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JONNIE KING: Radio Personality, Actor, Musician, Magician, Musicologist, Oldies Expert, Golden Age Radio Historian, Creator Of "The Breakfast Serial", Syndicator, Writer, Producer, Voice Over Artist, Automotive Historian, Creator Of "The Legends Of The Rod & Custom Hall Of Fame" Series, Interviewer, Retail Business Owner, Collector of : Golden Age Radio Premiums, Comic Character Toys, Disneyana, Advertising Memorabila, Classic & Custom Cars.
PLUS: J.K.'s The WebMaster of the Site you're viewing right now...and others.
IT ALL BEGINS , RIGHT HERE: Airchecks, Pictures, Memorabila, Stories, Tributes, Information...and, MUCH MORE added all the time !
THE ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY TRIBUTE...
ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY: A BEWITCHING EXPERIENCE ! A Tribute to one of Hollywood's All-Time greats ! You may know her as "Samantha Stevens"...but her truly "Bewitching" career began long before that show ever hit your TV Screen !
Follow along the Timeline I placed within this Tribute to Liz, and you'll understand how her lasting importance to her fans all over the world has never let up, nor has my love for this beautiful, talented, sometimes-complex, actress...that first "bewitched" me decades ago !
Your journey to Liz's early years, her career, and, her place in TV & Movie History, starts when you simply CLICK-ON-RIGHT-HERE ! Enjoy !! JK
SPECIAL FEATURED INTERVIEW: GEORGE BARRIS CREATES THE "BATMOBILE" !
ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC BUILDERS OF kustom cars & hot rods, for almost SEVEN decades was GEORGE BARRIS.
His legacy of truly historic cars known by, not just the Rod & Custom Industry but by the Public as well, included TV's "Munster Koach" & "Drag-U-La" from the "Munsters" Series, and of course, everyone's all-time favorite: "The Batmobile". George Barris WAS "The King Of The Kustomizers" !
Sadly, he passed-away, Thursday, November 5th, 2015, at the age of 89, but the creations he designed & built through the year's will live in the hearts & minds of fans all-over-the-World.
As a kid, George Barris was one of my Heroes; as an adult, he became one of my friends. Accordingly, I've set-up a Special Tribute Page to George...the Link on the side of this page.
BUT, I also wanted you to hear this Special Interview I did with George on how he designed and built the World Famous "BATMOBILE".
IN THIS SPECIAL PRODUCTION, you will not only hear George Barris, but BOTH "BATMAN" & "ROBIN" and the BATMOBILE itself, make an appearance ! Here's the Link to that Special Page on the "HALL OF FAME LEGENDS" Site where you can listen to the Interview: http://www.legends.thewwbc.net/gpage23.html
R.I.P., George, and thank you for the memories. You were not only a friend...you were truly the "King Of The Kustomizers".
WELCOME TO "THE WORLD OF TOMORROW" !
It's the 1939 New York World's Fair, and it's a "Look Into The Future":
How will things be in 1960 ? Will we have "Flying Cars" ? Will we be able to read our daily newspaper off of a big screen attached to a wall ? What will the very first version of an "iPhone" look like ?
Take a glimpse into how, and, why, "The World Of Tomorow" came to be the Theme for that Art Deco laden New York World's Fair of 1939...one of the BEST of them all. Your first look starts when you simply CLICK-ON-RIGHT-HERE !
WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY !
REVIEWS OF Books, Movies, Magazines, CD's, DVD's, and anything & everything that I can put together for you ! I'm opening the doors of my Private Library & Archives for the very first time !
PLUS: I'll share with you some of my favorite subjects with you...no matter what they might be: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Comedy, Biographies, Cars, Music, Films, TV Shows...they'll all be in there !
BUT, you have to start somewhere, so simply Click-On-Right-Here ...and you'll be on your way to your first visit to the Library, no card necessary ! AND, here's something to start you off:
"SAM PHILLIPS: THE MAN WHO INVENTED ROCK 'N' ROLL", By Peter Guralnick. Little, Brown And Company, Pub.
YOU MIGHT NOT instantly know the name of Sam Phillips, but I'm sure you know the names of some recording stars who got there big start with him: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Ike Turner, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Charlie Rich...and those are just a few !
Sam Phillips was the creative genius behind the "Sun Sound"...the founder, owner, engineer, producer, of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee...and this massive volume is not just Sam's story, but the story of the Music Industry from its earliest years to the advent of what we call "Rock & Roll" ! Sam's foresight, inate ability to create what we now call "sound design", and, his unusual-style, along with his dynamic presence...built an empire whose voices were heard WorldWide from a small recording studio in Tennessee.
The book is a Music History lesson that we can all learn from...and, in the process of reading it, the history comes alive with the superb Interviews, quotes, and, memories, as many "who were there at the time" add their words to the mix.
Where did the title "I Walk The Line" come from ? What was the first Sun Record to sell a Million copies ? Who told Roy Orbison that he'd never make it "...singing ballads with a chorus & strings in the background...sing up-tempo Rock & Roll instead" ? WELL, you'll find all of those answers...and many you never even thought of...when you read "Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll" !
TO READ MY REVIEW OF THIS FANTASTIC, perfectly written, book on one of the Industries true, legendary icons, simply CLICK-ON-THIS-LINK and it will take you right there !!
"THE SECRET LIFE OF HARRY HOUDINI", By William Kalush and Larry Sloman. ATRIA Books, Pub. (2007)
"Harry Houdini" ! The name itself conjures up a magical, mystical vision of one of the World's greatest Escape Artists & Illusionists. He mystified audiences for almost 3 Decades...and died, tragically, on the night known for mystery & supernatural visions: October 31st, 1926...Halloween.
But, although you may think you know much of Houdini's history, this book will prove you wrong ! Kalush & Sloman have documented all of the facts stated in the book, and give us info on how Houdini worked for our Government & the Secret Service; show us Houdini's love of flying and how he owned & flew his own airplane; explain the long, complicated relationship Houdini had with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of "Sherlock Holmes"; show us Houdini's complete love of his Mother, Cecelia, and, his wife, Bess.
BUT, that's just the tip-of-the-iceberg ! How did Houdini create some of his most-fantastic Illusions ? Did you know that Houdini also became a movie star and how that happened ? Did you know who Houdini's closet friends in the "World Of Magic" were ? Did you know that Houdini's Brother, Hardeen (also a magician), took over many of Houdini's Illusions after he died ?
Well, much of that Info, PLUS, many, many photos & images that were used in this book, are presented to us for the very first time...and will literally show you a side of this Legendary Icon that you would never have known otherwise.
TO READ MY COMPLETE REVIEW, head for "The Early Years On TV: It Was Magic" Section by CLICKING ON THIS LINK right now and Scroll Down The Page !
"GASLIGHT SQUARE: AN ORAL HISTORY", By Thomas Crone. The William and Joseph Press, St. Louis, USA, Pub. (2004)
This is Thomas Crone's homage to one of St. Louis' best-remembered, legendary, historic entertainment districts...by those of us who were a part of it !
Learn why & how Gaslight Square became this special, legendary place, known Worldwide...and how, as fast as it grew, it eventually faded-away. But, its' memories live on, and you'll read the personal stories of those that made it what it was. This is truly a GREAT book, and to find out more about it, simply CLICK-ON-HERE and you can read my Full Review in the Library...ENJOY !
THE EARLY YEARS ON TV: "IT WAS MAGIC !"
MY FIRST FRIEND & MENTOR in the world of show business was Magician ERNIE HELDMAN. I was a young Amateur Magician, Ernie liked me, and asked me to work with his Crew.
Ernie hired me to work on his KSD-TV/St. Louis, weekly television show "THE PARADE OF MAGIC" in 1953, and, I worked with Ernie, and his beautiful wife & assistant, ARLENE MARDEL, from 1953 to 1957.
This , then, is the actual story about how the journey that I've taken since that time began, and about those that helped me in those early days...and how their help launched my career. If it were not for them and their help & support at that time, you might not be reading these words today.
IT'S ABOUT Magic, Magicians, a RARE insider's view of the "Golden Age" of Television, a visit with one of the World's Greatest Magicans BLACKSTONE, a trip to Hollywood's iconic MAGIC CASTLE, spending time with another great St. Louis Magician, DON LAWTON, Reviews on two great books on magic & magicians, and, a look at one of the most fabulous eras & time-periods our World has ever known !
THIS IS TRULY AN EXPERIENCE YOU WON'T SOON FORGET...AND YOU'LL LEARN A LOT IN THE PROCESS ! TO START THIS MAGICAL JOURNEY...Just Click-On-Here , relax & enjoy !
IF YOU'VE EVER LISTENED to any of these Radio Stations since 1967, you've probably heard JONNIE KING:
KAAY/Little Rock; WDRQ-FM/Detroit; KSLQ-FM/St. Louis; KADI-FM/AM, St. Louis; K-GOLD/St Louis; KRJY/Joy 96-FM/St. Louis; Juke Box 96-FM/St. Louis; K-HITS 96-FM, St. Louis; 106.5-FM (WSSM) Smooth Jazz/St. Louis.
Well, okay, here's your chance to take a "Trip Back In Time" RIGHT NOW ! Just look at the list of Stations in the column on the left hand side of this Front Page, click-on the ones you want, and, you'll hear actual Airchecks of JONNIE'S shows from all of the Stations listed there !
THE NEXT STEP: Turn-up the volume on your speakers and be prepared to be transported back to some of the greatest times & memories of your life !
THE GARY OWENS TRIBUTE PAGE !
YOU MAY REMEMBER HIM from Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In" on NBC-TV, but many years before that, GARY OWENS entertained Morning Drive listeners on WIL Radio in St. Louis...I know because I was one of 'em !
He was one of my early "Radio Heroes"...and set the pace for many who followed his career from St. Louis, to Los Angeles on KMPC Radio...as well as his iconic "Announcer" role on "Laugh-In". He was one of the most-creative, humorous, and, super-pro's of All-Time in the Broadcasting Industry !
My Tribute to this truly one-of-a-kind legendary Broadcaster, and his St. Louis/L.A. History, begins for you when you simply Click-On-This-Link !!!
THE ALAN FREED TRIBUTE PAGE !
"Mr. Rock & Roll", Alan Freed, was a major influence on my love of music, and, my quest for a career. He brought the term "Rock & Roll" to life in the 50's...and it's still alive-and-well to this very day !
My Tribute to this ground-breaking Industry Legend, one of the Top Disk Jockey's of All-Time, starts when you simply CLICK-ON-RIGHT-HERE !
PLEASE CLICK-ON HERE TO SEE MY SPECIAL "DICK CLARK TRIBUTE" PAGE.
PLUS: "Dick Clark: Rock, Roll & Remember", By Dick Clark & Richard Robinson. Thomas Y. Crowell, Pub. (1976)
A true "Blast From The Past" ! The memories, personal stories, and, history of one of America's true R&R pioneers. The man whose "American Bandstand" TV Show brought R&R into homes all-over the country, and made instant-stars of singers like Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Connie Francis, Bobby Rydell, and many, many others.
His legends lives on in the various forms of entertainment he helped create decades ago, and this fantastic volume chronicle's how it all started...and how we got "from-there-to-here" !
READ MY REVIEW of this first-hand look at the career of one of America's most iconic showmen, Dick Clark, by simply CLICKING-ON-RIGHT-HERE !
"THE AMAZING CRISWELL" TRIBUTE
MOST KNOW CRISWELL FROM the Iconic ED WOOD Classic "PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE"...but his career spanned over three decades, and he was known World-Wide. He was also my friend.
THROUGH THE YEARS, I've had a number of eMails, pm's, and, calls, about the yearly Dedication of my "HALLOWEEN FILM RARITIES LIST" to CRISWELL that you view at the Bottom of that Page. So, I decided that it was time I shared the information about Cris, our friendship, and, why he was an important part of my life, with all who come here to the Site.
In this Tribute, you'll see many great photos from my Archives/Collection - some that were packed away for over 50 years - read my personal memories, not only about Criswell, but about HOLLYWOOD: My first-impressions of Hollywood when I landed there in 1962, where I lived while I was there, how Cris & myself met, and the strange-but-true connections that he and I had.
Again, producing this Tribute to Cris was very meaningful to me as it brought back my thoughts, memories, and, feelings of a "by-gone era"...the Hollywood, Los Angeles, and, Southern California mystique & reality that permeated the 1940's through the 70's.
I was privileged to be a part of that scene & culture at one time, and sharing my stories with you is truly a way of giving you further insight to myself, my friends, and, how it all had blended together through the years into my career that wouldn't be possible without your continued kindness & support.
"THE AMAZING CRISWELL" TRIBUTE STARTS WHEN YOU CLICK-ON THIS SPECIAL LINK . Enjoy ! JK
"JK: ACTING 101...AND BEYOND !"
THOUGH MOST OF YOU COMING to this Site will know me because of my career in Broadcasting, you may not be aware that my "roots" were based in Acting...and that's where my original skills of Communication were formed & honed.
So, if you look to the Index on the left-side of the Page, you'll see Sections on The Pasadena Playhouse, as well as The Crystal Palace, which document both of those important parts of my Acting History...as well as those that I worked with.
Accordingly, I'm extremely proud of this Special Section entitled: "ACTING 101...AND BEYOND !" as it takes into account my COMPLETE History in the Theatre...DONE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER .
THIS, AS WITH EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE, is throughly documented as far as names, dates, places, and, groups involved. It also contains many rare photos, playbills, and memorabilia...that are from my Personal Archive Collection and are seen here for the first time.
READY ? Okay, your journey will include, among many other things, Shakespeare, the Navy & the Army, a Million-Selling Record, The Chipmunks, and, even a Ghost ! IT ALL STARTS HERE: just Click-On Here , sit back, relax, learn, and, most of all ENJOY !
"THE BREAKFAST SERIAL": THE LEGENDARY, LONG-RUNNING, DAILY-SERIALIZED MORNING FEATURE FOR RADIO !
IF YOU 'VE EVER LISTENED to any of these Radio Stations, you've probably heard JONNIE KING with his Legendary Cult Classic, Daily-Serialized, Morning Feature for Radio, simply the best of "Golden Age Radio" since 1973, "THE BREAKFAST SERIAL":
KSLQ-FM/St. Louis; WRTH/St. Louis; KCMO/Kansas City; WDRQ-FM/ Detroit; WIFE/Indianapolis; WDGY/Minneapolis; WKSS-FM/Hartford, Connecticut; KAKE/KAKZ/Wichita, Kansas; KQAM/Wichita, Kansas; WKIQ-FM/Bowling Green, Ohio; WKNX/Saginaw, Michigan; KGMI/Bellingham, Washington; KEZW/Aurora, Colorado; WCIL-FM/Carbondale, Illinois; KKJO/St. Joseph, Missouri; KNIM/ Maryville, Missouri.
WANT TO RELIVE "Those Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear" again ? You're in luck ! "THE BREAKFAST SERIAL" has its own WebSite with complete lists of every show ever run, AND, lists of all shows available for you to enjoy on CD...including "The Holiday Specials", "The Christmas Morning Special", and a very rare "Lost Episode" !
ALSO, I've documented & prepared the COMPLETE HISTORY of the show...from its Origin, to its National Syndication, to its beaming all-across the Universe on the WorldWideWeb you can "read all about it" when you Click-On-This Special Link that will take you to "The History Of The Breakfast Serial" !
SO, check-out "THE BREAKFAST SERIAL" WebSite for complete list, info, memorbilia, and, pix: www.serial.thewwbc.net
GAYLE McCORMICK (1948-2016) PASSES AWAY: 3-1-2016...
MY DEAR FRIEND GAYLE McCORMICK, who was diagnosed with Cancer over a year ago, passed away in St. Louis, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, after a long, valiant, battle with that disease. Gayle, lead singer of "A Group Called Smith", who's version of the classic "Baby, It's You" in 1969, sold over a million copies World Wide, was 67.
Gayle was one of the sweetest, most beautiful, most talented professionals ever to grace the stage, and a recording booth.
For more information, and, to see my Special "TRIBUTE TO GAYLE McCORMICK", one of St. Louis' greatest gifts to the world of music. simply CLICK-ON-THIS-LINK . It's a look at her remarkable career, with my personal info from our over-50 year association added, and rare photos from my collection.
Jonnie King (3-2-2016)
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THESE TWO GUYS (Not related to "Radio Guy") have the right idea: Pass this WebSite Info on to a friend ! It's free, it's here 24/7/365...and you can even learn stuff !
IT'S SIMPLE: Log-On ANYTIME You Want ! We're On-Line 24/7/365 !!
COMING SOON ! The Official Video Gallery: A "TIME TRAVEL EXPERIENCE" that you will definitely enjoy !
MY SINCERE THANKS to all of you for an incredibly long-run ! I hope you enjoy this Site as much as I enjoy sharing it with you. As I've always said:
" If it wasn't for you, there would be no need for me. " Jonnie King
"HOUSE OF CASH: THE LEGACIES OF MY FATHER, JOHNNY CASH", By John Carter Cash. Insight Books, Pub.
John Carter Cash is Johnny Cash's only son and this is his Tribute to his father...it's also my Personal Tribute to "the man in black" ! Click-On-Right-Here to "read all about it" !
"RICK NELSON, ROCK 'N' ROLL PIONEER", By Sheree Homer. Foreword By Bruce Berenson. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers.
This is a great book on one of the best Rock & Roll Legends of all-time ! Read my Review of this historic volume, and, get connected to my Interviews with Rick by simply Clicking-On This Link !
AT THE 31st ANNUAL KUSTOM KEMPS OF AMERICA "Lead Sled Spectacular" in Salina, Kansas (One of the MAJOR Rod & Custom Events of the year), I was honored & privileged to be named "AMERICA'S TOP D.J." and received the 'AMERICAN D.J. AWARD".
This is an honor I sincerely treasure, and receiving it in front of my friends, my listeners, and, the Hall Of Fame Legends that have been my Heroes for decades, was an experience I'll never forget. And, the fact that it was only the second time in the entire history of the KKOA that the Award was given made it that much more special.
It was given, in part, for my work of preserving the histories, voices, and, stories of the Legends & Pioneers of the Rod & Custom Industry on my "HALL OF FAME LEGENDS SERIES" WebSite. If you'd like to see the Site and hear some of these unique & very special stories, simply click-on this link: www.legends.thewwbc.net JK
(ABOVE: That's your's truly Crusin' Salina in the "Custom For Korea" Clone !)
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