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May 27, 2014

All 36 hours of "The History Of TMA" are available for download here.

February 25, 2014

A Keith Nichols aircheck from February 10, 1973 has been added here, courtesy Dennis Ducker.

November 29, 2013

Added two new 1985 photos to Picture Page 15.

August 27, 2013

1970s WTMA DJ Gery London (Christopher M. Pinckney) passed away on August 26, 2013. He was 61.

March 16, 2013

A 1978 photo of Booby Nash and Dolly Parton has been added to Picture Page 14.

January 14, 2013

Scans of a 1958 WTMA sales brochure (program schedule and rate card) can be found here.

January 6, 2013

We've added Lee Richards' 1974 Morning Music list here.

December 24, 2012

On-air people in the 1970s at WTMA not only had to worry about keeping the needles moving on the Big 1250, but they had to deal with changing tapes and recording newscasts and weather forecasts for sister FM station WPXI down the hall. To keep track of who did what when, Lee Richards created this schedule in 1974.

December 23, 2012

What did WTMA play on April 15, 1974? Now we have a listing of every song WTMA aired, in order, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight that day (courtesy WTMA's PD at that time, Lee Richards). Find it here.

December 16, 2012

Thanks to former WTMA PD Lee Richards for providing an official WTMA/WPXI memo from 1975 listing station policies (reproduced here), a memo to the WTMA DJs concerning WTMA Operating Principles, and a memo concerning WTMA DJ Do's and Don't's.

November 22, 2012

Audio of Casey Kasem's December 1978 mention of WTMA on American Top 40 has been added here.

September 29, 2012

We've added the names and bios of WTMA's ORIGINAL air staff here.

September 28, 2012

Sad to hear about the passing of early 80s WTMA/WSSX jock T.J. (Tad) Griffin. Enjoy his WTMA airchecks here, and our 2007 phone interview with here.

September 21, 2012

A great big THANK YOU to Steve Green for contributing a great 1963 recording of WTMA morning man Doug Randall, plus a 1964 montage of aircheck snippets (including Jim Diamond, Danny Knox and WTMA's famous mid-60s seductive-sounding sign-off). Find them here

March 4, 2012

Nice to hear from late '70s WTMA DJ Tim St. George. We've updated his bio that includes a 1978 profile by the News & Courier's Stephanie Harvin.

December 14, 2011

Our appreciation to mid-1970s PD Lee Richards for sending us scans of his original WTMA format clocks, plus a 1976 WTMA print ad.

November 26, 2011

Thanks to Mark Manucy for the 1965 studio pic of Brother Dave Lee (now on Picture Page 5) and to Ken Nash (aka Beauregard Dean) for his 1974 studio pic (now on Picture Page 13). We also added a Beauregard Dean bio to the WTMA DJs Page.

November 19, 2011

An aircheck of the November 16, 2011 WTMA Morning Buzz tribute to the late John Trenton has been added here.

November 15, 2011

We're saddened to report the death of former WTMA DJ, PD and GM John Trenton, who passed away this morning after a long illness. We remember John Trenton here.

September 15, 2011

1972 and 1973 airchecks of WTMA weekend warrior Terry Allen have been added here -- plus promos and on-air production pieces for WTMA's "Numbers Game" are now online here.

March 20, 2011

A great sounding May 1971 aircheck of then-morning man/program director John Trenton has been added here.

February 27, 2011

We've added a 1946 WTMA studio photo to Picture Page 1.

Video of the July 2010 destruction of what was left of WTMA's "One Radio Park" has been moved to the bottom of Picture Page 18.

January 6, 2011

We've obtained a better-sounding, longer version of our December 1973 WTMA composite with Lee Richards, Billy Smith, Keith Nichols, Booby Nash, Steve Russell and Gery London. Find it here.

September 4, 2010

Thanks to Pat Garret for the two 1981 WKTM airchecks of Chris Stevens (Dave Shropshire) with newsman Hugh Roberts -- plus Chris/Dave sent us a nice note about his WKTM memories and what he's doing today.

August 27, 2010

We've placed pictures of some of the WTMA PAMS and Pepper jingle tapes on the WTMA Jingles Page.

May 8, 2010

Thanks to Rosemary Trenton for the great pics of her husband John from his Mighty TMA days as GM, PD and DJ. Find them on Picture Page 12.

Three very well done audio productions have been added to Bob Kight's WTMA Memories page, (Bob was "Jim Diamond" on WTMA in the 1960s.)

February 17, 2010

We switched our site search from FreeFind to Google Custom Search. Now when you use the search box on the home page, it searches all of our radio tribute sites as once, not just this one.

January 21, 2010

We've added video from WTMA's special anniversary programming from June 1, 4 and 15, 2009 to our 70th Birthday Page.

January 12, 2010

A Mighty TMA thank you to Jeff Flowers for the great WTMA photos from the early 2000s. Find them on Picture Page #19.

November 26, 2009

Our appreciation to Terry Allen for giving us a circa-1970 memo to the DJs from PD John Trenton, which has been reproduced here.

October 2, 2009

Thanks to Steve Russell for all the new pics for our WKTM section.

September 8, 2009

1970s WTMA DJ Billy Smith has passed away. Read his obituary on the DJs Page.

August 23, 2009

Check out our new WTMA 70th Anniversary page with photos, airchecks and other audio from the station's June 2009 celebration.

July 4, 2009

We've added a new page for print articles about WTMA: WTMA Ink. (Have an article or feature about WTMA you'd like to contribute? E-mail us.)

June 28, 2009

Thanks to Danielle Gordon for the great early 1970s photos of Rudi Gresham and John Trenton. Find them here and here.

June 24, 2009

See pictures from WTMA's Official 70th Birthday Party here. Prints are available from the photographer.

May 25, 2009

We've added a new photo page featuring WTMA pics from the 2000s.

February 28, 2009

Check out the just-posted December 1973 WTMA aircheck composite featuring Lee Richards, Billy Smith, Keith Nichols, Booby Nash and Steve Russell. We thank Lee for sending it our way.

January 3, 2009

Our appreciation to Gerry Cunningham for sending us a 1975 WTMA aircheck of his on-air alter ego, Robert E. Lee.

December 8, 2008

Thanks to Robert Braddock for sending us some great WKTM photos, which let us create a second page of WKTM pics.

October 18, 2008

We added a brief 1974 aircheck of Randy Scott and a 1983 recording of "Riley" to our WKTM Page.

July 15, 2008

Scoped airchecks of all five hours of the July 11, 2008 XM 60s on 6 WTMA tribute from are now available.

July 14, 2008

If you missed today's Rob Brinson's great Op/Ed piece about his WTMA memories in the Post & Courier, you can read it here.

May 18, 2008

Thanks to former PD Lee Richards for sending us some great-quality WTMA airchecks from August and September of 1976. Check out fresh on-air audio goodies from Lee, John Burwell, Gery London, Dan Vallie and Bob James here.

We also added an audio interview with Kirk Varner (WTMA part-time DJ 1973-1975) here.

April 17, 2008

Lee Richards was WTMA's morning man and Program Director from late 1973 through August 1977. Download our brand spankin' new audio interview with Lee here.

February 3, 2008

The WTMA Morning Buzz aircheck tribute to Keith Nichols has been posted here.

We've reorganized the Picture Pages so all the images are arranged in a more chronological fashion, plus did some site-wide graphics tweaks.

Nice to hear from early '60s TMA jock Bob Townsend, who sent us a TMA publicity shot (on Picture Page 2) and updated his info on our DJs Page.

January 28, 2008

A dedicated Keith Nichols page has been created with links to his WTMA airchecks, audio features and more.

January 12, 2008

We've launched a tribute site to Charleston's first radio station, WCSC. Check it out!

November 23, 2007

Thanks to Ed Welch for the aircheck of former WTMA DJ Jerry Smith on North Charleston's WKTM in October of 1974. Find it here.

June 10, 2007

Our May 2007 audio interview with WTMA 1960s DJ Bob Scott has been added here.

May 11, 2007

We've added a 1953 promotional piece featuring Jay Mullen to Picture Page 1.

March 28, 2007

Look what Booby Nash found in his attic recently: an aircheck of him on the Mighty TMA from September 26, 1970. The songs are scoped, but the commercials are intact. Download it here.

March 1, 2007

Check out the great sounding Bob Scott 1964 and Steve Canyon 1966 WTMA airchecks we added today, complete with promos and commercials intact. Thanks to Bob Scott for these historic recordings.

February 15, 2007

WTMA '60s-era DJ Bob Scott checks in! Read his story on the DJs Page.

December 18, 2006

A 3-minute Bob Riley tribute video, produced by the students at WAWL, has been added to the site.

November 29, 2006

Our condolences to the family and friends of former WTMA DJ Bob Riley, who passed away on November 28, 2006. Bob was at WTMA between '68 and '73.

November 28, 2006

We've partnered up with RadioLogoLand to offer t-shirts and other goodies with the WTMA logo on them. Proceeds from all purchases (whether it's a WTMA item or from another classic Top 40 station) go towards the upkeep of this Website and its associated expenses. There's one catch though. In order for us to get credit, you need to get to their site through the links on ours.

November 5, 2006

By request a WTMA Coverage Map has been added.

August 1, 2006

We've posted a 1980 aircheck of part-timer David Michaels.

July 9, 2006

Thanks to Wayne Warrick for providing excellent-sounding 1977 airchecks of Mad Dog Morgan, Bob James and Mark Shipman. (It's amazing what you can find on eBay!)

June 21, 2006

Download scoped airchecks of the May 26, 2006 XM Radio WTMA Tribute here.

April 1, 2006

Former WTMA PD Lee Richards found us! See what he's been up to the last 30 years on the DJs Page.

December 29, 2005

New comments from Terry Allen and additional DJ info have been added to the Where Are They Now page.

September 5, 2005

After a few months of butt dragging, we've finally posted the audio interview we did with legendary WTMA DJ Booby Nash, recorded this past Spring in the WTMA studios.

June 20, 2005

Thanks to Big Mack for all of the cool early '80s WTMA pictures which we've placed on Picture Page 15.

June 20, 2005

Download WTMA's "Sexy Sign-Off" (circa 1965) here.

June 13, 2005

Check out the 1980s section of our Aircheck Page for a 1983 aircheck of Big Mack burning up the Charleston nighttime on the Mighty TMA.

June 5, 2005

Thanks to Jim Diamond for the "Then & Now" photos of WTMA Air Personalities. We also posted a great-quality aircheck of a Jack Wilson newscast from 1975, complete with commercials.

June 3, 2005

Check out the 2005 picture of 1970s Mighty TMA jocks Billy Smith and Ted Bell on Picture Page 19.

May 31, 2005

If you missed hearing the WTMA DJ Reunion Talk Show hosted by Bill Sharpe, you can download it here.

Pictures from the WTMA 2005 Music Radio Reunion have been added here -- and there are photos from the WTMA DJ Reunion Sock Hop here.

February 27, 2005

Thanks to Terry Allen for contributing some cool 'KTM photos to our WKTM Remembered Page.

February 26, 2005

Ed Welch happened to be home taping WTMA one Saturday in 1973 -- and because of that, we have our first Robert Wayne Anderson aircheck on the Audio page. Also, mid-60s 'TMA DJ Danny Knox just discovered this site. Find out what he's been doing the last 40 years on the Where Are They Now? page.

February 1, 2005

Bob Graham sent us two airchecks of him recorded during WTMA's latter days as a music station in the mid-80s. One is from 1985 and showcases Bob doing middays in the AC format, while the other puts Bob in morning drive during 1986's "Classic Rock, Roll & Soul" days. Both feature News Director Warren Ashmore. Download them from the 1980s Airchecks section of the Audio Page.

We met with Al Kamhi, Gery London and Booby Nash last week to plan this year's WTMA Music Radio Reunion. See a picture on the Reunion Page.

January 23, 2005

WTMA's Production Director in 1980, TJ (Tad) Griffin, checks in with his recollections of what was going on at the Nifty 1250 during the early days of Sconnix ownership. It's a fascinating read...and you can find it here.

January 21, 2005

Mid-80s midday jock Bob Graham contributed two photos from his time at the Mighty TMA. Find them at the bottom of this page.

Our good friend TJ Griffin cleaned out his attic and found two airchecks and promo from his brief TMA tenure in 1980. Download them from the Audio Page.

In other news: John Burwell's excellent "WTMA 1969-1979" composite has been added to the Reelradio site for Top 40 lovers from all over the world to enjoy. Experience it here.  

January 8, 2005

New 1970s Charleston radio (WQSN and WCSC) photos have been added to the Brother Dave page.

December 30, 2004

Recollections from mid-80s WTMA nighttime DJ Scott Young (a.k.a. Doc Washburn) have been posted on the Message Board. Also, check out the latest list of "scheduled-to-appear" alumni on the WTMA Reunion Page.

December 23, 2004

Check out the new and improved Brother Dave page! There are new pictures (including a shot of engineer Charles McHan) and an excellent piece from the Bro.

December 21, 2004

Keith Nichols has provided some clean-sounding "right-off-the-air-monitor" reels of him doing overnights, nights, and middays in '73 and ' a narrated station composite featuring Lee Richards, Keith Nichols, Gery London, Robert E. Lee and Brother Dave. Wow! Find it all on on the WTMA Audio Page.

Keith also let us scan some pictures from some WTMA music surveys we didn't already have. They're here.

Your humble curator had the pleasure of having lunch with Booby Nash in mid December Booby gave us a few WTMA aircheck cassettes for the site, which not only included some 1975 top-of-his-game Booby Nash, but John Burwell, Lee Richards, and the late Randy Scott too. Find them on the WTMA Audio Page.

November 6, 2004

Gery London, WTMA DJ between 1973 and 1978, shares his memories of his time at the Nifty 1250.

October 19, 2004

For WKTM fans, check out Ken Harlan's WKTM Memories here.

October 18, 2004

We added a page devoted to next year's WTMA Music Radio Reunion

October 12, 2004

More pictures from Steve Russell! Find them here.

October 11, 2004

One Radio Park -- R.I.P. The 1960s portion of the Orange Grove Road facility was razed last week, and we've got pictures.

Former 1970s WTMA DJ Steve Russell has contributed some great WTMA and WKTM photos. Find the TMA ones here and the KTM pics on the still new WKTM Remembered page.

Also, for those of you who fondly remember WOKE in Charleston, you'll be interested in the new WOKE images and audio provided by Jackson Douglas.

September 27, 2004

One of the stations that tried to take down WTMA in its Top 40 days was WKTM. Even with many former WTMA jocks and a big FM signal, it was unsuccessful. Still, we thought many of our visitors would be interested in the WKTM material recently donated by former WKTM ND John Patterson, so we've created a new WKTM Remembered page with photos and sound files.

John also included a couple of brief 1977 airchecks of newscasts of WTMA and WPXI featuring Al Kamhi and Steve Bell, which we've happily posted on the WTMA Audio Page.

September 24, 2004

We've just added a very early CJ & Buzz WTMA more ways than one. Not only was this 1982 'check from one of their first shows at the Nifty 1250, it was taped at 5:30 a.m. This aircheck originally appeared on The Aircheck Factory's Around The Dial #68. Download it from the 1980s Aircheck area of the Audio Page.

September 19, 2004

Jay Donovan, morning man at WTMA for about a year in the mid-1980s, located one of his WTMA airchecks and has shared it with us. Besides Jay and some classic American Comedy Network material, you'll hear TMA-ers-at-the-time Warren Ashmore and Bob Graham. Download the MP3 from the 1980s Aircheck area of the Audio Page.

September 11, 2004

It's been a couple of weeks since we added something new to the site. Hopefully you'll think it was worth the wait when you hear our interview with "morning mouth" Buzz Bowman. Buzz talks about his time he not only teamed up with CJ Jones at WTMA in early 1980s, but at WCSC and WWHT too -- plus his stints at other stations in and out of Charleston. Get "Buzzed" on our Audio Page right now!

August 26, 2004

Ever get so mad at the boss that you wanted to quit right in the middle of your shift? Charlie McGraw did it. He manned the Mighty TMA nighttime microphone in 1981 -- and despite an unorthodox ending to his Charleston radio career -- was kind enough to share his WTMA memories with us from his adopted hometown of Las Vegas. Check out Charlie -- he's the newest interview on our Audio Page.

August 23, 2004

Early 70s WTMA newsman Thom Berry shared his WTMA Memories with us today via phone from Columbia. Thom talks about doing news with Frank O. Hunt, sharing an apartment with engineer Bill Dudley, working with Booby Nash, and why WTMA holds a special place in his broadcast history. Download the interview here

August 22, 2004

Former WTMA newsman Steve Bell sent us a great color photo of him in action at the WTMA newsroom board. Find it near the bottom of Picture Page 14.

August 20, 2004

We were delighted to hear from former WTMA newsman Thom Berry, who now works in the Division of Media Relations at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in Columbia. Thom writes: "I worked in the newsroom at WTMA from 1970 to 1971 when I went to WIS in Columbia. Frank O. Hunt was my boss and news director. John Trenton was the PD. I came to WTMA from WYCL in York where I worked with Richard Irwin [of ReelRadio fame]. Bill Towery (a.k.a. J.J. Scott) also came to WTMA from WYCL a little later, first on overnights, then evenings and then day shifts and production work. He went on to WFYR in Chicago for a number of years. Good times at the TMA Tiger.

"Reading some of the postings from other staffers I have to wonder just how many folks shared an apartment with Bill Dudley over the years! I know I did in the apartment complex at the other end of Orange Park Road. Bill had one sweet Corvette. Has anyone mentioned the problems we just to have with snakes and other critters getting into the new building and getting fried by the transmitter?

"I worked with [WTMA 1950s announcer] Bill Walton in Columbia in the late 70's/early 80's when he was doing nights at WSCQ-FM. He is deceased."

Thom also helped us track down late 60s WTMA DJ Jay Bond (real name Jeff Flanders). Jay/Jeff has worked for the Lexington County (South Carolina) Sheriff's Office since the 80s, and has a successful second career as a speaker/humorist. He tells us he has some WTMA material in his garage he'll be sharing with us at a future date, plus will sit down for an interview the next time he's in Charleston. 

August 18, 2004

WCSC-TV provided us with a videotape of all the raw footage they used in assembling their June 25, 2004 story on WTMA's 65th Anniversary DJ Reunion. While we still are illiterate about the process of turning video from a VHS tape into an Internet-friendly video format, we had no problem coding the audio into downloadable MP3 files. Hear the "good stuff" that didn't make it into the 3-minute Channel 5 report from John Burwell, Gery London, Charlie "Byrd" Lindsey and John Quincy on the Audio Page.

August 17, 2004

Thanks to Jack Gale, we were able to add some updates to the Where Are They Now Page.

August 11, 2004

Steve Carroll (a.k.a. Marv Rothchild) manned the WTMA microphone, turntables and reel-to-reel decks (cart machines hadn't been invented yet) during the Jack Gale days of the mid-50s. We had the pleasure of speaking with him this morning -- and lickedy split -- edited and uploaded the interview the very same day. Steve also worked with Jack in Cocoa Beach and in Charlotte at the legendary Big WAYS. Hear Steve's WTMA memories...and see what kind of dirt he dishes on Jack...when you download the interview from our power-packed Audio Page.  

August 8, 2004

Brother Dave (a.k.a. Dave Derek and Dave Vasser) did nights and overnights at WTMA in 1974 and 1975. Before he left Charleston in 1979 he also spent time at WCSC and WQSN. Download our 2003 landline interview from the Audio Page and hear "Bro" talk about all of those stations, the former WTMA-FM (WPXI) and more.

August 5, 2004

Bill Evenson has had a rich history in broadcasting. He worked as an actor on soap operas in radio's golden age; anchored the news on Charleston TV stations; and covered events all around the world as a big-time network news correspondent. But one of his favorite jobs was being a morning newscaster at WTMA during the Jack Gale days of the mid-50s. We invite you to spend 24-and-a-half fascinating minutes with Bill after you download our 2003 phone interview from our Audio Page.

August 4, 2004

What was it like to be a teenage disc jockey at WTMA in the mid 50s? Buddie Charles tells us in the newest interview on our Audio Page.

August 3, 2004

More interviews, more often! Two more have been posted on the Audio Page today. First, there's a studio interview with Red Evans, who worked at WTMA twice in the 1950s. Many older Charlestonians remember him from his broadcasts every weeknight from the Target Drive-In on Rivers Avenue. He also moved the VU meters at WOKE and WNCG and shares his memories from those fondly-remembered Low Country outlets.

Next comes a phone conversation we had in 2003 with Paul Mayer. Paul came to WTMA in 1980 as Operations Manager and AM driver expecting to help migrate WTMA to FM at 95.1 and WPXI to the AM 1250 slot. What happened? Download the interview from the Audio Page and as a bonus, hear how Paul narrowly escaped death from a "400 foot rabid raccoon" at the Orange Grove Road studios.

August 2, 2004

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Diamond in the studio in 2003. Jim (alias R.J. "Bob" Kight) has been a great friend to this effort, providing many of the airchecks and images you see on this Website. Download both halves of the interview from the Audio Page and hear Jim/Bob not only talk about his time at 'TMA (1963-1965) but his succeeding Charleston broadcasting gigs at WQSN, WCSC-AM and WCSC-TV.

Another new addition to the Audio Page: our recent phone interview with Warren Ashmore, WTMA's News Director in 1985 and 1986. What was it like when management decided to let go all of 'TMA's on-air staff and go automated? Warren fills us in on the last days, plus chats about his time at WGCA (the former WQSN) and what it was like to work with CJ & Buzz, Jay Donovan, Steve King and Bill Poston.

We've had plenty of interviews with 'TMA DJs and newsmen of the past, but we just posted our first one-on-one with a former WTMA salesman. Clancy Bowick sold time for WTMA and WPXI between 1972 and 1975...and you might be shocked when you find out for how much. Clancy talks about being a 'TMA Super Seller during the Super '70s and so much more. Download the discussion from the always bigger-and-better Audio Page.


August 1, 2004

He loved WTMA so much that he worked there twice: first in 1964 as midday jock Johnny Prince and then in the 80s as part of the famed CJ & Buzz morning team. Our 2003 interview with C.J. Jones can now be downloaded from the Audio Page. Along with sharing his WTMA memories, C.J. talks about his time at the AM station (WCSC) that took down 'TMA in the late 70s, owning stations in Charleston, and doing radio in Europe.

We've also added our third CJ & Buzz aircheck to our Audio Page, allowing you to take a virtual trip back to the morning of January 31, 1983. Interspersed with the yuks from Misters Jones and Bowman you'll hear news from David Fredericks, sports from Bill Poston, traffic from "Laura" (who's real name was Maureen) and Howard Daniels (a.k.a. Dan Stevens). Fulltime 'TMA-ers Scott Maxell and Bill Quinn can be heard on some of the spots, as well as longtime Charleston broadcaster Ed Salen.

July 30, 2004

It's been nearly 50 years since Jack Gale woke up the Low Country on "Radio Charleston," but he's still remembered fondly as one of WTMA's MAJOR air personalities. Get both parts of our phone interview with the man who former WTMA program director George Wilson called one of the best morning men in the country guessed it...the Nifty 1250 Audio Page.

July 29, 2004

Jay Donovan hosted WTMA's morning show starting in March of 1985, and moved over to sister-station WSSX about a year later. Download and enjoy our phone interview with Jay from our ever-expanding Audio Page.

We also posted our June 2004 phone interview with Franz Witte, who was employed as an announcer, Program Director, and a salesman for WTMA between 1940 and 1948. As a matter of fact, Franz joined 'TMA just one year after the station signed on the air. Now in his mid-80s with a clear voice and a mind as sharp as the proverbial tack, Franz fills us in on those fascinating first few years of WTMA's life cycle. How did they do local radio pre-tape? How did WTMA's first wire recorder get used in a law enforcement sting? How did Franz feel about longtime WTMA owner Chuck Smith even though he left the station before Chuck bought the station from the Post & Courier? What about the beginnings of WTMA-FM? There's some real radio history here folks! Make sure you download both parts from the Audio Page.

July 27, 2004

Stop the presses! Our studio interview with Frank O. Hunt, WTMA's News Director between 1971 and 1974, is now near the top of our Audio Page. Frank was a Charleston TV fixture until 1999 -- but it was cranking out the news copy on WTMA that prepared him for life on the boob tube. They don't do radio news in Charleston anymore the way Frank did it at TMA in the early 70s.

July 26, 2004

Ever wonder what WTMA sounded like in 1939? Unfortunately, no recordings from that year exist (that we know of) but thanks to Doug Donehue and a 1939 ad from the Charleston News & Courier, you can see what WTMA aired the very first Sunday it was on the air. See what was moving the VU meter here.

July 25, 2004

New to the Audio Page: our 2003 phone interview with Steve King, WTMA PD and PM Drive DJ from 1984-1987. Steve talks about the tail end of TMA's AC format, the "Classic Rock, Roll & Soul" music mix that revitalized 1250 for a bit, and what the "last days" were like.

You'll also find last year's studio interview with WTMA's "Weekend Warrior" of the 60s and 70s, Terry Allen. You'll hear what Terry really thinks about John Trenton, Doug Randall, Booby Nash and WTMA's move from the Dock Street Theatre to Orange Grove Road.

July 24, 2004

We've posted the phone interview we did with T.J. Griffin who was at WTMA during its last moments as a (sort of) Top 40 station in 1980. (We had the pleasure of working with T.J. a short time later when he was production director for the former WTMA-FM, WSSX.)  Download it from the Audio Page and find out why this talented radio guy isn't doing radio anymore.

July 23, 2004

Our thanks to mid-70s morning newsman/news director Al Kamhi for an enjoyable interview, which can be downloaded from the Audio Page! Find out why working at WTMA was Al's second-favorite job of his career. He also talks about the TMA folks he worked with, WTMA's philosophy to doing radio news in Charleston in the mid 1970s, and what he's been up to since then days.

By request, we've added two new picture pages. One contains photos of WTMA's soon-to-be-demolished Orange Grove Road building as it looks today. The other contains pictures of WTMA's current North Charleston facility.

We also added a photo of a WTMA/WPXI tape box from the mid 70s to Picture Page 14, thanks to Steve Bell.

July 21, 2004

Steve Bell airchecks and news-type goodies are now on the Audio Page! You can download Steve's first WTMA newscast (March 31, 1975) complete with unscoped commercials and actualities, plus other 1975 newscasts (including a tag-team 'cast with Al Kamhi from Florence, SC) -- and a cool compilation of Steve's 1975 Mutual Broadcasting System voicers. (WTMA was a Mutual affiliate for many, many years.) You can also download Steve's 1975 interview with General William C. Westmoreland and his 1976 interview with Charleston native and former NBC Today Show newscaster Frank Blair too.

July 18, 2004

Our interview with Steve Bell, a WTMA/WPXI newsman between 1975 and 1978, has been posted on the Audio Page. Steve talks about what it was like to be a radio journalist for Charleston's number one and number two stations, as well as Charles McHan's "McMute," John Burwell's "Pussycat Hose," and that remote controlled cart machine in the newsroom dedicated to playing back WPXI newscasts. We've beefed up the Steve Bell page with several cool images he graciously shared...and watch this site for some WTMA airchecks from his personal collection coming soon!

July 17, 2004

We've posted all of the basic cuts from TM Productions classic "Phase II" jingle package (one of our all-time favorites). If you listened to WTMA in the early 70s, you heard these jingles a lot! You'll find the link at the bottom of the Audio Page.

As far as we know, the only WTMA jingle package we're missing from the '60s and '70s (besides those customized "Singing Clock" jingles heard on 1964 airchecks) is a Pepper Tanner acapella package used in the late 1960s. Perhaps a copy of that will turn up someday!

July 13, 2004

More sensational 70s sounds on the Audio Page thanks to Bob Riley! Primo-quality airchecks from November 16, 1970 and January 12, 1973 let us live "The Life of Riley" all over again.

July 12, 2004

Just added to the Audio Page - a smokin' Kirk Varner "Saturday in the City" WTMA aircheck from December of 1974! We've scoped down the songs, but the commercials and promos remain intact. One listen and you'll hear why this teenage 'TMA DJ made North Charleston High School proud. 

July 8, 2004

Check out the Bob Riley interview on the Audio Page. Bob speaks about his days at WTMA, working for Ted Turner, "ancient" broadcasting technology, and the "secrets" behind the Jim Schulke Beautiful Music format. Bob did afternoons at WTMA between 1968 and early 1973. We also heard from WTMA-WPXI mid-70s newsman Steve Bell; check out his story here. Steve told us where Bob James (Lamar Boyd) is, so we updated the Where Are They Now page accordingly. Plus, our interview with Ted Bell is now online!

July 7, 2004

Three great-sounding Bob Riley airchecks have been posted on the Audio Page. You can download new Riley 'checks from 1968, 1970, and 1973 (his last WTMA show). Of course, don't miss his 1969 aircheck we put up a few days ago. Bob promises more tapes to come!

July 5, 2004

We've posted our interview with the man responsible for turning WTMA into a Top 40 station, George Wilson. George not only reminisces about Charleston and the early days of "The Mighty TMA" but talks about his impressive broadcast career. Download the interview here.

July 4, 2004

More audio, more often! Our interview with former WTMA DJ Billy Smith has been posted on the Audio Page. We also added the WTMA 60th Anniversary Page, which contains airchecks of WTMA's 60th birthday broadcasts from the Francis Marion Hotel on June 15, 1999 featuring many former WTMA air personalities. Plus, the Booby Nash Old DJ Show Page features airchecks Booby filling in for Dan Moon on August 19, 1994 with several WTMA on-air alumni.

July 3, 2004

Lots of airchecks and other audio added to the site today! You can download and enjoy more airchecks from John Trenton, Terry Allen (sometimes known as Dick Clark), Kirk Varner, John Burwell, Bobby Dee, Booby Nash, and Steve King. New DJs to the Audio Page include Bob Mitchell and Bob Graham. Plus, at the top of the Audio Page we've posted the audio portion of the WCSC-TV story done on WTMA's 65th anniversary on 6/25/04.

July 2, 2004

Bob Riley sent in an excellent-quality WTMA aircheck from 1969, which is now available on the Audio Page. (More 'checks from Bob are on the way!) We also posted an audio greeting from Don "Mad Dog" Morgan on his page, as well as more airchecks from John Burwell and two airchecks of WTMA news from the mid 70s featuring Al Kamhi and Steve Bell.

July 1, 2004

Thanks to former WTMA WTMA DJ Billy Smith for taking time to share his WTMA memories with us. Bill now does mornings at 94.9 The Surf in the Myrtle Beach market. We'll be posting an edited version of the audio interview on this Website at a future date.

June 30, 2004

More work has been done on the "Where Are They Now" page.

June 29, 2004

We had the pleasure of interviewing two former WTMA "Good Guys" today: George Wilson and Bob Riley. George, of course, was the program director that switched WTMA to a Top 40 format circa 1960. Before the switch, WTMA was dead last in the Charleston ratings. Even WAPE in Jacksonville had bigger ratings in Charleston than WTMA. 30 days after making the format switch, WTMA zoomed to number one. George just turned 75, and has retired in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bob Riley came to WTMA in 1969 and was there until 1971, working in both the Dock Street Theater and Orange Grove Road studios as WTMA's afternoon driver. Bob is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he's been station manager and engineer of educational FM station WAWL since 1980. (Note: Bob found this Website thanks to a plug from former Billboard radio editor Claude Hall on his website.)

Edited versions of both audio interviews will be posted on this site at a future date.

We started on the "Where Are They Now" page. It's rough, but it'll get there. Contributions are always welcome.

June 28, 2004

Today we interviewed former WTMA DJ (and WPXI manager) Ted Bell. Ted was on the air at WTMA around 1970, and then headed up programming on the former WTMA-FM, WPXI when it switched to a beautiful music format in 1971. He left WTMA to manage a station in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He returned to WTMA for several months in 1979. Ted now does middays and is production director at 94.9 The Surf in the Myrtle Beach market.

June 27, 2004

Lots of new material has been added to the Audio Page. You'll find interviews with the sons of WTMA's two original owners, plus interviews with Booby Nash and Bob McLain, as well as features with Charlie "Byrd" Lindsey and Keith Nichols. Thanks to John Burwell for contributing the excellent-quality aircheck of Booby Nash from 1978. We also posted the 1971 aircheck of John Trenton that appeared on the first volume of Bootleg Top 40.

June 26, 2004

Airchecks and photos from WTMA's 65th anniversary broadcast from the Citadel Mall and the 1960s and 1970s/80s DJ reunion shows were added to the site. You'll hear from WTMA alumni Dan Moon, Jack Gale, Buddie Charles, Bill Evenson, Keith Nichols, Jim Diamond, Terry Allen, Bill Edwards, Mike West, John Burwell, Gary London, Kirk Varner, CJ Jones, and Steve King.


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