A MESSAGE FROM CURATOR JOHN QUINCY
ABOUT JOHN QUINCY
Even though he
was born 15 years earlier, Lexington, Kentucky native John Quincy
[Real name: Ted Tatman] didn't really discover Top 40 radio until he
smuggled in a transistor radio to a church camp outside of Louisville in the summer of 1970.
After a few hours of listening to the legendary WAKY in his
dorm room, he
caught the radio fever.
return to Lexington and a visit to local stations to find out how radio stations really performed that on-air magic, he
Shortly thereafter a high school teacher told him about a Junior Achievement program being sponsored by WVLK-AM.
Every Wednesday night WVLK would turn over a half hour of their programming to high school kids, who would sell, operate, and program it.
made sure he
was one of the ones chosen to be one of the teen DJs.
junior and senior year of high school, Quincy
scored a summer job working seven days a week at WBGR AM & FM
in Paris, Kentucky.
Most of the time was spent running the board for Cincinnati Reds baseball games, but for part of each shift he
got to play DJ.
While it was country music (which was especially bad in the early '70s), it was radio.
From that point, Quincy
never looked back.
There were stints in other Lexington area radio stations (WEKY, WAXU, WCBR, WKDJ, and WBLG) before Quincy
got the call in 1979 to escape Lexington's
chilly winters and work in sunny Savannah, Georgia (WKBX and WZAT).
Then in 1981, Quincy
moved up the coast to Charleston, South Carolina to take on PM drive duties at rock station WSSX.
Later Charleston gigs included AC WXTC (where he
spent nearly 10 years as PD), All 70s WJUK, Country WBUB, Oldies WXLY, News-Talk WTMA, and Country WNKT.
Subscribers to Tom Konard's Aircheck Factory service might remember Quincy
as one of the narrators of "Around The Dial" and various profiles.