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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 !
IT ALL STARTED ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 1967...
...IT WAS AT KLID-AM/1340 Radio in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, AND, that was exactly 50 Years ago TODAY: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 2017 ! (And, NO, I didn't plan Fifty Years Ago, that it would be on the exact same "calendar day" 50 years into the future ! Fate, the alignment of the Planets, and the Cosmic Forces that contribute to our lives, saw to that detail.)
From KLID, in April of 1969, I moved to 50,000 Watt KAAY/1090 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas, and in September of 1972 joined WDRQ-FM in Detroit. Then it was "back home" to St. Louis, Missouri, and KSLQ-FM, August, 1973..."And The Hits Just Kept On Comin' " !
YOU CAN READ ABOUT all of my travels and my "Radio Adventures", and hear many of my Airchecks, by going to the Tabs on the Left Side of your screen. You can start with my Bio by CLICKING-ON-RIGHT HERE.
AND, you'll find some interesting stories & insight concerning my very early experiences working in Television, beginning at the age of 12 in 1953, during TV's "Golden Age" at this Link...http://www.jonnieking.net/gpage32.html
FIFTY YEARS MAY SEEM like a l-o-n-g time to some, but for me, they've gone by "in the blink of an eye". And, I owe it all to you. "If it wasn't for you, there would be no need for me."
So thank you for listening to me through the years, for listening to my Syndicated "Golden Age" Radio Feature for Morning Radio "The Breakfast Serial", and, especially for coming to this WebSite so that I can share the fun, the adventures, and, the fantastic time I've had during all of these years, with you.
PLUS I'm able to introduce you to the Special Friends I've had the privilege of meeting & spending time with, who had an impact on me & touched my life during these years, by featuring them in "Tribute Pages" here on the Site...so you can hear my stories about them, told honestly, and, giving them the honor they truly deserve: Don "Johnny Rabbitt" Pietromonaco, Chuck Berry, Alan Freed, Johnny Cash, George "The King Of The Kustomizers" Barris, Rick Nelson, Dick Clark, Gayle McCormick, The Amazing Criswell, Wolfman Jack, Playmate Paige Young, Gary Owens, Elizabeth Montgomery Ralph "Dick Tracy" Byrd, and so many, many others. Look for Links to their Tribute Pages on the Tabs at the Left Side of your screen.
AGAIN, THANK YOU so very much for being with me...not only for today, but all of the yesterdays & the tomorrows of my life...and yours. "You never know you're making History until it's over with."
Sunday, September 10th, 2017
SPECIAL FEATURED AIRCHECK...
WORKING AT1380 K-GLD/ST LOUIS, was some of the most-fun I ever had in Radio ! I did Afternoon Drive there from October, 1985 to October, 1986...and it was just a pure pleasure to drive in to work everyday !
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AIRCHECKS ! It shows how much fun Rock & Roll "Oldies" Radio on A.M. was at our Station ! (That's Jeff Cochran on the Left in this pic...yours truly on the Right) Everyone on the Staff was great. The Program Director, Gary Mitchell, was just wonderful to work with...a real Pro in every sense of the word !
PLUS, the Oldies Format was tailor-made for my style. I was given free-reign to put my knowledge & love of Oldies, and the ability to "blend them together" for my audience, into action every afternoon.
I THINK YOU'LL see exactly what I mean when you listen to this Aircheck for the next few minutes. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy all of the info, the pix, and, the fun we were having at 1380/K-GLD in St. Louis ! It all begins right now when you simply Click-On-Right-Here ! Listen, look, read, hear, and enjoy a true "Time Travel Trip" ! JK
THE RALPH "DICK TRACY" BYRD TRIBUTE...
CHESTER GOULD CREATED THE two-fisted, crime-fighting detective "Dick Tracy" in 1931. BUT it was in the year 1937 that this legendary creation of Gould's would come to Movie Theaters all-over America...and the World !
It was then, with Ralph Bird taking on the role of "DICK TRACY", that this iconic Comic Character burst onto the screen from the Studios of Republic Pictures, and was "brought to life" in the first of FOUR Movie Serials that would cement Bird into that role for the next 15 Years !
You'll read all about Chester Gould, Ralph Byrd, and, the History of the time that made them both so famous: The History of the Culture of the 1930's, and how America needed a Hero like "Dick Tracy"...in the person of Ralph Byrd.
PLUS, You'll relive those TWO dynamic, Film Noir-Style 1947 RKO Features that starred Ralph Byrd: "Dick Tracy's Dilemma" AND "Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome" (Which Co-Stars Boris Karloff !) that I've added as a TWO PART Series for you !!
YOUR REAL "TIME TRAVEL" Journey into all of the above, begins in a Tribute like none we've presented before ! To start your personal "Time Travel Trip" back to 1930, and my Tribute To Ralph Byrd...simply CLICK-ON-THIS-LINK... and you're on your way !! JK
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" from one of the longest-running Classic Comedy TV Shows ever produced...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, is one you won't want to miss !
BUT WAIT ! THERE'S MORE !! ERIN MURPHY, "Bewitched's" cute, adorable "TABITHA", and I, did a great Interview about "Bewitched", her TV Mom Elizabeth Montgomery, and, also covered much "Inside Info" that you'll want to hear !
Where did the idea for "Bewitched" actually come from ? Why did Dick York have to leave the Series ? AND, how did having BOTH a "TV Family" & her REAL family affect Erin as a child ? Well, you'll find out about those questions, and, learn much that you never knew before !
YOUR JOURNEY TO the "Tribute To Elizabeth Montgomery", "Bewitched", the fantastic "Timeline" that's been prepared for you, AND, you'll get to hear Erin Murphy's Interview that we did on July 31st, 2016, which will "magically" begin as soon as you Click-On-Right-Here !
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:
"PRESTON TUCKER AND HIS BATTLE TO BUILD THE CAR OF TOMORROW", By Steve Lehto, With a Foreword By Jay Leno. Chicago Review Press, Pub.
PRESTON TUCKER IS truly an American Icon. His background, vision, and, creativity, were set to bring America, and the World, a brand-new post-WW II- automobile...the likes of which we hadn't seen before.
But he was plagued by problems, financial troubles, and the "Big Three" (GM, Ford, Chrysler), who wished he would "go away" so they could continue without the competition of this brilliantly-built, gorgeous, ultra-safe, automobile that would come from his assembly lines.
MY REVIEW COVERS the entire spectrum of Tucker's battle, from start-to-finish. And, I'll remind you that this book isn't just about "cars", or, the "Tucker 48", that was to be built. It's about a "David & Goliath" battle that Preston Tucker faced in trying to build something that was, in reality, too good for its time...and how it all, ultimately ended...and, ruined his quest for the "American Dream".
Simply Click-On-This-Link and it will take you to the Library and my Review of this fascinating story !
"DELTA LADY": A Memoir, By Rita Coolidge, with Michael Walker. Harper, Pub. (2016)
MY REVIEW OF this beautifully told, from-the-heart, memoir from the iconic "Delta Lady" herself, Rita Coolidge, is available for you in the Library right now , and it's a piece of Rock & Roll History...written by one of its most-talented survivors !
The stories from this legendary singer, songwriter, performer are ones you won't want to miss ! Her friends & family included Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Graham Nash, Eric Clapton, Cher, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Steven Stills, and, many, many others...you'll "read all about it" when you simply Click-On-This-Link and get instantly transported to the Library ! JK
"HIDING THE ELEPHANT": HOW MAGICIANS INVENTED THE IMPOSSIBLE AND LEARNED TO DISAPPEAR, By Jim Steinmeyer. Foreword by Teller. Carroll & Graf, Pub. (2004)
As well-known magician, author, actor, Ricky Jay states, this book is "An enthralling history of great illusionists that reveals not only how magicians act but how they think."
I found it a great compendium of information on some of the greatest names in magic: Thurston, Kellar, Houdini, Herrmann, Robert-Houdin, and others...plus many you may not be familiar with but should.
But, more than that I found the "backstage" rivalry, thievery, and, outright unprofessional actions of many toward each other, to be a complex world I never knew existed. And, if you're at all interested in the World of Magic, this book will shed new light on the subject for you too.
Did Harry Houdini really cause an elephant to disappear ? Did P.T. Selbit really create the trick of "Sawing A Woman In Half" ? Did Howard Thurston really cause a woman to float through the air & vanish ? These and many other questions will be answered if you read this book !
TO READ MY REVIEW OF "Hiding The Elephant", By Jim Steinmeyer, go to my Special Section on "The Early Years On TV: It Was Magic", by CLICKING-ON-THIS-LINK and scrolling down to the Lower Part of that Page where I Review books on "The Art Of Magic"...and, ENJOY! JK
"THE WORLD OF TOMORROW", By Larry Zim, Mel Lerner, & Herbert Rolfes. Harper & Row, Pub. (1988)
THIS FASCINATING 240 Page, Hard Cover Book, was published as a fitting Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair...and it completely blends-in with, and accompanies my own Tribute to the '39-'40 NYWF that's here on my website.
The work that went into this beautiful 12 x 9 x 1, 3 pound volume is chronologically, and, historically important. The various personal collections that were acquired, loaned, and, photographed for this book are fantastic...many have never been seen or published before, are extremely rare, and, all of them, plus, the information they add to the book, and, the Fair, bring it to life more than ever !
To see my complete Review of "The World Of Tomorrow", by Zim,Lerner & Rolfes...with special information concerning these authors...just CLICK-ON-RIGHT-HERE and head on over to the Library !
"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 passed away in St. Louis, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, after a long, valiant, battle with Cancer. Gayle, the 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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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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