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.
The University of Louisville Cardinals are on the cusp of another NCAA national championship. They play Wichita State on Saturday night and will not have the services of guard Kevin Ware, whose leg was snapped in a stirring victory over Duke. But Kevin will be on the bench in Atlanta as his teammates #WinForWare
Louisville guard Kevin Ware is healing from the horrific injury he suffered as millions of CBS viewers saw him snap two bones in his lower right leg during an NCAA Regional Final game. Ware is expected to fully recover in less than a year.
Meanwhile, Rick Pitino leads the Louisville Cardinals to another Final Four appearance and he could be named to the Naismith Hall of Fame during the same weekend in Atlanta.
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
The Kentucky Wildcats basketball team suffered one of its most embarassing losses ever. Tiny Robert Morris University beat the reigning national champions in the opening round of the N.I.T.
TWO ARMS, TWO TROPHIES
Terry's double trophy weekend, above with the Louisville Cardinals Big East Champions prize, and below with his smoking hot wife Mary at the American Red Cross "Wrapped in Red" gala. (bottom photo by Joshua Miller, NFocus)
HE DOESN'T INHALE IN LOCKER ROOMS
Former President Bill Clinton popped into the Louisville Cardinals locker room following UofL's victory over Villanova in the Big East Tournament at New York's Madison Square Garden. Russ Smith, foreground, and Chane Behanan were clearly unafraid of the president's Secret Service protection. (above photo: Chane Behanan; below, University of Louisville)
OH MY, IT'S PI PIE
READ: The most prevalent pies in magazines throughout the year.
ONE MAMA + TEEN DRAMA
These are models for the March 28th Kentucky Derby Festival fashion show at Horseshoe Casino. Two are 16-year-olds, one is 17, one is 15, one just turned 14, and one woman is a 24-year-old who just had a baby two months ago. They're all gorgeous.
HE'S NO LAUER
NBC must've loosened the gag on Matt Lauer. He's now talking about the messy departure of Ann Curry that coincided with a massive ratings plunge.
Fourth Street is getting an extreme makeover. The hope is to spread revitalization momentum from the Waterfront/Wharf/YUM! Center through Fourth Street Live and to the south side of Broadway, now referred to as SOBO. (above: northbound near Guthrie Green; below: southbound toward Chestnut Street)
We apologize for even mentioning it
After forecasters promised a big snow, we got squat. Extra moisture came later from the tears of schoolchildren grudgingly walking to school.
4 YEARS OF SMACK TALK
Smack talk continues until the next changeover. Line 'em up for 2016, zealots. The barbs are waiting.
SHE'S NOT KIDDING ANYMORE
Acquitted in 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, party girl Casey Anthony emerged from solitude to appear in bankruptcy court. Like Blanche Dubois, she is relying upon the kindness of strangers.
A LOG CABIN REPUBLICAN LOVE LETTER
From: Waits, Maurice [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2013 10:44 AM
To: MEINERS, TERRY A
Subject: President Obama
Good Morning Mr. Meiners:
You know that President Obama is lying thru his teeth when he says that the budget cuts are really going to hurt. There does not have to be any budget cuts at all. They are just using a scare tactic. and you know it. You know that there is a law that says all departments get anywhere from a 4 to 10 percent raise in their budget, each year, no matter what happens with congress, and the fact is there is a continuing budget increases every year because congress has not passed a budget since President Obama has been in office, helps out a lot, don’t you think.? The United States is going to spend $15 Billion Dollars more this year than last no matter what congress does and that is a fact.
Are you as big a socialist as President Obama that you let him, Yarmouth and the rest of the Democratic Party get away with their lies? You know that all the cuts that are being made are not necessary, but you and the rest of your liberal comrades at WHAS, want to get rid of all conservative opposition so bad, that you would rather see the United States in as big a mess as half the countries in Europe, which have socialist governments.
Do you really think that when the United State goes bankrupt, like several countries in Europe, that there will be someone comes along, and say we will bail you out? I really don’t think so, do you?
You and the rest of the news media are all on the Democratic bandwagon watching The United States go over the cliff, and all they can complain about is how bad the White House is treating them.
He has completed what he wants and he does not need you and the rest of the media now.
Hope you and your family enjoy the ride, because sooner or later your children and mine will have to pay for this. You may have it great now but they will not.
8000 Cavewood John Court
Louisville, Ky. 40291
From: MEINERS, TERRY A
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2013 1:36 PM
To: 'Waits, Maurice'
Subject: RE: President Obama
You're right. All of my Liberal comrades here at WHAS were worried that a shrewd listener like you would figure out our dastardly scheme to foist socialism on a naive public. Dang it...we were THIS CLOSE to succeeding but you caught us, Maurice.
Please send me to a Conservative reeducation camp so that I can be worthy of your respect. The costs are probably not covered by insurance (that's socialism!) so I will sell a kidney to get the money.
Thanks for outing me. I have been (secretly) praying for this day.
84 WHAS Afternoon Host
WHAS-11 Great Day Live Co-Host
4000 #1 Radio Dr. | Louisville | KY | 40218
502-479-2222 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LAMPOONING LIBERALS? NO...NOT HERE!
POPE SWEET SISTINE BRACKET
1) Gianfranco Ravasi, 70,
16) Father Time, ~, North Pole
8) Joao Braz de Aviz, 65, Brazil________________
5) Peter Erdo, 60, Hungary___________________
12) Jim Host, 74, Junkbondia
4) Peter Turkson, 64, Ghana_________________
6) Timothy Dolan, 63, USA__________________
11) Bishop Tutu, 81,
3) Marc Oullet, 68, Canada___________________
14) Deacon Jones, 74, Ramlandia
7) Christoph Schoenborn, 67, Austria__________
10) Gravitational Mass, ~, Newtonia
2) Angelo Scola, 71, Italy_____________________
15) Twisted Sister, 57, Burn In Hell
BIG BLUE GLADNESS
WHAS-11's Great Day Live team includes meteorologist Kristin Walls, Terry Meiners, and Laura Rogers (Rachel Platt had a day off). All wore blue colors on March 1st for colon cancer awareness.
PUH RUM PUM PUM PUMMMM
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JEN FOR THE WIN
Louisville's Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress from her work on the film "Silver Linings Playbook." City leaders are looking for ways to honor Lawrence, including a building banner of "Jen's Louisville" to complement those of Diane Sawyer, Paul Hornung, Pee Wee Reese, Bob Edwards, Mary T Meagher, and Col. Harland Sanders, among others.
Jennifer Lawrence interview with Terry Meiners, June 14, 2010
BONUS: Jack Nicholson totally hits on Jennifer Lawrence after she wins the Academy Award for Best Actress, February 24, 2013
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