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Our 35th Anniversary Vault Pics

Dig this! We've just excavated hundreds of pics from the vaults! If you have any names, thoughts or rembrances shoot an email and fill us in! Our minds are pretty foggy on some of these!

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    Billboard message to Mayor Scotty Baesler!
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    That's the O.J. Simpson White Bronco!
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    We brought Kato Caelin to town a few weeks later!
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    Program Director, Peter Delloro!
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    Kruser and Katie!
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    WKQQ Window Stickers!
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    The Hooters Tax Day Bikini Contest! Dead-Air Dennis hosting, Circa 2002.
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    Hooters Tax Day Bikini's again, a year later, 2003.
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    Dead-Air and Josh Bleidt zapping the camera at Hooters!
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    Back in the 98.1 days... This looks like Kruser hosting our SuperBowl Party, from the mid 80's... judging from the bikini!
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    Dave 'Kruser' Krusenclaus, hosting. Circa early 80's.
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    Double Q Rockers wrapped up on a cool 'Stakes Day Concert' Morning. Peace and Love!
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    Tony TNT Tilford hosting a 'Hooters Pregnanat Bikini Contest'. Circa, early 90's.
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    Qbird doing what he does best, flocking to the ladies!
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    We never cared much for the dude in this picture. Heck, this could be a contest... 'Guess the cut-out dude!'. That's a very lovely Wally Gertz, a former WKQQ Promotion Director. She's taking one for the team.
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    Every Memorial Day, used to be a big Concert Celebration at the Red Mile Race Track... then came the new owners...
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    Tony Tilford and his lovely Miss Chastity Lovelace! At a SuperBud Bowl Party, looks to be the interior of the Hyatt downtown. Mid-90's.
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    And at the SuperBud Bowl Parties, we'd do this little thing called the 'Halftime Lingerie Show'...
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    Proving Rock & Roll has a heart...
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    Q-bird again, helping open the first Lexington location of Donato's Pizza! Circa mid-90's.
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    Inside the 'circle', but 'outside' the track! TNT interviews a WKQQ Rocker at the Stakes Day concert! Chili would be cooked in the mornings and judged in the afternoon, when the concerts began.
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    WKQQ Remote Control! Live with Rowdy Rick Van Nuys explaining to some dude that he's taking his women.
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    SuperBowl Party, Lingerie Halftime, and Q-Bird getting carnal.
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    An event we did with the Lexington Philharmonic.
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    This looks like the former Thornton's Gas on Nicholasville Road. Not sure who 'Cuddly the Bunny' is, but I'm pretty sure Q-Bird kicked his ass that day.
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    Decent Exposure! Anyone know the band? Matt Dacey confirms this to be 'SupaFuzz'!
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    Mike Nickeson from Clark Distributing, passing out the Miller Beer Party favors!
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    SuperBowl halftime Lingerie Show thanks to Intimate Apparel.
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    Kruser introduces the Superbowl Party 'House Band'. Anyone recognize the band?
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    I think this was the American heart Association 'Heartwalk' with Q-Bird and the Channel 18 NBC Peacock kicking off the festivities. Uncertain of the year, but looks to be the 80's.
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    Before there was Chuck, Kitten and Bangs... There was Ron the Promotions Director, who wasn't all that unlike the aforementioned girls. Here's Tracie Ingram trying her damnedest on the conversion squad!
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    Sammy Hagar and Van Halen. Not sure which show, but it doesn't look like the 2004 reunion show in Louisville.
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    Van Hagar Rocks!
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    Do you know how long it took to scan all of these pics...?!
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    Was this that place in South Hill Station? Didn't they name it 'Crazy Jacks'? Well, here's Rowdy Rick encouraging his friends to 'follow the leader'.
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    Miller Beer and the WKQQ Rockers!
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    Pretty sure this is our 'Hell on Heels' Transexual Party! You could say we were ahead of the times!
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    Our former GM Keith Yarber dressed as the King!
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    Tony Tilford hosted the 'Laugh Track Live' event for more than a decade. Here's a guy auditioning for a Tool CD.
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    A True Classic Shot! The WKQQ Party Bus! Can you imagine the insurance/waiver on something like this today? Lawyers are not radio's friend.
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    1996. With the popular Indy band 'The Why Store'. Tony 'Roadkill' Doolin and Tony Tilford are on the far left. Dead-Air Dennis is on the right. Everyone say 'Cheese'.
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    The bar wall at the (used to be) World Famous Two-Keys!
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    Q-bird used to get all of the action!
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    Roadkill is all smiles, and thirsty. While the 'Hairiest Man in Show Biz', Mike Doyle reclines.
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    Dead-Air Dennis hookin'...
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    Three behind the scenes charachters. L to R: Christopher 'RadioBoy' Calandro, Laura Woosley and the Abominable Kenny Douglas. Circa 1996.
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    Going thru the conversion from 98.1 to 100.1 fm... was very painful. And not because they locked us up in a closet in the rear of the building. More because they stole the powerful frequency of one of the country's most successful rock stations and flipped it with a freakin' country station. Damn You, Keith Yarber!
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    Now this shot could've been shot in anyone's basement. Just so happens that we happened to broadcast live from this 'basement' during 1998. That's Roadkill on the left, and Production/Writer Scotty Matthews on the right.
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    Welcome all, Q-bird!
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    Keith Yarber presenting our receptionist 'Gail' with an 'Excellence' award. Circa 1996. Taken in the Trade Center Drive building lobby.
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    Dennis interviews 'Bone Pony'. The band that opened for Bob Seger at Rupp in May 1996. Live from the Best Buy on Nicholasville rd.
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    If anyone ever asks, Name the one man responsible for keeping 'Rock in the Bluegrass'? The answer is here: Tony TNT, proud employee of the Village Communications Company.
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    No one knows where this came from... Likely a wrestling event. Anyone?
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    And here's a golden (black & white!) oldie! Waiting for confirmation on whom this is... ***THIS JUST IN, WKQQ Rocker MATT M confirms this to be 'DAVID KIRK'.
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    Dead-Air Dennis live from 84 Lumber. Spring 1996. Oh yeah, there's a ref, and some dude sawing his wood. Cool.
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    It's anyone's guess here... TNT hosting some manner of competition on Nicholasville Road.
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    Dead-Air keeping good company! We still do this annual event. The Hooters Tax Day Bikini Contest. Every April 15th on Richmond Road!
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    'Love is in the Air, Love is in your Hair', so began the poem written by Tony TNT Tilford on that fateful Valentine's Day!
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    Eddie Money and his band at the Annual Stakes Day Concert.
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    TNT in the old WKQQ Studios, with two apparently very lucky WKQQ winners who are going to see U2 in concert at Rupp. Circa, Nov. 1987.
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    The event was the Stakes Day concert, but we don't know who the band is. Help?
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    The Inflatable T-shirt says, 'it's good to be king', which makes it timely with Tom Petty's song from 1995. TNT with Porkchop, ready to r-e-l-e-a-s-e.
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    This looks like our Tractor Trailer Wedding! See all the wedding dresses. Not likely of course, that any of these couples are still together. but, still...
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    Jet Ski giveaway... back when they were ALL the rage! Mid 90's.
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    Great crowd for the 'HeartWalk', at Commonwealth Stadium.
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    We'd use the 'scissor's jack' and broadcast above the crowd at the Stakes Day Concert! The Best of times!
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    Q-bird tells the fledgling Donato's Pizza Mascot that this is HIS turf!
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    D.J.'s get polaroids too! Cousin Deke with someone who really does love him.
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    I think this guys' name was Mac. He is loved too! Pretty funny.
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    Beer, women and Rock & Roll... Nobody ever said we weren't predictable.
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    It's like Gene Simmons and the Maid had a daughter...and then she grew up!
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    I gotta tell ya, it's a pretty great job.
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    Hairstyles come and go, so does lingerie. But some things never change.
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    the SuperBowl halftime Lingerie Show! We were doing it way before Victoria's Secret came along...
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    Black is beautiful, baby!
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    We'd have big screen TV's (back when they were new and weighed 300 lbs.), Beer, Lingerie and the biggest game of the year! It was kinda popular...
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    Tony TNT Tilford hosting a 'Hooters Pregnanat Bikini Contest'. Circa, early 90's.
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    Yes, we did have an EMT on hand.
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    Laugh Track Live's Birthday Cake. We did that event for 20+ years.
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    On Chili Row at the Stakes Day Concert. Dozens of Chili-Makers would give their best to the judges, and then the Rock Concert began!
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    I mean, really. Can you ever get enough SuperBowl show pics?
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    Mad Cow Chili. Now THAT...WAS funny!
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    TNT live from Chili Row... We'd get up at the break of dawn and start cookin' our chili too. Those Kentucky mornings in May can still be chili on their own.
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    Stakes Day Concert... Name the band (make sure you tell us the pic #)
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    That's Tyson! AKA, the best Q-Bird of all time. He even put the suit on and played the 'Star Spangled Banner' to kick off the Stakes Day Show.
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    Kruser and a cutie.
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    A longtime 'behind-the-scenes' guy, that really touched us all (and I mean that in a good way!) Bill Bryant relaxes, mostly because he was always working his butt off!
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    Porkchop with the effervescent Deborah!
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    Not sure who this is, driving one of our Go-karts at the Stakes Day show!
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    Julie Lastinger. Plays violin in the old studios. She's still with us today, working in our traffic department.
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    Dead-Air threatens with his own lumber! Live from 84 Lumber in Nich-Vegas!
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    Q-bird, the ultimate Walmart Welcome dude!
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    Few people know that Q-bird and the Pink Panther did jail time together...
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    Tall Paul, pickin' up the chicks at 84 lumber... Those clown suits creeped everyone else out, but hey... if you're a chicken.
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    Forklifting with the Bird!
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    Dead-Air Dennis, 1996. Live from Don Jacobs. Little did anyone know that four years later, we'd be working next door...
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    Keith Wild Wild West. What a great guy! Vintage, 1993-94.
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    It's Kruser and Co. with ''Sports" with D.G. Fitzmorris (I think)!
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    Is that Weird Al, at the Kentucky Theater?
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    One of our first Superbowl parties, the Halftime Lingerie Crew. Downtown at the Radisson.
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    I mean, it's silly because the face only has ONE expression... but his face really says it all.
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    Wow. Words cannot describe how sorry I am for this...
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    Some people think that this outfit could be over-doing things...
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    What a great Party Bus! Look out Lexington!
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    'Yeah, she was an American Girl, raised on promises...'
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    Crowd Control at the Stakes Day Concert!
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    A Couple of world class gals graced us for years, and kept us legal, and looking good in the public eye too! That's the dynamic duo, Dawn and Deborah!
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    TNT on Stage!
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    Here's a Sky-view shot from the Stakes Day cherry-picker!
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    And the opposing shot, view from the ground.
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    These days, Larry Hall is a pitcher for our softball team and runs 'Hall Media Inc.' a fine local advertising firm. Those days, he rocked the Sales Department with WKQQ and here he is (left) modeling his 'Still Crazy After All These Years' Q-tee.
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    When Springsteen came to town in 2003. Little Steven (yes, from the Soprano's too) came in three days in a row to tape his Nationally Syndicated Show, 'Little Steven's Underground Garage'. A real tremendous guy.
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    Rowdy Rick...earning his name.
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    WKQQ's 'Red, White N Blue' Chili
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    That looks to be Mike Nickeson with the Miller Genuine Draft, QBird and Keith West, live onstage for 'Decent Exposure'. Early 90's.
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    Miller Beer sponsoring the 'Blues Festival', early 1990's.
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    Blues Festival pic.
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    Untied and Unplugged with the Lexington Philharmonic!
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    Mike Nickeson, Rowdy Rick and Laura Woosley...unsure of the fella in the front right... Partyin' with Party Favors!
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    Lord, there we saw a lot of 80's bikini's and drank a lot of Miller Beer, back in the day... Kruser hosting.
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    Eddie Money mugs for yet another shot...
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    In the early days, the stage was smaller and there was no need to rope off the backstage area. Here, the stage is set...Waiting for the Crowd!
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    Yeah, it's been 35 years but I swear we DID have 'color' film. These b&w shots are fun though. No idea who Q-bird's interviewing here...anyone? UPDATE: Mindy Shannon fmr. news anchor at WLEX she was the reason I watched 18 ACTION NEWS. She left and I quit watching! (from WKQQ Rocker Matt M.)
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    Q live from the South Hill Station. You should see the pics that we couldn't post.
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    Rowdy Rick with half of his clothes still on... it was early.
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    Qbird proving 'rock and roll has a heart'.
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    and here proving that he's got a 'heart-on'.
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    Don't let Lee Cruse fool you... There was a time when he too, rocked the WKQQ Airwaves!
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    Here's a classic shot of TNT. Almost posing even... with the ephemera of the day, look at the size of that computer monitor! This shot is from '95-96. I can tell because the walls were fresh from that Peter Delloro 'bamboo'.
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    Qbird and a Qutie!
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    Here's the greatest diplomat in radio... Peter Delloro. Remember his on-air coffee breaks? And the Boz Skaggs.
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    Porkchop!
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    Gail heading up the troops of the WKQQ Stakes Day Chili Crew.
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    The guys are: J.D. from the Blue Moon, Dave Hestor from Budweiser. And WKQQ Sales Rep Tim 'Wags' Wagner between the two!
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    Good times at the Stakes Day Show, live from the Red Mile.
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    The Red Mile Bikini Crew!
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    Crowd shot from one of our early SuperBud Bowl parties!
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    Kruser onstage
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    Vintage TNT live with the early WKQQ remote setup.
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    Qbird cuddles another Grrrrl rocker!
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    Rowdy Rick Van Nuys. Nights on WKQQ 1995-1999.
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    the Lexington Philharmonic!
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    Q-bird and his Biker buds!
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    Peter Delloro doing the paperwork.
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    WKQQ's TNT and Dead-Air with the Why Store!
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    No dignity.
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    I remember it was Jacobson Park, and we gaveaway a Nissan SUV.
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    Rowdy Rick drinks, Ron Leppek and Bill Bryant work!
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    Conductor, Q-bird!
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    Porkchop and Qbird dining out. Shamrocks or the Keys!
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    Stacy Yelton ascends from the WKQQ Trade Center Studios.
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    Budweiser Chili Booth
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    Years later, we had to incorporate a roped area for the Stakes Day Concerts!
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    Rowdy Rick live, trying real hard to keep it clean for the FCC.
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    Porkchop and Rick audition for their job with the circus.
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    Qbird...Showing you how it's done.
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    You know the saying, 'A Q-bird in the hand is worth...'
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    They were called 'In-Store' performances... Dennis & Porkchop waiting for Stone Pony to show up at Best Buy.
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    Yikes.
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    WKQQ Mad Cow Chili
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    I'm sure this is Tyson or Tall Paul... Q-scooter.
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    Kruser and Tim Wagner
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    I believe that's Mike Thompson on the left.
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    Qbird parties with the 'chicks'!
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    Dead-Air and Q-bird.
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    The Dancing Fat Guy?
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    Hooters Tax Day Bikini Fun!
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    Tony TNT Tilford hosting a 'Hooters Pregnanat Bikini Contest'. Circa, early 90's.
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    Hooters on Richmond Rd. arrived in 1989.
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    Big Daddy, TNT.
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    Believe it or not, there were people who complained that the Pregnant Bikini Contest was not politically correct. One of the reasons Hooters no longer does the contest.
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    L to R: Lynn Pickett, Larry Hall, George Robbins and Dead-Air Dennis Dillon.
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    On the deck at the Hooters Pregnant Bikini Contest!
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    Up in the air, it's a bird, it's... Tony TNT Tilford. And...someone else.
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    Eddie Money onstage at the Stakes Day Concert!
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    Qbird tunes up for his Guitar open!
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    The Stakes Day Concerts were amazing...
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    Some of the greatest crowds ever witnessed out in the great wide open...
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    You Guys Rock!
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    The Stakes Day Bikini Crew!
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    Qbird, the toast of the babes!
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    Lady in Red!
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    Qbird struttin' his stuff!
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    RadioBoy reclining...
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    Somebody email us and tell us who this is... Quite possibly the coolest pic ever! *** UPDATE: #221 was a village idiot Kruser used to have doing stupid things like selling junk from the trunk of his car ala Mr. Haney from Green Acres and on St Patrick's day had him dress up like a Leprechaun and hand out cans of Irish potatoes and Irish Spring soap the the Greyhound bus station. (Thanks to Matt M.)
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    Who remembers, 'Josta'? Maybe the world's first energy drink!
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    Classic TNT.
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    This is what she looked like with her clothes on...
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    ...And this is what she... oh you see where this is going.
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    And who is behind it all? Rowdy Rick!
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    Ahhh, the memories!
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    Hot Hot Hot
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    I mean, seriously, these lingerie pics are almost getting old. almost.
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    Cousin Deke!
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    The whole gang onstage!
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    Butt-shots!
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    I mean, it was like 'Pirate' Radio for awhile... Here's Stacy Yelton doing her midday shift!
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    Dennis trying real hard to be cool.
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    With the Hooters Judging Crew!
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    ...and sadly unsuccessful.
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    Karyn Czar crowned!
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    Comedian Jon Stewart performed at the Singletary Center.
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    WKQQ's Big Winner in the SuperBowl Party Casino!
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    Santa's Biggest Elf
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    TNT! What u talking about, Willis!