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( (l-r)   Lou “Fatha” Thimes, Bernie Hayes, Doug Eason, Carole Carper and Columbus Gregory.   Back row (l-r) “Gentleman” Jim Gates, Donn Johnson and Calvin King.)

A   TO BLACK ST. LOUIS TOOK PLACE, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012.     HOSTED BY THE ST. LOUIS SENTINEL, THE EVENT ACKNOWLEDGED BLACK HISTORY

MONTH AND SERVED AS A SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL COMMUNICATIONS STUDENTS.   AMONG THE WERE ST. LOUIS BROADCAST LEGENDS

Front row (l-r)   Lou “Fatha” Thimes, Bernie Hayes, Doug Eason, Carole Carper and Columbus Gregory.   Back row (l-r) “Gentleman” Jim Gates, Donn Johnson and Calvin King.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Kev,

    What a great shoot of my homies, i’m not sure if you knew this but I’m from STL.

    So let me break this picture down for you:

    I met Donn Johnson while he was dating my sister when i was a teenager and decided i wanted to be an announcer just like him

    I met Jim Gates though a lovely lady named Mrs. McCotrell who started a broadcast school in East St. Louis and Jim was one of the teachers and on the air at KATZ-AM at the time and he showed me how to slip cue records

    i met Bernie Haynes after graduating from high school and he gave me my first intermship at KKSS while he was doing mornings and the stations PD, it now called Majic 105 in STL

    i met Doug Eason after graduating from college and getting my first job in Springfield, IL at WDBR, Doug hired my to do overnights behind Tony Gray who was doing 7p-Midnight and Tony had just graduated from ILL State University

    i met Carole Carper after coming back to STL after graduating from college and both of us worked for Lee Michael’s at KKSS, I did nights and she was the news person in the AM after Ty Wansley left for Chicago, btw that’s where she met Cliff Winston who took my place and they later married and moved to LA where Cliff later did mornings and was the PD for KJLH (Side note: i knew Carole’s brother before i met her, their family used to make caskets and i worked at a funeral home that used to buy caskets from them) LOL, True story!

    Honorable memtions also in the photo go out to Calvin “The Get Down” King, I rmember listening to Columbus Gregory playing gospel on the radio with my grandmother growing up and Lou “Fatha” Thimes is and will aways be every broadcaster from STL’s hero. Lou’s son “The Real JR” is a great friend and I here he’s returning to radio soon as the PD of WQQX, formerly known as WESL-AM aka “Love 14”

    Ok dude I’m done, these are my memories that will never be forgotten!

    Love Them All 😉

  2. Great picture, of some amazing people! St. Louis was an early stop in my career, and it was one of the places where I was mentored, and nurtured…I owe a lot to guys like Jim Gates, and my main man Dr. Jockenstein. Whether they knew it or not, they were a great influence on me!

  3. Just want to say THANK YOU for the most memorable trip down Radio’s MEMORY LANE – I mean after looking at the faces behind the voices, really brought back some memories that were full of laughter and tears. The “Masters of Love”, Jim Gates, Doug Eason and Lou “Fatha” Thimes along with the Spiritual side of my growing up, Calvin King, Columbus Gregory and Bernie Hayes. I remember Don Johnson only from channel 2 but I enjoyed his broadcast just the same. I met Doug Eason in the old Railway Exchange Building when the KATZ station was there and also I won my FIRST radio contest with Jim Gates ( I won a Stevie Wonder 45 record). I pray that God will continue to Bless each and everyone of you in a special and most profound way. Keep making people smile and bringing joy into empty lives…….I know I’m grateful for those years I’ve spent with you.

  4. Yes Mike! This photo of all the great legends in black radio in St. Louis really does bring back great memories and I have always enjoyed listening to all of them growing up in St. Louis. My dad was a good friend of the late Spider Burkes who was a legend in radio (KXLW), and also the late Jerome Dixon(KATZ) who sadly was killed in a automobile accident back in 1967. Carole Carper I have known for a long time infact we go back a long way in St. Louis during the late 60’s and I can remember when she first started in radio(WESL) and I have followed her career for a long time and I truly feel that her work in radio has always been brilliant and she is also a fine writer and has written many outstanding articles for newspapers and magazines and I feel that along with Dyana Williams of radio one, they are two of the biggest pioneers in black radio. Congraulations to all the radio award winners and all of you have brought much pleasure to black radio in St. Louis.

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