News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 2, 2013

RONN MOTT: Around the dial

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — At lunch the other day with Terry Tevlin (First Financial Bank), I bumped into Dale Mahurin. I hadn’t talked to Dale in a long time and inquired about his wife, Julie Henricks.

Julie has returned to the radio microphone doing a weekend gig on Mix FM. For fans of Julie’s show on WTWO-TV, don’t worry, she’s not leaving … just multi-tasking. Welcome back to the radio airwaves, Julie!

And I learned a few weeks ago that Ed Zeppelin has said goodbye to his many fans on The River. Ed anchored the afternoons. Of course, Bob and Tom are the morning hosts. I haven’t heard much about Bob and Tom lately. Maybe their eternal laugh-track is beginning to dull the senses and turning some people off. It sure turns me off.

Ed Zeppelin isn’t leaving for another job. I am told by people who know him well he is just taking a turn for a new direction in his life and work. We certainly wish him the best of luck in whatever he decides to do.

Doc Long, who left WAXI, has stepped away from the microphone and is selling cars for Honda of Terre Haute. I remember when somebody with Doc’s popularity and talent left a radio station there were always two or three standing in line for his services. But now, with these broadcast corporations cookie-cutting their formats, there aren’t many places to go and radio suffers for it.

I remember long drives across the country, or north and south in the country, getting variations on all the popular formats. And the announcers and DJs were all pretty much from the area. And it sounded like it. You heard new ideas, crazy stuff, and contests someone had dreamed up. Corporate radio has sucked the initiative, and the talent, right out of the air.  

Which reminds me … in the merry month of May I will celebrate some 60 years of radio broadcasting. I am currently doing a public affairs show on WAXI, 104.9. This is mainly an interview show with people who are involved in the subject matter and it airs on Sundays 8-9 a.m.

It has been a blast doing radio broadcasting … sometimes good, sometimes bad, but never boring.  

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.