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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 !
JUST RECEIVED WORD FROM MY DEAR FRIEND GAYLE McCORMICK that she just recently got out of the hospital after suffering from a severe case of pneumonia, and now the latest x-rays show that she has a large tumor in her right lung and will have to undergo chemotherapy beginning in February.
She wanted me to let all of you who come to my Site know about this first...so that you'd have the correct info, first hand, directly from her and myself.
Gayle & I have been friends for the last 50 years...we also talked about that today. From 1965 to 2015. Sometimes those Fifty Years seemed to go by in the "blink of an eye", but, thankfully, we've had some truly fantastic, beautiful, times together, careers that we have shared with all of you, and, together, have a personal bond that could never be broken.
Please keep Gayle in your thoughts & prayers as she goes through her upcoming treatments, and know that I'll give you any important updates when they're available.
ALSO, Gayle told me to thank each & everyone of you for all of your love & support through the years...she never forgets how wonderful her fans, World Wide, have embraced her voice, her songs, and, the memories she created for each of you in her appearances: in-person, on television, and, on the Internet. JK (January 23, 2015)
NOTE: To see my Tribute to Gayle, 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 50 year associtation added, and rare photos from my collection.
ROCK & ROLL HISTORY: "THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED"...
THE MOST TRAGIC DAY IN THE EARLY YEARS OF ROCK & ROLL HISTORY WAS FEBRUARY 3, 1959...
...it was the day that the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and, The Big Bopper, crashed in a field near Mason City, Iowa.
DON McLEAN in his instant-classic hit "American Pie" (Released in the Fall of 1971) termed it "The Day The Music Died", and since then that's the way it's been known.
I've had this rare, historic, News Bulletin about the crash on that day, February 3, 1959, in my Archives for a long time, but I don't know where it was originally broadcast or who the announcer is. When I decided to add it to the WebSite, I added a little bit of music from Buddy Holly, and Richie Valens, PLUS, the voice of The Big Bopper with his legendary Intro to start things off...to give it a little more balance and give you a chance to hear their voices again.
This special, rare audio that your hearing is not very long...but it is very important. And, maybe next time when you hear Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, or, The Big Bopper on your radio you'll think about the musical legacy they left us, and remember that they left us way too soon.
Simply Click-On Here , listen to the audio, read my personal thoughts on this tragic occurence from 56 years ago, and, remember those 3 Legendary singers whose music will live on forever. JK
SPECIAL FEATURED AIRCHECK...
ED GOODMAN & JONNIE KING IN THE MORNING AT KJOY/JOY 96FM, ST. LOUIS.
This is one of my favorite Air Check's for many reasons: First and foremost it was a lot of fun; secondly, it's a Tribute to my old friend, Ed Goodman, who passed away on January 2nd, 2015.
Richard Miller, the owner of KJOY/JOY 96FM, paired ED GOODMAN & myself on the Morning Show and let us do what we did best...be professionals, have fun, and, entertain the St. Louis audience that was familiar with both of our longtime individual Air Personality status in this market place.
Ed & I had known each other since 1973, but this was the first time we had worked together as a "team". We had each previously done "solo" shifts, but with our similar sense of humour, and, knowledge of music and current events, it was just really a good blend, and I enjoyed working with Ed immensely. His talent, and wonderful voice, will be missed by all who've ever listened to him through the years.
You'll see just what I mean when you Click-On This Link , sit back, relax, and join us for a "Time Travel Trip" to the World of 1988-1989 !
BTW: You'll also find out who hit the FIRST Home Run in St. Louis' then-new Busch Stadium back in 1966...and why that was even mentioned in the first place ! JK
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 !
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 !
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:
"THE ROCK 'N' ROLL AGE: THE MUSIC, THE CULTURE, THE GENERATION", By Mike Evans. Reader's Digest, Pub. (2007)
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE a look back at one of the most important time-periods of American History, and how the infusion of Rock 'n' Roll contributed to actually changing our culture, and spawned a new generation in the process, this book will be your guide !
Author Mike Evans never misses a beat ! The roots of the music we listen to today were formed and planted decades ago, and this book, chapter-by-superb-chapter, follows the time line from its early days of the 1940's Big Bands all the way to London's Carnaby Street of the 60's.
Evans is a Brit who, in this magnificent volume, has given us who were there at the "Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll", as well as those who learn about it today, a visual and well-written treat...and, a History lesson in the process !
TO READ MY COMPLETE REVIEW, head for the Library by Clicking-On-This-Link right now !
"GASLIGHT SQUARE: AN ORAL HISTORY", By Thomas Crone. The William and Joseph Press, St. Louis, USA, Pub.
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 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
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...with my personal Info & photos.
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 !
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.
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 !
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
"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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