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Jeff Dorsey
Jeff Dorsey

The Big Dog Almost Ended up in the Wrong Quincy

An important anniversary, my arrival in Quincy, surprisingly passed without my recognizing it.  The year was 1978 when I got a call out of the blue from a Gary Schmedding of WTAD Radio and KHQA-TV on a warm May day.

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American Sportscaster's Association
American Sportscaster's Association

Bill King, One of the Best Play-by-Play Announcers, Worked in Quincy

As a long time member of the American Sportscaster's Association, I receive information regarding current and past play-by-play announcers from all over the country. In the latest edition of the "Insider Sportsletter" magazine there is a story about the "The Voices" that are gone but not forgotten. The names of Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy, Lindsey Nelson, Don Dunphy, Howard Cosell, Jack Buck, Harry Caray and Bill King are listed. Bill who?  

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John Tripp, Quincy Exchange Club
John Tripp, Quincy Exchange Club

John Tripp is Why I Am Known as The Big Dog and I Miss Him Dearly

It was May 16, 2009, five years ago today, when I lost my best friend and hundreds of others did likewise with the passing of John Tripp. A year ago, I started to write about John, but I kept deleting what I was writing. I finally decided that what I wrote last year still fits today. I wrote it from my heart a year ago and the words still say everything I want to say today so here it is.

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Dorsey, Norman, Lukowski & Oliver 1985, Jeff Dorsey
Dorsey, Norman, Lukowski & Oliver 1985, Jeff Dorsey

Today Marks the 29th Anniversary of the Beginning of 99Q Radio

April 25 is a very special day for me and four other people. It was 29 years ago today that 99Q hit the airwaves of the Hannibal-Quincy area. On April 25, 1985 at 5:30 a.m., WQCY-FM changed its format, as well as my life. The format went from “Easy Listening” to “Top 40″ and with it a legacy began. 

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Mike Hellenthal/ Facebook
Mike Hellenthal/ Facebook

Jerry Leggett’s Blue Devils Were Also Mike Hellenthal’s Blue Devils

Saturday marked the birthday of former Quincy High School Blue Devil Coach Mike Hellenthal who now resides in Marion, North Carolina. So I thought I would take the time to spotlight a man that deserves to get a lot more credit than he ever got for helping the Blue Devil basketball program become one of the most talked about teams in the State of Illinois and beyond. I first met Mike when I arrived in Quincy back in 1978. I came to Quincy to work at WTAD Radio and became the play-by-play announcer for the Blue Devils at perhaps the best time any announcer could walk into Blue Devil Gymnasium.  

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John & Pat Holm / Quincy Journal
John & Pat Holm / Quincy Journal

Local Radio Lost a Great One Today. John Holm’s ‘Time’ Finally Came!

I woke up this morning knowing the news wasn't going to be good and I was correct with my thought. My good friend and former co-worker John Holm passed away losing his battle with cancer at the age of 84.

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John Tripp
John Tripp

John Tripp, My Best Friend, Passed Away Four Years Ago Today. ‘Miss Ya Buddy!’

Four years ago I lost my best friend and hundreds of others did likewise with the passing of John Tripp. I started to write a blog about John this morning, but I kept deleting what I was writing.  I finally decided that what I wrote last year still fits today so if what you read next sounds familiar, it is. I wrote it from my heart a year ago and the words still say everything I want to say today so here it is.

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This is How The St. Patrick’s Parade Started

It was a morning in 1986 when I was working at 99Q Radio with Dennis Oliver. He was just finishing up his morning show and I was beginning my mid-day stint (after working the morning show on WTAD earlier that morning). It was about a week before St. Patrick's Day and I went up to D.O. and said we need to have a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Quincy.

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Captain Kangaroo with Jeff Dorsey
Captain Kangaroo with Jeff Dorsey

Too Bad Kids Can’t See The Mickey Mouse Club and Captain Kangaroo Anymore!

Two of the most influential programs in the history of television made their debut on this date 57 years ago today. " The Mickey Mouse Club" made it's debut on ABC Television and CBS premiered "Captain Kangaroo" as well. America could use these shows again!

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