"I'd just turned 19 and was now walking the halls, attending jock meetings, and hanging out with Kentuckiana's undisputed 'Golden Boys' of Top 40 Radio: Bill Bailey, John W. 'Dude' Walker, Johnny Randolph, Gary Burbank, Jason O'Brian, Mason Lee Dixon
and Michael Louis Griffin.
"Although I missed working with Mason Dixon
and I nearly started in radio together at WRSL in Stanford
Mason Lee Dixon [Audio Interview Available ] Overnight DJ who started at WAKY in March, 1969.
Previously worked at other Kentucky stations such as WEKY in Richmond, WIRV in Irvine, WVLK in Lexington and WDXR in Paducah under his real name and as Jay Rabbit.
in September, 1972 to work at a KXOK in St. Louis.
Along with spinning the Top 40 hits, he
had a WAKY
call-in talk show called "The Mason Dixon Line.
"I was first hired by Johnny Randolph for two weeks as vacation fill in for Mason Dixon in July of 1971. (Probably this is the vacation he alludes to in the aircheck you have for him on the 79WAKY site.) A month or so after that I was hired as Production Director and weekends, a job I stayed in until 1977.
I worked with Johnny Randolph, Bill Bailey, and Tom Dooley, and then Bob Moody and Coyote Calhoun, and then Chuck Jackson and Mason Dixon
This was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of mine to work in St. Louis radio, having grown up 150 miles south in Sikeston, and listening to KXOK, the BIG 630, in its heyday ( Johnny Rabbit, and, believe it or not, Mason Lee Dixon).
For the life of me, I cannot remember Chuck's last name who did 10p-2a. [ Chuck Jackson ?] Mason Lee Dixon
was back for awhile to do overnights.
"By way of background, I was a news anchor and reporter at WAKY
, under the name Mike Summers, in the late '60s and early '70s, working with Bill Bailey, the late Skinny Bobby Harper, Mason Lee Dixon
, Johnny Randolph, Gary Burbank and a host of other very talented people. (A Louisville native, I too had started with Junior Achievement Radio at St. X. in Louisville, then worked at WREY in New Albany and WSTM-FM
in St. Matthews before being lucky enough to be hired at WAKY
.) I later worked with former WAKY general manager Al Smith in Chattanooga and New Orleans, and with former WAKY program director Bob Todd in Chattanooga.
Mason Lee Dixon
recalls: "We spent many anguish-filled hours searching for the boy, sensing all of the time that he
had crawled through the hole in the fence at the Water Company
across the street from his