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Bill Crisp WAKY publicity photo|
BILL CRISP is without a doubt
Louisville's top air "Salesman" and Louisville's most popular morning
dee-jay. It's not a guess on our part, but simple fact. Crisp-cut
commercials are heard daily on radio and television stations from
Cincinnati to Atlanta and as far west as Omaha. All the rating services
confirm our belief that Bill is the most listened to announcer in
Bill seems to have that
special talent of getting "close" to the listener...to entertain, inform
and to motivate. To put it briefly, 'a picture-book morning man,' that
is at peak performance the minute he hits the mike at 5:30AM each
morning. - Bill is a truly tested veteran of the radio field, having
served on the air staff of stations in California, Florida and
Tennessee. He also doubled as program director of WKGN in Knoxville,
A Navy veteran, Bill
used his G.I. Bill for radio instruction at Dan Martin's in Los Angeles.
He was graduated from the course as the top student engineer and placed
second in the announcing field.
Just a few of the
reasons WHY Bill Crisp makes mornings brighter on WAKY.
Dale Reeves WAKY publicity photo|
Dale was born in Louisville, Kentucky,
in March 1946. His father has often told us that the first words Dale
uttered were from the old "Amos & Andy" show and since WAKY's conception
in 1958, his strongest desire was to become a deejay on Louisville's
most popular station - WAKY!
personality and his youth made him an immediate hit with the Louisville
teen audience during his 9-midnight stint on WAKY. His use of voices and
teenage humor has made him a valuable asset to the growing market and to
the vast number of teenagers and young adults throughout Kentuckiana.
Dale's fan mail and fan clubs have sprouted up throughout the
Kentuckiana area with such enthusiasm that most of his daytime hours are
spent talking, and encouraging young people of his age and below, so as
to better understand the audience reach of his time period.
His only motor
transportation is his 350 Honda which he rides to all guest appearances
in his active life. One of his most important daily occupations is
stressing the safety of handling motorbikes.
Although young, his mature voice is heard by multi-thousands of
youngsters within the reach of the Greater Kentuckiana area, and the
enthusiasm projected by this voice has captured the loyalty of many of
It has been said in
Louisville, "If you want to reach the young people, Dale Reeves can do
it for you."
Ed Walker WAKY publicity photo|
Although young in years, Ed Walker is
heavily endowed with the experience necessary to keep an audience mix
and flow generated during the midnight to 6AM hours.
Ed was born in Chicago,
Illinois, and has always been enthusiastically involved in becoming a
radio personality. He entered the radio business in Chicago in 1962 and
was very handsomely received by his listening audience and bestowed with
In 1963 Ed Walker
married a Louisville girl and decided to continue with his education. At
that point, he gave up daytime radio to attend the University of
Ed's personality blends
well with the early morning hours and his mix of night-time radio
assists the thousands of blue-collar workers arising to the bright
sounds of WAKY Radio.
Although his occupation
is that of disc-jockey/Engineer at WAKY between midnight and 6AM, he
spends much of his time tinkering with sports cars and flying out of
Louisville's Bowman Field. His personality-plus has made night-time
radio as listenable as all of WAKY's 24-hour total concept programming!
George Williams WAKY publicity photo|
If it's true that a man is known by the
company he keeps, George Williams is known by thousands as the "fun
favorite" of WAKY. Quick wit and driving persuasiveness established
George as one of the best known radio personalities in Kentucky and
Southern Indiana! George proves this with a substantial share of the
audience in Lexington, Kentucky, which is 80 miles down the road, and a
market with four radio stations of its own.
As a "Radio Rookie" in
1955, George has shown a steady, if somewhat dramatic, understanding of
the youth market and the social and cultural implications attached to
it. George has only worked for three radio stations in his career which
is indicative of the respect and confidence surrounding him.
A demanding schedule
keeps George constantly on the go from show window to stage to recording
studio and back again.... always finding time for appearances at teen
hops and proms.
This is George Williams
"on the go radio." If fact, we think that saying, 'Let George do it'
emanated right here at WAKY."
Jim Brand WAKY publicity photo|
JIM BRAND has been the heart, soul and
backbone of the WAKY air staff since 1960. Besides serving as program
director, and operations director, plus his daily air bloc, Jim is also
one of the most sought after talents in the city for free-lance
During the six years at
WAKY "The Brandstand" has become a watch-word with housewives and
scurrying motorists all over Kentuckiana. A bright bouncy sound coming
over the air waves of 790 makes listeners and advertisers alike
recognize "The Brand."
Jimmy's day just begins
with his regular air shift. It may end over a conference table, in the
production room at 2AM, or with the conclusion of a special WAKY
promotion. It's hard to determine Jim's greatest attribute, but one
that's not to be overlooked is the enthusiasm and drive that radiates
from a bubbling personality. He has his own technique for instilling the
same drive into his staff.
Next to the
transmitter, Jim Brand is WAKY's most important property!
1967: Johnny Locke, Al Risen, Steve Baron,
Tim Tyler, Bill Crisp, Weird Beard and Farrell Smith|
WAKY Sales Department and management (plus
Bill Crisp, PD), taken on December 16, 1967.|
Standing, left to right: Jay Epstein, Dick French, Jim Davis, Bill Crisp
(PD), Tim Tyler
Seated: left to right: Al Smith, Don Meyer, Jack Sumner
Tom Dooley and Johnny Randolph|
Jim Brand (C) with two visitors, Joey Stamper (L) and Galen Poole
Bill Crisp and Bob Watson|
Check out more great 1966-1967 WAKY
photos from Robin Ballard here!|
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