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Remembering Dayton radio icon Terry Dorsey

Published: Monday, March 09, 2015 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Monday, March 09, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

Terry Dorsey died Saturday after a brief and sudden illness. The 66-year-old had just retired on December 17, 2014, capping a 46-year-broadcasting career. He hosted the KSCS #1 morning show for 26 years. A graduate of LaSalle High School in Cincinnati in 1966, he went to New York City and took a six-month broadcasting course. He was drafted into the Vietnam War, serving as a combat engineer clearing landmines. He moved to Dayton in 1977 and on to Dallas in 1980. He was named the Country Music Association’s Major Market Personality of the Year in 1986, and inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his wife retired to Illinois where he died.

Terry Dorsey was a Dayton D.J., that is true.

But, truth is, he was a radio icon here before he became an icon in Dallas, Texas.

Terry came to Dayton in the 1970s from WHON in Richmond, Ind. He was hired as the morning show host on WTUE, using the name Greg Mason. At the time, WTUE was a Top 40 station. A couple of years later, he became its program director. (Truth is: I interviewed for a job at WTUE with Terry back then. No, I didn’t get it, though, later I joined the staff of WONE/WTUE as a news reporter.)

When WTUE gave up Top 40 for Album Rock in the mid '70s, Terry went across the hall to sister station WONE. It was there that Terry created Hiney Wine, a fictional area winery that played off its slogan, “When life gets you down, grab a Hiney!” It became a running bit on his show. Eventually, it was syndicated nationally and Hiney Wineries sprung up in cities and towns all across the U.S. Terry used to keep a spiral-bound notebook with him at all times and would write the Hiney Wine bits in longhand in the notebook.

He always closed his show with, “In case you missed the dirty joke of the day, we only have time for the punch line, it’s (punch line)”. Funny thing is: the punch lines he used were to real dirty jokes that would have turned WONE into a parking lot had he told the whole joke. But, he just gave the punch line. He was a funny, outgoing, gregarious guy with an infectious personality. You couldn’t not like Terry Dorsey.

Terry got into a dispute with the management at WONE/WTUE, left and went to work at WING, where he and John King’s famed “King and Dorsey Report” was a must-listen daily feature. The Hiney Wine bit went with Terry to WING and he developed “Babs Kneven’s Bar and Grill,” another fictional business in New Carlisle. Of course, anyone who knows anything about our area knows there can be no bar and grill in New Carlisle. It’s a dry town! But there were people all over the area who would drive to New Carlisle to try and find the place. I know, I lived there then. The guys would talk about the fake nightly specials, and often apologize, on behalf of the fake owners, for recent false shenanigans that were hilarious.

King and Dorsey became the first morning show “team” in the initial days of Z-93 when it came on the air in 1984, though by that time, Terry had already moved to Dallas to work the morning show on KSCS-FM. They did the Z morning show by telephone, with John recording his parts on a microphone into a tape recorder in Dayton (while listening to John on the phone),  and Dorsey doing his parts in a similar manner in Dallas. Dorsey sent his tape to King who then put the two tapes together. Today, they’d do it all by computer, but of course radio didn’t have computers on air back then.

Terry Dorsey, like so many of us in the business, was what we call a “radio geek.” He was driven by the business to succeed and gave it his all. Like many of us, he never worked a strict 9-to-5 day. Radio was with him day and night.

I remember an evening when I came into WONE/WTUE to record some music on a cassette tape in the production studio (which was the “old” WTUE control room in the building on Wilkinson Street). Terry got off the air across the hall at WONE and saw me in the production room. When he came in the door, I thought I was going to get in trouble for using a production studio for my personal use. Instead, Terry came in and started looking through my records.

He said, “Hey, you’ve got some good stuff here!” And then he and I proceeded to play music trivia in that studio for the next hour and a half, picking short pieces of songs and trying to stump each other as to their titles.

It’s always been said when the radio business gets in your blood, it never lets you go. Terry surely didn’t have to hang out in production studio with me. At the time, I was just a kid, barely in my 20s, that had tried to get a job from him a couple of years earlier. But we shared something  -- our love of music for the songs we played, and a love of the business.

I was not surprised at all that Terry became as a big name in Dallas. He was that creative of a guy. When Terry went to Dallas, our loss was the Metroplex’s gain.

Now, I’d love to say we were close friends, but that wouldn’t be true. We were colleagues and co-workers. And like many in the Miami Valley of my generation, I first was introduced to Terry as you were, listening to the Greg Mason morning show on WTUE when I was in high school at Miamisburg. When I actually got to work for the station a few years later, I was in heaven to be working around Greg … er, I mean Terry, and the other talents like David G. McFarland, Lee Riley and Bobby Kraig at WONE. And Patty Spitler, Alan Sells and Dan Pugh (Dan Patrick) at WTUE. And my colleagues in the newsroom, Kent Scott (News Director), Jeanne Lockhart, my good buddy (and current coworker) Jim Barrett and the others.

I was just a kid … they were my icons, just as Steve Kirk and Gene “By Golly” Barry was. So, Terry’s death was personal in a sense for me. It reminds me of my mortality (not my favorite subject to think about for obvious reasons.) But what a great time we all had.

And what a great talent he was. He is and will be missed.

Police need your help: Can you identify these Englewood theft suspects?

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

The Englewood Police Department is looking for tips regarding a theft that occurred on Sunday, January 14.  Two suspects were involved in a reported pickpocketing at a local restaurant.  

Once the victim discovered her wallet was missing, the suspects had already charged nearly $6000 in purchases. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Alan Meade at 937-771-2890. 

Chance for rain, snow showers today with gusty winds

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

A few light showers or some wet snow is possible today, and more rain likely this weekend in the Dayton area.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Dry and warming up to end week
  • More rain for weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Mostly cloudy skies are expected today with a few passing showers at times. With temperatures hovering just above freezing most of the day, we could see a mix or rain and even snow at times. No accumulation is expected as the ground is too warm to support anything frozen.

>> 5-Day Forecast

TOMORROW: Colder temperatures start the day in the mid-20s. Some passing flurries are also possible for the first part of the day. Highs peak in the mid-30s as clouds decrease at nighttime. 

THURSDAY: There will be sunshine throughout the day with temperatures warmer than normal in the low 40s. The day will be dry.

>> County-by-County Weather

FRIDAY: We continue to see temperatures improve with sunshine and a few clouds as highs reach around 50 degrees. 

SATURDAY: The day will be breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees. Rain showers will start to arrive and become more widespread into the night. 

CEO of Middletown Community Foundation resigns

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM


            T. Duane Gordon.
T. Duane Gordon.

No reason was given Monday for the unexpected resignation of the CEO of the Middletown Community Foundation.

T. Duane Gordon, who led the foundation for more than 10 years and grew it into one of the state’s most powerful organizations, resigned earlier this month, Carole Schul, board president of the foundation, told this news organization on Monday.

She refused to say why Gordon resigned. His name has been removed from the foundation’s web site.

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Schul said that while the MCF searches for a permanent replacement, longtime Middletown businessman Dan Sack will serve as interim director. Sack, who worked at Armco for 24 years and as a private businessman for 20 years, said his top priorities are keeping the foundation “moving in the right direction” and finding a permanent replacement for Gordon.

When asked why he resigned, Gordon said in a text message to this media outlet that he didn’t wish to “discuss beyond” what was said in the news release.

He was hired in December 2007 as executive director of the Middletown Community Foundation. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in communications and journalism, Gordon’s first career was as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Madison County Journal.

“On behalf of the entire Board, and the Middletown Community Foundation, we want to thank Duane for his dedicated service during a time of growth and against a challenging economic backdrop,” Schul wrote in an email to this news organization.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. The Foundation remains dedicated to its mission to secure permanent and growing assets for the Middletown area’s changing needs, and looks forward to a productive year.”

According to a national study, the Middletown Community Foundation was the No. 1 most active community foundation in Ohio, which has 80 community foundations and the No. 21 most active foundation in the United States, which has more than 750 community foundations; and was ranked for the first year ever in the top 100 for per capita giving, at No. 59, with approximately $44 in gifts received per resident it serves in its communities.

Earlier this year, the MCF board of directors approved nearly $100,000 in grants to 14 local organizations.

The largest grant, worth $20,000, was awarded to People Working Cooperatively, a group that repairs homes for Middletown-area families.

Three other groups — Atrium Medical Foundation, Berachah Church, and Middletown Lyric Theater — each received $15,000 for their programs.

Homes evacuated after large natural gas leak near Fairborn

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Gas leak forces evacuation of at least 10 homes near Fairborn

UPDATE @ 12:20 p.m. 

At least 10 homes were evacuated after a construction worker, digging the basement for a new home, hit a natural gas main line, causing a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard east of Fairborn, according to fire officials. 

Some of the homes are unoccupied or under construction, according to investigators. 

No injuries have been reported. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

Multiple fire crews have responded to reports of a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard east of Fairborn Tuesday. 

Initial reports indicate a contractor struck a main natural gas line, causing the leak. 

Reports indicate firefighters are conducting evacuations in the neighborhood. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.