Airwaves of the Past
Page Last Updated January 9, 2016

Thanks to Paul Urbahns for the WLCB survey below!

This page takes a brief look at what local competition looked like back then.

WSAC-AM 1470, Fort Knox

The chief local rock and roll competition on the AM dial. Several jocks at the 'SAC' went on to WKLO in Louisville. Later spawned an FM counterpart. Both were owned by Byron Cowan and both were acquired by Bill Walters, who sold the AM station and moved the FM to Elizabethtown, changing the format, the call signs as well as the frequency, renaming it WASE (Kool 103.5).

Beauty
                Contest

WSAC Beauty Contest
WSAC Radio (1470 KC), licensed to Ft. Knox  located in Radcliff went
on the air November 16, 1955 with a daytime only schedule at 1,000
watts ,making it the most powerful station in the area. Owners Byron
E. Cowan and Gerald W. Howard, were partners in Surplus, Inc., a
wholesale industrial-equipment firm in Elizabethtown. The call letters
stood for "We Serve the Armor Center." In 1957, WSAC's mobile radio
unit was assigned an exclusive position in Queen Elizabeth's motorcade
when she made a state visit to Williamsburg, Virginia. A Fort Knox
unit served as the honor guard. WSAC-FM (105.5 MHZ) came on the air
1967 and later changed call letters briefly to WWKK before being
purchased in 1984 by W&B Broadcasting (and later becoming WASE). Today
the frequency belongs to WLVK (Big Cat 105.5), with studios located in
Elizabethtown. In 1991, WSAC call letters were being used briefly on
92.3 FM in Louisa, KY. At this writing, the call letters WSAC are in use in
Geneva,
NY (Rochester area) on 105.7 FM, operated by the Finger Lakes
Regional Arts Council.
(History by Paul Urbahns)

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WSAC today
WSAC studios as they stand today, as site of the Hardin County Health Center, Radcliff branch.

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WSAC Surveys

Survey
August 29, 1968 (front)
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)
Survey
August 29, 1968 (back)
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)
WSAC Winter Survey
April 9, 1970
(courtesy of Scott Goettel)
(New!)
Survey
June 11, 1970
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)

WSAC  Schedule

WSAC Schedule May 1957
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)
Survey
October 3, 1968
(courtesy of Gary Pfeiffer)
Cigarette Lighter

Cigarette Lighter from WSAC and K-105
(courtesy of Scott Goettel)


WQXE-FM 100.1

Elizabethtown's first FM station, 'Quicksie' has been owned and operated by Bill Evans (WAKY Class of 1964) its entire existence, signing on November 1969. Provided tough competition in the 70's, due to FM's cleaner sound. Currently operating at 98.3.

WQXE
245 West Dixie location
(staff photo)
We are currently looking for a photo of the original site on US-31 near Glendale! If you can help, please let us know!


Quicksie's History

Bill Evans, a Leitchfield native, who had formerly worked in Louisville radio (WAKY), joined 
with partner Keith Reising to build Elizabethtown's second radio station. WQXE studio and
transmitter facilities were on US 31W south of town in an area near the Hardin County
Fairgrounds. Signing on November 24, 1969 at a frequency of 106.3, the station's call letters
were selected by Evans to sound similar to a major AM powerhouse station in Atlanta, GA. While
attending the Elkins Radio School of Broadcasting, Evans listened to WQXI in Atlanta which
called itself "Quicksie In Dixie." He vowed if he ever owned a station he wanted to arrange
the call letters so the same nickname would be appropriate.

WQXE has changed frequencies more often than most stations in the country, all for technical
reasons. Signing on at 106.3, a change to 100.1 was made a short time later, with other
frequency changes occurring over the years including a change to 98.5 allowing an increased
power to 6,000 watts and finally in January 1996 another change to 98.3 brought Quicksie's
urrent signal strength to 25,000 watts.

The majority of automobile radios in 1969 were AM only. The first few years were probably hard
going, especially competing against the local "tower of power" signal of WIEL. Technology
advancement needed a little help, so promoting such items as "FM radio adapters for your car
radio" and such was necessary until local people discovered the sound quality afforded by
stereo FM. During the end of the 70s, while offering a 24 hour Beautiful Music format, WQXE
topped the local ratings (#1 All Radio 12 years of age and older, Monday Sunday 6AM to
Midnight), beating the long time dominant AM competitor by 250 percent in some time periods.
During this period Richard Upton, one of WIEL's best remembered morning DJ's, was spinning
records mornings on "FM 100 WQXE."

There have been numerous notable DJs at Quicksie over the years, but we must mention Country
Music performer John Conley, who worked as a DJ at WQXE in the early 1970s*. By the end of
the decade, he had signed to ABC Records and was hitting the country charts with songs like,
Rose Colored Glasses, Back Side of Thirty and others. John Conley has placed 26 records
in the national Top 20 and eight of those 26 made it to number one. Conley has been a
member of the prestigious "Grand Ole Opry" since 1981. Today WQXE operates out of its
third studio location at 233 West Dixie with a format of contemporary music.
(History by Paul Urbahns)
*Survey week of March 10, 1986*
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)
1981 Hardin County Fair Promo-Bill Evans (:24)
From a low quality cassette dub from cart (sorry-I was only 18)

WQXE Mug
'Quicksie' mug from the late 1970's
(staff photo)

WQXE Ad
1969 Announcement
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)


Coverage area



WQXE article
News article dated December 1, 1969
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)



WLCB-AM 1430, Hodgenville

Though not exactly direct competition, WLCB (Larue County Broadcasting) provided a classic country format it's entire duration until being acquired by Commonwealth Broadcasting. By then the call letters had been changed to WXAM. Its low power resulted in its signal getting lost at sundown.

Doug Harding
Doug Harding, shown here doing his show in the same studio on the WLCB-FM side (now WKMO)

"(This photo) was taken in the summer of 1974 at the Hodgenville studio of WLCB FM 106.3. That was the on air control room looking out on the downtown central square of Hodgenville. The picture was taken by the station owner Joe W Myers who also had a photo business Myers Photography in Hodgenville. He owned one third of the station the other two thirds was owned by the Jones Brothers who owned Jones IGA supermarket in Elizabethtown. It was a beautiful music station with the same Pams Jingle package as WLS in Chicago. Joe Myers loved radio jingles and the station had a number of different Pams packages. I worked there for four months during the summer. The following year I came down from Louisville again and went to work for WQXE in Elizabethtown which was owned by Bill Evans. I worked there for 9 months and then returned for a final few months to WLCB which now also had a AM station at 1430 which was country. When I went back the beautiful music was gone and WLCB FM was a Top 40 station. I worked into the summer there and then left for good to go to college. I was 18 when I first went to work at WLCB. My last visit to the area was 1977 when I for the last time came down from Louisville to work weekends at WSAC FM 105.5 Fort Knox. I worked there for a year on the weekends. I have not been back since and now live in Miami."
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"WLCB went on the air in 1973 or so. The Jones family owned the station (former IGA of E-town) owners.  Joe Meyers was a part of the station at one time. The original location was on the square then they moved to Smith Plaza in 1982 or 83. The station was sold to Bill Evans in October of 83. When I hung out there it was Ed Cundiff mornings, Delno Salmon middays and Debbie Sullivan late afternoons.
Lucille Steele also worked there  part time. The FM  was bought by Bill Walters and moved to E-town in 1977,  afterwhich it became WKMO."
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cale

(At some point ownership of the AM station was bought by Mark Goodman who, with Ron Boone, at one time owned WRZI in her early days-MH)


WLCB Survey
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)
(New!)

**If anyone has any photos of WLCB when it was on the square in Hodgenville, please contact the webmaster!!

WAKY-AM 790, WKLO-AM 1080

When E'tonians were not listening to local radio, they'd cruise the dial on up to Louisville where they found a heated battle between the Super '79 WAKY and Radio WKLO. Several of WIEL's disc jockeys made one of these stations their next stop along their career path.

    WAKY
           WKLO

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WQHI 95.7 FM (Hi95)

AM popularity began to wane in the late 70's as FM stations started popping up all over the dial, along with the availability of FM radios and receivers. Even some of the die hard WAKY and WKLO fans (WIEL rebels!) were intrigued by the format of more music with less talk, and Hi95's format was the best of Top 40, which was still evolving and running full speed toward the disco generation. The soundbytes below, from Hi95's automated TM Stereo Rock format and all identical, are courtesy of John Quincy.

WQHI
(courtesy of LKYRadio.com)

"It's amazing how timing really is everything.  I have built many stations in my career and Hi95 is always on the top of the list as my favorite.  I don't know why.  I think it was the people behind the "Boogie Machine" that made the station a good place to work for and made it work so well.  If cue tones weren't exactly right on the jingle cart, we would erase the thing and start over again.  If certain songs really seemed like they did not fit, we would razor blade them out.  We also placed a few songs in the library as well, although TM tolerated it, they never liked it!  We would do small things like add the album version of a 45 single to the system rather than play the edited single.  Although we would never air In-A-Gadda-Divida (sp), we would take a 3:25 song, for instance, and put the 4:58 version in it's place, etc.  It was always interesting to me, being a technical geek, how we could keep that  automation running so tight.  It ain't easy with 4 Scullys and three Carousels.  Somehow we seemed to master it!  I always thought these were the little things that made the station better to listen to.  When we went "Quad" with a 4 channel encoder/simulator, we convinced all the local stereo shops to place signs on their receivers that advertised "This Receiver Is Equipped To Receive WQHI "HI95" In Quad Sound".  It was little promotions like that, I think, that kept us in the public eye.  We never did contesting, remotes or anything like that.  I found that a bunch people knew of and loved the station, however." -Bill Elliott, former WQHI Operations Manager/Chief Engineer

HI95 Break #1 (:07)
HI95 Break #2 (:07)
HI95 Break #3 (:06)
(courtesy of LKYRadio.com)

Richie Havens Liner (:04)
1974 Legal ID (:16)
1975 Jingle (:05)
WQHI Image Jingle (:11)
(courtesy of Bill Elliott)
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Hi95 Track Sheet
(courtesy of Bill Elliott)
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Bill Elliott calls the images above and below 'road maps', which were basically track listings of the reels that made up Hi95. They
were played in rotation with commercial spots,  jingles, announcer (song) identifications and station ID's.


Hi95 Track Sheet
(courtesy of Bill Elliott)
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WIEL Coverage

The concentric circles above are a graphic representation of WIEL's broadcast radius as of 2004
(courtesy of Paul Urbahns)




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