History of the john trimble radio shows



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HISTORY OF THE JOHN TRIMBLE RADIO SHOWS



CHRISTMAS 1954 JOHN IS ASKED BY MRS. ALICE

MONTGOMERY, HIS HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH AND

DRAMA TEACH, TO DO ONE OF THE VOICES FOR

A CHRISTMAS PLAY THAT WAS BROADCAST LIVE

ON THE LOCAL RADIO STATION IN JOHN’ S

HOMETOWN, PAINTSVILLE, KENTUCKY.
IN THE SPRING OF 1955 MRS. MONTGOMERY ASK

JOHN IF HE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING A

ONE HOUR AFTER SCHOOL TEEN PROGRAM WITH

MARY FORD, ANOTHER STUDENT OF THE CLASS.

THE PROGRAM FEATURED SCHOOL NEWS AND

THE POPULAR MUSIC OF THE DAY.
UNTIL THEN JOHN HAD ONLY DREAMED OF BEING

ON THE RADIO WHILE PLAYING RECORDS ON HIS

GRAND MOTHER’S VICTORIA AND TALKING INTO

A CAN.
THE MORNING AFTER GRADUATION JOHN MOVED

TO CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA TO WORK FOR

WTIP RADIO AND BROADCAST LIVE SIX NIGHTS

A WEEK FROM THE ORIGINAL SHONEYS DRIVE INN

RESTAURANT WHERE HE PLAYED ORIGINAL ROCK

N’ ROLL MUSIC AND CHATTED WITH LISTENERS , WHO

STOPPED BY THE STUDIO. FROM THERE JOHN MOVED

BACK TO KENTUCKY TO WORK FOR WDOC IN

PRESTONSBURG. AFTER TWO YEARS JOHN WENT

INTO THE U.S. ARMY.

AFTER BASIC TRAINING AT FT. KNOX, KENTUCKY. JOHN WAS


ASSIGNED TO THE LITTLE THEATRE AT FORT LEWIS WERE

WORKED AS A M.C. AND COMIC OF SEVERAL TYPES OF LIVE SHOWS AT SERVICE CLUBS AND AND MANY OFF POST VENUES SUCH AS PRISONS,



HOSPITALS ETC. JOHN ALSO WAS THE DRILL MASTER OF

THE MOST FAMOUS DRILL AND SHOW TEAM IN THE

WORLD. THE 8TH. INFANTRY “BULLETS”. HE AND HIS

FELLOW PERFORMERS, CLYDE CROFT FROM MULE SHOE,

TEXAS AND THOMAS WALKER OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

WON FIRST PLACE AT THE FORT LEWIS ENTERTAINMENT

CONTEST. FIRST PLACE AT THE SIXTH ARMY ENTERTAINMENT

CONTEST IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA AND LATER THIRD

PLACE IN THE ALL ARMY (WORLD WIDE) CONTEST HELD AT

FORT LEE , VIRGINIA.

AFTER HIS SERVICE YEARS JOHN RETURNED TO RADIO AT KAMO

RADIO IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. A YEAR LATER JOHN JOINED HIS

FIRST FILL TIME COUNTRY STATION , KBBA IN BENTON A SUBURB OF

LITTLE ROCK AS THE NEW PROGRAM MANAGER. TWO YEARS LATER

JOHN WAS OFFERED A JOB AT THE FIRST ALL COUNTRY MUSIC F.M.

STATION IN THE WORLD, WVHI IN EVANSVILLE, INDIANA. WHILE

THERE JOHN OWNED AND ANNOUNCED A LIVE MUSIC SHOW NAMED

THE COUNTRY CASTLE SHOW MUSIC PROGRAM BROADCAST EACH

FRIDAY NIGHT FROM A LOCAL HOTEL.
ONE YEAR LATER JOHN WAS OFFERED A JOB AS MUSIC DIRECTOR

AND AFTERNOON SHOW HOST ON KMO RADIO, THE “COUNTRY GIANT”

IN THE TACOMA / SEATTLE MARKET. JOHN OPENED A BOOKING

AGENCY AND BROUGHT MANY OF THE TOP RECORDING ARTIST TO

PERFORM IN THE NORTHWEST. JOHN LATER STARTED AN ALL NIGHT

SHOW DIRECTED TOWARD TRUCKERS.
NEXT JOHN WAS OFFERED A JOB WITH KGA IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON. KGA WAS A 50,000 WATT STATION AND WAS HEARD FROM THE GREAT DIVIDE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND FROM THE MEXICAN BOARDER TO NORTH ALASKA. AFTER A YEAR HE WAS OFFERED A JOB BROADCASTING LIVE SIX NIGHTS A WEEK FROM KELLY’S TRUCK STOP ON I-20 OVER 50,000 WATT KWKH IN SHREVEPORT, LA. AFTER THREE YEARS. WALT WILLIAMS , PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF WRVA , ANOTHER 50.000 WATT STATION COVERING 38 STATES AND EASTERN CANADA FROM RICHMOND, VIRGINIA WALKED INTO THE STUDIO ONE NIGHT AND OFFERED JOHN

A JOB BROADCASTING SIX NIGHTS A WEEK FROM THE HUGH JARRELL TRUCK STOP IN DOSWELL 23 MILES NORTH OF RICHMOND. THIS JOB LASTED 18 YEARS. JOHN THEN MOVED TO FULL TIME COUNTRY MUSIC STATION WXGI IN RICHMOND AS A SHOW HOST AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR. TODAY JOHN BROADCAST FROM HIS BACK

YARD STUDIO IN VARINA , VIRGINIA ON WCLM RADIO IN RICHMOND

AND ON bigjohntrimble.com 24 / 7 WORLD WIDE.


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