2009 Inductees -
Steve Kerrigan Memorial -
"People Power -
WAVI was best known for its' 2 way telephone talk and news format, which began in
the early 1970's. It was unlike News-
We're still trying to locate some tapes of the WAVI Talk Masters. But, we have also found some other "notable" clips in WAVI History.
WAVI found a way to make some extra money with their weekend programming by beginning something they called "Specialty Talk". It involved programs sponsored by a local business, whose "experts" would answer calls about their lines of expertise. That led to "Auto Talk", with host Bill Kirby.
Today, nationally known talk host Kim Commando might be your computer goddess, but, sorry Kim...WAVI was there first. In the early 1980's station engineer Kurt Farmer, seeing the reaction and sales growth of personal computers pitched the format to H K Crowl. Being the innovator that he was , WAVI launched "Computer Talk", with host and Talk Master, A.J. Austin. (Courtesy: The Kurt Farmer Collection)
Promos from "People Power" WAVI
Thanks to the collection of former WAVI Engineer and Sunday talk host Keith Hardin.
To work at WAVI, one definitely had to have a sense of humor. And, around 1400 Cincinnati
Street, most of the humor was self-
Click each file below to hear:
WAVI Newsman Don Mills in a 1981 commercial
(Thanks to Videoarcheology)
Oh yes...and by request: Though it's taken from an old air check and thus, is just
"AM Radio quality".
Click this link to hear the infamous WAVI "People Power" jingle ID.
(Courtesy: The Kurt Farmer Collection)
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