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.
Miami Dolphins racist roid rager Richie Incognito once recorded a PSA asking Dolphins fans to "act civilized." Here's another of his leadership videos where he's apparently forgotten his own message. (via TMZ)
There's a familiar pose
"Baywatch" and home movie star Pamela Anderson tweeted this pic after returning to her hotel room shortly after completing the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013. Her one word Tweet: "Ouch!"
WHAS-11 meteorologist Kristin Walls and her beau Matt Jaggers from LMPD stuck together for the entire 26.2 mile route. Smart man.
STILL SCHTICKIN' IT
These 1987 84WHAS promotional buttons never saw the light of day because the house grammarian did not edit the text before the printer went to work. They've been saved a goodly amount of time. ;-)
Clear Channel Halloweeeeeeeeeeeennnnn
Regional market manager Kelly Carls Wonka greets the young revelers at the door. If they ignore rules and take more than two pieces of candy, Kelly applies a gentle slap with the cane to restore budgetary order.
Here are some of our employee's kids dropping by for treats:
The Crawford family (above) and Kathy Persinger's sweet baby (below).
Nate Butler's son Max and Kathy Persinger's son Bryson...
Clear Channel employees decorate the building for children to trick-or-treat. Helen Huber's office, below, is the treasure trove of treats.
My wife works here, too, and I wouldn't dare make any amusing caption here to connect that truth with this decoration. I wouldn't because I like living. Happy Halloween!
That's right, we're bad
When the ladies are away, the boys finally get to play. Ben Pine and Andy Treinen joined me on Great Day Live for a manly version of our daily WHAS-TV show. No talk of flowers, kittens, or fashion was allowed. We talked about the NFL, the World Series, and the start of college basketball.
And then Holly Rudolph, the woman in charge of the show, shut us down and we went back to talking about kittens, fashion, and how men are rotten. Great show.
Hi Octane Hillbilly
Idiot buys $5 worth of gas and a pack of cigarettes, lights a cigarette, then pumps gas. BOOM. Road Runner cartoon. Oh, and police arrested him for having outstanding warrants. It was a good day.
SNOW NO NO NO NO NO
On October 24, 2013, the END OF THE WORLD arrived. Look at the blizzard that buried Louisville. This photo from Norton Commons illustrates Mother Nature's wrath. No word on casualties. Please unplug all appliances, say your prayers, and await the inevitable crossing of the Rainbow Bridge. It was fun, everyone. See you in Heaven. I'll be doing afternoons on WGOD Radio.
Pippa Middleton: a global goddess SHE'S BACK!
When the government reports a reduction in productivity, they're just looking at the hookah bar across the street.
NOW IT GETS WORLD SERIOUS
Let's go RED SOX!
SEE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE 2 DAYS EARLY
Here's my chat with Karen & Meredith Lawrence on Jennifer Lawrence's new film, her humility, and the moving moment when an acting coach changed everything. AUDIOhttp://tinyurl.com/leua3yl DETAILS on the fundraising screening of Hunger Games: Catching Fire http://tinyurl.com/mt2y2tf
EVEN BIGFOOT COULDN'T BELIEVE IT
During the 1965 NFL Championship, a news photographer captured the rarest image in history, the moment when Paul Hornung actually threw a block for someone else. (photo: www.packers.com) GO PACK!
JUST PAST THE JACKIE OVERLOOK
Our dumm kidz cant spel 2 goood
Neat. Sweet. Petite.
SHE'S WEDNESDAY ALLLLLL DAY! Jennifer Fogarty plays Wednesday in the Addams Family production now onstage at the Kentucky Center. She is a phenomenal singer and hilarious in person. In the show, her character falls in love with a "normal" boy and havoc ensues. PNC Broadway in Louisville's "The Addams Family" runs through Sunday. Details here Below, Jen and I do The Wednesday Staredown. She wins.
Sen. Rand Paul on the debt deal
Here's my chat with Sen. Rand Paul on Oct. 16th, the day of the debt deal. We also talked about his potential presidential run, Mitch McConnell's strength vs. the Tea Party, and the value of conservatives continually assuming the role of financial Chicken Littles.
Jen helps St. Mary's win
Louisville's Jennifer Lawrence has selected St. Mary's Center, assisting developmentally challenged adults and teens, to receive proceeds from an early showing of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. DETAILS See the film on November 20th at Tinseltown. Click the link for more info.
We honor NBA legend Lew Al Synder
Nuff future, weirdo. This here's Murica!
His widow never got a chance to climb that peak
Eddie Munster leads the Caufield's Halloween Parade on Friday at 7 along Baxter Ave/Bardstown Road. Munsters actor Butch Patrick joined Laura Rogers and me on Great Day Live. VIDEO When asked about the only other surviving member of the cast, Butch said "Marilyn is 78 and still smokin' hot!"
That rules out running for president
Congratulations to Yum Brands for collecting 16,000 pounds of food in celebration of the Louisville fast food company's 16th anniversary. Marketing dir. Laura Melillo kept me from shuddering at the collection when the Caufield's hearse showed up bearing food for Dare to Care. Caufield's usually just Dares to Scare.
Thanks to readers of LEO for naming me Best Radio Personality again. It is greatly appreciated.
The Ky High School Athletic Association has ruled out organized postgame handshakes, sort of. A secondary directive said the previous statement was poorly worded and only issued to protect game officials and make schools responsible for their own students' behavior. Divided we fall.
DIFFERENT TEETH, SAME I.Q.
The seeds of trouble are buried within both of those craniums. Don't miss the massive pumpkin display at Jack O Lantern Spectacular Louisville.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
Rick Pitino said he's delighted with his new team's speed and shooting. The next job is getting them to understand the defensive sets. Coach P is signing copies of his book One Day Contract at the Ky Center on Wednesday afternoon prior to a Q&A session, and he'll sign books prior to Thursday's football game at PJCS. GREAT DAY LIVE VIDEO
The prankster's body was never found
There are certain things we never kid women about. Phantom jewelry would be #1 on the list.
SAM FOR THE GRAND SLAM
Schoolboy Sam and his sister Amelia Chameleon visited Great Day Live recently. 11-year-old Sam is a sports prediction expert who says the Boston Red Sox will win the World Series, Mark Stoops is way ahead of schedule on rebuilding UK football, and that UofL's men's basketball team will likely go deeper into March Madness than Kentucky's incredible team of young superstars. GREAT DAY LIVE VIDEO
J-LAW OF THE LAND
Louisville native and worldwide superstar Jennifer Lawrence, now an Academy Award winner, tells the story of being called fat by producers of one of her films right before her stardom went through the roof via Hunger Games. (HINT: X marks the spot).
ONE STATION SWITCHED TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON JULY 5th
With a UK vs UofL game looming just after Christmas, the outcome could spawn a new holiday carol.
Here's a bit of Coach John Calipari's speed dating round with various Louisville media members.
Hours later, Wildcats fans camped across the street from Memorial Coliseum until 5 a.m. when they trampled each other to get a prime spot in line for --- wait for it --- tickets to a practice. Only in Kentucky, baby, where the retail display below would fetch at least $20 per blue pumpkin. Location! Location! Location!
SHE'S ALL THUMBS
Because of the government shutdown, the First Lady's Twitter account reports that it will be limiting Tweets. What? Is there an official Twitter Twit on staff?