1960s DJ Profiles
Presented here are copy and photos from station
for some of WLAP's '60s Air Personalities
6 to 9 A.M. Monday thru Saturday
In Show Biz, some names stand out.
Here in Kentucky we are a little more aware of the Clooneys. First of all,
they were born here and have always maintained their ties with the
Bluegrass State. Rosemary this year is Kentucky's "Ambassadress of
Goodwill" and Betty came back for a full week in July as a guest DJ on
WLAP while brother Nick was on vacation.
But while Betty and Rosemary have left for Miami and Hollywood, Nick has
come back to the Bluegrass. And, if we're lucky, he may decide to stay for
a long while.
Presently, Nick hosts WLAP's morning show from 6 to 9 A.M. He gets a lot
of help from two morning newsmen and a U.S. weatherman who goes on "Live"
at 6:30 and 8:15. But aside from these reports, Nick is all by himself
with his imagination, personality and (oh yes) his bright, happy music.
WLAP has been Nick's home since 1957. He came here from Hollywood, where
he did some acting and even got several film credits.
One of Mr. C's most interesting stints was with the AFN in Germany. There
he turned the night show on AFN into one of the most listened-to in
Europe. Bags of mail from all over the continent was a daily occurrence.
To add a little pizzazz to the story, sister Rosemary tells about the time
she went to London to perform at one of the classiest joints in town. She
wasn't too well-known there at the time, and when she checked into the
hotel the clerk noticed the signature on the guest register. With a sudden
interest he asked Rosemary, "By the way, are you any kin to the Clooney
chap on AFN? He has quite a following here in England."
Rosemary doesn't recall exactly what her reaction was, other than mild
Futures in radio and TV never are very certain. Nick seems to have found
his niche with WLAP, though. Most people in Kentucky are happy about it.
9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon Monday thru Saturday
WLAP's philosophy - part of it anyway -
is to hire seasoned pros, and then turn them loose on the air. Give them
the best news department in the area, and a bight, happy music policy, but
then let their own personalities take over from there.
Fred Gooding took us literally at this personality development business.
It's now that we're sad about it. On the contrarily, Fred and his cast of
characters (Captain Show Biz, Irma Schroeder, Gomer the Frog) get talked
about as much as the Mayor of Lexington. And when people all over town
start talking about your station and your personalities then you know
you're on top.
Fred's show is one enormous gas from beginning to end. He spoofs anything,
usually everything. His humor is often subtle, but his corn is pure corn
done tongue-in-cheek. He pokes a lot of fun at himself, too.
Sometimes whole intersections get the giggles as they listen to Fred on
their car radios.
Fred Gooding is a real nut, so most of this stuff comes natural. But a
first rate show isn't always adlibbed. Fred - like other daytime DJs at
WLAP - is on the air only three hours. The rest of the time he's expected
to be working on his show. Fred takes this side of his job very seriously:
There isn't a joke book he hasn't read, never a time a spoken funny goes
Does a funny-man have to speak with a squeaky voice? Not in Fred's case.
Those polished, low-cycle tones just flow, man!
Like, Crazy - The Fred Gooding Show.
12 noon to 3 P.M. Monday thru Saturday
There are some radio stations that "give
away" their early afternoon time. They seem to think that they should go
easy - sort of like taking a siesta.
In fact, our problem is to keep Herb from being too gay and happy - too
zippy for an afternoon audience. Fortunately, though, the listeners enjoy
being entertained, rather than being put to sleep.
No sireee, WLAP's Herb Kent Show is famous around here because it's the
only show that refuses to take the early afternoon lying down.
Herb's music is a well-selected mixture of the palatable Top 50 plus good,
solid, up-tempo album cuts.
His patter is short and snappy, and his news is fast-paced and
up-to-the-minute (thanks to WLAP's three local news hounds on duty during
Advertisers have found the Herb Kent Show a good buy in the growing
Lexington market. Herb doesn't put his listeners to sleep with his
commercials, but he doesn't shout at them either. He's just enthusiastic
about what he's doing - and what he's selling.
3 to 5 P.M. Monday thru Saturday
Reynolds Large is a byword in Lexington
And why not?
His voice has been filling the air in Lexington for the past 15 years,
with a two year interruption as the of host WLW Radio's "Music For You"
But it's more than habit. Reynolds is the real Pro in this market. His
voice, his timing, his music, his wit and general conversational ability
make Reynolds Large stand out in the minds of listeners.
We could talk all day about his talent and the way he uses it to great
advantage, but we really should mention the OTHER things Reynolds brings
into his 6-day drive-time extravaganza. Reynolds' constant companion is
his Wonder Dog "King." WLAP's Airborne Traffic Watch with Flying Officer
Don Duckworth is Kentucky's only such regularly scheduled report (every 15
minutes during drive time). Our five-man news staff with complete mobile
unit broadcast facilities drops in every half hour with headlines and at
unscheduled times with bulletins. And then, there is the cast of
characters which appears with one- and two-line funnies. These gems are
carefully plucked from old radio serials of the 1940s.
It all gets the gourmet's touch, and comes out smelling like a rose.
Listeners pay attention to the Reynolds Large Show.
6:40 P.M. to 12 Midnight Monday thru Saturday
Billy Love is the biggest thing to hit
Nighttime Radio in Lexington for years.
Let us explain.
Billy - an all-state footballer in high school - is 6'7", and usually
weighs about 325. So already kids are talking about the Fat Man, the
World's Biggest DJ. But would you believe it - he has red hair!
That's only a start.
Billy and his companion Eggbert are the toast of teenage Kentucky. Billy
has drawn more mail than any other DJ in Lexington radio history. He has
drawn bigger in-town sock hop crowds than any other local or regional
radio personality, and he commands the attention and the respect of the
vast popular music audience every night.
Billy's LOVE LINE keeps a full time operator busy on the station
switchboard during the entire time period he's on, and even then people
complain that they can't get the line to make their requests. This problem
gets even worse in the fall when over 20,000 college students in the
immediate area come back to school. And let's face it - these spenders dig
the fourth "B" (Beatles) more than they go for the first three (Beethoven,
Brahms and Bach).
To add to our problems, Billy is a first rate Pro - both as an announcer
and as a producer - and he works hard at his show when he's not on the
Please! If somebody can tell us how to handle all of this popularity, get
in touch immediately.