TERRY'S EARLIEST RADIO WORK:
Terry Meiners worked for WKQQ-FM in Lexington from 1976-1980. After a brief stint running a convenience mart in Indianapolis, Terry returned to radio at WLRS-FM in Louisville.
After doing fill-in work for the regular cast, Terry was soon paired with an older, streetwise, gently jaded hippie named Ron Clay.
They were an instant smash hit. It only took a few months for the competition to steal them away for $5 more per week and all the Bryan Adams records they could steal.
Terry retells the story in this 2007 interview: LKYRadio.com
Ron & Terry's "Morning Sickness" show on WLRS moved to WQMF-FM in January 1983. After the LRS owners sued for breach of verbal contract, a Jefferson County circuit judge ruled that the pair could change stations but the name of the show and the sketches remained the intellectual property of WLRS.
It was the first and last time the word intellectual was ever associated with either Mr. Clay or Mr. Meiners.
"The Show With No Name" became a monstrous hit for 96-QMF until Terry's departure for WHAS Radio in June 1985.
Pictured above: Ron Clay & Terry Meiners at WLRS-FM in 1982. Sam Grandison was the doorman at the 800 Building where LRS-102 was located. Click the photo for an audio sample of "Morning Sickness" from 1982.
Here are the first 6 of 46 episodes of Beaver Bits that Ron & Terry produced for "The Show With No Name" on WQMF in 1983
(click the speaker to listen)
- Beaver Bit #1
- Beaver Bit #2
- Beaver Bit #3
- Beaver Bit #4
- Beaver Bit #5
- Beaver Bit #6
WQMF was originally called WQHI, using the nickname Hi95. Click the license plate for its history and audio.
Randy Davidson (above left) played the character Buzz Baxter from 1985 through 1996 on the Terry Meiners & Company show. Randy also imitated Joe B. Hall, Bill Clinton, Ronnie O'Bryan, Ralph Hacker, and Frank Hudson "The News Stud." Listen to audio clips here. Davidson's voice is heard today on various commercials.
OLD SCHOOL RECORDINGS: Here is a treasure trove of WHAS Radio facts and audio links, including the 1922 sign-on announcement, 1937 flood coverage, 1974 tornado coverage, plus airchecks of many legendary WHAS air personalities. Here is the complete audio aircheck page of historical WHAS Radio archived material collected by John Quincy via lkyradio.com.
Photo: Nick Mills (1986)
Terry Meiners, WHAS Radio's 9th Best Announcer
After working for WLRS and WQMF from 1980 through May of 1985, Terry began hosting the afternoon show on 84WHAS. His first show aired on December 2, 1985, after he completed a six month non-competition sabbatical. Audio: Terry's show clips from March 24, 1986 Video: 84WHAS commercial from the 1990s
On his daily show, Terry interviews newsmakers, sports people, imaginary characters, and virtually any real person who walks in through the WHAS studio door.
Terry has also worked for WHAS-TV since 1985, now appearing weekday mornings on the popular Great Day Live magazine show with co-host Rachel Platt. Meiners co-hosted Louisville's version of "PM Magazine" in 1987-88, then moved to WHAS-TV news as a weekly feature reporter. Since 1990, Meiners has provided at least one feature per week on the WHAS11 show "Good Morning Kentuckiana.
Terry can talk to anyone because he has lived a life filled with constant interaction with others. Meiners hails from a family of fourteen children born to Mel and Norma Meiners, married June 19, 1949. They started making babies the next year and stayed with that hobby for the next twenty years.
THE INCREDIBLE MEINERS FAMILY
Everyone in Louisville knows at least one of Terry's family members. Here's the list with birth dates, spouse names, and the total number of children included so you can determine which Meiners you knew from your school:
Louis Melvin Meiners b. April 10, 1926; d. February 15, 2008
Norma Jean Reasor Meiners b. April 26, 1930; d. December 12, 2005
Louis M Meiners Jr. b. October 4, 1950 (Marie Neiderhelman) +4
Maureen Elaine Williams b. March 27, 1952 (Greg) +4
Denise Marie Russell b. July 3, 1953 +4
Tina Marie Meiners b. February 8, 1956 (Terry McCay) +2
Terry Allen Meiners b. January 22, 1957 +2
Timothy Joseph Meiners b. March 7, 1958 (Cindy Mattingly) +6
Christopher Thomas Meiners b. September 6, 1959 (Barbara Becht) +1
Colleen Marie Milburn b. September 3, 1960 (Danny) +6
Mary Michele Renbarger b. October 9, 1961 (Tony) +4
Gregory Wayne Meiners b. May 29, 1963 (Kim Thatch) +2
Lisa Marie Rohleder b. September 3, 1964 (Nick) +3
Lynn Marie Hesse b. August 7, 1965 (Bill) +6
Michael David Meiners b. March 16, 1967 (Angie Reynolds) +3
Mark Kevin Meiners b. April 26, 1969 (Tracy Kardols) +2
Randy Atcher and Cactus Tom Brooks
T-Bar-V theme intro and closing song from a (circa) 1990 reunion show.
Randy Atcher: Happy Birthday
Randy Atcher: Savings Post
Randy Atcher: Goodnight
A Tribute to Terry's Brother From Another Mother: Rev. Louis "Buster" Coleman, 1946 - 2008
He fought for his causes. He took shrill to a higher level. He is now at peace.
Rest easy, my man. There are no tasers in the next realm. Click Here
"I believe in Kingdom Come. When all the colors bleed into one." (U2 - Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For)
TERRY'S #1 ENGLISH LESSON
---How To Write Goodly---
1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments.
11. Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. One should NEVER generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches
16. Don't use no double negatives.
17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be ignored.
21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
23. Kill all exclamation points!!!
24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earthshaking ideas.
26. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
27. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
28. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
32. Who needs rhetorical questions?
33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
34. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Terry Meiners was delivering his Louisville Times newspapers on a hot September afternoon in 1985 and watched Gary Burbank throw a radio program director through a window at WHAS.
Hmm, must be a job opening!
Terry took over the afternoon slot by impressing the boss with his ability to belch the alphabet, punch up commercials, and fluff the wigs of the TV news anchors ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
Note to greeters: Unless you're carrying Purell, don't ever shake Terry's hand. He's a Type A germaphobe.
Terry's family life is bizarre. Both of his sons ran off to colleges but didn't say where. Terry covers their tuition bills through Paypal. His wife ran off with a spiritual advisor who creates "Life Boxes" through which he channels messages from dead people.
She took the dog, but when it saw them channeling Lassie, the dog decided it would be less painful to live with the Invisible Fence guy.
To handle added financial pressure from the economic meltdown, Terry works a second job at the fish market called "You've Awakened My Sole."
With everyone gone from the home, Terry now lives in the Highlands neighborhood filled with withered hippies and academicians who still blame Bush for everything, including the stems and seeds they have to smoke because of poor financial planning. Bummer, dude.
Could Ashley win a senate race in Kentucky? Probably not.
"Please let the nice one come home first."
ELF ON MY NERVES INSTEAD OF THE SHELF
WHAT UP, DOG? JUST CATTIN' AROUND
THE WHITIES WHO RUINED RAP
NOW WE'RE TICKLED
This ought to help you forget about that creepy Elmo puppeteer story.
WHEN TEXTERS WORK AT TV STATIONS
The log on the right, cut in Utah, looks like the image of the Virgin Mary. Do our brains search for meaningful imagery?
DOOM & GLOOM & BOOM
MITCH HAS THE HOUNDS READY. WHO WANTS SOME?
Will Jerry Abramson challenge Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election? Ashley Judd has a lot of baggage. Gov. Beshear has said "Thanks, but no thanks." Jack Conway could make a run but would have to see if Jerry Abramson is interested, or if former auditor Crit Luallen opts for a gubernatorial race over the senate campaign.
KID & PENN LOVE AMERICA
Here is the Sean Penn and Kid Rock public service film for America.
LOU-UH VULL NEVER CHANGES
I DO SEE THREE
This Swedish girl got a shock when she opened her school yearbook to see that she had tripod vision. DETAILS
THE NAKED NEWS
FUN AT THE FARMER'S MARKET
Meet the father of the Sportscenter theme
How about everyone taking one day away from posting any of these hateful, condescending, toxic, in-your-face political rants. On September 11th, let's focus on the memorials, the survivors, and the almighty gift of freedom provided by We The People of the United States of America. Let's make 9/11 a day of peace and harmony all across the U.S. You do your part and others will follow your lead. God Bless America. --- Terry Meiners
DON'T EVEN THINK IT. THAT'S HIS TAIL.
That sweet wallaby is Melbourne, just one of the friendly critters waiting to see you every day at the Louisville Zoo. (handler Mike Jones is doing all the heavy lifting)
LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT LEFT
Click HERE to answer a few questions and confirm your Right or Left lean. Me? Close to center but just slightly left.
60 REASONS TO SHOUT "L YES"
THIS IS HOW TO START YOUR WORKDAY
WHAS-TV sent me to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for early morning TV features on the UofL vs. UK game three days before kickoff. That's how I started my workday. How's your job treating you?
Everyone's a fan when the big game is here, especially if it disguises a very poor health department rating. EPIC
THERE'S A BUG IN YOUR EAR
Here's your Secret Service code name generator.
Oh, the humanity!
Saw this earlier today at Bowman Field. Is it here for Sunday's football game or just evading Hurricane Issac? I hope the logo is a projection of Louisville's 2012 football season. PREDICTION: UofL 35, UK 7
THEY DON'T TEACH HUMILITY UNTIL 3rd GRADE
My 7-year-old stepdaughter's class was asked to take the first letters in their names in a vertical column to describe themselves. No lack of confidence for my Gracie.
VALHALLA IS HEAVEN
Valhalla reopens on September 1st after a complete refurbishment. Here's the view from the very back tee on #16. It's a par 4 hole stretched out to 510 yards, usually into the breeze. Swing hard.
THERE'S OLD WHAT'S HIS NAME
WHATCHA GONNA WEAR TO THE FAIR?
Great Day Live's Angie Fenton wore a green dress on TV, which automatically transfers images from the weather map. Hey Angie, ask your dress when it's going to rain.
3-year-old Ella Mohr helped me sign autographs at the State Fair. I told all the people that Ella is our new 6 pm anchor.
Mason from Hart County wanted to be sure that I saw his Wildcat shirt at the fair. Point Blank. I see it, Mason.
WHY KEITH URBAN NEVER LEAVES HOME
Tomkat splits. Rock of Ages EPIC FAIL. Will anything go right for Tom Cruise this year? Here's his other ex prepping for her role in Nymphomaniac. Sounds like an artsy film.
TWO GOOD DUDES
Terry interviews Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel, the twin towers of the old ABA Kentucky Colonels. (May 21, 2012 at Hurstbourne Country Club)
WAVY GRAVY, PLEASE
Julia Child. Autotuned. Nice.