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.
Every day as a little kid, I imitated the guy who worked in this long-vacated office. He was my media hero. On September 30, 2013, I finally had a chance to peek into his office. DETAILS HERE I also got the chance to revisit a room where some legendary photos were taken. Click the link to see.
Here's a BBC interview with the self-proclaimed "biggest (rock star) of all" Kanye West. Sales charts say something completely different. But dreaming aloud is encouraged in this world.
The filming of the MGM logo
Dear Katy Perry...THAT'S a roar! Clearly, this happened before companies worried about worker safety and liability issues.
99 BOTTLES OF BIOFREEZE ON THE WALL
90-year-old Bert Blevins of Louisville has arrived in Siesta Key, Florida after bicycling the nearly 1,000 mile journey over these past few weeks. Way to go, hero!
Rush + Radio = 4 ever
This post appears in today’s TALKERS MAGAZINE, a radio trade publication:
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Rush Limbaugh Tells Affiliates Taking Show to Satellite Radio Would Be a “Betrayal.”
Speaking at a party in his honor to celebrate 25 years in national syndication hosted by syndicator Premiere Networks, talk radio superstar Rush Limbaugh told industry insiders – many of whom were station owners and programmers who carry his program – that “I can’t thank you all enough because without you and all of the people who run the radio stations I’m on, I wouldn’t be possible.”
Speaking about the importance of the relationship between the personality and the radio station, Limbaugh said from his earliest days in radio, he’s always believed that “it takes the radio station to make the personality, the personality can’t make the radio station.”
He said that at industry gatherings such as the Radio Show he is invariably asked if he would ever go to SiriusXM and he said, “The first moment the question was asked, I’ve always looked at that as a betrayal, if I were to do that because of the opportunity to be on your radio stations has provided me and I honestly believe it’s a lifetime commitment. I don’t think it’s a debt I can ever fully repay.”
Limbaugh, pictured above with his wife Kathryn, went onto allude to the controversial nature of talk radio – and his image in particular – when he added, “And Lord knows, I’ve put you through hell.” (The room responded with rousing laughter.) “Probably more times than even I know! I’m aware of the times I know. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that whatever the obstacle or controversy – whenever it pops up – that you all hang in there. One thing that’s such a blessing of freedom: I don’t have to worry when those things happen that you’re going to be affected by whatever the media is attempting or whatever detractors are attempting. The one thing that fuels me and gives me confidence and strength is I know I’m not going to lose you all…and I’m going to be forever grateful.”
HAPPY BIRFDAY, TONY CRUISE
84WHAS morning host Tony Cruise, who is now nicknamed Deuce & a quarter to reflect the average morning deejay salary, is celebrating his birthday today. He took this selfie at midnight and stayed up all night admiring his own reflection.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
Just finished Rick Pitino's new book, an incredibly personal life reflection with a shared plan for those interested in maximizing every moment. Pitino writes of his lack of humility for most of his career and the darkness of living at life's nadir: family deaths, the Karen Sypher affair he takes complete responsibility for, and unbridled arrogance that pulled him to Boston. There are kind words for UK fans, and some apologies to others. Pitino's book teaches the principles of learning from failure, ostracizing negativity, building a bridge to bring others to succeed with you, and committing to spirituality and constructive time management for life and love of family.
CORRECT SPELLING OPTIONAL
For the first time ever, a Miss America contestant will show her tats. That's right...I said tats.
WEAPON OF MASS PROGNOSTICATION
I rode the escalator with Larry Bird at the Naismith Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Springfield, MA. He was delighted to hear about the stellar condition of the Pete Dye Course in his hometown of French Lick.
"I used to go hunting up in those hills," said Larry Legend. He was the presenter for Brazillian shooting sensation Oscar Schmidt at his induction.
Also at the Hall of Fame, former Houston Cougar Phi Slamma Jamma legends Hakeem The Dream Olajuwon and Clyde The Glide Drexler, who tormented UofL in the 1980s.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
Did you go to the UofL vs Ohio game? Find yourself in the stands here.
15 YARDS FOR BUSTED ARTERIES
That's the Clay Matthews burger that will be served at the Green Bay Packers stadium for one game this season. Mmmm, good. Read here about other Packer recipes that don't sound as yummy, including former UK Wildcat Randall Cobb's "Corn-on-the-Cobb" burger.
Ready for football? Here is a list of what's new at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. And here is an incredible New York Times piece on how Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville moved from obscurity to the top of the athletic mountain in notoriety and finances. L1C4 (photo: N.Y. Times) FIND YOURSELF IN THE UofL/OHIO CROWD HERE
THE GILMORE GUYS
THAT GIRL WENDY WON'T HIRE ME, EITHER
"My brother Ronald got the hamburger gig so I just sit here drinking away my shame over might have been."
HIS DAUGHTER HANNAH MONTANA IS A MESS
Straight from their wildly popular Duck Dynasty reality show, Willie Robertson and his wife, mama, and Uncle Si delighted the Freedom Hall crowd . Each did a bit of solo commentary and then I tossed them questions from the audience. Hilarity ensued. Willie posed with my family backstage right after the show. This was a test run for the Robertson family to determine how to shape a Duck Dynasty stadium tour.
Uncle Si was a little shy around the grownups but happily posed for photos with kids backstage, including my 8-year-old stepdaughter Gracie.
ASLO ON THE DUCK FRONT...
Holster that weapon, Commissioner Jones. This new Batman deal may be perfect. READ HERE
GOT REAL MILK?
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The New York Times reports on tasty roadkill. Mmmm.
LET THE ARGUING BEGIN
"Don't punch me, Beasman!" All UK and UofL fans can begin planning their smack talk schedules as both schools have released their basketball schedules and everyone is arguing about the new plan to lock the football rivalry into the last game of each season.
News on the football rivalry schedule change HERE
GOOD TIME FOR A TOUCHDOWN DANCE
Louisville football coach Charlie Strong works hard on his Top 10 Cardinals team all through the year, so it's nice to see him take an evening for a little fun. Charlie and Vicki attended Unbridled Eve on the night before the Kentucky Derby. Mary and I have enjoyed being a part of it since its inception a few years ago. Proceeds benefit Blessing in a Backpack. The party season is over and Coach Strong is ready to rock this transition season in the AAC. Let's go, Cards!
Ginger or Mary Ann? All the smart guys choose Mary Ann. Actor Dawn Wells will perform with Andrew Prine in "The Lion in Winter" at Bowling Green's Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Aug 29 - Sep 15. GREAT DAY LIVE VIDEO http://ow.ly/o47tZ
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID
STATE FAIR FARE
The Kentucky State Fair is underway. There is terrific food at every turn, but don't miss giant fish sandwiches at the Mike Linnig's tent in front of Freedom Hall. It's a Catholic boy's Happy Meal.