Rhett Walker once told me that Y-107 had an incredible listener base right up till the day management pulled the plug. The apparent reason: The station name and logo had become synonymous with such outrageous on air behavior that local Christian preachers were having success in deterring advertisers from purchasing airtime… despite high ratings and incredible fan loyalty. All that to describe the atmosphere surrounding this station by 1994. About one year before the flip to “The River”, here’s the whole Y-107 bunch, Morning Zoo and all, scoped down to just under an hour.
Sometime in the late 1980’s, the evening news program ’48 Hours’ did a segment on top 40 radio. Or, should I say, outrageous radio. Y-107 was so outrageous, it was prominently featured as a classic example of ‘sinful’ lifestyle (yes, Jerry Falwell was shown preaching against it.). This is priceless, if only to showcase just how big Nashville’s Y-107 was. If only they hadn’t blown it up – and a great many fans would agree with me.
Coming to you via the fabulously enormous Contributor Robyn Watts collection, here’s a selection from “East Coast Airchecks” Tape #32 entitled “Hot Night Jocks”. Hawk Harrison is no Coyote McCloud, but definitely cuts it as a hot night jock on one of the nation’s most notorious CHR stations – made so in no small part thanks to the efforts of televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart, who called on ownership to pull the plug on the station and advertisers to stay away. Eventually, to a degree, it worked, as Y107 would change to AAA as “The River” – a format that continues to this day. Its another teaser aircheck at just under 5 minutes in length… with more to come shortly from Robyn Watts!
We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Coyote McCloud. Here’s the story, printed in the Nashville Tennessean. Now, on with this classic aircheck.. First posted on the 3rd Saturday in May, 2002, here’s one of the first airchecks we put up! Courtesy of early Airchexx Contributor Rhett Walker, we present Y-107 Nashville and the zany morning crew of Coyote McCloud, Rhett Walker News & Buck Naked Traffic – along with a bit of the rest of the broadcast day. This station and the Toucan are long gone, and Nashville radio has never been the same. Runs 30 minutes, scoped.