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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 !
HAPPY 4th OF JULY TO OUR FRIENDS ALL-ACROSS AMERICA !
UPDATE: MY DEAR FRIEND GAYLE McCORMICK'S latest x-rays show that the large tumor in her right lung has not increased, and that the cancer that has spread to other portions her body has not progressed further as of now. She is stable at this time, but still is in a weak condition, and on a lot of medication.
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. And, she told me to thank each & everyone of her wonderful fans World Wide for their love and support for all of these years: those who have seen her in-person, on television, and on the Internet...and, of course those who have her albums, CD's, and, single releases.
Gayle & I have been friends for the last 50 years...from 1965 to 2015. We've had some truly fantastic, beautiful, times together, and, careers that we have each shared with all of you. So, please keep Gayle in your thoughts & prayers at this time as she goes through her treatments, and know that I'll give you any important updates, like the one above, when they're available.
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.
SPECIAL FEATURED AIRCHECK...
KSLQ-FM/ST. LOUIS...Spring, 1974:
1974 was an interesting year: At-the-Movies you could see "Chinatown" & "Blazing Saddles", on TV we watched "The Six-Million-Dollar Man" & "Kojak". The St. Louis Baseball Cardinal's Lou Brock stole a record 118 bases, the Football Cardinal's (a/k/a "The Cardiac Cards"), had a superb season and finished #1 in the NFC East with a 10-4 Record. And, Richard Nixon in "Hot Watergate Water" resigned and Gerald Ford took over as President in the U.S.A.
NOW, while all that was going on in 1974, 41 YEARS AGO, I was on-the-air on a Spring Saturday Morning on St. Louis' KSLQ/98FM. There was always lots of fun at the "Q" ! A fast-paced format, lots of music, and lots of personal input from the Air Personalities at the same time !
I think you'll hear that with this Air Check from the Spring of 1974 ! To listen, and get in on all of the fun...Simply Click-On-Here !! ___________________________________________
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 !!!
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:
"PULP ART": Original Cover Paintings For The Great American Pulp Magazines, By Robert Lesser. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., Pub. (2005)
I love art in all forms, and having met Robert Lesser many years ago, I can tell you that he is an expert: a collector, historian, and, writer of the highest caliber ! He was one of my earliest influences when I began collecting "Comic Character Art", in all its various forms, over four decades ago.
In this beautifully balanced volume, he hones-in on another of his, and my, favourite art forms: those dynamic, action-packed, vividly illustrated works of art that were created by some of the best artists you could imagine...and they were created, not for showings in galleries or museums, but as covers for the pulp magazines that dominated the newsstands during the 20's, 30's, and, 40's, selling for about ten cents each, and selling millions of copies in the process.
BUT, the artwork itself, was usually not kept, was discarded, thrown away...and it wasn't until a few decades ago that the importance of those paintings came to be accepted for what they really were: Not "throwaways", but genuine pieces of art in their own right !
Robert Lesser was at the forefront of this movement, and it's all explained, and the artists that did these fantastic pieces are all showcased, within the covers of this marvelous book !
TO READ MY COMPLETE REVIEW, head for the Library by CLICKING ON THIS LINK right now !
"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 !
"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 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 !
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.
"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
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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