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.
Three different Batmobiles are on display at the Carl Casper Custom Auto Show. This 1966 Futura is one of the models used on the BATMAN television series. I'm holding the Batphone telling 911: "Send a meat wagon...I just ran over Iron Man."
5 IF YOU COUNT RELENTLESS FACEBOOKING
This 1992 photo has me committing numerous crimes, including riding in the back of a ranch hand's truck with my small children on chairs, plus multiple felonious fashion violations. We were tubing on the Guadalupe River north of San Antonio, Texas when the ranch hand suggested a lunch of the "best Mexican food on earth." He was right.
Below, good times aplenty around the same time.
"What's Marilyn's phone number, Jack?"
Former President Harry Truman signs an autograph for the new whippersnapper president at his inaugural luncheon in January 1961. (LIFE Magazine photo)
LITERALLY LEFT BEHIND
The Courier-Journal's lone local conservative voice, columnist John David Dyche, quit the newspaper after THIS COLUMN was rejected by Editorial Director Pam Platt. MORE DETAILS HERE [This link is connected to another radio station's report so as to avoid any perceived political bias from a mostly conservative media source, WHAS Radio]. No word from the Courier-Journal as to whether a different local conservative writer will replace Dyche.
Actor and activist Ashley Judd is still sniffing a potential campaign for the U.S. Senate to unseat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Karl Rove's PAC has been running ads in advance of a Judd campaign.
The Beasman says he laughed five times harder when those Catholic fish eating, bingo playing, baby making, statue worshipping, rosary bead rubbing, dancing, gambling, confession going Notre Dame leprechauns pulled off another miracle over Louisville after 5 overtime periods. He'll smack talk today at 5:45 on 84WHAS. Press LISTEN at the top of this page or listen to archived Beasman bits under the PODCAST page link above.
EVERYBODY LOVES THE BAKER
TLC's "Next Great Baker" reality show finalists include Louisville's Ashley Holt from www.SugarMonsterSweets.com She's up against two formidable opponents in the finale tonight at 9, but she'll speak with me first on 84WHAS at 4:10 this afternoon. BAKE IT, BABY! Ashley's Twitter handle is @sugar_monsterr She appeared on Great Day Live with Rachel Platt and me earlier today.
STATE LEGISLATURE LEADERSHIP
The Kosair Shrine Circus is in town for the weekend. Ticket sales fund the Kosair Charities that serve medically challenged children through out the area. Randy Coe, wearing the fez, is past potentate, which means he is "im potent." WHAT? WHAT? (leadership reference only)
15 MINUTES UP? CAN'T CALL IT!
KEEP IT CLEAN
Mandy Connell finally returned to work on Feb 5th after needing several days to recover from the flu. What a sweetie! She left the studio sparkling clean and santized for the germaphobe who follows her in the studio. Glad you're feeling better, MC.
RIGGLE ME THIS
The new Louisville Bats manager Jim Riggleman has reported for duty from the Cincinnati Reds system. He was pulled up from Pensacola to take over the Bats for 2013. Riggleman, center, joined Lachlan McLean and me on the radio for a little spring training chatter. "The Riggs" has managed many MLB teams including the Cubs, Padres, and Nationals. Welcome to Slugger Field, brother man. Swing for the fence.
"Mom loved me best"
In a classic Super Bowl, the Harbaugh brothers, spotted often in Kentucky while their dad coached Western Kentucky University, went head to head in Super Bowl 47. Big brother John's Baltimore Ravens prevailed over Jim's San Francisco 49ers. And John had one parting shot after the game.
THE CLERK GOES BY THE NAME "BOO"
FROSTY THE RUNNER
5 a.m. February 1st. 10 degrees with a wind chill below zero. Sacred Heart Academy history teacher Jeff Frazier is running (without a hat) a 7 miler down Chenoweth Lane as he trains for the Ironman triathlon coming up in August. It'll be his sixth tri. "I'm proud of every one of them," Frazier said before bolting back into the darkness.
Now how in the world can you dare to skip your exercise today?
DOCTOR OF DA BEARS
Former UofL and current Chicago Bears defensive lineman Amobi Okoye was back in Louisville to advance his foundation for kids. www.amobiokoyefoundation.org At 19, he was the youngest NFL draft choice ever. After football, Okoye plans to enroll in medical school.
SHOOTING THE BREEZE
My sons Max (left) and Simon (center, pointing gun) chuckle at this 1994 photo today. Neither one is a fan of NRA president Wayne LaPierre. So far, no one has suggested that children have to register their extended index fingers. NEWS: The NRA will hold its 2016 National Convention in Louisville. Will Mandy "Oakley" Connell be the emcee? Special guest appearances by Tony BB Cruise, Tyranny Terry Meiners, and Lach & Loac McLean.
Lindsay Lohan's new tat is a HAZARD symbol with hard to read text: "What dreams may come?" "Where demons may cling?" (from Eonline)
Hanging with Paul Hornung (right) in the Green Bay airport terminal is a real treat, especially when Packers legend Bart Starr comes strolling through. Starr and Hornung were teammates through much of the 1960s, and Starr quarterbacked the Packers to victories in the first and second Super Bowls. Starr will speak at the Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel on February 15th. More info is available from the Louisville Sports Commission.
NOT TRUE DAME
The strangest story of 2013 is the story of a fake dead girlfriend for Notre Dame superstar Manti Te'o. Shouldn't he just imitate Tom Hanks in Castaway and love a ball?
2ND TIME'S A CHARM
Congratulations to our Louisville Slugger Jennifer Lawrence. She's received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Hometown Jennifer's reaction to receiving a personalized Louisville Slugger is starkly contrasted by a certain Canadian pop star (below) who is rather underwhelmed to receive his bat. The Academy Awards are scheduled for February 24th in Los Angeles. (photo above by Whitney Guelda; below: KFC Yum! Center).
HOLSTER THAT HYSTERIA