below I'm doing a hop at Campbellsville High. Looks like greasy long hair was in.