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August 1, 2008


That Was Then

In November, Arcadia Publishing Co. of Charleston, SC, will release Images of America: Knoxville's WIVK by Ed Hooper. This book delves into the history of Tennessee's country music station, WIVK. It includes 200 photos (some never-before-seen) of the station from 1953 when Jim Dick founded it, through today. Photo information courtesy Ed Hooper. To order this book visit www.wivk.com.

Legendary morning announcer Claude Tomlinson in the studio circa 1956. He remained with the station until 1992.

Legendary morning announcer Claude Tomlinson in the studio circa 1956. He remained with the station until 1992.

The first WIVK studio on Gay Street above a hardware store, where it remained until moving to Bearden Hill.

The first WIVK studio on Gay Street above a hardware store, where it remained until moving to Bearden Hill.

Announcer Ken Russell, known as Cousin Ken, started at WIVK as a fill-in in the 1950s. He had an ear for local talent that made his program one of the station's most popular.

Announcer Ken Russell, known as Cousin Ken, started at WIVK as a fill-in in the 1950s. He had an ear for local talent that made his program one of the station's most popular.

Tomlinson who first signed WIVK on the air in 1953.

Tomlinson who first signed WIVK on the air in 1953.


Sample and Hold

Top 5 Radio Market Revenues by CAGR Rank

SNL Kagan has identified small-to-midsize markets in the Pacific region, especially in metro areas with large Hispanic populations, as having the greatest growth potential. In its report, “Radio/TV Station Annual Outlook: Market-by-Market Revenue Projections”, the company took into account overall broadcast revenue trends, market demographics and expected ad revenues from the presidential election in determining a market's growth potential.

CAGR Rank Market 2007 Market Rank CAGR 2007-2012 Retail Growth 2007-2012
1 San Diego 17 2% 11.9%
2 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 26 1.9% 10.1%
3 Stockton, CA 79 1.9% 11.9%
4 San Jose, CA 35 1.9% 8.9%
5 Fresno, CA 66 1.9% 10.7%
Source: SNL Kagan



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