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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 EARLY YEARS ON TV: "IT'S 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 !
FEATURED AIRCHECK :
JUKE BOX 96/OCTOBER, 1992...
From March, 1992 to March, 1994, 96.3 FM in St. Louis was an Oldies station that was too great to believe !
I was one of the architects of the new format and we saw to it that the "Roots of Rock" were recognized. Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, The Penquins, The Five Satins, Little Richard...well, you get the idea.
And, speaking of "ideas", one of the things we created was the "Top 5 At 8", and, later, the "Top 5 At 10", which I did on my 7-Mid. Show.
SO, "turn back the clock" for a few minutes, and listen some of the info & fun of a cool October Night in 1992, as we relive some of the greatest hits of Rock & Roll ! Simply Click-On-Here , listen and enjoy ! JK
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 !
AND, IF YOU 'VE EVER LISTENED to any of these Radio Stations, you've probably heard JONNIE KING with his 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" !
SO, check-out "THE BREAKFAST SERIAL" WebSite for complete list, info, memorbilia, and, pix: www.serial.thewwbc.net
ROCK & ROLL HISTORY...IT'S IN THE BOOK:
"HOUSE OF CASH: THE LEGACIES OF MY FATHER, JOHNNY CASH", By John Carter Cash. Insight Editions, Pub.
Johnny Cash was an American "original" in every sense of the word. His body of work continued for over five decades, and this loving chronical of his life, his music, and his impact on all whose lives he touched, and continues to touch years after his death, is set-down in this wonderful volume by his only son: John Carter Cash.
I have a personal connection to Johnny Cash, and you can read that story - and my complete Review of this fantastic book - when you Click-On-This-Link .
THE GAYLE McCORMICK TRIBUTE...
GAYLE McCORMICK: ONE OF ST. LOUIS' BEST-EVER SINGING STARS ! Gayle, and, myself have a personal & professional connection that goes back to 1965...and these are the stories that show how it happened.
Gayle McCormick was one of the most powerful & dynamic female vocalists to ever take the stage. She was a true Superstar. She was also my friend.
My Special Tribute Page to her encompasses our early days together, and shows how both of our careers paraleled each other's by 1969.
Through the years, many have asked me about Gayle and our relationship. Once you read this story, you'll understand more of the dynamics of our personal-professional "bond"...and how it strengthened through the years.
A look at Gayle's fantastic career starts by going to this link !
AND, yes, the special Tribute Pages on this Website, like Gayle's, are filled with much information, and, many, many photos from my Personal Archives & Collections ! I've had them packed-away for decades, they've never been seen before, but I wanted to share them with you...to honor my friends.
My sincere thanks to each-and-everyone of you for taking the time to come to this Site. More importantly, thank you for being a part of my life & my career:
"You never do this alone. If it wasn't for you, there would be no need for me."
Humbly, Jonnie King
PLEASE CLICK-ON HERE TO SEE MY SPECIAL "DICK CLARK TRIBUTE" PAGE.
"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.
He was a very special, unique, and, creative individual. A dynamic performer in-person, and a gentle, kind, friend off-stage.
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 connectiions 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 newest 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. PLUS, I wanted to share with you my memories on everything and everyone involved, the groups I've worked with, as well as some personal comments and feelings about many of the characters I've played through the years.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this Section as it truly has been a "labor of love" for many, many weeks to put together, and, as always I give credit to all of those who were with me in each and every Theatrical endeavor & production that I was privileged to be a part of: "You Never Do This Alone." I share this with ALL of you, and thank you for your help and support...then, and now.
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 !
WARNING ! DO AS THE AMAZING, INCREDIBLE "ELECTRO" (in a nearly-human voice) says: "'Bookmark This Site RIGHT NOW...or else ! You don't want to miss a thing !"
RADIO GUY says: "WoW ! Hey, Kids, this stuff is REALLY cool ! Sounds cool, looks cool, IS COOL !! Why didn't JK do this sooner ? "
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
ROCK & ROLL HISTORY: IT'S IN THE BOOK :
"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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