Wednesday, March 09, 2005

It's Come to This

I worked for Rock 103 from 1979-2004. I was part of the good old days, and I'm glad I will not be there at the end.

I WAS the Walrus....koo koo ca choo. I sweated it out my early radio career in a big fuzzy mascot outfit. I probably gave you a sticker/Rock Card/Album(!)/concert tickets or showed up with the Rock 103 Party Patrol at your house. I shook hands with more mouth-breathing bottom feeders than most politicians. I remember the $1.03 concerts with Tom Petty, U2, the Police and others. I remember the New Years Eves at the Mid South Coliseum. I hyped enough Kiss concerts over the years that Gene should send me a card on my birthday. And yes, like you, I was on the cover of the Trapeze live album at the Overton Park Shell. (Only kidding, I was eight and living in Germany at the time.)

I did hundreds of live broadcasts from places I am still trying to put out of my mind, and I have sold enough crap on the radio to make many sales people rich many times over.

I was the last jock on the air at WZXR Rock 103 and one of the first ones back after the awful Z103 days. (Another bad call by a corporate radio weasel.)

Over the years I worked with some real characters. From TY and Bob Brame to Mark Kessler and Art Mehring....Mississippi John Rivers, Redbeard, Lola, Leon Griffin, Rob Grayson, Debbie Clark, Kelly Cruise, Wes Yahola, Jennifer Reed, the Wake Up Crew and of course my "other current wife" Drake Hall.

At times it really was like family. I made many friends and most of the assholes weeded themselves out. What goes around etc.

Well, it's going around again. I am now "the enemy".

People I have known for more than half of my life have been threatened with their job if they are seen talking with me. Is it business? Sure. Is it business being conducted by an out-of-touch control freak with a chip on his shoulder? You bet!
A conniving little man who has his head so far up the corporate ass he has not seen reality in a long, long time? Dittos Rush wannabe! It's hard to be paranoid about something that doesn't exist yet, but they are doing a great job of it.

Clear Channel Communications and their pawns have sucked the life out of what was once one of the best rock stations in America. Rock 103 is dying...believe it. It's ugly and sad. I feel sorry for the people who still work there. Some of them knew what it would take to fix the problem, now it's too late. I would suggest they start learning Spanish if they want to feed their families.

It's time for me and some friends, some new and some old, to build a new radio station and have fun at work again. I think you will like it. And if anybody gets to put a bullet in the Walrus I'm glad it's me. See you soon. Zeke

36 Comments:

Blogger Speshul-K said...

I've been listening since back in the old "human tripod" days. Late nights, early afternoons when you and D-Hall's shows "overlapped" a bit and the chemistry first started.

Nobody better than you and Drake to be the last to laugh, big guy.

Kudos, and good luck to you.

You know I'll be with you (wherever).

March 9, 2005 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger scottylb said...

That was very well put! I have all but quit listening since ya'll left. Thank God for books on cassette/CD!

March 9, 2005 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Drake hall said...

I'd like to play with your weiner,
Big Man.

March 9, 2005 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Rockin Steve said...

Good golly! Have mercy. You didn't leave anything out. They do suck.
Remember...steak n titties sure tatse better than walrus.
Keep rockin guys! Steve

March 9, 2005 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Greeek said...

Warren Zevon said it best,
"I'm a desperate man,
send lawyers,guns, and money,
the shit has hit the fan".

March 9, 2005 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

98.1 has already replaced 103 on my radio. I suggest everybody do the same.

March 9, 2005 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger dannylewd said...

Very well put.

I remember Rock 103 being to coolest station on earth. I remember The Morning Zoo actually being funny. I remember the older "cool" kids with thier Walrus stickers on their primered Cameros or their Kramer guitar cases. I remember when Zeke was "The Animal" and Metal Shop was on Friday nights after him. I remember when you didn't hear the same songs at about the same time every damn day.

I listened to Rock 103 for 20+ years. I haven't listened since I stumbled out of the Deli that Friday evening in December.

I can't wait for a change. Give 'em hell.

March 9, 2005 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Huff said...

It is a shame that greedy people are careless enough to deprive us, the little people, of a small amount of joy in our otherwise nonexistant lives. Here's to you Clear Channel. Go F*#K Yourself.

March 9, 2005 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Byron and Box said...

"so spoke the wizard in his mountain home" life goes on obladee

March 9, 2005 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger hal the tool said...

Zeke, if you have an opening for "Hal's Radio Fun Hour" at your new station, you know where to find me!

Seriously though, good luck with the new venture. 98.1 is now the #1 spot on my radio memory buttons. I know it will be a hit, since Memphis radio has sucked donkey dick for a while. I think ya'll are just the ones to come in and kick 103 in the cods.

March 9, 2005 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger radio_pimp said...

Keep on rocking! I remember listening as a kid...back when it was WZXR...I remember Z103...still got an aircheck of it somewhere....God, it was pussy stuff.
I remember the triumphant return as The Eagle 102.7...the change of call letters to WEGR.

I remember the Overton Square New Year broadcasts...Redbeard, the black bumper stickers that looked so cool. Still got one of those, too.
I remember somebody during the Z103 days making a joke about Wang Chung and the Chinese guitar sound it resembles. Yep, I was THERE.

I knew enough about Creep Channel to quit listening a few years ago. I came back briefly for Steak and Titties.
I know people who know Zeke personally...we know some of the same people, big guy.

I actually worked for CC for a couple of weeks...ran like a bat out of hell right back to my non-corporate job. CC is bad. CC is so bad, scammers write them fan mail. Dig?

Bottom line: CC HATES TALENT and their goal is to eliminate ALL human beings from Radio. They've almost succeeded.
Anybody with talent has left CC.
Believe it.

March 9, 2005 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger radio_pimp said...

BTW, When I left 103, I went to Star 98.

Glad to know I made the right choice so many years ago.

Telecom 96 has been unkind to Radio.

March 9, 2005 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger rustytool said...

Somehow I knew that sawed-off little bastard was at the root of all things wrong at 103. Shit, if he and the dyke lose McCormack to a news-talk (his next best effort) outlet, they'd both be out of a damn job.

I hate to damn Ric's chances but, after you guys left, they should backed up the truck (post Radiothon) and called it quits then. If you're gonna' phone it in, go away.

He doesn't get 'it', obviously.

March 9, 2005 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Logan said...

I here you Z. I've tried to listen to 103 since you guys have been gone and I just can't do it. Like speshul-k, I was listening back when you were the "human tripod of love". It's a damn shame that what was once the best radio station in Memphis is going to hell in a handbasket. I can't wait till you guys are back on the air again and like you I hope you put a bullet in the Walrus.

March 9, 2005 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger LegHumper said...

I remember the 10+ years ago when it was good radio. I remember the concerts, the walrus, when you guys showed up everywhere and tickets were handed out for contest winnings. I remember Seeing the Urban Assault Vehicle on The Square on New Year's Eve and alot more good things. Corporate America stepped in and took all that away almost immediately. Regardless of how it is now and with whom, it just isn't like it was.

March 10, 2005 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger JeffrofromMS said...

preach on my brutha. it's 2:50 am i'm drinkin a cool one and listening to Buffett's version of "southern cross" and laughing my ass off at your latest post. i'm looking for a golf partner in the near future for a tourney............you interested? Later, Jeffro

March 13, 2005 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger JeffrofromMS said...

preach on my brutha. it's 2:50 am i'm drinkin a cool one and listening to Buffett's version of "southern cross" and laughing my ass off at your latest post. i'm looking for a golf partner in the near future for a tourney............you interested? Later, Jeffro

March 13, 2005 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger tystick said...

yeah, i have to admit i can't stand listening to the little neo nazi anymore. if it wasn't for baddog they would have been over years ago. i just cant wait to hear yall on the radio again, the memphis airwaves are getting pretty stale.

March 15, 2005 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger tystick said...

yeah, i have to admit i can't stand listening to the little neo nazi anymore. if it wasn't for baddog they would have been over years ago. i just cant wait to hear yall on the radio again, the memphis airwaves are getting pretty stale.

March 15, 2005 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger cvilllarry said...

I to have memories of WZXR.It started out as"great American country".It was the first fm country station in Memphis.Then it turned to Rock-103.It was on Lamar Ave.T.Y.and Bob Brame were on mornings and they always had Handsome Jimmy Valiant on,I thought at the time it was so cool.Zeke ,you forgot to mention the Amateur hour.A listener could send in a postcard and if it was picked they would put you on the air I think on Sunday nights.They had A big promo when Redbeard got his hair cut.I went to a Rock-103 party at Dina Stinett's house and Redbeard and Rick Earwood [where's he at?]wre there.Ive still got my Rockcard around here somewhere.Yep,the good old days of album rock radio.My my ,how things have changed.I hope 98.1 lets us capture a glimer of the glory days.Maybe I'll be driving around some sunny afternoon and Zeke the animal Logan will say those famous and powerful words "I FEEL LIKE AN ALBUM SIDE".

March 15, 2005 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Sweet baby Jesus!
I'm so happy, I touched it.
Real Rock n' Roll's back!

-Robin

March 17, 2005 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger MW Hardeman said...

I have to finally post a comment on here. Its me. Mike H.

D&Z were my bosses for 5 years at 103. The coolest guys to work with and work for. You guys will never know how cool it was to idolize a station and group of people and then to become one of them, even if you are a lowly weekend jock.

I salute your move Zeke and cannot wait to hear the new station. Clear Channel has ruined radio across this country and Rock 103 is no different. Like you Zeke, I feel sorry for the guys still there.

Good luck to you!!

March 17, 2005 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger gcstorey said...

I have been listening to Rock 103, and can remember when TY was doing the morning show before the Crew ever came around. I remember Zeke "the animal" days...too bad that Clear Channel has had to f up a good thing, but all good things do come to an end. I feel sorry for the folks left over there too. The Cat's music has been great the last week. Hour long sets of the Beatles and Collective Soul with less commercials. Looking forward to D and Z back on the air. Can you get the old rock and roll sports guy back? You guys also had a great technique for learning to speak spanish too...

March 19, 2005 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger will work for beer said...

98.1 - good move.
They played the entire 8 songs from Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" today on the ride home.
I could not believe it.
That is rock radio.

Life is too short for bad beer...........and bad radio.

March 21, 2005 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger ufos8mycat said...

Don't blame everybody else, Zeke. I've worked with you before and you always carried yourself like a fat asshole.... So "whah whah whah" and don't piss on your own grits next time.

March 26, 2005 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Dwayne said...

Sport 56 is where it's at in the afternoons...

Chris Vernon 11-1, and the Sports Bar 3-6.

Zeke's right...I remember 103 in the old days. Hell, Zeke gave me the "dudeman" nickname that stuck with me through most of highschool after requesting a Tesla song one night "Dudeman in West Memphis wants to hear some Tesla"...

I remember when the Crew spent their mornings (gasp) actually doing funny stuff...calling people...not just commenting on the front page. Even the radiothon, has gotten away from "celebrity tag" to just 28 hours of listening to them talk.

I quit listening to 103 a long time before D&Z left...with the occasional flip in the afternoons...

Long story longer, congrats on the move, good luck and Eff the Walrus!

www.cvernon.com for those times you need a break from D&Z.com

March 31, 2005 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger J. Francis Lehman said...

Hail to the Human Tripod!

I remember WZXR. It was the first "real" radio station I ever listened to, back in '79, being all of about 11 at the time...before that, it was Top 40 because I really just did not know any better.

So, a new radio station, designed on the theory that real music (and some good funny) is the point, and that the pinstriped, pinheaded, Corporate Butt-weasels can blow us all?

Wow. Righteous!

I know not the first thing about "doing" radio, but I've got a good speaking voice and would love to be a part of this somehow. You've probably got plenty o' legit folks to do Da' Thang, but if not, the email's in the profile.

In any case, best of luck with it!

April 2, 2005 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger pennhead said...

I've been listening since the very first Rocktober, and remember being blown away by this great radio station. Although I drifted away during the z103 & NuRock:103 daze, I returned when things improved.

I remember many artists who came to Memphis would often stop by the station for chats, and hearing these big artists at commercial breaks saying "Hey, I'm [insert megastar name here]. Whenever I'm in Memphis, I listen to Rock 103, WZXR, Memphis!" I especially remember Herman Brood trying to say it in very broken English.

I am glad to see you guys coming back. I'll have to turn off the XM radio to listen to you in the mornings.

May 7, 2005 at 12:04 PM  

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