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Produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva
with Valerie Velardi, Mixed by Jim McKee at Earwax Productions, San Francisco

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  • Read and Listen to Part 1 of the WHER story.
  • Read and Listen to Part 2 of the WHER story.
  • More on WHER with Jaqueline Hall and Peter Guaralnick.

    Music Credits & Discography


    Peggy Lee

    Dolly Holiday

    Jackie Gleason

    Penthouse Serenade, Nat King Cole, "Penthouse Serenade-Nat King Cole at the Piano", Capitol Records

    Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Connie Stevens, "Conchetta", Warner Bros. Records

    The Test of Time, Dean Martin, "This is Dean Martin"

    My Man, Peggy Lee, "I Like Men", Capitol Records

    You Go To My Head, Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson, "Louis Armstrong meets Oscar Peterson", Verve Records

    Sunday Blues, Julie London, "About the Blues", Liberty Records

    Misty, Mantovani, "Mantovani Magic", Decca Records

    Take Five, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Time Out"

    Strange Fruit, Carmen McCrae, "Carmen McCrae sings Bill Holiday", Columbia Jazz

    My Sweet Lord, Ray Coniff, "Ray Coniff and his Singers"

    We dedicate this program to the incredible Women of WHER who shared their memories and time with us:
    Becky Phillips, 1955 - 1986
    On Air Personality and Co-Founder of WHER
    Denise Howard,
    Station Designer & Promotions
    Rena Franklin, 1956-1958
    Disc Jockey, Station Librarian & Publicity
    Janie Joplin, 1959 - 1964
    Morning Disc Jockey & Copywriter
    Bettye Maddox Berger, 1957 & 1962
    Disc Jockey & Sales
    Nancy Wayne Stracener, 1960 - 1962
    Radio Announcer, Weekend Jazz show Disc Jockey
    Marge Thrasher, 1961 - early Eighties
    Host, "Open Mike"
    Dean "The Hat" Duvall, 1962-1965
    Sales Manager
    Wanda Martin Price, 1965- 1970
    Disc Jockey, Business Manager and Sales
    Donna Barlett, 1965- 1971
    Copywriter, Disc Jockey
    Jackie Kelly, 1967 - 1971
    Disc Jockey, Copywriter & Traffic
    Jaine Rodack, 1967 - 1971
    Co-Host of the "Dick and Jaine" Show
    Sylvia Black, late 60s - early 70s
    Disc Jockey
    Nina Salley Hepburn, late 60s, early 70s
    Copywriter, News Broadcaster

    And to the memory of the other WHER staff:
    Dotty Abbott
    Luci Bayless
    Pam Bingham
    Jeanne Botto
    Kit Burkland
    Faye Bussell
    D. Davison
    Dot Fisher
    Teresa Kilgore
    Marion Keisker
    Kathey Hartley
    Donna Rae Jackson
    Judith Johnson
    Pat McGee
    Barbara Gurley
    Barbara Anne Long
    Colleen Milara
    Sandy Scott
    Edith Smith
    Dawn Stanley
    Peggy Sternberger
    Dottie Stevens
    Phyllis Stimbert
    Bobbie Stout
    Julie Vinson
    Laura Yeargain

    With Very Special Thanks
    Sam Phillips
    Becky Phillips
    Sally Wilbourn
    Knox Phillips
    Diane Duncan
    Jerry Phillips
    Dick & Posey Potter
    Wayne Emmons
    David Leonard
    Judy Peiser, The Center for Southern Folklore
    Laura Folger
    Dave Shultz

    Sun Studios
    Mark & Betty Bell, James Lott, Robert Rixie, Karyl Kong, Karen Foster, Sam Tibbs, Michael Conway, Lisa Gill, Scott Taylor, Holland Hardin, Erika Mulgrew, Mic Walker, Trip Lamkins and Kerry Ryan.

    WKNO Memphis
    Susan Westfall, Jamie LaMar, Maureen McCormick & Donna Childs

    The Talbot Heirs Guesthouse
    Phil & Jamie Baker

    Archives & Collections & Institutions
    University of Memphis, Mississippi Valley Collection
    The Marvin Bensman Collection
    Professor David Evans
    Jim Cole
    Ed Frank
    Richard Hite
    Jacquie Gales Webb, Smithsonian Productions
    Johanna Zea, The San Francisco Public Library

    Jim McKee, Earwax Productions, San Francisco
    James Lott, Sun Studios
    Roland Janes, Phillips Recording Studio
    Wieslaw Pogorzelski
    Andrea Plastas
    Ricky Fataar
    Robert Knox, American Zoetrope
    Ethan Derner, American Zoetrope

    Travel for the staff of the WHER from Memphis to New York City to be honored at the Museum of Television & Radio provided by Northwest Airlines.

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