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Aug 1, 2008 12:00 PM, by Erin Shipps, associate editor

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

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

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

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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.

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Tomlinson who first signed WIVK on the air in 1953.

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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.

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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